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Jul. 3rd, 2015 06:54 am
[personal profile] jtniehof
Python Projects, Python High Performance Programming, The Tale of Genji, Triage X, Ranma 1/2 season 7, Fate/Stay Night Unlimited Blade Works, Takamiya Nasuno Desu!, Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches (anime), Song of the Sea.

Python Projects (Laura Cassell): I thought this would be a book on managing Python projects: packing, distribution, testing, ways to manage a proper project instead of a pile of code. Instead, it's a summary of the language and some third-party modules. Emphasis on summary: it would be hard to go far without turning to other references, and many modules are only mentioned in passing. Some don't even get that, with a few instances of "it's possible to do x" with no idea of how. Not bad as a very high-level view of what's available in the ecosystem, but not useful as a reference, and middling as a tutorial. Some screamingly bad style (lots of import *) and other bad ideas (put your database constraints in your code instead of in the db? What's the point of having the RDBMS if you don't have it do the work?)

Python High Performance Programming (Gabriele Lanaro): Just about useless. Nothing here isn't covered better in the cProfile and cython docs. The example benchmark/testing suite setup throws everything into a single function; I was hoping for demonstration of some better style. The one plus side is an accessible, fairly complete discussion of numpy indexing and its weirdness.

The Tale of Genji (Murasaki Shikibu; Seidensticker translation): This was a read,the project of two months. Biblical in scope and textual difficulty. I can see where it could be consuming: despite the difficulty in a simple read-through there's something quite charming, and with commentaries and keeping notes on relationships and putting a lot of work in, it seems a lot could be unlocked. It really does end mid-sentence. The treatment of women is pretty much what one might expect even from a caricature of the tenth/eleventh century: polygamy's one thing, the casual rape and child marriage (non-platonic!) is another.

Triage X: The plot is rather a disaster (and ends in midair), but the style is excellent (fanservice aside). There's a sense of badassery that's reminiscent of Bubblegum Crisis.

Ranma 1/2 season 7: Finally, the end of the TV series. While 7 was better overall and definitely had its good moments, the show never recovered from the season 3 slide. They subtly built a relationship between Ranma and Akane over time, but with no Big Resolution, it's hardly worth the slog.

Fate/Stay Night Unlimited Blade Works: What I expected from ufotable going back to the original. This deviates from Fate substantially ealier than the UBW movie, and I think is better for it. As cool as the UBW route is, though, I don't thnk it's worth discarding the Studio Deen adaptation. (I now expect a Heaven's Feel anime.)

Takamiya Nasuno Desu!: Despite this being a spinoff of series I know nothing about, it hit the random comedy beats pretty well. It helps to be able to read subtitles very quickly.

Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches: A reasonable adaptation of the manga in plot (a little compressed, alas), and simply wonderful in feel. Visually, it seems like a late 90's show, with some texture and unevenness to color fill. It's a great look. The music (particularly the OP) is bouncy and happy, and overall captured the tone of being serious but still optimistic.

Song of the Sea: Less coherent than Secret of Kells and I felt like I was skipping off the surface. Visually nice (sometimes very), musically amazing; I had moments of being pulled in but generally bounced back out once they tried to advance the plot. It's possible it would have worked better were I able to quickly pick up on the cultural references and see where the plot was headed.
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