Happy Halloween!

Just got off my lazy ass and actually posted something on this blog… even though it doesn’t have anything to do with anime per se.

I just wanted to wish all of you a Happy Halloween, and to have a safe night eating your teeth-rottening delights. Halloween must be like a  god to all you cosplayers out there… being able to, well, do your thing in public areas without getting wierd stares. 😛

CLANNAD 03

THE 萌え CHARTS ARE OFF THE SCALE.

Fuko reminds me alot of Ayu in many ways, although she seems to be bit too childish for a high schooler, don’t you think? Not that it’s a bad thing – I absolutely LOVE the “Doriburu… SHUUTO! YAY! *high five* *Hurt hand* *;___; Not hurt” -thing going for her. Moé? Check. But she seems to lack a lot around the, well… mental area for her own good.

Oh my god, I sense more down syndrome.

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(Enjoy) Shakugan no SHANA II OP – “Joint” (TV-Size)

Shakugan no SHANA II OP

The opening song, “Joint” (sung by Mami Kawada, a member of I’ve Sound), from Shakugan no SHANA II rocks so much it isn’t even funny. Being the Shana fanatic I am, I searched high and low on the internet and finally found an mp3 version of the TV-sized version of the song (so I could loop it again and again on my m3 player, of course. :P) and thought I’d share it.

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Sketchbook ~full color’S~ 01

Sketchbook seems to be quite a cute show so far. This show feels alot like Hidamari Sketch, but that’s not a bad thing. It’s a nice, calmly paced slice-of-life anime just the way I like it. The animation doesn’t seem too bad either, actually… I love it. A person like me would absolutely love this anime: a slow, warmhearted show with pretty decent animation to pass the time away. Others, however, would probably fall asleep if they set their expectations a little too high.

Although there were really no special things that I’d comment on in the first episode, except for…

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A Big Dango Family

A Big Dango Family

Whenever we find ourselves finishing an episode of CLANNAD, we find ourselves treated to a really cute ending song – だんご大家族 (Dango Daikazoku). For me, I’m always treated to some tears for some reason after listening to it.

I find it kind of strange actually. Despite it being a very happy and calm song, it just seems to have a sad feeling to it in order for me to get a little teary-eyed. I know it’s NOT supposed to be a sad song, but I just can’t help myself (;_;).

Then I realized, it’s not the song – it’s the series. The only reason it gave off that sad feeling is because it’s a happy ending song for a potentially sad series, with all that drama the main character, Tomoya, is facing (with his mother dying and his alcoholic dad and all). Either that or I’m just a big softy deep inside…

Nice job, Kyoto Animation and Key Visual Arts. You created yet another series that touched my heart emotionally… and this is just the ending song!

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“Artwork” isn’t perfect

So, I get a surprising email saying someone commented on my rant about obsessive and ignorant Narutards on my old Blogger blog (what’s most surprising about it, actually, is that I have no idea why that ghost blog still gets hits).

Here’s what he/she had to say:

Wow. I have never seen such interesting dialogue about naruto ever. Well, I have got to say that you guys are taking this stuff way too seriously. The whole point of anime is as a form of entertainment and not argument. Anime are works of art and I have to agree with you guys and say that people just like to take advantage. I have not read a single comment from a narutard yet. Have you heard their side of the story. I sure you haven’t. Some people just don’t know any better.Darren, yes it does take diligence. The whole story is fantastic. The plot is interesting and the action is top notch. Naruto is a work of art.

Anonymous

What really caught my attention was him/her trying to make a point that we must constantly praise the anime we watch and not critique or start some form of debate on the net with other fans in the community. The reason I like being an anime fan and blogging about it so much is because I get to form my own opinion about a show and share them with other people, whether they agree with it or not. Yes, feel free to start an argument on any opinion I have. That’s part of the beauty of having opinions.

Of course, I back up my opinions with reasons I feel are necessary for me to have formed those opinions on a particular subject. Anime is a work of art? Oh please, that isn’t a good reason not to critique a show or it’s fans. Art isn’t about sitting down and blindly praising it – it’s about expressing yourself. And I’m just expressing myself, stating my opinions where I want to express them (right now, I believe a opinion is an artwork in itself) – on my anime blog. People may critique and start an argument. I don’t care. It’s just boring to go on an online community and seeing people go on other peoples’ case for going against their constant praising of a show. It’s my blog, I have the right to write what the hell I want and people may point out my mistakes and critique all they want. Because that’s how most humans grow – learning from their mistakes.

What angers me the most is when people indirectly tell me to “Praise this show or shut the f**k up”.

“The whole story is fantastic. The plot is interesting and the action is top notch. Naruto is a work of art.”

This is what I’m talking about. Blindly praising a show like that when you can’t back up your own opinions – that just sickens me. Same goes for the other way around, blindly attacking a show or its fans without backing up your opinions. If a show is very bad, just admit you just enjoy a very bad show – just because you like it doesn’t mean it has a fantastic story, characters, etc.

“I have not read a single comment from a narutard yet. Have you heard their side of the story.”

Yes. Too much, in fact.

Shakugan no SHANA – Movie

Shakugan no Shana - Movie

The movie is basically an AU movie (in contrast to what people first thought was a sequel to the first season), giving an alternate ending to the first arc of the anime (which, in my opinion, how they SHOULD’VE ended it) – though it was really tedious going through the same scenes we’ve already seen in almost more than half of the beginning of the movie. Nevertheless, the movie’s good for those who want to start with the second series and don’t want to bother going through the first one to get the premise of the show.

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Hanazakari no Kimitachi e – 01

One of the JDramas I’m watching as of now (as requested by Orion at the blog of Epic Win).

Based on the manga of the same name, Hana-Kimi is about a girl named Mizuki Ashiya, who disguises herself as a boy to sneak into Osaka High, an all boys school to be with her idol, Izumi Sano, a former high-jumper. All I can say is that it’s really aimed at those fangirls who squeal at the site of all those pretty boy actors and all of its reverse harem goodness. Can’t say I was really ecstatic with the whole atmosphere of this drama, but what can I say? I’m not a fangirl.

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WTF MAN.

Seems like Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kai ni episode 12 was cancelled from broadcast. From what I hear, it may either be completely taken off the air and be released on DVD, or it was just this one episode only.

All because of a little girl that was running around in a murderous rampage with an ax… Killer lolis got canceled because of a killer loli?