Where generic-brand moe may just be as good as the brand name…

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Selection is important in some areas and not as important in others (like above). Can you get value with generic-brand moe or is moe something too refined to go for less?

whitehatazn-48.jpgOf the shows I’m watching this season, I started picking up the first few episodes of Akane Iro ni Somaru Saka. Even though it has quite the who’s-who of a seiyuu cast for a harem show, the show itself is not particularly impressive. Outside of Rie Kugimiya’s character being really annoying for a tsundere character, the other thing I’ll note is that I’m starting to really like Aya Hirano’s character, Minato. Part of it is because I tend to like a character which fits the motherly/housewife harem archetype. Part of it is the conclusion that came to me in the first episode: “Wait… She looks like a Nanoha knockoff.”

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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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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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Dude, your mom is hot… Mothers in Anime

Friday, March 21, 2008

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Stacy’s mom has got it goin’ on
She’s all I want and I’ve waited for so long
Stacy, can’t you see you’re just not the girl for me
I know it might be wrong but I’m in love with Stacy’s mom

whitehatazn-48.jpgSo I’ve kinda disappeared from blogging for a while as bro and sis have taken over a bit (with the exception of my kyonko-love post). The reasons are many (work, mom acquiring a new car and a recent Atlantic City trip) and I kinda don’t feel like going into all of that. I’m back (along with $90 of AC winnings) and ready blurt out my random thoughts once again.

Last week, I’ve stumbled upon CCY’s interesting post on the convenient disappearance of parents in anime over at Mega Megane Moe. That is certainly a solid read worth at least a look (as I am willing once again to prop my fellow anime blogger’s article and thus saving myself from rewriting stuff already said). My thought on it is that anime centered on teenagers and young adults is kinda a given with anime’s target audience often pointed at that direction. It is also makes things alot easier for storytelling since teenagers unsure of themselves often makes a good starting palette for character development. However, anime with the child-parent dynamic is usually a really intriguing element and I kinda wish anime explores it more often. As long as it doesn’t get too angsty (another good article in the anime blogger community).

Also last week, I just had the opportunity to watch True Tears episode 9 (again, I’m behind on my anime as well). And in the various scenes we see her character in this episode, one of the things that I randomly come to my mind: Shin’s mom is quite hot. After reading the non-existence of anime parents post, this has me asking: Where are all the hot anime moms? This is the question I’ll explore somewhat this week. Read the rest of this entry »


Downin’ some Guinness: Anime Characters that would make good drinking buddies

Monday, March 17, 2008

Guinness

Kanpai!

chigaimasu-48.jpgIn honor of St. Pattie’s day, a holiday that is almost irrevocably linked to alcohol and alcoholism, I stopped to think, “Hmm.. if I could go to a bar and down a couple of cold ones with an anime character, who would I pick?” Well, I came up with quite a few to pick from, but I’d love to hear who else would probably be good. Anyway, without further adieu, we toast to you, anime men and women of genius.
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Winter 2008 Mid-Season Recap – March Madness Edition

Sunday, March 2, 2008

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Kyou’s stroking it like it’s hot… err… I mean stroking three pointers and not that kind of stroking… you sick freaks…

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With March already here, sports fans in the United States are preparing for one of the special multi-week events in sports: The 2008 NCAA Division I Mens Basketball Tournament. 65 college mens basketball teams will face each other in one of the largest single-elimination tournaments in all of sports for the NCAA Division I College Mens Basketball Title. The large event structure draws millions of viewers and office bets each year.

There are two ways a team makes it into the tournament field of 65 teams. The first is the automatic bid where each conference selects one team usually determined by winner of the conference tournament (the Ivy League has no conference tournament so the automatic bid goes to the winner of the regular season). The second method into the tourney is through an at-large bid. The NCAA Selection Committee looks at the remaining spots and selects teams from the remaining field by looking at a team’s key selection items such as record, strength of schedule, quality wins, bad losses and the slightly controversial figure of the RPI. Once the field is filled, the committee seeds them and selects the first round match ups in each region on the Sunday of the end of the conference tournaments (Selection Sunday). The first round games of the tourney usually begin on the Thursday after.

Up until Selection Sunday, a number of sports analysts make projections as to which teams would make the tournament. Since about more than half the field is filled by at-large teams selected by the NCAA Selection Committee, pre-Selection Sunday analysis often becomes an interesting topic on ESPN or for water cooler talk. There are a number of sports analysts who write and discuss solely on the pre-Selection Sunday analysis such as Joe Lunardi’s Bracketology which attempts to predict the entire tournament field, seeds and match ups. Most analysts compile a team’s key tournament selection information into what is usually called a tournament resume and they predict the possible seeding or non-entry for that team.

Below are both mine and bro’s attempts at taking the pre-Selection Sunday analysis idea and combining it with this season’s shows. Now after rethinking a few things (the comments after bro’s Clannad X’s and O’s post, the international nature of anime blogging and the [lack of] athletic ability among anime blog readership), I tried to lay out as much information on this topic as I possibly can. To be honest, analysis about this tournament can be a bit tough for the casual onlooker. Below are some definitions for the terms we plan to use and how we intend to relate them to anime. For more information check out the wikipedia articles on the NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Championship and the NCAA basketball tournament selection process. Read the rest of this entry »


True Tears Office Pool

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

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“Here’s 10 for horse number 4.”

whitehatazn-48.jpgGambling in the United States is a multi-billion dollar industry. It takes on many forms and shapes which can be both good or bad (many times it’s bad). One form is casual sports betting and one type of game in that form is a score table (or i think that’s what it’s called). Score tables have numbers on the top and the side ranging from 0-9. Score tables are used for a few people to guess the final result of a game. The better selects a few squares for a certain bet per square (usually agreed upon in the beginning) before the game beings. When the game is finished, the person who chose the winning square usually receives the total pot of everyone else’s losing bets. The winning square is usually defined as the last digits of the final score. For example, if the final score of a basketball game was 52-48, then the winner is the person who placed a bet on the square where winning team is 2 and the losing team is 8.

This game came to mind after watching the 7th episode of True Tears. After watching the 8th episode last night, it seems like a few combinations are tough to occur now. But considering that I watched Canvas 2, True Tears can still throw enough curve balls in the last few episodes to really mess things up. Plus, the character camps have gotten very distinct over the past few episodes and I’m very interested to see how the anime blogger world selects here. Being the casual gambler I am, I kinda wish opportunities to do this kind of fun post come more often.

Below is a table with a list of names on both the top and left. The top names (letters) represent the proposers and the left names (numbers) represent the accepters. Each square is a couple combination. Selecting A2 means that by the end of the series, Shinichiro and Hiromi will be together by Shinichiro proposing and Hiromi accepting.” Selecting any equal name matching square (A1, B2, C3, D4, E5, F6 and G7) means that the character will be with no one at the end of the series.

    A B C D E F G
    Shinichirō
Nakagami
Hiromi
Yuasa
Noe
Isurugi
Aiko
Andō
Miyokichi
Nobuse
Tomoyo
Kurobe
Jun
Isurugi
1 Shinichirō
Nakagami
A1 B1 C1 D1 E1 F1 G1
2 Hiromi
Yuasa
A2 B2 C2 D2 E2 F2 G2
3 Noe
Isurugi
A3 B3 C3 D3 E3 F3 G3
4 Aiko
Andō
A4 B4 C4 D4 E4 F4 G4
5 Miyokichi
Nobuse
A5 B5 C5 D5 E5 F5 G5
6 Tomoyo
Kurobe
A6 B6 C6 D6 E6 F6 G6
7 Jun
Isurugi
A7 B7 C7 D7 E7 F7 G7

*Spoiler Alert!* Before going any further, if you haven’t seen the series yet, then chances are the following information will end up revealing a bit too much information. If you are watching the series, I’m going to make assumptions about the show after episode 8 so catch up if you are behind. If you really don’t care too much about the series yet you want to participate, then read one of the many blogs covering the series to catch up. I am not responsible (most of the time) to possible harming of your viewing experience. *Spoiler Alert!* Read the rest of this entry »