Umineko no Naku Koro ni = Mafia?

Friday, July 10, 2009

To me, it’s a party game, but in anime form.

After I finished watching episode 2 of Umineko no Naku Koro ni, the first thing that popped in my head was the party game Mafia. I’m not going to bother explaining the episode since there are so many blogs that summarize different types of anime so I’ll just go straight to my comparison.

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Two sides of the same anime coin – Anime and Politics

Saturday, December 6, 2008

whitehatazn-48.jpgI had this in my head for a while and I would’ve gotten this done sooner had it not been such an eventful week. I officially gained my first godchild at my cousin’s christening this past weekend. I guess having random Filipino women yell out “Ninong!” while having your picture taken with a baby may be the cultural equivalent to fangirls going crazy over yaoi. Add this to a full week of calculating ballistic coefficients and the coriolis effect and I’m exhausted.

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Paid for by the Coalition for a Better Moe and the National Institute for Befriending

About two weekends ago, I had the opportunity to catch up with a few of my college friends. We went off into our usual discussions of life, work, video games, anime, the economy, guns, missiles and various world domination plots (again, the usual stuff). In the anime discussion, we went though various topics like the anime industry, current shows and fandom.

Before I go further into what we discussed anime-wise, I’d like to preface the depth of my two friends’ anime fandom. One considers himself as a silent fan. While no one questions his knowledge of the anime subject, he prefers not to vocally express himself as a fan. My other friend swears by the action-adventure genre, bleeds the gunmetal of hardcore mecha and defends the Lelouch bible.

Add myself, the tsundere-moe advocate, and we get the tower of babel among anime fans. Now, it’s not like our conversation didn’t go anywhere. But one can tell who was not comfortable/familiar with a particular topic and notice when he retreats/changes topic. I noticed that I had to back off of my position a few times to let conversation continue.

The above situation has given me a thought for this week. The reason why we had varying viewpoints despite our fandom for the same medium is because we have varying fundamental philosophies. Our differing philosophies lead to our differing approaches/reasoning to all the anime-related topics/issues. And when one talks about differing philosophies, one can then start to talk about differing political standpoints. That is what I’ll look into today. Read the rest of this entry »


Coach’s Challenge… Clannad After Story Episode 1

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Yep.  Figured I’d have to throw this out eventually this season.. didn’t think so soon though..

chigaimasu-48.jpgIn the NFL, outside of the final two minutes of the first and second halves, coaches have the option to challenge a play, to have a certain play reviewed by the officials because they believe the boys in the zebra shirts got the call on the field wrong. Anyway, Here’s my challenge flag pointed at KyotoAni for a play during the baseball episode of Clannad After Story.

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Moe Computing Research Center (MCRC) – Harem Resource Management

Thursday, September 25, 2008

As I dig up my research (and wiki page links) for this post…

whitehatazn-48.jpg This past week, my project released its complete design of the system to the government. Along with the system design review, the software group also briefed their software design. After listening to software’s boring presentations, I thought to myself: “There needs to be a better way to teach some of this dry stuff.” Remembering that I once wrote about tsundere state machines, I thought of the various ways I can teach computer science/engineering theory with anime again. Here’s the topic pairing I came up with for today: harems and operating systems. Read the rest of this entry »


Moe Computing Research Center (MCRC) – Tsundere Computer Development

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

If all of the science and engineering research assistants look as cute as Otome, then everyone would be doing research and we’d have military grade combat mecha by now (or we’d get no work done). Sigh. Such is the unfortunate state of being an engineering and science nerd.

whitehatazn-48.jpgRecently at work, my project has entered another stage of testing. What made this development version interesting was some of the new integration components. Testing of some of these new components requires cooperation with other software programs within the system. This is fine for most systems. But when dealing with the redundancy requirements for a military grade system, both the system and software engineers have to pay special attention to the various states of each computer component in the system. Knowing the possible conditions of the computer component and its connected counterparts makes diagnosing problems in the system easier.

My mind sorta stayed in that mindset in the past few weeks and when I read tjhan’s attempt at tsundere mathematical modeling. After looking at one of the best math graphs I’ve ever seen, one idea popped into my head: I can model the same thing using my short professional career as a systems engineer. Designing the tsundere computer system is what I will discuss today. Read the rest of this entry »


With a touch of class.. Sakura Sunday with the JASGP

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

5 cm per second got’s nothing on real life.

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If you’re a regular to Anime Academy (And if so, many thanks for supporting us!), then you should know that we love to take ourselves outside the boundaries of anime. So when the annual Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival, organized by Japanese American Society of Greater Philadelphia (JASGP), with the highlight Sakura Sunday event rolling in last Sunday, my excitement was palpable (when I wasn’t bogged down with this, that, and the other thing for that matter anyway). Even if peanut (kame) and bro-ham choosing not to come down to check it out as well, I wasn’t going to let that rain on my festival (even if it was forecasted to, literally, rain on the festival). Anyway, I’m back, with pictures (mega thanks to my friend Greg for letting me borrow his camera), ready to talk about the culture behind the subculture. Let’s start!

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On the Sakura Fatalism in Five Centimeters per Second

Sunday, March 30, 2008

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More reminders of work… data on the computer screen, books all over the desk and the good ol’ morning coffee. The one thing that stands out in this scene: The lucky boy has a window desk! I want a window desk. Stupid cubicle walls.

whitehatazn-48.jpgSo I finally got a DVD copy of Five Centimeters per Second. I saw it in my local Best Buy coming home from work and I thought “What the heck, I’ll buy it now.” (I’ve been waiting until RightStuf finally restocks and ships my order which still hasn’t happened yet.) This past Wednesday night, I watched with sis while cleaning up the kitchen (in English dub because I can’t multitask very well while watching subtitles). Anyway, I had seen the first part on fansub and now I’ve finally saw the whole thing.

The speed of falling in love

I’ll start off by saying the same thing everyone else has said about the movie: “ZOMG THIS MOVIE IS SO BLEEPING BEAUTIFUL!” On a more serious note, the visuals are truly stunning. The backgrounds are just so lush with detail and some of the lighting effects are brilliant. There are times when there are no characters drawn on the screen where the scene is so detailed that it may easily be mistaken for a real life location. I’m actually quite happy that I waited until the R1 DVD came out (because watching in 56” rear projection awesomeness is worth the release wait). Five Centimeters certainly lives up the billing as one of anime’s visual masterpieces.

I have one small beef with the movie: In the end, I feel like I could not attach myself too much to Takaki. Yeah, I did feel bad for him and the movie as a whole does a solid job emphasizing moments of personal emotion. However, the movie could have done more to construct a foundation for this released emotion. Read the rest of this entry »