Archive for May, 2009

Haruhi is not trending

Friday, May 22nd, 2009

Don’t know where Omo got it, but Haruhi clearly is not trending.

And why would it? The 08 was just another episodic episode where exactly nothing has happened except a modest bit of fanservice.

UPDATE 2009/05/25: Took it three days to start trending, but it is now:

Moogy on Arashi at 07

Thursday, May 21st, 2009

What would a blog be without a little hyperbola?

The show that everyone is watching, but nobody is talking about.

Actually a number of people were blogging it. Astronerdboy posts like clockwork. Omo dabbed. I have a category, but I’m not big on the concept of episodicals.

I’m a bit biased here, but I think that Natsu no Arashi has the best directing of anything this season. You can’t really beat a team of Oonuma and Shinbo.

So, basically nothing to watch in it, right? Except… this:

I’m about ready to forgive Arashi the [reverse] trap, subject to a decent ending.

Arashi 07 layering error

Tuesday, May 19th, 2009

Well, SHAFT, one time is ok. Just don’t make a habit out of it.

Chichouban goes to Fanime

Tuesday, May 19th, 2009

As seen at the blog, the online voice of SF Bay Area and Silicon Valley J-expats goes to Fanime with a press pass:


Gia the saleswoman

Tuesday, May 19th, 2009

Tell me she really means it:

I’m not actually as bitter about it as I sound, but I do find it mildly irksome that this is such a nicely done figure — the pose, the sculpting, the face, the painting, all pitch-perfect — and yet Kagami gets a super-expensive shaft-job, out of Good Smile Company even! Sigh. I couldn’t find a complaint with this Yoshika Miyafuji figure if I tried. The hands are elegant. The gun and mech legs are detailed but not overdone. The eyes are lively. Siiiiigh!

Clearly she’s trying reverse psychology on us. But it’s not going to work here. One little nendroid is quite enough.

BTW, I liked the Real Image Yoko, in pictures.

DiGiKerot on Kadokawa’s sadism

Monday, May 18th, 2009

When I complain about Kadokawa being bad to fans of Haruhi, I am not really hurt. Real fans, however, get it rough:

Even the home release was a bit of a fanboy headache in Japan – the limited edition release came with a first pressing bonus of a sheet of stickers, the exact sheet (and these were all numbered, just to make sure you knew you were missing out) was entirely random. Worse than this is that there was an entirely random chance of you getting another entirely random sheet of stickers. It was basically impossible to get a complete set of stickers, which is precisely the kind of thing which would drive collectors insane, particularly when they were paying extra to get the limited edition.

Bluemist on Hitohira

Monday, May 18th, 2009

When Hitohira came out, I automatically filed it under the “lesbian trash” tab, but the review text at Bluemist does not have a peep about the issue. Not a word. Just the praise for “very lovable and relatable characters”, “well told story” that sum up to “wonderful little anime” and “heartwarming series” (and a ton of spoilers). Three screencaps in compromising positions are included, so perhaps it’s some kind of Saki of old.

UPDATE in a couple of hours:

<bluemist> zaitcev: i wish i put in the yuri undertones on the review

<bluemist> maybe i didn’t mind it too much

<bluemist> the yuri thing about it is like there is just “one more spoken line” before this or that event becomes girl-on-girl rape

<bluemist> unfortunately, such conversation would always be interrupted, so they never get it on

<bluemist> lol

Omo on Arashi at 07

Sunday, May 17th, 2009

Sunday means Arashi, and Omo is on the case. He follows the “membership” schedule, so he’s ahead by one week. The 06 was the first episode that lacked a scene with Detective (05 had his scenes grafted in for no reason except to break up the monotony). Sadly, Omo’s screencap tells us he’s back.

That said, on my book, Natsu no Arashi might be the most interesting anime on CR right now besides Gintama. And I say this only because I am not watching Gintama but have heard good things about it. Natsu no Arashi is a successful throwback formula. Like White Album, for example, it is both new and old; but unlike White Album it’s mostly freed from the bonds of the source material, or so it feels like it.

Not sure if Arashi is all that good or interesting, but whatever the reason, it’s the only series I’m watching this season. Even so, I’m not big fan of it. I am getting impatient with the endless preoccupation with 1945, episode after episode. The 06 was just about ready to turn into some kind of diet Grave of the Fireflies. So far it might have been needed to introduce characters properly, but I wish we moved on.

If only Omo were right, and SHAFT transcended Kobayashi’s dragging excuse of a plot. Maybe even gave us a proper ending. A man can dream.

On reflection

Sunday, May 17th, 2009

After rewatching it for the umpteenth time, I’m seriously thinking about promoting Nodame to the short list of greats.

There are some issues though. The slow trajectory that the raising evaluation of Nodame charted reminds me very much of Shingu, the show I did not love at first. Their quality level is similar in my view, so it would be unfair not to bump up both. Then, the list won’t be so short anymore, will it?

I could demote Manabi, I suppose, but although it has a low R index, it is just such an amazing anime that I don’t want to be mean to it.

Zepy on product synergy, bis

Friday, May 15th, 2009

Zepy continues to track the knock-off effects of K-ON. It was previously noted as pure speculation, but now it’s different:

Fender Japan reports that they’ve currently sent an order for the production of a large number of their JB62/LH/3TS model, the number of guitars that was ordered for production what they would normally have produced over 2 years..

JB62/LH/3TS is the left handed bass guitar that Akiyama Mio uses, and usually doesn’t sell that much as it’s left handed. But in the short span of 2 to 3 weeks the number that they have shipped would normally have taken 6 months to achieve, and they’re now low on stock.

The right handed JB62/3TS is also getting a number of orders, to which Fender Japan comments that the sales are also doing quite well for the current market where sales are down.

This ought to put to rest the notion of otaku just looking not buying. However, there are limits to everything:

The [JEUGIA sanjou main store] is also displaying the Les Paul Standard (Cherry Sunburst) which is the guitar used by Hirasawa Yui, and there have been many fans looking at it, but with a price tag of 250,000 yen (US$2,500) there haven’t been any buyers yet.

Hmm… Coincidentially I spent more than that on new toys last month. A guitar is not my thing, but if it’s actually good and legal to own, then why the heck not.

QUICKIE: Indeed, as documented on my homepage, I had the BLR for a while. Only Mini and SU are new. I did not mean to mislead anyone into thinking that I buy two expensive guns every month. It was purely coincidential. All I’m saying, a $2500 guitar is eminently reasonable for a fan who knows how to play and can make a good use of it. Although again, I have no idea if that Cherry Sunburst is worth it.

Ironically, the BLR is made by Miroku in Japan, and I pretty much bought it because a) I liked the looks, and b) it’s an uncommon item. There’s very little game in America for which a 5.56mm is suitable, except humans, and the two other guns in the picture are better for humans. Essentially it’s a wall piece now, and a weaboo item to boot!

UPDATE: I asked Joseph Palmer, a friend who plays a guitar, about the prices. He says that $2500 is realistic for the U.S. market and is actually low for Japan. To wit:

Depending on the model, they [Les Paul] can run over $6000 and much higher for some of the special releases. I got my ’07 standard used for $1600.