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They kept the hatching! Yay!!
They kept the hatching! Yay!!





















A bunch of screenshots and new VC material was posted yesterday on Chirashi no Ura, and all I can say is WOO!!! They kept the hatching line style that the game used! Er, actually, they just sort of tried to imitate it, but hey I think they did a pretty good job considering they're apparently on a pretty tight budget with this series. I'm just happy they didn't just toss the style out the window altogether since that's part of the reason I loved the game (it was preeeettty...).

They also had some new character design pieces posted for Edy and whatever that blonde masochist engineer's name is (but who cares about him - he was freaky!):
Edy looks a bit weird imo, but hey, it's Edy!.... Sorta like Minami-ke style perhaps?
Edy looks a bit weird imo, but hey, it's Edy!.... Sorta like Minami-ke style perhaps?























They also had another promotional art piece:
Welkin just seems so... plain?
Welkin just seems so... plain?










































So there you have it. More little bits can be seen at their site, like if you want to see what the masochist freak looks like, but I'm not gonna scare you good people by posting him here.
Also, the Valkyria Chronicles anime is gonna be broadcast in HD!!! WOO!!! I know that's not exactly anything new, but I'm happy anyway.

(For those of you wondering where my usual Gundam Wing wiki update post is instead of this and you haven't seen my status bar, I've been busy as hell the past few days, so progress in that is on a temporary hiatus, probably for a week or two until my hard classes stop raping me with tests horribly.)
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VIZ MEDIA ANNOUNCES ANNUAL ART ISSUE OF SHOJO BEAT MAGAZINE 

April 2009 Issue Covers Visual Arts And Techniques Taught By Leading Manga Creators Well As Fashion, Crafts And More 

San Francisco, CA, March 11, 2009 VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment industry’s most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies, has announced an exciting issue for its annual Art Issue of SHOJO BEAT magazine, expected to hit newsstands nationwide on March 17. In addition to the next installments of the currently serialized shojo manga series CRIMSON HERO, HONEY AND CLOVER, HONEY HUNT, HARUKA: BEYOND THE STREAM OF TIME, SAND CHRONICLES and VAMPIRE KNIGHT, this special issue will allow readers to explore the latest trends in Japanese kawaii artwork, evaluate the approaches of top shojo manga creators and more!   

The special April 2009 Art Issue of SHOJO BEAT, a continual favorite with readers takes a broad approach to art, focusing not only on visual arts but also fashion, crafts, and cooking. “The Fine Art of Kawaii” spotlights five key Japanese artists who have captured the often elusive cutting-edge of cute. "Manga Art Schooled” analyzes the varied and distinctive art styles of five master shojo manga creators including Matsuri Hino (VAMPIRE KNIGHT), Arina Tanemura (The Gentlemen's Alliance †, FULL MOON), and the talented female artists who compose CLAMP (X/1999). Readers and budding artists can gain tremendous insight into each of these artists’ styles and understand and apply these unique techniques to their own work. Finally, “Cooking: Feast for Your Eyes" will offer up 10 easy and creative tips for artistic food plating.  

“We are excited to present SHOJO BEAT’s annual Art Issue knowing the tremendous interest it generates among our very creative readers,” says Narasu Rebbapragada, Senior Editor, Shojo Beat Magazine. “Research has shown that SHOJO BEAT readers draw regularly or are similarly creatively inclined, so we‘re confident that this year’s issue combining fun and savvy articles will again be a huge success!”  

The issue also contains an exclusive preview of Rinko Ueda’s TAIL OF THE MOON PREQUEL: THE OTHER HANZO(U), whose story is a prelude to the popular romantic ninja comedy TAIL OF THE MOON. 

For more information on Shojo Beat magazine, which is rated T+ for older teens, please visit www.ShojoBeat.com.

About VIZ Media, LLC

Headquartered in San Francisco, CA, VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), is one of the most comprehensive and innovative companies in the field of manga (graphic novel) publishing, animation and entertainment licensing of Japanese content. Owned by three of Japan’s largest creators and licensors of manga and animation, Shueisha Inc., Shogakukan Inc., and Shogakukan-Shueisha Productions, Co., Ltd., VIZ Media is a leader in the publishing and distribution of Japanese manga for English speaking audiences in North America, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and South Africa and is a global ex-Asia licensor of Japanese manga and animation. The company offers an integrated product line including magazines such as SHONEN JUMP and SHOJO BEAT, graphic novels, and DVDs, and develops, markets, licenses, and distributes animated entertainment for audiences and consumers of all ages. Contact VIZ Media at 295 Bay Street, San Francisco, CA 94133; Phone (415) 546-7073; Fax (415) 546-7086; and web site at www.VIZ.com.
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While firing up the app store this morning looking for the newly released Oregon Trail game I noticed that there are two more Eva apps on the store.

Eva Vol. 4 is a calender app that lets you take a picture of an Eva themed calender and use it as your opening screen and will run you $0.99, check out screenshots on Appliya's site.

Eva Vol. 5 is a puzzle game using screen captures from the series and will run you $1.99, check out screenshots on Appliya's site.

Anyone planning on picking these up?
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Welcome to Cougerville - where all we are is the day Naruto Met Granny Tsunade...


So, im going to make really funny as possible. Or at least try.

Is it me, or we young bucks turning into Naruto all of a sudden? I mean all of us, cus the Babyboomer females are fucking horny as a motherfucka these days.

We had RealLiveActiontick on that Peacock Network, Now we have another Cougar RealTick, then we hear Cher with two young guys, it continues.

But there is a reason why Naruto calls her Granny - she's 50 years old! (well 52 by the new series) and keeps her self 25 by some short of trick (I forget the name).

But dont you think Kishimoto when he was retooling the Manga 6 years prior was talking about the Cougars?

I mean its a little sad for these females. They Grandmammas now. I mean god - that pussy was DONE by 35 son. Why cant they grow old with dignity? Its almost the reason why people gravitate to Mrs Obama - she's ugly as sin but they love her arms and what - im not saying here they say it they say it son.

So not being too much of a fan of the series - from the little bit I saw - All Naruto does is play his Denis the Menace role and Tsunade gets angry cause she thinks he cant be the next Leader of Leaf Village. All while the Late, Great and FUCKING AWESOME Pevry Sage remembers the good old days and laughs Tsunade's concerns away. Cue better than it should be music. "On the Next As the Leaf Village Turns: Hinata and Sakura cat fight over Sasuke, while Snake Dude tries to take his son back - but Neji will not allow it! Find out on (We cant say CBS here - we will get sued)...cue dramatic music - fade out...

But in all honesty, we were shocked. We all though she was 25... when these boys keep saying she's 16 when she going on 11. 

What? are you Denying that older women cant do the ugly?

No i'm not saying that. Its just that has it gotten that bad in relationships we have to look older? Remember the episode when...yeah ran into two watermelon sized brick-walls. Thats us. Because we are running into those bricks. 

Not saying something we don't know - but most females peak when there 16. The Government can lie about it, but there is too many fucking truths to this. I can say this from experience - when I was 16 all  the females looked nice. Its hard for a brotha because if there so much good estrogen and pheromones waiting to picked off, and you got Closed Circuit Cams all over the place waiting for you do do something wrong... It leads into combustible situations. 

As we grow older, well things sag. Bad. some are able to keep great figures. Some get enhancements. Others have great genes...but they sag son. Reason number 151 anime is in trouble in both the states and Japan is because there isn't enough big chested chicks for the Americans and Japan brings it young, mostly. Japan used to have what the US wants - but that was when the Gekgia style was being animated during the 80's to the very late 90's. 

But there are "Tsuandes" in the real world - Older women who defy age - such as Morgan Fairchild (62) Cher (51) Susane Summers (In the full house spinoff i cant remember on the top of my head, 60). I don't think there is anything wrong with it - just because ones old doesn't mean she has to feel old, i just want it to be graceful and dignified. 

But the Media is doing all these Cougar Chasing for the Lulz. And they say 4Chan is the den of evil. 

But then again, when Naruto cant get Sakura (even at this point) and Hinata hasn't been worked as a suitable companion (dont give that Kissing Cousing BS!) all i hear is OMG LULZ HELL NO and moar plz from the fanboys.

But you have to admit... they do kinda look...cute togheter...(eww no did i say that...?)
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So as you heard reported here on Anime Vice Code Geass R2's Adult Swim run is on hiatus.

Initially I was pretty furious, granted that I am two episodes behind and catching up on my DVR. I was wondering, WTF are they doing? Seriously, as bad as the second season that people say it is, I would like to see it through to the end.

I have all of season 1 on DVD, and even now season 1 is available for free on YouTube.

This isn't the first time that Adult Swim has pulled an odd schedule change, not too long ago Bleach was pretty early at 11:00 or 11:30 (don't remember exactly which). Code Geass was pretty early too, but then they changed THAT to 5am. Moribito is gone now also which I was watching, but that series looks to be on hiatus as far as it is in the U.S. (I haven't seen any DVDs for any episodes past what was aired on Adult Swim).

So, on the bright side this is looking to be like Bandai's issue currently in getting the dub out fast enough and/or getting the DVD version from Japan. I don't know the exact situation, this is merely speculation!

In the end we win some and lose some here. We gain an extra episode of Bleach (which is great as we're exiting the Bount arc, which wasn't bad but is when it comes down to it...filler), we get a recap of CG R2 so far (which I don't mind, I think I missed an episode or missed some of the content of some of the episodes). We lose Shin Chan (although I have a backlog of episodes on my DVR). So...it's an interesting play by Adult Swim, Bleach gets a better time slot and two episodes back-to-back (probably because a few weeks ago it hit #2 in ratings for their Saturday night).

Yes, I didn't mention Naruto, but to be honest the episodes they were are on are pure garbage (the last 70 episodes or so were nearly unbearable IMO) and I have never been a huge fan of the English dub (which is a lot coming from me, trust me!). And also the episodes are free online on a multitude of sites like Crunchyroll and Hulu in 480p which is much better then the standard defention of Cartoon Network.

So what do you think? Who do you think is at fault for the hiatus of Code Geass? Do you even watch Adult Swim's anime block?

Let me know!!
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RIGHT STUF’S NOZOMI ENTERTAINMENT Announces
THE IRRESPONSIBLE CAPTAIN TYLOR TV Series Remastered DVD Collection

for May 26, 2009

Box set to include complete 26-episode television series with remastered video.
GRIMES, IA, March 10, 2009 – Anime producer and distributor Right Stuf, Inc. and Nozomi Entertainment are pleased to announce THE IRRESPONSIBLE CAPTAIN TYLOR TV Series Remastered DVD Collection will be released on May 26, 2009.

The new, thinpak-style box set will include the entire 26-episode television series and feature remastered video footage from the Japanese DVD release, as well as “soft” subtitles. This release also marks the first time the series will be available to North American audiences with the original Japanese eye-catches, openings and closings and without digital overlays for signs and other on-screen text.

One of the “50 Best Anime Ever”Anime Insider
“the best science-fiction comedy ever animated”
Animerica

“Entertaining and fun… Very recommended.”
AnimeOnDVD.com

“Highly Recommended”
DVD Talk

“One of the best anime series you’ll ever see.”
AnimeFringe.com

“a solidly plotted serious space series that incidentally happens to be hysterically humorous”
SciFi Weekly

The Irresponsible Captain Tylor is based upon a series of novels by Hitoshi Yoshioka and features direction by Koichi Mashimo (Tsubasa: RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE, Noir, Sorcerer Hunters), with production by Big West (Macross, Macross Frontier), d-rights (El Cazador de la Bruja, Gun X Sword) and Tatsunoko Production (Gatchaman, Casshern Sins). The English dub stars Crispin Freeman as “Captain Justy Ueki Tylor,” Lisa Ortiz as “Azalyn,” Rachael Lillis as “Yuriko Star,” Carol Jacobanis as “Harumi Nakagawa,” David Brimmer as “Lt. Makato Yamamoto” and Veronica Taylor as “Shia Has.”

As a service to long-time fans who purchased previous DVD releases of the TV series, Right Stuf will offer a trade-in program, with details to be announced during March 2009.

Visit www.tylor.com for information about The Irresponsible Captain Tylor and for details about the remastered box set re-releases and trade-in program, as they are made available.

About THE IRRESPONSIBLE CAPTAIN TYLOR TV Series

Justy Ueki Tylor had his life all planned out: join the military, get a cushy desk job, and then retire with a big fat pension check. The perfect plan…until he wandered into a hostage situation and somehow managed to save an Admiral! Now Tylor – a man who wouldn’t know what discipline was if it bit him in the backside – has been made Captain of the space cruiser Soyokaze. The crew of this run-down ship is the craziest, rag-tag team of misfits you’re ever likely to see, and they’re not too fond of their complacent new leader. But they better learn to work together, because they’re about to go head to head with the mighty Raalgon Empire. For better or for worse, the Earth’s fate has been placed in the hands of a man who’s either a total idiot – or an absolute genius! Contains the complete 26-episode TV series with remastered video from the Japanese DVD release!

THE IRRESPONSIBLE CAPTAIN TYLOR TV Series Remastered DVD Collection (Thinpak)
Pre-Book: 4/28/2009
Street Date: 5/26/2009

Runtime: Approximately 650 minutes, Dolby Digital Stereo, Color
Genre: Science Fiction / Comedy
Suggested Rating: 15+


Format: DVD (2.0 English Audio, 2.0 Japanese Audio, English Subtitles, English On-Screen Translations)
Catalog #: RSDVD0906
ISBN: 1-57032-796-3
UPC: 7-42617-0906-2-2
SRP: $49.99


Discs/Set: 5

DVD Features:
Completely remastered video from the Japanese DVD release!
Scene access, Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo audio for English and Japanese dialogue, English subtitles and English on-screen translations. PLUS: Character bios, UPSF ship data, Raalgon Empire ship data, textless opening, textless closing, liner notes and Nozomi Entertainment trailers.


* Cover Art: Coming soon!
THE IRRESPONSIBLE CAPTAIN TYLOR TV © Hitoshi Yoshioka/Kadokawa Shoten, Tylor Project.





ABOUT RIGHT STUF, INC.
Currently celebrating its 21st year in business, Right Stuf, Inc. was one of the first players in the U.S. Japanese Animation ("anime") industry, as both an anime producer/distributor and a retailer. Right Stuf works to promote knowledge of its own products, as well as the anime and manga industry, in general, through its online storefront at RightStuf.com and a variety of media including podcasts and special publications.

 


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Ai Amano Vs. Gambit.

Kyosuke Date Vs. Blackheart.

Speedy Vs. Howard the Duck.

Speed Racer Vs. Quick Silver.

Rick Hunter Vs. Machine Man.

Lynn Minmay Vs. Dazzler.

Shinji Ikari in the EVA suit Vs. Apocalypse.

Just to name a few.
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03.09.2009

I sent off a bunch of emails over the weekend to let industry folks know that I'm heading over to Japan next week.

Since BEI coordinator Loy is also going to TAF, I decided to tag along w/ him to the Bandai Visual offices. I used to work w/ various departments of Bandai Visual back during the Broccoli USA days, so I'll be bringing snacks for various people. They moved their offices last year... and it happens to be really close to the hotel I'm staying (I had forgotten they moved to Shinagawa).

And I'll also be going to Bushiroad's office.
And having dinner w/ GAINAX.

I think I can get by this trip w/o paying for a single dinner... *evil laugh*
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03.06.2009

I visited Bang Zoom's offices for the first time today.
Voice actress Stephanie took me there b/c she had some scheduling she needed to do.

Hmm.
They probably worked on Fate/Stay night, right?
I should have dropped off the Rin figure w/ them instead. I'll bring more figures next week, maybe.

Oh, I got to say hi to Bang Zoom producers Eric, Kevin & Mami.
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I would like to go to Anizona in april, but don't if I'm going to it.  Anizona dosen't have any vocie actor/actress going to it.  Toybox is going though.  I know I'm going to Saboten-Con in October.  Here is two web sites to these cons.

http://www.anizona.org/

http://www.sabotencon.com/

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As we all know, Best Buy is cutting back on the amount anime they carry. This means sales! Just to inform those who may be in the Paducah or the area close to it that the Best Buy there is currently having a half price sale on all anime! The selection is slim and limited, but there are several good animes to be found. So break open your piggybanks or bust out that twenty that you've been hoarding since your birthday and go spend it on some anime!

I myself purchased the first season of Tsubasa for 24.99 and Howl's Moving Castle for 11.99. :)
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It's been quite a while since my last real blog, so I think it's about time for another one. You know, just to prove that I am still alive and playing games. :)

I'll start by listing the games I've bought since my last update. I'm only listing games I bought at retail. I also purchased a bunch of games from Steam, but those are not listed here.

  • Ar tonelico II: Melody of Metafalica (PS2 / new)
  • Dinotopia: The Sunstone Odyssey (GameCube / used)
  • Etrian Odyssey II: Heroes of Lagaard (DS / new)
  • Eternal Poison (PS2 / new)
  • Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon (DS / new)
  • Izuna 2: The Unemployed Ninja Returns (DS / new)
  • Lost Kingdoms (GameCube / used)
  • Master of the Monster Lair (DS / new)
  • The Orange Box (PC / new)
  • Princess Debut (DS / new)
  • Retro Game Challenge (DS / new)
  • Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4 (PS2 / new / includes Amazon-exclusive goodies)

I think that covers all my retail purchases. I hope I'm not missing any.

Since I had bought the Rockstar Collection off Steam, I played through and beat both of the Max Payne games. This means my PS2 copy of Max Payne will probably never be played. I've also found myself playing Grand Theft Auto III quite a bit, but I've only beaten a few missions.

At some point I also opened up The Orange Box and installed Portal. It was fun, it was funny, and yeah, it was short. But that just gives me more motivation to replay it, and that's fine with me.

I'm currently at the Secret Lab in Persona 4, with three Social Links maxed. It's really fun so far and has been taking up most of my gaming time.

But another game that's been taking up time recently was Retro Game Challenge, which I recently beat. It's quite enjoyable, but the challenge structure can be a bit annoying at times. Still a really good game though. The Haggle Man games are more fun than they ought to be, and I plan on playing through Guadia Quest soon.

Now there's another game that I've played that I think is worth a mention. Yes, you all know what I'm talking about. The greatest game ever made:

Princess Debut!

This all started on the Giant Bomb forums. Axersia made a page for this game I had never heard of, but the concept sounded incredible. So I created a topic pointing out the awesomeness of this game that none of us actually knew anything about. The game soon became popular, even appearing on the front page as the most popular game of the month. Someone created a topic suggesting we send a copy to the Giant Bomb guys to review. So Axersia actually called up Natsume's Vice President of Operations, and Natsume sent off a copy to the Giant Bomb offices.

Although they didn't end up Princess Debut Luchadeer soon took a liking to the game, and it can now be seen in most videos where Luchadeer makes an appearence. It even appeared in Giant Bomb's Game of the Year awards, where it garnered 16 votes. Truly that is a testament to the GB community's influence on the site and our ability to ruin awards shows.

But seriously, it's actually a pretty good game. It's like Ouendan/EBA, but with princes and an anthropomorphic rabbit.

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It was my first con that I attended last year and I plan to attend again this year and will be buying early tickets by June.^^ It's a nice convention though small and the only one close to me. I'm getting more friends to go with me this time around. =P It's located in West Virgina. clicky
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As a part of Anime Fandom, shoujo are most likely to appear in their interests. This sort of fandom which also called "fan delusions" delegates from sorts of irony to enjoyment that the series offer. It has well been criticize for its form of depiction, to the wondrous Tenzuaka on having the same gender. The context of that is somewhat a depiction of sexism involvement, on which Japanese culture was contrive in. Though many people have been enjoying these representations of this unique concept, one might wonder or question how is this easily entertaining and less likely to be offended to other audiences? These elements that is derived into the shoujo genre can be even confusing to understand despite having the entire culture of being its own confusing right.

Many people often seen, otaku as freaks and socially awkward. Due to shoujo, seeing a person fit his interest to "having a shrine dedicated to that specific character" is really awkward at its own right. Not that I disdain that sort of fandom, but ridiculous concepts like marrying a fictional character to others makes the sole purpose on having that evidence. It's the part of Anime Fandom that I hate. There are many grudges that I hate in Anime Fandom, honestly. Like One True Pairing, not only that Japanese culture tried to promote it through its context of their anime but having that inconsistently talked about is getting ridiculous. Its one of my secret grudges that I don't understand is this concept that was derived in Japanese Culture and a lot of people are easily offended like "passing the bill for same sex marriage." This is quite purely the case that I hate this Fandom because of seeing these shows and somewhat getting inspired or agreed on this.

Fan art, fan fiction to other pieces of Anime Fandom is alright. It's this degree on describing the Otaku behavior, you have. Heck Doujinshi is fairly awesome to represent how true, you are in craving Anime. Hopefully if you ever wanted both Yoko and Revvy in a doujinshi, well that's my dream yet to come! There are setting concepts of fan delusions that persists in Hentai. It's every men/otaku's dream to have Yaoi/Yuri explicit material or any other concepts that generally represents how cruel, corny to entertaining that genre is.

But all in all, generally speaking. One of the horrid parts of Fan Delusions is live-action role-playing or having the sense that "you would look good with anime eyes." The whole representation of Anime eyes is quite ridiculous as this doesn't portray emotion. But the over-exaggeration of melodramatic emotion. It's directly the opposite that, big eyes portray
Oh Good! Now, I'm definitely going to have a nightmare about this.
Oh Good! Now, I'm definitely going to have a nightmare about this.
emotion.  It's even disturbing yet creepy, to see a photo-shop of "a real person" that was implemented "Anime eyes".  Live-action role-playing of your fetishism of Anime is alright, it's enthusiastic to see Otakus, acting like they are Japanese or "pretending to be Japanese". Making social interactions more lively as well as enjoyable.

Japanese culture is quite confusing to understand too. I indulged, an article from Sankaku Complex that you generally see, women exposing all their glory as they roamed the streets of Japan. Having enjoying it as nudists and getting raped.

No, fans does not expect more from the creators. Why? Because the creators have enough content in their material that it would be ridiculous if its more Fan service than already imagined. Fan Fiction has created a effort in which that form of genre is involved but its too much to delegate from it. Bisco to other certain authors, already created parody-related Tenzuaka like Ouran Host Club. Representing the overexagerration of shoujo romance through the entirely to thoroughly is a fan fiction of Tenzuaka itself.  Yet again, there are plenty of Fan service already that "having more" is generally nonsensical at this point.

Fans owe the creators much more RESPECT than possibly imagined. It's neither unfair to fair that creators deserve that sort of treatment because they are delivering much of the content you might been hoping for.


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Copypasted from my own blog...

Says Gia:

Find some Takarazuka elements in shoujo manga or anime series-- OTHER than the following: Utena, Princess Knight, Rose of Versailles. Note that the mention or appearance of Takarazuka (such as in Ouran High School Host Club) isn't the same as the series actually containing “elements of” Takarazuka!


I think:

Ok, so Sakura Wars isn’t “shoujo” but I think it makes a much more interesting question–how does elements of Takarazuka work in a shounen/seinen title like Sakutai?

All I could think about in terms of shoujo titles along that line (at first) would be stuff like Marimite, where a big key here is that the girls take on roles that a guy would–well, more like within a certain liberated confine (a walled garden if oxymorons are not your thing) in which the gender roles are reinvented in an unisex fashion to cater to certain mainstream fantasies about womanhood. (Or manhood.) We could find these “elements” in even perhaps shows like Natsume Yuujincho, which a real-life adaptation would fit its untamed, undead, and ungendered host of ghosts. It doesn’t matter if you carry one or two X genes in your chromosomes, as long as you can scream with your emotions in style it’ll sell. Actually Natsume would be a good example, and I always want to write about how Natsume the boy is such a patsy compared to his yankee [the Japanese slang] grandmother, and what does that signify. Maybe some other time.

To me, it’s clear that there is no one answer, or one mechanism or element that makes Takarazuka Revue attractive to its predominately-female audience. And short of mentioning that not all yuri fangirls think alike, it’s just common wisdom to pepper your work with all the elements you love, of that genre. Because maybe more people would love your work if there are more elements of things people in general like to see?

Which is why the whole idea about pinning Takarazuka Revue’s charm points from shoujo manga a bit like shooting fish in a barrel. (Admittedly it’s a barrel I do not read, and do not want in general, so this is real “homework” to a degree.) It’s just much more exciting to see it play out in seinen/shounen works like Sakura Wars, or Hitohira (does this really count?), or a very deep read of the Sola anime. Because you don’t expect to see it there, yet there it is.

(For Sola, I look at it from a context that there is a whole slew of late-night breed of anime that resemble stage plays from a script compositional standpoint. I am not sure if many of them have “Takarazuka elements” or whatever but those showgirls are relatively well known in Japan. They leave a mark in the mind of some, and it’s not just some superficial reference usually. Maybe sometimes it’s an subconscious imprint which affects people or the arts as practiced locally. At any rate it’s a long shot.)

But perhaps all of that is just a coincidence. To be honest, a major theme in Ouran High Host Club is Haruhi’s personal development through interpersonal relationships, and how that is a way of feminine empowerment in Haruhi’s own context. A big part of Haruhi’s story is invariably entwined with the identity of a woman lawyer, an identity taken by her mother. Suddenly Phoenix Wright seems a natural title for the Revue to do, and it is well.

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Honestly the only convention currently planned for me to go to is Anime-Expo, which I attend every year. Unfortunately it is the only convention (anime) that I have been to, I would like to try to hit up Fanime this year because I keep hearing great things about the convention.

I would really REALLY love to go to Sakura Con this year which is having Smike.dk there which I am a huge fan of since hearing their music in Dance Dance Revolution.

But anyways AX is a must for me every year so I will at the very least be assured of going there!
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Hello all once again, school is bogging me down so I haven't been able to blog as much as I would have liked, but here we are.

I am Jimmy 'DJTyrant' Blocksom. The name 'DJTyrant' came from starting out as Tyrant (the name of a Star Destroyer in the Star Wars Universe) and DJ as in Disc jockey, influenced by my interest in the music video game beatmania IIDX.

I got into anime around 2002/2003 when a friend got Love Hina and we watched it together. We really enjoyed the series and got into other anime (Golden Boy, Cowboy Bebop) and manga also and eventually ended up at Anime-Expo 2003. My interest in anime was pretty casual at the time and was for a number of years until a friend of mine lent me some Naruto DVDs (bootlegs) and I got sucked into that series. I watched anime kind of off and on from that point, getting Bleach somewhat along the way. Fast forward to Anime-Expo 2007 when I saw the AMV Knights of Fate. After seeing that AMV I absolutely had to own that series, even though I really had no idea what exactly it was based on, or what it was about. So I tracked down Vol. 1 on the convention floor and this really sprung my anime fandom for the next year or so as I made a lot of purchases (mostly DVDs).

Primarally I watch anime any number of ways (that most of you probably watch too).
  • Fansubs: for anime not released in America, or licenceed yet (you should know what site I go to for this ^_^)
  • Crunchyroll/Hulu: for series I am not interested in owning outright, or am curious to see what it's about; or (as in the case with Naruto Shippuuden) watch series that I have been watching via fansubs
  • DVD: a big portion of my anime watching as I have a PS3 and a nice LCD HDTV to watch it on
  • TV: I got cable about a year ago and have been watching SciFi and Adult Swim regularly when they show anime.

There are quite a few series in my watching queue as I am busy with school and work, but I usually find time on the weekends to relax and watch some great anime. Currently I am finishing up Fullmetal Alchemist and will start up Welcome to the NHK after that. Weekly I have been watching Code Geass and Bleach on Adult Swim and Naruto Shippuuden online.

What are you watching currently? What is your favorite way to watch anime? Any series you recommend?

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I'm heading to Boston Comic Con which is April 4-5, and there are some other even smaller comic cons in the area that I plan on attending. I'm hoping to find the "black issue" of Amazing Spider-Man.

As far as anime goes, I'm still on the fence whether or not to attend Anime Boston, which is pretty big, but since I'm not that big a fan of anime I think I might feel out of place. I may go anyway though, since I live close enough to Beantown that it wouldn't really be that big of a deal if I went and discovered it to be a total waste of my time.
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I'm super excited for Fanime this year. I'm trying to muster two costumes for myself (and others for friends) so hopefully I'll get lots of people to take pics =) I can't wait until Fanime~
What's Awesome: Yoko cosplay definitely, trying to get my friend's cosplay design from Naruto done (yup yup narutard indeed but whatever. =P), getting all of my other friends' cosplays done
What's Crappy: BUSY BUSY BUSY before the convention. I'm killing myself time-wise basically. School is aggrivating too...

I am also hoping to go to Anime Expo this year. I've never been to a convention in SoCal so I'm trying to plan that out. If not, maybe Comic Con or something.
What's Awesome: road-trip with people (well hopefully not just one person other than myself haha), going to SoCal since I haven't in a while
What's Crappy: money issues, parking issues, living quarters issue...
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This is a very tricky question, but the short version, I think? Respect. Creators don't 'owe' fans anything in terms of content. If the readers don't like the content, they stop buying the creators' works, which is the most simple kind of contract there is. You don't like it, you don't buy it-- no one makes you pay for that manga, that DVD, that novel. But the creators need to respect their fans, and fans need to respect the creators of the works they love.

On the fan side of things: first off, I know I said "excluding payment," but compensation IS a major part of the implied creator/fan contract. That means you buy the anime, the manga, etc, even if you prefer to read it online in the long run. It's not difficult to find a way to pay for the materials...import the book from Japan (WAY easier with a manga than an anime, of course). lt's better to at least buy the merchandise than to buy nothing-- although that's not really adequate compensation for the materials themselves, either. So yes, fans owe creators the payments they require. If it costs more than you're willing to pay? Don't consume the materials. It's that simple. In the days of so much free LEGAL content online, you can find something else to do. You can also find ways to lobby for a better price (tell the anime companies that you want it, but that you want it cheaper! If they hear enough feedback saying the same thing, you bet they'll try to find a way to work it out-- but they have to know that enough people want it).

But there's more than just the financial compensation, which I could go on and on and on about (and, occasionally, have). Fans need to respect the works themselves. That means that if the creator explicitly states "no fanfiction" (as a very few have), or "no adult fanfiction," fans need to respect their wishes, even if they disagree with said wishes. It's rare that an author gets really upset about a fanfic or a doujinshi or fanart, but when it happens? It's the author's baby. Even if you don't agree with how they "raise" it, it's their right to do so. You don't get to re-write their series without implicit permission to do so.

Now, what do creators owe fans? The same thing: respect. Now, in my perfect idyllic world, that would mean that creators respect fan-made derivative works that are non-profit. J.K. Rowling has done a decent job of this by leaving alone sites that have adult material but have age-blockers in place; sites that have nothing but adult materials and poor or no age-blocking have received CODs.

Creators also need to respect fans in the very direct, personal sense. Actually, this doesn't go just for primary creators but also those involved in the creation, who sometimes go all diva-ish and treat their fans poorly. I shan't name any names here, but it can be pretty ridiculous. Creators need to keep their promises as best as they're able in terms of releasing things when they say they will, attending events they say they will, etc. They need to not treat their fans like idiots when interacting with them directly, or act like they themselves are gods among mortals. And it's better not to talk shit about fans on the Internet, either...we'll find out!

So, to sum it up again: fans and creators owe each other R-E-S-P-E-C-T. And I told you what it means to me!
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