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Tweet storms, for your enjoyment

I'm on Twitter a lot, so I have a couple of recent tweet storms to share that I archived on Storify.

First, thoughts on my idea for a hidden object game that will never exist.  Mostly because that genre is becoming weirdly allergic to humor, showing that there is still little difference between those into AAA games & those into casuals. Thanks, Blogger, for making these non-embeddable. Real cool.

Next, this morning's epic tweet storm detailing my theory/evidence about a Jonny Quest multiverse.  This is what my brain is like, folks.  Again, wanted to embed a slideshow, but Blogger won't play along.

Feel free to check out my Twitter if you want complaining about TV, comics, public transit, & who knows.  It's basically a bite-sized version of what I've done here, albeit usually with more swearing.

Magical Girl Obsession: KiraKira Mew Mew...er, Precure

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Okay, so I've been putting this one off for a bunch of reasons (90% of them personal), but there's a big one - Maho Girls Precure was boring. It was DULL. And it's not because it followed in the wake of a really strong season - the fights were lackluster, the villains were rather bland, the stakes never felt dramatic in any way, and the universe didn't feel very fun (it really felt like someone had recently read the Harry Potter books & wanted to make them more cutesy). It just didn't have the humor or character pieces that even Precure's weaker seasons have managed, and it actively made me wonder if I still liked Precure at all because it was just so... blah. Somehow, blah is worse than bad, since with bad, you can at least see things that could have been executed well; with blah, there isn't even that squandered potential or that urge to rage-watch & see how much worse things get. I liked the designs a lot (especially the deliberate ridiculousness…

Ink & Paint: Junko Enoshima Has Won

Ever encounter a series that you've enjoyed every entry of, even the ones that seem to be a bit too different from the previous entries, until one comes along that just takes all of that goodwill and curb stomps it?

Cuz that is exactly what I'm going through with Danganronpa right now.

(Take warning now - to articulate what bothers me, I'm going to be spoiling a LOT, from the new anime to the games. So leave if you're afraid of being spoiled. This goes for the DR3 anime, at least through the 5th episodes of each arc; if I missed anything from there out, I stopped watching & can catch up via reviews/the wiki entry.)

I loved the games. Even though the trials' rhythm game elements were infuriatingly tough for me (not a genre I'm good at) and Absolute Despair Girls was a third-person shooter, their stories & characters sucked me into this weird, twisted universe. Even the worst of them likability-wise were at least entertaining, and thanks to after-game stuff,…

Further updates

So... still not in the new house yet. Between cleaning it out, getting relatives down to look through everything for something they might want, and getting paperwork coordinated, it's taken a LOT longer than I expected.  My goal is to finally be in there and getting settled as of the end of this month, but I said that back in March...

Anyway, I'm hoping once I'm settled and on my own, I can turn out more substantial content for this blog.  I can finish the SW6 Omnicommentaries, I can move on to some other series including:

A bit of the post-Zero Hour Legion,Jurgens' Teen Titans, A late 90s attempt at "modernizing" Power Pack, An Ultraverse entry called Freex that will be my first foray into Malibu's short-lived heyday,The legendarily bad Mutant X, andShould the fates align & some light be shed on some urban legends, X-Men 2099 at long last.Along with some other off-the-cuff stuff, I hope to at least get an entry or two a month done once I'm settled.…

Ink and Paint: A Ponderance from Idol Hell

For those who don't know, Aikatsu! is ending its original series in about a week.  And as much as I'm embarrassed to admit it, I'm a little sad.

You need to understand - idol shows, especially the all-ages ones like Aikatsu!, have kind of filled the niche once reserved for magical girl shows.  And this particular show was so relentlessly positive and feel-good that I frequently watched it as a pick-me-up.  Hell, the whole reason I got into it was because I was going through a depressive period and needed something positive.  Plus, being an all-ages show, Aikatsu! had no random gross fanservice to distract from the show (looking at you, random closeup of Eli's butt while she adjusts her bikini leg from Love Live...).  It was a fun, fluffy show.

But I agree with the consensus that, until the current story arc, this last season felt like oddly lifeless wheel-spinning.  It introduced too many new idols & new brands entirely too quickly, cluttering an already massive cast…

Update from a possible future homeowner

No tags on this one - I just wanted to give a quick update.  Due to a recent death in the family, there is a house in the family that we're working on "selling" to me.  That means I will have a mortgage and utility/homeowner expenses for the first time ever.  Before we can get to that, I need to get my unfortunately high credit card balances down to a manageable rate & build up my savings again.  This means cutting out a lot of fun stuff, which has been intensely depressing.

But hopefully, it'll all work out, it'll all be worth it, and I can truly start to live my own life in my own place.

I know I don't update anywhere as much as I should or would like to, but if you're curious about the radio silence this time, here's why.  Actual good reason this time instead of depression-fueled procrastination.

Magical Girl Obsession: Teeny Tiny Witch Hat Precure

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As sure as family crises and the occasional head cold, the newest Precure series has been announced this Christmas.  Maho Tsukai Precure (a.k.a. Maho Girls Precure) feels like a throwback in several ways - the two-girl team with a joint transformation, the monstrous-sounding villains, the visible age difference between civilian & Cure forms, etc. It also has some fun new concepts, such as having the girls attend a school for witches in training. ANN has info on the overall premise, so I'll direct you there instead of repeating it. Either way, it sounds like a deliberate nod to both Toei's own Ojamajo Doremi series and the "cute witch" roots of the magical girl genre.  Since this past season was really very solid, I'm looking forward to this one.  But of course, I wanna review the new designs.




First, the civilian forms for Mirai (top) and Riko (bottom).  Very cute - I like Mirai in particular, since she looks like she could be related to Haruka with her big, wi…