Monthly Archives: May 2011

It had to happen, Kimi no Iru Machi 137(END)

Well, that was a good run. The series had it's ups and major downs,
but it had to end sometime. Thanks for the memories, Seo Kouji.

What? It's not April Fools day? Holy time machine Batman XD

Hidan No Aria episode 01

Well here’s a series I knew of before the Anime announcement, Hidan No Aria. But like Dai Maou though, it was through it’s manga version, and not the novel version. That’s kind of going in the weird direction right? The first adaption, and then the second adaption. But something tells me I won’t dive into the original source like Dai Maou, for reasons as lame as “not enough time”. This episode review will be seen from the manga reader’s view, so if I suddenly spout something unknown, it probably would help to read the manga a bit.

So, episode 01 starts in a rather thrilling way… Imagine sticking a bomb under Paperboy’s bike, and the gameplay is “deliver XXX newspapers before the timer expires while dodging obstacles, oncoming traffic and inbound bombing runs, if mission fails, BOOM!” For some reason I’m finding myself wanting to play a game like that XD

I want to know who started that, you know. The part where like the first 5-10 minutes of a movie has this really interesting lead-in that is supposed to keep you in your seat, lately lots of anime has been opening their first episodes in a similar fashion *cough*Strike Witches S2*cough* so not only do you get this Paperboy sequence in the beginning, a good chunk of the episode has it again, so the first episode has a little less content than it looks. After the OP comes a little slice of life that is supposed to introduce you to the protagonist, where you’ll think the girl who visits him (Shirayuki) is his girlfriend, and where you’ll think Kinji is a model student, but when he gets to school his bike was rigged for impact. Ah, as the Americans would say, that’s a hot seat. On his bike. I think I got that wrong. But he’s still biking around town like the Biker Mice and he’s got a Uzi armed Segway painting his six.
I don’t even know if I called it correctly, but the title girl, Aria, is probably the main character. Meh, I guess only for a shoujo series, but anyways, she spies him from atop a building. Sure, from that height it’s not too hard to see a bike being chased by a unmanned Segway, but I’m impressed that she managed to time her jump that well, because I know it’s not easy calculating the various factors of speed, wind, distance, or anomalies of third parties. Heck, what if the Segway decided to fire at her chute? It’d be a short end to this series 😛
She does manage to save his ass (literally), but I found it quite amusing how far they actually rolled (from the street, past the school gate, into the equipment shed. I’d say 50-80 meters lol). The scene between Kinji and Aria while stuck in the stack of jumping horse things was amusing, and nice to see animated. But then a couple more Segways show up. First thing I’m thinking of is, imagine if all these guys were chasing Kinji on the bike. No way Aria would be here right now XD. Anyways, Kinji’s all excited from having a rather flat chest literally on his face, so he’s gone and activated Gentleman mode, and brings out of the line of fire and saves the day. I just love how Aria is all blushing over it.
Aria’s still pissed at Kinji for having a good view of her chest, and she hides back in the jumping horses to fix her skirt, with Kinji loaning her his belt. She’s still in a tirade, and they duke it out when Kinji escalated her belligerence by actually comparing her to a little kid. Kinji simply walks away from Aria, who slipped and slid on bullets, while still ranting. Here’s something fun though, Kinji’s bag was mysteriously preserved from the bike bomb, and he continues to class with it. He encounters Aria in class, and she returns his belt leading to a rather hilarious scene between romance conditions and Aria’s anti-love stance. Next thing we know Kinji is back home, and one has to wonder if he even managed class with Aria as hot-headed as she was. But she barges in and ends the episode calling him a slave. Yippee!

Aria so gangsta!

One of the things I want to do with some Anime this season, is to see what differences occurred between the Anime version, and it’s manga/novel/game counterpart. In the case of Hidan no Aria episode 01, I will only compare to the manga since I don’t read the novel and others have said the manga is quite a close adaption of the novel. The episode only covered the first 2 chapters of the manga, and a little of chapter 3. What I’m going to do here is list the (noticeable) differences between AnimeManga.
–The Anime went a little in depth into the whole Shirayuki thing at the beginning, compared to the manga, where she had just a couple of lines. This will seem odd in the next few eps.
–In the Anime version, Sayonaki’s lectures covered some of the basics of what you needed to know for this story.
–The Segway chasing Kinji was cheap looking in the manga (loudspeaker tied on top of gun), whilst in the Anime it looks like the Segway was made for the Uzi mount lol.
–To avoid the hail of fire from the multiple Segways near the end of the ep, Kinji sidestepped. In the Manga, he leaned back. I would have to say the Manga version looked a little too impossible.
That’s basically some of, if not all of the big differences, as you can see, it followed the story details quite closely.

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Feel my Birthday: the hilarity of this day.

 Ah, my birthday. That’s what this day was all about, and you can see last year 2010, I made a post about that hilarious thing I do on May 8.

The hilarious thing I do today is of course fire up my DS and play the two games “Feel the Magic XY/XX”, and “Rub Rabbits”, sequel to Feel the Magic. Owners of these 2 games probably know why, but I’ll spoil it here for those of you who don’t know what makes these games special. You know how when you turn on your DS, and if it’s a special day, such as New Years, it makes a special boot up sound, which also plays on your birthday. Funnily enough, both of the above mentioned games have a feature like that too, where the girl in those games congratulates you with a “Happy Birthday” when you reach the Main menu of the game. I know what your thinking, I must be a sad bloke for firing up these games on my birthday, but come on! It’s a feature of the game, and I thought to myself “I wonder if I can keep up playing these 2 games on my birthday”. Ever since 2005 I have played FtM (Rub Rabbits came out in 2006) ever since, and it not only became a tradition of mine, but a hilarious test of my devotion to one of my most favorite handhelds ever. Honestly, I wanted to do that as a part of my Human Psychology research, to see if I’ve got a screw loose somewhere if these 2 games become a staple on my birthday. I’m inzane in the membrane, remember? I’m probably the only guy in this world that plays these 2 games on his birthday. This being the same guy that jams to House of Pain’s Top o’ The Morning to Ya on this day as well.

Now you are probably thinking I should get my game on with Love Plus instead. If only it was localized, yeah, because while I may understand what my girlfriend says, I don’t want to pick the wrong option when she asks me for some Ice cream XD

Let’s take a look at my customized girls for FtM and Rub Rabbits:

In Feel the Magic, that’s the only valid twintail there.
Rub Rabbits. She’s wearing the choice outfit I picked for her lol. Now that’s a twintail! The ponytail in this game is difficult to take a pic of though…
That’s when I touched her skirt. It’s not like I’m a pervert! I just haven’t touched her skirt in like, I don’t know, 1 year? lol
Thank you Sega for such a memorable game!

Happy Birthday mangatron!

May 8th. It’s a a special day for me, especially for this year, but it’s not entirely because it’s my birthday, but for several other reasons.

I’m a big fan of the anime call “MM!”, aired during Fall 2010, and if you didn’t watch it (spoilers),  at the end of the last episode, the whole gang decided to celebrate Isurugi Mio’s birthday. I really liked that scene, not because it was really touching, but that’s similar to my situation over the years, as time went on I had always spent my birthdays in a quiet way, it went to the point where my parents and siblings don’t remember it anymore (or they didn’t want to mention it lol). My own mother regularly forgot how old I am lol. It wasn’t always a sad thing, as I didn’t take it as a bad thing, but rather a chance for me to do something interesting, and during those times I was alone in remembering my birthday, and I turned it into a day of hilarity, and in recent years, it has become a bit of some insanity thrown in XD

But you might have heard that news where the MM! creator passed away recently, and I got to thinking, I liked MM so much, and now it looks like we may never get that second season we all wanted, and now I find it hard thinking that maybe the grandest thing to ever happen to the series is that Mio was no longer alone, and her birthday was finally celebrated among those that have supported her, not as club members, but eventually as friends.

So you’ll notice at the Animesuki forums, I decided to use that option to just “show day and month” of one’s birthday, it’s no longer a day I get to do something really stupid by myself, this is also in memory of Mio, and the MM! series, and I want to thank the creator for all those memories, and my decision to reveal it first on the Animesuki forums is a thank you to all the members who have put up with my inZanity and ridulous, sensible posts for a good 7 years, thanks guys and girls! It’s not over yet though lol! Now I get to celebrate with all of Animesuki 😀

Some more information as to why my birthday is special:

-This day also happens to be the officially recognized Victory Europe day.
-Born in (West) Germany, it makes the above even more special. Tom Cruise may have been born on the 4th of July XD, but I was born the day the new Germany was born.
-My name, still to be withheld till a later time, also plays an important part in the whole VE/Germany thing.
-This year also happens to be a wonderful year, and May starts off pretty nicely too. Bin Laden’s demise, and then great movies like Thor and Pirates of the Caribbean, and I’m definitely looking forward to Transformers DOTM.
-The day, 8th, also happens to be my favorite number. Not that billiards thing, honestly XD

A part of my decision to reveal my birthday was to lessen the anonymity towards my readers and to lessen that not-so-mysterious vibe that keeps emanating from my blog. Of course, things like my year and age and name are still kept secret mainly for security reasons, ones such as the recent Sony PSN fiasco going on now. I’m so glad I held off on pressing X on that PSN icon on the XMB of my PSP lol.

Some of the notable past birthdays:
-In 2003 I entered an art contest for my local library, and my Manga inspired artwork won the 1st prize. During the years Harry Potter was popular, my artwork lost to the Grand Prize: a dragon >__> I spent that prize on my birthday on volume 2 of the Onegai Teacher manga. I had the hots for Mizuho 😀
-In the same year I joined Animesuki, I was a beta tester for Novalogic and their game Joint Operations, the competitor to EA’s Battlefield. For that year and 2005, I played that game on my birthday, garnering me the nickname “RPG master”, and my suicidal gameplay style was a scourge on opposing players, which was actually my foreknowledge of the game that kept me a step ahead.
-In 2006, when I was recovering from the first of many food poisoning incidents, I decided to buy my second Apple product, an iPod 30GB (the video one. Previous Apple product was a Shuffle). It was the beginning of a love hate relationship with Apple, ending with me giving away that iPod because I was driven to madness that is the program called iTunes and the monopolistic way I had to load video’s onto it, not to mention the abyssmal battery life and the brightness update that came too late.
-2007 and 2008 saw me with abruptly ending my fansub translation career and largely recovering from repeated food poisoning incidents then on. It was then that I decided to start working on my Manga projects, and the year 2008 saw the birth of 1 project in  a complete form. Since then I have added another project which I decided was a good enough debut. The projects are currently waiting for me to recover from the trauma I am currently experiencing with the damage suffered to my right wrist during vacation 2010.

There’s something else stupid I do on my birthday,  and while I may look at it as stupid, I’m sure many of you will raise an eyebrow and go “say what?” lol. Look forward to it in posts that follow.

Dog Days episode 02

 That’s a good 40-50 foot jump… IMPOSSIBLE.

If my quip about Dog Days reminding me about the X-games with just episode 01, episode 02 further confirms this.

I’ll have to say, I was largely expecting Sink to pull off some nosegrabbing, frontside 360 shifty moves while piling up the score, and he somewhat did lol.

Mad Dog!

 I wonder whose bright idea was it to leave poor Eclair all to her lonesome, the cute little doggy shouldn’t be left alone to face the swarm of ferocious cats coming her way. So leave it to the Sink to save her, but the bloke just wanted to level up by learning some magic attacks. I guess Hero’s don’t have to earn experience points to use magic.

Sink copping a feel.
It’s here when Leon-sama joins the game, and fires a shot heard ’round the world, that causes Eclair to end up on top of the Sink. This part is where Sink cops a feel, and much to Eclair’s displeasure, the real reason I can guess why she was angry was for being thought of as a guy, and not a girl. Seems some girls still worry about breast size after all 😉
Leon-sama activates Freezing. I mean… 
We have detonation. Don’t worry, that’s just Castle Bravo going off.
The rest of the ep, or rather the entire ep was just this battle, with Leon-sama plowing the field, team-killing and all, and then showing off an incredible killing spree with her tactical nuke, until Eclair and the Sink confront her and jump her.
 Poor girl needs a bra. Might I suggest watching Chu Bra?

The battle concludes with some real fanservice from those 2 girls, ah corset Leon-sama was a deadly attraction but shimapan Eclair totally caught me by surprise and inflicted a heavily damaging nosebleed on me.

Wardrobe malfunction on live television!
To end the ep, the Sink learns he cannot go home. He is now Home Alone 2: Lost in Flonyard.