Archive for October, 2009

Anime returns to Target, sort of

Saturday, October 31st, 2009

Seen today in Target at Alameda Avenue and I-25:

BTW, I have Naruto Uncut v.1, and this looks like a different release. For one thing, mine included a book of scene sketches.

Cheburashka Arere 02

Saturday, October 31st, 2009

I went a step further than Hinano and actually checked out Cheburashka Arere. It’s safe to say that it’s not Binchou-tan, which only pretended to be a show for little children.

  • Nozomi Oohashi is listed at ANN, but Cheburashka is not. Her voice sounds weirdly familiar, although that is of course impossible.
  • The old man with a gun is still guarding the zoo. This is oddly authentic.
  • One episode is only three minutes long, including the titles and ED. Not even five!

K-ON ends

Saturday, October 31st, 2009

Usagijen expressed a bafflement on GR today about Janette (a co-writer of CJ Blackwing) putting K-ON into a Top5. Janette’s explanation was that K-ON “reminds me so much of the tight group of friends I had through most of high school”. Nothing like that was possible for me, but I thought it was a very solid production. I honestly think that it only made into Top5 because Janette haven’t seen something truly oustanding, like Manabi Straight, but nonetheless it deserves “Good” or “Very good” in the ANN scale.

Reviewing old posts, it’s a bit surprising how long the build-up was. The question if K-ON was the second coming of Manabi answered itself (that said, it’s still not a slice-of-life). Meanwhile, I completely forgot that I promised to watch it “if the ending does not suck”. Fortunately, the filler I hit randomly didn’t dissuade me.

Liked: Not a masterpiece, but yes
Rewatch: Not likely, but possible

Let Jim Kaposztas speak for himself

Friday, October 30th, 2009

By way of Moritheil comes a post by one Michael Pinto, that deals with Jim Kaposztas, the inventor of AMVs, being passed for a staff position at a con.

It’s important to note that Jim wasn’t complaining about it. He probably just mentioned it off-hand. It was Michael who decided to make a poster case. Likely as not, Jim understands what Michael apparently does not: heroes are not supposed to be rewarded. Look at Frodo of Lord of the Rings or Simon of Gurren-Lagann [1].

I am old biologically, and I watched anime since 1969, but I associate with the “new” fans. One of the reasons is the self-righteouseness like the one demonstrated by Michael.

That fact that I hate AMVs has nothing to do with any of this.

[1] It wasn’t only fiction. In the real life, look no further than President George W. Bush, who kept America safe. Ironically among those protected were some of his most vicous and vile detractors.

Netflix lulz of the day

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

I watched v.5 and v.6 of Moribito and went to order more, when I noticed that the section is full of whiny “reviews” which actually ask where the v.5 might be. And indeed, v.1-v.4 and v.6 are listed on the left, but v.5. Apparently Netflix suffered a database consistency problem, or perhaps is in the process of recalling v.5. It certainly was availabe to order a while ago.

Popotan in 1 minute

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

I guess I didn’t even give Popotan a time to begin, let alone fail, before deciding that I had enough. I might have given it a better chance in a barren spell, but now I have 3 or 4 in-season shows, Mahoraba rewatch on R2, and true tears, not counting streaming.

Nice nipples though. A rarity these days.

Former ADV brings Hidamari to R1

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

According to Josh, in January BigN and other fans of Hidamari Sketch might have an opportunity to end the life of illegality.

The same announcement also proclaims a release of Glass Mask, which was available at Crunchyroll without DTO for a while (still is). Now we know that Japanese owners are open to splitting Webcast rights from DVD rights.

Jeff Lawson awakens

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

This must be an Autumn of revival. First CKS, now Lawson. But, of all things, Endless Eight?! He must be still sleepy and disoriented.

CKS on Akane Mishima

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

Chris arose from the dead with this:

(This makes me unconvinced that Akane actually is as terrible a shot as she seems to be. It doesn’t even have to be deliberate and conscious on her part. Really, humans are startlingly kind when you get down to it; outside of cliched shounen action series, you usually have to work quite hard to get them to hurt and kill each other.)

As for Akane: I think she’s just manic (okay, very enthusiastic). Shizuku is just an excuse to let off some energy, as Natsuru was at the start of the show.

I thought about this, but it doesn’t seem to be the case. Sparring this way only works if both sides refrain from escalation, and that is only possible with an ahead of time agreement. We don’t know if Akane fought with Shizuku before; consistency says that she didn’t (because both of the “partners” were hardly a match for the Prez later; alone she would be a dead meat). So, she’s facing an enemy of unknown powers. It is not credible to think that she would hold back when her life was at stake.

Suppose that Akane thinks that she’s invulnerable, so it all is a play for her plausibly. In that case, isn’t she sadistic?

In the end, I think she really did miss, thanks to various circumstances and how Kampfers seem to be balanced towards defense. Shizuku missed no less. Authors set the fighting this way in order to prevent characters being killed off too soon.

UPDATE: We have new evidence that Akane is a poor shot and misses on purpose as well. Chris comments further.

Tsumugi’s tube in K-ON

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

I asked a friend who dabs in synths, what the vacuum tube was doing in Tsumugi’s station.

The answer was:

Very likely a korg product. They added a tube to the electribe series, and the triton extreme.

tbh, it’s kind of a gimmick. They noticed guitarists pay silly amounts of money for vintage tube amps, and cashed in on that hoping synth players would think the same way.

Indeed, I went back and re-capped the performance at the opening celebrations, and Mugi was playing a Korg Triton Extreme. What’s interesting, it is not at the Korg’s website anymore, being released only in 2005. Perhaps it was too expensive.

A site about old synths says:

The most extreme model [of Triton family], it quintupled waveform memory up to 160 MB with 120 voices of polyphony. Most of the Triton series expansion boards have been pre-installed as standard in the Extreme, while many sounds from the older Tritons have been improved as well. Sample memory is also upgraded (up to 96 MB of sample RAM). And in addition to its new “paint-job” a major feature was the addition of a genuine 12AU7 “Russian Bullet” vacuum tube which could be used as either an insert or master effect, or simply by itself to allow for warmer, guitar amp-like sounds and for more extreme analog overdriven/distorted sounds.

The picture at the site is of a shorter keyboard. I think Mugi actually got the longer version, like the one pictured at Wikipedia.