Archive for December, 2009

JP on 2009

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009

When JP completed his summary post for 2009, he twittered his exhaustion, and no wonder: selecting those caps and clips must have been a chore for sure. There’s not much for me to commend or berate. He’s got a roughly middle of the road, consensus opinion about everything (except love-have things like Seitokai no Ichizon, which I too think sucked). I wish the mainstream publications asked JP to write these things for them and not some odiose figures like Charles Solomon. He already works for some media conglomerate (albeit as a coffee boy, not a as a writer).

THAT is back

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009

THAT is back online after sitting in the maintenance mode for 3 days, and… they did not move. They are still on the same server as Ani-nouto. I suspect that something exploded at the new host and the move was abandoned.

UPDATE 2010/01/03: We moved now, without any drama.

Aroduc on Winter 2010

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009

The preview at Seiha was posted a couple of days ago, but I was too busy even to repost. Amusing personal outlook as always.

K-ON S2

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009

In case anyone is confused about Omo’s strange sense of humour, here’s the skinny: yes, it’s true (as much as I can tell, and I can tell that “第2学期” means “The 2nd Semester”).

Since the original series did not have a long-term plot, it’s unclear just what they are going to show. Certainly, there’s a manga for guidance. Recent record of anime extensions is far from stellar: Arashi and Haruka Nogizaka both were rather underwhelming even to stout fans. Almost makes one long for GONZO 2-parters. At least those unravelled in the final episodes and not right at the start of the 2nd season.

I quite liked K-ON, but I don’t expect watching the sequel, unless it’s a completely dead season otherwise.

Meanwhile in R5, Haibane Renmei

Monday, December 28th, 2009

Instead of a Christmas tree, Russians erect a New Year one. Presents are under it all the same. Just in time for the gift season, an R5 company Reanimedia.ru published a box set of Haibane Renmei. Looks like a quality release, I’m thinking to get it, if I can understand the bizarre Internet payment methods they use. For the curious, there’s an unboxing post at valkorn.LJ with pictures. Check out the booklet in particular.

Cart Driver is off to a good start

Monday, December 28th, 2009

Or at least makes a good attempt:

So I’m watching an anime based off a visual novel. The latest epis­ode ends and I find myself think­ing “holy moley, what the hell just happened there?”. So I head off to read some forums and maybe some anime blogs to see other people’s opinions on what just happened. And what do I find? A bunch of fucking whiny VN readers.

Never mind the ironic recursion of whining about whiny VN readers, this is also a pet peeve of mine. The disease used to be especially acute in the context of discussing F/SN (Umineko? Whazzat?). But since I ran into it before, I call the phenomenon “poisoned by manga”.

IMHO, the post desperately needs a stronger argument, more polish, and less whining. But it’s a good start for a blog.

UPDATE: Scamp reminded me that he’s far from being a novice, although with 200 anime blogs in my feedlist the name “Bokutachi” only rings a small bell. I forgot to place a hat-tip to Anime-squared, sorry.

Merry Idol Christmas DS

Friday, December 25th, 2009

My wife presented me with IM@S DS for Christmas.

The gaming Borg has never come so close.

UPDATE: Saved by my lack of Japanese, apparently. This game is exhausting.

Petit Idolmaster Master Book

Thursday, December 24th, 2009

A souvenir came from Japan yesterday: an odd kind of a promo book for all things IM@S, althogh most of the manga content is dedicated to “Puchi Maa”: a manga about Potemayo-type blob versions of idols coexisting with normal idols. The book includes sample strips and kickass manga-style re-imaginings of idols (the picture is of Yukiho).

Aside from managa, there’s a lot of other material, such as interview with seyuus, transcripts of radio shows, and lots of ads for things like DLC and Im@s Mobile.

Moero Amazon on Kimi ni Todoke 12

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009

I can never figure out how Aira decides what to blog. This time after ignoring the shoujo tour de force for the whole season, a longish post. Unfortunately, I cannot simply read it, I have to translate first, and I’m busy right now, so I don’t know yet if it has any interesting insights. Nonethless, curious.

Marissa on Nodame Cantabile

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009

This is another of “my opinion is better than your opinion”, but the excuse is too juicy. As seen at Hey Say Anime today:

I’m back now and better than ever with my underhyped anime of choice… NODAME CANTABILE!!!

I don’t know if we can call Nodame “underhyped”. Perhaps in the sense of “da industri did not spend gazillions on marketing in R1”, but then it is not even available in R1 (ViZ owns the rights and sits on them like the proverbal dog on hay). But Nodame was relentlessly hyped on blogs. Even so I only watched it because my club made me. It was an anime about classical music, right? That’s revolting.

Nodame Cantabile is a story about classical music.

Actually, it’s not, thank goodness!

The Number One Reason why ALL OF YOU should go and watch NODAME TODAY is because of NODAMEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE <33333333333333

IMHO, the good thing about Nodame is how it offers more than just Nodame. My hero is definitely Milch. And Kuroki. And Saiko. It’s a big field — moreso than, say, H&C. So no, I don’t think Nodame is even #1 reason. But yes, she is a good one.