Tuesday, May 31, 2011

200 Episodes in One Month Results

I know I said it would come to a close on June 1st (click here for the original challenge proclamation), but it's May 31st, and I sincerely don't believe that anything I say or watch today will make a difference.

OH DEAR LORD. I FAILED SO HARD.

I ended up watching only 57 episodes this month. That's about 30% of my original goal. That is fucking depressing.

I may sound over dramatic, but I'm kind of disappointed. I wanted to watch a lot of episodes this month and speed through Gintama, but I suppose I just didn't have the time or effort needed to sit down and watch multiple episodes of Gintama a day. I'm only on episode 97. I still have more than a hundred to go.

Why am I so fucking slow when watching anime compared to last year when I speedily devoured several episodes a day? Last May I watched 184 episodes (I've been keeping track of these things for a long time. I have an obsession with statistics, esp when involving my other hobbies). That's almost three times as much as I watched this month. It's also only 16 away from hitting 200, whereas this time I was 143 away.

That's a huge fucking gap. It's a colossal fucking canyon in difference.

First, before I make any sort of half-assed resolution, I'll give some reasons behind my huge decline in anime-watching.

  • I have a shitload of more homework and school related responsibilities than last year. There's been so many tests and projects that it has been making my head spin. 
  • A few months ago I got out of the habit of marathoning anime obsessively. I've been trying to get back into that mind frame, but it doesn't seem to be working with all the school work I've had.
  • This blog. A lot of my time goes to making sure a blog post is released almost every day. 
SO, my new goal for the month of June is to watch 200 episodes (this time I will reach it), and I have some ways to getting there that should prove to be pretty rewarding:

  1. STOP GIVING A SHIT. I'm a straight A student who finds it very difficult to simply dismiss a test or some HW. I often stress myself out trying to finish HW or some project in time. Well... I'm literally in the last week of school, and I'm desperately trying to make myself not care. There's still so much that has to be done; I just need to convince myself that hey, it's the last week or so of school... You can blow off that project! Who's gonna fucking care? That is why I am determined to get home one day this week and literally watch anime from the time I walk in the door to the time I go to bed. 
  2. It will be summer time, and that means staying up late and watching anime until my eyes bleed and my limbs turn to jello. 


Okay, now I am fucking ready.

Just let me finish that one German project that I've been putting off for a month...

Sunday, May 29, 2011

10 Reasons Why You Should Watch Gintama

After reading posts by these people, I thought I would write my own post, explaining why Gintama is the best show ever and why you should get off your lazy ass and go watch the fuck out of it.

Seriously. It's a proven fact that people who don't watch this show have a much shorter life span than those who do. It's probably because those who haven't seen the show die from intense depression and despair. You know what they say: "An episode of Gintama a day keeps the frownies away." Well, that was a terrible joke that I stole off a tollhouse cookie ad.

Anyway, here's my list in no particular order:

10. Music
All the openings and ending from Gintama are absolutely amazing. It's the kind of music that you have to download within seconds of hearing it and end up humming without realizing.
The video quality is all pixelated and crappy, but the song is still awesome.

The BGM is also really good. I especially love the the BGM that comes on whenever Baka Ouji shows up.

9. The creator talks on the show
Usually, you never hear the creator. It's only a name and it becomes hard to even picture them as a real person.

Although Hideaki Sorachi (creator of Gintama) never shows his face (instead he's a gorilla), he does talk on the show at some points, and I think it's pretty interesting to actually hear his voice.

I couldn't find any English subbed videos of him, but here's a short clip from a Spanish sub that I found on youtube. Yes, that is indeed his voice, and if you can't understand Japanese or the Spanish subtitles, he's talking about how much of a pain being a mangaka is. Then, at the end he proclaims that he want to become a cheeseburger. xD

8. Parodies
Gintama is one of those shows that just throws random parodies in without you even realizing it. None of the references feel forced or annoying, and they cover a wide range of media. Even if you don't get the references given, the TL notes are usually pretty helpful in explaining it.

One of the best examples of these parodies is the Death Note hot pot in episode 25.

7. It does not give a shit
It will put the ending at the beginning, and the opening at the end, or just randomly in the middle.
They won't put in backgrounds because they are "too lazy" and they'll make fun of themselves for it.
They will change the synopsis of the storyline at the beginning just to throw you off.
They will take risks, and because of that they will be successful.

6. The guys are sexy
If you're a girl and you enjoy seeing sexy guys, or if you're a guy and you are HARD GAY, then you will enjoy all the smex. (the women are also fappable as well)
You know you want to lick that shit.
5. It will bring you to tears
The transitions between comedy and sincerity are practically perfect. One moment you're laughing, and the next you're bawling your eyes out. The character's pasts are especially touching, and always hit your heart at just the right angle. I found Okita's past to be one of the saddest in the show. The writing throughout those episodes was impeccable.


 4. Gintama can cure you of any disease imaginable
Depression? AIDS? Cancer? No money? No friends? Dehydration? Loneliness? Paranoia? Schizophrenia?

Suck it up.
Watch Gintama.
You'll be fine.

3. Gintama will teach you how to be a ninja
^skip to 1:45 for a comprehensive guide. *edit OH OK. SO NOW THE VIDEO DOESN'T FUCKING WORK. THANKS GUYS.

2. The action is actually pretty good
I did not expect to find quality action in a comedy series like this, so I was surprised to find a lot of pretty good action sequences. I noticed this for the first time in the Benizakura arc, especially whenever Kagura was running around, flipping through the air while shooting people with her umbrella.

I was very surprised when Kagura turned out to be one of the most badass, hilarious people on the show. She took the cliche of women in anime, stomped on it repeatedly, spit on it a bit, and then shat all over it. She's sarcastic, mean (in a good way), and actually really helpful. When everyone gets into a battle, Kagura contributes quite a lot. She may even be more powerful than Gintoki at points (doubt it, but maybe...).


1. You will be introduced to the awesome of Gintoki
Somehow, Gintoki is the perfect character. He's sarcastic and apathetic, but he is wise at the same time. He is incredibly badass, so much so that it's almost hard to comprehend. His past is mysterious, but you can tell how much he has gone through, how much he has suffered. He's almost like an older brother, or perhaps even a mother, to Kagura and Shinpachi. I love him. (Plus, Sugita Tomokazu is fucking amazing)

Let's Play Anime Pictionary! *Round 5*

Thanks for commenting on the last roundRiyoga guessed all three of the pictures correctly! An Anonymous user also posted, but alas, Rioyga had already taken the prize...

Here, good sire, have your internet cookie and save it too:

The answers to the last round were:
1. Spike Spiegal (Cowboy Bebop)
2. Allen Walker (D. Gray Man)
3. Madoka (Madoka Magica)

Pics for round 5:

Picture 1:
 Picture 2:
 Picture 3:

Good luck!!!


Also, if you win this round, let me know what kind of cookie/cake/desert you want, and I shall draw it for you and write a message. Lame? I think not!

Answers to this round and the next round here.

Anime Central 2011

This was by far the largest convention I have ever attended. I heard that the body count reached somewhere over 23,000. While that may not seem like a lot when compared to Anime Expo's 44,000 people, it's still a big step from Ohayocon's measly 10,000 or so. Although it's colossal in size, bigger conventions do not necessarily mean better and that was evident at ACen.

You may wonder why I went to ACen in the first place. It's a long six hour drive from Cleveland, Ohio and the travelling expenses are not cheap. It would not have been worth it except for one measly fact; my birthday was on Saturday, May 21st, the middle and most exciting day of the convention. Now, going to ACen seemed to be a lot more worthwhile.

What were the chances that my birthday would fall on the middle day of the third largest anime convention in the US? It seemed too good to be true, and I knew without a doubt that I had to take hold of such an opportunity, because the likelihood of my birthday falling on a huge convention such as ACen was close to nil. I had to take this chance and go to Chicago.

That's how I ended up at ACen, and since none of my friends could make it, and I didn't want to go alone, I ended up roping my family into going. I mean, come on, if I had no friends to mooch off of on my b-day, at least I can mooch off my family. xD

The six hour drive wasn't all too bad. We left around 6 AM on Friday and arrived at the convention around 1 PM. The weirdest thing about the drive, though, was the fact that at every rest stop we saw the same three people getting out of their car: an Asian goth with chains all over his shirt and pants, a larger guy with a kiss t-shirt on, and some girl whose face or physical features I cannot remember for the life of me. I remember making some comment to my older brother like, "Oh, haha, I bet they're going to ACen."

Well, lo' and behold, we did see them walking around at Anime Central. It was really weird. xD

Anyway, so after arriving, I got into my Germany cosplay and we headed on over to the Rosemont convention center, 30 minutes from downtown Chicago (we never did get the time to go see the city, though). We waited in line for about 3 hours. I know that isn't too bad compared to past years when some attendees were waiting 9 hours plus, but 3 hours was the longest I've ever had to wait in line, and standing around in the sun with a hot, stuffy Germany cosplay on wasn't exactly very fun. I heard that the printers were acting up and the people working the registration couldn't actually read the attendee's name on the badge. Although the line wasn't as bad as past years, or so I have heard, I still think that the organization could've been a lot better, and the line could've moved a lot faster.

In line, I did meet some interesting people from Wisconsin. One was a bad-mouthed bartender and she was fucking hilarious, so the super long pre-registration line became a lot more bearable with someone like her around.

After we finally got inside the convention center around four, I immediately went for the Artist's Alley (said to be the biggest in America) and the Dealer's Room. I spent the next three hours roaming around the colossal room, buying lots of random stuff. While I was wandering around, my brother got a picture taken of him even though he wasn't even in cosplay. He has long curly hair and was wearing a Veil of Maya t-shirt. Apparently, some guy walked up to him, said that he loved the band and took a picture of him. xD

At 7 or 8, we went to the Hyatt and got in line for Whose Line Is It Anime, a panel that was supposed to start at 8 o' clock, but ended up getting delayed an hour and a half because the FLOW concert, which was supposed to go from 6-7, ended up going 2 hours beyond its designated time. It's simply not okay to let guests ignore the time limits and extend their panels/concerts until whenever works for them. That was completely unacceptable. I heard some people later saying that one of the reasons that they didn't let people in was because the panelists for Whose Line weren't ready which is complete bullshit because I met them in line, and they seemed as confused and pissed off as everyone else. Some people were going through the line with a stereo, though and it was pretty fun getting Rick-Roll'd in line. xD

I did finally get into Whose Line at around 9:30 PM, and even though it was cut short, their performance was fucking hilarious. One of their improv scenes was a living props one, and in this scene, one panelist acted as Simon teaching Kamina, another panelist, how to dig. It was really funny watching them pick up these girls and using them as shovels or drills. Later, they had a Whose Line scene where the prompt was "Cardcaptor Sakura tells everyone about the rapture." (My birthday was supposed to be the rapture xD) That scene was also pretty hilarious, and the panelists certainly made the long line worth it.

After that, we got back in line and went to Anime Hell, which is usually an 18+ panel, but for some reason (probably to save the time it takes to check IDs), they let me in anyway. Specifically, at the beginning of Anime Hell it said, "Anime Hell is an age restricted event. If you are under 18, GET THE FUCK OUT.... or, stay, BUT KNOW YOUR SHAME."

Of course, I stayed, and although it had mostly nothing to do with anime, it was still hilarious. Some of my favorite clips included the Manzoku commercial (it had a Renai Circulation remix, but I can't find it on Youtube), Hard Gay joins Hana Yori Dango (couldn't find it on Youtube, but the download link is surely floating around somewhere), the real director of Fast Five (here), the next batman (here), and Dr. Tran Mail.

At around midnight, during anime hell, my brother was the first one to wish me happy birthday. :3

After anime hell, we were all a bit tired, so we headed back to the room at the double tree and got some much needed shut eye. It had been a long day full of lines and tired feet.

We got up at about 8 in the morning on Saturday, and my family wished me a happy birthday. They laid out four cards on the hotel bed, which held about $120 in total. Afterwards, my mom helped me get that damn Germany wig over my two feet of hair, and we headed down to the convention center, this time with badges in hand. I bought lots of stuff in the Artist's Alley and Dealer's room, and then, at about 12:30, we went to the Bad Anime Panel to sit back, relax, and watch some hilariously shit-tastic anime. The 2 hour panel definitely delivered. We watched a bunch of clips from some so-terrible-it's-good anime, and then commented on it. After each clip was shown, the panelists would ask very easy trivia questions, and if you got it right, you would win a DVD, a soundtrack, or magazine associated with the anime watched. One of those prizes would've made a perfect b-day present, but I didn't feel like showcasing the effort to answer; I was too busy drinking hot chocolate. The list of anime was: MD GeistViolence Jack, Garzey's Wing, and Art of Fighting. There may have been one or two more, but I don't remember them. If you actually decide to watch any of these, please remember to watch it in its English dub for the maximum viewing experience. xD

After that, we went back to the Dealer's Room and roamed around for another hour or so. We were really hungry by that point so we went to the Hyatt and ate at the really awesome restaurant there. The whole restaurant had a sort of wall around it with a cushiony overhang. It's hard to explain so look at this picture.  Anyway, I ended up stuffing myself at the buffet there. I remember having a cheeseless cheeseburger, some mac-n-cheese, and some pulled pork. Completely unhealthy, but it's my b-day, so what the hell?

It was around this time that we headed back to the room, and I got changed into something a bit more comfortable. Then, my brother went to a Halo Reach tournament with my dad. He told me later that he was defeated in the first round.

 After laying around for a while and resting our sore feet, we went to the Hilton for the FMA panel. The line was in a very cramped hallway that was probably only 4 feet in width. Although we got in line a whole half an hour early, we didn't end up getting in. It's ridiculous because the room had enough room for a lot more people if not for the random unneeded tables. Next year, ACen should definitely expand to a larger area. The rooms were way too small for the number of people attending this year.

Having given up on the FMA panel, we went to the AMV room and watched some videos while editors finished up the iron editing tournament. The room was extremely small and cramped. Next year, they should really expand to a larger room. Every other convention that I've gone to (which were smaller than ACen), the AMVs were shown in a large room with huge screens. ACen should do the same. I didn't stay for long because the AMVs weren't really that good. I hate to sound like an AMV hipster, but I've been watching and obsessing over AMVs for a few years and hearing all these people praise such sub-par AMVs annoyed me, so I left.

Afterwards, we went to the Saturday Night Parody Panel. This is where I met JesuOtaku which was a pretty cool reminder that people on the internet are actually real. xD The first parody shown was pretty funny as well as the second one, but the last one about illegal downloading dragged on... It also made jokes about Grave of the Fireflies. You just can't do that.

We left about half way through and my brother went back to the room. Then, my mom and I headed back to the Hilton for the Ghost of ACen panel. I was wearing a "got ghosts?" t-shirt (I had put it on without realizing),  and since I'm a crazy person intrigued by the paranormal, I was fairly excited for this panel where attendees share their experiences with the "other side." Alas, this panel also filled up quickly and by the time we got there, maximum occupancy had been reached. D:

Death Note Mafia was right across the hall, so I went there instead. I ended up having a great time with some awesome people. The first round I was Kira, and since I didn't exactly know the rules completely, I made a really stupid decision and ended up losing. I definitely want to play Death Note Mafia again sometime, though. Hopefully, if I'm Kira again, I can make all the right decisions.

At around 3 AM, my mom and I went back to the Double Tree for some much needed sleep.

Nothing much happened on Sunday; I just went around the Dealer's Room and made some last minute buys.

Anime Central was far from perfect, but it definitely became a birthday that I will not soon forget. :)

Once I post my pictures of purchases and cosplays, I will link them to this post. :)

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Why I haven't posted for over a week

This week has been a bit stressful. I really wanted to post, but I simply did not have enough time. Even if I did try to write something meaningful, it would've just ended up sounding like crap. Here's why I haven't written for over a week:
  • I went to Anime Central this year for my birthday. I had no internet connection, so I didn't end up posting anything. It was really fun, though, and I hope to get a post up about it soon!
  • I caught a cold. It's miserable. If you know any secret remedies that can cure a cold other than the tradition advil and 12 hours of sleep, please let me know. I'm getting tired of having snot fly everywhere when I sneeze. 
  • I went to school even though I was sick. It's getting down to the last few weeks of school, and there's been shitloads of homework and tests. I really couldn't afford taking a sick day, so I decided to suck it up and go to school anyway. Every day when I got home, I had a ton of studying to do (esp for German), and after spending so much time studying, I didn't have the time or motivation to crank out a blog post. 
I promise that during the summer (only 2 weeks away!!), I will definitely post a lot more than now. 



Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Let's play Anime Pictionary! *Round 4*

The last round ended without any commenters whatsoever. I'm begging you guys; please give me some sort of feedback. If you think this is stupid and I should stop doing it, let me know. If you know who only one of the three people are, so what? COMMENT. I can't learn to grow and improve if people aren't willing to comment.

Answers to Round 3:
1. Trafalgar Law (One Piece)
2. Ciel Phantomhive (Kuroshitsuji or Black Butler)
3. Fai (Tsubasa)

Here's the pics for round 4!

Picture 1:
Picture 2:
Picture 3:
Good luck!


I know, I know. In the first round, I said I couldn't write in the pics.

Well...

fuck that.

Notable AMV Editors: localxraven

Before I became obsessed with anime blogging and anime nano, I was into checking my Youtube and making AMVs. If you check my Youtube account, milkis13 (the account name I use for practically everything), you'll find some lame videos made with iMovie. I don't know if you care or not, but I did end up upgrading to Sony Vegas. I made some AMVs with that, but I never uploaded them because they were too short. I'm sure that during the summer, my passion for AMV editing will suddenly rekindle itself, and I'll be updating my Youtube account on a regular basis (read: I'll get around to it eventually, if ever). Truth is, I've always wanted to submit an AMV into a convention's contest, so I'll definitely do that in the near future. I just really need an external hard drive. My original 298 GB has dwindled down to a measly 23. Not good.

Anyway, my point is I really loved AMVs; I still do. In this new post segment of mine, I want to introduce and honor some really talented editors. 

So without further ado, I bring you localxraven!

I have posted some of my favorite videos of hers below. :)


Anime used: Hetalia
Couple: US x UK
Song: Rubik's Cube by Athlete
Thoughts: This is a perfect example of less is more. The simplistic editing fits the song perfectly. The entire video is only a minute long, but it certainly packs a punch. :)


Anime used: Sword of the Stranger, True Tears, Junjou Romantica, Pandora Hearts, Kuroshitsuji II, and The Girl Who Leapt Through Time
Song: an audio clip (idk what it's from)
Thoughts: This is probably my absolute favorite AMV of hers. The flow of the video is fantastic, and the first time I saw it, I was moved. It's simply a beautiful video to an inspiring audio clip. I love it. 


Anime used: Hetalia
Focus: Russia and USA
Song: Fuck You by Archive 
Thoughts: It seems like every song I hear from her videos, I immediately want to download. I think that's rather strange. Anyway, I love this simple but impactful editing. It goes perfectly with this mellow song. 

Anime used: Hetalia
Focus: Characters fit what language is in the song
Song: The Foreign Language Song by Andrew Gunadie (gunnarolla)
Thoughts: Somehow, I  find this song strangely sexy even though the majority of the song is about sauerkraut in your lederhosen. Germany seems pretty okay with it, too. It's almost like he's getting turned on by the sauerkraut in his pants. xD



Anime used: Kuroshitsuji I & II
Focus: Ciel & Alois and their hardships
Song: Audio clip from uhhh... something
Thoughts: I don't know what the audio is from, but it's definitely touching. Most of the clips she used go really well with the quote. 

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

The Many Faces of Kyuube

I didn't feel like actually thinking for a blog post, so I made these pictures. You may find them funny, then again, you may not. Let me know if you think these kinds of posts are lame.



And some celebrities that have been Kyuube-fied:
Charlie Sheen
Lady Gaga
Justin Bieber
/人◕ ‿‿ ◕人\

Monday, May 16, 2011

My cosplay came in the mail!

When I ordered my Germany cosplay on May 3rd (ish), I doubted it would come in time for ACen, which, at that time, was only about three weeks away.

The mail service is a bit unpredictable.

Let's say you go on eBay, and you want to buy a tea kettle. It says in the shipping estimation that it'll probably arrive on June 1st. Great! Just in time for your kettle convention!

Suddenly, though, a freak fire in the train/plane/car/truck/whatever-the-hell-carries-mail-nowadays delays- if not destroys- your precious tea kettle. Now the estimation would be pushed back to June 7th.

Now let's say some train/whatever robber comes and steals all the mail! OH NO!

The mail people now spend two weeks trying to retrieve it. I don't know why they would hunt it down in the first place, but let's just say that it's still the 1800's; robbers are stupid and simpleminded, and the mail service is particularly diligent.

So they find your stupid damn tea kettle and YES it's finally on its way to your home. You've already missed your kettle convention, but whatever. You'll get over it. Act like a man, damnit. Estimation = June 25th

Then, of course, your train/plane/boat is attacked by some rabid terrorists or something and all the packages are blown into the sea/sky/mountains. These train people are really, really determined to get you your goddamned kettle, and they finally get it back.

By now the estimation is probably somewhere in November. By the way, it's 11 PM, this is a terrible analogy, I'm tired, and deal with it. Thank you very much.

Back on topic! The mail is more unpredictable because anything could happen. I assumed that the costume probably wouldn't come in time for the con, and I should just accept it then, so I wouldn't be disappointed later.

BUT this is not the case. My whole cosplay- wig, flag, and costume- all came in the mail. It's even 4 days early. I'm pleasantly surprised.

Thank you very, VERY much, cosplay sky for being reliable and considerate of my time limit. I tried on the costume as soon as I got home and saw it awaiting me on the front porch. It fits perfectly. 

It's comfortable, seems to accentuate every good part of my body, and is made of light, durable (I think) material. If you had to buy a cosplay, I would recommend cosplay sky. Please check them out. My whole costume amounted to $110 (including shipping, not including wig or flag). I thought that was a pretty nice deal for a quality costume.

I would provide pics of me in it, but I'm lazy and I don't feel like finding my camera.

How about taking a pic on your computer's camera?

Hey, why don't you shut up.

This post is really stupid.

Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica review

Stats:
Episodes: 12
Aired: January 7, 2011 - April 22, 2011
MAL score: 8.91
MAL rank: 12

Synopsis (provided by me): Madoka is an exceptionally normal young girl; she has a loving family and lively friends. One day, however, her life is forever altered when she comes in contact with a "witch," a paranormal entity that feeds upon humans. Before the witch has a chance to devour her, a puella magi (magical girl) comes to Madoka's aid and introduces her to the perils that puella magi face. At first, the puella magi seem to be all frills and glamor, but their life isn't as amazing as one may assume; their fate is much darker than you think, and in Madoka Magica, anything can happen.

I will admit that when I first started this series, I doubted it would be a masterpiece, that it would live up to all the great comments I've been hearing, that it would become one of my favorites.

While it didn't necessarily become one of my all time faves or reach the ranks of masterpieces such as Cowboy Bebop and Brotherhood, it still proves to be an incredible show that lives up to its name as a deconstruction of the mahou shoujo genre. I was definitely impressed.

The plot was crafted skillfully for the most part. With only twelve episodes to work with, Magica definitely knew what it wanted to do and how it was going to get there. They did a great job of utilizing the time they had. However, there were some characters who should have gotten more character developement; some characters just didn't get enough time to grow on me. I wanted to love them, but they were gone before I had reason to.

Riyoga made an interesting comment on my post about Mami. I'm slapping myself for not thinking of that while I was watching episode 3. Summarizing, he said that some particular deaths in the series were used to show the audience early on that this wasn't your average sugar-coated mahou shoujo; it was actually a lot more darker than people assumed. I understand the reasoning behind that, and looking at it from that standpoint, the writers were very successful. However, I found the character development to suffer here. Their reasoning doesn't really justify the lack of development for some characters.

Also, I felt that later in the show, characters were dying too quickly and closely together. It never became too overwhelming, but it was enough to be ever so slightly annoying.

Speaking of annoying, Madoka could be just that at times. She was always crying and trying to break up fights even though she couldn't do shit. Plus- and I can't really figure out why this happened- but as the series progressed, her voice actor progressively pissed me off more and more. It was that softness, I suppose, that annoyed me so much. It didn't seem to bother anyone else, so I guess I'm the only one.

Sayaka was also a bit unreasonable at points. I found some of her decisions to be a bit illogical. I couldn't exactly understand why she was doing what she was doing later on, though this is really only a minor complaint.

*minor spoiler below*
More than anything, though, Hitomi pissed me off to no end. She just had to fall in love with Kamijo, didn't she? During the scene in the cafe where Hitomi said, "I have to tell you something, Sayaka," I literally said aloud, "Gee, I bet you're in love with Kamijo, aren't cha?" AND WHAT THE HELL? I WAS RIGHT. It was obvious that Sayaka was in love with him, and yet, Hitomi still went after him. SLUT. She already went out with 50 other guys since the series started (I'm exaggerating here), and she knows that if she went for Kamijo, she would get him (and probably give him herpes or something). She has absolutely no idea what shit Sayaka is going through for Kamijo and yet, she can still put all this pressure on her. "I'm going to confess to him a 3 tomorrow, so do whatever you want before then." Over confident much? You may be thinking, but Nadja, she was just being a good friend, giving Sayaka a chance. Yeah sure, except NO. Did you see the way Hitomi was sitting all uppity in the cafe, like she was the shit or something? She's seriously not even that attractive. Anyway, Hitomi only added to Sayaka's ultimate demise.

God, this far into the review and I already sound like a fucking Debbie Downer! It seems like everything I've mentioned so far is negative. Don't be fooled, though. Madoka Magica's pros definitely outweigh the cons. Please allow me to delve deeper into all the positive, awesome things that I loved about this series.


One of the first things that pulled me into this series was the art. All of the normal animation and art was clean and captivating, but the witch fights really set this anime apart artistically. It reminded me of a a moving 3D scrapbook page. The scenes were dark, spooky, and grim. I loved every bit of them. Not only the art during the witch fights, but the action during those scenes were always exciting. They did a good job of making the magical girls look like badass warriors.

Although some characters weren't developed to their full potential, many other characters received a satisfactory amount of screentime. I found Akemi Homura to be particularly inspiring. At first, I believed she was a cold, heartless mahou shojo, one who put work over people, taking little to no interest in protecting those around her. I thought she was selfish.

In episode 10, I discovered that all of my assumptions and opinions about her were dead wrong. She had so much more to her character, such a captivating story, that you would never have known about just by looking at her.

They took her character, someone I thought to be self-centered, and revealed her back story, her true intentions. They drastically changed my opinion of her.

By the end, I also came to respect Madoka a lot more. She had grown a lot since the first episodes where crying was her #1 past time. (Shout out to Madoka's mom who is one of the best mom's evar! Also, to Madoka's dad who had a total of like four lines, but still came off as incredibly chill! And who could forget little Tatsuya?)

I'd also like to speak about the ending a little bit more as well. I'll try to avoid spoilers as much as I can, but it's not likely I'll be able to. Here's the watered-down, non-spoiler-ific version: THE ENDING IS AMAZING. IT'S AMAZING. AMAZING. HOLY SHIT.

Here's the longer version which will have spoilers:

I've never been able to relate to God. How can someone simply live off love? How can someone love unconditionally? How can one be omnipotent? How?

Madoka Magica made me sympathize with God. It brought God into more relative terms that I could understand. This is extremely hard to put into words, but I'll try my best... Knowing that Madoka (kind of like God) had feelings like myself, I felt more connected to her. I found the whole concept of an all powerful God to be much more relatable. I never really understood the story of Jesus, but this anime brought the story more close to home. I still don't believe in God; I'm too much of a skeptic, and Christianity doesn't exactly fit my morals or my personality. Even as I grow older and mature, I may still not adhere to Christian or any other religion's beliefs, but with this anime, I can understand the root of their religion a little bit better.
(Somehow, I feel as if my word choice here was inadequate. Let me know if you understand my point.)

When people all over the internet said "Madoka died for our sins," I thought they were joking.

Though they were probably half-joking, the statement holds true. Madoka's sacrifice enveloped everyone's sins and made it so not another witch could be born. She erased everything. She became a goddess. It's almost hard to put into words, but the ending pulled at all the right heart strings and put perfect closure to the series. It was satisfying.

Oh and who could forget this little motherfucker?
Plot: 9/10
Music: 8/10 (I didn't really talk about it, but it was good)
Ending: 10/10
Art: 9/10
Characters: 8/10
Total: 44/50
Mean: 8.8 (rounded to 9 on MAL)

Other random shit

  • I forget what episode it was in, but KYOKO WAS PLAYING DDR. (I forgot to mention it, but Kyoko was fucking awesome). You don't know how long I've been waiting to see DDR in anime. It was like a triple mat with a HUGE flat panel. It was flashing so much that I thought it was a time machine.
  • The opening is stuck in my head.
  • I'm wondering how many Madoka cosplays I'm going to see at ACen.... Probably a lot of Kyuube crap too.
  • *spoiler* Could someone please explain to me in the comments why Sayaka was dead in the end still? I remember there being a reason, but I forgot.
  • Truthfully, I was expecting Kyuubee to be a lot more creepy. 
  • Somehow, Blogger posted this without my discretion, and I don't know how to delete posts, so this post actually went up long before I was done writing it. 


My current desktop wallpaper (yes, all of the pics on this post are wallpaper sized and can be used as such)...(you're welcome)

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Top 5 Vocaloids

I kind of had to force myself to like Vocaloid.

All the pics in this post came from my wallpapers folder
I had been to a few conventions, and since I only knew "World Is Mine" by Miku Hatsune and "Just Be Friends" by Megurine Luka, I felt totally out of the loop when my friend took me to a Vocaloid panel. I remember sitting there as she excitedly sang along to the music while I sat there trying to match her enthusiasm. 

After that I swore I would find out the mystery behind Vocaloid. Why was it so popular?

I spent hours browsing Youtube and downloading music. Instead of watching anime, in my freetime I would browse Youtube playlists and watch Vocaloid PVs. Although I hadn't really liked their voices all too much (especially Rin; I hated her xD), after listening to them for so long, I really started to love their computer generated voices. Sometimes I think Vocaloid is an acquired taste. What do you think? 

Anyway, along with the countdown. 

I know that yesterday I posted this, talking about how awesome this new Vocaloid Yuma was. I know I seemed really excited about his voice then, but I couldn't include him in this countdown. This is for a number of reasons: 1) he doesn't have many songs, 2) I only found out about him yesterday and 3) he doesn't really have a pronounced character (read: he has no fanart). As much as I wanted to, I just couldn't bring myself to place him in this list, so now that you know what to expect, I bring to you... My top 5 Vocaloids!

5. Rin
When I first started listening to Vocaloid, I really hated Rin. I thought her voice was too squeaky and high-pitched. It seemed like all the Rin songs I listened to were of terrible quality. I guess you could say that newfag Vocaloid music creators fostered my passionate resentment of the Rin/Len duo. 

After a while though, I found many songs that had been made by people who knew how to utilize Rin's unique voice. I started to appreciate her, and eventually, even look forward to listening to her music. 

Here are some awesome Rin songs:
 







4. Nekomura Iroha
I find her to be a bit underrated. She has such a beautiful, unique, and clear voice. I'm surprised she doesn't have more songs. 

Her voice is low, but she can hit high notes well... It's difficult to describe, so instead of reading my inadequate descriptions, listen to some of her songs listed below. :)







3. Hatsune Miku
This technological diva would be higher on my list, but she's so overused as a singer. I've heard her voice so many times that it lacks the charm it once had on me. Nonetheless, I do still love all of the fanart and many of Miku's songs. "World Is Mine" was the first Vocaloid song I had ever heard. If not for that song, I probably wouldn't have gotten into Vocaloid as much as I have. 

Anyway, here are some awesome songs by Miku for you to enjoy. 







2. Gumi
I love Megumi Nakajima's voice, so when I heard that there would be a Vocaloid with her voice, I knew I would love her. 

And I do. I love Gumi. 

I don't think there's ever been a song of hers that I haven't liked. Megumi Nakajima's voice has a certain purity and innocence to it that isn't lost even when converted to computer. The unique qualities of her voice are found among the technological twang, and I applaud the creators of Gumi for pulling off such a realistic Vocaloid. Have a listen:








1. Megurine Luka
It's a bit difficult for me to pinpoint exactly what I love about Luka. Her lower, more mature voice never gets old to me. No matter how many of her songs I listen to in a row, it never tires. 

Sometimes I find myself specifically hunting down Luka songs, longing to hear her voice (that may seem pretty normal, but all my Vocaloid songs are in Japanese, and I'm a "shuffle" kind of girl anyway). 

I love her character design, especially the long pink hair. 

I look forward to a Luka solo in a song with various Vocaloid singers. 

There's just so many small things that I love about her that snowball together to create a heaping love-snow-boulder. 

She's simply amazing. 

















Friday, May 13, 2011

I have discovered a new Vocaloid

I was surfing the net, trying to create a top 5 vocaloids list, and I found this.

His voice is absolutely delicious.

 It's so smooth and perfect and mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.

More than anything, though, his voice is so much more realistic than those before him. I'm really excited about where Vocaloid programs are going from here. They're only going to keep getting better and clearer. Even now, his voice is extremely close to being alive, but it's not too close. It has that perfect futuristic, technological twang to it that reminds you it was indeed made on a computer.

Apparently, his name is Yuma and he was just released on April 25, 2011. There's not much fanart or anything for him yet, but he's got some songs on Youtube already, and I don't think there's one that I've heard that doesn't sound good.

So, in the meantime, while I'm making this Top 5 Vocaloid list, please enjoy this beautiful man's voice.



Expect my Top 5 Vocaloids post to be out sometime soon!! It's really difficult to choose one over another. Dx

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Let's play Anime Pictionary! *Round 3*

The last round ended with only one commenter, that being an Anonymous user who got all the answers right except for the last one. I can't say that she won, but I will say "thank you." She was the one and only commenter. So yeah... Thanks Anon-kun. ;)

Answers to Round 2:
1. Lelouch (Code Geass) If you are wondering what the scribbly monster on the left of the picture is, it's a lame ass attempt at a mecha. It looks more like a rabbit-pogo-stick with a frowny face installed. 
2. Yoko (Gurren Lagann)
3. Erio (Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko)

Now, without further ado, I bring to you Round 3!! *applause*

Picture 1:
Picture 2:
Picture 3:

Please remember that I only give myself one minute to complete each picture, so it's not gonna be Picasso. 

Good luck!


Answers

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Anime Central wishlist

I am so incredibly excited to go to Anime Central 2011 which also falls on my birthday. Seriously, what are the chances of having your birthday on Saturday, the most exciting middle day of the convention, at one of America's largest cons?! There's only about 10 days until my family and I make the six hour journey to Chicago, and I can't wait. 


I have to find a way to vent this overwhelming excitement, so I'm going to list all the things I hope to find at ACen. It may seem like a long list, but a guarantee you that I won't find nor buy half of the items on the list. I'm just hoping that I'll see some of these items there and get a chance to purchase them.

DVDs

  • Xam'd - It's produced by BONES, the masters behind Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood and Soul Eater; I've only heard great things about it, especially in the animation department. Then again, smooth, slick animation is to be expected of a talented studio such as BONES.
  • Kuroshitsuji (Black Butler)  - I watched this more than a year ago and liked it a lot. Now that it's finally out on DVD, I thought I would buy it, but it's SUPER expensive. I'm not willing to pay $60 for 7 episodes. That's a total ripoff. I'm patiently waiting for the whole series to be released and the price to drop.
  •  Tekkon Kinkreet - Holy shit, guys. What is up with the spastic animation? I fucking love it.
  • Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood part 5 -  It's coming out in June 2011 apparently, so I'll have to wait, but THESE EPISODES ARE THE BEST. Ohmigod. I need to buy this as soon as it hits the shelves. 
  • Bamboo Blade - Someone somewhere said this was good. I probably will never buy it, though. 
  • Cardcaptor Sakura Movie 2: The Sealed Card - I saw this on shelves at Ohayocon, but it was so crowded, and I was being rushed out of the Dealer's Room anyway, so I didn't have time to buy it. >.< I heard it was really good, though, and I love Cardcaptor Sakura.
  • Tokyo Majin - It's SAVE, so it's only, like, $20 which is REALLY FUCKING CHEAP. Speaking on SAVE anime, I can not believe that I picked up Ookiku Furikabutte, an awesome 24 episode series about baseball, for only $25. I nearly shat myself because of how great the deal was. 
  • Millennium Actress - (Yes, I did have to check how to spell Millennium) I love Satoshi Kon and his work. RIP, one of the best anime directors/producers in history. 
  • KARAS - I had this on Netflix, but I fell asleep while watching it. Not that it was boring or anything... I had just watched Perfect Blue (fantastic movie btw) and I was tiiiiired. It has hot guys and cool animation, so I'll probably end up buying it or renting it on Netflix again. 
  • ANYTHING REALLY CHEAP. I love sifting through those bins of $5 anime DVDs. They are usually crap quality and don't have real cases, but what the hell? They're $5
Manga

  • D. Gray-man - I love Hoshino Katsura's art so freakin much. I already bought her artbook, and it's amazing. I just love artbooks in general, though they're expensive as fuck. 
  • Skip Beat! - I've been wanting to read the manga for a while. I've already seen the anime, but it had one of those wink-wink-nudge-nudge-read-the-fucking-manga endings that I find really annoying. I usually don't read the manga when that happens, although I do get really pissed off about it. Normally, I'll go read the most current chapters and end up spoiling myself thoroughly. Skip Beat is different, though. I actually really want to read the manga. 
  • Bleach volume 32 - HOLY FUCK, GRIMMJOW. 
  • Dogs: Bullets and Carnage - You should feel ashamed if you don't know this badass manga.
  • One Piece - I love this series a ton, and I've heard some fans say that the manga is better than the anime. If I thought the anime was amazing, I wonder what I'd think of the "better" manga. Then again, I'm not much of a manga person in the first place. I probably won't end up buying any of the manga listed here. 
Everything else
  • Otome Games - It is my dream to play these in Japanese.
  • Persona 4 - Persona 3 was awesome, and 4 looks even more epic than its predecessor.
  • Drama CDs or an Anime Soundtrack - I have yet to find one that I like, but I'll keep on the lookout. 
  • J-Music CDs - They're expensive, but worth it. I downloaded the NEWS CDs, and since then, I've had an uncanny obsession with J-pop and J-rock. I want to discover some new bands and possibly buy some posters. Mostly, I just love how exotic and cool the Japanese CDs are compared to American ones. 
  • One Piece Color Walk - Again, I love One Piece and it's art, so I'd really love to buy the art book. I was going to buy it at Ohayocon, but for some reason I decided not to...
  • Cute t-shirts with chibis on them or ones with hiragana on them
  • Buttons - I collect them... kind of...
  • Hiragana poster 
  • Cute key chains - Not really looking for these... I do really want one of those key chains where you click it and a VA speaks back to you. Specifically, I'd want Zoro because 1) Nakai Kazuya and 2) HNNNNNNNNNNNNNNG.
  • Figurine - I have yet to buy a legit one, and I really want to... Some that I had in mind: Luka (Vocaloid), Gintoki (Gintama), Allen Walker (D. Gray Man),  or a Luffy nendoroid (One Piece). It all depends on what's there, though. 
  • Cute pillows, although I already have a lot. 
  • Cups or mugs 
  • Pocky - I'm always so disappointed because I've heard stories of some really wacky Pocky flavors in Japan, and yet the only ones found in the conventions are chocolate, strawberry, and maybe nut which is boring. I want something exotic...
  • Fanart posters - There was no fanart at Ohayocon, so I'm really looking forward to raiding the Artist's Alley (ACen has biggest in America!) and buying lots of prints. 
  • Cell phone chains - I think I've discovered a place to put them on my smart phone. I've always wanted a phone that I could put them on... alas...
Other things I'm looking forward to doing
  • Telling people that it's my birthday and trying to get them to lower prices.
  • Panels. I didn't go to many at Ohayocon, so I want to make sure that I make a lot of panels this time. 
  • Taking videos + pics of cosplayers and interacting with them
  • Going into the rave
  • Seeing FLOW live 
I am really, really excited. Let me know if you are also going. Maybe we could meet up?

Monday, May 9, 2011

Allen Walker DERPED edition

I couldn't think of anything to post, so I decided to create a new post series/segment. In these posts, I'll take screenshots of characters and photoshop them so they look extremely stupid.

I thought it would be difficult, but it really only takes a few minutes, and it's really fun.

My first victim? Allen Walker.

I don't really know why I chose to derpify him. I love his character, and I think he's awesome, but for some odd reason, he was the first person that came to mind. Weird, isn't it?

Enjoy!
















































I was going to put the original versions of the pics in, but I decided against it. Regardless, if you want the originals posted here for comparison, let me know and I'll add them. :3