Image Credit: koba from Pixiv
I realize that I may be beating a dead horse, but I’m still (after all of these years) baffled at KyoAni’s business practices. They’re just so bizarre and simply do not match what your typical business-minded person would think of when you say “making a profit from popularity.”
This is seriously one of the ONLY times where I wished a company would milk their popular products, yet they don’t! They just don’t want my money. Do they like money? Because they don’t like mine.
Well, Hyouka‘s finally ended, and as I expected from an anime based on a novel, it leaves the series open for a continuation. Now all that’s left is for KyoAni to take one up along with tons of other series they need to continue.
On the agenda for our pilot episode, we have the upcoming Little Busters! anime, Spice & Wolf and other light novels, Da Capo III and other untranslated visual novels, Tales of Xillia being localized, and of course, plenty of extra topics because we can’t stop talking.
Vampires and Moe, my typical sunday!
Hello, my beautiful people. It’s Wahfuu! That guy that you pretty much only known for ranting about the School Days anime and the Da Capo III review! Here, we have a different project. And no, this does not mean I am giving up on Da Capo III. I have a post about the second (yes, SECOND) common route already written and coming soon (if SOMEONE-that-shall-not-be-named on this blog would start HELPING) so, don’t fret, worry, or do whatever people do when they don’t get their milk. It’ll come. I promise.
I’ve been clawing at the bit to read this. Some of you may have heard about it, and some of you may have heard how awful the anime is in comparison (Note: It is pretty bad). Maybe some of you didn’t even know it was a Visual Novel! Either way, it doesn’t matter. This, ladies and gentlemen, is the ever-so-famous, Fortune Arterial!
WHY CAN”T I GET THE ENDING THEME OUT OF MY HEAD?
Seriously, I like the first two episodes so far, but I doubt the actual content will contain anything that will stick to my head longer than the flippin’ ending theme.
If the Momoiro Clover Z girls had the desire to control the minds of the masses, they might very well could, I say. Dammit, I swear every year there’s a new earworm, and I don’t know if that’s a good thing or a bad thing. For sure, it’s the same type of earworm in the vein of “Motekke! Sailor Fuku!”, in that the earlier parts of the song are the most likely to get stuck in your head.
“Even my hands turned yellow!“
[insert head scratch] Uh, what? Yui, I think you mean yellower.
Two Ryouko cosplay episodes in a row, what a pleasant treat!
nyaa~… Wait, wasn’t she supposed to be a wolf? That would be more fitting. Nevertheless, nyan~
The wait for more Lord Haruhi brings along quite a handful of pain towards my faith in Haru-ism, but it’s really just a minor problem when Kyoto Animation keeps on churning out more and more win series to calm my patience down (No, Munto doesn’t count). As a slice-of-life fan, I just can’t get enough of Kyoto Animation making these comedy series with characters doing things that are just win. Of course, with K-ON!, my cohort Steven got an impression that it was the bastard child of Haruhi + Lucky Star, yet good enough to stand out by itself as another one of Kyoto ANimation’s brilliant adaptations. The results? Absolutely fantastic!
And I also applaud them for producing an anime which has inspired a new, creative name for the blog, Keiongaku ♪ 軽 ♪ 音 ♪ 楽 ♪. Seriously, The Otaku Spot was a lame name.
moéblob \’mō-ā-ˈbläb\ noun, moéblobs
A person, usually a female character, that is considered cute and/or beautiful by many (“moé”), usually men. However, most of the time, they serve no purpose to the overall story and are created solely for the purpose of inducing erections for adolescents going under puberty, horny men, and/or 30-year-old virgins (see: fanservice) and in some instances, lolicons (see: loli). In rare cases, they are guys (see: trap).
Example: Mikuru Asahina from The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya is a moéblob.
Not to be confused with moéblob ANIME, which are usually filled with a shitload of win if you’re looking for cute stuff.
Example: Potemayo is a moéblob anime.
A lot of us are looking back at which series are the most memorable this year for a variety of reasons – the quality of the storytelling, originality, niche gimmicks (moé, lolita, Shōtarō-characters, A Drill That Will Pierce Through The Heavens, unnatural boob measurements, etc.), and all that other shit. HOWEVER! To me, what really makes or breaks a series in being truly memorable, it all depends on the characters. In most cases, I would probably remember a series for a lifetime based solely on the characters (or a specific character) rather than the quality of the storyline or how deep it is (of course, if it’s THAT good than it’ll probably be the other way around!). The story could be utter crap for all I care and I’d still remember it if I really like the cast and their character dynamics. In my opinion, if an anime/manga has a story/concept that’s as cliché or horrible as saving a princess who gets her butt kidnapped by an evil witch/evil giant turtle yet has some top-notched character dynamics, then it would probably rank at the top of my list of favorite anime. Likewise, if the story is built FANTASTICALLY yet the characters are flat out boring, then it wouldn’t leave as much of an impression on me despite it having an excellent plot.
Or the character could be just be an utter jackass and the series will be memorable based on how much I wanted to shove a knife down their throat and throw him/her (most likely a HIM…) into a pit of acid…
To get down to business, this post will chronicle some of the characters that has made a big impression on me this year. Based on categories ranging from good to bad to OMG I WANT TO RIP HIS EYES OUT THAT DAMN MAKOTO, the cutest to the most inspiring to THE MOST SUPERLY AWESOME BADASS THAT HAS EVER WALKED DOWN THE PATH OF ANIMU… You name it.
(I’m obviously leaving Bacanno! out of this, since honestly, I can’t choose just one notable person from its large cast of characters)
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.
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.
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.
Lucky Star’s parody:
The actual 1980s show’s henshin:
“Kamen Rider Sōjirō”:
In my opinion, one of the best cultural references in Lucky Star EVER.
Sort of behind… I believe the series already ended. Got to catch up before they sub episode 24! It’s nice to know some people follow a.f.k rather than Guerrand, who are more behind than me. Makes me feel a tad more mighty… and less behind. (; I haven’t downloaded a RAW for this episode, but rather a fansub this time. So expect fansub screenshots.
“Heh, bet no one predicted the fall of Fate chan and the rise of Konata chan in her place…“
Vote wisely now. Will Fate rise up again?
It’s not a Haruhi infomercial – it’s a FOOD infomercial.
(Haruhi says it turns your B-cup into an F-cup. SO BUY NOW!)
Hiyori is awesome (the cosplay pic reminds me of something; we need another Fullmetal Alchemist anime: this time one that follows the manga all the way until the end).
To quote what a talented fellow artist told me: Tsukasa is obedient like a dog, but her sister is lonely like a bunny!
Two of the most recent search engine terms that have directed people to my blog are “lucky star yuri fanfics” (which I’m on the first page of… Amazing how after 19 episodes into its run, fanfics have already cropped out. o_O Or am I underestimating hawt yuri fanfic writers?) and “hentai DS” (um, yeah, not linking for obvious reasons). Apparently, my site doesn’t appear until after the 100000000000000000th page or so. Some people really have time on their hands, huh? (No, I will NOT make a masturbation joke. Those are getting quite old, I’m much too great of a person to do that…. Okay, I almost caved in.)
How I love the internet.
Highlight of the episode: Kagami’s very unlucky day. Obviously a Hiiragi driven episode!
I like it how the animation suddenly got a little KyoAni-increase, drama unfolded, and how Lucky Star suddenly turned into a sitcom during this whole event.
Also, another little something that I can relate to, Konata purchasing magazines from the very bottom. I can’t possibly tell you how much I’ve went to buy anime DVDs and taking the ones right in front in the shelves, only to find the outer plastic practically falling apart. Which is the reason why I try to make it a habit by taking DVDs behind all the other ones, the ones that are touched less by human hands.
Umm, yeah, that’s about all I have to say. Now it’s time for Tsukasa pics!