Shirobako Movie

Apparently it’s a thing. I didn’t even know about it (or forgotten about it) until a friend said they watched it. To the movie theater I went (> ‘.’)>

It has been so long since the anime aired and I pretty much forgot almost everything about it. Although I think it took me until about the end of the movie when I stop confusing who’s who. It doesn’t help there are loads of casts involved. And they added some new ones.

It’s, well, Shirobako. I think. It’s anime production. With ups and downs. With license and contract problems. It’s pretty good overall and kind of moving in some places. Nothing extraordinary like Hello World though.

Oh yeah, Hello World is great. Wait, wrong post.

Weekly FGO vol. 19

JP

New event starts tomorrow. It’s a short one and no welfare servant in sight. Who was the last welfare servant even.

In the meantime, grinding for mana prisms as usual.

EN

Cleared challenge quest. It was not too difficult. Just need some Arash and other area NP archers. Then finishing by Fujino.

Next event is Saber Wars but there’s no announcement yet.

Unlike JP, I have good amount of mana prisms here so I’m farming exp cards instead. And clearing strengthening/interludes.

Weekly FGO vol. 18

Replaying my solo Andersen play I did two years ago

JP

Nothing here. Just farming for green cubes. And slowly doing the valentine choco events.

I haven’t redone the challenge quest but there’s no time left. So, yay.

Up next is… no idea, lol. They haven’t announced any new events.

NA

Finished main quests and most of the stores. Still need to clear the challenge quest.

The event, as I said, wasn’t too difficult. It just takes a lot of CE swapping and figuring out which nodes to farm. I think I even cleared it with my few weeks old account in JP two years ago.

Weekly FGO vol. 17

Gacha of despair (not really)

JP

Valentine is done! Kind of. I finished the story and challenge quest and the main store.

Except the challenge quest was done with command seal. I still need to figure out how to do it cleanly. The buff clear and star stealing and NP charge and NP discharge and mass stun and other craps collectively make one rather difficult challenge quest.

The main store is mostly cleared with just monuments and pieces remaining. Oh and the kira kira points. I still need to collect around 1 million points more.

Lastly I still don’t have the extra event CE to max limit break it. The CE itself is pretty useful with focus attack, NP bonus damage, and starting NP charge so MLB’ing it would be pretty useful.

I also managed to pull another Salter within 11 rolls so she’s now NP3.

With all those rolls, I now barely have enough to even do an 11 rolls.

I think I’ll save for either next ็คพ้•ท servant or Skadi. Or Waver. Merlin is pretty useful for challenge quest but for farming, Waver is way better. Or maybe Skadi if I ever bother maxing out my Zerklot.

NA

KnK revival has started. I did 10 rolls and got no โ˜†4 or up servants. At least I got one โ˜†4 event CE and one โ˜†3 event CE. Those should come in handy. I already have both Shiki and Fujino in JP anyway.

I still want Okita in NA though. Hence saving the gems and tickets.

I’ve barely started the event, just clearing up as many as my AP allows. Maybe I’ll rush it a bit during weekend or something. This event involves a lot of CE swapping and stuff but it’s otherwise relatively easy.

Weekly FGO vol. 16

JP

Nothing at all. Farming mana prisms all day everyday.

New event starts tomorrow.

NA

Almost done with the event. Only need to do the free quest 6 more times to reach 60 million chocolates.

There’s also MHXA pick-up which I did 10 rolls and got nothing from. I can’t roll more as I need to save some gems…

Kara no Kyoukai rerun event should be up next. Yay Shiki. I can certainly use a good single target Assassin. I don’t think I’ll roll for this one. Or maybe just single 10 rolls (as usual?).

Update 2020-02-11 23:21: Forgot to mention I cleared the challenge quest using hint from this video. Though a bit more searching showed it can be solo’d using Abigail as well.

Weekly FGO vol. 15

JP

Amazoness.com event done. There’s actually challenge quest which I should probably do without a pair of Ishtar and Gilgamesh but it was pretty horrible and finished using low rarity servants anyway so I guess it’s good enough.

Later levels sure are a bit more challenging. Mainly when figuring out how to do it in fewest number of turns. That and saving planning for the run without running out usable servants. I didn’t use any guides for the floors so that added a bit of challenge.

Next event is still at least one week away so I can focus on NA’s Valentine for now.

I did some rolls for that Saber Alter NP2 above though. 187 of them. That took out almost the entirety of my SQ savings. And I only ended up with one of her. It looks like I’m not getting NP5 of her anytime soon.

Or Skadi if her rate up ever comes up again. Probably not. That reminded me, the next GSSR is probably single mixed pool so my chance of rolling her there is even lower.

I did get a few additional โ˜†4 and โ˜†5 servants though:

  • Napoleon (?)
  • Nezha
  • Fionn
  • Lancelot

Three guys and one mostly girl. Great ๐Ÿ˜

Here’s hoping the next pulls will be better…

NA

Setsubun is over, and it’s now Valentine.

I finished Setsubun just in time and cleared the challenge quest without much problem this time around. It took me over two hours two years ago. Dealing with target focus by using area NP ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

Valentine has started and I figured I should do something like 5 pulls for at least some event CEs. I got Semiramis on first pull instead. Yay?

That ended my rolls though so I have no extra CEs except for the lowest rarity one as I have a bunch of extra FPs from previous box gacha. I have four in total at the moment and I still have some more FPs to burn so I’m hoping I can get a fifth copy so I can limit break it.

On the Valentine event itself, well, I’m grinding through it as usual.

This event is actually the time I got my current JP account. I couldn’t finish it on time of course with my barely existing team at the time. And that also annoyingly left me with four copies of โ˜†3 event CEs and two shop CEs.

Well, I shouldn’t have too much problem clearing this event this time.

Weekly FGO vol. 14

JP

Currently at floor 162 at the time of writing this post. I’ve cleared the first big quest as well.

The challenge quest is not yet cleared though. I tried once and failed quite badly. I think I’ll clear everything else before trying it. Hopefully it doesn’t take too long.

No pulls or anything because there isn’t anything interesting so far. Maybe for the next summer or something.

NA

Still at floor 25. This one doesn’t have the larger quests but it’s also way shorter.

I think this is a bit easier compared to the new one in JP. I cleared it two years ago with my barely few months old account. That one did have a lot better roster though.

No pulls here either. Saving for Okita.

Realtek and Hyper-V weirdness

Earlier this morning I finally bothered to install OpenBSD VM in my main desktop to be used as main dev system. With NFS from main server as its main storage. Except it was kind of slow so that project is scrapped and now being replaced with Debian. Or maybe I’ll try FreeBSD later.

That’s not the point of this post though. The problem is soon after I boot the new VMs, my network started acting up. It randomly disconnects every once in a while. It disconnects so often it’s not even funny.

Here’s the error message in Windows Event Log:

ใƒใƒƒใƒˆใƒฏใƒผใ‚ฏ ใ‚คใƒณใ‚ฟใƒผใƒ•ใ‚งใ‚คใ‚น "Realtek PCIe GbE Family Controller" ใฏใƒชใ‚ปใƒƒใƒˆใ‚’้–‹ๅง‹ใ—ใพใ—ใŸใ€‚ใƒใƒผใƒ‰ใ‚ฆใ‚งใ‚ข ใƒชใ‚ปใƒƒใƒˆใฎ้–“ใซใƒใƒƒใƒˆใƒฏใƒผใ‚ฏๆŽฅ็ถšใŒไธ€ๆ™‚็š„ใซไธญๆ–ญใ—ใพใ™ใ€‚็†็”ฑ: The network driver detected that its hardware has stopped responding to commandsใ€‚ใ“ใฎใƒใƒƒใƒˆใƒฏใƒผใ‚ฏ ใ‚คใƒณใ‚ฟใƒผใƒ•ใ‚งใ‚คใ‚นใฏใ€ๆœ€ๅพŒใซๅˆๆœŸๅŒ–ใ•ใ‚Œใฆใ‹ใ‚‰ 57 ๅ›žใƒชใ‚ปใƒƒใƒˆใ•ใ‚Œใพใ—ใŸใ€‚

I tried various drivers and none of them seem to help. It’s mostly fine if I’m only running single Windows VM.

The only other ethernet card I have is yet another Realtek but I figured might as well try it and see how it goes.

And pretty well so far it goes. No disconnect so far. Hopefully this will continue to work until my 10GbE cards arrive. Which then it’ll be FUN TIME ๐ŸŒˆ

I’m getting it from a US seller through ebay though so it’ll take a while until it arrives.

Weekly FGO vol. 13

JP

I don’t remember what I did last few days in JP. I think it’s just farming mana prism as usual.

A new event coming in two days. That should be interesting.

NA

Cleared challenge quest. Yay. Used one command spell though.

Then again NA is supposed to be effortless playthrough. Except I’m still lacking a bunch of servants and CEs to make it truly effortless.

End result for lottery boxes is 37 boxes combined. Not too bad, I guess. I still need a lot more mats and exp cards and everything though.

FGO Babylonia anime campaign in NA giving out free โ˜†4 servant is nice surprise. My shortlist at the moment is either Saber Alter (NP2), Nitocris (NP2), or Helena (NP1). Limitedness-wise I should go with Saber Alter. Maybe I’ll just do that.

Setsubun event is coming next week. I think last time I did it with a paid account NP1 Okita. No Okita or โ˜†5s this time around so I wonder how I’ll fare.

Realtek GbE performace

I tried the RTL8111C which was half the speed under FreeBSD in Windows.

Using Windows’ built-in driver (Windows 8) resulted in similar performance (900 Mbps send, 600 Mbps receive) but installing the driver from Realtek website resulted in way better performance at 900 Mbps both ways.

I got similar result under Windows 10 for a different system with onboard Realtek chip. The lesson is make sure to install manufacturer’s driver it seems.

Also interesting the driver name says TP-Link gigabit card instead of Realtek. The card is indeed a TP-Link card but I don’t often see brand-specific name come up from a generic chip driver.

Now I wonder how it performs under other operating systems. Maybe I’ll try it sometime later.

Weekly FGO vol. 12

Roll of despair

JP

Finished the challenge quests. I didn’t want to think too much about the second one so I used Merlin. The first one wasn’t too difficult though I did use Orion because I was a bit curious how he’ll perform. He sure deals a lot of damages.

Did 55 rolls and got 5 โ˜†4 CE and nothing else. That was terrible.

NA

Da Vinci event has started. Grind all day every day. Or more like this weekend because the best node isn’t open yet and I don’t have enough CEs.

Rolled Jalter banner 10 times and got nothing.

Vultr routing from JP to EU

Just a warning, if you’re planning to use Vultr VPS on JP region, its routing to Europe might be less than optimal. It certainly is on my instances (booted up another one just now and the result is the same).

Update: looks like the routing to Vultr European servers from Japan is fucked up regardless. Although with Vultr, connection to Europe is constantly fucked up instead of only sometimes with other connection (my home connection).

Update update: Sometimes it’s got better routing with Vultr while worse with home connection. I don’t know what’s going on anymore.

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Weekly FGO vol. 11

My grailed servants, JP version

JP

New Year rerun is on! I’ve finished the main quest. Now waiting for the challenge quest with some farming in between.

NA

Still continuing on farming exp cards and occasionally QP to actually use those exps.