AURON570 (Level 15)

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I've just discovered this site, which helps people memorize words of different languages. It looks like it mostly thrives off of user based content. I've tried some of the japanese kanji and have so far "planted the seed" for 10 japanese words. The website runs in such a way that really emphasizes repetition, but it does it in a very game-like way.

Notes so far:

-The site does not teach basic hiragana or katakana, which is essential for learning kanji. If you don't know hiragana and katakana, the best place to start is here right on animevice!

-The site does not teach grammar

-The site does not teach you how to write the words you are learning.

Overall it seems like a neat idea and it's fun to use.

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Here's what my "Watching" list looks like on myanimelist. As you can see the only Fall anime I've gotten around to checking out are both Persona 4 and Squid Girl 2.

FMA:Brotherhood - 32/64 Episodes:

Gankutsuou - 17/24 Episodes: I feel like both Brotherhood and Gankutsuou demand my full attention when I am watching them. Since they are both so heavily plot driven, I try to watch episodes from either of the series only when I am fully awake and in a relatively good mood. Both are shaping up very very well, and I highly reccomend both series.

Kimi ni Todoke - 21/25 Episodes: Unlike Brotherhood and Gankutsuou, Kimi ni Todoke is very easy to watch. Kimi ni Todoke is just so simple, inspiring and heart-warming story. I'm probably going to jump right into the second season after I finish the first season. After that I'll probably finally get around to watching Clannad: Afterstory, man it feels like forever since I finished watching Clannad...

Heaven's Memo Pad - 10/12 Episodes: I want to finish this anime soon, probably this weekend if I get enough work done on my essays. Honestly though, I'm fine leaving this one unfinished for a little while, the series turned out to be not that great toward the end, and it doesn't seem like they're going to be doing anything interesting for the conclusion.

Mawaru Penguindrum - 8/24 Episodes: Yep, I haven't been keeping up. It's not available online legally, so video quality is sometimes a bit buggy, maybe now better versions have been uploaded, but in the last few episodes I watched there were some obvious visual bugs... which is bad for an anime which has such a vibrant art style.

One Piece - 55/???? Episodes: Yes, I put 4 question marks there. One Piece is pretty easy to watch too, but it strikes a different chord than Kimi ni Todoke. One Piece is an adventure story! The more I watch of One Piece, the easier it gets to be swept up away in the world of One Piece and the adventures of the Straw Hat crew.

Squid Girl 2 - 1/?? Episodes: I'm pretty happy about the first episode. I don't particularly like the ending theme, I think the ending theme for the first season was perfect. Not sure what direction this season will end up taking, but first episode definitely delivered more Squidiness. Sometimes I find myself thinking of squid puns.

Persona 4 - 1/?? Episodes: The best for last I suppose. I checked this one out only two days ago. It's a pretty great start. Having watched the endurance run it is interesting to think about what a person watching this without any exposure to Persona 4 would think of it. The pacing feels very very fast, but is very faithful to the game. It's a pretty hard task to turn a 70+ hour game into roughly 11 hours. I wouldn't really recommend watching this for people who aren't already familiar with Persona 4. Many things are taken directly out of the game and used to good effect, there were many times I went, "OHH SHH-".... I was pretty excited.

Man this took longer than I thought it would to write... Oh well, Hopefully tomorrow I will have time to watch and write a plot summary for episode 2 of Squid Girl 2. Until then, happy thanksgiving, may your anime-watching habits do well.

El... Psy... Congroo...

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Yep it's that time of year again. Summer is coming to an end. For many people, including myself, this means a new year of school. Some might have had summer school, others might have had a summer job. Some might have gone traveling, others might have preferred doing things closer to home. I'm not going to go in depth with what I did this past summer. But, I will say that anime was a very large part of what I did this past summer. Mostly watching it, and also contributing to the animevice wiki. 
My thoughts about the anime I've watched this summer haven't really changed since my previous Summer Half-way Point blog. So if you want to know some of my thoughts on various anime shows, you can check them out there. 
Before this summer, I didn't really give the anime vice wiki that much consideration, I mostly stuck to blogs. But now that I've contributed a fair bit to the wiki myself, I realize that there is a lot more information on the wiki than I had ever imagined. With dozens of new anime series coming out every season, it is almost impossible to keep any wiki site updated with all information on all the anime (and manga) that is out there. But that doesn't mean that wikis are useless. 
The time that I started consistently contributing to the wiki, was roughly half way into Star Driver. I had already done some blogs on Star Driver, with my impressions and some low quality screenshots. Since, I was really enjoying the series I started writing plot summaries for each of the episode pages whenever I would watch a new episode. I found a few parts of the plot confusing, so I thought writing out the summaries would help me better understand the series, as well as helping other people who want to clarify some things that happen in the series. Most of the characters and voice actors for the series already existed on the wiki, so I added the characters and voice actors that appeared in each episode to the corresponding episode page. 
My style of writing plot summaries has changed a bit since then. I no longer build up suspense or use spoiler tags in my writing. I try to keep things factual, while also conveying important emotional aspects that could be important to understanding the flow of the plot, or character motivations. I also provide links to character pages in the plot summary, so people don't have to scroll all the way down to the characters section to find out who is being talked about. Also, sometimes if I want to avoid spoilers in certain series, I will write a short introduction before the actual plot summary, which sets up the main events of the episode. Example w/ introduction: Hanasaku Iroha Ep 20 . Example without introduction: Nichijou Ep 20.
Since I really like both Nichijou and Hanasaku Iroha, I decided to take screenshots for each episode and upload and caption them to the wiki as well. Luckily both are available for free on which has good video quality and allows you to turn off subtitles. What ended up happening was, every sunday, I would watch each episode twice. The first time was to write a detailed plot summary for the episode page and add characters. The second time I would watch it with subtitles turned off, and take screenshots appropriately. 
When I am contributing to the wiki,  I always hope that someone out there is finding this information useful or fun or cool. I like the anime that I watch, some more than others, and I want to share that somehow. Whether it's through blogs, forums or writing on the wiki. 
With school starting up again, I may not have as much time as before to contribute to anime vice. But I definitely plan on finishing up the episode pages for Hanasaku Iroha and Nichijou. Over the course of the summer I also wrote a bunch of plot summaries for these other summer 2011 anime series: Uta no Prince-sama, No. 6, Kamisama no Memochou, and Ikoku Meiro no Croiseé. I like all of these anime in varying degrees. If I didn't I wouldn't bother watching them in the first place, let alone writing stuff about them. These anime too will soon be coming to a close, and I'm not sure whether I'm going to be writing anymore for them on the wiki. If I can't fill out the episode pages, I may do some brief final thoughts blogs for them, but I can't tell at this point. 
I like watching anime, and hopefully if you've read this far and visit this site, you like watching anime too! Some people like to dock anime vice for not having a lot of discussion going on about currently airing series. But those are the same people that also don't make any sort of effort to get any discussion going! If you like anime, have ideas and want to discuss them, then write about it. Whether it's creating a forum topic, blogging, or writing stuff for the wiki, there's always a way.
Remember, you only get out of something as much as you put into it. By writing about anime I like, I feel like I get a better appreciation for the series and anime in general, as well as hopefully helping others who read what I write. A lot of work gets put into making an anime, and I try my best to express my interest in anime to others. :)

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The second season for Amagami SS has just been announced. Singer azusa will be returning to perform the opening theme songs. Here is the first opening from season 1, so you have an idea what she sounds like. Also get an idea of what the artwork is like. This song grew on me, and I think it sets the right tone for the show. Light, but still has some seriousness to it.   
No details have been given yet about the story and how it will continue from season 1, so we can only speculate what this second season is going to be about. The first season was about a student named Junichi. He was stood up by his date on Christmas Eve and since then, tries to find a girl to spend Christmas Eve with. There were separate arcs for each individual girl. In each arc, Junichi would develop a relationship with a single girl. Eventually culminating in the Christmas Eve date or something similar. I would assume from their announcement trailer, that the entire cast will be returning. But it looks like the trailer just uses scenes from season 1, so still no idea how season 2 will carry on from season 1. 
I wrote a number of blogs a while ago about my thoughts on Amagami SS, you can find them on the Amagami SS forums. I thought the first season was great, but the OVAs were badly done. So I'm both excited but a little skeptical at the same time. The first season was memorable and was able to achieve a level of both seriousness and lightheartedness that I haven't experienced in any other anime. So it will be interesting to see how season 2 will turn out.
Next, you may or may not know that Last Exile: Fam, the Silver Wing is going to be airing this coming October. It is the sequel to Last Exile, which aired back in 2003. A number of months ago I had finished watching Last Exile. So the atmosphere and feel of the world is still fairly fresh in my mind. I thought Last Exile was pretty good, but it wasn't really that exciting to me. Maybe this is just because I felt lost with some of the politics and plot developments in the series. Below is the latest trailer for Last Exile: Fam, the Silver Wing:   
  It looks like we will be in for a similar experience to Last Exile 1. Flying air ships, fairly large scale battles, 2 young characters pulled into a larger war, some underlying political schemes and some fantasy elements. Right now I am predicting that I am not going to get very far into this series, but I will definitely be checking out the first few episodes and see what happens from there. 
Anyone else interested in these series? =o
Relevant: Here you can find a list of anime coming out for Fall 2011.
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I'm going to go ahead and sell out with this blog. I don't really like doing these sorts of "list" type blogs, I'd rather focus each blog on a single topic or anime. Recently I've gotten more into writing episode summaries for the wiki whenever I watch an episode of anime, so I haven't really done much in the way of blogs lately. With that said, I actually do want to share my thoughts on what I have been watching this season and I am interested to hear what other Vicers think of this season of anime. So here goes:

Currently Airing

Hanasaku Iroha: (18/26 Episodes) I've really enjoyed Hanasaku Iroha ever since it started airing in early April. It has an incredibly strong cast of characters. Largely made up of hardworking females. Some even say that it is feminist. To be honest before watching this anime, I would not have given a second thought about the lives of people that run a hot spring inn, let alone waitresses. So I think it's a good thing that this anime was made and hopefully fosters a better understanding and level of respect for females in general. The direction in each episode is very clear and well packaged. Because of how well the story is written and how smoothly the story unfolds each episode, I've found it incredibly easy to write episode plot summaries for the wiki.
Ikoku Meiro no Croisee: (5/12 Episodes) It is a simple delight watching Yune the petit Japanese girl living in 19th century Paris. Each day she learns more about the differences between Japanese culture and Parisian culture. Like Hanasaku Iroha, I've found that each episode is well packaged, with a clear idea of what it's trying to accomplish. Although both anime are "slice of life" and arguable "moe", there is definitely more to each of them than meets the eye. Similar to how Hanasaku Iroha has feminist undertones, Ikoku Meiro seems to be fostering tolerance for foreigners and other cultures. 
Kamisama no Memochou: (5/12 Episodes) An interesting show. I was hooked after the first episode which was 45 minutes as opposed to 23 minutes. Narumi, a teenager who moves around a lot due to his father's work, has trouble making lasting friends, is forcefully pulled into a group of NEET detectives. Recently though, s
Who's that girl?
Who's that girl?
omething about the flow of the action in each episode is not sitting well with me. I'm still enjoying the series each week, but I get the strange feeling that each case is moving by more quickly than I would like it too. I suppose that's the hard part about doing a mystery anime. How does each mystery develop the plot and character? How do you pace each mystery so that the viewer isn't overwhelmed with too much at once, while also keeping it interesting? I remember when I was writing a summary for one of the episode, I found myself confused, or having to double check and rewind the video a number of times just to make sure I was getting things down correctly. Alice's light fan service provides some comedy, which is nice. A part of me just wants to hear what Narumi thinks about everything, but there is hardly any pause in the action to do so. With all that said, I think this is a pretty good series and I am really interested to see how it wraps up. 
Mawaru Penguindrum: (5/24 Episodes) Probably the most colorful and brilliantly animated series this season. Some really solid plot and character foundation has already been laid down, and with over a dozen more episodes to go, I have really high hopes for this series. Also his series is from the creator of Sailor Mo
on. And if yo u pay attention you can catch some Sailor Moon here and there. The series can be both seriously dramatic and seriously comedic, but none of it ever feels arbitrary or forced. The 3 mini penguins that follow the two male protagonists around are interesting. I don't particularly like them as characters, but they're there and help stretch the dramatic/comedic extremes in each episode even further apart to good effect. If you haven't checked out this series, you're seriously missing out on one of the best. 
Nichijou: (18/26 Episodes) After watching so much of this series, it's clear to me why some people may not like this series. The pace and flow of each episode can be somewhat "random" and bewildering. The jokes sometimes border on non-sense and are sometimes esoteric. Unlike Hanasaku Iroha or Ikoku Meiro, you would be hard pressed to find a "point" in Nichijou. I have previously tried to interpret Nichijou (or the english title "My Ordinary Life") as a comedic take on absurdism and an allegory for day-to-day life. It's fun for me to try and look past the "random" and try figuring out, "hey why did they decide to do that? or what about this is "random/funny"? But I can see how this might not sit well with some people. A large reason why I keep watching Nichijou is because of the amazing animation and soundtrack. The soundtrack sounds like something out of a Disney film, and the animation is on par with Mawaru Penguindrum. I've been taking screenshots of Nichijou to try and capture it's art style, but it's a completely different experience actually watching the animation unfold. 
My Ordinary Life Poster
My Ordinary Life Poster

No. 6: (4/11 Episodes) I'm interested to see how this turns out. Characters are fairly well realized, the sound and music is put to good use. And there's good plot development in each episode. It doesn't look like it's going to be amazing, but I'm predicting that it's going to be at least pretty good. Shion's naivety can get on my nerves sometimes, but I think this is just a set up. 
Steins;gate: (17/24 Episodes) Awesome. I'm still amazed that they found a way to keep Mayuri appearing in each episode. The whole time travel and reliving past events, while you're the only one that remembers everything, it can sometimes be a bit much. There are many theories as to how the series is going to wrap up, but I'm so happy with the series so far that I'd be happy with about any sort of ending. Given the fact that this series was based on a visual novel, I've been able to watch the anime and think about how it might be like to play it as a game. I would also imagine that the game has multiple endings and arcs. I think I've fallen in love with all the characters, I seriously have to give a hand to Mamoru Miyano for doing an amazing job voicing Okabe. I don't know if it's just me, but something about the way the voices were recorded, makes them sound that much more visceral compared to all the other anime I have watched. 
Usagi Drop: (4/11 Episodes) Single 30 year old Daikichi is tasked with taking care of young girl Rin. He has to make some sacrifices to accommodate thi
I promise
I promise
s new life form, but he begins to really care about Rin and her well being. It's great to see both Daikichi and Rin grow up and tackle new problems together. The cast of supporting characters in the anime are all well realized and incorporated without ever losing focus of Daikichi and Rin. Some people have claimed that this anime is "the cutest this season". I haven't really found Usagi Drop that cute. But it is a well-realized series and should not be missed. 
Uta no Prince-sama: (6/13 Episodes) I was very surprised by this anime. The only reason I planned on checking out this anime was because the artwork looked nice. I was skeptical about the story being a reverse harem, and how having a school full of aspiring idols and musicians would play out. But so far the anime is fairly pleasant and easy to watch. It doesn't really do anything out of the ordinary. It has familiar character archetypes and familiar plot development. Maybe I'm just biased because I play piano and I find it interesting to see things from a musical/creative standpoint, but I think this anime is alright. The animation and art is solid. And if you're making an anime about males who want to become idols, you better
 Help me Luffy...
 Help me Luffy...
believe that the voice actors are great too. Each episode is titled "Opus (number): ______", which is interesting. Each episode has good focus and action flows smoothly. 
One Piece: (37/??? Episodes) Yes, damn this is really awesome. The writing and storytelling is just magnificent. I'm at the part where Nami finally figures out what Arlong is doing to her. It's a great feeling to be able to understand and sympathize with a character so honestly, and I have to thank Eiichiro Oda for making this series.

Finished Airing

FMA: Brotherhood: (20/64 Episodes) Having had the original FMA ruined for me by my then-girlfriend, I decided to give Brotherhood a try. It is damn awesome, I remember thinking "so this is what happens when a studio gets a few years to refine an anime". I'm reading the watch&learns after I watch each corresponding episode, which is nice. 
Gankutsuo: (8/24 Episodes) I remember trying to get into this anime years ago, but I'm glad I've waited until now to really delve into it. It deals with many mature themes, and is shaping up to be one of the best stories shown in an anime ever. Incredibly character driven storytelling is this serie's forte. 
Kimi ni Todoke: (9/25 Episodes) After watching Kuragehime, I was eager to find another romance/comdey anime which was just as good and amazing to fall in love with. And I found it! Sawako is a simple and inspiring character, just like Tsukimi in Kuragehime. The voice actresses for both characters do an amazing job in their respective roles. It's really fun seeing Sawako overcome her shyness and making friends.
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