Saturday, April 30, 2011

Anime brings people together

It's really quite amazing how much more comfortable I am talking with an anime fan than with someone who isn't.

The first time I ever went to a convention I was surprised how confident I was when talking with strangers. It became easy to just start a conversation out of the blue. Most people were kind, considerate, and more than happy to talk with you. There's a common passion that everyone is so incredibly enthusiastic about.

There's so many inside jokes and little comments you can make about an anime that it can bring mere strangers to acquaintances in only a short amount of time. That's awesome.

At a convention a while back, my friend was feeling really depressed because of some really strange and frustrating room issues. She was so incredibly stressed out that she started crying. Everything was just much too overwhelming for her. Anyway, this guy who we didn't really know, but had been talking to before my friend broke down, got some napkins and water for her. He didn't pry into the conversation or why she was crying; he just wordlessly got up and got some napkins. It was just a really considerate little thing that made her feel a bit better.

So I just wanna thank everyone in the whole entire anime community for generally being warm-hearted, helpful, and hilarious. I love you guys.

Feel free to leave heartwarming experiences in the comments below. I always love hearing a good story.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

"Nanikeidemonai" dance collection

I freakin love NEWS. I downloaded their two newest CDs, LIVE (2010) and Color (2008), yesterday and they're awesome. I'll post my thoughts on those CDs and the band in general tomorrow or sometime in the future.

Anyway, NEWS made an awesome dancing ad for Russ-k (?) with their catchy song, weeeek. I've posted the ad below.
Love it.

You may be wondering why in the world you should care about some random ad for something that may or may not be cologne, but the real reason this "Nanikeidemonai" dance is so amazing is that tons of people have recreated the dance in anime form. You may be wondering, "Cosplay form, right?" No, my friend, in full animation form. SO IT'S LIKE FANART THAT DANCES. AWESOME.

There's tons of them on youtube. If you look up "Nanikeidemonai" on youtube, it's likely that instead of the actual ad, you'll find a bunch of remakes.

I put all the videos that I found on youtube in alphabetical order, so you can find your favorite anime much easier. :3

EDIT: I just found out that Rusk is a brand of jackets in Japan. Wow, couldn't have been more off, could I? It just kinda felt like a cologne ad even though cologne was never actually shown. xD

Ace Attorney

Assassin's Creed
 

D. Gray Man

Death Note

Devil May Cry

Durarara!

Fullmetal Alchemist

Gintama:


Gurren Lagann

Hakuoki

Harry Potter

Hetalia

InuYasha

Katekyo Hitman Reborn!


Majin Tantei Nougami Neuro

Naruto

Natsume Yuujinchou

One Piece

Pandora Hearts

Persona

Prince of Tennis

Tales of the Abyss

Various

Vocaloid


I apologize if your fave show isn't here. I spent about an hour and a half going through youtube and finding these, and I know there's a billion more out there.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

What should I cosplay?

Most of the cosplays listed here will be guy costumes. That's only because I usually like dudes more in anime, and I like having a more comfortable costume. If I ended up getting a dress or something like that, there's a 90% chance that I'd want to take it off an hour after putting it on. Plus, I never feel really confident in girly clothes... I never really have. Anyway, here are some anime characters that I may cosplay in the future:

Edward Elric
Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood
How can you not love this guy??
He's been my favorite character for a while now, and cosplaying him would not only be fun, but it'd be pretty easy too. I have the same color hair as him, so all I'd have to do is tie it up in a braid. I would want to make the arm as well which would be a lot of work, but probably really fun to make. :)















Shizuo
Durarara!
That bartender outfit is so incredibly sexy, and I'd love to wear those purple sunglasses. I'd probably buy the costume itself and then make a bent stop sign out of some piping and foam. It would be epic.

















Prussia
Hetalia
I would love to wear crimson contacts. So fucking badass. 





















Fran
Katekyo Hitman Reborn!
I love this guy's deadpan, sarcastic humor. His laid-back nature and the way he makes fun of Belphegor is truly hilarious. I would absolutely love to wear that crazy hat, that epic uniform similar to that of D. Gray Man's and that cute little make-up he wears. 















Kurapika
Hunter x Hunter
Many people in the anime community these days haven't seen Hunter x Hunter... That makes me kind of sad because it's an awesome show. It's a little bit older, but the storytelling is impeccable (except that sucky ending). Kurapika is a really badass character from HxH, and OH GOD. LOOK AT THOSE EYES. AND THOSE AWESOME CHAINS. Only problem with cosplaying him is that all of the different items would be really expensive. :'(











Germany 
Hetalia
My friend and I are taking German in school, and it's always been our dream for us to cosplay Germany and Prussia together. We'd just be shouting nonsensical German phrases at each other, but it'd be fucking hilarious (at least to us xD). I also just love Germany. His whole attitude in the show is very attractive. ;) He's kind of tsundere, don't you think? One minute he's shouting orders, and the next he's off blushing at Italy. (btw I don't really support Italy x Germany.... not much anyway... I'm more of a Prussia x Germany kind of girl. The fanart is sexier most of the time and I love both of the characters a tonnnn). 








Ciel Phantomhive
Kuroshitsuji
His cosplay has become increasingly more popular at conventions; I think I saw around 15 at the last convention... I really love Ciel's attitude. He's so stubborn while still being composed and showcasing an odd maturity whenever his friends are troubled. He may be the most badass 12-year-old I've ever seen. xD I think I may be pedophile for him. Anyway, I'd love to wear one of his old-fashioned English uniforms. His eyepatch is also incredibly cool. Oh, and if you haven't seen Kuroshitsuji yet, Ciel doesn't actually have a red eye... The eye under the eye patch is a different stroy, though... 







Kanda Yuu
D. Gray Man
I've wanted to cosplay him for the longest time. Kanda is just so damn sexy, and that exorcist uniform is fucking amazing. I love the combination of black and red. Out of all the cpsplays I've listed, this is probably the one I want to do the most. Ohhhh and his long, silky black hair. HNNNNNNG











Stocking
Panty & Stocking
I absolutely love Stocking's character. This is probably the only female cosplay that I'd be willing to do. There's just something about that wig... 














So which one should I do? What do you think of my choices? 

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Let's play Anime Pictionary! *Round 1*

The rules are simple:
-I'll pick 3 anime characters and draw them in MS Paint a high end drawing program. I'm only giving myself one minute to draw it. 
-Guess which characters I drew
-You've get a week before I reveal the answers.
-If you get them right... well, that's awesome. I have yet to come up with a legitimate prize, but in the next round, you could submit your own drawings. :) Of course, there's to be no words in the drawings. I won't make it that easy. ;)

Picture 1:

Picture 2:

I had 10 seconds left, so I hastily added the thing on the right. Even I don't know what I was thinking. xD


Picture 3:
I couldn't decide whether her hair was blonde or pink, so I added both. xD
Good luck!

Answers to this round + the pictures for round #2 can be found here.



Monday, April 25, 2011

I was already late.

I decided somewhat at the last minute that I would follow this season's shows. I've never been an episode every week kind of gal, but then again, I only gave it a shot once shot a few years ago. I thought that maybe if I try it again now, especially since I'm much more involved in the anime blogging community, I'll see better results.

I'm already pretty late, though. If I actually spent the time to catch up to everything, it'd be well over 20 episodes... I'm also watching Gintama at the same time, and I have lots of school work to do...

I've just had enough of going on anime nano, finding all these posts about the recently airing shows and not knowing what the hell any of them are talking about.

Anyway, I think I'm going to follow just a few shows and catch up with those.

You probably won't see any more first impressions. They were late first impressions from the beginning anyway...

Here's the list of spring's shows.
Blue = will follow/watch
Orange = will maybe watch
Red = will not watch

Nichijou
Sket Dance
C: The Money of Soul and Possibility Control
Deadman Wonderland
Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko
Steins;Gate
Tea for Universe, Tea for Life
Yondemasuyo, Azazel-san!
Moshidora
AnoHana
Appleseed XIII
Showa Story
Kaiji 2
Ao no Exorcist
Toriko
Tiger and Bunny
The World Only God Knows II
Hanasaku Iroha
Maria Holic Alive
Fireball Charming
Sofuteni
Hidan no Aria
A Channel
Lotte no Omocha
Under the Innocent Sky
Hen Zemi
30-sai no Hoken Taiiku 
Dog Days
Tono to Issho 2
Dororon Enma-kun
Sengoku Otome
A Bridge to the Starry Skies
X-Men
Sekai Ichi Hatsukoi
Seikon no Qwaser 2
Pretty Rhythm Aurora Dream
Put It All in the Ring 1: World Tournament Chapter
Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal
Metal Fight Beyblade 4D
Jewelpet Sunshine
Cardboard War Chronicles
Suzy's Zoo
Happy Kappy


I promise that I'll keep up with all the shows during the summer season.

Also, even though I say I'll be watching a series, it does not mean I'll be writing episodical reviews. This is NOT an episodical blog. I stay true to my belief that episodical reviews are extremely boring to read and exhausting to write. However, if I'm watching some random episode of Tiger and Bunny or something and I want to comment on something that I find particularly interesting or something I'm passionate about, then I will make a post about it on here. I will not label it as "Tiger and Bunny episode 7" because I think that's a major turn-off for those who don't watch the show. Instead, I'll write a title that has something to do with what I talked about in the post. Comprende? 

Cool.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

I'm trying to get on Anime Nano...

Truly, I am, and since I meet all the criteria, I finally decided I was going to submit my blog, and I find this.

I don't know what kind of problems Anime Nano is having, but I really want to get my blog up and running on there soon.

If it's on Anime Nano, more people will have access to my blog and can subscribe to it in an easier way. I really hope that their site fixes this problem soon...

In the meantime please enjoy this .gif:

Saturday, April 23, 2011

First Impressions: Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko

Synopsis: The MC moves to his aunt's house and meets a girl who keeps a futon wrapped around her.
Thoughts: I know that Shaft is notorious for its weirdness, but WHAT THE HELL IS THIS?
what's-his-face main character walks into his new home and is welcomed by this^
The show was just really, really weird, and not in a funny way. At points, I felt as if the show was trying too hard to surprise me. It just felt a little bit too forced. Instead of "wtf, oh hahaha," it was, "oh dear God in heaven, what the hell am I watching?" If this show was supposed to be a comedy, it was definitely not doing so well.

I don't really think its aim is to be a comedy, though. Maybe it is just trying to bring something new and refreshing to the table, and if that is the case, it definitely doesn't fail to be "unique." I just felt that the whole weird factor was being pushed down my throat.
You're try too hard, you creepy aunt
Oh, and the aunt is a total freak. She's 39 and she considers herself to be moe. There is a problem with this.

Anyway, the animation and art are very new and fresh. The music is also very well done. I especially loved the ending song; her voice is so beautiful and it matches the tone of the episode really well.
I'm sure I've heard her voice somewhere before...

Probably one of the coolest things about the whole episode happened after the credits. The MC summarizes all the different events that happened to him by adding or subtracting points.
I think that's a great idea, and I may continue watching it just so I can see him rack up points. I wonder what kind of things will happen to him in the future to get him more points...

Potential: 60%


I'm curious about where the series is going to go from here.

First Impressions: Astarotte no Omocha

Synopsis: Astarotte, a succubus, has to drink Sauzfryma (aka semen) to stay alive.
Thoughts: LOL
Panty would've done great as a succubus. 
When I read the synopsis of this show, I couldn't stop laughing. Sauzfryma? OH GOD. This sounds just like Seikon no Qwaser except with pedophilia. IT'S SO WRONG. [In Seikon no Qwaser the MC (aka number 1 douchebag of the century) had to drink Soma, otherwise known as breast milk. The two anime sounded way too much alike...]

Anyway, I thought this show would be total and complete shit, but I was wrong. It wasn't really all that bad or perverted. I mean, it was definitely awkward hearing them talking about semen like it was food, but I didn't feel it was all too bad. This episode really only sets up the show, and I appreciated that they didn't introduce all of the characters at once. The flow of the episode felt very natural, actually. I was expecting it to be: Enter Astarotte. Enter teenage boy. Okay, blowjob time.

It wasn't like that at all, though. This episode took great care in setting up the series instead of just diving into it.

The animation and art is average for anime nowadays with bright coloring and steady, well-made animation. It's not incredible, but it definitely fits the standards for modern day animation.
^Astarotte or Lotte (Yes, she does have a servant named Zelda)
Potential: 50%


This is random, but above when I said, "Enter Astarotte. Enter teenage boy," the first time I typed that I said, "Enter teenage book."

I was like, wait, what?

First Impressions: AnoHana

Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae wo Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai (We Still Don't Know the Name of the Flower We Saw That Day) Anybody notice that anime titles are getting increasingly longer these days? 
Synopsis: The main character wants to bring all of his old friends together after drifting apart for a long time.
Thoughts: Before I start blabbering, I want to say with complete sincerity that this show has incredible art, and the moe used throughout this episode is done in a way that doesn't seem forced at all. The girl with the white hair came off as really cute and only a tad bit annoying. I actually thought she was really beautiful; those clear sky blue eyes and that white dress which kind of makes her look like a ghost fit her surprisingly well.
How can you say no to this? x3
Everything about the art and animation is like a breath of fresh air. There's no still frames, and the animation is consistently moving gracefully. I love it.

The plot hasn't had a lot of time to develop but it has already pulled me in. I want to know more. I have so many questions that I can't wait to see answered. All of the characters are still so mysterious, and there's a lot of unraveling to be done.

Looks like a fun ride!

WcDonald's!
Potential: 90%


For those who have seen the episode already:
Why is he hallucinating about Menma so long after her death? Why now of all times, or has it always been that way? Why did he suddenly figure out that he needed to apologize to her now? Shouldn't he have noticed that long ago? That's the only thing that I thought was illogical. Not a big problem, though.

Friday, April 22, 2011

First Impressions: Ao no Exorcist

Synopsis: Our protag is the son of satan.
Thoughts: This was one of the shows that I was looking forward to in the spring season, and it didn't disappoint. I can't particularly speak much for the plot yet considering only one episode is out, but it's pretty captivating and I see a lot of potential in its idea. It's pretty ironic that the devil's own son is living with a bunch of priests. I can see why the church would want to get their hands on the devil's children, though. They can nurture them so to prevent a little of their inherent "evilness" and possibly make them into weapons to fight the very evil that spawned them. It's going to be a pretty motherfucking awesome ride.
Hell yea
The animation was spotless, befitting of an anime of modern times. Plus, those little demons were really cool, and I have a feeling that the designs for such demons will just keep getting better. As a side note, I was pretty impressed with the selection of voice actors; you can hear Okamoto Nobuhiko (he's been playing in a lot of recent anime), Fukuyama Jun (Lelouch from Code Geass; Shinra from Durarara!), and even Nakai Kazuya (Zoro from One Piece, Mugen from Samurai Champloo) of whom I'm a total whore for. Seriously, I fucking love this guy. His voice is the epitome of badass. If he's in an anime, even if it's total shit, I feel kind of compelled to watch it.

Other than all of that, was I the only one who was bothered by this guy's fucking moles?
Three moles. Three. I was just want to wipe them off or something... I don't why that miffs me so much. Since he's one o the main characters, I might as well get used to his excessive mole-ness.


Potential: 85%


It's a shonen, so there's always a chance that it'll end up shitty. Although, the visuals are pretty nice here, so even if the plot turns to crap, I probably still wouldn't mind watching it. I'm just that much of an animation whore. xD

Oh, and by the way, the whole "potential percentages" thing was kind of taken from Star Crossed Anime Blog, which is an awesome blog with quality writing that's definitely worth checking out.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

The truth about dakimakura

Here's something that people don't really know about dakimakura. (Please note that when I say dakimakura, I'm not just referring to the squeezable half-naked pillows; I'm also speaking about the ones with simple normal prints of the characters... If you don't know the difference, take a look below)

HNNNNNNNNG- 
VS
Oh, look another average picture of a character
You may see someone carrying a dakimakura around at a convention and think "wow, what a waste of money" or maybe you'll think "get a life, will ya?" BUT have you ever wrapped your limbs around one of these things? I mean HOLY SHIT. These pillows are so perfectly comfortable that they'll have me all snug and cozy in seconds.

Before I start raving about how awesome these pillows are, please allow me to explain why I bought one in the first place...

I had a lot of money left at Ohayocon on Sunday, the last day of the convention.  I don't get chances to buy anime-related goods all too often, so I wanted to peruse the money I had left, but I just couldn't find the "right" thing. Nothing stuck in my mind as something that I just had to have. Please don't think  that I'm some spoiled brat who heads to these cons and precedes to blow through their money on the first day. I'm a very careful buyer. I have to see everything in the vendor's room before I can start purchasing. The first time I go into the dealer's room, I will not buy anything unless it's under $15 or I really want it and there's a limited supply.

Anyway, I had seen a few Edward Elric body pillows floating around the vendor's room, and I had contemplated buying it, but I figured that it would be considered creepy. Then, a friend of mine suddenly decided to buy a dakimakura of Sebastian from Kuroshitsuji. When I saw her walking around with it, I was kind of shocked. She actually bought it?! 


I guess seeing her buying it so shamelessly kind of pushed me over the edge. After I saw her carrying it around, looking so squishy and cuddly in her folded arms, I knew that buying a dakimakura would be awesome. And it proved to be not only awesome, but fucking awesome. 


One thing I'd really like to get straight, though is I own an Edward Elric dakimakura, and I do not hump it, nor do I fap on or around it. Even if it didn't have Edward Elric on it, I'd still think it's super comfortable. Hell, half the time when I'm hugging it, I barely even notice that he's on the pillow... I don't think "mmmm... Edward Elric," instead, I think more along the lines of "ohhh... soft, lovely pillow... you make me so happy..."

Whether the dakimakura has a raunchy design on it or not, they're really, really comfortable, and the 2 1/2 feet of cushioney, pillowey awesomeness is definitely worth your money.

So do you own a dakimakura? If so, who's it of and why'd you buy it?

Also, what do you think of dakimakura in general? Do you consider people who own them "weeaboos," "otaku," or maybe just plain "faggots?"

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

I don't give a crap about "sustaining the industry"

I love buying anime DVDs.

I'll drive down to Best Buy any opportunity I have (which isn't often at all). Going to Best Buy is kind of exciting for me; I love walking through their tiny anime selection, trying to decide between Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood and Tetsuwan Birdy Decode.

However, as much as I love to buy DVDs, I've never once thought while buying one, "wow, now I can sustain the anime industry! Wooo! Go Funimation!" I don't buy DVDs for that reason.

So why do I buy anime DVDs? Simply torrenting them illegally is a much more economical and illegal way of watching anime in high quality. I don't want a little file on my computer showcasing my entire anime collection; I want to have a tangible DVD collection that I can shelf, one that I can admire. I want to watch those anime DVDs on a plane or in the car (not while driving lol). I want to lend those discs to friends, so that they too can enjoy the experience.

One day when I run out of money to buy all these DVDs, I'm not going to think "drat! I really need to keep sustaining the industry! Here, let me scrape together what little money I have so that I can buy that $20 DVD."

I'll buy it because I want it, and I'm most certainly not going to preach to other people (presumably ppl without the money to buy expensive DVDs) about how they should support the industry. Odds are they don't really care, and their probably just fine with the illegal alternative.

God, this post was pretty stupid. What can I say? It's 10 PM; I have to get up early tomorrow, and I have a severe case of Writer's Block. It took almost all my brain cells and about half an hour to come up with this supar complex topic.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy my rambling. Maybe I'll produce something actually worth reading next time. I'm a glass-half-full type of girl as you can see. xD

So, do you like buying anime DVDs? If so, why do you buy them, and what do you think of all this "sustain the industry" stuff?

Monday, April 18, 2011

lol Lenalee

There are some characters that you've hated for so long and so passionately that sometimes you'll find that you've forgotten what lead you to hate them in the first place.

That's like me and Lenalee (D. Gray Man).


I watched DGM almost two years ago, and while I was watching it, I hated Lenalee with such ferociousness, it was almost unbearable. Anytime I saw her on screen, I immediately started dissing her for random shit.

Example:
Someone's glasses get stolen and Lenalee shows up in the next shot...
Me: GODDAMNIT, LENALEE. WHY DID YOU TAKE HIS FUCKING GLASSES? HE'S AS GOOD AS BLIND NOW. GIVE HIM BACK HIS GODDAMN GLASSES, LENALEE. I'M NOT KIDDING. 
True culprit is shown. It's not Lenalee.
Me: Well, whatever. Lenalee is bribing them. 

Obviously, this was all for the lulz one gets from extreme exaggerations. 

Literally only five minutes ago, I was talking with my friend on skype and I said this:
what's something I can rant about?
don't say lenalee b/c I'm done with that bitch.
she can go back to jersey shore, that whore

Anyway, I haven't watched DGM for a while, so although I still remember my reasons for hating the bitch, and I still believe they are very logical, I just don't really care any more. I don't get as excited whenever I see her. By excited, I mean want to rip her confidence to shreds and laugh at her while I wonder what I'm doing with my life.

Nowadays I see a picture of her and think "God, what an ugly slut, go away."


I'm not really being serious at all. I'm just staying true to my beliefs, I suppose. I know that if I rewatched the series, I would begin the hate cycle all over again... 

I guess right now I'm more fuuuu than FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU. 
If you know what I mean.

To wrap this crappy post up, I want to pose the question: Have you ever hated a character for a really long time, but after a while, just didn't care to hate them anymore?


Sunday, April 17, 2011

What happened to Gintoki in the past?

I literally just finished episode 42 of Gintama, and I've been wondering for quite a while now...

What exactly is the elusive Gintoki's past?

I know that he fought in the Amanto war, but I know nothing of his relations with Katsura or that guy with the bandages over his eye (his name escapes me). All I know is that they were war buddies from long ago.

I do know that his past will be tragic in some way. Just look at the screencaps I pulled from episode 42, hinting at Gintoki's lack of family.

He's talking to Kagura's dad
I WANT TO KNOW SO BADLY IT HURTS.

I know I'm not that far into the series, but does Gintoki's past ever get revealed?

I've googled it, but the first page brought no results back.

GINTOKI, WHAT EXACTLY HAPPENED TO YOU IN THE PAST??

I bet it will be something really depressing, befitting of a main character such as he.

Manga vs. Anime

I know this doesn't apply to all anime/manga fans, but usually fans tend to lean heavily on one medium while skipping out on the other.
I think it all comes down to personal preferences and the availability of each. I watch anime much more than I read manga. It's not that I hate manga or anything. My problem with it stems from its accessibility. Sure, in modern times, almost any manga can be found translated on the mighty world wide web (they might not be updated regularly, though >.>). Although they can certainly be found online, I'm one of those old fashioned people who can't fathom reading on a nook or on the web. Manga, for me, is supposed to be read in book where you can bend it and feel the paper. It's that feel that I need. You know; the feeling of all those pages bound together, the feeling of turning a crisp page. I can never get used to reading it on the computer screen. It also kind of hurts my eyes after a while.

So why don't I buy manga?

Well, it's expensive (especially if you're collecting a longer series like One Piece or Bleach) and my local bookstore doesn't usually carry any manga. If anything, it'll carry the latest volumes of Naruto. Every time I go in there, I see the same xxxHolic volume 4 that just can't find its way off the shelves. The closest chain bookstore with an extensive manga collection is half an hour away. I'm lazy.

So I turned to anime. It's always right there on the internet to download or stream. Plus, I just kind of prefer anime... You can hear the characters, see them in color, watch them move, w/e.

I know everyone curses the use of fillers, but sometimes they help develop a character that wasn't fleshed out all too well. For example, the D. Gray Man anime shows a lot of fillers and it can get kind of annoying, but after I read the manga, I've learned to appreciate those fillers a little bit more. In the manga, when I got to the part with Suman and Allen fighting, I didn't particularly care when either of the characters got hurt. The chapters leading up to that point really didn't develop their characters enough; I felt like I knew Allen and Suman better in the anime than in the manga. I'm not saying those fillers were good quality because they sucked, but it did flesh out the characters a bit more. (If anyone else noticed that about DGM let me know)

Also, in anime, there's BGM which really does add to the mood, especially in an action/suspense show.

I think this may be a given, but action manga really isn't as great as action anime. In action anime, one can see all the moves the character makes, all the intricate kicks and swings. One manga I feel this applies to more than any is Dogs: Bullets and Carnage. The manga has action that's so incredibly awesome that it's difficult to convey its epicness on paper. I would be able to appreciate it much more in animation form.


Fucking epic
There's also a trade-off to watching the anime as well... Since it's animated, some of the quality art found in the manga is lost. Anime production teams have to make the art look great at every key frame; that's extremely difficult to pull off, especially with a tight budget. One anime where this really shows through is Vampire Knight. The manga's art is so meticulously detailed that it's practically impossible to pull of in animated form with today's technology. Look at this:
Not really a spoiler; if anyone feels it is, feel free to piss all over this blog
Now compare that art with this:
The anime's art just can't compare with that of the manga. -.-

Anyway, enough of my rambling, what do you think? Are you more of a manga reader or an anime watcher? Which do you prefer?

Also, do you know any series where the art in the manga is amazing, but the art of the anime is crappy?

Saturday, April 16, 2011

I want to play otome games in Japanese

Translated otome games are difficult to come across. The only one that I have ever played translated into English was Tokimeki Memorial Girl's Side 2nd Kiss (quite a mouthful xD) which was translated by the non-profit translation group gokusaishiki. Thanks to them for being incredibly AWESOME and providing me with an incredibly fun game that I can actually understand. 


There are a ton of otome games out there, and one may wonder why not many of them are translated into English... Otome games (and pretty much every dating sim) take a long time to translate. The translators for these projects dedicate huge amounts of time to translate these games for the fans. They don't earn any money from it. Their work is to be appreciated.

Anyway, while I am extremely glad that I was able to find a translated game and play it, I want to find more games. The games that translators choose are completely beyond my control. I want to be able to pick an otome game at random, order it off the internet, and play it in Japanese. Playing otome games in their original language is one of the leading reasons why I'm studying Japanese in the first place.

I want to experience that beautiful otome art and graphics in the highest quality on my PC or PS3.

I want to collect all the endings and their screenshots.

I want to understand. 

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Crack couple: Edward Elric x Allen Walker (more of a comparison)

I'm not usually one to ship crossover pairings, especially not yaoi ones, but this one is an exception. If you have seen both shows, then you may be able to see how incredibly alike the two are.

Edward Elric

  • no arm - automail replacement
  • quick temper
  • badass
  • long braided hair
  • dad that's not around all too much, and mom that's dead
  • short + referred to as "bean sprout"
  • very strong willed
  • tried to bring mom back to life
  • when he tried to bring his mom back to life, he ended up making something not human
  • abusive teacher
  • can turn metal arm into a blade
  • soldier in the military - has an official uniform (just doesn't wear it often)
  • lives during early 1900s





Allen Walker
  • has an abnormal arm *spoiler* and loses it for a portion of the series
  • very polite, but also has a quick temper when insulted
  • badass
  • has really long hair at one point
  • dead parents + dead foster father
  • short + referred to as bean sprout
  • very strong willed
  • tried to bring foster father back to life
  • when he tried to bring his foster father back to life, he ended up making an akuma, otherwise known as a demon
  • abusive teacher
  • can turn arm into a blade as well as other weapons
  • exorcist for church - has an official uniform
  • lives during early 1900s 


As you can see from the lists above, Allen Walker and Edward Elric are so alike that it's almost scary. Since I love both D. Gray Man and Fullmetal Alchemist, I can't help but wonder what would happen if their worlds met, and the characters became friends. Obviously, as a yaoi fan (I am no fangirl, just fan), I'm thinking of these characters as much more than friends.

This is where yaoi blabber starts... Please read no further if you're allergic

Okay, so here's the big question: Whose seme and whose uke
They're so very alike that it's almost hard to distinguish who'd be more overpowering. Ed comes off as a bit immature and probably is more hotheaded than Allen.
In comparison, Allen is a bit more mature and generally more calm than Ed. Somehow, I think Edward would come out on top. I guess it'd be more of a shifting dominance.

^This is practically the only fanart of this shipping I've been able to find. I'm sure there's some more hiding on pixiv... Thanks to Rusky-Boz on deviantart for having the only Ed x Allen picture available on the net. 

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

SO MANY SEQUELS

It's always been difficult for me to get around to the second series of an anime. When I finish the first series, I usually feel a sense of accomplishment (oh, look! another anime to add to my list woooo), but then I remember I've got a whole thirteen more episodes in the second series to watch. It kind of pisses me off. I mean, if the series you just finished is really shitty, you're obviously not going to want to pick up the second series which is likely to be just as shitty, if not more. Most logical anime fans won't sit through a second series of shit, but not me. I have that stupid obligation that haunts me like the plague. 

Anyway, a lot of times when the series is crappy or just plain boring, I will end up not watching the second series. The following list is all of the second series that I have yet to watch, and following my thoughts on said series, I will post the probability of me actually watching it. In a perfect world where I have oogles (yes, oogles) of time, I'll finish all of these anime. Actually in a perfect world, where I have oogles of time, I'd finish every anime. It's not a perfect world, though. ;__;

K-On!!
One of the first series I ever watched was K-On! (the first series), and I really don't remember that much about it. I just remember it was cute girls doing cute things with some awesome j-pop music. I really kind of want to get back into it, or rather, watch the second series just to see how I view moe two years after watching the original. I'm pretty accepting when it comes to moe shows, so I doubt that I'll hate it. The show actually sounds pretty funny, or at least that's what I've been hearing from my friends... 

Probability of watching: 70%








Please, Twins!
The first series, Please Teacher or Onegai Teacher, isn't much of a first series as it is a completely different story with only some of the characters recycled, so Please Twins can be counted as a completely different series, but w/e. This series still looks like crap. A creepy threesome incest storyline? No. PLEASE, GOD. NO. 

Also, that average art with the multicolored hair really bothers me; it looks kind of boring. Anyway, definitely not watching this.

Probability of watching: 1%







School Rumble Ni Gakki 

The first series was hilarious, and I'm assuming this series will be similar. Although the ending to the first series wasn't that conclusive, I still enjoyed it quite a lot, so it's more than a fitting ending to an awesome series in my book. I'm thinking that this series will just be a continuation of Harima's usual antics. It'll probably introduce a bunch of even more frustrating (and humorous) misunderstandings. For some reason though, whenever I'm thinking of a second season to watch, School Rumble always slips my mind, so it'll probably take me a while to get back to it.

Probability of watching: 60%





Junjou Romantica 2
When I first heard about yaoi/shonen ai/BL, I was disgusted, but not for any of the right reasons. If you asked me why I hated BL, I wouldn't really know how to answer except for "It's just wrong." Wow, what a terrible reason. It was probably due to the fact I hadn't ever actually watched BL before, so I was really only stereotyping. In our current society, being gay is slightly looked down upon, so I guess I was just playing along with the masses when I agreed that anything BL was disgusting. Then I met a friend who liked BL and somehow we got to watching it together. Junjou Romantica was one of the first series we watched together. I fucking loved it. Sure, it can be a bit melodramatic, and females seem to be nonexistent, but there's hot guys doing hot things to other hot guys. As a medium into the whole genre, I couldn't ask for anything better. Maybe one of the reasons it's been taking me so long to get around to season 2 is that I feel like I should watch it with my friend. It feels weird watching it without her. 

Probability of watching: 80%
Vampire Knight Guility
Ugh. I hate Vampire Knight. It's one of the only anime that I find to be extremely overrated. I would rant about it now, but this post will already be extremely long as it is, so I'll leave my ranting for some other time. I doubt I will ever watch this series. If anything, I would read the manga because it has some quality art. Actually, I won't lie; the manga is pretty good. It's the anime I can't stand.

Probability of watching: 0%


















Greed Island 
The only reason I haven't watched this yet is because I heard from a friend that it's not that great, and I shouldn't waste my time, so I'm not. Despite what she says, I will probably get around to this.

Probability of watching: 40%












Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kei
I watched the first series over spring break, and goddamn. It was amazing. 


And it was of the only anime that kind of scared me. Anyway, the ending of the first series left many important questions open, so I'm hoping that Kei will put a conclusion to this incredible anime.

Probability of watching: 100%









Gunslinger Girl ~Il Teatrino~
I tried watching this after I finished the first series, but I didn't really like it... The art style was extremely different than its predecessor. After watching such an extraordinary series like Gunslinger Girl, ~Il Teatrino~ felt like a more average, washed-out sequel.

Probability of watching: 5%  













Darker than Black: Gaiden
I know, I know. It's really short, and there's no reason that I shouldn't have already watched it. It's not really a sequel as it is an OVA. Okay, so it's not a second series at all. I do still need to finish it, though. I think I have all of the episodes downloaded. I don't know what's stopping me. I've only watched the first episode and the quality is fucking badass. I need more time, damnit.

Probability of watching: 90%











Shakugan no Shana II

The first series had some awesome graphics and romance, but I didn't really like the ending all too much. More than anything, Shakugan no Shana was kind of "meh" in my eyes. After I finished it, I just kind of forgot about it...

Probability of watching: 20%










Nodame Cantabile Finale

I absolutely loved the first series as well as the Paris chapter, and I've been wanting to watch this. I've just been soooo busy *cough cough watching Gintama cough*

This was the series that introduced me to classical music and fostered my newfound love for piano. I definitely want to watch this series. There's guarenteed to be some cute Nodame x Chiaki moments and some great piano recitals/concerts to watch.

Probability of watching: 100%






The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya (2009)
Yes, I fully intend on marathoning the Endless Eight and coming out triumphant. I kind of see it as a badge of honor. Lame, but a badge of honor nonetheless.

Then I may finally be able to understand why Hitler is so angry.

Probability of watching: 100%









Hetalia World Series
The first series was hilarious. Hetalia has such an awesome concept too. Who doesn't want to see which hot guy represents their country?

My friends have been bugging me about watching World Series for some time, and I've promised them I would watch it. I do love Hetalia quite a lot. :)

I'm hoping to watch it before going to Anime Central so I can regain some of my passion for the series. I'll end up buying bucket loads of fanart and $14 keychains (lol why so expensive?)

Probability of watching: 100%







Roberta's Blood Trail
Like Darker than Black: Gaiden mentioned above, Roberta's Blood Trail is also an OVA for the epic Black Lagoon series. I'm pretty excited to watch this and learn more about the elusive badass maid from the first Black Lagoon season. If any of the characters deserves an OVA, it's her. (Actually, a Balalaika OVA would be much appreciated... The only thing better than an assassin maid is a crazy Russian bitch with a huge scar running down her cheek as if screaming "I'm a badass motherfucker, and if you try to mess with me, I'll put a gun down your throat").

Probability of watching: 80%






Evangelion movies
The ending to the Evangelion series sucked. It was absolutely terrible, just two episodes of incoherent psyhobabble. I love hearing psychological analysis in anime, but not to this extent, not when it's so damn repetitive. It fit the very definition of mindfuck.

That being said, I'm wondering how the Evangelion movies provide alternate endings... The first series was actually pretty good near the middle parts, but all hope was lost once gay boy showed up. *remembers shower scene* *shivers* I like BL, but that was just creepy.

Probability of watching: 70%





Arakawa Under the Bridge x Bridge
The first series was a scrumdiliumptious collection of random hilarity that had me laughing so hard I'd find myself rolling out of my chair. I really did love the first series. The characters are so unique and charismatic with their individual perks, that I can't help but adore them. I've been planning on watching the second series for some time, but it keeps slipping my mind (read: I have other, more new series to watch) I hope that I'll get around to it eventually, though.

Probability of watching: 75%










Kimi ni Todoke 2
I have a friend who's obsessed with this series, so it's likely that I'll end up watching it, if only to know what she's always talking about.
Plus, I keep hearing that Sawako and Kazehaya finally go somewhere with their relationship. FINALLY. I really need to verify this.

Probability of watching: 90%











Jigoku Shojo Futakomori
I liked the first series, but I didn't love it. I was kind of disappointed by it; I thought it would be much more scary. I wasn't very impressed with the ending or the overarching plot either. I did really like the episodic plot lines, though. I was always wondering what the circumstances of the next death would be; every episode had a different story to tell and a different person to condemn to hell. The series was always very creative when it came to that, never once running out of fresh ideas. I've heard from some other anibloggers that Futakomori is much better than the first series, so I'll definitely watch it.

Probability of watching: 60%





Zan Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei
This is one of the best parody shows out there. It never fails to make me laugh. Not only is it hilarious though, it also has great art and animation that I love. The only problem I have is that it has so many damn episodes. Since there's so many episodes, some of their jokes can feel a bit repetitive if you marathon it, especially if you marathon all of the series (46 episodes).

Probability of watching: 75%