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2013 Anime Mini-Review Festival @

Well, 2013 wasn't the most eventful year for this blog, but I see no reason not to continue with my tradition of summing up the past year's worth of anime in a few sentences each. I watched a little over 30 things this year, which puts me on par with the previous year but way behind my 2011 levels. Sadly, this year wasn't a great year for anime, with several of my top scores going to older series I only watched now for the first time, nothing in the spectacular 9-10 range, and even more sequelitis in the list. As before, the reviews skew towards the positive since only series good enough for me to finish are included.

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User script: ANN Production Company Filter @

Do you hate how the Company profiles in AnimeNewsNetwork's encyclopedia are bogged down with all the shows that a company has done in-betweens and other support work for? Do you wish you could have it show just the things they've done production on? I do. So I wrote a Greasemonkey user script to do it. If you're interested in trying it out and you know how user scripts work, the following link is all you need:

Download/install here: ANN Production Filter

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Fate Crusade Side Story 04: The Loss of a Vessel @

In the grim dark present of roleplaying, there is Only Grail War. Stormshrug's Fate/Crusade is the second campaign following the events of Fate/stay night using rules adapted from Fantasy Flight's Warhammer 40k RPG systems. I'm not in this campaign, but I'm playing a role from the sidelines. His story has already begun...

December 1, 2012. A van puttered along the roughly paved road, carrying its passengers to Orvieto. Its secretive black exterior was completed by tinted windows and a foreign license plate. Few were on the road at this hour, and fewer still with weather so ominous. Clouds obscured the stars and moon, leaving the night almost pitch black. The local Italians had doubtless decided that this was a good night to sit at home with a warm coffee. Ishmael wished he could do the same.

The atmosphere inside the van was at least as ominous as the outside. There were seven occupants, each an enforcer with years of experience working for the Mage's Association. Ishmael didn't know of a single occasion that could prompt such an entourage, short of this Holy Grail War. That left things uneasy, since mages are at best individualistic by nature and often pointedly antisocial. He looked from face to face, reminding himself of their names and specialties, and hoping he wouldn't need them.

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Fate Crusade Side Story 03: Old Flames @

In the grim dark present of roleplaying, there is Only Grail War. Stormshrug's Fate/Crusade is the second campaign following the events of Fate/stay night using rules adapted from Fantasy Flight's Warhammer 40k RPG systems. I'm not in this campaign, but I'm playing a role from the sidelines. His story has already begun...

Baltasar's faded Command Seals

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Fate Crusade Side Story 02: Dramatis Personae @

In the grim dark present of roleplaying, there is Only Grail War. Stormshrug's Fate/Crusade is the second campaign following the events of Fate/stay night using rules adapted from Fantasy Flight's Warhammer 40k RPG systems. I'm not in this campaign, but I'm playing a role from the sidelines. His story has already begun...

Salvador's Command Seals

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Tsukihime 'Talk.' Ebook @

It should come as no surprise to anyone reading this blog that I like Tsukihime, the Type-Moon visual novel. (Hell, I've got Arcueid in my page template.) I've read the whole original game, seen the anime, and followed some side material, but until a couple days ago, I had never read "Talk.", which is a short little story that was published in one of the artbooks. As it turns out, there's an unofficial translation that's been floating around the web for a while, surviving on bulletin boards and the like.

Since I felt like reading it but I wanted to do so from the comfort of an e-reader program (my favorite is FBReader) rather than a bunch of forum posts, I compiled the story into a .epub file that's compatible with lots of e-readers and looks a little nicer. What little formatting I added, I based on the original book, which I happen to own. While I was at it, I also cleaned up a few typos as I found them and added a cover based on a scan of the book it was published in.

The story's only a few pages but it addresses some interesting stuff, a vampire forest, Ciel's retirement, and (most importantly for me) introduces "Satsujinki", the degenerately evolved form of Tohno Shiki. Anyway, I don't have the copyright to the original story nor am I responsible for the translation. In fact, I wasn't able to even find out the name of the person responsible for translating it. I did compare the translation to the original and I'm pretty confident that it's a very direct translation, probably to a fault, but that's par for the course.

If you, too, are interested in setting aside a few minutes of your life to read a little more in the Tsukihime universe and you, too, like the epub format, your download awaits:

tsukihime-talk.epub (245kb)