Archive for September, 2006

25
Sep
06

Just because post.

Okay, I just had to share this.

ELEPHANTS - LARGER THAN THE MOON

24
Sep
06

Random post + some Saimoe.

So apparently, my Saimoe 2006 post’s pretty much the only thing people are reading here, so I figured I might as well do a short update for whoever.

If I’ve made a typo or two, in the names of numbers, forgive me. I’m cramming a project as I write this.

(note: some blocks have more people than others because the voting still hasn’t completed.)

Arranged by [name] – [no. of votes that they recieved most recently]

Block A1:
Sonozaki Shion — 456
Souseiseki — 657

Block A2:
Sawachika Eri — 656
Kyon’s Sister — 472

Block B1:
Fate Testarossa — 733
Ryuugu Rena — 796

Block B2:
Takamachi Nanoha — 768
Aika S. Granzchesta — 551

Block C1:
Yoshida Kazumi — 473
Minamoto Chikaru — 684

Block C2:
Itou Nobue — 385
Shinku — 706

Block D1:
Suiseiseki — 775
Suigintou — 778

Block D2:
Rebecca Miyamoto — 511
Alice Caroll — 635

Block E1:
Asahina Mikuru — 996 (well dang, just 4 more votes and…)
Alicia Florence — 579

Block E2:
Suzumiya Haruhi — 803
Nagato Yuki — 846

Block F1:
Shana — 884
Ana Copola — 574

Block F2:
Aruru — 631
Yagami Hayate — 635

Block G1:
Hazuki — 411
Azusagawa Tsukino — 375
Ichikawa Mayura — 357
Enma Ai — 387
Tohsaka Rin — 478
Cisqua — 403

Block G2:
Reinforce — 386
Hitotsubashi Yurie — 411
Akane Soir — 428
Oume Ayumu — 465
Kaminagi Ryoko — 440
Sendan — 338

Block H1:
Katagiri Himeko — 407
Houjou Satoko — 507
Limone — 506
Solty Revant — 466
Rider — 314
Suzumi Tamao — 463

Block H2:
Konohana Hikari — 356
Housen Elise — 384
Fujioka Haruhi — 418
Erstin Ho — 553
Eruru — 675
Mizunashi Akari — 573

And as for the “random” ness…

a quick summary of random crap:

-those people over at #shrinemaiden (#shrinemaiden @ irc.pyoko.org) have just gotten me to play PangYa, aka: Albatross18, aaka: LoliGolf.

-people’s search results that led them here include:
“ANIMAX FUK”
“English version of pixel maritan”
“Katekyo Hitman Reborn!”
“Metal Wolf” anime”

boy, people can be weird eh?

-I just loved off my copy of Ever 17, and goddamn, I’ve sunk half a day’s worth of time into it and I still haven’t even gotten to the fourth day yet. It really does deliver over a hundred hours’ worth of gameplay…

and… I guess that’s it.

19
Sep
06

Local Anime Scene gets cues from Fansubbers.

Just a couple months ago, Animax-Asia decided to add some rather popular series to its lineup of (horribly dubbed) anime. Honey and Clover (YES), Paradise Kiss, and Kamichu!.

As for my opinion on this, I think it’s really good that Animax is grabbing these more recent (read: really good) titles and releasing them to the general public. More people will be exposed to what anime can, and should be — not just what it is. Of course, I’m talking about those kinds of stereotypes, “anime is porn”, “every girl has XBOXHUEG boobs”, “it’s just senseless fighting”, “there’s no intelligence in it”, “anime is mindless blather”, to name a few. Just these few series can show some of the better sides of anime, like slice of life, like drama, like happy moe goodness.

Of course, with any (and all) good things, comes a little string attached; a little price to pay. In this case, we have to (probably) bear with English dubs. And well, Animax-Asia, the Philippines, in particular, is pretty well known for badly dubbed stuff. I mean, look at GTO’s dub. If you don’t cry from the voice acting, then go and kill yourself — you are the most apathetic person EVER.

Still, maybe, just maybe, I’ll watch it (referring to H&C, because that’s the only one whose subbed version I saw as well). Just for the heck of it.

links:
http://www.animax-asia.com
That channel :V

16
Sep
06

Saimoe 2006

As you might know, the Saimoe 2006 tournament is going on right now, and competition is fierce.

*note: almost all of what I’m saying about who’s going to win is pure speculation*

On one end, we have a good number of possible finalists, like Shana, Suiseiseki (desu), Mikuru, or any of the Tsukamoto sisters. In the other block, there’s probably a couple of clear-cut winners. Namely Haruhi, Yuki, and Eri. Of course, the only way we’ll ever find out is, with much anticipation, to watch the next few matches. And may the most moé girl win!

links:
http://saimoe.hp.infoseek.co.jp Official site
http://danbooru.donmai.us/post/list/tags/saimoe A bunch of images, each being an update of the other, showing the results of the rounds in English. Definitely useful.

PS: I just went through my referrers, and I found a rather peculiar one. Apparently, someone went to excite.co.jp’s translator and viewed my blog in Japanese, as seen here. I… won’t even ask.
Also, I found out the someone from another animeblog — a Filipino like me, no less — referred someone to this little corner of the web. Grr, you get hosting from animeblogger, grr…
I also had a look at the search keywords that people used on Google or whatever to get here, and among the more interesting ones were:
– “dna game anime”
– “negima beats”
– “yogurting”
– “fucker fighter”

(Yeah, I fail at making bullets. Someone please tell me how.)

So I can assume that people want more Yogurting, more game-anime, and fighters that fuck.
Well, I can’t exactly talk about Yogurting now, since I kinda quit. Game / anime? yes, I will talk about that stuff. No “fucking fighters”, but I will talk about eroge — that has fucking. And I might talk about some fighting games, but still mostly shmups.

So, well, I should end this entry now.

PS: I should update my blogroll soon…

08
Sep
06

Of murder, taiyaki, comet interception, and piloting fighter planes.

And so with episode 22 of Higurashi no Naku Koro ni, this so-so animation has finally gained credibility in being a good series once again.

For the beginning, in typical Higurashi style, we are given a glimpse of what happens in the future (which as just 5 episodes away, apparently). Rena looks cool, yet rather insane in a black tight suit while the other 4 are just staring at her talk about… something. Oh, there was some dead guy, but I can’t tell who. Probably Rena’s mom or Satoko’s uncle. With the first half of the episode, we are shown a good bit of filler. Not that it’s a bad thing, of course, as we see Rika in Angel Mort’s waitress outfit, Mion in a Gym uniform + cat tail, and Satoko in a maid outfit. As the second half of the show progresses, we are given a little insight to Rena’s childhood, and we get to see her dad too. Soon after, we see her mom once more, but this time, it’s in the present. Now, we are given a new reason to hate Satoko’s uncle, whose name wasn’t worth remembering. He is blackmailing and “badgering” to earn money, and guess who’s the woman who’s doing that badgering — that’s right, it’s Rena’s mom! We then see a bit more of Shion and Kasai explains a bit about Rena’s mom and that bastard uncle. The episode ends with Rena doing a little facial contortion thing that we all love — a clear indication that we’ll see uncle fucker get his head bashed in again. Only this time, with a huge fucking machette.

This ep was probably one of my more favorite ones, if only for the fact that we see Waitress Rika, Gym Uniform Rena and Maid Satoko. Also, episode 22 was pretty important, information-wise since we are given a good backstory to Rena’s childhood. I’m definitely awaiting the next one with much anticipation.

Okay, next topic.

This is pretty old, but I just watched a trailer for Kanon 2006, and HOLY FUCKING SHIT. The animation just blew me away. Never have I seen this kind of quality in any other animation, ever (maybe asides from some stuff like Haruhi, among others). Kanon’s backgrounds were beautiful, equalling, if not surpassing, those found in a regular eroge. Scenes from the trailer had also matched many of those found in the actual game, as I saw in *someone’s* comparison. All I can say is, I am definitely looking forward to grabbing this series.

Moving on…

Again, probably really old, but I found the sequel to Stratos 4, aptly titled, “Stratos 4 Advance”. It deals with the journey of 3 new girls in the Okinawa base. One thing I definitely like about it was that nearly the entire cast (or probably everyone) was still present in the sequel. This means that, yes, the budget’s gonna take a hit from this, but the interaction I loved back in the original will still be present here. Now I need to wait for the next 5 episodes. Stupid slow and crappy internet…

Now for something non-anime related.

Just a few weeks back, I made a shocking new discovery. The arcades at the basement of a somewhat nearby mall are home to two of the most well-known shmup series EVAR: Strikers and Giga Wing. While I am overjoyed that I can finally sit down and play some quality games, I am sad as well, for they are in coin-op machines, which are quite annoying to work with because every fucking time I play Giga Wing, it eats up my credits every few times I jam some money into it. More annoying is the fact that this mall where the arcades are located at is in a distant location from both where I live, and where I go to school. Which means I only get some happy fun shmup time for 30 – 45 minutes every Sunday. And that’s assuming I actually get to go there at all.

Now to wait until those machines are junked. Then I’ll take ’em and bring ’em home (to quote Rena, omochikairi~~~!), hopefully with no expenses on my part. Afterwards, I plug it in, and shmup up my house so hard that even God will want to come and play.

02
Sep
06

Fall Season Preview of Anime

Here.
What, you thought I’d be giving you a preview myself?! Get real.

So my reaction to the new series:

Love Dol: Lovely Idol
Good character art, but it’s another of those generic harem anime.

009-1
Oh, I like war-stuff. I’ll probably poke around about this one.

Mamoru-kun ni Megami no Shukufuku wo!
Magic + romance. Perhaps, yet perhaps not.

Shijou Saikyou no Deshi Kenichi
Okay, bad art and it seems action-oriented. I pass.

Tokimeki Memorial
The game recieved a lot of praise. I’ll probably grab the first couple episodes to see if I like it.

Negima!?
So we shall soon see how Gainax and Shaft can save this dying series (no thanks to Xebec).

Kanon 2006
I don’t care if it’s a remake or not, I am watching this. No doubt about it.

Kekkaishi
“a 14-year old… an exterminator of monsters” Action and some romance. Typical stuff, so I pass.

_Summer
Harem crap. No way.

Happiness!
I’m watching this, if only for Jun.

Yoake Mae Yori Ruri Iro Na
This reminds me of “Lamu: the Invader Girl” for some reason.

Black Blood Brothers
Involves vampires and lots of action (probably). Not necesarilly a bad thing.

Buso Renkin
Oh God, I cannot, for the love of God, stop thinking of the first episode of Bleach.

Jinzo Konchu Kabutoborg VxV
Okay, what?

Gift Eternal Rainbow
I can’t stop thinking about incest for some reason. Seems like generic harem stuff agaib.

Otome wa Boku ni Koishiteru
Yummy, delicious trap. I must have.

Sasami Mahou Shoujo Club 2
There was a season 1? Anyways, looks like mahou shoujo again, so I might pass. Or not.

Tokyo Tribe 2
Never heard of this, therefore, I am not watching.

Bikkuriman Hikariden
Kid’s show = fail.

Gin-iro no Olynsis
Says mecha is involved. The character designs look pretty decent as well.

D. Grey Man
Interesting, but a typical action series again. Art’s quite good, at the moment.

Bakumatsu Kikansetsu Irohanihoheto
No comment.

FREEDOM
The plot seems like it’s supposed to make you think (ie: Technolyze)

Kujibiki Unbalance
Hmm.. I’ve seen that girl with that helmet before…

Eien no Hou
I don’t like the art, so *skip*.

Kiniro no Corda ~Primo Passo~
Seems like shoujo stufff.

Souko no Strain
Premise seems interesting to a point. CG better be good too.

Bartender
Looks to be a slow-paced, slice-of-life thing. I’ll probably try that

Hataraki Man
All I kept thinking about was FUTA, no thanks to the synopsis.

Shounen Onmyoji
The male lead looks pretty good, but I don’t even know the plot.

Afro Samurai
Well, an afro = win, amirite?

Silk Road Boy Yuto
Well, it’s about China, and I’ve had enough of that. Plus, the main protagonist is no very good-looking.

Katekyo Hitman REBORN!
I have no idea what this will be like, but I’m not wating either way.

Marginal Prince ~Gekkeiju no Ohji Tachi~
Okay, bishounen. *Pass*

Pumpkin Scissors
No comment.

Öban Star Racers
Racing-action anime. Not my thing. Character designs are cute though.

Code Geass Hangyaku no Lelouch
(Maybe it’s “CodeGears Hangyaku no Lelouch”?) It’s mecha and from Clamp, which might attract others.

Death Note
The manga was good, so I’ll see how it transitions into anime.

The Wallflower
Based on a manga. 4 guys are allowed to live in a rich, posh mansion for free if they can convert a girl from goth-freak into a decent-looking girl. Del-Rey did the manga adaptation, though I’ve never read it yet, so it might be good.

A Spirit of the Sun
Looks really bad. It’s only 2 episodes long though, so I might just get it either way.

Tempou Ibun Ayakashi Ayashi
Apparently, there’s a crossdressing woman, and that itself merits enough to be watched.

Sumomo mo Momo mo
Reminds me of “Bobobo bowhatever” with the name itself. The character art looks really cute too. Maybe I’ll stick around with it for a bit.

Ghost Hunt
No comment.

Asatte no Hoko
“Please change my body…” Ohoho, I like that sound of that. Looks like a drama-ish thing though.

Master of Epic
No comment.

Red Garden
I do not know what this anime is about, but it seems pretty interesting, by the synopsis itself.

Black Lagoon Second Barrage
Sequel for Black Lagoon. No idea if it’s good or bad.

Jigoku Shoujo ni Kago
Sequel for Jigoku Shoujo. I never watched the first, so I’m not watching this either.




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