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Tuesday, January 05, 2016

Review fun with Sean O'Hara

So, it turns out that Sean's got some really... interesting... reviews. I liked this one of, ahem,  Bodacious Space Pirates, of all things. Apparently if you stare too long into the abyss of hyperspace, you'll eventually see some oversized tits.
Bodacious Space Pirates: Abyss of Hyperspace Vol. 1
Sean O'Hara's review
Sep 14, 15

liked it
bookshelves: manga, space-pirates, space-opera, science-fiction
Read on September 13, 2015

I wish the novels would come out in English. This just isn't a very good substitute.
I wonder why he is reading Bodacious Space Pirates if he can't read Japanese? Sadly, Sean can't even get the "review the editing non-review" right, and today introduced the innovative "review the non-editing non-review":
Riding the Red Horse
Sean O'Hara's review
Jan 04, 16

did not like it

This book claims to have been edited by Tom Kratman and Teddy Beale. This is a lie. They couldn't edit an elementary school newsletter. To call what they did here "editing" is an insult to editors the world over. It's more like they got their friends together and had everyone shit on a plate. And for some reason they're inordinately proud of what they produced.

But then again, there's a good chance a similar pile of shit will become President, so maybe they have a point. 
Fascinating. He's attacking everyone from Jerry Pournelle to William S. Lind. While declaring that the book - the book - claims it was edited by people who did not edit it. I wonder who did? And were they bodacious?

And then there is this, which one would have thought defied description. And yet, Sean somehow manages the trick.
Princess Jellyfish, Vol. 1
Sean O'Hara's review
Jul 20, 15

really liked it
bookshelves: manga, josei, romance
Read on July 15, 2015

How to sum up the plot of Princess Jellyfish...? Well, it's a romance involving a love triangle between a nerdy girl, a transvestite, and the transvestite's brother who's a rising star of the political world. Also, real estate plays a big role, as does fashion design and of course jellyfish.
Of course jellyfish! How could there not be jellyfish when there are transvestites?

I think it goes without saying that what we have here is a gentlemen who has never, ever, kissed a real live girl. And there is more, there is literally 548 reviews more. You have to read them to believe them; they are too freaking funny!

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108 Comments:

Blogger slarrow January 05, 2016 9:46 PM  

This is cruel, Vox...and richly deserved!

Blogger My Dead Gramps January 05, 2016 9:54 PM  

Genuinely have trouble understanding why omegas pick a fight with Vox, shouldn't someone that far down the rabbit hole be way past virtue signalling? Who the hell's signalling to, his mother?

Blogger 1337kestrel January 05, 2016 9:57 PM  

For someone who apparently likes manga and light novels... the concept of trying to summarize the "plot" misses the point entirely. It's like trying to summarize the plot of All My Children.

Blogger D. G. D. Davidson January 05, 2016 10:01 PM  

I watched the first half of the Bodacious Space Pirates anime series. I quit when I got bored. It was sluggishly paced and sorely lacking in an intelligible plot. The basic conceit, that the government hands out letters of marque to space pirates in peacetime so that they can rob cruiseliners in order to cash in on some nonsensical insurance scam, didn't make any kind of sense and strained even the generous suspension of disbelief I'm willing to grant anime.

The basic concept, a schoolgirl inherits a spaceship and becomes a space pirate captain in between classes and homework, is zany and promises silly fun, but the actual show is drab and lacking in humor. In spite of the title, it is not bodacious and doesn't even really have space pirates, merely showy insurance hucksters. On the plus side, the heroine rocks that pirate captain/magical girl outfit.

Anyway, I know John C. Wright likes Bodacious Space Pirates, so maybe it has something going for it that I can't see. On the other hand, when he blogged about it, he only mentioned that it had good theme music and an interesting use of light sails.

And that, unlike what O'Hara wrote, is a real review.

Anonymous nathan January 05, 2016 10:06 PM  

Anime News Network this kid ain't with his reviews. Quite a chuuni (middle school fantasy) story he has in his profile as well. I wonder if we can get as much fun out of his books as we did from Marston's epic.

Blogger L. Jagi Lamplighter Wright January 05, 2016 10:07 PM  

John does like BODACIOUS SPACE PIRATES. ;-)

Blogger 1337kestrel January 05, 2016 10:08 PM  

@5 - I downloaded the free sample of his Wolf book. It promises to be disturbing and bad.

Blogger D. G. D. Davidson January 05, 2016 10:11 PM  

@6 Different strokes for different folks. Much as I enjoy Mr. Wright's blog and his books, I've more than once considered movies and TV he's recommended to be duds. Maybe I was just expecting something different because of the title, but I though Bodacious Space Pirates was a major dud. A lot of money and talent went into it, and the animation quality was great, but the script just wasn't there. And the insurance scheme makes no freaking sense.

Anonymous DarthWheatley #2415 January 05, 2016 10:21 PM  

You're welcome, internet.

Anonymous Headcannon January 05, 2016 10:31 PM  

@8 On the other hand, Mr. Wright did recommend Planetes once which is an excellent anime (though an even better manga).

Anonymous KoranBurningFaggot January 05, 2016 10:37 PM  

It's more like they got their friends together and had everyone shit on a plate.

I have never had friends come over to do that. Why do I get a feeling he has?

love triangle between a nerdy girl, a transvestite, and the transvestite's brother

Not just incest tentacle porn but with jellyfish stings S&M

we have here is a gentlemen who has never, ever, kissed a real live girl

How old is this guy that has had sex with less girls than me?

Blogger Jeff Hendricks January 05, 2016 10:39 PM  

Obviously the manga press will go where the money is. Mostly teenagers, young women, and adult gamma males.

Reading through some of the manga out now just reminds me of Disney teen shows with more T & A. There's only a handful that are legitimately good, and a few more that are at least readble/watchable. Most of the really good edgy stuff was explored decades ago by Masamune Shirow, Akira, Vampire Hunter D, and a few others. The Japanese practically invented the post-apocalyptic genre from a first person perspective. But that kind of story only sells so much, and as the country's younger population grows, the money and comics follow that. Sailor Moon really cracked that market wide open, and it hasn't looked back since. Almost everything now is fan service. Even in the good stuff there's a lot of eye-roll-inducing fan service. It's kind of pathetic, really.

The Japanese market overall has gotten cheesier, and I've gotten older. I just don't follow it like I used to. Every now and then something good comes along, but that's rare. Even something I'd consider "great" like Cowboy Bebop or "pretty good" like Sword Art Online has cheesy fan service in it.

Blogger D. G. D. Davidson January 05, 2016 10:44 PM  

@12 And nowadays, Sailor Moon looks pretty tame compared to some of the stuff that followed in its footsteps.

Of course, without Sailor Moon, we'd have no Revolutionary Girl Utena, which is dreck, but without Utena, we'd have no Princess Tutu, which is awesome. So there's that.

Anonymous Viidad January 05, 2016 10:44 PM  

I once watched the Neon Genesis Evangelion series thanks to The Aardvark.

We're barely on speaking terms anymore.

Anonymous Headcannon January 05, 2016 10:51 PM  

Here's a particularly hilarious review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/212780344

Even the manga/anime world has its own message fic crap.

Blogger 1337kestrel January 05, 2016 11:02 PM  

@15, Really? That's the most gender bending Japanese manga he could find? That's the one that will outrage conservatives? Not Ranma 1/2? No Bra? 19sai no Seifuku? It's literally a collection of subgenres. Literally. I can't even.

Blogger 1337kestrel January 05, 2016 11:06 PM  

By the way, since this is now a manga thread, there's one called Hope that reminded me of the CHORFs. Basically, a young character goes to a party with a bunch of manga authors and gets sexually assaulted.

Blogger Were-Puppy January 05, 2016 11:06 PM  

What genre is Bastard!

Blogger S1AL January 05, 2016 11:09 PM  

Vox must have a loser magnet built into his computer. There's no other explanation.

Anonymous Headcannon January 05, 2016 11:09 PM  

@16 I don't think he's read anything older than a few years like most SJWs, so no chance he would have read those. Plus they're like totally old and have plots which are two fatal flaws for the modern anime fan.

Blogger macengr January 05, 2016 11:12 PM  

I flagged his review. I've been using Goodreads since 2007 so maybe they'll consider it

Blogger Jeff Hendricks January 05, 2016 11:13 PM  

@13 D. G. I have you to thank for turning me on to RWBY, too. Still enjoying it, great show, great soundtrack. Not too much fan service, but it's made by Americans, so... go figure?

Nothing ticks off fanboys like when I tell them I have an actual waifu. Like, the real kind, flesh and blood. Gets 'em every time.

Blogger LP999 S.I.G. Burnin' Up January 05, 2016 11:14 PM  

Where have Tom or Vox lied? Neither did.

Sean mixed, errored in names. According to Kanato's Teddy, Teddy is not pleased. References: Kanato, Diabolik.

Prison School's tv version: a few cruel girls pay for their lies/awfulness, only after the girls make the innocent boys suffer 30 days of school sanctioned prison torture. Boys endure and win. The boys reflected honor, humor, intellect over feminism and successful team work.)

Blogger Groot January 05, 2016 11:18 PM  

This is a picture of me when I was a centaur, and Mrs. Groot wasn't Norwegian. Manga.. little girls... what am I missing? BTW, Marauders of Gor was the best book of the series, with one of the best denouements in the history of fiction. What mastery of suspense.

Blogger bob k. mando January 05, 2016 11:19 PM  

14. Viidad January 05, 2016 10:44 PM
I once watched the Neon Genesis Evangelion series thanks to The Aardvark.
We're barely on speaking terms anymore.



the original NGE anime had some good points ... but it's also a hot mess, especially at the end.

the manga ( which was why i got into it ) was much better. especially where they cleaned up the last couple of episodes and gave it a real ending.


16. 1337kestrel January 05, 2016 11:02 PM
Not Ranma 1/2?


i understand the highly specialized reason why you're bringing Ranma up ... but that's not really one of Rumiko's better works.


speaking of offending people though, you know how in the last thread douchebagretard accused Vox of farting all over the party?

you understand that Sean is saying that his highest aspiration in life is to fart all over conservatives, right?


"I want to break into a school in a really conservative district and plant copies of this book in the library, just to watch the ensuing outrage from moral guardians. ...
But Certain People will still object."


SJWs always project.

this is why you "can't" express honest opinions around them. if your opinion differs from the one they already hold, their default assumption will be that the only reason you could possibly be expressing it is that you're trying to troll them.

because that's what they're constantly trying to do.

Blogger Jeff Hendricks January 05, 2016 11:21 PM  

Anybody here read Gunsmith Cats? I really enjoyed that one, despite the fanservice... Guns, cars, hot chicks shooting guns and driving cars... They used a real Shelby GT500 for the sound effects in the anime, too.

Probably too old and pro-gun for the SJW crowd.

Blogger D. G. D. Davidson January 05, 2016 11:22 PM  

@22 I think RWBY is supposed to be a children's show, so it has some appropriate restraint. I believe Monty Oum said it was for children. Of course, Sailor Moon was also a children's show.

And Sailor Moon may have made it popular for young adult men to watch cartoons for girls in their dorm rooms (the original My Little Pony, you might say), but fanservice-heavy anime for sexually frustrated young dudes predates it. The college boys weren't really Sailor Moon's prime target audience. Tenchi Muyo probably played a bigger role in creating fanservicey anime as we now know it. In magical girls, teen boys weren't a prime target audience until Lyrical Nanoha, if I remember rightly, not until the 2000s.

Anonymous Bastiat January 05, 2016 11:26 PM  

I kind of want to realistically re-norm my review scale so that I can more finely rate Mr. Wright's work, but seeing as it's only 1-5 stars and they are gaming against my favorite authors...I'll just have to give them their rating un-normed.

As to Manga/Anime, I see that the illustrious O'Hara deemed fit to give One Punch man a 3-stars. Probably the only new anime I've ever gotten into since college and it was a blast!
Granted I still watch/read only One Piece, Berserk, JoJo, and Gintama.

(was I the only one that got Mr. Wrights Ghost in the Shell reference to his extra intro chapter to Hermetic Millennia)

Blogger Jeff Hendricks January 05, 2016 11:27 PM  

Good point, D.G. I watched Tenchi Muyo back in the day... Totally fanservice. Ryoko was smoking.

The director of RWBY blogged this week about how the show was taking a darker turn, and it was mostly family friendly up to this point because they were setting the stage. I still don't think it will go on a sexual bender, more likely death and loss (based on soundtrack lyrics and general theme). The last episode was pretty grim. (pun intended)

Anonymous Headcannon January 05, 2016 11:28 PM  

@18 Probably whatever genre JoJo's Bizarre Adventure is supposed to be. So, like, Shonen, but centered on a lot of men's men blowing things up and beating the forces of evil into dust.

Blogger Student in Blue January 05, 2016 11:28 PM  

@Viidad
I once watched the Neon Genesis Evangelion series thanks to The Aardvark.

We're barely on speaking terms anymore.


Baahahaha!

@Headcannon
Even the manga/anime world has its own message fic crap.

Pretty sure that's true for ANY work of fiction. It's an inherent challenge of world-building.

Blogger Student in Blue January 05, 2016 11:30 PM  

Probably whatever genre JoJo's Bizarre Adventure is supposed to be.

JoJo's genre is so manly it's almost Faaaabulous!

Actually that's more from the clothing design and poses they like to strike.

Blogger D. G. D. Davidson January 05, 2016 11:33 PM  

@29 Only version of Tenchi Muyo I've seen is the TV series, released in the US as Tenchi Universe, the only version that's not rated TV-MA. I was almost as bored as I was watching Bodacious Space Pirates. I woke up briefly for the appearance of Pretty Sammy, who went on to get her own TV show, and then I went to sleep again.

Blogger Aeoli Pera January 05, 2016 11:40 PM  

His deviantart page is disappointingly tame.

http://gameslave.deviantart.com/

And were they bodacious?

You didn't answer the question.

Blogger Aeoli Pera January 05, 2016 11:44 PM  

His deviantart page is disappointingly tame.

Presuming it's him, of course. Lots of Sean o'Haras out there, probably a couple who enjoy bodacious anime space pirates.

Blogger Aeoli Pera January 05, 2016 11:46 PM  

The director of RWBY blogged this week about how the show was taking a darker turn, and it was mostly family friendly up to this point because they were setting the stage.

Can't they give Monty Oum's body time to cool before they fuck up his legacy project?

Anonymous nathan January 05, 2016 11:46 PM  

Gunsmith Cats is classic, as was Riding Bean. Larry Correia gun porn before Larry Correct started writing.

In general, I prefer 90s and early 00s anime to the current shows (Girls und Panzer excluded). But Tenchi Muyo, Love Hina, and (sadly and unintentionally) Card Captor Sakura from those days opened the floodgates for a lot that is bad since then.

RWBY is a cautious watch. Rooster Teeth has always tended to pink fantasy, and I think there will be SJW convergence soon.

Blogger D. G. D. Davidson January 05, 2016 11:48 PM  

@36 Ugh. Didn't hear about that. That may have ruined my day. Well, I'll cross my fingers and hope "darker turn" just means the plot is gearing up, not "everybody starts whinging about his psychosexual issues."

Blogger Student in Blue January 05, 2016 11:49 PM  

@Aeoli Pera
His deviantart page is disappointingly tame.

>Having a DeviantArt Page in the first place
No.

>Screenshot of MapleStory
No!

>Anime kawaii desu ne lol so randum amirite xd everywhere
NO!

The thing that kills me is that he was posting and liking this stuff as late as 19. Normally by that point in your life you'd be starting to get better taste than a 13-year-old.

Blogger D. G. D. Davidson January 05, 2016 11:51 PM  

@37 Cardcaptor Sakura was not an accident. That was CLAMP's first major attempt at SJW soapboxing. The entire manga, and to a lesser extent the anime (which deleted or evaded some of the comic's content), is an effort to normalize sexual perversions and make them look cute. That's why the pedo crowd rallied around it.

Anonymous Michael Maier January 06, 2016 12:04 AM  

You know... just like I have previously wished for a better class of troll here, I really wish someone who isn't a total pussy would cross swords with TDI...

These guys are pathetic walking cliches... I suppose more interesting folks have better things to do than post idiotic fauxviews of books on Goodreads... but man... this dude's train is FUCKED.

Anonymous nathan January 06, 2016 12:06 AM  

I'd argue that X was CLAMP's first soapboxing, and Wish was pretty bad as well, but that was concurrent with CCS. But I blame CCS for the lolicon, moe, and little sister fetishes because Sakura is such an idealized (not sexualized) little girl that she had appeal to a lot of gammas. And then the fandom, which has always had issues with porn, sexualized the little sister idea. Moe, too, started innocent (my daughter vs mai waifu) but creepy, then the pervs turned it into the scourge of 2005 to today that wiped out most interesting female characterisation in anime.

Anonymous aegis-1080 January 06, 2016 12:22 AM  

One of the reasons that I don't get SJWs on nerd shit is that, well, all the women that I know that are deep on nerd shit are, you guessed it, huge anime fans.

So their complains don't make sense. Yes, is emotional moral posturing so it doesn't have to make sense, but is still pretty crazy.

Blogger D. G. D. Davidson January 06, 2016 12:25 AM  

@42 Not really familiar with X. Saw the movie, which stunk. Probably didn't have time for the soapboxing in that, so they must have cut it.

Sakura herself isn't sexualized, no, but there's a swirl of weird-ass relationships going on around her, to which she's largely oblivious. While reading that comic, I kept thinking over and over, "Huh, that's really weird," and then I just shrugged and continued until finally I reached a point where it was just too much and I said, "Whoa, this thing is sick." I felt like I'd been groomed. I think it was the ten-year-old having a secret relationship with the teacher that finally did it. They cut that part out of the anime series with extreme prejudice, and its absence improves the story considerably.

Also, Sakura is one of the most boring protagonists in the genre. In being idealized, she's not so very different from prior magical girls like, say, Minky Momo, but Momo actually had a personality and knew what the frick was going on and did things under her own volition instead of waiting for her side characters to scream orders at her.

But you and I are certainly in agreement that Cardcaptor Sakura played a major role in wrecking its genre and, by extension, the rest of the medium it influenced. The heroine of Lyrical Nanoha, the first breakout magical girl for older male audiences, is basically an expy of Sakura. Nanoha is Sakura without the veneer of innocence.

Anonymous Cassie January 06, 2016 12:28 AM  

@11 I really don't remember Princess Jellyfish being like that at all. Unless I'm mistaking it for another series, my impression was that it was about how the children of wealthy boomer Japanese parents were getting screwed over by said parents' failure to actually, you know, parent, thus leaving the socially crippled children pathetically adrift in a crumbling society with no future.

As for CLAMP, I did like a couple of their series, Cardcaptor less so than Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle and xxxHolic. (Not porn despite title.) Holic actually did a very touching storyline that involved spirits of aborted children needing to be rescued.

Mushishi is pure animated scenery porn, worth watching if you like your scenery accompanied by slow-paced episodic plot dealing with creepy Japanese spirit stuff. ;)

Anonymous nathan January 06, 2016 12:37 AM  

Unfortunately, the squick factor you've described about CCS is pretty much a feature of any CLAMP work. Loved their early art, but they weren't the greatest of influences on the field.

Blogger rho January 06, 2016 12:51 AM  

I didn't think it was possible to review manga. Artistic style is hugely subjective. One man's Monet is another's Pollock. The plotlines are operatic, by which I mean convoluted and nonsensical, and written in Japanese. Maybe in Japanese it's subtle poetry steeped in irony, but it seems translation to English turns the story into "Fox in Socks" on mescaline. I assume this is where the titty and panty pictures help out.

Still, lots of grown men seem to enjoy this stuff. I'd like to make fun of them, but I have pointed opinions on a lot of ridiculous things myself.

I wonder if Sean O'Hara has turned his gimlet SJW eye on his beloved manga and anime? I admit I've not been tuned into the scene since it was called Japanimation, but the characters seem pretty homogeneous. I will grant that the genre often has a strong, powerful female lead, but she equally often has a great rack, or looks good in a cheerleader skirt.

Put another way, I'm pretty sure there are few body-positive mangas, excluding bodies with one or more tentacles. The Gamma nerd revolt will be hilarious when They come for the anime.

Anonymous VFM#743 January 06, 2016 1:00 AM  

We came, we saw, we lol'd

Far from thinking that dude hasn't kissed a girl, I'm thinking he probably has at least one chained up in his crappy basement apartment. Probably has a boy too, because he wouldn't want to seem homophobic anything.

Blogger Geir Balderson January 06, 2016 1:25 AM  

"Genuinely have trouble understanding why omegas pick a fight with Vox,"

Well, it could be similar to how Billy Clanton responded to Doc Holliday's wink at the commencement of the Gunfight at the OK Corral. (Tombstone, 1993)

Pride goeth before a fall or at least a hole in your chest.
I suspect a low level of life experiences and intelligence may play into it as well. And, there is that bit of bravado in his "You owe me!" statements to his fellow rabbits. He needs their acceptance of his deeds and a hearty "Good Boy!!".

Blogger rho January 06, 2016 2:01 AM  

Well, it could be similar to how Billy Clanton responded to Doc Holliday's wink at the commencement of the Gunfight at the OK Corral. (Tombstone, 1993)


Yes, it could be very similar to a movie reference, 10+ years ago.

The question was, Genuinely have trouble understanding why omegas pick a fight with Vox.

The answer is, because they believe that position to be advantageous.

You'll see a similar situation in soldiers who adopted the keffiyeh.

OpenID Jack Amok January 06, 2016 2:06 AM  

Still, lots of grown men seem to enjoy this stuff. I'd like to make fun of them, but I have pointed opinions on a lot of ridiculous things myself.

I've come to the conclusion, enjoy whatever the hell you want, as long as it doesn't define you.

Blogger rho January 06, 2016 2:18 AM  

I've come to the conclusion, enjoy whatever the hell you want, as long as it doesn't define you.

Yes, but, it turns out it kinda does.

Anonymous I Am Irony, Man January 06, 2016 2:38 AM  

Vox: "So, it turns out that Sean's got some really... interesting... reviews."

Also, some really...interesting...viewpoints on:

Male Prison Rape: "Don't drop the soap, Charlie Brown"

Treatment of women: "Drive her out to the country and leave her on the side of the road."

Democrat intelligence: "If we end up with President Trump because every rightwing whackjob in the country turned out to vote while the Democrats stayed home to watch Judge Joe Brown, I'm blaming you guys."

Ableism: "Meanwhile, over on the batshit insane side of the Internet, some people have decided this movie is a feminist plot to emasculate action movies"

Marital rape: "Hmm, how do you feel about VoxDay's take on wifely submission"

And the real kicker...:

Irony: "That's what oppression is -- dictating what somebody else can do when it doesn't concern you at all." (Like rating certain books and reviews on Goodreads, perhaps?)

Blogger rho January 06, 2016 3:11 AM  

Glad to see the relevant post of "I Am Irony, Man".

Anonymous I Am Irony, Man January 06, 2016 3:20 AM  

Oops, forgot this one:

Classism (via embedded sig): "Third World countries are worthy of our derision. -Sean O'Hara"

Anonymous I Am Irony, Man January 06, 2016 3:26 AM  

rho @54: "Glad to see the relevant post of "I Am Irony, Man"."

You all owe me.

Anonymous Set January 06, 2016 3:39 AM  

There's a scene in the second episode I think of Girl Space Pirates Who Don't Do Anything where the main girl's mother takes her shooting in the desert. They use laser rifles, and they practice proper discipline and wear laser glasses, which they don't point out and is an easy detail to miss. The first five episodes are the only ones where anything happens, though.

Blogger ray January 06, 2016 3:40 AM  

Sean is waiting for BSP to come out in English so that he can continue to ignore the text whilst staring at copious scrawlings of titties.

On the plus side, the Trumpster's looming presidency instills terror in Sean. So, I praise God for the little joys.

Blogger Wes January 06, 2016 4:10 AM  

It's more like they got their friends together and had everyone shit on a plate. And for some reason they're inordinately proud of what they produced.

Of course, without having partaken of this delectable repast, how would he know about the plate's contents?

But then again, there's a good chance a similar pile of shit will become President, so maybe they have a point.

He has more faith in Hillary than I do. And Obama already "served" two terms, so he's out.

Then again, he was ineligible the first time around, and that didn't halt his ambitions. So maybe he has a point.

Blogger Krul January 06, 2016 4:54 AM  

Speaking of anime, the next Berserk is coming out this year.

Yeah, I know the CG in the new Berserk films doesn't look great, but I'm still looking forward to it because the original Berserk is my favorite anime by far*, and this next project is supposed to continue the story after that.

*Seriously, it's like all the best qualities of Game of thrones and God of War in one show.

Anonymous Ain January 06, 2016 4:55 AM  

A plate full of poop? Did he steal that one from JS?

Blogger The Rev January 06, 2016 7:33 AM  

Princess Jellyfish is heartwarming and adorable. That is all.

Blogger James Dixon January 06, 2016 8:23 AM  

> But then again, there's a good chance a similar pile of shit will become President, so maybe they have a point.

And in one sentence, we have the summation of why Trump should be our next president. Because of what it will do to people like this.

I didn't have any great expectations of Card Captor Sakura, but the amime turned out to be a halfway good coming of age story. And I agree with Cassie about xxxHolic and Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle.

No love here for Claymore or Fairy Tail?

Blogger doug whiddon January 06, 2016 8:25 AM  

For what its worth Sean was commenting on the Manga (which has been published in English), and lamenting that the light novels have not been published in English.

And as someone who loves anime and manga, that is a feeling I share. There are lots of light novels I would love to read in English, but most will never be translated.

Blogger Jeff Hendricks January 06, 2016 8:25 AM  

@36 Aeoli- re: RWBY

Make of this what you may.
http://roosterteeth.com/post/51193367

Blogger Student in Blue January 06, 2016 9:24 AM  

And as someone who loves anime and manga, that is a feeling I share. There are lots of light novels I would love to read in English, but most will never be translated.

A ton of light novels are garbage in terms of storytelling ability, and the translations don't help whatsoever.

Anonymous IndecisiveEvidence January 06, 2016 9:25 AM  

Vox how dare you make fun of anime fans who are nearing 30 without ever having missed a woman? Just for that insult I'm defecting to SJW lol jk I'm not a faggot.

Gunsmith Cats was dumb fun. I enjoyed it but could have done without all the underage sex hinting with the bomb girl.

Baccano was brilliant.

Blogger Were-Puppy January 06, 2016 9:27 AM  

@32 Student in Blue
Probably whatever genre JoJo's Bizarre Adventure is supposed to be.

JoJo's genre is so manly it's almost Faaaabulous!

Actually that's more from the clothing design and poses they like to strike.
---

I never saw the anime, but I had a fighting game on the Dreamcast of Jo Jo.

The Bastard! was humorous. Something like a good kingdom is under attack so they have to revive their most evil guy they have in hibernation or something to deal with it. They end up having to deal with him after he gets irritated and destroys whatever enemy is attacking them.

Blogger Were-Puppy January 06, 2016 9:29 AM  

@33 D. G. D. Davidson

@29 Only version of Tenchi Muyo I've seen is the TV series, released in the US as Tenchi Universe, the only version that's not rated TV-MA. I was almost as bored as I was watching Bodacious Space Pirates. I woke up briefly for the appearance of Pretty Sammy, who went on to get her own TV show, and then I went to sleep again.
---

I think i've seen all those, years back. IIRC, each one was a kind of retelling of the original series, but they change little things here and there.

There was one that didn't even have Tenchi in it. GXP Space Police or something. It did have some bodacious space pirates in it too.

Blogger sapopular January 06, 2016 9:40 AM  

Weird. I assumed he was a fat woman with colored hair. Gamma/ommega talk as problematic teenage girls.

Blogger doug whiddon January 06, 2016 9:56 AM  

@66 "A ton of light novels are garbage in terms of storytelling ability, and the translations don't help whatsoever."

True, but I would still give almost anything to be able to read the Captain Tylor, or Tenchi novels in English.

@67 Bomb-girl (May "Mini-May" Hopkins) is a full adult. She's just petite. (although that's probably just the artist covering up his desire to draw naughty pics of a young girl and get away with it.)

@69 There are 2 (3 if you count Dual!) Tenchi series that don't have Tenchi as a main character. GXP was about his cousin (but Tenchi is in a couple of episodes) and War On Geminar (which I still haven't seen) which is about his younger half-brother.

Blogger Jeff Hendricks January 06, 2016 10:11 AM  

@71 Doug:

I thought I remembered Minnie May being 16 in the manga. I'm going to have to find them again and see.

Blogger Giraffe January 06, 2016 10:34 AM  

2016 is going to be a long year, Sean.

Anonymous Headcannon January 06, 2016 10:39 AM  

@66 Not to mention, these SJW types don't want stuff like Slayers, Full Metal Panic, or Captain Tylor translated. I'd be surprised if you could even find an SJW who likes any of those series.

Part of the reason I'm surprised the Legend of the Galactic Heroes novels and anime are getting released here. I can't see too many people buying them when there's a new schoolgirl anime with underage girls doing nothing coming out.

Anonymous Novae Gratiae January 06, 2016 10:43 AM  

Just when you think they've done all they could do with anal fixation and poopy talk, they surprise you with steaming plates, vaporous Voxes and so forth.

On the basis of aesthetics alone ilkism is preferable to SJWism, for those of us easily queased.

Anonymous No January 06, 2016 10:44 AM  

A longer year, Sean. Say ELoE to your faceless friends.

Anonymous No January 06, 2016 10:51 AM  

Wait a minute...how did I miss that Sean O'Hara also is an author with 4 books listed at Goodreads?

Whoops.

Anonymous nathan January 06, 2016 11:05 AM  

@74

TokyoPop actually released Slayers and FMP light novels about 8 years back...right before they went out of business. Hopefully someone can get the rights and republish them. My guess, though, if it was published before The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, it won't be of interest to the current animecon crowd.

Anonymous nathan January 06, 2016 11:18 AM  

Looks like Legend of the Galactic Heroes light novels are buy used only, when they're released. Editor is a rabid Puppykicker and was a leader in the drive to get Lovecraft statuettes replaced at the World Fantasy Awards.

Blogger Drew January 06, 2016 11:48 AM  

Wait... Sean is a male? Didn't know until the end of the post.

Anonymous That Would Be Telling January 06, 2016 12:30 PM  

Gunsmith Cats was dumb fun. I enjoyed it but could have done without all the underage sex hinting with the bomb girl.

The original left no doubt, some scenes were deleted in the Dark Horse US adaptation. Which I've read was extra funny because it started long enough ago that the pages were flipped (Japanese read top to bottom, right to left). So the author's careful work to have people driving on the right side of the road over here was negated, and it still had the absurdly percentage of left handed people.

Part of the reason I'm surprised the Legend of the Galactic Heroes novels and anime are getting released here. I can't see too many people buying them when there's a new schoolgirl anime with underage girls doing nothing coming out.

A lot of older fans with money will be buying them (not me, too depressing), and if you want to see a great effort at staging space battles with tens of thousands of ships using old school animation (the nominal strength of a fleet was 10K ships), all set to classical music, it's very much worth checking out. At the very least take a look at episodes 15-6, although you may never listen to the 4th movement of Dvorak's New World Symphony the same way again. The original novels, though, yeah be careful, for if the first two seasons of the anime were accurate, there's a tremendous amount of damage a SJW mis-translator/editor could do to them.

Tenchi Muyo, I wouldn't seriously recommend anything but the first 6 OVAs, which were a gem with a lot of fantastic action. After the huge success of that the franchise has been milked way too much, with an immediate disastrous decision to change which woman won the lead's favor, in favor of endless cat fights. Not planning on doing any more, they'd also written themselves into a corner from which it was very hard to create drama after....

The Bastard! was humorous. Something like a good kingdom is under attack so they have to revive their most evil guy they have in hibernation or something to deal with it. They end up having to deal with him after he gets irritated and destroys whatever enemy is attacking them.

Another old school favorite, the anime at least, strictly speaking the name refers to the type of sword. The "evil guy" is an avatar of human lust and all that, but was sealed into an innocent boy. Who thinks the world of the maiden who unsealed the evil wizard, who's now sort of a fusion of the two. It's good for the humor, drama, and a protagonist who wins as much by strategy and cleverness as the shear power which he has in spades.

Card Captor Sakura, yeah, Sakura is a good, righteous and innocent girl completely surrounded by perverts (it's probably easier to list the main and secondary characters who aren't, which fortunately includes the boy she ends up with). But the anime has a lot of cute, good fun and action, without the sick and/or nasty twist or two Clamp seems to have in their other works. And part of the fun was seeing her keep to the straight and narrow while surrounded by perversion.

Thanks for the warnings about Girl Space Pirates Who Don't Do Anything, the premise turned me off, I don't find anything romantic about pirates, and that it's even sillier than I'd heard is no surprise.

Anonymous No January 06, 2016 12:52 PM  

"The book is a chilling and all too accurate depiction of how felines gain control of human minds and turn us into mindless slaves."

Okay, Sean. That's about as plausible an excuse that there is for what we might catch you doing with Mr. Twinklestar.

Anonymous No January 06, 2016 12:59 PM  

"This book reads like a third-rate Charlie Stross wannabe writing a fourth-rate James Bond pastiche -- which is especially pathetic when you consider Stross is a third rate writer to begin with, which makes this a tenth rate book."

No, Sean! Not Uncle Charlie! He can limit your career!

Blogger Aeoli Pera January 06, 2016 1:22 PM  

@65 Jeff Hendricks,

Make of this what you may.
http://roosterteeth.com/post/51193367


No change in opinion. Dark means less color, and color is the point of the show.

We have to face facts. Oum was the only man who ever lived who could make a fight scene that looked like a symphony made out of fists. They will try to imitate this effect and they will fail, and no one will be able to tell why the best part of the show feels wrong.

Blogger Aeoli Pera January 06, 2016 1:24 PM  

Donald Trump will make anime real.

I'm not saying anything, I'm just saying.

Blogger Aeoli Pera January 06, 2016 1:27 PM  

@48

Far from thinking that dude hasn't kissed a girl, I'm thinking he probably has at least one chained up in his crappy basement apartment.

Islamophobe.

Blogger Jeff Hendricks January 06, 2016 1:33 PM  

@Aeoli
You can tell the fight scenes in season 3 aren't as good as the first 2 seasons with Monty, specifically the camera angles are all jacked up. The fight with Flynt and Neon (an obvious Nyancat shoutout) vs. Weiss and Yang was awful. Camera looked like the camera "man" had Parkinson's. The music and story are still good, but it was the fight scenes from the trailers that originally sold me on the show.

They may get better as the season goes on, but I don't know. Also, watching the RTX panels where fans are asking them "when will a LGBT+ character be introduced? When will there be a body-positive character?" were just painful to watch.

To Rooster Teeth's credit, they evaded the question. We'll see.

Anonymous IndecisiveEvidence January 06, 2016 1:43 PM  

I read the rerelease of Gunsmith Cats. Minnie was said to be 16 and boasted of enough prior sexual experience and expertise to make her boyfriend blush. Completely unnecessary.

Slayers was my jam. Though I have seasons 4 and 5 back logged, I have been told I should throw those away unwatched.

The only RWBY I have seen was the trailers. The only thing I remember was that the true hero of the Yang trailer was Junior. This magic girl comes into his bar, threatens him for no good reason, beats down half his staff in a fight she picked and he didn't, beats down both his own magical girls, and HE STILL WADES IN TO THE FIGHT. He has magical girls on staff so he knows how powerful they are in this universe and he still goes toe to toe with one. That's courage.

Anonymous nathan January 06, 2016 3:10 PM  

Minnie May is the hooker with a heart of, well, I can't really call it gold given some of the scenes people are describing here and elsewhere, and a head full of crazy. And I do mean actual hooker. I did forget about her character when I made my recommendation. Still like Rally in GSC and the anime take on Chicago, but I am ever grateful this wasn't made today.

Blogger Aeoli Pera January 06, 2016 3:14 PM  

@87 Jeff Hendricks,

When I first watched it, my reaction was "Holy hell, this is My Little Pony with kung fu!" Now it's going to be My Little Pony with bad kung fu and no Lauren Faust. Hopefully they can keep a lid on it but I'm betting on disappointment.

Anonymous Headcannon January 06, 2016 4:13 PM  

@81 Yeah, being mostly a fan of old school anime is a bit tough to navigate these days since so many SJWs infest the localization companies. Especially when some of them so blatantly overstep their bounds like the Prison School/GamerGate thing.

I'm glad LOTGH finally got licensed, it's just a shame its in the hands of such an untrustworthy bunch.

Anonymous That Would Be Telling January 06, 2016 5:16 PM  

@91 Headcannon:

Well, Funimation has never been known for quality localization, but what was reported for Prison School is particularly vile because it completely rewrote what was being said; that Gamergate was shoehorned for needless Western flavor is the least of the problems. Even when not politicized, I'd expect that SJW's translations to be mostly incorrect, they do always lie after all.

Sentai is not known for always doing good translations, their Mawaru Penguindrum (what followed Utena, and the latest work from that mad genius is about a bunch of lesbians and the bears who eat them (really)) is reported to be all but worthless, but as ADV it was historically much less politically correct, and given the magnitude of localizing LOGH I wouldn't be surprised if they tried to start with the fan translation.

For those unfamiliar, Boring Germans in Space is the longest made direct for video animation production in history, 110 TV timed episodes long plus 3 movies, 52 episodes of prequel, etc., with "a cast of thousands". Seriously, the cast list is so huge, I just roughly counted on the Wikipedia page 100 Galactic Empire characters with specific voice actors and around 70 for the other sides. In the original release pretty much every time a character first shows up in an episode a subtitle tells us his name and position.

Extremely complicated, and almost entirely politically incorrect, in fact, it's pretty far from being like contemporaneous anime or what is normally thought of as anime, I'm not too worried about SJW adaptation, I'm more worried about accuracy and it selling well.

Anonymous IndecisiveEvidence January 06, 2016 5:52 PM  

That's the first I've heard of this Prison School flap. And I had just purchased some anime from Funimation. That's what I get for PAYING for entertainment I guess. Not happening again.

Anonymous That Would Be Telling January 06, 2016 6:08 PM  

@93 IndecisiveEvidence:

Last I heard Funimation is entirely happy with this proud and unrepentant SJW butchering their property, but then again they're a generally vile company. They've got some good titles but there are plenty of other companies doing good work and that know their market is not interested in Western leftism (that's precisely why a lot of us turned to anime after all), you don't need to avoid them all.

Anonymous IndecisiveEvidence January 06, 2016 6:16 PM  

The animus I end up buying are few these days so it's sadly no big loss. Does free me from any obligation to defend them though.

What companies do you recommend? Apart from that one dead outfit that did squid girl, my rack is all Funi or Sentai.

Anonymous That Would Be Telling January 06, 2016 6:47 PM  

@95: Sentai et. al., obviously, but also look at Right Stuf's labels, they're doing a variety of fun things, and Sunrise (Bandai) has returned to the US market using them (so far all UC Gundam titles, though, plus Turn A). Ah, I notice Pony Canyon is directly putting out stuff, if you're interested in the new "magical girl with a serious cost" genre there's Yuki Yuna is a Hero, but it's not cheap (there's been some economic convergence with the Japanese market).

Discotek under the Eastern Star label has been doing a lot of interesting titles, license rescues, seriously old school including early-mid '70s titles and the first OVA (Oshi Mamoru's Dallos; Sentai is also doing very old school titles), with good US pricing. And NIS America is using the Japanese model, deluxe releases, one printing, buy now or else, ditto Aniplex (Sony) but less deluxe, better prices, and maybe they keep some titles in print longer.

Those, plus Sentai et. al. and Funimation are the ones I currently pay attention to. And for the last few years, whenever I've thought of spending money on anime, somehow Funimation titles aren't making the cut in favor of other labels'....

Anonymous IndecisiveEvidence January 06, 2016 7:28 PM  

Noted. I've got some of Rightstuf's stuf.

That sounds like basically everyone BUT Funimation. Is Funi the only bad actor?

Anonymous nathan January 06, 2016 7:35 PM  

Any word on Viz? I know their lit wing is Vile770 staffed, but not sure about Manga or anime wings.

Anonymous Headcannon January 06, 2016 8:10 PM  

The only recent Funi thing I've seen has been Blood Blockade Battlefront. They didn't cut out the blatant Christianity and symbolism, so that was nice. Otherwise they haven't licensed anything I've liked for a long time.

I hope Viz isn't full of SJWs, because their releases of My Hero Academia, One Punch Man, and World Trigger are about the only modern manga series I read.

Anonymous That Would Be Telling January 06, 2016 8:24 PM  

@97: Yeah, Funimation is the only seriously bad actor, and beyond the quality of their releases, they don't play well with others, for example trying to help Sojitz destroy Sentai after it had destroyed ADV (an object lesson that no doubt made a lot of US companies more careful in dealing with Japanese ones). Manga Entertainment has put out a lot of bad, flawed releases, don't buy from them without doing your research and confirming the title is an exception.

Pretty much always do research, as noted Sentai has done a very badly translated release, and see below for Viz. I'm not sure I'd automatically trust anyone but Right Stuf, who have been doing a small volume of releases since about their beginning (like '60s Astro Boy), have good management and a lot of brand equity to protect. Of course, what really matters is if a company makes things right, in all these cases they've refused to or not acknowledged the problem, whereas Bandai consistently used low quality DVD replicators but always exchanged bad discs.

@98 I forgot about Viz, they've got some blockbuster titles, but be careful. I haven't heard anything generally wrong about their older releases, and they did a great job with the remastered Blu-ray Ranma 1/2 TV, but their subcontractor did a horrible job with the remastered Sailor Moon Blu-ray video. Bad enough the DVDs are as good or better, and we know there's a better master in Japan, not that Japanese companies always supply good masters to US companies, but for example the Italian release has vastly better video, although for some reason the audio is reported to be the best ever.

Worse, Viz refused to fix the problems, they're leaving a lot of money on the table from older fans for whom that series is a favorite. Actually, come to think of it every release of Sailor Moon in the US in every type of media has been awful, except from Geneon (Pioneer) and I assume Kodansha's re-release of the manga, and maybe the new Crystal, which is more true to the manga but has none of the magic of the original anime adaptation. Even the mid-90s US TV release bombed when the property was doing a billion dollars a year worldwide.

Blogger D. G. D. Davidson January 06, 2016 8:43 PM  

@96 Crunchyroll has Yuki Yuna Is a Hero free and legal. It also has the series that sparked the current trend in magical girls, Puella Magi Madoka Magica, which Yuki Yuna skewers, at least when it's not skewering inferior Azumanga Daioh knockoffs.

Yuki Yuna is yet another anime with misplaced fanservice, but is otherwise a pretty good show. Admittedly, I'm hoping the genre gets over this emo streak that Madoka started, but I can't deny some good stuff has come out of it.

@87 What the heck does body-positive mean? I can't keep up with this nonsense. No, on second thought, I don't even want to know.

Anonymous That Would Be Telling January 06, 2016 9:03 PM  

Might as well round this out after checking some sources:

"Sentai et. al." are the successors of ADV Films, including Section23, Sentai, Maiden Japan and AEsir Holdings, and one "ADV" release of Elfen Lied, Right Stuf's labels include Nozomi and Lucky Penny.

Anime Sols does crowdfunding, and has published Black Jack, Creamy Mami, and Brother, Dear Brother so far.

New Video does a lot of random stuff including RWBY (an American title) and some anime.

Blogger D. G. D. Davidson January 06, 2016 9:27 PM  

@100

Kodansha's release of the Sailor Moon manga, of which I have the entirety on the shelf behind me, is extraordinarily wooden. It reads like something translated by a third-year Japanese student with a dictionary and no poetry in his soul.

But let's be honest: it's not a heart-breaking work of staggering genius anyway. But it is the whole series, finally complete in English, including the prequel and the side stories, so Kodansha deserves credit for that.

@102 I thought Anime Sols shut down.

Anonymous IndecisiveEvidence January 06, 2016 9:58 PM  

body positive = fat.

Anonymous Taarkoth January 07, 2016 1:26 PM  

@88 The new seasons of Slayers are... not great, but are a decent workmanlike 3 stars. In comparison to the original 3 seasons and the OVAs and movies.

In comparison to a lot of modern day stuff I'd say they're 4 star.

I'd also have to recommend One Piece as the only shonen series I watch other than JoJo.

Blogger The Aardvark January 07, 2016 3:29 PM  

@14
Viidad, shall we speak of you and the Purple Wig?

Blogger The Aardvark January 07, 2016 4:10 PM  

Our Aardvark Tees brand began with anime-related shirt designs, which moved into gaming and more general pop-culture stuff. Anime con-goers have shifted from kids reveling in learning about a new culture, with Pocky on the side, to an SJW-ridden melange with roving bands of Alpha-game rejects and their fecklessly adored cis-het females, as well as roving same-sex couples daringly holding hands in cosplay splendor. Anime cons are where the fan dollar currently resides, but it is sad to see the wrecking of a fun fandom by the loathsome toad contingent.

Blogger D. G. D. Davidson January 07, 2016 10:26 PM  

@92 By the way, I've been pretty satisfied with my subscription to Crunchyroll. Their catalog is limited, so if you don't like what they have, tough luck, but they seem to do pretty decent literal translations with minimal funny business, they have some series that are quite expensive to acquire in other venues, and they love the medium enough to pick up older stuff even when it's unlikely to make them a lot of money. They've even gotten their hands on gems like Little Nemo and Samurai Pizza Cats, which would probably have disappeared into obscurity otherwise. There's some apparent SJWism among the staff, but they seem to have been able, from what I've seen, to avoid allowing it to affect their work.

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