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July 11, 2021

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Anime of the day is Ushio and Tora - the one from 1992, not the recent remake.

It's the story of Ushio, a kid growing up in a Shinto temple not entirely unlike Tenchi from Tenchi Muyou, whose distant ancestor captured a deadly demon and imprisoned it on the temple grounds, not entirely unlike Tenchi Muyou.

Except instead of a cute - if extremely dangerous - girl, Tora is an enormous tiger-like demon spirit thingy. And its mere presence on the temple grounds draws lesser demons like moths to a flame, so Ushio is forced to release Tora and form a pact before the demons kill him and everyone in the vicinity.

The manga for this ran for 33 volumes and has sold tens of millions of copies. The original 90s OVA series only ran for 11 episodes and finished airing before the manga was even half-way done.

More recently there's been a 39-episode TV remake and unusually for this sort of thing it's not half bad. The animation quality is better and of course it's in all wide-screen and high-definition. And it sticks to a very 90s aesthetic, which I love.

Unfortunately they lost the original soundtrack, which I also love, and replaced it with something that is serviceable but doesn't have any spark for me. On the other hand, you can get the complete Blu-Ray collection for twenty bucks online, and it covers much more of the story than the original version.

There are good clips of the original OVA on YouTube somewhere, but I can't find them anymore because the search results have been overrun by the remake. So this is a clip of the full=length version of the opening theme, rather than what actually appeared in the OVAs.

Tech News

  • You're a slave to multiple masters, with no rights whatsoever. Here's why that's a good thing. (Gizmodo)

    The author explains that it's a good thing because she has the mental capacity of a retarded mosquito.

  • AMD's 4700S might be a faulty PlayStation 5 chip with disabled graphics and not an Xbox chip. (Tom's Hardware)

    Looking at the side by side photos, that assessment seems correct to me. The CPU cores are identical and the graphics switched off, so it was only by looking at the physical chips that someone outside AMD could confirm this.

    Asked to confirm this themselves, AMD said:
    AMD 4700S Desktop Kit is its own unique solution, designed to address the desire for robust, high-core count performance in the mainstream market ideal for multi-tasking, productivity, and light 3D workflows.
    Which is a lot of words for yes but I'm not allowed to say so.

  • How to merge two Apple IDs into one, part one of sixty. (Brian Stucki)

    1. Don't.
    2. No, seriously, don't.
    3. Beer.
    4. Wait, what was I doing again?

  • Science Based Medicine shoots self in foot, reloads, repeats. (Jesse Singal)

    Science Based Medicine is an effort to defend medicine from obvious quackery - homeopathy, naturopathy, chiropractic bullshit, healing crystals and a hundred other kinds of fashionable nonsense - and also from irreproducible research, noting that half of all new research papers published in medical journals are wrong to the point of worthlessness.

    Unfortunately - and this is something I've noticed before, because I've been following them for more than a decade - they all lean left politically and are utterly blind to bullshit dressed in the trappings of progressivism.

    In this case it's the blatantly obvious moral panic of transgender teenagers, and the accompanying idea that irreversible medical interventions on minors are suddenly a good idea because shut up you bigot.

    This ideological blindness is why I dropped almost all the podcasts I listened to a year ago and switched to Hololive and other vtubers. It means I need to read the news rather than listening to it while I work, but it also means that I don't get enraged by fresh outbreaks of woke insanity every fifty minutes.

    If it comes to a choice between science and tech mixed with socialism and a Japanese-speaking Australian girl swearing at a thousand words per minute and singing the Aeroplane Jelly song, I'll take the latter.

    Oh, the article tearing Science Based Medicine a new arsehole is written by Jesse Singal, who is kind of annoying in his own right. He correctly identified the dangers of CRT and the rest of the woke bullshit but voted for Biden because he thought that would calm things down which is, if not quite the stupidest decision imaginable, at least commendable effort.

Anime Music Intermission Video of the Day

The original Ushio and Tora also included a bonus comedy episode called the CD Theatre, with little skits interspersed with songs like this one.

Oh, wait, the whole damn bonus episode is on YouTube and it's not even region locked.


Oh, it's dubbed. Never mind, at least they didn't mess with the songs.

They didn't mess with the songs, right? Tell me they didn't mess with the songs!

Disclaimer: They didn't mess with the songs.
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