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Saturday, September 24

Anime

That Time A Slime Was Reincarnated

Possibly the best anime of last year, now that I'm catching up, at least in terms of art and animation, music (starting and ending themes and incidental music), directing, and voice acting, is Mushoku Tensei.

The story, on the other hand, is a mess.

As for the main character, well, see the title of this post.  It's still worth watching if you can get past that while he grows out of it.  Slowly.

A second season has been announced for next year.  Which is a bit confusing because the first season was split in half, so there is both a part 2 and a season 2.


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Saturday, August 27

Anime

Pixy Is Currently Watching...

The Saga of Tanya the Evil.

It's been on my list for ages, and so far it looks like a damn good choice to break my anime dry spell.

Watching on Crunchyroll because AnimeLab got taken over by Funimation and we all know what happened to Funimation.

AnimeLab was much better than Crunchyroll.

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Monday, March 07

Anime

Someone Get Tenchi On The Phone, Like, Right Now


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Sunday, March 06

Anime

Frequently Asked Vtuber Question


You keep mentioning and linking this Hololive and related stuff. I'm out of the loop. What is that, and what's the background on it?
Some background from my personal perspective might help. I spend long hours alone at home at my desk, sometimes late at night, and I find that having something playing on the second monitor can help prevent me from getting even more distracted and wasting time on Twitter or wherever.

For a few years I was a dedicated listener to a long list of podcasts, including networks like This Week in Tech and The Incomparable. But as we moved into 2020 a lot of the stuff I was listening to on ostensibly tech or geek culture topics was becoming unpleasantly political, and by "unpleasantly political" I mean batshit crazy communism. The same stuff that had wrecked Twitter by 2018.

But around that time, this surfaced in my recommendations on YouTube, the only time Google has gotten anything right since about 2013.



It's only a 20 second clip but it was enough to make me sayWhat the heck?and take a closer look. And then I found there's no escaping the rabbit hole.

This is Hololive:



Yes, there's a lot of them. (That's seven videos edited together by a fan, which explains why some of the transitions aren't perfect.)

Basically Hololive is a 24/7 international all-girl improv comedy channel. Unwoke, unpolitically correct, irreverent and chaotic. They even have their own Bugs Bunny character - you see her for a couple of seconds in that video, her name is Usada Pekora and she has 1.8 million YouTube subscribers.

They sing, they dance - they have live concerts using full motion tracking and 3D models, they draw - at least two are successful commercial artists, they play an awful lot of Minecraft, and they don't take any shit from anyone.



Hololive's own background is also interesting. Parent company Cover Corp was working on a new AR device, that replaced expensive motion tracking with a regular iPhone and clever software, but they weren't having a lot of success breaking into the market.

Then in 2017 two Japanese girls fresh out of high school approached them and said what they needed was their own virtual spokeswoman. One of them is now Tokino Sora with 900,000 subscribers, and the other is referred to as A-chan, and is a senior manager overseeing activity across the entire company.



The pivot was spectacularly successful, and Hololive is basically a money factory. Their smallest channel - and they have dozens - has close to 300,000 subscribers, and the largest is approaching 4 million.

I think a lot of people are sick of hypocritical woke crap and are looking for entertainers who will simply tell it like it is. The 2D characters they use and the stage names (and a very strict corporate policy protecting their privacy) give them enough distance that they don't need to maintain a pretense in their opinions.

They don't get explicitly political but in this benighted age that itself is a profound political statement.

And beyond the official content - and there's so much of that that it's impossible to watch it all - there's an absolute avalanche of fan content, from cute video clips:



To entire virtual worlds:



So forget Hollywood, forget Netflix, forget podcasts, I really don't care anymore. I'll be over here in the corner juggling hedgehogs.

Also, Hololive is the main reason I bothered to get back on Twitter. They post their stream announcements there.

This is Gawr Gura of Hololive EN, the most successful virtual YouTube of all time:



Okay, yeah, she's a bit of a ditz on some things. But she can maintain both sides of a conversation for four hours at a time, every day, without ever repeating herself, and for the most part while doing three other things at the same time, and that's a rare talent.

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Saturday, February 05

Anime

Speaking Of Earth-Shattering Kabooms

Doesn't include Pekora, and Non isn't listed in this opening collab, but Phase Connect (home of best rabbit Pipkin Pippa) and Prism Project (home of best rabbit Non Anon) is teaming up with Tsunderia (which I haven't watched) to build a cross-company Minecraft server.



The three members from Prism are the ones I watch the most and also the least chaotic.  And then from Phase Connect there's Pippa.  Not sure if Iku, Meno, and Pina combined can balance her out.

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Friday, November 26

Anime

Unexpected Expecteds

I was expecting Cover Corp to announce auditions for JP Gen 6 any day now, because while EN is growing like crazy and ID has Gen 3 on the way, JP Gen 5 is nearly 18 months old now and I couldn't see them leaving it a whole year without any new talent in the main branch.

They didn't do that. They didn't announce auditions at all.

What they announced was Secret Society holoX - JP Gen 6 - debuting in, oh, about six hours.




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Friday, October 08

Anime

Daily Hololive Minecraft Stuff 8 October 2021

As two servers merge...



Another one opens.



Prepare for trouble and make it smol.



And Aki Rose is gearing up to solo the Ender Dragon.

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Sunday, October 03

Anime

Cold Peafowl

There are suddenly no live HoloEN Minecraft streams after a veritable avalanche the last couple of weeks.  I think it's specifically because they're doing the server update today to link EN and JP, but it's the first time in a while that I've needed to check for content rather than just hitting my Holodex search and playing whatever was live.  IRyS alone has streamed 18 hours of Minecraft this week.

I might catch up on the rest of Pekora's antics now.

Meanwhile, here's the past year of HoloEn's Minecraft adventures squooshed down to 3 minutes.

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Saturday, October 02

Anime

Begun, The Invasion Has Peko

I noticed this live last night but didn't spot the EN tag.*  The portal between the Hololive JP and EN servers is opening soon, but Pekora already has an EN holiday home and decided to pay an early visit.



The full invasion starts in a few days, I think.  There's been a flurry of activity on the EN side lately, with all eleven girls preparing to greet the JP and ID contingent.  Their spawn point which has been a wilderness for the past year has turned into a Japanese resort town in the space of two weeks.  IRyS went overnight from living in a dirt house to building fully automated farms that look like the food they produce.

Meanwhile, I found brown sheep.  Well, a brown sheep, but it wasn't alone for long.


* Yes, but since it was already live I didn't see that thumbnail.

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Thursday, September 09

Anime

So, HoloCouncil...

I hadn't caught much of Kronii yet - mostly Baelz and Sana, the two Aussies, and some Mumei - but I got a glimpse of why she's so popular in their impromptu Minecraft collab.

The flower scene from that stream takes a bit of explaining, but this shouldn't.

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