30-day anime challenge #3: Favorite male anime character ever

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So I just realized that the various topics for this 30-day anime challenge is no different from the first 30-days-to-one anime challenge I did at the beginning of the year. My bad.

But at least keeping this discipline of blogging daily will show me how much my tastes have changed! If they’ve changed at all…

It’s not hard to find a male character in anime that you wouldn’t have an initial crush on. And more often than not, they have several predictable traits: has a way with the ladies. Or he may not. Will fight for the girl he likes. Will be unusually patient with girl. Acts cool. Has a sense of righteousness. Or not. Could be very nonchalant and distant. But girl will always feel a connection with him. Has an air of mystery about him. Somehow always comes out at one of the winners.

So I have a range of characters which I hope will present the diversity of personalities that make these guys more believable to me than most.

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30-day anime challenge #2: Favorite anime you’ve watched so far

haikyuu oniku banzai
“ONIKU BANZAI. HALLELUJAH. ALL PRAISE TO THE ALMIGHTY MEAT.”

I don’t have an ultimate favorite. There’ve been so many shows that I enjoyed during various seasons in my life. At some point, it was Rurouni Kenshin or Ghost in the Shell: Arise, Cowboy Bebop, and Samurai Champloo. Two years ago it was Attack on Titan and Psycho-Pass. Last year it was NoragamiHaikyuu!! and Knights of Sidonia.

I’ve been introduced to Fate/Stay and Kuroko no Basket, but they weren’t outstanding. I’ve also dropped shows halfway: Knights of Sidonia: Battle of Planet 9Fate/Stay Night (Season 2), and Ranpo Kitan: Game of Laplace. Tokyo Ghoul was amazing, but Tokyo Ghoul √A was a bit underwhelming, though I managed to finish it.

So considering how good this fall season’s lineup has been for me, I’m going to list these as my top favorites:

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30-day anime challenge #1: Very first anime you watched

Before Ranma 1/2 and Sailormoon, there was Doraemon, Nintama Rantarou, and even Kimba the White Lion. I remember watching some episodes as a small kid for the sole purpose of improving my Mandarin (the only anime available and on television were dubbed from Taiwan).

But I remember now there was a show even before all of that, of a yellow Twinkies car rolling over hills and hills. I remember the opening theme song well, because it started with “ben ben…. benbenbenbenbenbenbenbenbeeeeennn” (奔奔). I never figured out what the anime was called though. Until now.

So here’s in all honest truth, my earliest memory of anime, before grade school:

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Noragami and the power of words.

(From left) Kazuma, Bishamon, Hiyori Iki, Yato, Yukine, and Ebisu
(From left) Kazuma, Bishamon, Hiyori Iki, Yato, Yukine, and Ebisu

The tongue has the power of life and death,
              and those who love it will eat its fruit.
                                                                                     (Proverbs 18:21)

Noragami is without a doubt one of my most favorite series in recent years. I stumbled upon the manga by accident soon after it was launched, and it revived many years of anime draught in my life, when I was just about to give up. Yato was unbearably endearing, and his relationships with those around him amused and touched me on many occasions.

Many themes come to mind with this series, but the power of words and the things we say is something that resounds with me the most.

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“Everything Becomes F: The Perfect Insider” OP animation sequence – plagiarism much?

As usual, the Youtube link may be taken down. So enjoy it while it’s there. And while you’re at it, compare it to this: It’s not easy to forget an animated dance sequence like the one Ryan Woodword did four years ago. So it didn’t take long to find some similarities… Granted it’s not exactly the same, but one can’t help but feel that the animation … Continue reading “Everything Becomes F: The Perfect Insider” OP animation sequence – plagiarism much?

Paying for anime.

The view on the way to the nature trail at Towada-Hachimantai National Park in between the mountainous borders of Akita-ken and Iwate-ken.
The view on the way to the nature trail at Towada-Hachimantai National Park in between the mountainous borders of Akita-ken and Iwate-ken.

I’m back! I had a lovely 2 weeks-ish in Iwate-ken. Temperatures ranged between 12-25degC – cold at night but hot at midday – and I got to catch up with some very lovely people that I hadn’t seen in over a year. I also survived a tsunami warning at three in the morning, watched a friend sustain a badly fractured knee cap (she had to return earlier for surgery), and became a farmer for a day picking apples and packing sacks of rice, thus returning home two shades tanner.

Adjusting back at home and at work has never been so hard. Of course, coming home to the annual haze didn’t make things any easier either.

Home sweet home....
Home sweet home….

I’ve been in a huge funk with my anime shows of late. I’ve noticed that I haven’t been able to finish practically all the series I started this year – from Your Lie in April to Knights of Sidonia: Battle for Planet 9, and even Ranpo Kitan: Game of Laplace.

What have I actually finished? I Can’t Understand What My Husband Is Saying 2, Usagi Drop, and Oruchuban Ebichu – possibly the most perverted anime series I’ve seen yet. 
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In honor of Edogawa Ranpo: Reviewing cases #1-3 of Game of Laplace

Ranpo Kitan Game of Laplace

There is no doubt in my mind that the creators of Ranpo Kitan: Game of Laplace (「乱歩奇譚 Game of Laplace」Ranpo’s Stories of Mystery: Game of Laplace) wanted to honor the works of Edogawa Ranpo, a thriller novelist and Japan’s answer to Arthur Conan Doyle and G.K. Chesterton (responsible for Sherlock Holmes and Father Brown respectively – although I believe the comparison should be more of the former). I personally am a fan of Edogawa myself: one of my prized books in my possession is a single collection of short stories translated into English, called Japanese Tales of Mystery and Imaginationwhere I also read The Human Chair. I also have another book called The Edogawa Ranpo Reader, which contains both fiction and non-fiction essays. And anyone who’s familiar with Meitantei Conan (「名探偵コナン」Detective Conan) would’ve already known who he is.

… Yeah I know you’re not here to read all that back-story. But four episodes and three cases in, I have a few thoughts and observations I’d like to share.

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Suzumura Kenichi, you sly songster.

(Disclaimer: It’s not that I didn’t know Suzumura Kenichi sings. It’s just that I didn’t know how.)

Most of us who follow Animeverse are aware that seiyuus (voice actors) have multiple jobs to complement what they primarily do. This includes hosting, being their own radio talkshow host, attending anime show events, singing, etc. So even if they do have a talent management agency representing them, the work they do doesn’t feel any different from that of a freelancer or YouTuber.

(On a completely irrelevant note, if they’re doing so many things to make a living with their voices, I wonder if the income one gets from pure seiyuu work isn’t all that great.)

If I had it my way, seiyuus shouldn’t get into the music business, unless you are exceptionally good. I mean, I love the likes of Kaji Yuki, Daisuke Ono, Kamiya Hiroshi, and Hanazawa Kana, but I will never buy their albums – not even their character CDs.

Only a small handful have made it in my book – and by small, I mean only three: Hayashibara Megumi, Miyano Mamoru, and Sakamoto Maaya.

But now I think there’s a fourth.

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