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1  General / El-Hazard Online / Re: Why so little Makoto/Ifurita fanstuff? on: April 08, 2008, 01:23:40 PM

I'm a fan of Makoto & Ifurita myself.  Some of the earliest (and in my opinion, still some of the best) ficts with them as the protagonists may be found at the above link.  Ken Wolfe's work is highly regarded among the community.  

It's been awhile since he has produced any EH work, but he continues to write.  I just offered C&C on a Banner of the Stars/Crest of the Stars work for him, as we are both fans of Morioka's Sekai Trilogy.

2  General / El-Hazard Online / Re: Ending scene of the OVA1 musing on: October 31, 2006, 08:31:38 PM
Recommended reading.  This fict was based on those very watercolors.  I enjoyed it and I believe you may also.


or if you prefer


3  General / El-Hazard Online / Re: 2006: Tides are Changing; MP3s removed! on: March 16, 2006, 08:46:23 PM
Well said, my man.  I do like the idea of this forum becoming a perament memorial to all the fun times we had here.  But as you say, we are on to bigger and better things now.  We should never forget, however, from whence we came.

Waxing nostalgic,


(BTW, Trigun anime was another of my favorites.  Collecting the TPBs now.)
4  General / El-Hazard Online / Re: MrWhat's fan works on: December 15, 2005, 09:35:46 PM
"Not that anyone cares"?

Oh, come now - there's a fine line between being humble and being silly, and that's well over it. ;D


Wot he sed.

Couldn't have said it better myself, Spanner.

'Twill be a fine day when I learn of yet another installment of MWN or *gasp* HnA!  

Geez.  The writing I could get done were not for Teh Ray-road keeping me busy for twelve and fourteen hours a day.  

Then again, in the words of the old heads "you bid the job!"  Kinda glad I actually LIKE what I do.  We'll, maybe in this case Less Is More.  ;)


5  General / El-Hazard Online / Re: Which El Hazard Universe do you prefer? on: June 19, 2005, 10:05:04 PM

Probably the OAV storyline. I say "probably" because the manga scores a way close second: it combines some of the best elements of both the OAV and TV storylines, and gets to develop Ifurita's personality much more. If only the ending wasn't so rushed...

Wot he sed.

6  General / Non-El-Hazard Topical Discussions / While we're on the topic of other anime & fiction on: April 23, 2005, 08:49:53 AM
I FINALLY managed to watch all of Martian Successor Nadesico, with the exception of the Prince of Darkness movie.  Plan to remedy that situation tonight.

For some reason I don't seem to be able to watch a series through until it's at least four or five years old.  Princess Nine was an exception, though that fine series seems to have an even smaller following than El Hazard does.

Seems I have a penchant for series that leave massive openings for back stories and continuation ficts.  As you all know I've dabbled into that arena myself from time to time with a couple different series.  Doubt I'll be all het up to write anything for Nadesico anytime soon, however, mostly owing to the fact I'm starting a "new job" again!  

(Actually, it's an in-company transfer.  My last day as a signal technician for CN Rail on the Grand Trunk Western in Indiana was yesterday.  Monday I report to Fond du Lac, Wisconsin where I'll assume the role of a CN signal supervisor on the former Wisconsin Central property.  With that, I'll be busy learning new faces and names, new signal equipment, and a new set of work rules [as I leave the craft and enter the management ranks.])

So it's nice to set back, read some of the Nadesico body of work, and let someone else drive for awhile.  

I pulled a couple from both MediaMiner and Fanfiction.net.  One I managed to read last week I really liked called Chasing The Darkness.


Verdict is still out on Truth & Consequences:


Is anyone aware of a Nadesico forum?  (Like any forum out there can hold a candle to this one...)


7  General / El-Hazard Online / Re: Conversation with Associate; OAV3, EHOL on: April 16, 2005, 07:07:02 PM
Wot he sed.  


Soon to be relocating to Fond du Lac, Wisconsin  USA
8  General / El-Hazard Online / Re: El Hazard AMVs on: April 07, 2005, 03:40:10 PM
I'd jump in with more info except that the few El-Hazard AMVs that I have were all mentioned already ^^;

On a side note though, I usually go to Animemusicvideos.org to grab my music vids. (I have waaay to many AMVs ^_^V)

Wut he sed.  That was the link I MEANT to post.  Sorry for the confusion.

9  General / El-Hazard Online / Re: On physiology and dimensional travel... on: April 06, 2005, 08:00:18 PM
I've posted here before that I have an engineering background myself (BS Electrical Engineering Technology, Lake Superior State University, Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan May 1993.)  So I can appreciate what you're going through.  I use basic Boolean algebra and various DC and AC circuit theory concepts every day in my work, but on a very applied and specialized level.


I used to work for this company but now work for CN Rail in their US divisions.  My "home road" used to be known as the Grand Trunk Western.

Before that I was a freelance electrical engineer and software tester all around Minneapolis.  Suprised I never met Xel but I'm sure we ran with different packs.  I was a member of a Minneapolis anime club for awhile, though.  Used to hang out with Spanner from time to time up there.

So the (meta)physics of this thread interests me to no end.

Glad to hear you're back in school.  As I recall, our listmeister Showalter is working to attain a technical degree too.  

Shine on you crazy diamond!

And Adcock and Morris are both programmer peeps (bit heads!)

My email should be on my profile.  Send me a note off list any time you want to talk shop.

Ah yes, memories.  Visions of double integrals dancing in my head.  Brr.  Shiver.  Having said that, however, the engineering principles still astound me to this day given that there were people over 100 years ago like Tesla, Edison and Westinghouse who first put them to practical use.  Even the DC track circuit, the foundation of all railroad signaling practice, was first patented in the 1880s.

And the fellow you're thinking of is Shottky.  The Shottky diode is named for him.  Robert, help me remember here...I believe they use a P-type material along with a conductive metal like gold or silver instead of a standard PN junction used in a silicon or germanium diode.   As I recall, this resulted in much faster switching speeds than other diodes, enabling the development of MOSFETs and CMOS ICs.  From there we went almost immediately to the commercialization of microelectronics, including personal computers.  And the rest, as they say, is history.


10  General / El-Hazard Online / Re: El Hazard AMVs on: April 06, 2005, 07:46:40 PM
I am suprised that no one beat me to the punch, but that picture you post is rather widely well known.  The OVA Iffy, Wanderers Iffy are givens.  I'm told the taller, more buxom raven-haired woman is acutally IFURINA, a character taken from the radio plays.

Jump in here anytime, fellas.

OVA Iffy dressed to the nines was actually featured by my friend Ken Wolfe during one of the "Earth" stories.  In fact, when Ken and I last met for coffee, he showed me that picture in his own copy of the EH art book.  The other one was Etranger.

11  General / El-Hazard Online / Re: El Hazard AMVs on: April 06, 2005, 07:42:43 PM
Seems we're quietly chatting a'tween ourselves at this corner table in the coffee house.  :)

There is a rather long and interesting thread on the new AMS! (or OMG! if you prefer) over in the non-EH section of the forum.  If you haven't visited I'm sure you'll find it interesting.  Adcock has seen them all, in fact, Adcock's own LiveJournal page had a picture of the "new" Mara on it for several weeks with the caption "It's About Time."  Heh.

Most of the folks here are following the new AMS/OMG but I haven't started yet.  Just got DSL and haven't yet taken time to download it.  Then again, I spend too much time in front of the computer anyway (just ask my wife!)  Wifey does support me in my anime habit, in fact, she's a Takahashi fan herself.  The only stipulation she has is that I absolutely, positvely NEVER force her to try to read and watch at the same time (i.e., subtitles.)  So I think I'll hold off on watching the new AMS! until it morphs into OMG!

See you over on the OMG thread!

12  General / El-Hazard Online / Re: On physiology and dimensional travel... on: April 05, 2005, 09:05:12 PM
Unfortunately, every source I have suggests that all "polite" requests to Harnum to finish Mortal Engines were rebuffed.  A few years back I guess the Utena fict bug bit him hard--he has yet to recover.  

Yeah, Seifert's "A Paradise Built For Two" was funky spooky weird.  But he more than redeemed himself with "Jinniyah and The King."  Maybe I'm just dense, but I was guessing as to just whom the storyteller was right up to the final TWO WORDS.  And in those last two words, the entire story seemed strangely satisfying.

Seifert and I have corresponded several times in the last couple years but it's been awhile.  Being that I used to read a lot of Ranmafict, I also enjoyed his "Taming of the Horse" series.

<reads of Zoastrian mythology and a new story idea>


<checks the profiles page and notes Belldandyfan's hails from Spokane...>

Avery, is that you?  From our dialogue after Wolfe and I published Rough Justice I would say so!  I thought you'd have finished that work by now.  It was a good idea then and is a good idea now.  When last we corresponded, you figured that you would have a LOT of spare time on your hands.  :P  If you haven't written the piece yet, I hope I can take that to mean you're gainfully employed once again.  

And the last line of your last post contains an absolutely hideous pun, I'll have you know.

M. J. Engels
Signal Technician
Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen LU 14
CN Rail
Valparaiso, Indiana  USA

13  General / El-Hazard Online / Re: El Hazard AMVs on: April 05, 2005, 08:53:16 PM
Most excellent selection, I must say.

I did not care for the Kryptonite video.  Love the song, like the idea but believe it fell flat during execution.

There are several different Bring Me To Life videos that I'm aware of.  The one that is my favorite features Amy Lee performing with a single guitar accompaniment in an "unplugged" set.  Hauntingly good one, that.  The special effects were fun to see, too.  They kinda get carried away but at many points they really add to the vid's power.

One that is notably absent from your list was done to Celene Dion's "Then You Look At Me."  OK, OK, it's Makoto and Ifurita fluff, but then again, I have a soft spot for Makoto and Ifurita fluff.  Very well rendered and executed video by Sandrock Productions.

Michael Ko's work was the first and is still one of the best.  In fact, Ken Wolfe sent it to me on VHS...that's how long ago I first saw it.

Just about every one of these videos is available from http://www.animemusicvideos.com.



PS Pleased to make your acquaintance, Belldandyfan.   :)  Glad to see Adcock and I aren't the only thirtysomething OMG and EH fans here.  
14  General / Non-El-Hazard Topical Discussions / Re: New Oh! My Goddess TV series on: April 03, 2005, 11:04:26 AM
To add to the previous discussion about manga in this thead, I would like to present the following viewpoint:


For those who previously posited that the "un-Westernization" of OMG and other titles was cheapening the quality of the finished product, there are those in the industry whom would agree with you.  I found the commentary very interesting myself, to the point where I might re-consider my previous statements regarding "authentic" manga.



BTW, finished watching the fifth disk of Martian Successor Nadesico last night.  One more to go.  There is little I DON'T like about this series!  If for no other reason, it permits us otaku to poke fun at ourselves.
15  General / El-Hazard Online / Re: On physiology and dimensional travel... on: April 01, 2005, 07:39:23 PM

Another author, Alan Harnum, wrote a piece (still unfinished) titled "Mortal Engines" which addressed this issue... but from a different angle.
(yeah.. I know... you have it up on your website... heh)


You'll see that the explosion seems to wash along a spherical "safe" area around Makoto, looking rather like the force bubble that demongods are supposed to have around them according to the manga.

I sure liked Harnum's work...right up to the point where it ended UNFISHED.  Meh.  I HATE when that happens!

Thankfully, there are a number of writers who have the decency to finish what they start.  :)

Speak of finished series, my friend and co-author Ken Wolfe wrote some solo work expanding on your last point.  Those of you who have read his "Earth" series will recall the question Ken posited in the last part of the sixth installment--just how WOULD the conflict between Makoto's mortality and Ifurita's apparent immortality be resolved?

Your point of Makoto appearing to possess something only demon-gods were supposed to have foreshadows Ken's work nicely.

And yes, I'm deliberately being vauge for the benefit of those who might not have read the work.  ;)

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