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  1. Toth

    Anime

    Till what episode have you watched? By now it should be clear that he's mostly consciously deepening his voice/smoking cigars to give a more imposing impression. His voice still occasionally slips into his normal one when he is agitated, for example in the prologue when he tripped a counter-curse for badmouthing his colleagues or later amidst the fight scene against the fairy beasts when Shishigou asked him where to send his mercenary bill.
  2. Toth

    Anime

    Mmh... So the El-Melloi Case Files entered the main story, an Orient Express like murder mystery. Though I put my bets on it that the first murder... My initial disappointment about all the cameo characters disappearing was surprisingly averted. There is a sub-plot for Luvia and Shisigou that, as far as I can gather from the fan reaction, was added for the Anime only. And Caules joined the Orient express! Unfortunately also that other silly eyepatch girl with the inexplicable crush on Waver. And the detective from the last episode. And one of the suspects of the first episodes... So yes, this story loves bringing together all its cast members. XD Also Olga-Marie Animusphere has arrived. And... I'm still quite suspicious, because the way she looks and acts makes little sense. The wiki claims she is eleven years old in this story, but looks like 16 and acts even more mature than she ever did in FGO where she was in her mid-twenties. I can't really shrug off the thought that she's just shoehorned into this for the sake of this show's obsession with crossovers and the writers didn't really know how to actually use her.
  3. Had to look this one up and was seeing his post on twitter about being tailed and attacked after leaving a pub. Big mistake. About 90% of the responses seem to be people crying "BUT ANTIFA!" or saying that he had it coming. I never heard of this journalist before and couldn't care less of his opinion pieces, but I just felt reminded that every time I delved into the abyss of Brexit discussions for my research I feel sickened. At least from my impression the online hate and unwillingness to engage in any kind of civil conversation is even more pronounced in Britain than with the Trumpists in the US, at least when it comes to the omnipresent online trolls.
  4. Toth

    U.S. Politics: Moscow Mitch

    That sword cuts both ways. Thing is, China is economically so intertwined with these players that serious sanctions to make a moral stand would hurt those players quite drastically. Xi knows that. He knows that he has a lot of moral wriggle room and that any push-back will be half-assed at best. The only difference to the Tiananmen protests is that China is in no rush to quell it. There is no cascading fall of communist regimes threatening to sweep across countries. Xi can afford to play nice for as long as it is politically feasible. Even this show of force at the border is more or less a last warning towards the Hong Kong regional government to get its shit together and end the protests on their own, without having to signal that they need the military to keep their own citizens in line. In that case, the Hong Kong government's heads would roll just the same as those of the protestors. The last actor here however is the protestors themselves. They know that this is their last chance to call for fair elections. If they stop now, their cause is doomed and they will likely see themselves in prison for the rest of their lives. So they have no choice but to continue to play chicken with the regional government hoping that they might blink and allow elections as a way of appeasement. I would be absolutely happy to be proven wrong, but I don't see that happening. Every way I look, I can only see this ending with an intervention by China to end this deadlock.
  5. Toth

    U.S. Politics: Moscow Mitch

    And I just now read an article about Chinese troops amassing outside Hong Kong. As I had anticipated in the International News thread. We are most likely going to see those brave protestors die for democracy while the western world was too busy showing them how to kill democracy once you have it.
  6. Toth

    Anime

    Mmh... fair enough, but I would still claim that the quality of the story is made up of more than not knowing who kills whom. Wasn't there any character resonating with you, any character arc that you thought satisfying?
  7. Toth

    Anime

    Oh, hard to please! Curious how "almost everybody is doomed" can spoil a story that is set up to be a prequel story where the character building is the most enjoyable aspect. At least I really enjoyed the character interactions. Waver and Iskandar, Irisviel, Kiritsugu and Saber, Kariya's horrifical arc. Sure, the whole Tohsaka arc only works because both Tokiomi and Aoi are ridiculously dumb (Tokiomi with his atrocious judge of character and Aoi with having no spine whatsoever), but otherwise I can't complain about much. The tragedy was thematically very on-point. In regard to the Case Files... well, I did say that it feels very episodic. A bit like a fantasy Detective Conan that makes new rules up as it goes along. I'm enjoying it mostly for seeing Waver again and the faint hope to see the other Fate characters fleshed out a bit. So far only Waver and Reines' relationship is in enjoyable in that context. For that matter, recently left episode 6 running while working. So how exactly can you make an episode about three girls trapped in an empty shopping mall and still fail the Bechdel test? While I was initially happy about Reines and Gray getting more interactions, I must say that I groaned about this inclusion of the Fate franchise's worst aspect: Make everything about the guy. So... by now we have 5 or six characters falling for Waver, I assume Luvia is an exception because Shirou's inexplicable pull is even stronger, but damn it's annoying that you can't watch Fate without this harem nonsense everywhere.
  8. Toth

    German politics. Flinten Uschi defying the laws of gravity

    Ah! Okay, I can see that. Though I must say my impression was always more like the "enemy" is the supermarkets and food companies and their price policies that put such high pressure on farmers that sustainable agriculture had become a liability for many and literally forces them to ruin their soil and exploit their animals to squeeze out enough money to survive. That's actually a point I thought I would like to bring up at that AfD booth one of these days and watch them gasp for air when denied their beloved refugee crisis that had always been their only talking point. Then again, I don't want to look myself like the angry lunatic trying to make a scene in front of the train station.
  9. Toth

    U.S. Politics: Moscow Mitch

    Maybe not assassination by his buddies, but surely he wanted to avoid getting all the depravities dragged out publicly one way or another. I wonder what now happens with the case. And then of course you raise a very good point about the guards: Just how easy is it to kill yourself in American prisons again?
  10. Toth

    German politics. Flinten Uschi defying the laws of gravity

    Never heard of it. And... are farmers really that hostile to environmental policy? Thing is, having grown up in a tiny shit-hole village I have watched the farmers around it go bankrupt one after another because they were struck by heatwave after heatwave and all their crops died until everything they still dared to have on their field was grass. Both Global Warming and land degradation are threatening their livelihoods and can only be fought by massively rethinking the way we do agriculture. Then again, I admit that I see how such drastic change can be perceived as a thread and makes them vulnerable to fear-mongering by those who drone on and on and on about the Greens being the political antichrist. Amusingly, just last week I passed a booth of the AfD set up at the train station when returning from work. They placed themselves directly next to the regular booth of the Jehova's Witnesses, which looked just utterly hilarious. And I guess they were shooting themselves into the foot with it, given how people walked in huge arcs to avoid at least one of them.
  11. When we are already posting a bit optimism, how about this project: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Desertec Several years ago I've wondered about the possibility of just completely plastering the Sahara desert with solar power plants to tackle the energy needs of both Europe and North Africa and idiot that I was I wasn't aware that such a project was already deemed very feasible and has already started in Morocco: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ouarzazate_Solar_Power_Station Interestingly, the project can fix the political tensions between Morocco and Algeria and if we seriously want to go about it, we will get a vested interest in stabilizing North African countries since we are making ourselves very dependent on buying their clean power. If you want to regard it most optimistically, I think it is very possible to drastically cut down the refugee problems there as a side effect. Like with many environmental solutions, it's a win-win situation for everyone if we just pull our weight into it.
  12. Toth

    Dating - I love the way you swipe

    Wow, that sounds a lot like my "experience". 26 and still nothing whatsoever. It is hard to escape the "By now I don't even have to bother anymore" idea. The thought that people will think you a weirdo is too intrusive and it's too easy to find excuses not to engage with anyone. You can't approach girls in high school because your ostracized status means that the best emotion to hope for was pity. You can't approach girls at university because you have to take care of your mother and everyone around you already is in a relationship anyway. And now at work life you can't make time to find people because you have no time whatsoever.
  13. Still, the "You remember Obama?" name recognition effect is crazy insane. My personal choice would be Warren, I wouldn't mind Sanders at all, but god damn it, Biden certainly isn't the guy I'd want.
  14. Toth

    German politics. Flinten Uschi defying the laws of gravity

    Brandenburgian here. My mother recently walked past an advertising booth of the Greens and watched them getting verbally attacked by some residents. And just today I walked through the streets and saw some lunatic run around yelling "The Greens are mass murderers! Wake up, you sheep!" over and over again at random people passing him by. I must admit, ever since the European Elections those kind of nutjobs have turned quite a lot more nuttier. And more terrified. We'll see how this will turn out. Of course I have also seen the local Greens very present during Fridays for Future strikes.
  15. Toth

    Anime

    Edit: Lol, I just read that you can watch the first episode of the Fate/Grand Order Babylonia Anime within Fate/Grand Order. As in: In the Mobile Game. On your phone. Yeah, that sure sounds very comfortable... Okay, just chiming in this morning to give my two cents on the last two El-Melloi Case Files episodes, which in any other format might be called a two-parter about Waver and Gray investigating a crazy mansion where a magical thunderstorm keeps sniping people. All in all still pretty good stuff. Luvia is gone, I'm afraid, and it looks like she will not appear anymore (which made her one-episode cameo pretty pointless). Instead the necromancer dude who was Mordred's Master in Fate/Apocrypha plays a supporting role here. This show is really used to tie all Fate shows together, is it? Especially since I got myself a minor spoiler about Olga Animusphere from Fate/Grand Order appearing next. Though that makes me confused, given that she is a young adult in Grand Order, here she should be a toddler. Anyway, back to the case. There were many nice character moments. I liked Waver's relationship with Reines here, especially when they had to share a room for the night. Every word Reins says may oozing malice, but their bickering and that Waver felt comfortable enough to throw a pillow at her when she teased him so much very neatly showed how well they get along with each other. Then of course there was the penultimate fight scene against hordes of fairy monsters. I must admit, I was quite disappointed that Reines couldn't join the battle because of her Mystic Eyes crippling her and instead I was more than a little stumped that we see Waver himself fight. In a previous episode he claimed to have fended off one of the electric rodent creatures himself off-screen when Gray and Flat found him battered up in the sewers and I found it hard to believe that he did. And now suddenly we see him use gun-shot-like offensive magic alongside the necromancer dude. Sure, the show made a point of not showing whether he actually managed to kill anything while all the other characters showed off their skills (with Willis somehow invoking Kara no Kyoukai vibes as he was knifing enemies with glowing eyes for some reason), but it is still surprising given that Waver so far had been shown entirely reliant on other mages to the heroics, with him failing at simple healing magic. How does combat magic suddenly fit into his skill-set outside of Fate/Grand Order? Of course there were also a few things I wasn't so happy about, mainly that towards the end of each episode things suddenly turned extremely rushed:
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