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Archive for July, 2008

Or, if you’re a fan of alternate titles: And Then The Yuri Started.

NOT HISTORICALLY ACCURATE.

WARNING: NEITHER HISTORICALLY ACCURATE NOR SAFE FOR WORK

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Wait, the anime industry’s broken?

Over at Shameful Otaku Secret, the venerable Otou-san has been discussing the woes of the anime industry of the past few days, first defining the problem and putting forth some ideas, then asking famous bloggers for their take on the issue. (As I write this last bit he’s putting the final post or two… Do go read, they’re all interesting, well-thought out reads.)

Of course I ain’t one of those featured bloggers; perhaps this has to do with me not even knowing that the anime industry was in dire straits in the first place, although I did hear that Japan’s economy had taken a bearish downturn in the last years. Or perhaps because I made the leap to “anime blogger” a whole month ago, so I’m not exactly world-famous… yet.

But there’s no law that says I can’t jump in, no? So here we go! In the blue corner: the poor beleaguered behemoth studios and licensing companies. In the red corner: evil fansubbers who eat babies for breakfast!

How anime companies would like to deal with fansubbers. (Artist rendition).

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I knew today wouldn’t be an ordinary day when I got on the subway on my way to Otakuthon 2008 and found myself standing next to Aang from Avatar.

Yesterday (Saturday) was a no-go for me since I was stuck at work. I decided to make up today for my absence by arriving early — so early that the convention hall hadn’t even opened yet. Not a problem! I passed the time by wandering off into the labyrinthine corridors of Montreal’s Palais des Congrès. I eventually stumbled into the backstage area where the first person I came across was Lauren, a friend from work who was wearing a walkie-talkie and a desperate face.

Alarm sirens went off in my head when I saw Lauren’s eyes light up after spotting me.

All pictures in this post are clickable. Enjoy my blurry photography skillz!

All pictures in this post are clickable. Enjoy my blurry photography skillz!

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Whew! What a crazy week of overtime at work and gnawing my fingernails waiting for my fansubber to finally release the next Kaiba. Yet exhaustion is no bar to my verbal diarrhea! Do mind the spoilers as usual, dear reader.

By the way, here’s the picture next to “orgasm” in my dictionary:

Yes. FUCK YES. You go, girl.

Yes. Fuck yes. You go, girl.

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I live in Montreal, Canada, and this weekend I’ll try my damndest to swing by Otakuthon 2008, an anime convention whose existence I learned just a couple of days ago. I’ll probably be stuck at work on Saturday, but if you’re attending, look for me on Sunday! I’ll be the guy wearing neither black nor eye-searing neon pastel tones.

Now to find some batteries for my trusty camera so I can bring some photographic souvenirs back to you, dear reader…

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Another week of raw, unsubbed Koihime Musou fun. I’m sure I’m missing some of the jokes, but come on, you’re not in it for the witty repartees either and you know it!

Oh yeah. It went there. More after the break.

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Now and Then, Here and There is a critically-acclaimed TV series from a few years ago that features a crazy militaristic leader, a magical water girl and plenty of emotionally scarring moments. Worth the watch? You’ll have to check out the review to find out!

Read the entire Now and Then, Here and There review here!

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I’ve been following Macross Frontier for a while now, but my fansubber of choice for the series hasn’t released anything for the last month, and so I’d last seen Ranka, Alto, Sheryl and co. in episode 11 as they blasted towards Gallia IV and its contingent of irate Zentradi Marines. Today being my day off, I rummaged around the good ol’ Internet and found out that four new episodes had aired since then. After, uhm, legally acquiring them from other sources, I sat down for an afternoon of Macross musical mayhem! Here are the highlights.

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How about this for news: I’m officially declaring “This Week In Anime” a regular feature on this blog! Every Friday or Saturday, I’ll recap and discuss the happenings in that week’s TV series. Can’t promise I’ll be able to fit every show I watch in every weekly post, but if your favorite didn’t make the cut, check back the week after and chances are it’ll be on the menu then.

For now, how ’bout making the rounds together with me, dear reader? Let’s see what bounty this week’s anime provided us! (As usual, spoilers ahead; check the tags and tread carefully.)

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(Foreword: This is what, my third Code Geass rant in as many weeks? Forgive my indulgence, dear reader, but Code Geass is so interesting I’m afraid to pass up any opportunity to dissect the beast while it still breathes. Plus everyone’s watching it so I’m not spoiling anyone’s fun – at least I hope so. Read on!)

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