Spring 2011 anime chart

The latest chart showing upcoming anime for spring 2011 is out.

Must-watch for this season: Deadman Wonderland; Sket Dance; the Onigamiden movie, which has a beautiful trailer.

Unexpected must-watch that I searched for because of its funny name: Spelunker Sensei. As Super Tiny Cart says, "Spelunker is a Teacher, and his anime looks fantastic". Sensei is voiced by Ginpachi Sensei himself. Check out the hilarious opening:

 

Likely: Tiger & Bunny; X-Men; xxxHolic Rou, which wraps up the messy xxxHolic/Tsubasa saga but which I already know wraps it up poorly.

Waiting for reviews: Ao no Exorcist; Sekai Ichi Hatsukoi (gotta read the manga first, but the seiyuu are promising); Honto ni Atta! Reibai-Sensei, whose humor may elevate it above high-school-age fantasies I usually avoid; C: The Money of Soul and Possibility Control, which has quite the interesting-looking premise; Toriko, which looks promisingly silly.

Leery about: Steins;Gate, another complicated, inexplicably semicoloned title from the same studio that presented the poorly plotted waste of a good premise Chaos;HEAd.

Doubtless amazing but outside my genre preferences: Hanasaku Iroha, whose screen shots show some beautiful art already.

Definitely won't watch: Dog Days, which is already being brutally panned in reviews.

Not even if you paid me: Sengoku Otome - Momoiro Paradox, which gender-bends famous Sengoku Jidai figures into scantily clad, busty teens.

The best news of all is that Gintama is back, which gives me an excellent excuse to re-watch all of the previous episodes. And I finally got my greedy paws on Shinyaku Benizakura-Hen (sadly, only a low-res verion for now).

As always, thanks, Chartfag!

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April 5, 2011 at 08:10 PM in Anime & manga | Permalink | Comments (0)

Animated fun with Tim Minchin's "Pope Song"

Again, thanks to GeekDiva Herself for pointing me to this. Tim Minchin gets right to the point in his "Pope Song". And now it's animated. I do so enjoy the coming-together of fine language, music, and visual arts.

 

January 25, 2011 at 02:03 AM in History & politics, Silliness | Permalink | Comments (0)

Coolest furniture in the history of ever

Seriously, I want.

Blandhin

DALAHI

ELOISE

January 25, 2011 at 01:08 AM in Pretty & shiny: Toys, urban vinyl, art | Permalink | Comments (0)

Fun with memes: Dot Dot Dot takes typographical Flash animations to glorious new heights

I love it when GeekDiva Herself memes me some memes. Check out the latest silliness: Dot Dot Dot, from RicePirate on the Flash animation site Newgrounds. It's a magnificent send-up of an amusingly misspelled review of a game on Newgrounds. Extra credit for the narrator hamming it up with the pronunciations. Triple extra credit for the Carmina Burana.

 

January 25, 2011 at 01:04 AM in Silliness | Permalink | Comments (0)

Winter 2010-2011 anime chart

Upcoming anime. Must-watch: The Cthulhu-themed Haiyoru! Nyaruani: Remember My Mr. Lovecraft, Gosick, Beelzebub, and the Mirai Nikki "pilot" OAV. Hmmm, lots of supernatural themes this season... Holding out for reviews: Kore wa Zombie Desu ka? and Level E. Avoiding: Infinite Stratos. I highly doubt that the anime will delve into the complex gender and age issues that would make that story interesting to me.

Thanks, chartfag!

Winter-2010

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Haiyoru! Nyaruani: Remember My Mr. Lovecraft

January 7, 2011 at 02:22 AM in Anime & manga | Permalink | Comments (4)

Highly recommended: Durarara!!

Dual exclamation points and all.

Durarara!!, from the gang who brought us the also highly recommended Baccano, is about a dullahan working as a courier in modern-day Ikebukuro in Tokyo while seeking her stolen head.

The head games are epic, up there with Death Note and Code Geass.

The animation is superb, especially the magnificently accurate representations of Ikebukuro. (Those Brain's Base guys do good work.)

And the music! As epic as the head games! Things I was particularly impressed with:

  • The use of celtic-influenced themes in honor of Irish Celty
  • Action themes that were fitted to the length and pacing of the action scenes (unlike in, say, certain shounen anime where there's a predefined set of themes that are inserted full-length into action scenes even if they're a little too soon or run a little too long; it's doubtless one of the benefits of only making a single season)

There's a delicious heap of in-jokes. Books and anime and manga and Tokyo and otaku and... Like the main character's password for the network site is baccano. And when we first meet the most obvious otaku characters, they're carrying a standee of Holo from Spice and Wolf; later, they offer to torture a guy using methods from whichever manga he chooses.

And the bad guy is ambitiously, delightedly psychopathic. I'm impressed.

I seriously wanna hang out with the people that create these characters. They're twisted in all the good ways.

January 7, 2011 at 01:51 AM in Anime & manga | Permalink | Comments (0)

xkcd knows my TV Tropes pain

Seriously, I need some kind of lock-out timer or something to get me off that damn site.

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January 7, 2011 at 01:09 AM in Silliness, TMI | Permalink | Comments (0)

Fun with linguistics: observations on "fucking" infixes

So there's this linguistic term infix, a middle-of-the-word version of an affix, which The Wiki tells us is "a morpheme that is attached to a word stem to form a new word". For some English words, you can insert an expletive infix for emphasis. Check out the discussion about using "fucking" as an infix, courtesy of Linguistics: an introduction to linguistic theory:

Infix

January 7, 2011 at 01:02 AM in Books & audiobooks, Knowledge is power, Silliness | Permalink | Comments (0)

Every anime opening ever made

Montage fun with tropes. I. Will. Not. Go through this frame by frame to try to identify every single series I can figure out. Dammit.

 

December 11, 2010 at 12:13 AM in Anime & manga, Silliness | Permalink | Comments (0)

Oh, hells yeah: Gintama returns

In April 2011. I'm hella excited. To celebrate:

Some Sougo antics:

 

A tribute to Hijikata:

 

The trials and tribulations of Madao:


And of course, the beloved Kinpachi Ginpachi Sensei:

 

December 6, 2010 at 11:29 PM in Anime & manga | Permalink | Comments (0)

Highly recommended: Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

So the first Fullmetal Alchemist anime series was excellent and one of the very few series that I will recommend in both Japanese and English. Once the manga wrapped up, they made the anime again, this time called Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood. And it's freakin' amazing.

It's a must-watch. Definitely.

It's beautiful, layered, complex. And very tightly paced, notably more so than the first series -- not entirely surprising. Having never read the manga, though, I didn't realize how the first anime meandered a bit. The tight pacing moves the story along fast and hard, and it's a great ride.

Also like in the first series, Brotherhood has some damn good music. The score itself is excellent and often unnoticeably subtle. (That's a compliment.) And the opening and closing themes are well chosen. I'm particularly fond of "Hologram" from Nico Touches the Walls and "Uso" from Sid.

This is easily in the top-10 must-watch anime list, maybe even the top 5. Check it out. English, Japanese, on mute with subtitles -- doesn't matter. Just watch it.

 

December 3, 2010 at 06:38 AM in Anime & manga, Music | Permalink | Comments (0)

College students parody K-pop video

I'm amused to see that college students in any country can do amazing things when both bored and inspired. Here's some very talented amateurs re-creating the music video for Korean pop sensation G-Dragon's HeartBreaker.

 

December 3, 2010 at 05:41 AM in Music, Silliness | Permalink | Comments (0)

Delightful: video for "Gr8 Story" by SuG

"Gr8 Story" (one of the endings from Reborn) is the first SuG video I've watched. It's eye-stabbingly bright but cute as hell. Enjoy!

 

 

November 19, 2010 at 04:04 AM in Anime & manga, Music | Permalink | Comments (0)

Better than expected & beautiful: Highschool of the Dead

So now that Highschool of the Dead finished up, I just had to check it out. Zombies, after all. I was very pleasantly suprised to find it beautifully animated, consistently paced, and all-around entertaining. (Directed by the same guy who did Death Note, which was also beautiful, and animated by Madhouse, an excellent studio who also put out the incomparable Monster, which I can't recommend highly enough.)

The main detractor was the ubiquitous use of bouncy, bubbly breasts and panty shots displaying plumply filled undies and gleaming buttocks -- all the more apparent when half of our heroes' nakama is made up of high-school girls in stereotypical sailor outfits sporting stunning zettai ryouiki styles and who also have reality-bending proportions.

They managed not to overdo the romance angle, which was a relief. And the milling zombies each had a unique face, something not often managed even in live-action zombie movies.

And having Hiyama Nobuyuki, one of my favorite seiyuu, doing the voice of the otaku gun freak, gave me a little extra giggle.

If you like zombie or post-apocalyptic stuff and you can enjoy or block out the boobs and panty shots, check it out.

 

October 22, 2010 at 07:18 PM in Anime & manga | Permalink | Comments (0)

Recommended musical comedy: Tim Minchin

How in seven hells do I not already know about Tim Minchin? Musical comedy, deliciously politically incorrect, plus a bonus of Brit slang and topical humor. Check out "Inflatable You" for starters. Thanks, Dan Savage!

 

 

October 20, 2010 at 01:12 AM in Music, Silliness, Why do I not already know this? | Permalink | Comments (0)

Sweet new Bleach opening from Sid

Update 12 November 2010: And yes, it's gone from YouTube already. Here's a local copy to download; damn if I can get local embedding to work right now.

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New song from Sid called "Ranbu no Melody" is the latest Bleach opening. Not officially released yet. Enthusiastic, if grammatically challenged, sub available. I'll upload it myself if it gets deleted from YouTube. Enjoy!

 

October 20, 2010 at 12:57 AM in Anime & manga, Music | Permalink | Comments (0)

More Gintama fun: The Path of Takasugi

A casually illustrated fan video highlighting the troubled life of one Takasugi Shinsuke.

 

October 5, 2010 at 12:57 AM in Anime & manga, Silliness | Permalink | Comments (0)

Getting my Gintama fix

I'm missing Gintama, so I hunted up a Katsura fix.

Also hosted locally since YouTube vids keep being deleted.

 

October 4, 2010 at 11:26 PM in Anime & manga, Silliness | Permalink | Comments (1)

Short-film silliness: Horribly Slow Murderer with Extremely Inefficient Weapon

Following some snarky links from some people whose works I don't entirely approve of, I came across this hilarious independent short film, The Horribly Slow Murderer with the Extremely Inefficient Weapon by Richard Gale.

Check it out and laugh.

 

October 4, 2010 at 09:56 PM in Movies & TV, Silliness | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tokyo Game Show promos: Castlevania, Asura's Wrath, DMC5, Dissidia 012, FFIX, Last Guardian, et al

Here's some promo videos from this year's Tokyo Game Show.

Castlevania -Lords of Shadow- Hideo Kojima Special Edition Preview (looks totally awesome)

 

Asura's Wrath (violence and blood and violence)

 

Devil May Cry 5 (with an inexplicably dark-haired and snub-nosed Dante)

  

Dissidia 012: Duodecim Final Fantasy (more Dissidia fun)

  

Final Fantasy XIV Online (looks like it's an MMORPG like FFXI; I thought I wouln't be playing it, but this preview is freakin' gorgeous; maybe I'll check it out and see how much I can manage as a solo player)

 

The Last Guardian (latest from Team Ico; looking forward to it)

 

Deus Ex Human Revolution (haven't played Deus Ex anything before, but it's a very positively reviewed series, so I'll probably check this one out)

 

Shadows of the Damned (demons and motorcycles and Suda51; I'm so there)

 

Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep Final Mix (sweet: a Final Mix version that will be released in the U.S., unlike the first two Kingdom Hearts)

 

Yakuza of the End (Yakuza + zombies could be hella fun)

 

Knights Contract (how in the world did this manage to look boring? May skip this one.)

 

Marvel vs. Capcom 3 (with Okami's Amaterasu! Hells yeah!)

 

And finally, Dead Rising 2 Case West (zombies are still not old for me)

 

October 1, 2010 at 04:51 PM in Games | Permalink | Comments (0)

Vanquish game promo with Flow's "Soul Red"

Some enterprising genius added my favorite song from Flow's latest album Microcosm, "Soul Red", to a promo video for the upcoming game Vanquish. It's a good filler till an official video. At least, I hope there will be a video.

 

October 1, 2010 at 02:51 PM in Games, Music | Permalink | Comments (0)

Gaming fun: bringing the pain in Skate 2

Haven't played any of the Skate series, but it's damn fun to watch a montage of the physics-defying falls and crashes you can achieve in Skate 2. Enjoy!

 

 

October 1, 2010 at 02:40 PM in Games | Permalink | Comments (0)

Oh noes: Reborn anime ended

I'm still mourning the hiatus of the Gintama anime, and now the Katekyo Hitman Reborn anime series has ended. This leaves only Bleach and Naruto as ongoing series I watch.

One Piece, the only other likely current weekly-show candidate, was (surprisingly) a total snoozer after a 60-episode trial run, so that one's no longer an option.

While it's nice not to be anxious for that weekly anime fix, I will miss it. Mukuro Rokudo and his delicious voice most of all.

 

September 26, 2010 at 03:34 PM in Anime & manga | Permalink | Comments (0)

Missing more geek fun: Tokyo Game Show

Maybe one day I'll get to the Tokyo Game Show. Meantime, I'll just have to check out videos of other attendees, like this collection of cosplayers.

Note: Turn down the volume before you watch this. The background "music" is atrocious.

 

September 26, 2010 at 02:41 PM in Anime & manga, Games, Tech, gadgets & geeky fun | Permalink | Comments (0)

Reviews that make me avoid a game: Fatal gets brutalized

I probably spent more time reading this blistering review of the FATAL tabletop game than I would have attempted with the game itself, but damn, that review is impressive for the sheer quantity and degree of vitriol. It starts off like this, and just keeps on going and going:

If this is the first time that you've ever heard of FATAL, you're in for a fun ride. Well, let me rephrase: You're in for a "fun ride" if you consider a fun ride to be, say, hitting your nutsack with a tack hammer. For about four hours.

You gotta work to piss off a reviewer that much. I learned some really fun new insults from that review, too. Thanks, RPG.net!

September 25, 2010 at 09:18 PM in Games | Permalink | Comments (0)

Fall 2010 anime chart

And here's the chart showing anime scheduled for fall 2010. Psychic Detective Yakumo looks promising. The Togainu no Chi anime is a must-watch, even if it will likely omit the smut. I hope the new Tegami Bachi is as beautiful as the first season. The images for Omae Umasou da na somehow manage to make a Tyrranosaurus look skeezy, so I'll be skipping that one. And Star Driver Kagayaki no Takuto has potential via studio Bones, although I'll probably wait for reviews before I try it. The remainder of the series do not excite me.

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September 25, 2010 at 09:07 PM in Anime & manga | Permalink | Comments (0)

Nightmare in Nightwear

I don't know where the guys from Nightmare get all their energy, but they not only release nearly an album a year as Nightmare, but they've got a wacky alter-ego band called Sendai Kamotsu that loves to exclaim about how gay they are, and they've done a TV interview show called Nightmare in Nightwear, where they do interviews in... pajamas. There's nothing sweeter than Hitsugi in PJs. Nothing anywhere. Ever.

Image courtesy of Sammo6661Deth.

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September 25, 2010 at 08:42 PM in Music, Silliness | Permalink | Comments (0)

Yakuza game reviewed by real yakuza

Never played a Yakuza game, but it looks like Yakuza 3 is provisionally yakuza-approved. Great fun and really pleasant viewing layout for the article itself.

Closing quote:

Ironically, the sections that Shirokawa seemed to enjoy the most were cut out of the US version: mahjong, the sexual massage parlor, and the hostess clubs. After I explain to him what Sega cut from the US version, he said: アメリカ版を買った奴がかわいそうだ。セガUSAが最低だね.(Translation: I feel sorry for the people who bought the American version. SEGA USA sucks.)

September 25, 2010 at 08:22 PM in Games, Knowledge is power | Permalink | Comments (0)

All the fun & funny news in one farking place

So I ran across Fark.com again, which reminded me how cool it is. Here's how they describe themselves:

Fark isn't an acronym. It doesn't mean anything. The idea was to have the word Fark come to symbolize news that is really Not News. Hence the slogan "It's not news, it's Fark." Fark was originally a word Drew became known for using online back in the early 1990s. He can't remember why, but his guess is that it was either to replace another F-word or that he was just drunk and mistyped something. He tells everyone it was the former since it's a better story that way.

And they're aware of the potential zombie threat to the world:

Q: Does Drew have a contingency plan for Fark in the event of zombies?
A: No plans in the event of zombies, we're just all screwed

I totally agree that a lot of what's labeled "news" doesn't really fit the label, and it's fun to see it called out on the Fark.com site. Check out the silliness they compile so you don't have to.

July 28, 2010 at 11:47 PM in Silliness | Permalink | Comments (0)

FML: sharing depressing stories with the world

So a recent meme is FML, short for Fuck My Life, allegedly from the movie Superbad (which I haven't watched). Some cynical soul created an FML site where people share some of the crappy things that have happened to them. I suppose there's some humor in there somewhere, but it mostly just makes me feel sad.

July 28, 2010 at 11:34 PM in Silliness | Permalink | Comments (0)