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Dated 7 February 2011: Why didn't someone tell me Broken Blade had giant robots? (Break Blade, whatever)

Square gun barrel
Seriously, though, square gun barrels are a terrible idea.

I basically had no idea what Broken Blade was about until I saw this post. Turns out it's pretty good so far. I like how it attempts to treat giant robot battles in a serious way. It's obvious they put a lot of thought into what could work in this magic-quartz universe. However, I do have some problems with these very same tactics precisely because the show adopts a serious tone.

Small arms against giant robots
Small arms against giant robots? Also a terrible idea.

First, what is the point of having light infantry engage these giant robots with small arms? Since there's no magic-quartz equivalent of an anti-tank weapon in their arsenal, they're only there to get fucked up. Second, I have some difficulty believing this society's reliance on magic quartz led to a near complete abandonment of other forms of science and technology, even when they would directly improve the magic quartz versions.

Soldiers and golems line the wall
I guess they don't have crew-served weapons either.

For example, no rifled barrels? I guess square (rectangular prism) projectiles are probably easier to create and store, but man, you guys could be doing so much better. Also, nobody has figured out how to make an equivalent to artillery? Those thick city walls are nice and all, but pretty ineffective if someone just lobs projectiles over them from a few miles away. I am nitpicking, but these are some pretty egregious shortcomings, even if this is a military that places generals in charge of squad-sized elements. It's not as if I'm complaining about the lack of ISR assets or air power in general, even though someone could probably develop the quartz equivalent of a Strike Witch if they put some effort into it.

Dated 8 June 2014: What Mangaka-something has to do with Mushishi 2: Electric Boogaloo

Yuuki and Sena
Co-starring Kugimiya Rie. Natch.

Just because I stop watching a show doesn't mean I've dropped it. This is the case with nearly every show in my Also Watching category, some of which have had zero progress in over two years. With regard to this season's new shows, I am way behind on Mangaka-san to Assistant-san to and Mushishi Zoku Shou, albeit for different reasons.


Dated 18 July 2014: Spring 2014 season wrapup

Fredrica and Akira
This cat is so chill.

Just a few months ago, I noted I followed an unusually large (for me) number of shows. This time around, I tried following too many shows and ended up DNFing on shows I wanted to follow but didn't get around to finishing even though I never officially dropped them. Apart from that, there were no major deviations from my expectations addressed during my initial impressions.