Nidoking (nidoking) wrote,

Okay, Anubis was pretty epic as well.

Today's Bridge: Considering that the opponents made a game out of two partscores, one of which could have been a full game and just missed being a slam, and I took the opponents out of 3H Dbl into a 4D contract that I made, I consider it a moral victory even if we didn't score as many points. The last hand saw me with S A-K-x-x H 3 D K-J-x-x-x C Q-x-x, which was plenty to open 1D. Keith overcalled 1H, Dan passed, and Brandy raised to 2H. Feeling threatened, I went ahead and bid 2S, which Keith passed, and Dan corrected to 3D. Keith bid 3H, which Dan doubled, but I felt that if he could raise the bidding a level to support my three-card promised diamond suit over spades, we had a play for 4D, and the opponents had a very good play for their 3H. Dan's hand was S x H A-10-x-x D Q-x-x-x C J-9-8-x, not as strong as I was hoping, but definitely a good diamond fit. The opening lead was the ten of clubs, so I went low, and the queen took the trick. I went straight to the queen of diamonds, then back to my jack, and Keith showed out, leaving Brandy with the singleton ace. I decided to keep my winners and play to set up a club trick, so I led a low club to the eight, and Brandy took with the king and cashed the ace, which could only help me. He followed with a spade, so I took the ace, then ruffed a low spade to get to the board and cash my jack of clubs. Finally, I just had to cash the ace of hearts, ruff a heart to my hand, and lead the king of spades, leaving myself with only two diamonds. No matter when Brandy ruffs in with the ace, my contract is secure. I still make it if he holds the ace of clubs, and it just means that I have to spend more tricks setting up the club. As for their chances of making 3H, we take the first three tricks with two spades and a spade ruff, and Dan still has the ace of hearts, but then I think Keith can run spades through Dan's void for ruffing finesses so he doesn't have to give up all his hearts pulling Dan's, and they don't have any diamond losers if his trump hold out. I don't know whether he has the opportunity to get rid of a club loser, but I think Keith only had two clubs, since I'm pretty sure Brandy had four.

Today's Work: Pretty much a whole day of going over the requirements allocated to my parts of the system and determining whether our messaging is set up properly to meet those requirements. I've come up with a few comments, including one or two simple ones and one or two that will require some real thinking and possibly rework to figure out how to make this thing work.

Tonight's bad movie night was "Heavy Metal", which I've never seen except in parody form until now. It was certainly interesting, although it didn't make much sense, possibly because I didn't hear much of the dialogue. It didn't look like it would make much sense even so.

Day 1 - Very first anime
Day 2 - Favorite anime You’ve watched so far
Day 3 - Your anime crush
Day 4 - Anime you’re ashamed you enjoyed
Day 5 - Anime character you feel you are most like (or wish you were)
Day 6 - Most annoying anime character
Day 7 - Favorite anime couple
Day 8 - Most epic scene ever
Day 9 - Saddest anime scene
Day 10 - Favorite slice of life anime
Day 11 - Favorite mech series
Day 12 - An ecchi picture from your favorite series
Day 13 - Cosplay of your ‘waifu’ or Husbando’
Day 14 - current (or most recent) anime wallpaper
Day 15 - Post a cute Neko-girl
Day 16 - post a kigurumi cosplay of your favorite anime character
Day 17 - Favorite tsundere
Day 18 - Something moe
Day 19 - Mandatory swimsuit post
Day 20 - Favorite shoujo anime
Day 21 - Best yandere character
Day 22 - Favorite boy’s love couple (or yuri couple, if you don’t like that sort of thing)
Day 23 - Anime you think had the best, or most intrigueing art
Day 24 - Favorite anime hero or heroine
Day 25 - Best anime villian
Day 26 - Your favorite harem anime
Day 27 - Favorite anime opening theme song
Day 28 - Favorite pokémon
Day 29 - Favorite school uniform
Day 30 - Favorite anime ending theme

Day 8 - Most epic scene ever

The most epic scene ever, in my opinion, was never turned into anime and probably never will be, so I have to dig deep for an animated scene of similar epicness. There's no such thing. However, my old favorite The Irresponsible Captain Tylor comes close. While the final battle with the Raalgon Empire was one of the most epic moments in all of anime (which I feel comfortable saying even though I haven't seen most of the anime out there), I still like an earlier encounter where they get attacked so suddenly that all of their defenses are disabled before they can do anything. It follows on the heels of a speech by Yamamoto listing the most important elements of victory - superior strength, superior numbers, and superior morale. When Tylor realizes that all three have failed him, he does the only thing he can do - randomly warps across space, ignoring the destroyed navigation computer, until even the warp drive has failed. The last jump almost takes them into a star, but they just get caught in its orbit as the entire enemy fleet catches up to them. They all fire on him... and every single shot misses, as they forget to account for the star's gravity. The missiles explode at the surface of the star, throwing up a solar flare that engulfs the enemy fleet and destroys them. Empress Azalyn of the Raalgon then asks her general what he thinks the most important element of victory is. "Luck" is his reply. Now THAT'S epic.

However, I haven't read or watched anything that holds a candle to the epic of Jojo's Bizarre Adventure. It spans generations, and introduced us to a style of combat that's become an inspiration for almost every shonen series since. But even though the third story arc was the one that made the series famous and became an anime and a video game, the most epic scene, in my opinion, came well before that, when Joseph Joestar first met Cesar Zeppelli in the second arc. He didn't like the way Cesar was treating his girlfriend and challenged him to a Hamon duel. The pre-battle banter was what made the battle so epic, so pay attention. Cesar says that Jojo is so weak, his girlfriend could beat him. Jojo retorts that Cesar is so weak, a pigeon would beat him. So Cesar begins by kissing his girlfriend, filling her with Hamon and possessing her. (I don't recall anyone ever doing that at any other time.) Jojo can't attack her, so he lets her get the better of him, and Cesar finishes the job with his special move, forming a giant bubble from the soap film in his pockets to drown Jojo. While he lets the bubble do its job, he kisses his girlfriend again to remove his Hamon from her. The pigeon that Jojo stuffed into her mouth jumps down Cesar's throat, choking him and disrupting his breathing, which breaks the power of his Hamon and releases Jojo from the bubble.

Okay, so it sounds silly, especially if you don't know what Hamon is or how it works. The first arc, and parts of the second arc, were basically breathing contests, if you get down to it. But after reading the first three arcs of the series, that's still my favorite battle, and the one I consider the most epic. The final battle of that arc, against a being that couldn't be killed by any means at all in the entirety of existence, was also pretty cool. But when your bad guys are named Wham, Cars, and AC/DC, it seems to take a little of the threat out of them.

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