Archive for April, 2009

Saiunkoku Monogatari 01

Thursday, April 30th, 2009

Beatiful art and animation, solid story.

Amusingly, the only seyuu I recognize is Eri Sendai, plaing the little tea-bussing girl: I know her for the main role in Rocket Girls.

I wanted something like 12k, only not cut into pieces. Moribito would be ideal, it if were available. So far Saiunkoku seems like the ticket. The main downside is, it’s annoyingly long. But I’m not in a rush.

Danny Choo, the blogger

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

Check out the Danny Choo in Nikon commercial (via):

I should’ve made the navigation on Ani-nouto much, much more convoluted. It clearly is the key to success.

Anime Almanac on digital distribution

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

Scott’s latest opus reminded me that Funimation supposedly offers a DTO with the following off-hand remark: “After finding success in the “download-to-own” model of digital distribution, FUNimation entered the simulcast game last September blah blah blah”. After the reprehensible move away from DTO on Crunchyroll asserted itself this season, this was certain to attract my attention. Was it time to call “Go Funi!”?

Unfortunately, there’s no real [O]wnership in Funi’s DTO. According to their FAQ, it’s the same kind of DRM bullshit found in modern videogames:

Q: Can I transfer my purchase videos to another computer or laptop?

A: Yes, but you can only activate the license a total of three (3) times.

Disgusting, Funimation. Truly disgusting.

It’s a good thing that I’ve not become a big fan of DBZ, so I don’t need to give them my money.

Other half of anime fans

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

Steven wrote: “So many of us in my immediate circle of anime blog-friends are men (like all of them) that it’s easy to overlook the fact that there are a lot of women fans out there too.” Not sure what he’s emplying here. For myself, I never felt disconnected from female fans. Someone in my family was following Munto last season. And then there’s the club. But even in blogs I have Sasa, Jen, Hinano — just off the top of my head. There’s a ton more traditional animebloggers, and even persistent attempts for semi-pro writing by women.

Jessi’s reviews actually takes some getting used to. I find it difficult to read anyone who uses the expression “moeblob tripe“. Better not let her see K-ON.

UPDATE: Steven replies.

DarkMirage on K-ON

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

His analysis sadly does not seem to be informed by Manabi.

Names of K-ON

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

Since Manabi had a special scheme for names, I went to check if names in K-ON had some cute gaglet attached. But according to ANN, it turned out to be a bit of pandering to fans of rock, or an inside joke at best:

The family names of the four main girls are named after former members of the disbanded band “P-Model”. In addition, the instrument used by each of the four girls also matches with the instrument used by the cooresponding P-Model member. Yui Hirasawa from Susumu Hirasawa (Guitar), Mio Akiyama from Katsuhiko Akiyama (Bass), Ritsu Tainaka from Sadatoshi Tainaka (Drum), & Tsumugi Kotobuki from Hikaru Kotobuki (Keyboard). In addition, there are other characters that have family names matching those from the band “the pillows”. They include: Sawako Yamanaka from Sawao Yamanaka (lead vocal & rhythm guitar) & Nodoka Manabe from Yoshiaki Manabe (lead guitar).

It’s a bit disappointing, but not too bad. Basically, Strike Witches redux.

Hashi-hime on Spring 2009

Monday, April 27th, 2009

While Jason Miao tried to return with the thin slicing last week, it just wasn’t the same anymore. But Hashi-hime still goes strong. The article is easy to scroll and digest, is well sourced, and I find its capsule comments dangerously persuasive. For example, for Arashi: “Too shounen for me. I just don’t get the humor, and find the lead boy repulsive.” The B-29s raiding Tokyo were a bit off-model for a true shounen series, but I’ll buy it.

Gia asks Naruto fans

Monday, April 27th, 2009

In an inversion of John’s answer schtick, Gia asks, “If you’re one of the online Naruto watchers, where do you tune in?”

I watch Shippuuden on Crunchyroll. Sure, Crunchy is evil, but then is Hulu not evil? Gia wrote herself that Hulu was built by incumbents.

But overall I resent the streaming model enough that I have most of the original Naruto on DVDs.

John on remakes

Monday, April 27th, 2009

Under the guise of an answer, he collates known remakes. Surprisingly, there aren’t that many, although the only item that I see bypassed is Tenchi (where TV series borrowed heavily from the OVA).

By the way, I’m pretty sure that the questions he uses as an excuse are real. A reader once asked me “Why do Edo-era and older farm buildings have large rocks on their roofs? Lack of nails?”

DiGiKerot lampoons Saki

Sunday, April 26th, 2009

But he does it visually. Outstanding! I think the funniest part is how he applied the vaunted “trauma” to the opposite member. Everyone loves the freaking trauma so much. What’s so good about it?

BTW, Nanoha GamerS 35 came out yesterday. It seems to struggle in its rut a bit recently. DiGi benefits from a wider flight of imagination when making the funny.