Striking the Boundaries Part 1: A Rough and Unauthorised Guide to Federal Redistributions

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As a follow-up to my earlier Shifting Boundaries post I am going to write some posts on how federal redistributions work in Australia.

My main reference for this post is, obviously, the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 (CEA). By the way if you know where to look, the CEA contains some fascinating glimpses into Australian electoral history[1]. I expect to be referring to both the Australian Electoral Commission‘s website and Antony Green’s election blog a fair bit, but that shouldn’t be a surprise either.

Note: any errors are mine, although I’ve done my best to make this as accurate as I can. Continue reading

Spring 2016 Roundup

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The Spring 2016 season is not off to a particularly inspiring start. I’ve taken a look over the last week at most of the premieres on CrunchyRoll and AnimeLab, and the results are not good. Currently I have:

  • Looking Forward To: 4 (and one of those is a short)
  • Probationary Watch List: 7
  • Dropped: 8
  • Dropped and I hope Pedantic Perspective Watches: 1

There may still be more to come but this post is already long enough so up it goes. Continue reading

Nature red in tooth and claw, the Canberra edition?

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I’m not sure what was going on here but it didn’t look friendly (I did move closer and sort of broke it up but the pursuit just carried on into the air).

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1st Quarter Review for 2016

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At the end of the (anime) Winter season[1], here are the top five posts for the first quarter of 2016:

  1. Say “I Love You” (2012): Final Thoughts with Spoilers (December 2012)
  2. Garokowa: Restore the World (2016) with some spoilers (January 2016)
  3. Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash (2016): First Thoughts with Major Spoilers (February 2016)
  4. KonoSuba: God’s Blessing on this Wonderful World (2016): First Thoughts (February 2016)
  5. Myriad Colours Phantom World (2016): First and Probably Only Thoughts (January 2016)

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GATE: Thus the JSDF Fought There (2016): Final Thoughts

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The finale to GATE: Thus the JSDF Fought There was better than I expected.

It was still a muddled mess of dangling plot threads and pairing the spares with very little justification. One pairing basically gave the audience the middle finger with respect to one of the dangling plot threads I mentioned in my third thoughts.

The finale did include a nice call back to the first episode that neatly bookends the series, and that was fairly amusing to see. The last two episodes were, if you ignored everything that GATE was itself ignoring, quite a lot of fun.

Other than that, I accurately called it at episode 19: a muddled mess of half-arsed scripting. Fun to watch in places, in need of trigger warnings in others, and generally a mess overall.

Girls Beyond the Wasteland (2016) with some spoilers

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Girls Beyond the Wasteland[1] is, ironically, a show about committing to your dreams that does not commit to its own premise.

The basic premise of ShokoMeza is the formation of a high school club to develop, market, and release a visual novel. ShokoMeza it itself adapted from a visual romance novel and, given the nature of such games, there’s a male lead, a male sidekick (who can be mostly ignored), and four female characters for the male lead to romance. Continue reading

Cauldron of Ghosts (2014) by David Weber and Eric Flint.

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Oh dear. Someone let[1] Victor… improvise. Again.

On Mesa.

To quote, entirely without context, a minor character’s reaction to this:

She was now discovering that the Hey-Look-Victor’s-improvising club was not a fan club. At one time or another – this very moment, in her case – every member of that club had wanted to strangle the lunatic.

Ladies and gentlemen: Victor Cachat. Continue reading

KonoSuba: God’s Blessing on this Wonderful World (2016): Final Thoughts

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I don’t really have a lot to add to my first thoughts regarding KonoSuba.

With one glaring exception that review was accurate right to the end of the short first season[1]. The exception is episode 9 God’s Blessing On This Wonderful Shop.

Wonderful Shop is quite embarrassing to watch, and I’m hoping I can avoid showing it to the friends I’ve been watching it with. I suspect Wonderful Shop is intended as a parody of pornographic fantasies[2], it is at best a victim of Poe’s Law, and at worst simply terrible. Continue reading

Japanese Perspectives on the Politics of GATE

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A little while ago Frog-Kun wrote this piece on Japanese reactions to the anime adaptation of GATE: Thus the JSDF Fought There. Karice has gone further and translated the main article in full, with footnotes.

Both posts are highly recommended.

As for the recent episodes: muddled is as muddled does. Despite the 2nd last episode being decent, I still doubt that GATE can deliver a decent ending.

Four Lines, All Waiting is still in effect, if not an outright Kudzu Plot.

From Rakugo to… AKB0048?

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I don’t want to say too much about Shōwa Genroku Rakugo Shinju at this point beyond noting that it has lived up to the promise of the opening episode. Rakugo Shinju may not appeal to everyone, but for those it does appeal to, Rakugo Shinju is utterly compelling.

I do however want to note that the institutions of rakugo as presented in the series may provide the cultural source for a key element of the idol anime AKB0048.

Specifically it appears that the names of master rakugo performers can be inherited, and the current holder is the Nth generation Famous Name. Continue reading

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