Monday, February 22, 2016

Anime Mine: Kureha Tsubaki 2.

Scramble Cemetery.

What happened yesterday is that I didn't check the front page like I usually do. Instead I went in and updated other sites like Dragon Princess and Shadey Theatre by copy/pasting the code from my HTML editor instead of going to the Panel Monkey site and getting it there.

This is pretty much  what everybody saw all day. I found out about it when a friend of mine told me the site was screwed up. I checked it out and sure enough it was. I fired up the HTML editor and tried to find out what was going on. It did tell me at the end of the page with a highlighted </body> tag that a <div> tag wasn't properly closed. That's no help. Which one is it? There are hundreds of divs on that page. On top of that everything looks normal in the Design View of the editor.

I finally traced it to the recent updates line. I noticed what looked like some extra divs in that box. I found the code and deleted them and everything fell into place.
 I'm not sure why it happened, I only know how: when I deleted the div on the right, I didn't get all of the code.  All I can tell you is this: It's not the first time, won't be the last.

Axel Gear from Sparkster for the SNES.

Monday, February 15, 2016

I'm sick of Magica Madoka and her ever depressing spinoffs.

When I first spied Puella Magi Madoka Magica I was intrigued. Guns, bloodshed, death, fighting to kill each other over magical trinkets, and even standing back and watching innocent people be killed. This was written by people who were sick to death of the icky-cutesy love conquers all that has defined the magical girl genre for many decades.

After three years I'm sick of Madoka. Almost every single spinoff has been pretty much the same, a magical girl or group of girls are out to capture or kill every other girl to stop the cycle. It all ends in failure. The only one right now that is taking a slightly different track in Tart Magica, but we already know the ending.

What set me off on this rant was the third Madoka movie. Sure it looks like it had a happy ending, but at what cost? Homura became the one thing she despised most of all, Kyubey, manipulating everybody on a whim to her own ends. The movie would have been good enough if it had ended twenty minutes earlier with Homura going into eternity with Madoka. We needed a whole two hours to undo everything that had been done in the TV series.

There are some "bright" spots. In Homura-Tamura we are treated to a RiffTrax like take on the whole Madoka can never be rescued no matter how many times Homura tries. The bar scene is worth it alone. Oriko Magica: Extra Story gives Yuma a happy ending.


Amy Rose and Metal Amy by Bendilin, Daniel Sidney, and Ren "Foxx" Ramos.