Monthly Archives: October 2010

Hyakka Ryoran Samurai Girls official art and more

Oh look, another girl with a weapon about twice her size…

A few days ago, I was heartbroken at the minimalistic numbers of Naoe-chan artwork, and so I hunted down the official site in the most complicated way (blog-to-anime-site-to-Hyakka-Ryoran-site) possible since I was using my smarthphone to do this.

Similar to what I did with Ichiban Ushiro no Dai Maou, I’ll be collecting them into one place that would be [hopefully] easily accessible to all sorts of devices, be it tablets or smartphones.

Click here to go to the album

My favorites of course being Naoe-chan ๐Ÿ˜‰

ย Look at Naoe-chan’s legs…

Also on board the main site for all things Hyakka Ryoran, is a number of 4koma drawn by Kazahana Chiruwo. I’ll admit, this artist does make me look like a recruit lol (to pat myself on the back, I go Black and White). Although, I think one has to know the characters before hand or have novel knowledge to fully enjoy the 4koma, as I’m wondering if these characters really do have these personalities. I uploaded the 4koma to the Hyakka album in case the main site be difficult to browse (my smartphone has next to no east asian language support, or at least Opera Mini doesn’t, which can probably be said for Opera Browser too depending on ROM language). Strangely enough, 4koma #10 seems to be inaccessible (too ecchi perhaps? XD). There’s 20 (or 21) 4koma so far, with some nice Naoe-chan, Fabio, you got your work cut out for you, buddy.

Here be the sources for these fine arts:

http://news.dengeki.com/elem/000/000/294/294635/
http://hyakka-ryoran.net/4koma.php
http://hyakka-ryoran.net/index.php
http://hobby-channel.net/hyakkatv-chara

You’re probably wondering why I don’t list some images though, these should be accessed on sites like Danbooru, Moe Imouto, etc. (funnily enough, the official art of the (novel?) designed girls weren’t on Danbooru a couple of days ago, so I got those off Hyakka-Ryoran.net). There’s also the reason that, I still have not seen Google’s image hosting rules, which I play it safe by not showing 18+ content so as to avoid the Adult tag on my blog. That, and, the Photobucket fiasco had me think twice as to just how often these sites change their TOS or just what is it that ticks them off (tell me why did they have to delete this picture, which was “in violation of their terms”).

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Let the Twintail love flow

Lately, the only anime I’ve had the greater part of my mind on is Hyakka Ryoran Samurai Girls, and it’s a no brainer who the girl in that series excites me most, Naoe Kanetsugu. So, in a different approach than the Teruya Eiko interview (which I feel should stand on it’s own as the only tail related interview), I’ll talk a bit about why the love flows for my Naoe-chan.

The source

There’s always a reason for wanting something, right? Like, you’d want a car so you can drive it to take you places, or you’d want a girlfriend for some lovin’, or like how you’d want a cell phone to make calls as you’re out and about. In the case of Naoe-chan, there’s a reason why I like her, right? Well, not in the way that you think, as it’s not limited to my tail interview, but rather the source of all things character design.

Raira (or will the licensor-to-be call her Lyra?)

That’s a really big scroll. And a lot of butt to wipe :p

It’s no surprise I like to call on the Luminous Arc girls for some default template designs, but Raira for Luminous Arc 3 is, of course, the girl of that game that tingles my spider sense (this being way before I heard of Hyakka Ryoran). As you can see, Naoe-chan shares somewhat of a similar design to Raira, and for some reason I have an infatuation with girls carrying weapons much larger than normal (It’s known among LA2 players that Dia from Luminous Arc 2 is my favorite of LA2). “But mangatron! They’re all twintails!” you say, but I’d like to show you how I love the twintail and why my love goes deeper than at a glance.

I’m always amused thinking how these girls would look like in real life…

Know Your Twin Tails presented by The mangatron

There’s more to the twin tails than just a girl having two tails of tied hair. There’s the side mount, and the rear mounted styles. In the following image you can see where I’m going with this:

I’m a big fan of Hatsune Miku, green hair and all, which she sports the side mounted twin tails. This style accentuates the tails more than rear mounted, as both tails are somewhat visible from all angles (mostly due to the hair accessory used). This method shows how nicely the hair accessory ties the hair, and makes possible almost all types of accessories to be used to tie the hair. This style also accentuates what I like to call the Twin Tail Wave. (as in, when Miku turns her head sideways, the twin tails primarily go in opposite directions, clockwise or counter-clock. I might need a better name…)

ย The Twintail Wave. Note the background tail going to the right and the foreground tail moving to the left

Naoe-chan, and Raira with the rear mounted tails, provide a whole different experience to the twin tail description. By having rear mounted twin tails, when viewed from the front, they can give the illusion that they have a lot of hair flowing behind them with two hair accessories atop their head (Note Naoe-chan’s front view in the pic a few lines up). Now, whatever accessory they use to tie their hair, cannot be very wide (like the gigantic ribbon seen in anime, recent anime think Zakuro from Otome Youkai Zakuro), and it can only be fully seen from the side or rear views. Next, when these girls turn their heads, both tails primarily go in the same direction, what I like to call The Twintail Line Drive (baseball fan here). Rear mounted twin tails can also give the illusion of a ponytail when viewed from the side of a girl running forward.

Line drive up the middle into center field! The Yankee’s lose!

If you ever wondered just how much of a twintail fetish I am and how much I love Naoe-chan, this should probably dispel any concerns as to how crazy I am about them. ๐Ÿ˜„ Of course, this post is just the tip of the iceberg for my Twintail love, there’s still various other topics, such as hair color, tail length, hair accessory used, etc. Which is for another time…hehehe…. *cough*

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7 Days of Anime August 8-14

7 Days of Anime (7DA) is a column by the mangatron where he grades the episode of the week for the series’ that he follows. Grades are done with 3 things in mind: 1) How well the episode fits into the current pacing [of the main story], 2) How well it maintained a viewers interest, and 3) overall enjoyment level (Animation quality, sounds of music and voice, and use of story elements).
Legend:
A = Time well spent
B = If it’s your cup of tea, drink it
C= Only the fans will enjoy it regardless
+ = And then some
– = Something is missing…

Asobi ni Ikuyo! Episode 05

Uhm… the next cult in line full of crazies, these folks worship the cat (or the kitty ears thereof). Huh, they should just stick to anime/manga/games. That’s as close as this world will ever get to them, anyways. And we get to see Aoi meet her mama (har har), like anyone saw that coming.

Grade: C+
Pros: Hmm hm, full body suit Wan-chan. I’ll admit if they ever mentioned her name, I forgot already.
Cons: Uhm, let me get this straight. Aoi can put that suit on at will. Great…. And I have to ask this, just what is it with rich people owning a large house and stuff and a lot of the same thing. Is there anyone like that in this world? Just who set up this stereotype for anime/manga in the first place? Don’t tell me it’s Richie Rich. Not to mention they are occasionally portrayed as loners whose life sucks till they come across the main chara’s…

Strike Witches Episode 06

Oooh, an Eila Juutilainen Le Britannia Von PanzerWurfer whateverhernameis episode. You get to know some things about her this ep, like, how she likes Sanya-chan, and how she loves Sanya-chan, and…. er I mean like how she has never used her shield, and how she might be impotent in that regard, and-… wait, I’m going way outer space here…

Grade: A
Pros: You gotta love the Sanya-Eila moments in this ep. Tis really sweet, I tells ya. Like ze end, ja. And, Perrine-chan with her hair that messed up was cute. Her training session was funny too.
Cons: Hmm….bath censors? Yeah, they be bad I say. And, I gotta know…. when the girls go rocket booster up into the great beyond, wouldn’t the stage 1 girls be toast? I mean, they are pretty close to the stage 2 girls when they fired their rockets. Gots to be some invisible magic, I tells ja ๐Ÿ˜‰

Ookami-san to Shichinin no Nakama-tachi Episode 07

Here, Ookami-chan and Ryoushi go out on a date. It’s supposed to be a mission, but an accident leads to them actually going on a date. Oh wowser, this seems to continue last weeks “girls wearing something you normally don’t see.”

Grade: B-
Pros: Uhm…. this is as girly as we’ll ever see of Ookami-chan. The little bonnet cap thing, the not-revealing dress, the “I’m a 13 yr-old girl” thing going.
Cons: She’s flat chested. OOOOHHHH no that’s not me who said that. In all seriousness though, this kind of felt like the typical date episode, that won’t really progress the relationship of the main chara’s in question. Sucks to be Ryoushi, being an Onii-san for naught.

Amagami SS episode 07

Oh my, somebody ordered the Drama entree. You shouldn’t be laughing at all during this episode, just to warn you. But, it happens, you know. We’re all human, and Kaoru exhibits some of this during the run. Lots of Junichi monologue too. Wait, why is one supposed to laugh. There may be some RomCom moments now and then but it’s drama sometimes too.

Grade: B-
Pros: I’ll admit, that part where Kaoru and Juni were talking outside of the restaraunt, her legs were so pretty. Them thigh-highs, that mini-skirt, oh…. I’m not laughing, I’m melting….melting…
Cons: You won’t laugh this episode. Well, maybe during the non-Kaoru moments, but I did get a laugh when Juni walks away thinking he said a cool thing. Wait, why is lack of laughs a con…

Shukufuku no Campanella Episode 07

Another quest. This time they go out to find my lost sheep. Er… not that. But, quests are always about finding things, right? If it is just camp raiding and slaughtering, they’re not a guild but mercenaries. Wait, what the heck does this have to do with Shukufuku?

Grade: B
Pros: Nice battle at the end. I spied me some Chelsea pantsu.
Cons: Well, they’ll be talking a lot, if that makes you sleepy. Me, I like to brave the first half solely for the benefit of waiting for the eye-catch. And got some nice pantyhose eye-catch this time ๐Ÿ˜€

Highschool of the Tot Episode 06

I have a vendetta against this series, huh? Well, this time, it’s just fanservice. JUST fanservice because the story just plain sucks. I mean come on, the damn bridge is blocked, why are the people persistent on going through that? Not to mention there were some zombo’s among them. Swim the damn river or something, make a makeshift boat, find some way to cross, and for that matter, is that the only bridge in the area? And someone tell me just how common is it for cops to still use six-shooters? I understand patrol cops usually carry those, but given the chaotic situation, you’d think they had stocked up on some shotguns and AR-15’s or something. But no, crappy story gets shoved aside in favour of…. boobies.

Grade: C+
Pros: Boobies.
Cons: See above. No wait, I mean that big nasty paragraph above. Or unless fanservice doesn’t suit you, then yeah…

Seitokai Yakuindomo Episode 07

It’s le beach episode, something we’ve all been waiting for. Well, I don’t know about you, but I’ve been waiting. And it’s not like only the first half (the beach part) was only the good part, even the second half was a blast.

Grade: A
Pros: Swimsuits, bath scenes, great jokes and what not, even Hata-chan joins the fun. Shino x Tsuda moments too, it’s great. I got a huge laugh from Shino’s bathing suit color choice (knew that was coming) and Tsuda’s eroge gaming fantasy.
Cons: Very few beach episodes go all 20 minutes or so. Always gotta be first half, or less than half a half, or probably just 5 minutes of scenes, or…I’m ranting, aren’t I?

Sekirei ~Pure Engagement~ Episode 06

It’s time for some BBQ wingin’! Original Recipe or Extra Crispy? Speaking of which, Joe Stalin said “death solves all problems. No man, no problem.” Well, for more than a decade now, in anime, there’s been a lot of “Love solves all problems. No love, big problem.” I don’t have to explain how it even goes for anime and games, even Hollywood movies usually have a romance element involved. Wait, why is this relevant to Sekirei…

Grade: B
Pros: Whaa! Ripped clothes! It’s assault! Assault I tells ya! I mean, you can clearly see them boobies on there! I don’t know what to think anymore!!!!!
Cons: Gah, a kiss between a boy and… that’s a girl, right? Oh lordy… it really is boobies. But, as the camera panned down low, we don’t see an elephant. Does that mean it’s a girl? Yippe kay yay!

Winner of the week:

Eila Juutilainen Von PanzerWurfer

Uh, I know that’s not her name, but for some strange insistent reason I like calling her that (Read: I really forgot her real name). But really though, her episode this week for Strike Witches was an absolutely touching ep. She likes to sing, she tried to prove she’s very well capable of protecting her Sanya-chan, did a bit of training, and the greatest part was when she used her shield for the very first time, the music was the icing on the cake, very well done and the lyrics as well. If you thought I just watch Strike Witches for the pantsu, well, you guessed wrong, it’s moments like this ep that makes Strike Witches stand in it’s own field of greatness. Hats of to you, Eila-chan. Or maybe because you can see the future too…

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