To be frank, after a harsh work life, I do realized something. If you want to be truly motivated to do anything, it must be supported with the intention of doing it for yourselves. Otherwise, it will wane. This is also why I don’t bother with even submitting a word count for my NaNoWriMo work. It is meant for a beginning of a new life (of sorts), not something that I must achieve in a short time. Also, the updates for the novel will be irregular as I no longer care about getting read, if at all. It is meant to be something of a pure expression on my whims. With that, I hope that this will bring me a new lease of life.
Well, I failed NaNoWriMo 2013 and I decided that my story is good for only 30k instead of 50k words. That means I got 8 more chapters to go and If things go smooth I expect it to be finished within 2014 along with the sequel to Phantalleum-Dual Crossage. Once I am finished with that, I will end this series for good. The reason is simple: I feel that I half-assed this writing project from the very beginning just to have something to write. Also, the Chaos Fighters reboot would be also terminated because it would be too much for me to write. What I plan next, though, is something that beyond my mind for the moment. Thank my public servant interviews for that and expect nothing new before 28/2/2014. Whether I am stop writing for good is something that I struggle as well. If I write, however, I’ll do my best to not end up like this anymore.
Table manners in a lot of planets are very loose by Earth standards to the point that Earth visitors considered their eating barbaric. Their response is that Earthlings are foolishly arrogant and elitist on this matter and making eating unnecessarily complicated. Plus, a common motto with regards of eating culture is “there is no wrong way of eating”. However, even in planets where table manners are practiced Earthlings are weirded by the difference. Among the common table manners which are considered rude by Earthlings are:
- Bread must be soaked in soup/sauce/flavoring before being eaten.
- Cup must not leave the table ground when drinking and spoon are used instead.
- All meats must be completely cut before eating.
- Leftover sauce/soup on plates must be left as they are.
- Ball shaped foods must be stabbed using forks before cut using knifes.
- Specific cutlery has to be knocked onto plates to call someone for a very specific purpose, knocking on a glass mouth using a spoon to request a refill being common.
As a result, extraterrestrials visiting Earth are advised to avoid restaurants and eat at low class eateries such as hawker stalls and convenient shops.
Interstellar community, especially interstellar legal experts considers Earth intellectual property laws to be “draconian and abusive”. This is not a hyperbole. The reasons are follows:
1. Berne Convention states that in case of copyright infringement, the law where the infringing material originates is used. Within a planet, this is a useful tool, but when Earth attempted to bring this idea in the Trans Galactic Treaty the idea was immediately shot down with the Earth representative being permanently expelled from the meeting room because it violates the principle of “no enforcement of law outside of local planet”, or more known as the Foreign Law Exclusion Clause.
2. In Earth, natural materials can be patented, even when it is medicine. In other planets, attempting this would result in patent fraud charges which is considered a war crime level business crime because of the potential of causing wars. In some planets the offenders are treated as war criminals. In foreign planets, those things can be registered as “original production license” where it is similar to patents except that license holders must allow other entities to produce the same product, albeit under a fee designated by governments and these entities are allowed to research related but different materials to improve them.
3. In Earth, universal trademarks are allowed. In most extraterrestrial planets, that is trademark fraud except in several circumstances. Having a specific trademark that applies to all items produced by the same entity is fine, but having universal trademark when only one specific trademark is used is a fraud. Earth was actually banned from sending athletes to sports event beyond global level for this reason for a period of time, but I will not mention the specifics which can cause me to be sued.
4. Copyrights in Earth is very long by extraterrestrial standards. In most extraterrestrial laws, copyrights can expire immediately if the author dies, especially for self published works unless being transferred through a probate. Copyrights also expire for products if it was not sold for a certain time and ties specifically to a certain medium and edition. Earth legal experts considered such laws “a poison of media creation”. Extraterrestrial legal experts rebutted that this is the only way to prevent “abusive product obsolescence”. They have loopholes where continuously updated materials (e.g. arcade games with separate editions) is treated as one material, though.
5. Abandonware is not legally supported in Earth. In other developed planets, it is. Again, this is to prevent “abusive product obsolescence”. However, some planets have government owning all copyright to works of local origin if the owner cannot be identified and will let interested entities to take over copyrights from them. Some Earth government adopted this policy, but it was prone to abuse to control publications.
6. In Earth, it is illegal to pirate anything which as produced and sold solely in foreign countries. In foreign planets, it is completely legal. However, copyright laws can be enforced retroactively when said materials are released. Earth governments who attempted to do the same thing were overthrown in elections with no exceptions with succeeding governments repealing them under citizen pressure.
As a result, Earth was forced to adopt extraterrestrial copyright laws as failing to do so means being expelled from the Trans Galactic Treaty.
Ammunition is cheap in Chaos Fighters and Phantalleum, thanks to the ease of manufacture of the bullets and the use of copy spell, which is very effective only in manufacturing in large quantities. To put things to perspective, a newbie gunner can own ammunition comparable to bullets fired by police officers all over Earth for 125 days without borrowing any money and most gunners have ammunition comparable to that of a legal enforcement ammunition warehouse. But in the early days of battling sport, firearms are useless because of the need of reloading.
However, reloading ammunition instantly after firing them became possible when internal modifications to firearms allowed direct teleportation of the ammunition straight into the firing chamber or magazines loaded into them. With that, battling sports became viable for firearm users as they can just firing practically without needing to reload ever. However, this does not give them an edge over other people as bullets can be dodged, blocked or deflected away easily, battlers are trained to calculate how bullets are fired through looking at the firearms and bullet usually operates at 10% power compared to blades.
Stumbling upon to this post, I decided to answer them, but the answers are referring to anime watching as a serious hobby:
1. What anime have you seen? If you’ve seen too many to type out here, link to any list you may have, such as MAL.
I have an anime list, so you could just simply view that list.
2. Out of those, which ones would you consider favorites?
As of current, this would be Aikatsu!, Pretty Rhythm: Rainbow Live, Ginga Kikoutai Majestic Prince, Danball Senki Wars and Gifuu Doudou!: Kanetsugu to Keiji.
3. What was the first anime you ever watched and what was your first impression?
That would be Engage Planet: Kissdum. The action scenes are smooth, but the strategies are rather dull. However, it does made me to start a new life.
4. In what year would you say you became an anime fan?
5. Do you read manga as well as watch anime?
6. What genre of anime usually interests you?
I’m open to almost every genre, but the ones I am interested are idols and mechanical toys.
7. What genre of anime least interests you?
Harem. I would get sick if two women gets romantically interested with me, let alone more.
8. For your own personal enjoyment, what do you think is the most important factor in an anime?
Such a thing don’t exist. When I watch anime, their strongest point would make me enjoy them. Using answers from question 2 as examples:
AIkatsu! & Pretty Rhythm: Rainbow Live – Fantastic insert songs
Danball Senki Wars & Ginga Kikoutai Majestic Prince – Great battle choreography
Gifuu Doudou!: Kanetsugu to Keiji – Interesting political mindgaming
9. Which do you prefer, dub or sub?
Subs, but this stems from the fact that I don’t watch television shows anymore and I do not live in the US.
10. Who are some of your favorite Japanese seiyuu?
I couldn’t care less about them.
11. If you watch anime dubs, who are some of your favorite voice actors?
See question no. 9.
12. Which anime do you think has the worst English dub? And the best?
Again, see question no. 9.
13. What are your most disliked anime?
I do not dislike any anime yet, but the weakest anime that I’ve ever watched at this point is Cross Fight B-Daman eS. This is primarily because the third quarter of the anime is rather dull with excessive nerfing of the previous installment’s protagonist. Even then, I still liked the table setups and emotional intensity of the battles.
14. Do you ever try to get people interested in anime? If so, what kind of success have you had?
15. Who are your most favorite anime characters?
Kiriya Aoi (Aikatsu!), Madeline (Fantasista Doll), Karasuma Sakura (Kiniro Mosaic), Naoe Kanetsugu (Gifuu Doudou!: Kanetsugu to Keiji), Amane (Ginga Kikoutai Majestic Prince), Yamagami Lucy (Abbr.) (Servant × Service), Ryugasaki Kakeru (Cross Fight B-Daman) & Godai Kamon (Cross Fight B-Daman eS).
16. Who are your least favorite anime characters?
Cain (Valvrave the Liberator) & Komine (Ginga Kikoutai Majestic Prince).
17. Who are your favorite “non-human”(animal-like) characters?
Pet (Ixion Saga DT) and Lovelyn (Pretty Rhythm: Rainbow Live)
18. What are some ways you express your anime fandom? (going to conventions, blogging, reading fanfiction, etc)
19. What kinds of anime products do you usually buy?
I don’t have the means to do so yet.
20. What are some of your favorite anime songs and soundtracks?
For songs, that would be Take Me Higher, Calendar Girl (Aikatsu!), BT 37.5, Ez Do Dance (Pretty Rhythm: Rainbow Live), Jumping!! (Kiniro Mosaic), Samurai Rock (Gifuu Doudou!: Kanetsugu to Keiji), Mugen Myself (Danball Senki Wars), Prompt (Ginga Kikoutai Majestic Prince), Kono Sekai wa Bokura no Matteita (Suisei no Gargantia), Preserved Roses (Valvrave The Liberator), No Pain, No Game (Btooom!) and Burst The Gravity (Accel World).
For soundtracks, that would be soundtracks from Kiniro Mosaic, Sword Art Online, Aikatsu! and Servant × Service.
21. What anime pairings/shippings do you like?
So far, Lucy X Hasebe (Servant × Service)
22. What medium to you usually use to watch anime? (buy DVDs, streaming, etc)
23. What is your favorite anime quote?
I don’t particularly noticing anything of this sort.
24. What are your favorite anime movies?
Kotonoha no Miwa.
25. What other “geeky,” media-related hobbies besides anime do you have? (video games, Western animation, etc)
Playing freeware games that I can grab from Vector.
26. What is your most favorite anime of all, and why is it your favorite?
Aikatsu!. Despite being an adaptation of an arcade rhythm/card collection game for little girls, I find this anime has strong points on everything, be it the characters, visuals or music. It is also the anime that solidifies my anime watching as a serious hobby.
27. What are some anime you haven’t watched but want to someday?
In both Chaos Fighters: The Second Awakening and Phantalleum battle terminology, swiping means any scratching attack which results from moving a weapon on a target at direction perpendicular to how the weapon is aligned. They are one of the most effective ways to break fabric based armor and create or cause intense pain to the target, but when used against metal armor the weapon could break if done at inaccurate range. However, with extreme accuracy, it can scratch armor and create weakspots for further attacks, especially to prevent weapon jams when slashing through enemy armor. Weapons with plus or cross shaped edges cannot swipe as per definition.
Swords designed specifically for this purpose would be square shaped for wider scratching coverage. Some of them even have fine points at the end edges. However, using such technique requires intense training and understanding of how attack ranges work or such attacks will either miss or break the weapon.