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February 26, 2006 / gork

While watching D.C.S.S. ~Da Capo Second Season~, I was reminded of a strange Japanese habit that I also saw in ToHeart 2.

D.C.S.S. ~Da Capo Second Season~   ToHeart 2

Aisia is in the "classic" pose, while Konomi's rendition seems a little strange because it looks like her head is just floating there...

I received another useful email the other day.

I have installed Queen of Heart '99 (the original, not the Second Edition version) with patches, however I am still having problems. The game plays the opening perfectly, but once it ends, the program kicks me out with an error message saying InitTitle...

I suggested a few things, but it turns out the fix was relatively simple.

...I finally got the game to work!! I'm enjoying every moment of it, and your site makes it even easier to get into. However, it seems that the game wasn't working because the game was simply in the wrong folder. It was buried in a bunch of folders and I simply had to move the files out of the folders to get it working.

I didn't actually do much, but it's good to see someone getting into the game (even though he should be playing Second Edition)...

Rounding off the day, I give you the latest spatula and the highly anticipated Pic of the Week.

February 19, 2006 / febrifuge

The holiday weekend seemed useful enough, so I decided to check out a gathering of gamers over at FFD's house as mentioned in this thread.

Left to Right: Sklathill, treusbucks, FFD, tenkenchild15  Top Going Counter-Clockwise: Sklathill, tenkenchild15, Le Champ, FFD, idprism

Only 9 people showed up, so we started off playing some Eternal Fighter Zero v4.02. The players for the mini-tournament were tenkenchild15, FFD, The Spatula, KF, treusbucks, and Sklathill. This was also the order in which everyone finished. I played decently, but I still have a long way to go before I'm considered competent. FFD will probably post some of the replays in that thread so you can get an idea of how bad I am with Mishio. ;_;

Sklathill, who uses Kaori, uttered one of the best two quotes of the day while playing KF, who was using Doppel.

Sklathill: Damn your range!
KF: That's the first time anyone's complained about my range...

After that, Sklathill had an intense craving for Portillo's in Buena Park, so seven of us went to get a bit of lunch before continuing the day-long gaming session. In the dining room, the second best quote of the day emerged.

FFD: This sausage is Top-Tier.
Sklathill: Top-Tier sausage!

After that, the nerdiness level shot through the roof.

Downstairs  USB 2.0 SEGA SATURN PADS

The gaming session continued when six more guys showed up for a Mark of the Wolves tournament. It started to get a bit crowded upstairs, so we set up some computers downstairs where we played some casual EFZ and Melty Blood Re•ACT v2.50b. linalys showed up a bit later, and he showed me a trick or two in EFZ. To close up the evening, we played a bit of Queen of Heart '99 SE. It's been a while since I've played, so it was fun to cut loose in that.

As I was gathering up my equipment, I couldn't help but appreciate my USB Saturn Pads. ^_^

Everything went pretty smoothly, but I should have played linalys in Party's Breaker and tried a bit more of Mark of the Wolves. Oh well, maybe next time...

Before I start to remember any more nonsense, grab the Pic of the Week while supplies last!

February 12, 2006 / eglantine

The pic on the left is from Speed Grapher and the other one is from Mai-Otome.

Stem   Stem and Sunday

It's easy to see the use of the same "Stem" sign, but I never mentioned it before since there was only one instance. You can also see another appearance of the mysterious "Sunday" sign that I mentioned before. If you haven't been keeping track, this creates links to Gad Guard and Speed Grapher. The mystery continues...

I'd spend more time investigating this curiosity, but I got an early Valentine's Day gift in the form of a big chocolate heart. I'm sure that the "a" in there is the result of a bug.

Happy Valentaine Noise is more...

It's a little difficult to read the letter that came with the package, but I think it says

Noise is more and more becoming an element of environmental polluti In addition people also complain of animal cries which are perhaps [???] Perhaps in reaction to such occurences [????]

Until a few years ago a lot of us had never heard of the ozone as a gas there is a thin layer of it heigh of it high above the the earth you can also...

Is it a love letter or not? I'm not sure I can follow these lines of reasoning, but at least I don't have to spend my Valentine's Day watching anime, imagining that someone out there likes me...

Before I head off into my own fantasy world, grab hold of the latest tidebreaker and the nearly repetitive Pic of the Week.

February 5, 2006 / babbitt

Since I've been a bit sick lately, I thought that the first pic from Aishiteru ze Baby would be useful. Although, when I first saw it, I thought of two things: the classic '80s movie, Band of the Hand, and the cover of the Stephen King book, Thinner.

NO COLD   Star Wars?   Genma?

In Japan, these signs are used to admonish people to wash their hands to prevent the spread of disease; however, the words "NO COLD" seem pretty vague in what it's trying to convey. I suppose the Japanese are better at creating extremely terse sentences in English than Americans.

The other two pics from Buzzer Beater and Tantei Gakuen Q are amusing little parodies, and I leave it up to you to figure them out.

I probably get around 6 emails a month from people who've read my site. I know it doesn't seem like much, but they're usually pretty useful. Take for instance, the following email that I received yesterday:

As stated in the subject line, which you noted to put, this may come off as a weird question. Hopefully this doesn't creep you out, but have you lent anyone a .hack//sign DVD lately? Where I work someone lent me the DVDs for it, and I no longer work at that location and haven't been able to contact the person in any way. Everything about your site made me think it might be you, in a one in a million chance kind of way, so this is me....trying to figure it out.

Sorry if it isn't you, and X333 sorry since this is REALLY random.

I don't own those DVDs so it can't be me, but maybe, just maybe, I can use the power of my website to help reunite an anime fan with their treasured .hack//sign DVDs. Hopefully, I can increase that one-in-a-million chance to twelve-in-million. Drop me a line if you, or anyone you know fits this description.

While I lament forgetting about Groundhog's Day, you can sneak on over to the periodic Pic of the Week.

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