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Jul. 26th, 2007 @ 06:46 pm R2 DVDs on the way
Had a series of emails today from Yesasia to say the Kiddy Grade Ignition, Gigtantic Formula 1 and Lucky Star 2 DVDs had all shipped.
Had an email yesterday to say that the Limited Edition version of Negima!? manga 19 was not available and had been deleted from my order. Since this was due out a week ago, I had pre-ordered and they had stated it was available at the time, I'm a little annoyed at this. I don't even know what was included with the LE but I'm still annoyed. The LE of Negima!? neo 2 is also in that order and still down as awaiting stock which is worrying since it was due out on the same day.
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Kiddy Grade Eclair Encounter of Shadows
Mar. 22nd, 2007 @ 10:43 pm Tea leaves
I wouldn't say I am incensed, but I am certaintly miffed that a certain site has pinched scans from mine. It's not so much that they've taken the scans and used them without credit, since while I own the books (which are rather limited in distribution) and went through the trouble of scanning and cleaning them up, I do not own the images themselves. What annoys me is that they have plastered their site's watermark on them.
Case in point is this image which is quite clearly a scaled down copy of mine. Unless of course they happen to not only own the book, but also a scanner with exactly the same annoying defects (the lawn stripes are not on the original) and placed the original in exactly the same place on the scanner glass.

Oh, and PS: I have no idea why an Utakata site has a banner made entirely of images of Cocoon.

PPS, looking at their cosplay pics (first time I've seen anyone other than Kano doing Utakata cosplay), I realise how much Manatsu's hair fails in real life.
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Feb. 9th, 2007 @ 03:03 am Negima!? 1 SP
Still not sure whether I'll be continuing with the Negima!? DVDs, especially since the neo pactios are scattered across so many released, including games I can't play, that I'll never have them all, but the first DVD arrived today.
The booklet again confirms the "Kitty" in Eva's name, but writes Chamo as "Chamomile Albert" whereas I thought it was the other way around.
I've only just started on the extras disc, but they just revealed that the skirt that falls down during the OP is Makie's. Looks like I wasn't the only one wondering about that.

[edit]Oh, forgot to mention, the pactio included was Nodoka's Armour card. Her artifact is "thought reading' dialy". You'd think by now they'd make sure to double checks the r/ls when writing roman, and I don't know what that spare apostrophe is there for.[/edit]
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Nov. 22nd, 2006 @ 02:49 pm Billhooks in the hills of Wales
Been meaning to write about Torchwood 6 since Monday night, but I've been ill and lazy and whatnot

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Nov. 15th, 2006 @ 12:55 am Do you have faries at the bottom of your garden?
Then run, and don't look back!

Just a little comment on the latest Torchwood (episode 5? I've lost count):
Did anyone else immediately think of Nemu Asakura as soon as people started coughing up flower petals?
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Oct. 26th, 2006 @ 09:07 am (no subject)
So.. neglect again, gomen (although I have been posting to my other blog)
Can't think of much to say at the moment.. was going to post something last night but I was just so tired I ended up just browsing through my friends page.
I'm currently in work. With a cold. Been fighting it off for a while, started taking Echinacea and whatever when my glands went up again, but I lost the battle a few days ago and been getting worse since. Thankfully my nose is OK but my throat hurts, which isn't good when you're on the phone all day.
My big order from the Rightstuf sale arived the other day, 10 DVDs which finished off three series: Stellvia and Someday's Dreamers which I only had the starter set for and Sol Bianca the Legacy where I had a couple of random volumes. I would have liked to have picked up Gatekeepers 21 (I bought the R3 recently but the subs were bootleg quality), but they must have sold out as it was not in the sale. Shoppingmalljapan recently decided to bill me out of the blue for shipping on some items that had been stuck in Japan for like a year... every time I request shipping they only sent the items stored in the US. Can't even remember exactly what I'm getting.

Watched Torchwood on Monday on VoD. Doesn't seem too bad so far, although I think they went a bit too far with the 'adult' in the second episode (kinda liked they were trying to achieve a crossbreeding of Dr Who and Lexx). As others have pointed out they have gone for strong Welsh accents rather than typical Cardiff accents for some reason. Links with Doctor Who: Captain Jack obviously (and exactly how did he travel back in time?), the Doctor's severed hand from the Christmas Invasion, the rift (and the perceptual filter thing left on the spot the TARDIS landed in Boomtown). I thought the makeup on those Weevil things was done well. The worst thing was that bit with the posessed girl wandering the streets where they had the camera attached to her or whatever, the effect just looked awful.
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Uta Kata Ichika Manatsu
Sep. 9th, 2006 @ 06:51 pm (no subject)
The laptop got back yesterday - wiped clean (new HD presumably as the noise has gone)
They've replaces the lid and some other plastics, although while the old cracks are gone there are now some new ones in diffrernt places... but at least the battery charges now so they may have replaced that also.
Got most of the main software and settings back (although missing stuff since thte last big backup), although still haven't imported my documents back in.
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Sep. 5th, 2006 @ 02:08 pm So...
My laptop broke while on holiday, the hard drive is dying, so I'm without it until it's been RMAd and repaired and have lost a months worth of email and other stuff since my last major backup (thankfully I have most stuff backed up since I reinstalled Windows recently. I hadn't reformatted at the time so time will tell how much stuff hidden in corners of the HD I forgot to backup...)
On the way home the tarp came loose and our camcorder bag fell off the roofrack... so we had to quicly reverse up the hard shoulder and grab it before it gos squished. Looks to have survived thankfully.
When we got back one of the cats was missing (uncle called in twice to make sure they had enough dry food etc, she had been there the fisrt time but not the second). Turned up the next day in some neighbours garage, they'd taken her in as she'd sat in front of their car and would not move (she is very stubborn in her old age..) but their vet diagnosed a heart murmur. She's definitely not right as she keeps collapsing and our own vet has prescribed some expensive pills..

In terms of stuff, Haruhi DVD 2 was on the doormat when we got back and the Negima manga 15 LE was with our next-door neighbours. I believe Kanon has been delayed though. I've just bought an external DVD-R/-RW/+R/+RW/RAM/DL drive to compensate for not having access to the drive in my laptop (my desktop 'server' only had a CDRW) since I have a weeks RAWs and stuff to catch up on and not much disk space left. I would like to get the second magi?poka "pokahn box" but I don't think I can afford it at the moment... I've pretty much decided not to collect the rest of the Higurashi DVDs since I was underwhelmed by the extras. I meant to order Aya Hirano's new single which is out around now, but cannot remember if I actually did.
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Kiddy Grade Eclair Encounter of Shadows
Aug. 26th, 2006 @ 03:59 am (no subject)
Well, I'm off on holiday at a little beach house for a week tomorrow (well, today..) so thought I might as well plonk an update down. Suzumiya Haruhi volume 2 shipped the other day, so knowing my luck it will arrive while I'm away and require a trip to the post office... Negima 15 LE with the DVD has also shipped and I expect the Kanon promo will soon also. Just discovered that Gotoh released another Gocky Club doujin at Comiket 70 (Shuffle!-related this time) so I hastily bagged a copy from Yahoo auctions.
Played a few games of Neverwinter Nights online with my cousin this week, first time since he hooked up with his girlfriend (now wife) so it took a while to get the game to connect through all the firewalls etc. Still a good game, must really pick up on my solo play sometime. Still haven't sat down and played Baldur's Gate mind, and I really should.
Work has been a bit stressful lately, calls queueing up hard and fast so I'll be glad of the weeks respite. Hopefully at least some of the new trainees will still be there when I get back and will have settled in. I still wish they hadn't forced me into taking customer service calls, as I did after all sign up as a technical support agent and have never been terribly comfortable with soft squidgy CS issues.
Found an old friend lurking on teh interweb recently. Don't know that there's much point in re-introducing after all this time, but "hi!" if you know who you are :)
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Kiddy Grade Eclair Encounter of Shadows
Jul. 28th, 2006 @ 12:38 am Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuuutsu
Just checked my mail and according to Yes Asia my copy of the Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuutsu 01 LE (altough they still insist on quaintly calling it Asahina Mikuru no Boken Episode 01) shipped yesterday morning. Glad I preordered it since CDJapan are sold out already (speaking of which, they now have picture up - see http://www.cdjapan.co.jp/detailview.html?KEY=KABA-1502 ). Of course, if it made it to Yes Asia in time for them to ship it prior to release day then some people in Japan must already have their copy and I demand scans and details!
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Kiddy Grade Eclair Encounter of Shadows