Archive for May, 2009

Netflix Mapping, 3

Sunday, May 31st, 2009

Ah My Goddess S1 v.1 should be a common disk, and it’s not scratched, but it played with some skipping. It may be my software (VLC 1.0.0-rc2), but still, better mark it in case.

Arashi 09

Sunday, May 31st, 2009

Natsu no Arashi 09 poped at Youtube an hour ago, and my wish was granted in the first minute the of show:

No idea who the little freak with pantsu on his head is.

UPDATE: DiGiKerot has a more complete collection of cameos, which came quite thick. Note that SHAFT uses general cultural references quite a bit, e.g. Tenkousei in 08. It’s completely impossible for me to catch them, unless they are stated explicitly like the 1936 movies that Arashi liked in (BTW, the year of King Kong). I still have no idea what the tank was about. Good money is on most of these flying right over my head.

Evirus drops Eden of the East

Sunday, May 31st, 2009

As reported at Karmaburn, quote-unquote “a huge troll on people who watch artsy anime”. Ah, the sweet smell of vindication.

UPDATE: Evirus says the quote belongs to rq of Danbooru fame.

Jessi’s reviews, idiotic and not

Saturday, May 30th, 2009

As if to illustrate how bad comments are, we’re having a little dorama in comments at Chizumatic, were I observed how Jessi’s reviews for Sekirei and Arashi were idiotic, Jessi failed hard by thinking that all of her reviews were equally idiotic, and so on. Of course I have no quarrel with her bashing of Queen’s Blade, which I’ve not seen. Aside from that, I noted her reviews of K-ON and Tayutama previously. I did not make any explicit judgements, but since she’s asking: they were not idiotic, but hilariously misguided. I’m providing links for everyone to read, although I do not expect much thanks for the mindshare. She does not appear the type intentionally trolling in these reviews. Still, Jessi is a good illustration why I do not use the word “crap” as a rule when reflecting on anime.

Gia interviews Icy

Friday, May 29th, 2009

There’s a video at Vice. I wish she asked what he liked in RapeLay. Compelling characters? The intricate plot? Breathtaking art?

List of harems for C.C.Yoshi

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

CCY asks to list known harems and triangles (presumably male-centered only). Let’s see what I can remember.

Harems known to me:

Ai yori Aoshi
Angel Tales (Tenshi no shippo)
Comic Party
DearS
Dual
Fate/stay night — anime has harem downplayed, so mostly Saber and Rin
Futakoi (I haven’t seen F.Alternative)
Hanaukyo Maid Tai (both versions)
H2O (abusive lead)
Kanon (both versions)
Maburaho
Magikano
Mahoraba (if we count Kozue’s alts as persons)
Martial Successor Nadesico (scroll down)
Nagasarete Airantou
Natsuiro no Sunadokei OVA
Ranma
RahXephon — some said the main story is how Ayato kills members of his harem
Sekirei
Shuffle
Tenchi Muyo
To Heart — downplayed in anime to triangle of Shiho vs. Akari, but still
Toradora (counted as 3-way for Taiga, Ami, Minorin)
true tears
Zero no Tsukaima

Extra triangles:

ef (Miyako vs. Kei)
Kimi ga Nozomu Eien / Rumbling Hearts
Macross Frontier (Ranka vs. Sheryl)
Midori no Hibi (Ayase vs. Midori)
Myself;Yorself (Nanako vs. the nice girl extra)

Excluded:

Crescent Love — based on eroge with siscon, but the anime is NOT a harem
Keitai Shoujo — direct map of eroge

Harems I heard about but not seen:

Clannad — only watched an episode and half
Tayutama — incomplete at the time of this writing
Yumeria (according to a post at Chizumatic)
Kannagi — quit it before other girls showed up

REMINDED by readers:

Love Hina (by tudza). BTW, I didn’t complete it and never learned who the promised girl was (if she was even included into the harem).
Da Capo (by JTfish) — did not watch.
Asu no Youchi (by nobody) — did not watch.

UPDATE: It just occured to me that if you like harems, under no circumstances you should go down the list above and watch them all; some are bad enough that even pirating them would be a loss of time (e.g. H2O, Nagasarete Airantou). Do your research. Start with the ones in bold at least.

UPDATE: New additions:
Kage Kara Mamoru — in rejects pile
Gift — I actually blogged Miao’s mocking of it
Tokimeki Memorial
Hand Maid May — special case of ugh

Young Milton Friedman

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

From Saiunkoku Monogatari 05.

Idolm@ster for DS

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

As seen at “my game news flash” (via), a gaming magazine Famitsu announced Idolm@ster Dear Stars for DS.

The whole idea seems cynical. First Idolmaster Portable, and now this. For the game defined by its exquisite 3D to be detuned progressively for the worse and worse platform… may be very shrewd! I am sure that the groping excercise is still in there. Release the VN and strategy part of the game, in poor resolution, and reap the green harvest.

As for the all-new cast, well, I don’t know what to think. Seems difficult to come up with new and appealing personality types. And their names are in English exactly why?

UPDATE: DiGiKerot noted by e-mail:

Looks like it may be a DSi native game, though, which means it’ll probably be region locked, which means I’m probably going to have to buy yet another DS.

Regions suck. And I don’t think DSi is as powerful as PSP (its screen is definitely not as good in any case).

Arashi 08

Sunday, May 24th, 2009

Almost as great as 01, only the subject matter was weaker.

It would be great to know where this picture was taken, back in the days of Kamichu and juice cans with pull-out tabs.

Nice cameo, but I want Yunocci.

UPDATE: Tenkousei: a commenter says: “1982 Japanese movie “Tenkousei” (Transfer Student) directed by Nobuhiko Obayashi. Based on the novel written by Hisashi Yamanaka. There is a new one “Tenkousei, Sayounara Anata” (Transfer Student, Good Bye My Love) by the same director in 2007, also very good.”

Sky Crawlers in a vending machine

Saturday, May 23rd, 2009

Seen today in $1 DVD rental machine inside Smith’s at Central and Coors:

Hung posted a review four days ago.