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  1. Anime Expo 2017

    Just realized I never followed up with whether we got to do a Muv-Luv panel at AX, so here's my brain-dump of the whole experience of my first AX. (This is going to be long…) First, no, they didn't accept our panel. I didn't think they would when they only had like 12 fan panels last year. That kind of floored me when compared to my main con, Anime Central, which has almost 200 fan panels each year. Having been on-site, I now see why: AX prioritizes a small number of huge events over having many smaller events. AX has only like 4 panel rooms and 3 workshop rooms. By comparison, ACen has 15 panel rooms (some of which do double-duty as workshop rooms), and looking on Guidebook for similar-sized cons, I foundOtakon 2016 had 7 panel rooms and 3 workshop rooms (that may change with this year's move to Washington DC). So even though AX has three times the attendance of ACen or Otakon, it actually has far fewerslots on the schedule; it's just that each of these events is meant to have hundreds or thousands of attendees, not dozens. I remember being surprised that AX didn't provide a slot on the schedule for Koki and ixtl in AX 2016, but having now seen the layout there, I get it. Still, if ixtl wants to come over to North America and have more than a booth to work with, particularly if they want to make announcements and get noticed,it might make more sense to go to ACen, Otakon, or perhaps Anime North, rather than AX. You probably saw on ANN or elsewhere, but AX continued its tradition of dumb decisions on Day 1, with the classic "LineCon Line Is Line" maneuver. They insisted on doing metal detectors and bag checks coming into the con, with six stations for an expected attendance of 100,000. You can guess how well that turned out. It took me 90 minutes to get in (most of the way around Staples Center and four back-and-forths in front of the convention center), others later reported a three-hour wait. If you didn't already have your badge and had to wait two hours for that, your day was effectively ruined. AX gonna AX, I guess. A bunch of us ML fans used Discord to coordinate and meet up on the Exhibition Hall floor. After rendezvous'ing at the Degica booth (more about that in a bit), we wanted to get a group pic, particularly while @Discalibur was rocking the Takemikezuchi cosplay. So we worked our way to an empty booth and did a group pic there. That's @Aetherdeusas Yuuya, his wife as Yui, and me as summer-uniform Mitsuki. Sorry, I forget who was who on the right — tag yourself, guys. So then,yeah, Degicabooth. Um. Yeah. They had Alternative running, I guess that counts for something? I don't think it was a recent build — the intro movie still had the old Engrish speech. The booth staff pretty much ignored anyone who checked out Muv-Luv or wanted to engage with them about it at all. Except that by the second day, someone had managed to unlock pretty much the entire game, and a booth staffer complained to me about people "messing with our stuff". I thought that waspretty rich, given that they really didn't do anything but set up the game and leave it for people to plod through the first couple hours where nothing happens (a better VN demo was at the Sekai Project booth, where they had a 5-minute video loop ofFault: Silence The Pendantrunning, and they had clearly picked out a short sequence that showed the feel and charmof that game and how nice its engine is). On Day 3, I was back to my Alternative IV / Project Prominenceofficer uniform. I stopped by the booth three times that day in full cosplay of the game they were supposedly promoting, and nobody noticed or reached out to me. At one point, I spent 15 minutes demo'ing Alternative and explaining the franchise to passers-by. Um, Degica, isn't this your job? Over in the Entertainment Hall, they had some good cosplay setups. There was a company called Cospix doing free professional photos of cosplayers, so I met Mr. & Mrs.@Aetherdeusover there, who were cosplaying The Junker and Yumeni from Planetarian that day. AX also had these nicely built and well-lit cosplay sets, so we then didpost-apocalypitic set for Planetarian, and then had the silly inspiration for the following, which we called "Alternative V Officer: 'So long, suckers!'" We coordinated on Discord to find merch in the Exhibition Hall. There wasn't much, but RockmanDash did find Sumika and Cryska/Inia figures at the Anime Bento booth, and I found a Rumbling Hearts clear file somewhere along the way. So, that's my con wrap. I'm pretty disappointed in Degica's non-effort WRT Muv-Luv, but it was great to meet up with so many online friends of the series — in addition to friends mentioned above, I alsogot to meet @Hireiand @CUTYPUMPEXEfor the first time. So that totally made it worth it.
  2. Anime Central 2017

    Sorry folks, panel is cancelled. Family medical emergency prevents me from attending ACen this year.
  3. Anime Central 2017

    Anime Central 2017 panel submissions open tomorrow. I'll be proposing another Muv-Luv panel, because THE STREAK MUST NOT BE BROKEN. Pre-Kickstarter, I would do this panel as an info-dump on the franchise, but for 2016, we figured enough people now knew about Muv-Luv from the Kickstarter that it would be good to kick around a panel discussion, so @Aetherdeusand @Dexomegajoined me (and we even got Theron Martin, who reviewed Schwarzesmarken for Anime News Network, to join for the last half). This went really well — you can download an MP3 of the panel from my little-used livestreaming site—and I am really psyched to do it again next year, if they'll have us. So, come join us in Chicago in May. By then, Alternative should be out, and we can all work through our PTSD together. But hey, we'll all have our Kickstartermerch by then, so y'all can show off your TSF pilot jackets and/or BETA hoodies. —invalidname
  4. Anime Central 2017

    Reminder that the Anime Central panel Muv-Luv: Eight More Minutes Of Deathis happening next Saturday night (May 20) at 7:30 PM, in Panel Room 8. If you have set up Guidebook for ACen, here's a link to the session.
  5. Crunchyroll Expo

    Registration is now open for Crunchyroll Expo in Santa Clara, Aug 25-27. They also are accepting fan panel applications. I don't plan to be there, but maybe some West Coast fans could do a Muv-Luv panel for CR Expo? Since Crunchyroll streams the two big ML anime, Total Eclipse and Schwarzesmarken, it seems like they might appreciate a fan panel playing those up. EDIT: Actually, I might be able to schedule a business trip out there that week, but I can't count on it. So if anyone does get a Muv-Luv panel approved for CR Expo, I'd be happy to help if I end up being there.
  6. Anime Expo 2017

    The panel info page says they're doing programming on Day 0 (Friday) night from 6 to 10, so maybe that's a hint to put in for that time, though I think there's also supposed to be a concert that night, and I'd hate to miss out on the Anime Song Matsuri that brought over Minami and JAM Project last year. I really wish we could just say "any damn time" instead of getting fussy; maybe I'll put that in the extra info field.
  7. Anime Expo 2017

    Fan panel application for AX is now up. I'm going to put in for a Muv-Luv panel, even though they run so few panels at AX there's very little chance it will be approved (this is why you should all come to the Muv-Luv panel at Anime Central in Chicago instead). A couple thoughts I'll put out to the community: Rating? G, PG, or R? I've always tried to go PG to get more flexibility in scheduling, although I got in trouble at AWA for accidentally leaving a "f---ing" subtitle in one of my video clips. Preferred date and time? This is my first AX, so I don't know what the general flow is like… would it make more sense to do a late-night panel that stays out of the way of industry panels? Middle of Saturday so it's more convenient and people actually show up? Monday morning to increase our chances of actually getting approved? Minimum estimated attendance is 200. That's like 10 times what I've gotten before. No problem getting 200 people at a con of 100,000 to turn out for the Luv, right? I can have two co-panelists. I'll save @Aetherdeusa seat because I paneled with him last year at ACen and he's entertaining and knows his shit (DM me to coordinate if you're interested, dude). Who wants to be / should be the third seat? —invalidname
  8. Muv-Luv fan podcast

    @Discalibur: Which Discord channel should I be looking for? I've kind of avoided the Discord, because at first it seemed primarily a place for people to fight about stupid stuff (I mean, c'mon, "discord" is in the name of the product). Speaking of, I started a weekly livestream a few weeks back where I teach iOS development (my main gig), do Let's plays of iOS & Mac games, and then finish with a half-hour or so of annotated Muv-Luv read through. Over the first half-dozen episodes, I've been working through the second half of Unlimited, and just wrapped up the Volcano arc last week. Videos are on invalidstream, or my Vimeo channel. Of course, everyone here knows all about Unlimited… really this segment is part of my scheme to trick the normals into getting into Muv-Luv.
  9. 18+ Patch

    Are you sure? I'm running the director's cut, and I definitely got that scene (looking through my screenshots on OneDrive, it looks like I screenshotted the very next line after that)
  10. Anime Central 2017

    Provisional ACen schedule has usSaturday mid-evening, which would be the best time we've ever gotten. Last year, we were on at 11:30PM Friday (next door to a rowdy dubbed hentai panel room), year before was 10AM Sunday. I should probably start filling out theslide deck, and finalizingco-panelists. Also, looking at my message at the beginning of the thread, my optimism about the timing of backer rewards and the release date of Alternative may turn out to have been overly optimistic. Maybe BETA hoodie meetup will have to wait forACen 2018.
  11. Question

    To say nothing of the fact that the first game has already been delivered via Steam.
  12. Anime Central 2017

    And we are… approved!
  13. Story arc names

    HSST is before Mock Battles (which I've been calling "Paintball"). And I'm considering the events around Christmas and to the end of the gameto be their own arc, post-Volcano.
  14. Story arc names

    I've started streaming some Muv-Luv Unlimited, and I've been referring to the current story arc (Takeru trying to get Sakaki and Ayamine to work together for their mock battle with Meiya, Miki, and Mikoto) as the "paintball arc". It made me wonder if there are agreed-upon fan names for all the various arcs. Some are obvious ("Lacrosse Arc", "Comprehensive Combat Skills Evaluation"), but others aren't. For example ,what do we call the arcs after paintball: Volcano and Christmas arcs? So, I thought about listing and naming Extra and Unlimited's arcs for myself, but then decided it might be better to hash it out here in the forums. Anyone got some suggestions?
  15. Kickstarter Updates

    OP never said otherwise. They said they were posting it b/c there are community members who came in after the Kickstarter, and therefore can't see the KS posts. Old news to us, maybe, but it's probably useful to some of the new folks here.
  16. Alternative getting "retranslated"?

    +1 to everything that Marx-93 said, with the addition that we already can see what an upgrade the script is, from the very positive reaction to Extra and Unlimited's new translation. With Extra in particular, it at times feelslike reading a new VN — the old translation totally fumbled the humor, and really buried the distinctiveness in the characters' voices, whereas the new one is genuinely fun and funny. (which of course, sets you up for the shock and horror of the later installments) As for Alternative, there are places where the fan translation is clearly wrong and begs for rewrites. For example, the last line of the Valkyries' motto "Achieve your mission with all your might! Despair not until your final breath! …" ends with the rather weak "Don't die in vain!" in the Ixrec translation, but even in âge's own promotional materials, before there was any thought of a complete English translation, it ends with the much stronger"Make your death count!" The fan translation also misses or mangles a number of callbacks to Kimi ga Nozomu Eien / Rumbling Hearts, which precedes it in-universe (in one notorious example in Extra, Mitsuki is misgendered in a reference).Since the ML translation lead is also working on KGNE on the side, it's a safe bet all those references will be corrected.
  17. Anime Expo 2017

    I just noticed the AX hotel room blocks page, which says it opens to premiere attendeeson Feb 1, and general attendees on Feb 15. Are you saying everything will be gone to premiere before it even opens to general? A while back, I grabbed a reservation at a nearby Holiday Inn Express as a backup.Maybe I'll end up needing it.
  18. Anime Central 2017

    OK, I'm hearing absolute silence on the cosplay front for Anime Central, so I'm not going to reserve a spot.
  19. Muv-Luv on Android/iOS

    I bought a piece of crap $100 Windows tablet solely to play Muv-Luv and a few other VNs (ef, Clannad, Kindred Spirits on the Roof) that had been gathering dust because I couldn't be bothered to spin up Parallels to play them on my Mac often enough. At that price, you may find it preferable to remote screensharing. Mostly I was inspired by an episode of the âge livestream where they used a Windows tablet to give the Japanese audience their first look at the English translation (e.g., making Rienee read the "Buhooooobs?" line out loud)
  20. Anime Central 2017

    Hey, I'll be at AX too! But that's another thread.
  21. Anime Central 2017

    So, Anime Central just opened sign-ups for cosplay gatherings. We had a small one last year, but it was basically just me and@Aetherdeus, so if he's not coming, I can't really reserve a spot, since we need a back-up contact at a minimum. So, if you know you're cosplaying Muv-Luv at Anime Central (the big one in Chicago in May), please follow-up here or DM me and we'll put in for a spot. Otherwise, just look for me —either in the UN uniform from my avatar, or crossplaying Mitsuki in Hakuryo summer uni —and say hi.
  22. J-Novel Club

    There's a new site called J-Novel Club that's publishing light novels in English, online only, in a Crunchyroll-style all-you-can-eat model. They have a forum for suggestions for titles they could pick up. Y'know, like Total Eclipse and Schwarzesmarken? Anyone want to back me up here?
  23. J-Novel Club

    Speaking of light novels, Vertical has their annual reader survey up for one more day (ie, ends Dec 9), and the last question is for suggestions for light novels, limited to 6 volumes or less. Muv-Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse is 6 volumes. Off you go! Survey.
  24. Favorite Minami Kuribayashi song

    It's probably impossible to come up with a complete list, but here are a bunch of the top OP and ED themes as poll choices. EDIT: I guess if you're going to pick "other", maybe post a comment about which song you'd pick instead?
  25. Anime Expo 2017

    Is it still a 4-6-hour wait in the sun to pick up badges? Is it best to do that on Day 0?