Archive for December, 2007

correction and addendum to “c73 day one”

Saturday, December 29th, 2007

addendum: I will not be going to day 2 of c73, my legs hurt too much and I’ll end up spending a lot of money on doujins that I won’t read. there are a few circles that I regret missing (keroro rozen maiden crossover, these guys, but I want to be in good shape for tomorrow.

correction: the maritan card I got only says “FUCK’IN NEW YEAR.” I guess it’s up to you to make it a happy one.

c73 day one

Saturday, December 29th, 2007

I set my alarm to go off at 6 in the morning so that I could leave right at about dawn to line up for day 2 (no homo), but despite my mind saying yes, my legs said “no fuck you sit right back down and don’t you dare use me, write a blog post or something.”

So! Yesterday was the first day of c73, the second event of any importance that has occured since I touched down in Narita on the 28th. (the first was eating some great tonkatsu, and the nearly-second was going to see Kara no Kyoukai 1 but falling asleep at 8 instead. Good thing it’s still showing, thanks second-run theaters!) I woke up bright and early at 6 and started the trek over to the Big Sight right at about daybreak on a monstrously leisurely 10 hours of sleep, as observant readers will have noted.

I live fairly close to the big sight, so the trip over took a little over an hour after a conbini stop where I bought some expired negitoro maki. I went over on the Yurikamome/monorail from Shimbashi because I was going late enough for the thing to be running, and it was pleasantly empty. No pushing or shoving, and I even managed to get a seat (!!) without excessive harm to myself or others. A+ would ride again. I hope to in a few hours. After arriving at the con site, I stood in very large line for a very long time. They seemed to line everyone up at the front of the Big Sight today as opposed to next to the bay doors for the east/west halls. Maybe I got there a little too late? Did anyone in the English-speaking world get there at 5 or earlier so that they could clarify? Anyway, I stood fairly miserably in a light drizzle with no entertainment for about 2 and a half, maybe a bit more, hours. Applauding at 10 am when the thing opens and not moving for the next 45 minutes is a morale-killer, let me tell ya.

A timely (for me) aside: why didnt anyone tell me that Japan has mosquitos that are TEN TIMES BIGGER than the ones we have down south? God damn this place is scary.

Anyway, if you’re wondering why I don’t have pictures for you: sooo touriste, next to staring up at skyscrapers and walking on the wrong side of the sidewalk. Actually, I just don’t have a camera yet.

Some highlights of my modest purchases:

  • Getting the second-to-last copy of one of two of Hinketsu Elevator (Ueda Hajime)’s new offerings. The other was sold out by the time I got through the line, despite me beelining straight there once I got inside the Big Sight. That’ll teach me not to run through the halls!
  • A Rozen Maiden/F1 racing crossover. Spoilers: Raikkonen gets Shinku-chan.
  • New offerings by the MercuriusLAB/Iconographica collective, definitely in my top five as far as doujin artists go. For all you American con-goers out there, I will here note that I saw “the white guy from Hen Da Ne,” whose real name is apparently “Andrew.” I will try to remember this in the future, as I hate calling people “HEY.” We talked for a minute or two, then parted ways.
  • Things I didn’t buy out of embarrasment that I now regret: Rip Slyme yaoi. Pretty Cure kigurumi convention reports. Mononoke yaoi. Gatchaman yaoi. R-type fanfiction.

I finished up with most of my shopping at around noon, and instead of aimlessly wandering around the bemani section like I had originally planned, I met up with Chiku, who has no weblog so I cannot link you to his weblog. We ate soggy ten-don and wandered around the west halls and bought nothing. In fact, all he bought was a paper copy of the catalogue, and if he hadn’t done that I could call him a bad consumer of fan products.

We met up with Shingo and a host of others at around 2:30 and talked for a while. We eventually made it over to Akiba and a izakaya in the area and had a jolly old time while knocking back some drinks, the first alcoholic beverages I have ever legally bought and consumed. Actually, I might have been the only one who consumed plural-s-drinks, an astonishing two. I almost ordered a moscow mule for a third, but the thing was winding down and I didn’t want to look like an alcoholic.

While I was in Akiba I picked up ABe’s Gaisokyu for a measly 4800 yen, which considering the quality of the thing I would (although begrudgingly) pay double that price for, along with a second copy of Nazo no Kanojo X because I don’t remember what manga I buy. I also got a Maritan card that says “HAPPY FUCK’IN NEW YEAR.” I will take these words to heart.

On that note, it’s already bright outside and I should start punishing my legs again. So in case I don’t do another update until 2008: HAPPY FUCK’IN NEW YEAR.

Third season of Higurashi

Monday, December 17th, 2007


No details.

Maybe when 07th expansion gets super-famous he’ll come over here as a con guest and I can ask him why the comedy scenes are so unfunny. I think they’re written by a Japanese version of the Archie computer.

2-in-1 INSTANT REVIEW: Project A-Ko (1986), Mononoke (2007)

Friday, December 14th, 2007

seriously, one day I’ll stop writing about things that awo hasn’t talked about that aren’t bartender but

Project A-Ko:
excellently animated popcorn action/comedy that exudes 80s with tits and missiles and explosions and shit for less than what a movie ticket costs, you should probably buy this if you haven’t already

okay, well I just finished my intro to film class like a few days ago so even if there was something bad to say about this show I couldn’t bring myself to, really. because this is an INSTANT REVIEW I will just say that you should watch it and if Geneon was still around I’d say to buy the last disc of Ayakashi because it’s pretty much the same thing and also you should read this guy’s review because he’s more knowledgeable and eloquent about these things than i could ever hope to be

this looks way better than kamisama kazoku

Monday, December 10th, 2007

Plot Summary: Hibino Hallelujah is a delinquent teenager who is tough and loves to pack a punch. His father is none other than the almighty God who does not approve very well of his son’s rebellious acts. Disappointed in Hallelujah’s lack of responsibility, his father sends him to Earth as a normal high school student, stripped of his powers. Posing as a local priest, God keeps an eye on his son’s adventures as Hallelujah rights wrongs around the school with two-fisted justice, Love tattooed across the knuckles of each hand.

Winter 2007/2008 Anime Schedule

Sunday, December 9th, 2007

Reposted from ADTRW and MOONPHASE as usual (like the last… two times I did it?).

11/22 Candy☆Boy – One episode long, broadcast yesterday, tagline is a joke about tsundere.
11/25 Strait Jacket ep 1 – SF anime with a gun and a robot and a frightening scriptwriting credit.
12/01 Kara no Kyoukai movie 1 – The plot prototype for Tsukihime. I’m not sure if this is a theater date or DVD release.
Movies 2 and 3 on 12/29 and 1/26.

12/08 Ah! My Goddess Fighting Wings – I hope it has a good excuse for the name being so dumb.
12/12 Ayakashi – Why are there so many shows named Ayakashi? This one is a “superhuman battle action visual novel adaptation”.
12/23 Frontiers of Macross – Special preview of Macross F for the 25th anniversary.
12/28 Harukanaru no Jikuu no Naka #3 Kurenai no Tsuki (In a Distant Time – The Red Moon) – girls’ thing with beautiful men

01/01 Sisters of Wellber 2

01/03 Rosario + Vampire – fanservice

01/04 Kimi ga Aruji de Shitsuji ga Ore de (They are my noble Masters) – hgame
01/04 Zoku Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei – “Vulgar Edition” or something
01/04 Dazzle (Hatenkou Yuugi) – Shoujo fantasy, with bonus scriptwriting by Yasuhiro Imagawa assuming ANN isn’t wrong.

01/05 Zenryoku Usagi (Full Power Rabbit) – It’s about rabbits wearing hard hats.
01/05 Major 4th season – baseball
01/05 Persona -trinity soul- – Anime sequel to Persona 3, which is a great game about shooting yourself in the head.
01/05 Shigofumi – A girl delivers posthumous messages from people to their families.
01/05 true tears – some moe stuff

01/06 Minami-ke Seconds (tentative name)
01/06 Porphy’s Long Journey – World Masterpiece Theater anime of a French book called “Les Orphelins de Simitra” which I’ve never heard of.
Direction by that cool guy, plus awful preview art.

01/07 Aria the Origination – peaceful boat riding
01/07 Gunslinger Girl -Il Teatrino- – Brainwashed little girls shoot people, and there might be a moral about how this is bad, I’d hope.

01/08 The Wolf and the Spices (“Spice and Wolf”) – Medieval moe economics thriller.

01/09 Noramimi

01/13 Indian Summer 2 (Koharu Biyori) – tits
01/14 Yatterman – remake of 1977 kids’s show
01/14 Moegaku 5 – Did Moetan try to teach five languages at once? No, because it was porn.

02/22 Mai Otome 0 ~S.ifr~ 1

Unknown dates-

Hakaba Rentarou – Pretentious remake of GeGeGe no Kitarou in the Noitamina timeslot. (what)
H2O ~footprints in the sand~

Yes! Precure GO GO GO! – See, go means 5.
Mnemosyne -Mnemosyne no Musume-tachi- – 6 episode OVA about something.

Saint Seiya Hades Elysion

Soul Eater
The Library War
Alison & Lilia – ~1930s-equivalent adventure series by the author of Kino’s Journey.
Kyou kara Maoh! 3 – gay
Real Drive Sennou Chousashitsu – Production I.G. tries to re-do Lain again again.
The Masked Maid Guy