Thursday, January 30, 2014

Of my Love for Villains

So even though I explained in the previous blog about how my love of Lysander's coat had me very willing to sell out all of humanity, I'd like to explain that it wasn't just his coat that got me to that point. Don't get me wrong, obtaining that coat would have been a major selling point to turn against humanity for me, but it wasn't the only reason. The other reason? Even with all his ridiculous 'All humanity is scum' ranting I couldn't help but start to like the guy, probably because he gave me things, and gave me praise and I do so love getting recognition.



But I've always loved Giovanni, and after reading the Pokemon Special manga for about a year straight now, and starting to return to the fandom through interacting with it online I've really grown to hold that man in high regard. But that's probably because he is one of the few characters in the Pokemon Special that actually seem to do anything to actively save the protagonists life, but that rant is to be saved for another day.
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Anime Update 4

Post MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS so please read at your own expense.



Hi everyone.

ufotable's Fate/Stay Night to air Fall 2013 and Fate/ Hollow Ataraxia to come to PS Vita

Anime fans have been buzzing since announced that they on the highly popular fantasy anime series, .



According to Volume 9 of Type Moon Ace magazine, the highly anticipated anime will air during the Fall 2014 anime season which starts at the beginning of October.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Winter 2014 Anime Log #1

It's that time again! Winter is upon us, so it's time to look at the barrage of Winter anime! This season, I'm going a bit lighter due to a demanding schedule and to try and find some time for other things (that Bleach retrospective won't continue itself until that damn robot is functioning). That said, I still ended up with a sizable load of shows to follow. Also, I will not be covering shows continuing from last year, so don't expect to see SamFlam, Kill la Kill, Silver Spoon or the like. They all get their own reviews when I finish them, on my own time (but I am indeed following Kill la Kill almost religiously). Continuing shows in other seasons throughout the year will also not be covered, it is strictly all new shows. There will be four logs this time, with a bi-weekly schedule. I hope not to skip weeks this time, but no promises.



And with that explanation done, here's everything I'm following!

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Saturday, January 25, 2014

D-Frag!

Adapted from the manga "!" by Tomoya Haruno, this slapstick school comedy with some harem elements is also known as . The show is not like other school comedies "Seitokai Yakuindomo*" or "GJ-bu", but instead it feels like an eclectic mix of "Kitakubu Katsudou Kiroku" and "School Rumble".



The story revolves around male protagonist Kenji, a self-proclaimed delinquent who is actually a nice guy, considering his kindness gets him ensared into the school's game creation club, whose members are all quite eccentric characters.

Cartoon Network Pulls Controversial 'Powerpuff Girls' Cover

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Oes Noes! I hate thieves!

Ah...how do I say this? My things were just stolen from me at school. Why don't I replace them? Well, I kinda lost more than you might think. I lost my 3DS and all my games, my TracPhone, my entire wallet's contents, all my gift cards, My iPod with most of my games and music, and a few other things. My friend, Devin, also lost some things. But not nearly as much as I did. It was partly my fault because I left my backpack out along with everyone else... but, no matter.



Well, onto happy news! I still remain content with my computer games and Wii and Anime is still freaking awesome. If you don't know what anime is, then I highly suggest you start watching some because some anime series are amazing. My anime-love started when a manga book in the library caught my eye. One Piece Chapter 342. I read it and found it amazing! I searched it up online and found that it was also an animated series. I recommend watching a mainstream anime first, though. Something like One Piece, Naruto, Bleach, or Fairy Tale. Then watch an uncommonly known one such as Sword Art online (Personal fav.), Dangan Ronpa, Clannad, Angel Beats or Code Geass.

Star Driver Review

A pretty boy has flashy mechafights against a flamboyant organization.



Before going into this, I heard that this was basically the mecha version of Utena. It pretty much is what Utena would be if it was a mecha anime. Star Driver borrowed many visual motifs and plot elements from its spiritual successor. (I.E. The rosy frames during Wako's fantasies, the repetitive fight sequences, the ritualistic entrance leading into said fight sequence, etc.) Though it's completely fabulous, it does lack Utena's immense amount of symbolism and is also completely and utterly campy. Thankfully it's aware of this and never takes itself too seriously.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Facts Of Code Geass Anime Review

The code geass anime review is an animation created in Japan by Sunrise. It was first franchised to be released an English version in 2007. The original versions were all in Japanese language. It quickly gained popularity and this made the creators to consider the franchise for an English version production. This would help in increasing the sales.



The only way this would be possible is by making an English version of this video. For this to be possible, the movie was franchised to another company that would produce the same in English. This enabled the producers to venture in to other markets across the world, such as America. However, the American market, it was sold under the name Panda. This was easier for them to understand what it meant.

Benefits Of Code Geass Anime Review

The code geass anime review is an animation created in Japan by Sunrise. It was first franchised to be released an English version in 2007. The original versions were all in Japanese language. It quickly gained popularity and this made the creators to consider the franchise for an English version production. This would help in increasing the sales.



The only way this would be possible is by making an English version of this video. For this to be possible, the movie was franchised to another company that would produce the same in English. This enabled the producers to venture in to other markets across the world, such as America. However, the American market, it was sold under the name Panda. This was easier for them to understand what it meant.
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Pacific Rim : Movie Review

When this movie started, it had an interesting definition of the word kaiju or sea monster. It's a Japanese word. I started thinking of whether this movie was really going to be about Japanese themes or whether this is just some knock off cheap copy.



It turned out quite well. I think the turning point for me was when the first 20% of the movie backstory and intro/prologue were over, and I started hearing Japanese. At this moment in time, I read subtitles almost automatically due to configuring my brain through long habit in multi tasking and seeing things out of the peripheral vision areas. Good for martial arts as well when facing enemies. Because of the speed I read the subtitles at, I couldn't tell whether I heard the Japanese and thought in Japanese and translated it to English, or whether reading the English subtitles allowed me to figure out what the Japanese is. The Japanese language definitely makes a stronger impact on me emotionally for the stronger emotions. English is very good for self discipline, suppression of emotions, and figuring out social body language. At least that's the way I am configured.

Valvrave The Liberator

It's no secret to anyone who knows anything about the anime business that Sunrise are a huge name when it comes to Mecha series and their latest offering, Valvrave the Liberator, was another big hit for the studio. With a distinct Code Geass feel to the relationship between our two lead characters, and a more than intriguing story and feel to the series, Valvrave was the type of series we'd been waiting to see since Code Geass ended.



So, just how well does Sunrise's offering stack up overall? It's safe to say I'm not a huge fan of Mecha anime. It isn't that I dislike them, but they aren't my first choice when picking out which shows to watch each season. I do, however, value the shows Sunrise put out incredibly highly, so when Crunchyroll announced they'd be streaming Valrave as it aired I had no reason to ignore it. Safe to say that this was one of the better choices I made in 2013 when it came down to anime and I don't regret this choice. Valvrave is a brilliant offering from a brilliant studio.
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Origin Of Code Geass Anime Review

The code geass anime review is an animation created in Japan by Sunrise. It was first franchised to be released an English version in 2007. The original versions were all in Japanese language. It quickly gained popularity and this made the creators to consider the franchise for an English version production. This would help in increasing the sales.



The only way this would be possible is by making an English version of this video. For this to be possible, the movie was franchised to another company that would produce the same in English. This enabled the producers to venture in to other markets across the world, such as America. However, the American market, it was sold under the name Panda. This was easier for them to understand what it meant.
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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Japan's drastic shift towards acceptance of homosexuality -- Part I

-- Or, do not underestimate the combined power of popular culture and history.



I was looking at Pew polls the other day -- it's a wonderful repository of research on global attitudes, the best place to look when you want to know what a country is actually thinking, rather than what its politicians and celebrities are thinking. It shows the ripples of trending ideas moving through the culture-sphere, and it tells us where we might be heading.
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Pacific Rim

This is one of those films that I both really wanted to see, but I also really didn't want to see. I know that sounds like I could very well be cybil, but I'm not. (Oh, yes, he is, and I can prove it!) I think the biggest reason I wanted to see it was because of my fondest for anime and the mecha genre. THE BIG O, NEON GENESIS EVANGELION, the MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM franchise, GURREN LAGANN, EUREKA SEVEN, CODE GEASS, ESCAFLOWNE, GARGANTIA ON THE VERDUOUS PLANET, VALVRAVE THE LIBERATOR, and so on and so on. Plus there's TRANSFORMERS, MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS, THE IRON GIANT, and SUPER SENTAI.

I think robots are cool, okay? Robots fighting inter-dimensional monsters or aliens or modified human beings are even cooler.

However, the classic movie fan side of my brain figured that the movie would probably be incredibly stupid with a terrible no named cast. So I ended up not seeing the film in theaters.

Winter Impressions (Week 1)

Here we are! It's January and that means a new anime season has begun! I'm starting this season with 21 series and my hope is to narrow it down to six or seven to keep up with to go along with Fall leftovers: Golden Time, Samurai Flamenco, Kill La Kill, Nagi no Asukara, Ace of the Diamond, and YowaPedal! What I'm going to do, since I am way behind in this, is go through each week as planned, however Week 1 will have only the series that I dropped. Week 2 will be covered as normal but will be episodes 1 and 2 of the remaining series. I just wanted to make sure you guys aren't stuck with massive walls of text. So. Let's see what didn't get past the first week!



BUDDY COMPLEX

Saturday, January 18, 2014

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Something New

Hey, Everybody.



For this entry, we're gonna try something new.

Anime related Birthday post(picture heavy)

Hello there everyone.



no i haven't forgotten about the anime review.

Fall 2013 Anime Wrap-Up!

Alright, the Fall season is finally over and a new year is beginning! I'll be getting to the winter soon, so it's time to put the Fall to bed! And man, what a season. Time to see how everything ended up and give the final rankings. First, the full list of what I followed, or at least what I tried following in a few cases.



* Arpeggio of Blue Steel: Ars Nova
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North Republic Industries

Rankings: Stark's Top 10 Anime Openings

So one day, I was bored on YouTube and decided to throw together a list of my favorite anime openings. Bearing in mind this took me all of five minutes, I hope I got all of them! It was really hard to rank them, but these are the top 10, although my mind may change on the order later. Comment your own personal favorites and maybe in the near future, I'll post an updated version. Enjoy!



WARNING: SOME OPENINGS MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

2013 Japan Trip Highlights and Acquisitions!

In a brilliant attempt to circumvent me running out of steam doing a day-by-day recount of my trip, this time, I'll be writing just one post featuring only the juicy bits - Akihabara, Comiket (doujins) and more!



I'll organize this post by sections that go in chronological order. At the end of the recount, will be a section that is dedicated to all the acquisitions that I got during my trip.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Sakura Trick

I saw a post on the other day about the excessive yuri in Sakura Trick. It was a good post detailing that an anime like Sakura Trick doesn't necessarily have male only viewership, and that the show isn't necessarily objectifying women. On both points I would agree. On the first point I would say that funny is funny regardless of genre. Of course, I also agree doesn't necessarily objectify women, but that doesn't mean a lot coming from a man.



That said, it very well could objectify women and I could just be blind as a bat. Then again, one could argue that anime, as a medium, objectifies women on a broad scale. How are we all supposed to react when Tanabe, from Planetes, is constantly worried about and pressured into finding a boyfriend to take care of her. Is that something an anime should preach (I realize she comes into her own later in the series, so save those arguments)? Or what about the disgusting objectification of classic Evangelion characters like Rei and Asuka. Is that OK because the series is a classic and not a part of a niche genre? Does Code Geass have some sort of carte blanche to put any and every girl in a revealing costume because its Code Geass?

World Conquest Zvezda Plot and other new shows

The Winter season of anime has just started in Japan. is keeping up with the flow with three new shows to follow for free. I've been waiting to see World Conquest Zvezda Plot since reading about it over on Random Curiosity. When a little girl tries to conquer the world you have my attention.



Below our press release synopsizes of each new show.

DAISUKI.NET to stream Buddy Complex Worldwide including Asia

DAISUKI.NET, the Japanese Animation official distribution site has announced,that it will be streaming the new anime title Buddy Complex by SUNRISE worldwide including all countries in Asia. About Buddy Complex: When a giant robot suddenly attacks the city, a high-school student named Aoba is saved by a classmate who's piloting her own mecha. After accepting an offer to join the alliance she is a part of, Aoba is thrust into the middle of high-flying robot warfare in this new series from studio SUNRISE that brought you Cowboy Bebop, Outlaw Star, Code Geass and Escaflowne!



The post appeared first on .

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Anime&Manga Pairing Countdown Special Mentions (2)

YUUICHI AIZAWA X AYU TSUKIMIYA IN KANON (2006) (ANIME, ORIGINALLY VISUAL NOVEL)



Yuuichi x Ayu

Buddy Complex Episode 1 Review

Code Geass, the Gundam franchise, Kakumeiki Valvrave. Sunrise is well known for its excellent its mecha anime. Therefore, when I heard that Sunrise were going to air a brand new mecha anime, I was extremely excited. Also, when I found out that Yoshitsugu Matsuoka, the voice actor for characters like Kirito from SAO and Yukiya from the Boukoku no Akito,was voicing the main character, I became even more impatient to watch it! Consequently, when I was finally able to watch Buddy Complex, I had extremely high expectations.



Now let's get into the actual episode review. I guess the beginning is as great a place to start as any. I found the first few minutes to be identical to the beginning of a Gundam anime. This is because it contained the generic start of a teenager, who has been living in blissful peace, being attacked by a giant robot. In this case we see Aoba, the protagonist, being attacked by a mecha that has travelled back in time. This scene raises a lot of questions, like why did the pilot target Aoba only? Hopefully some of these questions will be answered in future episodes, but it certainly makes the show more appealing.

Winter 2014 Anime Season Overview Week 1

(Shows Covered - Buddy Complex, Kill la Kill Episode 13, Nagi no Asukara, Samurai Flamenco Episode 12, Magical Warfare (Mahou Sensou), Gin no Saji 2nd season (Silver Spoon), Log Horizon Episode 15, Nisekoi, Sekai Seifuku- Bouryaku no Zvezda (World Domination - Zvezda Plot), and Pupa)



Anime Power Ranking is no longer held, so here are the shows I've watched this past week and how I order them. Each link leads to my episodic write-up of the relevant show. You will notice half the shows do not have descriptions, , while this post describes the episodes that aired during the latter half.

Winter 2013: The rest of the field

This post is brought you by Seki-kunwhere he demonstrates how using erasers as domino pieces are awesome. Heck, he even made overpasses too!



Anyways, it's the obligatory post where I watch anime series that I didn't add to my blog list. And BTW, I'll be covering three series that were continued where they left off!

Friday, January 10, 2014

The Simpsons' Offers Miyazaki Tribute, Stan Lee Visit

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Kakumeiki Valvrave 2

WARNING SPOILERS



Valvrave is most certainly an interesting anime. It is both a rare type of anime yet a very similar one to many others. One show that it bares great resemblance to is my own personal favourite, Code Geass. I hear you ask how can it be rare and common at the same time? Well I shall inform you.

AonAnime Roundtable Review: Code Geass: Boukoku no Akito 2

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Tuesday, January 7, 2014

An Attempt to Deny History

Author's Note: Damn me for having a [physical journal] and trying to establish a new blog.



Talk about historical revisionism. --"

Life Update #1[and why we take vacations for granted]

First for 2014. Some big firsts that happened on 2013 (of December) which directly affects 2014. And today is the first day of classes (actually it's the resumption of classes but the first day sounds more appealing). Aaaand, I didn't go to classes (because I was sick. Again. Third time. Bleh)



2013 of December- Two events shook me to the core.

Dear You, Yes You #1

Dear You, Yes You,



Here's to what I can say to last year. We've been apart because of major changes but we still connect to each other when we meet. And I think it's a good sign. So, for all the days we've missed being around each other, you decided to spend a night with me. No homo. We're bestfriends (duh) and what I've imagine could have been a one-on-one slumber party. But ofcourse, that didn't happen due to lack of planning. And I must always agree with you. A night isn't enough.

Monday, January 6, 2014

Another anime rant.



omg! HAHAHAHAHAHHAA I CAN'T STAPH LAUGHING WHILST WATCHING NOBUNAGA THE FOOL. IT'S ALL BECAUSE OF GINTAMA'S FAULT!!

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Seasonal Post: Final thoughts on Autumn.

AUTUMN CAME AND WENT SO QUICKLY... I'M ACTUALLY QUITE STUNNED HOW FAST THIS YEAR HAS GONE. THIS END OF SEASON BLOG IS A LITTLE LATE AS I WAS OUT OF THE COUNTRY FOR CHRISTMAS, SOMETHING WHICH I WILL COVER IN BLOG AFTER THE WINTER SEASON HAS STARTED.

AS FOR THE CHANGES IN COMPARISON TO THE LAST WRAP UP, I'VE SCRAPPED THE RATING SYSTEM. I JUST CAN'T FIGURE OUT ANYTHING THAT WOULD WORK FOR ME WITHOUT BEING INCONSISTENT. I MIGHT TRY WORKING A NEW SYSTEM FOR THE END OF NEXT SEASON, BUT FOR NOW HERE ARE MY FINAL THOUGHTS ON AUTUMN'S ANIME:


Anime rants~



Okay! >:D I've finished all 76 episodes of Jigoku Shoujo in the past 3 days! God, GOD!! THERE'S SO MUCH HINTED SHOUJO AI! AND WHEN AI KISSED YUZUKI I'M ALL LIKE, YES, IT'S CANON! IT'S CANON! She saved her because she liked her!! She didn't want Yuzuki to suffer like her!

The Very Best: Like Nothing Ever Was

Today I made the conversion over to a new layout on this site to signify the beginning of a new year and also the broadening of the scope of this blog.



Reviewing my old posts, I realized I've never really made a post about what anime I've found to be the very best - my all-time favorites.I imagine this makes it a bit difficult to understand my background and motivations.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Kakumeiki Valvrave 24: I Loved Not Wisely But Too Well

In the end, I blame myself.



I talked myself into believing that in one final episode Valvrave - plucky little Valvrave with all its camp and absurdity and high drama - could somehow muster up the wherewithal to answer my questions, to tie up the narrative threads, to offer up a satisfying epilogue.It's the final episode, after all, that makes or breaks a series, that can justify or subvert everything that came before it.So I hoped for something that would cap off what has been an enjoyable series properly.In the end, though, what came out felt, as I feared, rushed and incomplete.Sad, certainly, but also lacking in a lot of ways.If the ending to Code Geass was the ultimate mic drop (and you know Lelouch is all about that), then the ending to Valvrave felt like the microphone slipped out of someone's hand and rolled offstage before anyone caught it.

Friday, January 3, 2014

Valvrave the Liberator Review

A high school boy pilots a mecha and becomes a body-snatcher-vampire.



Valvrave is extremely dumb. It has that certain brand of anime stupidity that fans will either like or hate. While there's absolutely no denying at how incredibly stupid Valvrave is, I'm definitely on the 'like' side of the spectrum and found plenty to enjoy about it.

Anime Review: Guilty Crown

SYNOPSIS:



The story takes place in Tokyo in 2039, after the outbreak of the "Apocalypse Virus" during what became known as the "Lost Christmas" of 2029. Since then, Japan has been under the control of the multinational organization called GHQ.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Another one bites the dust

Man, and I thought 2012 ended badly2013 seemed to just want to carry on the way it started and I am very glad to see the back of this year!!



Still, some things didn't change, like the flux of anime shows which have come and gone. Some are remembered while others are forgotten. But here are the shows which made the biggest impression on me.

Memories of 2013 part 9: Enemies, opponents and rivals

One thing I really enjoy about following a show closely is the language that it can teach me. The first series I remember fondly for this is BAKEMONOGATARI, . Translating a certain drama CD back in the day also taught me a lot about how love is expressed differently in English and Japanese. Now, as I'm watching more Korean dramas, I've also finding the nuances of this particular aspect of human interaction fascinating. But to return to what I found to be the most contentious term this year, Taichi's "teki" in episode 19 of CHIHAYAFURU 2; whilst the debate over what is the correct interpretation has been really frustrating for me, I'm really glad that all the research I had to do has given me a much better grasp of how 'enemy', 'opponent' and 'rival' are expressed in Japanese. Care to have a gander?



"Enemy"??