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Things I bought at Marukai Marketplace

Another place for my weaboo-ness

Image Credit: Kayoko from Umami Map

Just thought I’d share some of my daily Wapanese exploits on my way home from De Anza College.

I usually come to this plaza to get a quick snack on my way home on the bus, usually going to Marukai Marketplace, Daiso, or Wing Stop. Depending on how much I feel like spending, I usually get either a candy bar, pre-made bento lunches (in cases where I’m going to school without lunch), ready-to-go sushi, or a full meal at Wing Stop. The lunch I bring to school sometimes isn’t enough to revitalize me for the entire day, and these snacks are better money spent than McDonalds, honestly. One dollar for a one-way bus trip to heart disease? No thanks.

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Have a Happy New Years!

I realize this doesn't fit the season

よいお年をお迎えください!

Hope you guys are having a Happy New Years. Lack of time has kept me from posting a “12 Days of Anime” countdown like I did last year, but I’m still up to share some of my anime-related highlights of 2013 all in one post.

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Pocket Monsters THE ORIGIN – Final Impressions

The classic rivalry never gets old

ようこそ! ポケモンせかいへ・・・って、おい!

So I’ve watched the entire four-episode special a few days ago, some hours after it had aired on TV Tokyo. I did enjoy it and it was a pretty good special, but I wasn’t entirely satisfied.

As a fan who is familiar/fond with Pocket Monsters across all continuities, such as the games, the original Japanese anime (not the dub), and the various different manga adaptations throughout my entire childhood, I feel that my opinions may be a little less bias compared to English fans who’ve only played the games, watched the English dubbed anime, and read one Pokemon manga (that is, Pocket Monsters Special, or Pokemon Adventures as it’s known in the west).

It was a fun little special, but it’s totally not as good as a Pocket Monsters anime should be, and I hope that I’ll help shed some critical insight for those who are blindly praising the special.

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Kids deserve quality entertainment too

She deserves a good anime too!

Image Credit: しゅーいち from Pixiv

Does being aimed at an older audience automatically mean an anime has a higher likelihood of being higher quality? What about shows for children? Does being aimed at a younger audience mean that the show is going to be filled with uninteresting drivel?

Just as there is a stigma of animation being an entertainment medium that’s solely made for children in the west, there’s a common notion that, if it’s made for children, it’s allowed to suck.

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Cardcaptor Sakura 【HD Rewatch】18

Sakura clearly loves Summer Festivals!

yo dawg das kawaii

As with many anime series that actually extends to more than 12 episodes per usual, we *have* to get a festival episode. And Cardcaptor Sakura‘s 18th episode is all about our cute protagonist and her family/friends taking part in natsumatsuri (Summer Festival). By extension, that means we also get to see Sakura dawn a cute yukata and take part in summer thrills. It’s a really chill episode, along with a surprisingly chill Clow Card. I guess Clow Reed lost his sense of humor on the day he created it? Who knows. 😛

I pretty much love it whenever Japanese stories do a natsumatsuri segment. Back when Pocket Monsters was a respectable anime series, they had a natsumatsuri episode as well – one of the best filler episodes ever. And if you’ve ever read a visual novel, this setting is a pretty common event for some awkwardly cute romance depending on the route you’re taking. Da Capo II had this, definitely, and I vaguely remember CLANNAD having it too.

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Pocket Monsters Origins (new anime!)

Starting in October (the same month as the release of the XY games), a new Pocket Monsters anime is set to air every Wednesday, based on the original Pocket Monsters Red and Green games (known as Pokemon Red and Blue internationally) with yet more counterparts for the protagonist and rival from those games.

It seems that they’re using Red and Green’s FireRed and LeafGreen designs for this anime’s versions of those characters, as opposed to the Generation I facial design they constantly kept on using for all of Red’s counterparts in the various manga series (Pocket Monsters Special, Pocket Monsters gag series, Pocket Monsters HGSS Jou’s Big Adventure, etc.) and the anime (Satoshi, known to most of you guys in the dub as “Ash Ketchum”).

Nevertheless, I look forward to this. The Pocket Monsters anime went downhill after Takeshi Shudo left the writing team, and went on a never-ending downspiral after the fourth generation (especially after they disregarded the original Mewtwo saga in their newest movie). I hope Rica Matsumoto (Red’s anime version, Satoshi) and Yuko Kobayashi (Green’s anime version, Shigeru, or “Gary Oak” in the English dub) reprise their roles in this alternate continuity. I feel that Satoshi deserves some feeling of justice, even if it’s through another alternate adaptation of the RBGY protagonist.

The question is… why release this now? What’s the sudden special occassion that they’re suddenly making an anime that ponders to older Pocket Monsters fans?

I speculate that it’s not intended to promote FRLG or the Gen I games (though it would sure inspire fans to check the originals out), it’s promoting the XY games. Mewtwo is gonna play a role in Gen VI judging by the XY promotions, and Red or Fuji might very well play a role in those games as well due to their connection with Mewtwo alone. The Pokemon Tower arc is confirmed to be adapted in this program and Mr. Fuji’s inclusion is a given, further supporting my assumption. We also have the regular anime, focusing on Satoshi (Red’s anime counterpart) in promotions this time around and being given Red’s FRLG hat. It’s all too perfect to be a coincidence.

I’m going to have to get used to the animation in this. While it does look nice – and I’m used to alternate art from reading various Pocket Monsters manga taking place in different universes with different styles – I’m certainly not used to that in animated form.

The animation will be a collaboration between OLM, Production I.G., and Xebec. This anime will be a special program. I’m afraid they’re going to cram too much in so little time…

(For more of my Pocket Monsters ramblings, stalk me on Bulbagarden)

Fanime 2013 Cosplays

Mirakurun~

One of the things I love about anime conventions (or any convention for that matter) are the invasion of cosplayers. It was awesome seeing Downtown San Jose being infested and taken over by cosplayers and my fellow geeks and weebs. People might have been pissed by the traffic we caused and the endless lines we induced at restaurants, but we felt dominant! Made the city as “nigiyaka” (so to say) as San Fransisco is every night. It just made those four days and three nights so fun, and now that everything’s quieted down and returned to normal, I’m having post-con depression. 😛 I want Downtown Weebland again, dammit!

That being said, there were many great cosplays this year. I stopped to take a picture of almost every one of my favorite characters and shows whenever I came across them, but this is basically a list of my very favorite ones during the weekend. To those who didn’t make it into this blog post, I’d like to say that you definitely all made it to my Facebook albums. Just very wonderful memories overall.

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Fanime 2013 Haul

Sweet dreams to ME

I now have a huge Ore Imō wallscroll hanging over my bed.

Hey guys! I’m back from school, and raring to post coverage on my experiences at Fanime 2013. Fortunately (or rather, unfortunately?), Fanime is the time of year where I stop giving a shit about college in favor of catering to the weeb inside of me, so I’ll start posting more often on my own damn blog again and talk about shows I’ve finished and started. At least before Wahfuu gets tired of giving my blog respiratory aid. Ahem.

Anyways, I’ll begin the Fanime coverage by talking about the awesome swag that I acquired during my trip at Fanime. I made a decent amount of money this year, and therefore I bought a lot more merchandize from the Dealer’s Hall compared to last year. Of course, it was limited to stuff I couldn’t find anywhere else otherwise, as Region 2 DVDs and the like tend to be pretty cheap when ordered off of sites like Right Stuf, so I limited myself to buying mostly imports and merchandise that are hard to come by normally.

Beware: Photos were taken from my crappy 3DS camera.

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Recent Purchases (Kinokuniya is AWESOME)

Madoka and Pocket Monsters

Excuse the shoddy image quality, the photo came from my 3DS

Recently, I’ve decided to improve my Japanese by owning more Japanese-language reading material. Luckily, when I went to go eat with my friends at Mitsuwa Marketplace San Jose, I noticed that there was a Kinokuniya Book Store right next to it. Remembering that a merchant at Fanime recommended it to me for manga, light novels, and whatnot (God bless him), I decided to go there after feasting on tsukimi udon and takoyaki.

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Rewrite: Kotori (Queen of the Idols)

Shakeitnow.

And much money was spent on feeding the glutton that day.

Hello, boys and girls! Want to know what today’s word is?

Lying.

Want to know what’s better? When all of your supposed friends do it to you! And then, it gets better, because you can turn it around and do it right back to yourself, too! And then everyone’s lying to each-other, you are lying to you, and everyone’s just in this huge ball of lies and nobody can tell the difference between what’s real and fake anymore! It’s like a “make your own adventure”, except in real-time! Isn’t it grand? It sounds fun!

See a sky-dragon? All your friends bitch-slap you and outright lie to your face? Whole school treating you nicely for some odd reason? Pack that shit away with the magic of lying! Nothing ever happened. Nothing needs to happen, as long as you have the insane willpower to just keep doing it to yourself without wanting to punch every single mirror within arms reach.

Right, then. Now that I got that out of my system, this is the first route I did on Rewrite, and as such, all of you lovely people get a post about it! I’ll try not to be too spoilerific about incredibly big details or swerves, but I might give away some moderate spoiler stuff for the sake of context. So, if you are alright with that, keep reading on. It gets better. Sort of. Right, right. Must continue. Alright, so! Without more rambling, I give you the ever-so-strange and hilarious, Kanbe Kotori.

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RE: The roots of our fandom

One of my first anime

Yumeka of Mainichi Anime Yume wrote an article where she harkened back to her childhood and examined the origins of when her love of anime first began and, of course, why it still persists in her heart today. She asked her readers if they could trace any instances of early “nerdom” within their childhoods that may have contributed to their love for anime today and if there were any obstacles in regards to the indulgence in these hobbies (home environment, parents, peers, etc.)

Instead of sharing my own story as a comment on her blog, I decided to reply to it as a post of my own.

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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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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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