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NHK contribution yens continued

Saturday, December 6th, 2008

With all the crazy news and c75 stuff and anime/manga announcements (Ore no Imouto ga Konnani Kawaii etc etc manga adaptation!) popping up today I keep thinking “man I should make a post” but then realize that I should spend more time studying for this test I’m taking tomorrow that I’m going to fail.

But then this showed up on my Katoyuu feed:

Idolm@ster, LIVE 4 U! ON PUBLIC TV!



forget the jlpt, i’m laughing so hard i think i need to check myself into a hospital to make sure i didnt tear anything

I Am Convinced By This Advertising

Monday, November 17th, 2008

My busy schedule of sleeping/possibly studying/marathoning Tales of Vesperia doesn’t leave me much time to do much other nerdy things, so I have a queue of three or five visual novels I’ve been meaning to play someday. It looks like I’ll have to stick another one on now, maybe after FSN (if kransom ever finds me a copy of that), because Shikkoku no Sharnoth has the greatest character list ever:

I went through a scene or two in the trial and the narration is doing its best to pretend to be Nasu, with everyone repeating everything six times for effect. I stopped after they spent half an hour of reading time drinking tea, but I’m sure optional gameplay and HP Lovecraft event CG await. No, not like that.

edit: i can’t spell


Monday, November 10th, 2008

i’ll keep this short: this is why I read itai news (other than the vip quality anti-korean articles)

this ota-kickboxer could take you down in like 5 seconds with his right hook, and he dresses like miku. japan you are the best country

more video exploring Akiba with Nagashima:
1, 2, 3, 4

Ding dong, the witch is dead…

Sunday, June 22nd, 2008

Maybe now I won’t have to hear quite as many Kooky Japan stories at school?

And here I was, thinking that I was being a fool for hoping that 2ch would manage to have some pull on a big corporation after seeing signs of the stink on itai.

(real posts about more important things (MY ANIMES) to resume next week maybe)

Anime Blog Awards – the write-in edition

Tuesday, May 6th, 2008

This Impz guy told me to nominate some people for some awards, and then only like one of the blogs I nominated only made it in! In protest, here’s some stuff you should read that you can’t vote for. Most of these people update more than we do!

Anipages Daily writes mini-essays about art, can somehow identify individual animators, and really likes Masaaki Yuasa. Since most of the anime industry doesn’t really do art and there’s only one of him, that doesn’t leave him with much, but he tries!
(Personally, I didn’t start watching Kemonozume ’cause I don’t really like poop jokes. I really mean to finish/start Mononoke sometime, though)

Akiba Blog brings me to tears with its beautiful writing every single time I read it. From what I gather, Akiba is only for porn and tourism these days, so pretty much all the entries are about that, but sometimes you can read about games with stupid names like “12RIVEN -the Ψcliminal of integral-“.

This is the eroge that writes about delusion. Toranoana writes on its POP that “we have never seen this kind of eroge! It’s like an erotic manga. Your delusion would definitely exposes!

Karmaburn has been running since back in the day with Momotato and JASCII. They were only useful for knowing what to watch (ie, make sure not to watch anything they liked), but his brain hasn’t been replaced by moe just yet. Also, he compares everything to Eva, whereas everybody else forgets about a show maybe a month after it’s done airing. May or may not be in a secret club with us.

Fast Karate and AWO are, uh, not actually blogs I guess. But they do write for the world’s most powerful magazine! Although Clarissa really needs to develop a writing gimmick to match “talks about Golgo 13 all the time” and “actually likes DBZ” – do we really need to know setting details about Shuffle?

In Regards to Recent Blogosphere Drama

Sunday, April 20th, 2008

I would just like to point out that we here at welcome datacomp were hating on Kanokon way before it was cool, as seen by the post directly before this one. We’re just that ahead of the curve.

That is all.


Saturday, March 22nd, 2008

around the internet and back in three links

Sunday, February 24th, 2008

For the argumentative-about-the-american-industry types:

Steve Harrison has some strong thoughts on where the American anime industry is going in the new issue of psychommu gaijin. (Warning: the link is a 100mb pdf file. If you have some sort of supercomputer you can try but the java will probably choke the everliving cycles out of your computer.)

Mandoric has some numbers about some animes in this here ADTRW thread.

For the moon-speaking types:

Niseyono has put up his latest animation on Nico: part the first, part the second, and part the third.

Please enjoy these and wait warmly while I write some short manga reviews.

Review: Kara no Kyoukai pt. 1: Overlooking View

Friday, January 4th, 2008

When planning my trip over here to Glorious Nippon, I had initially scheduled something very foolish. That is, I thought that I’d be able to go catch Kara no Kyoukai on the night of the 28th at the 10pm showing, despite having to be up the next day at 6 for comiket. I’m not entirely sure why I thought that this would be remotely possible, but I didn’t give up on this plan until about 2 hours before the movie that night as I was laying down onto my futon, about to sleep for a good 10 hours. Thankfully, the film gods had blessed me, as one of Tokyo’s thriving second-run theaters picked the movie up for another 3 weeks or so. (I don’t exactly know why they’re only showing this in one theater at a time, maybe they only made one film print to distribute?? This is probably projected anyway, so whatever.)

Long story short, I got to go see Kara no Kyoukai first thing in the morning (9:40) yesterday in Ikebukuro. I was very impressed by it.

I’m sure going into the movie with fairly low expectations helped this, since I’m a male on the internet, and therefore a contrarian prick. I mean, the director of Girls Bravo and not much else with animation by ufotable, creators of… Coyote Ragtime Show and Manabi Straight? (note that I haven’t seen either of these shows, please don’t kill me omo) Also, Type-Moon properties haven’t really had the best track record when it comes to anime adaptations. Of course, I now notice that the animation director for Death Note and the art director for a whole bunch of good anime were on-board, but that’s enough looking at ANN for one review. (wait, before we leave — you did notice Mad Bull on that last link, right? Good, just making sure.)

I went into the film not having read the novel/the translation of the novel, so I was really going into this blind. Since it’s customary, a short plot summary (spoilers may follow): A string of teenagers committing suicide by jumping off of the same building is taking place in late-90s Japan. Our heroine, Shiki, tries to find out exactly what’s going on, mostly because the object of her tsundere affections, Mikiya, has fallen into some sort of coma and for some reason they just know that this is linked. Maybe if I was more familiar with the Nasuverse then I’d know why this is obvious, but I’m assuming it’s just because all of the main characters in Type-Moon works are super-powerful badasses. Anyway, I’ll spare you from any more plot summary and potential spoilers here, the novel link is 4 lines up.

Speaking of super-powerful badasses, Shiki. This isn’t whiny eroge lead who can cut anything male Shiki, but tomboy amnesic tsundere who can cut anything female Shiki. I will make this clear right now: my favorite female leads are the ones who can unapologetically kick ass (note that this does not say “punch to the moon”), which T-M tends to do well. In other words, I am so fucking moe for Shiki.

Shiki actually gets a good portion of the 50 minutes that this thing runs, including a nice 90 second stint where she eats ice cream with one arm. (MOEEE.) Of course, this thing has a very limited cast, so that’s not much of a surprise. We get a few stretches of pseudo-philosophical talk, some interesting on a base, romantic level, some rehashed GitS-style “WHAT IS A MAN” stuff. Thankfully, there are some really beautiful backgrounds and generally well-framed shots that can keep your attention through that business. The high visual quality is a constant throughout the film, especially in the huge action payoff a little more than halfway through the thing, which I might pay the thousand yen just to see again. It might not be Paprika-level “jesus christ everything is so colorful and moving and oh god my eyes” stuff, but it was exceedingly fun.

In fact, you know what? Had I not decided to spend a month’s tuition in order to buy and watch Honneamise (worth every penny), this would be the best anime movie I’ve seen in 2007, in terms of overall satisfaction. Seriously, erect dorsal hairs everywhere like you would not believe. Don’t get me wrong, this movie definitely has its flaws. The story is essentially a standard Japanese ghost story in the Type-Moon world, and as I said earlier, some of the dialogue may make the more cynical of us roll our eyes a fair amount. Of course, this is just one movie of seven, and it does work fairly well as a general introduction to the characters/prologue. I think it might be worthwhile to note that I did go back and read the novel translation to make sure that I didn’t miss anything, and I thought that this adaptation was way better. It could have just been the translation. Who knows. Maybe I’ll go and read the novel in Japanese when I turn 30 and get my JLPT1, if they still offer JLPTs in the nuclear wasteland of 201x.

If you couldn’t gather it from the rest of the review, or if you just skipped down to the bottom to see my overall reaction (hypothetically–I know no one actually reads this): I’d say that anyone who is not terribly averse to the whole post-Eva Guy Animes About Girls stuff should check this one out. I know you’re going to download it anyway, so you’ll be out a measly fifty minutes of your life in the worst case. I’ll just be hoping for a HD release to buy to make up for your pirating ass.

The best Lucky Star OP remix

Saturday, May 19th, 2007

It is this.

All the other ones can be found by subscribing to Koike68 on Youtube, but they seriously aren’t as good as that one.

(Although I sort of like the RED FRACTION cover…)

thx mrpeabody