Feb 6, 2014

Anime Review: Ore no Imōto ga Konnani Kawaii Wake ga Nai.

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OreImo 2 title/logoThus continues the tale of our violent model-by-day otaku-by-night heroine and her frustrated and confused brother. Kirino has returned from America ready to get back into her semi-secret hobby. What’s that? You don’t remember her actually leaving for America? Season two here picks up after the “True Route” extra four episodes, which weren’t televised (and thus sadly aren’t on Crunchyroll), the first of which is a replacement for the last televised episode.  Just like the first season, there’s more hijinks, incest overtones, nerdy anime fandom, with a dash of S&M and Lolita. So, basically, more of the same, which could be a good or bad thing depending on how well you liked the first season.

Jan 2, 2014

Anime Review: Ano Natsu de Matteru

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AnoNatsu title/logoClassically animated in style but with plenty of modern technical prowess, this series takes us through “that fateful summer” as our protagonist meets, falls for, and inevitably gets tangled up with a new transfer student who is as beautiful as she is eccentric. If that synopsis sounds a bit too familiar, that’s because it is. But don’t let that turn you off! While it isn’t anything new, the quality of animation, direction, music, and screenplay combine to make a solidly excellent series with only a few issues. Been itchin’ for another good romance/drama? I suggest you keep reading. (Note: haters should keep reading too, because… because don’t leave me…)

Nov 27, 2013

Repository Pattern Hell (Part 3): Enlightenment

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Modern object relational mappers have come a long, long way since the dark days of writing DataTableAdapters, CRUD stored procedures, or worse inlining dynamic SQL strings. In fact, they are so good now and come packed with so many fancy features it’s almost surprising people are still hung up on using the same old generic repository pattern that abstracts it all away and aims for the lowest common denominator.