12 Anime Moments in 12 Days (Day 5) – May: Addition by Subtraction

Thursday, December 18, 2008

shigofumi-09-large-11Looks like Fumika and Chiaki’s trip stateside is delayed until further notice… Someone’s not happy… (points at self)

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 I think it’s time for me to get involved in the Christmas Spirit.  Finished my last exam for the semester yesterday.  To follow up on the aside bro-ham brought up yesterday, I’d advise giving GPRO a shot, if you’re into management-type racing games.  Anyway, let’s get-a-crackin’.  

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12 Anime Moments in 12 Days (Day 4) – April: “I’d like to thank the Academy…”

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

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Speaking as someone who develops new technology for military systems, this is one of those times where I wonder if technology has gone backwards…

whitehatazn-48.jpgOn a non-anime side note, both bro and I have been playing gpro alot recently. I just received another 5th place in the last race which makes it my third straight 5th place and my fifth in the last six races. Sigh. If anyone is interested in online formula racing, drop me a comment and join. I’d like to get a team started. Read the rest of this entry »


12 Anime Moments in 12 Days (Day 3) – March: Ponytails are fine too

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

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As she commands her mecha armies from her voice-activated makeup compact…

whitehatazn-48.jpgMarch. Where to begin? A lot of stuff happened in March as anime was gearing up for both the spring television and convention seasons. But March also witnessed one of the oddest phenomenons (fetishes) to come out of anime fandom. Read the rest of this entry »


12 Anime Moments in 12 Days (Day 2) – February: Harem Arms Race

Monday, December 15, 2008

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Ah yes… the innocence of high school…

whitehatazn-48.jpgUnlike January, February had a few more stories and ideas. There’s actually enough events in this month that there seems to be a resounding theme. So what could it be? Well during this time, the anime bloggosphere seemed to talk about… bishoujo!?

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12 Anime Moments in 12 Days (Day 1) – January: Signs of Sinking Ship

Sunday, December 14, 2008

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Haha Nice boat… Oh wait… That was last year…

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Motivated by my fellow anime blogger, I will try to participate in the 12 days blogging project with blogosphere. CCY has started the foundation for this year’s project as the twelve moments in anime. I’m new to this cooperative blogging and I personally will give it a concerted effort. I won’t guarantee anything (I still have another week of work before my planned vacation). Anyway, here’s my shot.

My approach to this project is look back at this year and focus on the mood of the anime world/bloggosphere. I’m not only going to look at events, but some reactions to gauge the spirit of the fandom. What I’ll actually do is to review ANN news articles, blog posts, and anime airing at the time to get a defining moment for each month of this year. I’ll start with January and work my way to December. Hopefully covering one month for each day. The posts will probably be relatively short (again, since I’m active participant of society by working) usually consisting of the moment, some of my thoughts and some other moments in the month.

With that said, I actually really excited about this. Here we go.

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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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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 »


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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