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How far would you go for the sake of your hobbies?

Harmless school picture... or is it?

Haruhi, what has your crazy antics done to our world?

Nishinomiya Kita Senior High School has posted a warning against trespassers on its website after fans entered its premises and scrawled graffiti on the sports ground.

Asahi

It should be noted that this is fairly old news, and that real life attempts at reenacting Bamboo Leaf Rhapsody have been happening quite a lot in Nishinomiya. This is a pretty good example of unhealthy obsession.

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Top 10 video games that can easily become anime

The World Ends With You

Honestly. You know, despite how horrible or loose video game adaptations tend to be… Within hundreds of video games, there are those certain gems that are pretty much playable anime. They would have no problem making the transition from one medium to the other. And then, of course, there are those games which actually have better stories than what you would discover in a lot of anime…

(Numbers hold no importance, although #1 is the most wanted one. Also, happy 4th of July!)

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The Stretched Out Wait, Full-screen vs. Widescreen Anime

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As a person who likes watching his shows the way they were meant to be seen (therefore despising those anime dubs of the early 90s), I’m pretty picky when it comes to the aspect ratio of my favorite shows.

I’m usually happy with the way my anime is broadcast and/or released on DVD, but as such, I RAGE when a show is broadcast/released with an aspect ratio that butchers the way the show was originally meant to be seen.

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ADV, The #1 Producer-Distributor of Furniture. Wait… what?

Really bizarre, I know. Well, this explains why they dropped the US license for Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann (not a big lost, since we’re getting it anyway).

But this still saddens me nonetheless, since ADV Films (despite some stupid decisions here and there) was one of my favorite dubbing companies. Seeing them slowly going the way of Geneon is pains me deep down. Luckily, they’re managing to hang in there in the mean time… But seriously, furniture? Layoffs? Looks like they’re seriously stuck in a deep sh*thole…

While I’m not 100% certain that it’s a problem that’s really causing enough impact in order for this kind of thing to arise, I strongly believe that anime downloads on the internet will eventually lead to the certain death of the anime industry. In the United States, and other English-speaking countries for that matter, most anime is really niche compared to Japan (not counting those mainstream ones, they obviously make some decent profit being syndicated on television), with the fandom mostly being made up of geeks and Asians like myself [<— cultural thing], so most companies survive through DVD sales rather than merchandise sales (the usual merchandise that are released here: some official artbooks and a soundtrack here and there). The common misconception is that fansubs help garner some attention to people who’ll become fans of the product, and buy the product when it eventually gets licensed into the US. Right? Wrong. While it’s true that fansubs help anime companies determine if a series has a viable market in order for it to be a success, would the “fans”, in the end, buy it?

It’s true that most HONORABLE fansub groups take down their subtitled episodes the minute that the series they’re subbing gets licensed, but some people still have the downloaded episodes in their hds. Quite a few of them go as far as to upload them onto YouTube/Veoh/crunchyroll/some other streaming video service, and the commentors are usually begging for more, rather than treating that single upload as an advertisement to buy the actual product (most refuse to buy anything). And when said videos are deleted…

Chaos ensues. Companies are flamed.

And the series eventually gets re-uploaded for more pirating pleasure. If you take into consideration the countless sh!theads who have the strange notion that any of their favorite series that get dubbed in the US become the bane of man (especially since the original version is obtainable through DVD releases)… this brings up a very good question: If these people can get something easily for free, why do you think they’ll be guaranteed to buy the legit products? If they hate the company for “ruining” their lives (or anime, i.e. the sh!theads), for that matter? Would they go out of their way to buy any merchandise that the company coughs up? DVDs are essentially a tool to test the waters to see if the series is a hit or not, only then would the company start making the merchandise, raking up the cash. Obviously, they won’t waste money on merchandising off the bat. If you think about it, supporting the company is just as beneficial to you as it is to them – all the real gems that you recieve relating to the series you supposedly enjoy would only appear then. Alas, it’s human nature; greed drives them to get the free variation of a product rather than a priced one.

Bottom line: anime is not a right, it’s a privilege. Hate dubs? You can always switch to the Japanese audio track. No money? Get a job. Too cheap? You’re not a real fan, sorry to say. If you are as you’re willing to claim to be, just halt those torrents for a while and get out; spend a few bucks on your favorite anime series. It’d probably do companies like ADV much better rather than the money they get while… selling all that extra office fodder. Seriously.

OH SHI- PAGE CANNOT BE DISPLAYED. INFORMATION LOST.

IE, you suck T_T

So, one day, my school friend and I were having a nerdy conversation. I asked him if he used Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox . He replies, saying that he uses Internet Explorer (6) and he honestly doesn’t see the differences between using one or the other.

THERE’S A BIG DIFFERENCE, LOSER!

First of all, I had a lot of headaches back when I was blogging on Blogger and when I posted on web forums using IE. When my internet or the cruddy servers (be it Blogger or the web forum) go out, I usually found myself cursing at my computer because my 30-inched post was LOST. All the hard work, down the drain. Every time I used IE, my lazy *** (hey, don’t blame me. 99.9 % of the population lost a lot of their patience once they created DSL and cable internet) was forced to save a lot of my stuff in text files beforehand until I hit that submit button. Now, when I began to use Mozilla Firefox, which I was hearing good things about (shut up, this isn’t about Opera), get this – whenever I came across that evil “PAGE CANNOT BE DISPLAYED” monster, I simply just pressed the back button on the browser and (OH DEAR!) MY POSTS WERE STILL THERE rather then the INFORMATION LOST crap IE gives us! The posting interface on WordPress is also screwy on Internet Explorer (whenever you save posts with a lot of pictures, you can’t switch to using the HTML code editor – which I use more compared to the visual editor).

Secondly, my computer used to be a damn virus magnet when I was using Internet Explorer. That is, until I started to use Firefox. Mozilla Firefox makes surfing through porn websites a lot easier.

Lastly, I don’t watch porn. I DON’T WATCH PORN.

“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.

School Days – How you *shouldn’t* have relationships.

Here, we have a chronicle of how I came to hate Makoto, the lead character of School Days and the worst “protagonist” EVER.

Episode 1:
Here, we have a typical guy who is too much of a wuss to approach the girl he claims to like. We’ve all been there and done that, right? He’s actually bearable in this episode. Heck, I found myself relating to him in the first episode – at first I thought we were real similar. No hating yet.

Episode 2 :
So he makes a few mistakes here and there. Nothing to really hate about him, it would’ve given you the impression that he was just an idiot like a lot of people at the start of a relationship, not acknowledging the feelings of the person he claims to like. He’ll learn from his mistakes, right? WRONG. However, nothing to really hate about him in this episode either.

Episode 3:
What do we have here? At the end of the episode, Makoto says that “Having Kotonoha be my girlfriend… is starting to bore me“. What the f*ck? Totally came out of nowhere. They both had a good time at her house, playing with her little sister and even started to, you know, BUILD their relationship by referring to each other by their first names. Katsura even gave him a cute peck on the cheek at the end of their date! So how the f*ck would the relationship be tiring? Does he KNOW how hard it is to find a girl like that in this world? Very easy actually, when you actually give girls the respect they deserve and don’t think with your penis; not acting like a wh*re.

Episode 4-6:
So, here’s the start of how it is revealed to the world that Makoto cares nothing about an actual relationship, but cares more about full filling his own sexual gratification. Here’s the start of the frequent camera pans toward the characters’ breasts, which obviously represents where the mindf*ck Makoto has his eyes on.

I don’t know why these girls have SUCH an interest in him. One minute, he’s stalking and obsessing over Katsura, they get together and he has a wonderful girl who begins to love him very much – the next minute he’s having underage sex with the girl who he had no interest in initially and doesn’t even care about Katsura’s feelings anymore. The only reason he’s getting it on with Sekai is because she lets him violate her body to his hearts content. Horny bastard. He’s not likable at the least – he doesn’t even TRY to break up with Katsura after he started this bullshit. To think that Katsura was going to knit a Christmas Gift for him. Merry Christmas, loser.

I’m not all that fond of Sekai anymore either (I know, she’s cute, but…) – of course it isn’t entirely her fault, but why hook someone up in a relationship that you’re going to end up ruining PURPOSELY anyway? “Special training”? @$%@%132131. If that isn’t on purpose, then this anime is filled with idiots (which, when you think about it, isn’t all that crazy). Nice to see that she actually feels guilty about this whole thing though, unlike Makoto.

This isn’t to say I won’t give Katsura a hard time either, she made the biggest mistake ever by liking the guy in the first place (same goes for Sekai and Otome), denying anything suspicious when she saw Makoto and Sekai briefly at the train station.

At this point, I’m hoping for a bad ending. With either Katsura shanking Makoto (instead of Sekai), Katsura pushing Makoto off a building (instead of her committing suicide), etc. Any bad ending that doesn’t give Makoto a good one. Or better – Makoto LIVING in sadness with NEITHER of them. Everyone wins. 😀

To put it straight, this anime doesn’t even feel like a ROMANCE anymore. The camera constantly panning in and out of the characters’ breasts and their downstairs area just screams that there isn’t any real “love”. No Makoto, you don’t ‘love” Kotonoha or Sekai you misguided fool. All you want to do is shove your **** up their ******* and have them scream “もう 止めて!! いや!!”. Stick to fapping off to your pornography.

Wow. I’ve never hated an anime character like this before. And I mean it, I’ve never felt like jumping into a show and punching out a character this badly before. Probably has something to do with a jerk being the center of a ROMANCE anime.

Raito?

I’m sort of confused on why a lot of Death Note fans call Light, “Raito”, instead of “Light”. I can understand people calling (for example) “The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya“, “Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuutsu” because the whole title is Japanese. Raito, on the other hand, is just the English word “Light” with a Japanese accent slapped in. Why not just call him “Light”? Now, we shouldn’t really called them “weaboos” since some of them may not know better and are just following what other people do.

… Just when I thought that, I saw this.

“Raito means Light in Japanese”? That’s like watching the .hack//ROOTS dub and watching the Japanese version, and then saying “HEY! I know how to say Adept Rogue in Japanese! ‘Burakku maruchi wepon‘”. This is why you DON’T learn Japanese from ONLY anime.

lol Desu Noto.

My thoughts on psuedo-anime

A panel from VG Cats‘s “Golden Locks” comic sums it up:

Now, I know all of us are aware of the American shows known as “wannabe anime”. However, I feel that the term “wannabe anime” is a slightly negative term to call these pieces of animation, considering there are very good ones like Avatar and Megas XLR (to an extent).

However, I feel that America is overusing some Japanese drawing clichés for more than enough of their programs that actually have an ongoing plot. Esspecially with Teen Titans, with their overused anime expressions and tofu – which I found very distracting. As if I didn’t resent it enough with their sugarcoating of Death Stroke (a.k.a. “Slade”) and the lack of the superheroes’ identities (lol Robin sleeps with spandex on). Is it that hard to have a good American show with an ongoing plot that doesn’t rip off the Japanese drawing style? I’d like to see some more American shows like that with Justice League-type animation, not rushed animation that looks like it was done by a couple of grade schoolers (50% of the episode being a rip-off of Scooby-Doo‘s chase-sequences with a truckload of chibi).

It’s either that, or have more shows like the early Spongebob and Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends, or the classics such as Looney Tunes. I’ve honestly had enough of the American knock-offs of Mahou Shoujo.

Seriously, I wished these animators would take the time to develope some good animation instead taking the fast way out and creating a f*ckload of chibi. *cough* Teen Titans *cough* I really don’t watch a majority of American cartoons anymore because:

1) I currently lack cable
2) The show is very bad
3) The show is very bad and rips off some drawing clichés in anime

Also, watch Curious George. It’s full of win. No, I’m serious. lol

Stupidity of the internet is getting to me.

... no wai

No duh.

So, I was sitting in the streets one day, calmly reading a Cardcaptor Sakura manga in peace. That is, until a boy, slightly older than me, I guess, came up to me and asked, “Hey, are you reading that Japanese cartoon porn? Don’t try to lie ’cause I’ve seen that on the internet once.

Now, instead of mocking him and rubbing his stupidity in his face like I would normally do to people, I just laughed hysterically on the ground and just let him figure out his stupidity on his own. Honestly, I really can’t change others’ IQ levels just like that, so I stopped trying a long time ago. But shouldn’t it be common knowlege that…

THERE’S PORN ON THE INTERNET?

I’m now honestly pass the borderline of believing that if I gave a person some, for example, Pokemon hentai and directly say that it came from the internet, they would still probably believe that the “original Pokemon in Japan” is a hentai for adults. Actually, I have a real example of that right on these forums, where months ago, a person searched up “Pokemon porn” (yes, really) on Photobucket (don’t try perverts, it’s deleted now :/) and saw an animated picture, not even close to the style of the damn show, and thought it was from a “forbidden sex episode” from the anime. Stupidity at its fineness.

I can understand the ignorancy of people thinking that “anime = hentai”, but thinking that “anime = hentai” through a visual example on the internet? LOL! Honestly, if you’re going be curious and want to know why people like this thing called “anime”, keep your search preferences on Google filtered, please.

How stupid are people in America… no, people in general (but it seems more apparent in America), are becoming these days? Quite a bit, no?

Seiyuu > (Automatically) Voice Actors… why?

DATTEBAYO! JAPANESE IS MUSHIRO!!!

So of all the Japanese vs. English dubbed arguments… the seiyuu vs. English VAs aruments must involve the most hardcore “weaboos” showing their ignorancy among them.

As I’ve seen, some automatically label a seiyuu BETTER than their English counterpart… some even label them better without hearing the English voice first hand, and not even knowing anything about the seiyuu they’re talking about… automatically say they’re more “professional”. All I ask is… why? Is it because they’re… Japanese? That makes them automatically “professional”? Sure, there are quite a select handful of seiyuu that really are professional, but so are a select few of English voice actors. In every “Sub vs. Dub” topic I see on web forums, those same people always post “I like to watch anime subbed better because the Japanese voice actors are more professional”.

Now, just because it’s the original voice actor, and because it’s Japanese – these people always come to the conclusion that the original seiyuu are much more professional than English voice actors. Well sorry, but I believe that’s not true. As there are a handful of professional seiyuu, there are a handful of unprofessional ones also. Now, these seiyuu, like English voice actors, work hard to gain their profession and when they eventually get a role as a character, most of them – *GASP* are not really “OMFG AMAZING” material at all on their first try, despite them being somewhere near decent. English voice actors go through the same thing, and eventually (with hard work) become good at their profession, just like seiyuu. Yet despite this truth from the heart, these types of people love these newbie seiyuu more than newbie English voice actors. There is one factor that everyone must understand when comparing two voice talent (which are foreign to the other and vise-versa) – understanding. It’s very hard to comprehend the emotion of something that’s conveyed in a language you don’t understand, in this case – Japanese. With the different uses of onomatopoeia and different stereotypical tones and accents for characters that match the description, it’s really hard to just get it compared to languages you’re already used to. So, to the anime fans that know diddly-squat about Japanese, please be open-minded while comparing a Japanese seiyuu to their English equivalent. Because common sense tells us that you can’t easily decide if a seiyuu is professional or not (unless by popular belief, or if she’s Aya Hirano). You may like them better, but no conclusion of who’s more professional will ever be accurately portrayed through your mind. And hopefully, we all know that the voice actors over here, that dub and help us understand what our favorite characters are saying much more clearer, take voice acting just as seriously as the seiyuu over at Japan.

And, to the anime fans that just frikken hate English voice actors… Sorry that they’re speaking in your native language, really.

Even otaku have to show some decency…