A short but fun day – My Saturday at Zenkaikon

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Zetsubou-shita! Itoshiki-sensei hung himself again. Though, he seemed happy that I wanted his picture.

At first, Nii-chan and I weren’t planning on going to Zenkaikon because I was having my Homecoming that night. We finally decided to go because we wanted to see how Zenkaikon changed from last year. We were quite amazed when we walked through the door. Read the rest of this entry »

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Random Anime Moments

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Who would’ve known that I could use Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei as an anime moment.

tsukagi-48.jpgWhile school passes by and finals become right around the corner, I begin to notice random moments that I can compare to anime to. I know that some of you will be saying, “Of course, Silly. Some anime is realistic to a point.” or something like that but those moments shouldn’t be ignored! (well, that’s what I think) Since I’m on the topic, I might as well tell you my small anime moments. Read the rest of this entry »


Lovable Imoutos; a Yukari Tamura complex? – Memorable voices defining seiyuu careers

Friday, February 15, 2008

Coming late to the party… I had this in the works about two days after the 15th episode of CLANNAD. But other blog stuff + work had put this down on my priorities list. Now that Stripey and Koji Oe put up their imouto-related posts, it’s time to revisit this post.

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Ni-Pah!

whitehatazn-48.jpgIn another wild episode of CLANNAD, episode 15 introduced a new character, Mei Sunohara, who is voiced by Yukari Tamura. Mei is just simply awesome (as proven by the amount of imouto love in the anime blogosphere after episode 16), but her screentime was short lived. Yet, the first thing that goes through my mind when she introduces herself at the end of the episode is that she should’ve followed up by saying “And this here is my friend, Yuuno-kun.” The somewhat unfortunate thing is that Yukari Tamura will always be remembered for voicing Nanoha Takamachi from Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha no matter what she does with the remainder of her career. She has attempted to vary it up with other notable character roles such as Sakura Yoshino from Da Capo, Mai Kawasumi from Kanon and Rika Furude from Higurashi. However, one can still hear her signature Nanoha voice in almost all her character roles which is probably a very good thing to stake your seiyuu career on.

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Reflections on NYAniFest 2007

Monday, December 10, 2007

Shot of NY

Otaku and the City, what’s the worst that can happen?

chigaimasu-48.jpgSo the New York Anime Festival was last weekend. After a little fighting with bro-ham, I “won” the right to provide the review of the show for you folks out in the blogosphere. After some thought, however, I decided I had not been to festival enough (We only went on Saturday), to give an honest review of the proceedings. So this will more likely take the form of “things that struck me as interesting” post. Here we go:

1. The Industry “Force” is strong in this one. The NYAniFest brought nearly all of the major players in the Anime and Manga industry into the Jacob-Javits center. From ADV to MediaBlasters, and from Del-Rey to Tokyopop, it seems the industry couldn’t give up the chance to advertise themselves in the city that never sleeps.

Bandai

Seriously? Looks like Bandai is planning to milk this kitty dry, or until they get the rights to the second season. Looking forward to Code Geass and Lucky Star though.

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Because in Japan, Less is more. (Moe, that is)

Monday, November 19, 2007

chigaimasu-48.jpgGood evening, ladies and gents. I’m chigaimasu. I will (hopefully) be the second contributing writer to this blog. While juggling college and other obligations, I’ll hopefully be punching in my two cents whenever I feel it’s appropriate. Anyway, shall we begin?

I wanted to get this first article out a week or so earlier, but such is the life of a college student. A little more than two weeks ago, the Japanese Saimoe 2007 tournament came to a close. For those not in the know, the Saimoe tournament is a 2 month, viewer’s choice elimination tournament, where the fans pick which anime character is the most moe. (It is assumed here that moe is understood by the reader. If not, visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moe_(slang) for more information).

This year’s winner was Furude Rika from Higurashi no Naka Koro Ni Kai. Even though I have my opinions on the events of this year’s tournament, I will not get into arguments over whether or not this was the right call by the voters. That’s not my style. I am going to point out something that seemed apparent to me as the ending stages of the tournament came together. I found it very fascinating that the two finalists (Rika and Sanzenin Nagi from Hayate no Gotoku) were little loli girls. Backtracking, you can also find that 3 of the 4 semifinalists (Shinku, Rozen Maiden Ouverture) and 7 of 8 quarterfinalists (Konata and Tsukasa, Louise, and Nanoha [yes, Nanoha counts. Even though she’s 19, She started as a little loli girl back in 2005.] from Lucky Star, Zero no Tsukaima, and Magical Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS, respectively) were also little loli girls. It seems the otaku believe in building their moe small.
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