Archive for February, 2010

2DT on Hanamaru

Thursday, February 18th, 2010

2D Teleidoscope:

Then just the other day, I was assisting an English class when I saw the teacher draw an interesting picture next to an important grammatical point: The drawing was a spiral, with a sort of fluffy petal pattern surrounding it. It looked so terribly familiar, but where on earth did I see that before…?

I asked some teachers later what this symbol was, using some Japanese and a notepad to draw the image. They responded, “It is hanamaru.” Apparently kids in Japan learn this symbol from a very early age, and “It means very very good.”

Another one to add to the likes of henonenomoheji and komejirushi (※).

Theowne on Figure 17

Monday, February 15th, 2010

Honestly, I was curious what he was going to review after quickly burning through all of the Ghibli movies and other… movies. Anyway, looking at the review of Figure 17, I cannot help thinking he’s missing some kind of tremendously important point about the anime, so we get weakly-sourced speculation about the anime’s target demographic instead. No wonder he calls Figure 17 “not remarkable”.

Shinichiro Kimura directed Sleeping with Hinako?!

Monday, February 15th, 2010

SDB mentioned today that the director of Mahoraba (and many other things) is also responsible for Sleeping with Hinako (but not Training with Hinako). What is this, I don’t even…

DiGiKerot on Toradora in R1

Sunday, February 14th, 2010

The post on Beta-Waffle is a true wall of text (also, rendered in unreadable font in Firefox), but the main message is fairly scary fearmongering about NIS’ release practices. To be sure, he makes fun of idiot gamers fretting about the name order and other petty issues first, but there’s also some scary stuff:

We don’t really know all that much about the direction NISA is going to take with their anime publications, but we can make some pretty good guesses based on the press releases and hearsay. The likelyhood is that we’ll be seeing 13-episode, subtitle-only releases that’ll only be available from a handful of online-only stores – I’d reckon NISA’s own RosenQueen, Rightstuf, Amazon and possibly Roberts. There’ll probably be extras of some kind, and you’ll almost certainly get more of them if you order directly from RosenQueen.

Chances are, though, that they’ll run it similar to how people (at least tend to) think of them running their videogame business. They’ve already claimed that these shows are going to be limited print runs, which is what they also tend to say about their games. They like to build the assumption that, if you don’t buy their games immediately upon release, you’ll probably not be getting them as they’ll be impossible to find later. You can’t wait for the games to get cheap like the major studio releases, because they’ll no longer be available. This, of course, kind of flies counter to the way the US anime industry works, where people tend to wait for the boxsets.

I think the main reason why people switched to boxsets is the risk of ending with a half of a run. Sometimes it takes ugly forms, like my Stelliva volumes 1, 2, 3, 5, and 8 (and the collector’s tin). But the expectation of cheap thinpacks played a role too, I’m sure.

One final note: Crunchy is known to have titles on streaming that already were available on DVDs. Grab those FLVs, folks.

Eternal names K-ON the greatest moe anime

Saturday, February 13th, 2010

Actually, he says, “the greatest moe anime I’ve ever seen”, with a suitable hedge. But still!


Let’s cut to the chase: K-ON is a moe show. It always was and always will be. Sure, you can watch it for the comedy or the music, but that’s like watching Evangelion for the cool robots – it’s acceptable, but it’s not the main point. […]

In a sense, it’s the antithesis of the harem/galge genre: instead of making a guy date cute girls, why not just focus on the cute girls?

Sounds familiar, isn’t it? It’s like debating if you laugh or cry when Osaka loses the soap. And yet, I think K-ON is no Azumanga. Azumanga had no band, so it truly was about girls themselves. K-ON focuses, yes, but not exclusively.

Damien says K-ON is not great enough

Saturday, February 13th, 2010

In a post at Moe Check, DKellis outlines a concept of small number of special anime, somewhat parallel to my “titans”. The plank is very high when considering anime that way, so, unsurprisingly, K-ON fails to clear it. Still, it was seriously considered.

Suddenly… Old times at JAR, right now

Friday, February 12th, 2010

About an hour ago, with no warning, Shon at opened a Live Request Hour at Japan-a-Radio. We’re having fun right now, with old-timers joining left and right and requesting (can’t use phone this time though, only IRC. Word travels fast… 52 minutes left yet.

Toradora is licensed by NIS America

Friday, February 12th, 2010

Somehow the Funi’s bragging how they “have the first look” at all licenses immediately comes to mind immediately when I read about a start-up nabbing Toradora. Now, considering that NIS America is a direct subsidiary of their Japanese master, the question is if the pricing model is going to be like the bad old Bandai. If not, then I welcome the announcement and hope NIS-A has a great success selling Toradora.

P.S. Kickass:

But I never liked ep.16 for some reason. Don’t even have a screencap of it.

Kanzeon on KnT 17

Saturday, February 6th, 2010

The post at Metanorn uses animated GIFs to a great effect, and really makes me think if basic blogging about animated media is too limited in its ability to expose the anime itself. BTW, the best way to read the post is to leech it through a newsreader: the site is too overloaded with distracting garbage.

Guess the word

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

It just occured to me that “animaru soruja” means “Animal Soldiers”. Yes, I’m slow.