Archive for May, 2010

Todadora Portable screencaps

Monday, May 31st, 2010

An article at The Behind opens with a CG of Minorin — completely unrelated to the topic at hand, but it got me looking for more screncaps. I have an updated (and non-rooted) firmware 6.20, so I cannot capture. However, wiser people who never updated can.

The Minorin with a bat CG is at the end of Planetarium path, IIRC.

Here’s the Taiga 100-point end CG. Obviously spoiling, but hey, I knew about it before I saw it, and the fun is getting there.

Most of the caps are at Dengeki Online (notice the watermark), including rather intriguing captures that I suspect were taken from a beta, and thus never to be seen by anyone else.

As a point of comparison, here’s how the dialogs look in the definitive version.

Here’s our favourite predatory strongwoman playing with the hapless protagonist. In the game, Kitamura gets off easy (on all paths that I saw), but in the anime we see him hurling towards the tragic destiny. Poor guy.

Yes, there is a Yasuko end in the game. I must admit, I do not have the mental fortitude to complete it.

This screeney, however, is a trick. Sakura has no end of her own… which is a good thing, IMHO. The duo of neurotics make for such a cute couple, I’d hate to break it.

Saori Seto replaces Saeko Chiba in SW2

Sunday, May 30th, 2010

When the news broke that Mio’s voice was going to change, I wasn’t even going to post. It’s entirely possible that Mio is retiring anyhow and will only appear in short scenes. But some people seem to take it hard. Being a fan of Mina (CV: Rie Tanaka), I’m not affected, but my condolenses anyway. Be sure to watch the YGOTAS ep.8 (offset 4:42), which is very relevant.

AX is getting out of hand

Saturday, May 29th, 2010

Anime Expo® 2010 Announces Japanese Voice Actresses, YUI HORIE and ERI KITAMURA as Official Guests of Honor

First May’n and Megumi Nakajima, and now this. AX really is pulling out all stops. Although, I see that they failed to bag KugiRie, so their powers are still somewhat limited.

BTW, NIS should really get their act together and translate Toradora Portable.

Nodame LA ends

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

And now for something entirely different: Nodame Live Action (as promised).

I don’t know how I ended there, but I felt that very concept of live action weirded me out in the beginning. And it’s not like never watch any movies… Just went to Iron Man 2 this week (purely to see Elon Musk, of course), and it did not feel like that. But here, everything looked wrong. Not “3D – Pig Disgusting” wrong, but like a different visual language wrong. For one thing, in the words of Greg Dean, “whoever painted those backgrounds had too much time on his hands – way too cluttered”.

Another thing about LA is the violence that we take for granted in cartoons. I was jumping every time. It’s just… not what I’m used to.

Still, it wasn’t bad at all. The production was done well. And actors still have more tools to express what is going on than the team of animators and seiyuu. Nodame LA is easier to understand in many places.

Liked: Yes (it’s basically Nodame minus some arcs)
Rewatch: No

Marimite LA

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

Steven Says that making a live action of Marimite “is the stupidest idea since the live action version of Negima.” Having seen the Marimite S1 and Nodame LA – which demonstrates what a great dorama is – I respectfuly disagree. Marimite S1 was a dull affair that was overdue for a remake. It does not rely on anime-specific imagery like Gurren-Lagann. Thus, a competently done adaptation would certainly improve on it.

Mitsudomoe preview imagery

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

Seeing how I vote against Kabitzin readers in proportion of 1 to 177 makes bloggers’ juices flowing. I don’t even watch anime anymore, but that made me want to episode-blog Mitsudomoe, just because everyone is so… contrary.

Unfortunately, the material at the official site is a bit… shall we say, Hanamaru-like, except I do not see any Yamamoto.

And yes, “おませなサドガール” means “precocious, sadistic girl”, just like ANN promised. On the other hand, Hitoha is reading a book. Score!

BTW, observe: Hitoha – girl #1, Futaba – girl #2, Mitsuba – girl #3. Just one short of Yotsuba. But if she makes a cameo appearance, fans will pee themselves.

UPDATE: Major Arcana notes that the term “Mitsudomoe” means “a traditional Shintoism symbol of the threefold division between Heaven, Sky, & Earth.” [Aroduc notices that “it’s Humans, Heaven, and Earth actually .. mostly because Heaven and Sky are synonymous.”]

Poor, misunderstood Mitsudomoe

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

Sea Slugs’ season preview also included a poll, and here’s a screencap:

Jokes aside, I am calling shenanigans on this. Negative 146%? What does it mean, Kabitzin?

BTW, 103+61+54+41+31+27+26+24+22+20+14+9+6+4+1 = 443, but 178*3 = 534. That many people left votes on the table? I don’t believe it.

UPDATE:

<sagematt> 58% of 178 is 103.
<sagematt> Which means that they took the percentage from the voters.
<sagematt> Not the votes.
<sagematt> That’s what you mean.
<sagematt> But I mean, seriously man.
<Aroduc> Good boy. Now how did they reach -146
<sagematt> Easy.
<sagematt> Sum of all the percentages, except the last place.
<sagematt> And they substract that from 100%
<hikago> oniichan sugoi!
<hikago> sugoi sguoi!

Was Mrs. Marui a raging slut or a victim of gang rape?

Monday, May 24th, 2010

In other words, what was the mechanism by which she had such wildly different triplets, assuming the whole controversy is not merely a mistake of translation?

The form seems roughly analogous to Zettai Karen Children and Hanamaru Youchien, except for the trio being siblings now (like Power Puff Girls).

I’d love to say that I’m intrigued by Mitsudomoe, but then I remember well how much Hyakko sucked, and it was billed in a roughly similar way as a slice-of-life show.

FRIDGE: Perhaps it’s an artificial insemination procedure gone wrong. I heard they have lots of triplets in China these days. So, just add a little donor mix-up and/or medical malpractice and there you go.

SW2 – sequel or prequel?

Monday, May 24th, 2010

Since the crash-landing of Suwa in the finale of the first TV series, everyone assumed that Strike Witches 2-ki would be a sequel. The problem is… Neuroi is defeated, so what are witches for anymore?

The blurb at Sea Slugs provides one possible answer: a series set in 1939, thus a prequel to the original set in 1944. I do not put too much stock into it, since I don’t know where the summary comes from, and more importantly Yoshika cannot play a part since she was only recruited in 1944. But it would be a neat trick, making Lucas spin in his comfy chair.

BTW, I dropped the first series after ep.6 (although, bought ep.8 later off Crunchy, purely for Rie Tanaka’s singing), and the director carries over from GONZO to AIC, so I do not expect much.

UPDATE: An article at Japanator links to scans that feature the same character set for SW2, so clearly not a prequel and Sea Slugs is mistaken.

Anime? I dimly remember something like that.

Sunday, May 23rd, 2010

I edited VNDB and added Toradora Portable.

UPDATE: Kaz, who I knew from the ancient days of Anime Cafe [Wrong Anime Cafe, the right one is only at Wayback Machine — Author], e-mailed on matters related to TDP and apparently did not realize that my VNblogging shifted to Meenuvia, leaving the ruins of Ani-nouto alone.

UPDATE: Saved by Nova‘s logs while I was away:

<sagematt> “Based on the characters and story of anime “Toradora”, the VN even employs the same voice talent: Rie Kugimiya, Eri Kitamura, etc.” <– D: OH MY FUCKING GOD
<sagematt> HE DISSED HOCCHAN
<sagematt> CALLED HER “ETC.”
<sagematt> WHAT THE FUCK ZAITCEV.

I just forgot. She was in my old post on the topic, but I’m not a seiyuu man.