Archive for May, 2008

31
May
08

IIDX GOOOOOOLD

Finally got a copy after around 2 days of waiting. I totally suck compared to everyone else, but at least I’ve already passed 8th dan, despite my inability to on the arcade. Candy Galy [h], 革命 [a], 電人、暁に斃れる [h], and Get on Beat [a] were rough though.

I must say, it is fucking awesome. I can’t describe it any better right now. I stayed up until 3 4 in the morning just playing. If you’ll excuse me now, I will leave.

edit: only now did I realize that I posted the picture twice. orz.

27
May
08

Subterranean Animism

Here, I write my impressions and opinions on Touhou 11 and the entire Touhou series as it stands today, though I shall concentrate mostly on the former. Feel free to skip this entire post because it’s just a huge wall of text.

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24
May
08

TokiKake Screening and Megami Deluxe vol. 1

So first off, if anyone else (in the Philippines) doesn’t know it yet…

And I reiterate:

I’m hesitant to post the screening times, but I’m sure anyone with a degree in Google-fu can get them, which I guess makes the entire point moot. Because there probably won’t be another chance like this, I’m going to try and get to all three screenings. Seeing as it’s a free showing, in 35mm no less (which apparently is loads better than DVD quality), however, I’m sure I’d be lucky to get to watch even it even once.


And in other news, I got myself a copy of DMP’s Megami Deluxe – an American version of what “it [DMP] determines is the best of the magazine.” [Wikipedia] It’s completely unlike a Megami since it only concentrates on the posters and rather than just throwing in a random bunch of posters from currently airing anime, it gathers a whole lot of them, then categorizes them into themes (ie: swim wear, school uniforms, etc.).
Seeing as some posters are from some older shows like Mahoraba, it didn’t surprise me that there were some shows I’d never even heard of before, like UFO Ultramaiden Valkyrie However, most shows are still relatively new – I’d at least recognized most of the series included, such as AIR, Kamichu!, Galaxy Angel, Ichigo Marshmallow, Negima!, FMP! TSR, and Shuffle!
Was this a good book? Yes, it’s definitely a step closer to bringing awesome stuff like Megami to the English-speaking community. Was this a good buy? I’d say… kinda. The book itself set me back 1,100 Php (over 25 USD) and while it did come with a huge 15″ x 41″ poster (dakimakura style, mind you), it was of Mai and Arika from Mai Hime and Otome, and that’s not really my thing.
However, the second volume’s yet to be released, and it will come with – get ready for this – a similarly sized poster from Nanoha A’s. FUCK YEAH. I seriously have to get that, no matter what the cost. According to RightStuf, it comes out on July 22nd, so go preoder it or something. Anyway, the rest of the pictures after the jump.

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22
May
08

On Aria.

prepare for absurdres

When people heaped praises upon ARIA, I was hesitant. I thought to myself that it was just another slice-of-life anime.

I was so wrong.

18
May
08

Figure Review: Hiiragi Chihaya

Yet another impulse buy. Shops seriously need to stop selling stuff at half price.

So here, we have another magical girl to complement the previous (and superior) one. As one can infer from the title, she’s Hiiragi Chihaya. Apparently, Chihaya comes from the anime (and OVA/eroge), Magical Canan. Given that it’s from around 2004 (I started getting into fansubs around 2005~2006), I know nothing of the show except from what’s on Wikipedia; therefore, I can judge the figure based solely on its own, which I shall do after the jump.

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10
May
08

What I spent the last four and a half hours doing

This.

Medicine~ ❤

05
May
08

Artbook: Your Eyes Only

Okay, I think I’ve been spending far too much money for artbooks now.

I’ve had a number of artbooks already, but this is the first English version artbook I’ve ever seen and impulsively bought. With 170 pages of art, one would expect a lot of content. Indeed, there is – about 150 pages of Chii… and nothing more, save for picture commentary.
Your Eyes Only is sorted, rather than chronologically, by theme (ergo: “flower.”, “after school.”, etc.). The art itself has a lot of relaxing, pastel colors, in a style reminiscent of Italian oil paintings. CLAMP’s art isn’t really the world to me – it’s nice and all, but it doesn’t particularly strike a chord. That said, a lot of the pictures here are very well done, nicely detailed, and pleasing to the eyes. Every so often, a black and white picture or collage of pictures breaks the monotony, giving some contrast and a bit of rest for the eyes – a rest much-needed, after having your eyes exposed to such a multitude of tones and shades of a wide gamut of colors. Rather creatively done, the back portion gives the commentary for each picture – the source and a bit of what CLAMP had to say on it.
Unlike just about every other artbook I have, there is no interview or text-heavy area in the book. I have no idea if the original is the same or if Tokyopop decided to just not translate that (which I doubt).
Nothing else to say, really. While the thing ran at Php 999 at Bibliarch, a sister bookstore of Fully Booked, I got it for about 800, thanks to a sale they had going on.
With over a hundred pages of illustrations, this is a must-have for Chobits and CLAMP fans. Still, now that I think about it, unless one is into collecting artbooks or is the aforementioned kind of person, this artbook isn’t really worth getting.

Hit the jump for more pictures.

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