KA~N~KO~RE! Kantai Collection TVアニメ 始まります! (Rant incoming)

January 12, 2015 on 4:40 am by Mikoto | In Anime, Kantai Collection, Rants n' Ramblings, Video Games and Visual Novels | 2 Comments

Shoukaku is greatness

SHIP GIRLS

Just a small rant before I get into my first impressions of the first episode, because I’m easily annoyed by the anime(-only) fandom. I’m writing this in bed while the flu kills my body, so it might not be as coherent as I’d like it to be, but whatever.

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Ufotable Cafe Fate/stay night Popularity Poll

January 1, 2015 on 1:29 pm by Mikoto | In Anime, Fate/stay Night, Video Games and Visual Novels | 4 Comments

Not even Taiga

Image Credit: Fate/stay night Cafe

I… suppose the rankings aren’t that bad, but I’m surprised that Shinji got voted at all. Why not Gilgamesh? Or even Taiga?

He was well-written in the sense that he was easy to hate (a well-written piece of filth, if that makes any sense), so I’m surprised someone honestly went online, saw a popularity poll, and thought, “Hm, a popularity poll? Shinji. Definitely Shinji!”

Must have did it for kicks. Must have.

Happy New Year!

January 1, 2015 on 2:50 am by Mikoto | In 12 Days of Anime, 2014, Anime, Manga, New Years, Seasonal Stuff, Video Games and Visual Novels, Winter | Leave a Comment

Happy New Years!
Image Credit: あきのん from Pixiv

よいお年をお迎えください!

It’s finally 2015 on my side of the world, guys! I didn’t do a “12 Days of Anime” countdown for the end of 2014, but I’m still up to share some blurbs of my Japanese-related highlights of 2014 all in one post (excluding Fanime, you can see that post here).

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メリークリスマス! Season’s greetings!

December 24, 2014 on 11:15 pm by Mikoto | In Seasonal Stuff, Winter | 2 Comments

Merry Shipmas!

Have a special Christmas Shigure

Just a quick post to wish you all a Merry Christmas (and a Happy Holiday in general). I’m not going do anything particularly amazing this year for the blog – yes, just like last year, I’m once again not partaking in 12 Days of Anime. Sorry, guys! – I’m just content with staying warm in my house, spending time with my family. Particularly playing video games and watching movies with my siblings.

Which, in all honesty, is heaven after the extremely hectic college finals I had earlier this month, especially with it basically showering and flooding over where I live. Taking an art class sucks in that kind of weather – you have to do everything to keep your precious artwork from getting wet. Like last year, I might post up some end-of-the-year rambles as treat for the readers that put up with this blog’s bullshit.

Anyways, stay safe, and enjoy the rest of the holiday season.

She got him something good!

Everything will be alright.

Franchise Rant: Possibly the worst MANGA anniversary out there (Yuu☆gi☆ou/”Yu-Gi-Oh!” King film)

December 24, 2014 on 10:46 pm by Mikoto | In Anime, Manga, Medium Comparisons, Rants n' Ramblings, Yuu☆gi☆ou | Leave a Comment

Black Magician Girl Best M&W

Best M&W

Recently, there’s been quite a few revivals of my favorite old school weeb Japanese franchises, mostly connected to special anniversaries. To name a few, Cardcaptor Sakura (North American license rescued, new merchandise and artwork celebrating CLAMP’s 25th anniversary), Digimon Adventure (upcoming Digimon Adventure tri.), Sailor Moon (Sailor Moon Crystal), Dragon Ball (30th anniversary = various goodies), etc.

I’m in a pretty happy place right now – most of the anniversaries are proving to be sweet, but there’s one anniversary that I’m particularly dissatisfied with. A shounen gambling manga series called, 遊☆戯☆王 Yuu☆gi☆ou by Takahashi Kazuki, otherwise probably translated as “The☆Game☆King” or “King☆of☆Games” (but nonsensically rendered as “Yu-Gi-Oh!” in the west, which you’re all familiar with for being popular snark bait) is receiving rather shoddy anniversary treatment, at least for the people who have actually… well, read the original manga (all 36 volumes, not just the first seven).

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Cardcaptor Sakura 【HD Rewatch】 THE MOVIE

December 19, 2014 on 7:13 pm by Mikoto | In Anime, Cardcaptor Sakura, Lookback, Movies | Leave a Comment

Diabetes on the big screen... remastered!

Sakura goes to Hong Kong!

When we last left off on my rewatch-blog of Cardcaptor Sakura, the first season of the series had concluded with Sakura enjoying her final moments of Christmas day.

In the original television broadcast of Cardcaptor Sakura, the anime was put on-hold until April 6, 1999 for its second season. Gekijouban: Cardcaptor Sakura didn’t premiere in theaters until after the second season had ended and Sakura captured all the Clow Cards (the movie premiered in theaters on August 21, 1999). However, the plot of the film clearly takes place around/between episodes 35 and 36 (it’s winter vacation in Tomoeda and Meiling is still around), so for the purposes of the re-blog, I’m placing it before the second season.

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Cardcaptor Sakura: The Movie Blu-ray Review [Discotek Media]

November 13, 2014 on 11:57 am by Mikoto | In Anime, Cardcaptor Sakura, Legal Buying | 5 Comments

Now all we need is the second movie!

SECOND MOVIE NOW PLEASE, SECOND MOVIE NOW

こにゃにゃちわ! I return from life’s trials and tribulations known as school and work. You know, some college students decide to spend their hard-earned money on textbooks, tuition, and other junk, but I choose to use my money for far more important matters.

Like tossing it at my computer screen and demanding anime companies to bring me more Cardcaptor Sakura.

(I’m only half-kidding.)

After going through some complications with the order, I’ve finally received my Blu-ray copy of Cardcaptor Sakura: The Movie. I’ll do a post about the feature itself later (because it’s next on my rewatch-blogs), but for now, let’s take a look at the quality of the release.

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Happy Belated Halloween! (Project Zero/Fatal Frame)

November 2, 2014 on 6:23 pm by Mikoto | In Fatal Frame, J-Horror, Rants n' Ramblings, Video Games and Visual Novels | Leave a Comment

Hot girls getting killed by crazy ghost girls that used to be hot girls

Big giant NO

Hope everyone had a Happy Halloween! Though more than a day late, I felt compelled to honor the horror festivities we had this season using this humble little Japanophile blog of mine in some way or another. Rather than diving into some bizzarro horror manga by the likes of Itou Junji and such, I’ve decided to ramble a bit about one of my favorite Japanese survival horror video game series that I find myself playing every October: 零 (Zero), otherwise known as Project Zero in Europe and Fatal Frame in the United States.

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Cardcaptor Sakura 【HD Rewatch】 35

October 22, 2014 on 11:07 pm by Mikoto | In Anime, Cardcaptor Sakura, Lookback | Leave a Comment

WITCHED WITCH OF THE WEST

Sakura will take over the world…soon.

We’ve finally arrived! The final episode of the first season. I was hoping to get to this a lot sooner, but lo and behold… college and work.

Aside from the axed Leave it to Kero-chan! segment, as the first season’s last episode, Studio Madhouse decided to end it off with a bang by packaging it with a handful of goodies – making you want to jump into the second season immediately. It all goes up from here.

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Cardcaptor Sakura 【HD Rewatch】 34

September 20, 2014 on 8:38 pm by Mikoto | In Anime, Cardcaptor Sakura, Lookback | Leave a Comment

Riddle Me This

Riddle Me This

Here we are: it’s the second-to-last episode of the first season until we get to DO-DO-DO-DREAMING (and the movie)!

This is also the first episode where no Clow Cards are captured at all. In fact, the “antagonist” in this episode was… the full moon (no, not that moon). In Cardcaptor Sakura, magic (at least when it comes to Clow Reed’s magic) draws power from the sun and the moon. The full moon clearly has an effect on Sakura, once again triggering precognitive visions of what appears to be the Final Judgment (the viison with the silhouette of a person who is obviously Ms. Mizuki) and also puts her in a daze.

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Cardcaptor Sakura 【HD Rewatch】 33

September 18, 2014 on 4:27 am by Mikoto | In Anime, Cardcaptor Sakura, Lookback | Leave a Comment

i luv em all

CCS Month ended, now I declare it CCS *year*.

UPDATE

Sorry for the brief hiatus. With the remains of summer already coming to a close (I return to college AND work @ college in a week) – I’ve been doing all the leisurely things I can possibly do in this hot weather. I’ve already plowed through entire CCS Blu-ray set a long time ago and with the English release of Tales of Xillia 2, I’ve been doing a Tales marathon as well (it doubles as family time with my little sister, since these JRPGs are multiplayer!) as well as gnawing at my VB backlog.

It’s gonna be weird crawling out of the rock I’ve been under these past several weeks. Returning to civilization, what the hell is that? Mind you, I’m still going to write reviews about the anime I haven’t gotten around to reviewing yet that I promised to review ages ago.

END UPDATE

Without further ado, time to continue this Cardcaptor Sakura project! Snowy weather hits Tomoeda and our beloved heroine + Tomoyo and their token Chinese friends go on a school trip to learn how to ice skate.

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Cardcaptor Sakura 【HD Rewatch】 32 – Freaky Friday

August 24, 2014 on 5:05 am by Mikoto | In Anime, Cardcaptor Sakura, Lookback | Leave a Comment

Time to change bodies

The Change card

Oh boy, it’s a body-switch episode; between Syaoran and Kero at that! But that’s not the only reason why this episode is so amusing, half of it is because of Kumai Motoko and Hisakawa Aya, the voice actresses for Syaoran and Kero respectively.

Often when voice actresses are put into the position of voicing a body switch – in which the characters don’t magically switch voices as well – it’s a great way of truly gauging their skills as voice actresses. And I think Kumai-san and Hisakawa-san did a fantastic job on both ends. It was amusing seeing “Syaoran” speak in Kansai-ben and likewise for Kero speaking in such a serious tone. Overall, Cardcaptor Sakura really had such a great voice cast and I’d love for all of them to reprise their roles in a new CCS-related adventure someday…

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Cardcaptor Sakura 【HD Rewatch】 31 – ULTRA SAKURA

August 20, 2014 on 2:47 am by Mikoto | In Anime, Cardcaptor Sakura, Lookback | Leave a Comment

Sakura kaijuu ja nai mon!

さくら怪獣じゃないもん!

This was an excellent episode, and definitely one of my top picks from the first season. Mainly because it’s one of the more outlandish CCS episodes out there – and it helps that there are two Clow Cards in this episode as opposed to the previous episodes where there were only one each.

Note: This episode amusingly starts with a repeat of Sakura’s first episode monologue about Touya and how she wished she would grew big and stepped on the big meanie.

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Cardcaptor Sakura 【HD Rewatch】 30

August 19, 2014 on 1:48 am by Mikoto | In Anime, Cardcaptor Sakura, Lookback | 2 Comments

DARE DA

Oh my god, it’s the precursor to Eifie.

Here’s an episode from the first season that I really like and find really memorable. A lot of fans born in the west seem to easily recall The Dash episode from the Cardcaptors dub…. and to my shame, so do I. And I sometimes want to kill myself for it. I often forget that, yes, there was once a time where I actually enjoyed that piece of trash dub and this episode was what got me into it (and then dropped it and went onto the Cardcaptor Sakura manga translated by Tokyopop + the subbed anime).

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Cardcaptor Sakura 【HD Rewatch】 29

August 17, 2014 on 11:39 pm by Mikoto | In Anime, Cardcaptor Sakura, Lookback | Leave a Comment

Make Syaoran's high temperature'd face bake a cake

CCS? Praise the sun!

Here’s another fun episode to sit through before we fully enter the second season – “Sakura’s Sweeeeet Cooking“. Our little heroine learns how to bake a delicious cake in home econ class! Naturally, she’s pumped. Of course, since this is Cardcaptor Sakura, magical hindrances are abound.

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Cardcaptor Sakura 【HD Rewatch】 28

August 16, 2014 on 11:37 pm by Mikoto | In Anime, Cardcaptor Sakura, Lookback | Leave a Comment

To be honest

And we return…!

I hate frying foods too

To FoodFlinging Sakura

When I first watched this, it was during that time in life where you’d rely on your mother to do the cooking for you. Coming back to it as a young adult and cooking for myself, I can definitely say that…

…I really empathize with Sakura’s fear of sizzling oil while frying foods for the first time. It’s not fun.

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Cardcaptor Sakura 【HD Rewatch】 27 – Syaoran’s Face Turns Red

August 15, 2014 on 12:50 am by Mikoto | In Anime, Cardcaptor Sakura, Lookback | Leave a Comment

ponder

ponder

I return from a marathon of Cardcaptor Sakura on Blu-ray! I felt I should take a short break and continue with these posts since, well, I use my PS3’s Blu-ray player to watch BD anime, and after I started to switch to Disc 6, I noticed that the system was really – and I mean really – hot, so… yeah, I should probably cool it down with the CCS before I can never play Atelier Rorona ever again.

tl;dr I might wreck my PS3 because I love Cardcaptor Sakura way too much.

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CURRENTLY ENJOYING CARDCAPTOR SAKURA BLU-RAYS

August 12, 2014 on 12:28 am by Mikoto | In Anime, Cardcaptor Sakura, Legal Buying | Leave a Comment

I THINK I'VE FOUND TRUE HAPPINESS

はにゃーん

So yesterday, my precious Blu-ray set finally came in and I was filled with joy as I unboxed the package. There were a few complications, such as me not getting it early in the morning because they sent my baby to the wrong home (USPS *shakes fists*), but overall I’m happy that I finally have it after months of waiting.

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Cardcaptor Sakura 【HD Rewatch】 26

July 25, 2014 on 11:18 pm by Mikoto | In Anime, Cardcaptor Sakura, Lookback | 2 Comments

=x

Back for more?

So, “Happy Month” has literally been Cardcaptor Sakura month and I apologize for that I’m not sorry at all. I really haven’t felt this happy in years and I’ve been counting down the days until August the 5th.

I fucking love Sakura and there’s nothing you could do that would be able to jam the cogs in my happy head.

(The Final Impressions post for No Game No Life will most likely not be a part of Happy Month, but I promise I’ll get to that soon either way. However, I’ll definitely continue to blog all 70 episodes of CCS + both of the movies + the specials + one review of the manga. And without further ado…)

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Cardcaptor Sakura 【HD Rewatch】 25

July 20, 2014 on 11:35 pm by Mikoto | In Anime, Cardcaptor Sakura, Lookback | Leave a Comment

My face when I watch CLAMP in Wonderland 2

My face when Ike’s Lair

Was there actually ever a bad episode of Cardcaptor Sakura? After more than a dozen or so posts of me repeating something along the lines of “this was always one of my favorites” or “this episode was great, but pales in comparison to the rest”, it’s becoming clear to me why this anime has and will always be my personal #1. I’m literally having so many warm flashbacks right now. It didn’t just take me three or four episodes (or more) to get into the show, I got into it right away and it consistently held my interests.

That being said, whether it’s one of my favorite episodes or not, “Sakura and the Other Sakura” is definitely one of the highlights of the first season. It helps that this is one of those episodes that has a manga counterpart, and those tend to stick to you a lot more as well as contain a lot more plot development compared to the anime-specific stuff, at least for the first season.

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