Hi Score Girl

I checked out Hi Score Girl this weekend on Netflix. I gotta say, I wasn't expecting a cute little romantic comedy from the little I heard about it.

Basically it follows a grade school kid in the early 90s who's obsessed with video games, mostly arcade games. He develops a rivalry against a quiet rich girl who happens to be super awesome at video games, even moreso than him, and eventually developing into a love triangle with a girl he meets in middle school who develops a crush on him.

There's a lot of callbacks and references to old school video games, usually with quick descriptions and a surprisingly large amount of unique recorded footage. If you saw the first season of Genshiken you might recall how they milked the same footage of Guilty Gear for all it was worth. Hi Score Girl instead uses unique footage for every scene it's used, or at least from what I could tell. Since the plot sometimes heavily refers back to what's going on on-screen, it makes sense.

One caveat with the show is that it's 3DCG. It has a cel shaded look, which helps, but sometimes it can't quite escape the awkwardness of Japanese style CG animation. They cut frames to make it appear more "anime like," but I always think it looks like garbage whenever they do that. Thankfully there isn't much action in the show proper, so it gets away with it most of the time. When characters are standing around talking it's not noticeable.

I watched it dubbed, which I found to be done well. The dub script flowed naturally and the voice actors did a good job. Biggest complaint was the mom character adding an (s) to the end of manga. I'm in the camp where you shouldn't put an (s) at the end of anime or manga when referring to multiple. It sounds awful when people do that.

"Look at all this manga!" - okay

"Look at all these mangas!" - not okay

Whenever I hear it I think back to that Vice and Luna page from Anime News Network. 

Anywho, I recommend it. It's a nice afternoon killer.

Retreading the Indigo League

For the past few weeks I've been watching the Indigo League episodes of Pokemon. It's been fun going back to episodes I only ever watched once back when they broadcasted initially. I'd completely forgotten a few of them, so it's like watching new episodes of the original series. When I was a kid I recorded the episodes up to where Charmander evolved into Charmeleon as those episodes were shown on TV in syndication while I was at school (DFW UPN 21), so I watched that chunk over and over again. When Pokemon hopped over to Kids WB I didn't bother recording them as I was able to watch them on Saturday, and thus didn't see them nearly as repeated.

With me being on the last disc of the set, I went ahead and ordered the Orange Islands boxset so I could keep the Pokemon train going. I'm not sure how long I'm gonna be watching Pokemon while doing comic work, as I imagine I'll get tired of it at some point. Doesn't seem to be anytime soon as it's the perfect show to put on in the background and half pay attention to it. There isn't as much you need to pay attention to while watching compared to other shows. Plus since the majority of episodes follows the same cookie cutter pattern you already know what to expect.

The real challenge is gonna be once I get to Johto, as I stopped watching Pokemon around that time frame and started watching other stuff. Maybe that'll kill my interest until the next DVD set of Sun and Moon comes out.

4chan Virtual Youtuber Design Contest

Edit (10/08) I made it to the top 20! Thanks for everyone who voted for the first round!

I made a design for the 4chan virtual youtuber design contest! If you happen to have 4chan Pass you can vote on my entry (or someone else’s) over here! I’d really appreciate it if you voted for it and spread the word! Doubt I’ll win, but hey! I still had fun coming up with her.

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Faintly hear me talk about Isao Takahata!

During Anime Fest 2018 I had the chance to attend two panels ran by the super amazing Helen McCarthy. And they're both available on youtube! The Really Early History of Anime and Hayao Miyazaki's Senpai: Isao Takahata! In the Isao Takahata panel (at 47m27s) I got to ask a question regarding this little bit of info that dropped last week. They gave a really good answer which can be applied to artists in general. Anyway both panels were fucking amazing so watch them in their entirety right now!

New t-shirt design available!

You can now wear page #324 on a t-shirt and show off how much you love Bodysuit 23 to the world!

But in case you don't want to show the world you read a webcomic about a guy who wears a bodysuit of a women, there is also prints and posters available too! Along with mugs, a thermos, and even a tote bag! There's a sale going on right now for the next couple of days if you want a discount!

Magical Girl Dallas: Episode 2 Now Available Outside Amazon

Within the next 24 hours or so episode 2 of MGD will be available on nook and google play. However, it is available at this moment directly on Square Space! Grab your copy here: http://www.latisbooks.com/magical-girl-dallas/

It will also be 20% off through May 27th on Square Space only!

I will more than likely be uploading the next two episodes in the next two weeks to allow breathing room between episode releases.

Magical Girl Dallas: Ep 1 Free!

I'm making episode 1 of Magical Girl Dallas free! Forever!

Not only that, but you no longer have to get it only through Amazon's kindle service (which won't make it free until it notices it being free everywhere else because they don't like free). You can now get it from Nook, directly from my website, and down the road Google Play! Now if you never got around to reading Magical Girl Dallas you have absolutely no excuse! Because it's free!

You can find links to the various options here! http://www.latisbooks.com/magical-girl-dallas/

Archive Borked

Currently running into issues with the comic archive. When you reach page 35 it shoots you all the way to page 75. Not only that but the archive is trying to resurrect a previous version of page 138 that I had to delete when importing the entire comic in an effort to fix previous page skipping issues. My only guess is something changed on Square Space's side as I had managed to fix these issues before trying to migrate people over here. Since I have little to zero knowledge of making websites and what have you, progress in fixing it will be painfully slow as I'm using custom CSS code that I doubt staff from square space will be able to help with. Right now the only method I can think of to alleviate the issue is by scorching the entire comic and uploading 40 pages at a time per month, starting all the way back around page 35. Obviously I don't want to do that as it'll wind up taking months to get the comic back up to speed. I apologize for the inconvenience for any new reader who comes to the website and tries to read the comic. I also do not have an estimated time when this will be fixed.

Magical Girl Dallas: Episode 5 Update

As of yesterday I'm a little past the halfway point in terms of length when compared to previous episodes. However, as I'm wanting the next episode to be the final one in the current arc, episode 5 might wind up being longer so I can cram everything I want into it before the climax. The beginning sections have been kind of painful in terms of getting stuff down. There were numerous nights where I was lying in bed going "this isn't working out right." I *think* I have something somewhat satisfactory, but I've yet to get feedback regarding all the new content I've written for the past few days, so who knows if it'll stick around.