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Global Shinkai Day

I’ve only heard about this from Diego‘s post, actually. I never knew there was such an event. As such, the man does indeed deserve praise for his works, which, while sometimes lacking in a few aspects, never fail to stir up some form of emotion within the viewer, be it of happiness, melancholy, marvel, or even anger. I’ve noticed that on the first viewing of any of his films, I become drawn to the story, rather than the emotions. The plot, rather than the characters. The general flow, rather than the details. As such, I do believe that, like a good wine, partaking in each film becomes more and more enjoyable the more we watch it. You begin to notice the small details, or, knowing the story, you begin to feel for the characters and their situations much more than you would in your first, second, third viewings. Perhaps this is one reason why I seem to favor these types of films over the mainstream films of today – mindless action and violence – that only serve to pump one’s adrenaline before quickly flatlining at the end, never to be viewed again. But I digress.

Though I’ve tried to secure legit copies of all 4 of his films – She and Her Cat, Voices of a Distant Star, The Place Promised in our Early Days, and 5 Centimeters per Second – I’ve had no luck with the third, and thus cannot fully simulate the Shinkai Film Fest. After a little bit of searching, I was able to acquire a copy of it, however, and will proceed to watch all of them thusly. For those who don’t have copies, Crunchyroll also seems to be streaming the movies for free for its members. Apparently, a dub for 5cm is also present, but I’m not really big on dubs, even if they were supervised by Shinkai himself. Perhaps I’ll just take a quick peek to see what it sounds like. Of course, for those who can watch it in better quality, I highly suggest you do. The breathtaking scenery he paints in his films is beyond incredible. And kudos to those who’ve got Blu-ray versions. I certainly can’t play them.

Here’s to Shinkai; may he produce more of his marvelous work, and may we continue to partake of it.


In Anticipation of an Aria

The boxset, that is. Diego’s probably ordered one for each of us already so we now play the waiting game.
As a pre-Aria sort of experience, I went and got myself Aria Volume 3, the latest so far (just published September this year). It’s indeed a very wonderful thing. Also stopped by AniCon 2008. Not really worth going to, but there were less sponsors. That’s cool. And there was a maid cafe (which I couldn’t get into because everyone kept staying for so long). Hit the jump if you care for the long version.

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Wordcamp Philippines 2008: Aftermath

I actually had one of him smiling, but then it was way underexposed and beyond salvation, even with Photoshop.

Really, really tired, but Wordcamp Philippines 2008 was freakin’ awesome. No really.

Quick rundown of notes and things before I take a nap:

Some statistics:

24th – where the Philippines is ranked among countries that use WordPress
24th – where is ranked among most popular sites (coincidence?)

Over 166% – WordPress’s growth from last year
Over 11.15 million – Downloads this year
3.6 million – blogs
6.54 billion – Pageviews
4.96 – Average plugins per blog

7.63 million – WordPress users

And some neat news: WordPress 2.7 is due this November.

What to expect? Well…

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WordCamp Philippines 2008

So! usagijen wrote a post on this WordPress Camp waaaay back then (too lazy to find the post) and suddenly, she brings up the fact that there’s a registration. Well holy crap, I never knew that. Thankfully, I still kept the official site bookmarked (WordPress Philippines Camp) and I quickly registered. Hopefully, I will be able to spend a Saturday with my fellow Filipino WordPress users.

So why did I join?
I’m joining for a number of reasons. First of all, it’s a great way to learn more on WordPress itself. Tips, tricks, and all sorts of things on the platform. Not only that, but it’s also a good way to meet a bunch of fellow Filipino bloggers – usagijen and perhaps bluemist (if he can come), to name a few – as well get some ideas and concepts on writing and other things.
Perhaps, it may be my inner desire to be more outgoing and independent. And what better way than to attend a conference an hour or two away from where I live without directly relying on anyone for help?
And Matt Mullenweg is coming. I think that’s pretty awesome in itself.

And now I’d like to extend my gratitude to Mindanao Bloggers for arranging this event. Many thanks also go to these sponsors for supporting the camp.

As for the schedule, it’ll be held on September 6, 2008 at the Augusto-Rosario Gonzalez Theater, 5th Floor Mutien Building of College of Saint Benilde in Taft Avenue, Manila (their site has a vicinity map).
Apparently, even non-bloggers can join, as long as they have a liking for WordPress, though they have a different registration finalization method.
Anyway, anyone else coming?


ToyCon 2008 was…

This is sort of what I feel like, sans the bags and paper tube, and that rather than exhaustion, I feel disappointment.

a mediocre con. It was plagued with a lot of problems (like most cons here). Too crowded, not a lot of things to do if you’re not with a group of overly lively people (I was more or less alone both days), and so on. However, what I love about the cons here is that anyone can get a stall and sell whatever they want, as long as it’s related in some way. In the Philippines, because most collectors generally belong to a group that encompasses anything nerd-culture related, anime, cosplay, and everything else is included, so even if you’re just selling random anime merchandise, or stolen fansubs (shame on you), or old, second-hand stuff you wanna get rid of, then you’re allowed to.

Because I don’t care much for the con (cons themselves here suck in general), I will refrain from talking about the event itself. That and I forgot to bring a camera to take pictures so I’ll just leave that to whoever else writes about it. Or Google.

I’ll cut this off here because one of the three things I bought is rather not worksafe, so just hit the jump for the stuff.

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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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Quick purchases

I just came from some toy convention, the name of which has already slipped my mind, but I did do a bit of spending over there.

note: I would love to go on but my keyboard asploded lol.
I will get back to writing this post when I get a functioning keyboard.

I was supposed to go out and get a Logitech G11 (because I don’t need an LCD readout and I want a blue backlight), but then I realized that would set me back about 3,500-something so I hijacked my dad’s computer’s keyboard for a while instead (which is the exact same model as my old keyboard).

Anyway, purchases. I came unprepared as I didn’t even know that there was such a convention happening, so I only had a small bit of money with me; hence, the small amount of purchases (though even if I did come prepared, there wasn’t much anyway, since it was mostly crappy Western fare.

What’s funny is that they’re all impulse buys.

Stuff I bought:
Kotobukiya 1/8 Lemmy Miyauchi from ToHeart (Php 400)
Raijin G&A Issue 1, 2, 17 (Php 20 each)
Raijin Comics Issue 3 (Php 50)

The Raijin stuff is like, 4-5 years old, each released weekly; G&A (Game and Anime) tackled mostly Japanese otaku culture-related things, even having a feature on Comiket in one issue, while Comics is pretty much like Shounen Jump.

There were two reasons why I bought the Lemmy figure: (a) it was cheap, and (b) I had a metal trading card featuring her on one side (the other side had all the ToHeart characters, but I didn’t take a picture of it anyways). Overall, quality is pretty much the lowest, compared to others like Kureha (who was actually auctioned off at the con) and Fate, but value just can’t be beat. Three crappy pictures after the jump.

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