Archive for January, 2010

Sage on Nyan Koi

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

Not that I cared much to begin with, but just for the record, as seen at Tenka Hametsu:

And you know what’s the problem with this show? Every “help-a-cat” episode is the very definition of filler in any show. “Monster-of-the-week” syndrome. And the other half of the show is bland, uninteresting romance comedy. The whole season just felt like one big 12-episode long filler episode.

Os is alive

Monday, January 11th, 2010

Look who’s back and switched to vintage Momotato annual posting schedule.

A SECOND thought as prompted by comments: Think of all the people who are trying to sell their lightly used LSAs, just because they think of taking them out for a spin and then ask “what is the point?” At least you’ve spent 1/10th as much to be just as satisfyingly emo!

UPDATE: Actually, this post started with my observation how WAH used the comment at Os’ post to demonstrate how much of an insufferable, arrogant ass he is. The contrast with Hung’s measured and friendly comment was especially telling. But then I decided that it was beneath contempt and limited myself to the positive (and the post shrunk enough to fit the micro-nouto category). And what do you know, today WAH doubled down by posting an expanded teatrise where he psychoanalizes Hung and his comment from the better-than-thou angle that long made WAH’s blog so pukeworthy.

(And before anyone gets on my case for jumping on Hung, I’m simply using him as an example for an trend I’ve noticed across my time as a fan. He’s just the closest thing in my sights at the moment.)

Good heavens, I’m glad WAH hasn’t formed an trend himself.

BTW, this time WAH omited one point that he used to make without fail: that he is better than Hung-like rabble because he speaks Japanese and lived in Japan. Is it a hint that Hung is just as fluent? Or simple oversight?

All is fair in love for Kabitzin

Thursday, January 7th, 2010

Sea Slugs:

As bad as things went for Ume [Kurumi[zawa]], however, I like the effort she put in. It drives me nuts to see passive characters like Sawako and Shota who never do anything about their feelings. When you’ve got a crush, you need to annihilate and destroy everyone in your way; that’s why they call it a “crush.”

Hah!

Unfortunately, Ume was simply no match for Ayane or any of the oblivious characters in the show.

Like I said, she should have put out first. Anyhow, the question is, what now?

Aroduc on Hidamari Hoshimitsu 01

Thursday, January 7th, 2010

At least he watches it.

While this episode isn’t quite as well made as the first episode of x365, Shaft really polished the art-style up quite a bit this time around. The color palette is noticeable brighter, there’s less use of pastels, and all the character art in general feels a lot better defined and offset from the backgrounds. I want to say that their outlines are thicker, but I don’t think that’s it. They also abused the hell out of CG this time around, which was a tad creepy in places.

Screencaps report that the wide heads are as wide as ever, so I don’t know if “really polished” would be the right description. Having dropped Hidamari two times, I don’t know if I should bother. I’m not even done with my rewatch of GA:GADC. And I hate CG in anime.

Nana Mizuki to Precure

Thursday, January 7th, 2010

When I saw Naka-dashi (meaning “internal ejacalation”) mentioning Pretty Cure, I just had to check. Because, you know… Bj0rn… Precure… does not compute. As it turned out, it’s not by Bj0rn but his co-writer, and it’s an announcement about seiyuu movements, so it’s not even about Precure as such. Also:

*Note: Coincidentally this is the 7th year of precure

Good heavens.

KnT LA announced

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010

According to ANN (via John — surprisingly, I don’t follow ANN):

The February issue of Shueisha’s Bessatsu Margaret magazine is announcing next Wednesday that a live-action film adaptation of Karuho Shiina’s Kimi ni Todoke [award-winning] manga has been green-lit.

It’s a good news, if they do a good job, of course. The source seems to be promising. But a live action of an unfinished manga? Someone is desperate for revenue, methinks.

BTW, the anime was praised for bringing authentic shoujo aesthetics to anime media. This is hardly possibly for LA.

Suguru bets on drama in So-ra-no-wo-to

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

At Dame-Dame:

Other than Kanata and Rio the rest of the platoon didn’t get much screentime, but I’m sure they’ll play more of a role as we go. Unlike K-On’s cast, I think the odds are these characters will have a few inner demons to work through, between that and the legend there’s definitely a lot of potential for drama.

Interesting, although you know, A-1 is A-1. Seems like another interesting anime of which to wait for the end.

Slowdown is coming

Sunday, January 3rd, 2010

Numbers do not lie: the frequency of posts at Ani-nouto is decreasing. For 2007, 295 posts were archived, for 2008 – 643, and for 2009 – 575. Honestly, I was struggling to keep up as Project Hail demanded more of my time. Also, I lost taste of anime in a great degree, although on second thought it became less clear if Nanoha actually caused it or merely was a bad show at a bad time. Either way, I expect Ani-nouto to continue to decline in 2010.

2DT on K-ON and anime market

Saturday, January 2nd, 2010

Some of the smarter bloggers reacted to the post at K-ON with a puzzlement: what was he trying to say? Deliver a lesson on basic supply and demand?

Perhaps so, but I read it as an attempt to point out that shows with dubious prospects can be propelled to success by paying masses of true fans. This comes in contrast with shows like Afro Samurai which sold 2 times better than Haruhi, thanks to the mass appeal of Samuel L. Jackson. K-ON does not even have a romance subplot. And yet, rallying behind it produced results.

Radio PSP

Saturday, January 2nd, 2010

I used to listen to JAR and Kawaii back in the day (e.g. 2003), but the process was significantly hampered by the lack of receiver. Now that I obtained a (used) PSP, I decided to give it another shot.

It turns out that while on paper PSP is next to an ideal device, the software sucks enormously. The player(s) are plugins into the PSP browser, and what’s worse, they pull a big chunk of the player code from a remote server. If that server is slow, you cannot listen even if the radio station is up. Secondly, there is no way to connect to streams that are not listed at one of the approved directory services (e.g. Shoutcast). Therefore, no seyuu shows from Japan. And of course, the player is skinned and massively buggy. But since the monopoly players exist, there’s no market for anything better. Or I cannot find it, which is the same thing. So, suck all around.

So close. Stupid Sony.

UPDATE: Despite the player suckage, I persist in listening to JAR (Kawaii‘s connection keeps stalling for me). It really is very convenient to have a separate receiver.

UPDATE 2010/01/23: Found a better player.