If you pay attention to Fapcast 15, you'll know those blogs are nearly two weeks old. Yeah, I had a hell of a time finding time to edit the show. I told Jinx to expect it to come out in three days, Valve time. One interpretation of the mysterious Valve time is to take the projected date and multiply it by 3. Of course, Valve is the master of Valve time, and I cannot hope to emulate their technique. Hopefully, we'll be able to record again this Friday (peeling back the curtain!).
I've been putting off more game oriented blogging with anime oriented blogging much closer to the surface. I wanted to take everyone on a tour of Harbor, especially considering it's now considered a perfect town. AlphaDeus' town is pretty sweet but even he doesn't have Jacob's Ladders growing in his town as proof of its perfection. So far, I have two Jacob's Ladders near some roses and lilies in order to encourage some hybridization.
But I'm sure you're tired of me talking about Animal Crossing. Lucky for you, I don't feel like updating you on it because nothing too big has been going on. Don't forget that Wrench once went 4 straight weeks talking about MechWarrior Online, so don't think I feel guilty for talking Animal Crossing every week.
Right now, the flavor of the week for anime is A Certain Scientific Railgun S, sequel to the first season. What's surprising for the uninitiated is that this is a spin off series relating to A Certain Magical Index. While Index is a slow paced anime about building the magical/scientific world and how characters converse with each other (like DBZ, absurdly long dialog before reaching an action scene), Railgun is more lighthearted and has more likable character relations. There's also the marked difference between magic and science for the two. While a lot of screen time in Index may be spent on dialog, screen time in Railgun is spent on cutesy moments or visual memories.
The world of both Index and Railgun is essentially X-Men. Espers are pretty much mutants except people don't manifest crazy mutatations. Most powers are simply varieties off psychic powers, whether that's teleportation, pyrokinesis, or making it so that tiny things you throw don't stop even if it means punching through concrete walls. There's a class system for skill and strength too, which is in place because it takes place within Academy City, a city that is 80% students. Most espers below level 4 are like students at the Xavier/Jean Grey School for Gifted Youngsters; with some level of control with strength and fine power going down the ranks. A level 1 can only muster tiny sparks or something. Level 4 and 5 though are essentially full fledged X-Men. Mikoto Misaka, an electromaster, is pretty much DC's Static Shock on steroids. In addition to electric blasts, she can generate electromagnetism to Magneto-levels, even creating deadly swirling maelstroms of fine iron sand to shred her opponents. Her signature move is the railgun though, taking a mild mannered coin and generating enough electric power with a flick of her thumb to fire an honest to god railgun shot.
The first season involves the mystery of the level upper incident and students falling into a coma. But the mystery doesn't go full steam all 25 episodes. Several are more lightheated episodes around Misaka's childish tastes in shopping and her run ins with Index's main character, Kamijou Touma. The second season has a lot more of an interesting intersect with Index with the Accelerator and Sisters arc. I don't want to spoil it too much but Misaka's clones, the sisters, are some of my favorite characters. They're borderline robotic for you sci-fi fans but they still project some level of emotions. The Misaka sisters often talk in quotations like, "I have no idea what you're talking about, says Misaka as she feigns ignorance," after eating Misaka's (the original) ice cream.
It's interesting to see the Sisters arc from two difference perspectives. In Index, Touma is the main character and we see his fight from his perspective. In Railgun though, we see everything Touma doesn't see from Misaka's perspective, such as how she stumbled upon the Sisters conspiracy and how she tried to deal with it on her own for a while.
Also, Valvrave the Liberator finished its first season and I feel it needs a review as well since it won't be returning until October. It's amazing how I went from hating it to hinging on its every word when the show came to a close. It's gone from high school cliche with Gundam to high school cliche with Gundam and revolutionaries founding a country aside a mysterious conspiracy.
Oh yeah, Animal Crossing, I imported the Animal Crossing Special Edition 3DS XL pattern and my custom upholstered alpine furniture is looking pretty freaking sweet. Must pay off loans to make new room for furniture.