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Mikoto’s “Don’ts” on AMVs

1. Music that has nothing to do with the AMV at hand
This should not even be explained. No one wants to watch an AMV that’s, for example, about Flonne from Disgaea yet has “Rewrite” as the song from Fullmetal Alchemist.

2. Distracting Subtitles – Piracy Alert
Using scenes from fansubs for your AMVs shows unprofessionalism and unrelated to the quality of the AMV: shows how cheap you are by not buying the DVDs of the series you made the AMV about if it’s a license release (mainly targeted toward mainstream titles such as Naruto, Pokemon, etc.). The subtitles are also very, very disracting, esspecially when there are clips from an opening played together with the AMV’s song, the subtitles being very out of place (making it look very tacky) and colorful karoke typesetting makes it very hard to concentrate on the video at hand.

To put it short: Subtitles in AMVs suck, even if the AMV’s good when putting that aside. Raws or DVD rips, please.

3. Two or more themes in an AMV
I’ve seen happen alot in AMVs focusing on shippings and pairings. They focus on at least two anime pairings in one AMV. Now, it’s not bad, it’s just not fair to the people who don’t really like one or more of the multiple pairings in your AMV. And it’s also very annoying to see, for example, scenes of “Edward Elric x Winry” one minute, than “Kyon x Itsuki” the next, and alternating. It’s like wanting to read a book about apples yet getting random information on oranges every five pages.

Stick to at least one theme for more efficency please. Only do it when you could actually pull it off, thanks.

4. At least 5 minutes a scene, please – or else GTFO of Windows Movie Maker
Constantly alternating between scenes at an accelerated rate is annoying. Unless you’re trying to what the TMoHS opening does at 0:41, don’t switch between scenes like that. It hurts the eyes.

5. If you’re going to use pirated video rips, at least don’t use HK subs. Which is more distracting
Nuff’ said.

6. Use one piece of music please
We don’t need clones of the song montages of the dub Pokemon movie endings, thank you very much.

7. Original titles are better than just naming it after the song you’re using
Using original titles made by yourself for your AMVs instead of naming it after the song you’re using in the background or naming it (Insert series/character name) AMV is better, in my opinion. It shows your creativity, as well as showing your creativity as an AMV maker in the actual AMV. If the title’s crappy, than who cares, at least you tried your best naming it unlike the other lazy bums that name it after the background music.

Looks like CuberType just released a sequel to their Haruhi-style Gyakuten Saiban doujin game…? 涼宮ハルヒの逆転2+1

Holy crap, I just noticed:

Turnabout Court Haruhi 2+1?

Mikuru and YukiHaruhi

Tsuruya Itsuki

Objection! Emiri... o_o
(Emiri with a whip….? o___o)

Funimation Acquires One Piece

Source: ANN
Source for the Source:
AnimeOnline

An interview at animeOnline with Funimation brand manager Lance Heiskell reveals that Funimation has acquired the broadcast and DVD rights to One Piece; an uncut, subtitled version of the show will be available, as well as a newly dubbed version for television broadcast. Funimation’s version of the show will begin with episode 144. Further details are available in the interview.

Outcome:

A very happy Luffy.

The battle is over… matey.

Anime Review – エル・カザド El Cazador de la Bruja / “The Witch Hunter” – 01

OP: “Hikari no Yukue” by savage genius
ED: “romanesque” by FictionJunction YUUKA

OP Pictures:

Summary:

The introduction shows us a girl stained with blood, with a dead body in front of her and talks about a scentists called Maxwell and his rejected theories of manipulating molecules (“Maxwell’s Demon”).

A robed woman puts her head down on a table looking exhausted. A waiter come up to her and tells her that she has a phone call. Later, walking on the road, she tries to hitchhike a ride, but fails. When she finally got to a town, which appears to be a Mexican town, she spots a girl that was shopping and starts to follow her. She is eventually lead to where the girl lives, and it is revealed that she leaves with an old fortune teller (to whom she calls “Grandma”).

The scenes shifts to show a mysterious man and a little girl walking into a bar, ordering a beer and a milk. Then, a man went in and went to some of the other men sitting at the tables and whispered to them about something. As they ran out, some other men ran out too (apparently, the bar was full of bounty hunters). Somewhere in town, the same girl who the robed woman was following was outside busking with card tricks. After she was finished, she put a wooden box on the table informing her audience to put some money inside. The audience, however, laughed and walked away. About to leave, she saw some coins in the box. It was the robed woman from before who put them in. She expected a thank you, but the girl didn’t really care as she couldn’t even buy bread with such a small ammount of money. The robed woman askes if her name is “Ellis” and shows her a picture, but the girl deniesthat identity, either due to memory loss or to hide her identity.

Then all of a sudden, the bounty hunters from before showed up to take Ellis’s head for bounty, but the robed woman is able to fend them off, both of them escaping with her having a small wound. The scene shifts for a little bit to show a man in a city, on the phone while throwing darts at a picture of Ellis (some of the things in the office seem to have the words “Project Leviathan”). He gets a phone call from a woman named Hayward (who wears a mysterious pendant) and tries to ask him for something, but before she could the man hangs up on her telling her he is a busy man.

The scene shifts back to the fortune teller’s house. While the robed woman is getting her fortune told, the old lady talks about Ellis. She says she’s a strange one, but she’s a good girl. Ellis apparently wants to head south in search of something, but can’t leave the old lady alone. The old lady says that she’s better off with the robed lady and that she should protect her. Outside, Ellis sees two the the bounty hunters from before looking around the house. The robed woman took Ellis on top of a building to hide, and the scene shows us two… happy men being search by the police… and their happiness making them look like they’re getting slapped in the asses… (Oh my…). Anyway, Ellis decides not to go back to the house in order to protect the old lady from getting killed. The caped woman finally introduces herself – her name is Nadi, whose also a bounty hunter and says it was very nice to meet her. However, Ellis doesn’t give a “Nice to meet you too” but instead gives a “Everyone is after me because I’m a murderer…”. Suddenly, a big explosion comes from the fortune tellers house and Ellis rushes over there with Nadi trying to follow.

Ellis finds the house demolished with one of the two bounty hunters from before standing in front, then the other coming up from behind and pointing a gun at her – telling her to do what they say if she doesn’t want to die. Then, Nadi comes up from behind the gun-pointer with a firearm of her own, telling her to do what she says if he doesn’t want to die. Being a coward, he obeys and gets kicked in the salad bar. There was a stand-off between Nadi and the remaining bounty hunter. All of a sudden, Ellis seems to have used some magical power to heat up the gun so that the bounty hunter drops it, and makes it shoot him in the eye.

Ellis comes into what was left of the house to see the old lady on the ground. The old lady was very happy to see Ellis again and says she must remember to thank God for it. She gives her a mysterious stone, telling her to let it be her guide. Her last words are Wiñay Marka, which means “Eternal Place”.

The scene shifts to the same man who was on the phone before, watching a recording of Ellis manipulating the molecules in the gun (OMGZ I FIGURED OUT HER POWER!!!!!!! it was hard :O), starts clapping, a starts to have a toast to… “Project Leviathan”.

Blah blah blah random scenes that show the mysterious man and little girl riding the bus out of town.

Ellis tells Nadi that if she followed her, she’ll die. However, Nadi says that she promised “her Grandma” that she’ll take care of “her girl that knows nothing of the world“. Some bounter hunters come (which appear to be the… happy men from before), but they escape and hijack the happy men’s car (what a happy car it must be…). And thus, the two of them met.

Ending Pictures:

Thoughts: Another installment of BeeTrain’s “Girls with Guns”. I personally haven’t watched much of Noir or Madlax, so there’s really not much to compare, so none of that here. Even though I enjoyed the first episode of this series, I have just one major gripe:

BeeTrain’s recycled plots, same animation that doesn’t break itself apart from other BeeTrain series and pacing.

Alot of BeeTrain’s anime, from what I’ve seen, involve some sort of protagonist that tries to figure him/herself out or to find out who they really are and their past. That’s just an example of how some of BeeTrain’s plots are getting recycled and getting stale. This story seems to be the same only with a different twist… And using the same color pallettes over and over again makes all their recent productions look the same (sure, in my opinion, I think it looks nice, but c’mon!), and that really doesn’t make you want to oogle at how “unique” a series’ animation is when, technically, it doesn’t have any. The pacing in this series’ first episode was okay, faster than BeeTrain’s usual slow pacing (And even though I love slow paced shows which does give alot of time and room for character developement and story developement, using it this much is overkill, and sometimes makes it as if nothing has happened).

Anyway, the character designs look a little typical for BeeTrain, but the actual characters may want you to check out this anime. Ellis’s mysterious character, despite how cliched it’s getting in BeeTrain’s case, although they handled it differently in this series which puts a little uniqueness to the character and sucks you in, making you want to find out for yourself who the heck she really is. Nadi’s character isn’t all that interesting, though judging from other people’s opinion on the next episode, her character gets a little more respectable. And the supposed supporting character don;t do much in this first episode.

The interesting plot, however, will keep me watching. This anime has a plot that interests me and its not fair to judge only by the first episode (which does establishes the plot quite nicely). And despite her overuse in BeeTrain’s recent works, Kajiura Yuki’s music still rocks.

I know I’m being a little hard on BeeTrain, but talking about overuse and cliches aside, I do love their stories and their animation (some left much to be desired…).

This series… will be blogged but not blogged that much.

Crazy rumor from GameCrazy: Phoenix Wright 3?

-Source: This thread on Court-Records Forums

According to a screen of GameCrazy’s computer systems posted by one of their employees on Court-Records, a new Phoenix Wright game is set to be released on 9/25/2007, presumably a DS port of Gyakuten Saiban 3.

I work at a GameCrazy store and periodically, our computers will be updated with information before publishers release it (for example, we have “Riddick” for the PS3 and XB360 in our systems, but no announcement has been made). Anyway, I was checking trade-in values this morning for Phoenix Wright, and I noticed six entries instead of the usual four (each game has an entry for a used copy and a new copy.. so four entries = 2 games, 8 entries = 4 games, etc).

Anyway, I went back and looked, and I noticed that they have put in a new Phoenix Wright game, slated for this fall, and the tagline cut off, but it said “Phoenix Wright – Trials Tribu”. I’m guessing it could be “Trials and Tribulations”, but I don’t know. It had a release date of 9/25/07.

I know what you’re saying. “Oh, he’s a new guy. It’s his first post. He’s making this stuff up.”

TAKE THAT!



(“Gameboy DS”… GameStop’s unfixed computer errors makes me LOL in my pants…)

All I have to say is…

😀

(kthx to Court-Records for the smilie. 😛)

Anime Review: ハヤテのごとく! Hayate no Gotoku!/Hayate The Combat Butler – 01

OP: “Hayate no Gotoku!” by KOTOKO
ED: “Proof” by MELL

OP/ED Pictures:

I’ll start by saying that this isn’t my first “exposer” to Hayate The Combat Butler – I randomly read chapters 42-51 of the Hayate The Combat Butler manga (couldn’t get my hands on the rest of it though) and thought it was one the most highly entertaining things I’ve ever read. Watching the anime, I can’t say that the manga was better than the anime, do to me only reading chapters 42-51 (yes, I suck), but that just makes it bearable to watch do to me not knowing the differences in quality between the two, no?

Summary:

So the story revolves around Hayate Ayasaki, an unlucky boy who unluckily has terrible, terrible parents. No really, they’re terrible. THEY’RE FRIKKEN TERRIBLE. Both of them are “unemployed” bums leaving Hayate to work hiding his age (with him having to switch jobs every time because they RAT HIS BUTT OUT). Eventually they go so low as to abandon Hayate, take everything that was in the damn apartment, and leave him to pay a 156,804,000 yen debt to the yakuza.

Owned by Santa Claus.

Owned by Hayate Ayasaki.
After escaping through his window Mission Impossible-style, he sees a girl named Nagi Sanzenin and decides to hold her hostage for ransom.

No, for once the devil of our minds isn’t the one saying that…

However, he chooses the wrong choice of words and Nagi mistakes it for a confession of love. As Hayate tries to make the ransom phone call (and failing as he accidentally introduced himself when he called), real thugs show up and kidnap Nagi. Now, unlike Hayate, they actually chuck her into a car rapist-style and drive off. Laying in the freezing snow to his death, a girl arrives (Maria), shows him kindness and all that jazz, sees those thugs driving away with Nagi and with his heart so bright, steals the girl’s bike and goes to save her. BECAUSE KIDNAPPING’S NOT COOL.

After saving her, she’s in his debt. he tells her that she could find a new job for him as he falls on the ground injured (and as the censorship arrives). It turns out that Nagi is rich, VERY rich. This leads to Nagi deciding to make him her butler. Oh yeah, and a cool random helicopter appears.

W00t!

Thoughts:
What can I say? I guess I’ll tuning in. The anime has plenty of comedy (I esspecially love the references to other anime, like the statue of Conan Edogawa in the anime trailer and episode preview), good art (the character designs are pretty cute), a decent BGM track, decent voice acting (for the most part) and the narrator rules all. Spring is sure looking great right now.

“Be sure to watch anime at a good distance and in a well-lit room”:


/style ! 😀

仮面ライダー THE FIRST (Kamen/Masked Rider The First) DVD in the US, by Media Blasters w/ English subtitles

Kamen Rider The First, Japanese DVD cover

Remember that horrible, horrible American adaption of Kamen Rider done by Saban long ago? You know, the one where they spliced footage of different Kamen Rider series while still using Kamen Rider BLACK RX suits? The one where there was a blatant, acidental “cameo” of Minami Kotaro? Well… it turns out Saban’s Masked Rider wasn’t the last “variation” of Kamen Rider to ever step foot into the U.S… And it turns out that this “Masked Rider The First” isn’t all that bad …You’re asking why? Well, instead of an American adaption using American actors and splicing the footage together, it’s actually the original film Kamen Rider The First subtitled into English by Media Blasters. 🙂

Original Japanese film at Play-Asia.com. (Region 2, for those who have Region-Free DVD players and are fluent in Japanese).

Offical subtitled film at DiscountAnimeDVD. (Region 1)

Shakugan no Shana II (first post relevant to anime is about Shana… yay!)

Shakugan no Shana... II? So, at the beginning of April, I heard that there was going to be a second series of Shakugan no Shana coming out somewhere in fall. At first I thought it was an April Fools trick (it being the beginning of April and all), but I’m certain that this is real news. Check the official site if you don’t believe me.

In my opinion, the ending of the anime begged for a second series, despite how awesome it was. But THAT’S JUST ME. This is completely awesome, another ’07 anime to look forward to. 🙂

Speaking of Shana, just a heads-up: Viz is translating the Light Novels and manga now, and Vol. 1 for both will be up for grabs on April 17. About only $10 for each, so buy when you can.

Generic introduction post

After a few months of mixed feelings, I decided to make a blog about one of my most loved hobbies of all; anime and manga. Expect some generic anime reviews and manga reviews, and even some posts about video games, real life rants, and some Japanese media occassionally.

My taste in anime and manga is a very open one, yes. I love cute series, serious series, tragic series, happy series – any series that breaks the mold of stereotypical characters and makes something new out of them (now, that doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy some generic mainstream every now and then…). It wasn’t until now that I decided to start up an anime blog – I wanted to share my opinions on different anime with other people within the safety of the internet.

That there ends this generic post… of introduction.