Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Nothing in Particular - So, I've been looking for a job lately.

If there's anything that could be said about me, it's that I'm as much normal as I am abnormal. I've always been known for being capable of playing any role, regardless of what actually reflects me. That said, I'm actually quite picky on what kind of employment I'm willing to seek out.

I only go after positions that I feel will challenge my intelligence and skills, that means manual labor is out of the picture, as are menial tasks like janitorial or shop clerks. Granted, I have personal experience in all these for reasons I don't feel like going into.

Recently, I've been looking at a position as tech support for a major computer technology company, I won't say which, because I'm not sure if that would be a bad thing or not.

Some people I know say the easiest way to ride the easy train as a NEET and hikkikomori is to ride the government, and while that may work for some, what few inches of pride I have left simply won't allow me to do so. (Of course, to those that are, more power to you)

Plus, I'm in impeccable health, and my military record will dash any attempt I make to prove otherwise to the Feds.

I'm actually quite excited, as a full time position, at least, the position I'm seeking, will allow me to finally buy all the figures I've wanted to buy and start buying the stuff I can't simply pirate.

And, as much as I hate to admit it and hate doing it, I'm pretty capable of talking to people when I myself am at the most, indirectly involved in the conversation.


My Current Jams - Magic World - Kurosaki Maon

This week in  My Current Jams, we have Magic World by Kurosaki Maon, the ED for To Aru Majutsu no Index II.

Whether you're all about the 2D or still on the fence, this song is still a great piece. It's a little bland if all you listen to is J-pop, but I personally think that the rhythm, progression, vocals, and overall energy of the song is just addictive.

The video itself is fun and enjoyable, featuring the singer wearing various cosplay that as a fan I had a fun time spotting and identifying.

The b-side for this single wasn't quite as awesome as the main song, but Kurosaki Maon has previously put out the ED album for HotD, so it's obvious that her talents are broad.

All in all, this song is my current jam, and has been repeating now for several days.


Monday, November 29, 2010

This Week in Anime - Ore no Imouto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai - 09

This Week in Anime, we'll be looking at Ore no Imouto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai, episode nine.

A humble episode, this week details a day at home with Kuroneko, as well as a new eroge GET by Kirino.

This hidden side of Kuroneko pulled on my heartstrings a bit.
To see a new side of Kuroneko was a very welcome change. It's funny how she hides her caring older sister stuff with that whole goth girl facade, and all together it makes her pretty charming.

Kirino griping over people already having the game she wants to play, I've been there before...
A majority of this episode is Kirino playing a new game, which was enjoyable for a few reasons.

1. Kirino's reactions are pretty moe.
2. The change in her preference over the characters is strikingly nostalgic, especially for me.
3. I've caught myself making many of the same expressions she does.

After meeting the moe character in the new eroge. I've caught myself making that stupid "ehehehehe" laugh myself many times.   

That perverted licking of the lips is also an expression I'm familiar with as I choose which girl to go after first in an eroge. (Spoiler, typically the maids)

Finally, the rich girl version of mai waifu, Saori.

Seeing Saori get a little bit of focus is a plot element all too late. The OG otaku characters usually strike a major chord with me, be they bros like Madarame from Genshiken or Saori from this show, I usually find myself attached to them the most.

She also speaks with the really rustic Samurai accent, and that's pretty sexy.

The next episode is going to be awesome just because it'll have mai waifu in a maid dress.
Kirino finishes the tsundere route in her eroge.
The game itself, at least, what was presented of it, sounded pretty cliche, so I doubt I would have enjoyed it. But at the very least, I can relate to the defeated expression one has upon clearing a game, knowing that it's all over.

This subplot was pretty charming.
A lesser plot line this episode was the fact that the three of them are now considerably good friends, as they all have this picture in their respective rooms. Kirino and Kuroneko fight a lot, but as the saying goes, enemies don't eat from the same plate.

All in all, for all it's story faults and stagnatation, I'm still really enjoying this show, and my week just won't be complete if I don't watch this every Sunday.

That said, I also want to that the guys at Mazui subs for pulling through for us and getting subs out despite their hiccups this week.


Sunday, November 28, 2010

This Week in Anime - To Aru Majutsu no Index - 08

Let it be known that I'm not a lolicon. I prefer my waifu to be of adult breeding age, not well endowed, but a healthy medium between average and pettanko. (B-C cups?)

That said, it's really hard not to like certain characters.

How do they get this big? Seriously?
Anyway. unlike the previous TWA (This Week in Anime), I won't provide a complete spoiler of the episode, as this particular episode didn't strike as strong a chord with me.

It's the Academy City with Sports Festival episode, a staple in every school-related anime, with an Indexy twist.

From what I know, granted I haven't actually taken the time to read the light novels (I've been meaning to), JC Staff has done their usual butchering job with Index, although I personally like it.

JC Staff, for what they're worth, make a beautiful kind of anime, and even in a downtime episode that's leading up to the next action-packed art, the visual experience is enjoyable and fun.

The foundations for the next arc have been laid, with plenty of service in between.

If you're just casually following this show, this is a good episode.


Saturday, November 27, 2010

This Week in Anime - Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt - 09

As a former animation major, I've studied and learned many of the little tricks of the animation industry. Particularly, the methods used to cut animation costs.

One of the more blatant in anime is simplifying the keyframes in order to make animation as fast as possible.

This title is notorious for it, and it kind of makes the whole thing look like it was made in Flash.

That said, this episode's first half was much of the same, a simple volleyball match between the angels and demons that ends with much in the way of property damage.

Pretty standard.

The second half, well, it struck an odd chord with me.

The premise is simple. For some reason or another (she says his farts smell sweet) Stocking falls in innocent virginal love with a womanizing douchebag of a Ghost.

This, of course, doesn't sit well with Panty, who is as much looking out for her sister as she is defending her duty as an angel to kill Ghosts.

Stocking doesn't care, and through several musical montagues, it becomes clear that she is willing to go to great extents for her love, even going as far as to plan to elope.

Panty of course, catches wind of this, and moves to intercept their meeting by arriving early, disguised as Panty, and kill the Ghost that had stolen her heart.

But Stocking is soon to arrive, and after a heated argument, the Ghost proposes to Stocking with a turd shaped ring.

Then it all comes together.

The Ghost is the manifestation of all the feelings of men who never found love, and died carrying that sorrow with them. All he wanted was to fall in love, and having done that, was able to pass on.

That struck a personal chord. As even an attic dweller such as myself with more 2D love than I know what to do with, occasionally finds himself wondering what it would be like to have a shared moment of happiness with a young, honest girl.

Of course, I know that'll never happen, but it's still nice to dream, haha.


Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Nothing in Particular - It's only 5:30...

So, yesterday I had a buddy of mine do me a favor and reinstate my WoW subscription.

I'm not entirely sure why, I guess I needed a time sink between my dreams of VN maker grandure and urge to write something, anything, that could place me as a reputable writer.

That said, with limited enthusiasm, I've gotten 44 levels in just a matter of weeks. Now, I'm not crazy Korean gold farmer, reaching 80 in 6 hours flat, but that's an accomplishment to me.

But what the fuck is up with all the servers I go on being the exact opposite of my faction? Maybe I should stop playing PvP servers, but at the same time the reason for that is playing with friends.

Guys, the friends of mine that I play WoW with, you guys need to pick better servers.


News - Take Moon Gets Animated

For those that are familiar with Type-Moon derivative fiction, Eri Takenashi's Take Moon manga is pretty funny. The same artist and writer behind Kannagi, Eri Takenashi is also a staff member for Type-Moon, so a lot of the content in Take Moon is aimed towards details about the characters that while making it inaccesible to newcomers, pretty cheeky and funny for those "in the know".

That said, it has been announced that Take Moon will be getting an anime. So far, the only detail I have been able to gain (granted I haven't looked very hard) has been that the director will be Seiji Kishi, the director for Seto no Hanayome and Angel Beats!

You can take that however you wish.


Source via Anime News Network

Album Review - Tainaka Sachi - LOVE x BEST

This album is really just a best collection of a bunch of singles she put out, but I'm a huge fan of hers so whatever all the same. I suppose then that this review is more on her career as a whole and not just her best album.

Mou Kiss Sarechatta (A song that as a man I really shouldn't enjoy, but do all the same)

Most people know Sachi for her work on anime such as Saiunkoku Monogatari and Fate/stay night. Both anime of...much debatable worth, and songs that were...decent.

A lot of her good stuff comes in the form of her b-sides and the songs appearing on her albums.

Maybe this is a good thing, as anime song singers usually have to either have a very strong, defined voice, or have a really big hit to forever concrete their name. At 15 tracks, it's not a bad size, and features a lot of her better tracks such as Itoshii Hito e, Lipstick, Mata Ashita ne, and Aitai yo. Unfortunately, these being in my opinion her better songs, I'm disappointed in the realization that she simply cannot do harder tracks like Kirameku Namida wa Hoshi ni.

Her voice just really isn't suited to it.

That said, it's still a good album.

On a scale of 1-10, I give it a 7.5

Winter '10 - The Story Thus Far

We're about halfway into the Fall/Winter anime season for 2010 and I think it's safe to draw some conclusions.

Let's start off with the show I'm currently downloading the latest episode of.

The World God Only Knows.

First, this show started off pretty good. The plot kind of goes nowhere quickly and the story is ridiculously simple. It's pretty run of the mill, but that could or could not be a good thing. It's...safe.

The manga was pretty popular and the overall feel is light. I'm still watching this because it's ridiculously easy.

Yosuga no Sora

I played Yosuga no Sora. I played the shit out of Yosuga no Sora because I have a maid fetish and the maid in YnS is pretty hot.

That said, I couldn't enjoy the anime at all, and have since dropped it. This isn't because the show has slews of quality streaks or is eye cancer, but because I have a large porn stash, and softcore isn't really my thing.

I have a hard time figuring out if this show is supposed to be ironically funny, comedic funny, or super serious. The game itself doesn't even have a harem ending, I don't see where they're coming up with all this 'new guy rolls into town with his incestual sister, bangs everyone.' shit from. I really do not.

Moving on.

(The note Lia hits at around 0:15 just makes my ears cringe, am I the only one?)
Fortune Arterial

What is with the world and vampires? Really. Ok, now this show is -really- run of the mill. It's the same eroge-turned-anime that we've seen a million times and doesn't really stride much in it's own territory.

If you haven't already grown tired of this, and it's like...2AM...and you came buckets to the original game (which was substandard if I recall) then I -guess- it's an ok show.

Panty & Stocking With Garterbelt

Now. Gainax are master trolls as we all know, so I'm not going to spend too much time on this one.

It's clever.

Ore no Imouto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai

Now, I like this one.

But I'm disappointed to see this title deviate so much from the original story, I'm also disappointed to see so little screentime for Saori, who I consider to be the best character behind Kuroneko. It's pretty funny but still pretty safe. The biggest appeal for it is the catchy music and story, coupled with pretty high production values.

Anything else I'm either saving for another entry, or is shit and thus dropped without comment.


Opening Post

In an effort to provide yet another voice to an already noise-filled mass of opinions and uninspired shouts, I have established this blog for a few simple purposes.

The main purpose being to express an opinion towards various aspects of the Japanese media culture from an outsider's opinion.

Yeah, it's one of those blogs.

Sit back, enjoy the ride.