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Alright, I’m back from Fanime 2015. Unfortunately, I’ve come back to a horde of school projects I’ve neglected in favor of my special once-a-year geek-fest, so for now I’ll just go over the merch I spent my moolah on this year and share the rest of my Fanime 2015 experience later.
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This year’s Fanime was a livelier experience than usual, mostly because half of the convention center wasn’t
destroyed under construction for once and also because this year was the con’s 20th anniversary. The line to pick up badges went abnormally fast this year – going by almost instantly. We got kind of screwed because we picked up our badges at the Clockwork Alchemy line, which is usually the faster line, but got delayed for a few hours this year in comparison to the Fanime line (the line wasn’t long, but it took a while for the registration to actually start up). Nevertheless, we still got our badges faster than usual so we actually got to do things during Day Zero, so it was all cool.
There weren’t many bad things that happened this year. I met some pretty cool people, there were so many awesome cosplayers, and I had loads of fun with my friends this year. I became completely drunk at the hotel during the last night, which was pretty much the highlight strangely enough (I have never gotten that drunk before). You’d think the highlight would be having a ramen dinner at Ramen Tenma with friggin’ LilyPichu (a friend of Mr. Lex), but I don’t really give two shits about League of Legends and barely watch her channel, so.
So, let’s go over the things I bought at Fanime this year (which isn’t much compared to last year – Cardcaptor Sakura drained my wallet) and also the token weird experience.
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The suffering continues…
My interest in actively discussing Puella Magi Madoka Magica died down significantly during the past couple of years. Don’t get me wrong, I loved the original anime series and enjoyed watching both of the Puella Magi Madoka Magica The Beginning Story and the Puella Magi Madoka Magica The Everlasting Story films, but I wasn’t a crazy enough fan for the series in the vein of, say, Neon Genesis Evangelion that I was super excited with seeing the same story played over again. Especially since (for example), unlike Rebuild of Evangelion‘s constant divergences that make it clear that it’s a new story/continuation, the first two Madoka movies were just recaps of the same 12 episodes of the anime series. There was nothing really new to talk about aside from the spin-off materials, so the wait for Puella Magi Madoka Magica The Rebellion Story was killer because I really wanted to know what was gonna happen after the TV anime’s conclusion.
That said, I was really excited to see this film. Partly because (again) “YAY, NEW MADOKA CONTENT“, and also, I had this feeling that Gen Urobutcher wasn’t exactly finished messing with the audience. I’ve described the original anime as a series with no shock absorbers, and I went in expecting this to be the same case. I thought I was prepared for the inevitable shock, whatever it was.
But I was wrong. I let my guard down. 「残念だったね。」
Continue reading Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie [Shinpen]: The Rebellion Story
Here’s a Puella Magi Madoka Magica parody of GARO‘s episode previews to celebrate
I’m like, two months late on this, but I just heard that the live-action GARO franchise was getting its own anime that will air some time this year. I’m a pretty big fan of the series, and I always thought that the style of the series and the universe itself was very fit for an anime series, so I’m pretty confident that I’ll enjoy it as a fan. I hear it’s not going to be an adaptation of the first GARO though (which, honestly, was something I was always hoping for), and instead it’s going to be a completely original story taking place in the same canon. I’m not all too worried though – since the director for JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure and Shingeki no Kyoujin is apparently on-board with the project, so I’m actually pretty confident that it will (at least) be above average even if it doesn’t turn out to be really great. But we’ll see. I wonder what animation studio will be in charge of it? Well, whatever the studio is, they better get JAM Project to do the theme songs again, as well as the original composers for the OST.
Very recently and by coincidence, I mentioned GARO in my Final Impressions post of Kyoukai no Kanata. Perhaps this is the anime that will fill in for my missed expectations of that series? Probably not, but regardless, I do enjoy grittier demon-hunting stories in the vein of GARO and Ga-Rei Zero, so this might be up my alley either way. I’ve also did a generic post about GARO‘s first episode back in eighth grade or something, but you probably shouldn’t read that since I was even worse back then than I am now.
Off-Topic: I just finished the first episode of Chuunibyou Demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren today, and will be posting about it later today.
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.
Continue reading Fanime 2013 Cosplays
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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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.
Continue reading Recent Purchases (Kinokuniya is AWESOME)
I’ve grown to realize that some of my favorite anime/manga are the type of stories that present themselves as being tied to a particular genre… and then quickly go on to establish themselves as subversions to every trope associated with the genre.
That isn’t to say that all shows that fall into this category are qualified to be counted in my favorites, but twists and surprises like that certainly help an anime stand out.
On the sixth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…
Continue reading 12 Days of Anime, Day 6: I got 99 problems, but a witch ain’t one
It’s great to purchase anime that have recently finished, but eventually years down the line (if demand is high enough), they may be re-released with improved quality and redone masters according to the standards set by that time. While improved video quality may be enough to capture the purchases of the diehard fans that anime companies are aiming for, there are a multitude of ways fans can be further satisfied with buying their favorite series yet again.
Personally, if one of my old favorite series was retouched and released with a new eye-candy resolution, I would buy it regardless. However, there are more than several ways that these re-releases can satisfy my needs as a fan – which I will delve into, right after the jump.
Continue reading Sweet extras on revitalized “complete” anime sets
It doesn’t matter if it’s the first, second, or tenth time. Watching the first episode of Cardcaptor Sakura and starting the series up again will always be a magical experience! JOIN ME IN RELIVING MY CHILDHOOD.
If there’s one memorable scene from the first episode that reappears throughout the first season, it’s that shot of Sakura’s precognitive dream sequence where she’s standing in front of the Tokyo Tower. Definitely an animation highlight of late 90s shoujo, or anime in general.
Continue reading Cardcaptor Sakura 【HD Rewatch】 01
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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So I just got around to reading Puella Magi Kazumi Magica: The Innocent Malice, up to the latest chapter. Suffice to say, it starts out pretty happy, but since I’ve watch the original Puella Magi Madoka Magica anime series, the quick shift to utter darkness didn’t catch me off guard this time around.
I have to say, the plot twist in chapter 14 was pretty awesome, especially since you can spot some clever foreshadowing while re-reading previous chapters. 😀 Even though it isn’t written by Gen Urobuchi, the overall spirit and mood of its parent series is still there, and is emulated perfectly by Maaki Hiramatsu. Kind of miss Ume Aoki’s designs though, but Takashi Tensugi’s art is pretty. This spin-off seems to have much more yuri undertones than its parent series did (which all could have been taken out of context, for all we know), so I’m a happy man. <3
Without being as spoilerish as possible, I summarize my thoughts on the latest chapter in two words: POOR KAZUMI.
Continue reading You Can’t Fool Me Twice! (Puella Magi Kazumi Magica: The Innocent Malice)
I finally got off my bum and watched the one “magical girl” anime everyone’s been ranting and raving about: Puella Magi Madoka Magica.
Continue reading Slave to the Deceiver, Magician Madoka