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Visual Novels vs. Dating Simulation Games

VNs Vs. Dating Sims

A widely skewed image of the visual novel genre. and a commonly incorrect usage of the term “dating simulation,” keeps people from trying out an otherwise excellent method of storytelling.

Take the rather recent “Katawa Shoujo,” for instance. Many people went in thinking it was a “dating sim” about disabled girls. While the story is about disabled girls, it is not a dating simulation game. It’s intended to be an emotional visual novel that will break even the most wicked of souls (it’s actually rather average). Calling it a dating simulation game is as correct as calling Half-Life 2 an RPG. Or Eiken a “good anime” (ha ha). Which is why I felt like making this post, “Visual Novels vs. Dating Simulation Games.” For all you savvy folks out there, this post isn’t to put down one or the other, but to educate.

Within this post, I will post both the similarities and differences between visual novels and dating sims, and hope to take down any misconceptions about the former by forming a clear description of what the latter really is.

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My thoughts on One Manga and Manga Fox getting shut down

where be muh manga

Oh well. They were pretty convenient sites whenever I was on a budget or in a hurry for some good manga reading. Not that big of a loss, at least for me. Granted, it was fun browsing through random titles and reading whatever looked interesting immediately.

As long as they don’t purge the whole internet of scanlation sites, I’m cool with this. That kind of move would be one of the most retarded moves the manga industry could ever make. I know a good amount of people (including me) that like to read unlicensed titles before they hit the United States, to make sure we like it or not, before buying (in extreme cases, some titles don’t get licensed at all). Nothing beats holding the actual manga books!

I can understand the Japanese manga industry intervening, since a good amount of bastard-fans over there like to pirate raw scans and scanlations despite having access to those products.

Manga isn’t even that expensive in Japan, compared to the DVDs and video games. It’s not even expensive at all. They’re cheaper than manga books in the United States. Way to potentially screw some of us over. ):<

Top 10 Xenophobic/Ignorant Attitudes Aimed Towards Japanese Media

Five cool points if you can name all three of these characters

I’ll give you a cookie if you can name all three characters and where they originated. 😛

The list is in no specific order. #5 may apply to other countries, as well. Also note that I’m against these opinions, not siding with them.

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The Problem with Live Action Adaptations in Hollywood

Aang is not white

First name: 安昂 Last name: Brown… Wait, what?

Most of us tend to despise live action adaptations of the anime/manga and cartoons we love, mostly because there is always something wrong with them. Whether it be adaptation decay, whitewashing, miscasting, character derailment… you name it. Most of the live action adaptations I’ve ever hated come from Hollywood because they usually combine all of these elements into one big clusterfuck of fail.

Do not proceed if you are a white supremacist, a fan of M. Night Shyamalan, or if you enjoyed most of his movies that are not The Sixth Sense.

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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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Hey guys, it’s my birthday…

Birthday

…So instead of posting a generic wishlist detailing some of the weaboo goods I so desire, I will post the top ten most awesome things that could happen to you on your birthday. Since this is an anime blog, be sure to expect some of the most nonsensical and impossible things you could ever imagine.

(Alright, my birthday technically ended a few hours ago. But hey, this is better than sitting around playing Disgaea and Touhou all night~)

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Man marries dating sim character

Isn’t this sad? Months on hiatus and THIS is what gives me the urge to blog again.

One word that describes what I’m feeling: WHOA. This is seriously one of the most ****ed up things I’ve ever heard of. Yet, it seems almost revolutionary. In a twisted, this-is-so-weird-that-it’s-almost-genius sort of way.

He’s just lucky that Love Plus is supposedly never-ending, or else he’d be horribly depressed at the lack of New Game Plus. As a man, I must say: What. The. Fuck. But as a geek, at least he has good taste in anime girls…

I don’t know what’s more messed up: the fact that he married a video game character… or the fact that his “wife” is having “affairs” with other men in other cartridges? Unless they somehow take her out of the market, in which case, “nice job for screwing over your fellow otaku, douchebag! D=<

… That poor DS is in for a rude awakening these upcoming years. I mean, that GBA slot looks like it could fit more than a GBA game. That is, assuming everyone is as lucky as I am. 🙂

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

konata-leap

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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The Lucky 7 Anime Gimmicks. Learn them. Love them. Hate them.

1. moéblobs
moéblob \’mō-ā-ˈbläb\ noun, moéblobs
moéblob

noun
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.

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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.

I almost forgot I had an anime blog. ( _| ̄|○ )

Another mouth-to-mouth resuscitation post. Oh great.

Yes, I really did forget I had an anime blog. I’ve been so focused on school work lately that it’s all I’ve been focusing on the last two months. Because I’m a perfectionist like that.

Also, being in love with cute girl is cute.

But then it hit me! I had a blog that had become even more less than perfect because of the recent scarce updates! That broke my spirit greatly, so I came back to the interwebz.

Along with my comeback, I’ve made two (MAJOR!!!) changes to the blog:

1) Welcome Seiryuu! Lost My Music! (under request =]) to the blogroll! Which shouldn’t be mentioned in the first place other than making this update seem bigger (xD).

Big blogroll is big…

2) New banner to reflect some holiday spirit (Christmas!Shana, illustrated by Noiji Itou, of course). What better day than today? It is, after all, December 1.

Yes, I realize that I exaggerated on the “major” part.

Welcome me back or die.

“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.

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?

Wow, I haven’t updated in like… forever.

WOW… I apparently took “cutting down posting everyday because school’s begun” seriously since the last post. And by seriously, I mean I haven’t posted… at all ( ^^;; ).

I haven’t lost interest in anime. I just haven’t watched much recently (Okay, I think I just sounded retarded right now…). I’ve been watching more JDrama, HKDrama, and KDrama more than anime lately (I’ve also sharpened up on my Kamen Rider fix!) and of course, along with the good ol’ school stuff; getting pissed off at people abusing the word “emo” and doing schoolwork. Okay, maybe not that much schoolwork and more of using the “sit there and do nothing but stare at an empty wall-time” to obsess over a girl I’ve been obsessing over for the past 5 years (It’s all healthy, okay?!). I’ve been doing that during the summer too, but for some strange reason I found time to watch anime during that long period. Maybe because I haven’t actually SEEN her in a while, ya’ know? (;

Well, I’m just posting to tell you all that I’m still alive and kicking, and I’m back to watching some more anime. =D I’ll probably make the usual (or was usual) anime post tomorrow. I wanted to ma[ke one today, but I really do have a stuffy nose right now (why do they make us swim when some of autumn’s cold weather is starting to hit?!). Ugh.