Do you remember that post about Nakagin Capsule Tower in Tokyo I wrote 7 months ago?
Back then I seem to have missed a certain photography project called 1972 by Noritaka Minami. It comprises a total of 24 shots documenting the tower’s derelict condition in 2011 and 2012. See one sixth of it below or visit the project’s page for more.
The artist Noritaka Minami is interested in applying the medium of photography as a means of investigating history and memory associated with sites. He currently works as a TA in Photography at the Department of Visual and Environmental Studies at Harvard University.
Long before I got involved in my local otaku community and met my partner, who used to be an avid AMV editor, I knew I would one day want to make an AMV. I’m sure I had seen a number of videos before the one I’d like to introduce today, but I Wish I Was A Lesbian by AbsoluteDestiny is the only one I remember and the one that spurred my ambitions to make my own. Citing AbsoluteDestiny’s description, it’s “a comedy about the benefits of being a lesbian.” And that’s what set it off from all the others – it was funny, memorable and, while old (premiered in 2003), the editing was still well above average among what I could encounter on YouTube back then. Continue reading
Do you remember me? It’s that perpetually procrastinating writer with a penchant for old-fashioned language.
Looking back I realize I published my last post on the 15th of June. That’s exactly four months ago. What have I been doing all this time? If you’re interested in my day-to-day real life, or the evident lack of, you can follow me on Twitter or read this short recapitulation of the past months. Those impartial to my daily adventures can skip ahead to the emphasized “As for this blog:” subheading.
To put it simply, in June I had school, from July to mid-September I had a more-than-fulltime job and then went back to school. Oh, don’t forget that in-between all that we have been trying to furnish the apartment we moved into in April.
Have you ever read/heard those great speeches on how university students are the bane of society, lazy and worthless bums living off the proper hard-working citizens? Let me tell you, I’m one of the few of my peers who works only in the summer. Others work fulltime alongside school and I feel like a good-for-nothing compared to them, not that speaker. *fumes* /rant
Bottom line, I’m currently still in university and doing a bit of English tutoring on the side. My free time is basically made up of ‘time when I should be sleeping’ and ‘time when I should be studying.’
As for this blog:
Perhaps you have noticed the new headers. Both depict a Genshiken character, Sue Hopkins, in cosplay. In the one with a question mark she is wearing Meruru’s Alchemist outfit (from the JRPG Atelier Meruru); in the other she is dressed as princess Gruier Serenity of Bodacious Pirates. Any feedback of the blog design is welcome!
I hope to steal some time to write more often. Meanwhile I have one real post written and set to publish on Thursday, so look forward to that.
When is a better time to start putting together an otaku wishlist than when you’re unemployed and over 2500 USD in debt?
For the first installment of what might eventually become a new series of blogposts, I’ve decided to talk about figures and my taste in the plastic beauties.
by kkraisin on myfigurecollection.net
This post is an reply of sorts to Nuuance’s Rant Equals: Is Reading Manga before an Adaptation Foolish? For those who won’t spare the time to read it, Nuu is of the opinion that it really is foolish. He likens the situation to reading the book before watching the movie. In either case you won’t be watching the adaptation with fresh eyes – you will already have your idea of how it should play out, you will compare the two and both, following the source work panel by panel (word for word) and taking liberties with it, are likely to backfire.
This season’s Miyakawa-ke no Kuufuku is following the source yon-koma panel by panel.
Whether you have read some of my First Impressions or just used common sense, you surely understand why I’m writing this post. I happen to be one of those people who tend to research their anime beforehand, which includes reading the source material (if available). The same goes for films adapted from books, e.g. Lord of the Rings. Nuuance also mentions this tends to afflict “serious fans or critics,” which in the case of otaku often means those, who care to blog about it. He saw straight through me!
What are the pro (et contra) of this foolish behavior? Continue reading
I wrote another guest post over at Finally Anime! about Photo Kano. It reviews episodes 2 and 3 and, as the headline suggests, concludes the series is not worth watching. Though we all knew that after the first episode anyway, didn’t we? (Click the screenshot of Maeda-kun’s colleagues for the post.)
One of Photo Kano’s best moments – a see-through Uchida
After I watched the first episode of Photo Kano, I was pleasantly surprised. I honestly thought it would be much worse, especially as far as plot is concerned. Were this a completely different genre, the series could have gone down an utterly incomparable alley from there. (More on that later.) Unfortunately, Photo Kano is what it is – a dating simulation game adaptation – and the two following episodes, which I’ll be covering today, are very true to their origin.
Is it really necessary to do summaries for this series? Wouldn’t it suffice to say Maeda-kun progressed with every girl and be done with it? Can you imagine how annoying writing a summary like this is?! And the preview just promises more fanservice…
I rarely drop a series, so I might do a Final: Photo Kano review, but don’t count on it.
I wrote a guest post over at Finally Anime! describing my first impressions on Photo Kano. To read the whole post, click on the bunny peace picture, please.
Photo Kano is adapted from a PSP dating sim and therefore we expected it to boast many characteristics of such a game. The male protagonist may be almost the most ordinary high school student to ever walk the Earth, but he has at least one distinguishable trait – he keeps picking up hobbies and dropping them, which is more than frowned upon in Japan. You should choose a club and stick to it until you graduate, right?
When our main character, Kazuya Maeda, receives his father’s old digital camera (from the company Canan, paraphrasing Canon) at the beginning of the first episode, photography becomes his new hobby. Thus he spends the whole first day of school snapping pictures between classes, smiling at a girl here, taking a photo of a friend there. Little does he know a fellow student is watching his every step. Leaping out of the bushes, the president of the Photography club appears and Maeda-kun is doomed.
Finally Anime! is a group blog (current authors include Nuuance, Onery and Moonlitasteria), focused on games and anime. I will be doing some other posts for the site in near future, so stay tuned!
The first episode of Red Data Girl just aired last week, but for some reason three episodes already pre-aired for premium users on Niconico in 398p a while back. I can’t say I understand the reasoning behind this marketing move, though maybe it is to encourage people to get premium accounts… That aside, let’s look at the anime itself.
The main heroine, Izumiko Suzuhara, has lived at Tamakura shrine, supposedly one of the Kumano shrines, her whole life. Apart from that Izumiko has an another special thing about her – the unfortunate ability to destroy every electrical device she touches. At 15 she is to enroll in Hōjō High School in Tokyo (although she would rather go to the local high school with her friends) with her guardian’s son and childhood friend Miyuki. Continue reading
Nakagin Capsule Tower, Tokyo is a beautiful example of modular architecture by a well-known architect Kisho Kurokawa. Simple, compact cuboids clustered around two concrete needles must have looked straight out of a science fiction story when they were built. Completed in 1972, the structure is rather old for a building and its age (and poor to none maintenance) has been becoming obvious in the past years. Not to mention worries have been expressed as to potentially harmful levels of asbestos, well-known for its numerous positive properties in the building industry and later discovered to cause serious damage to humans’ internal organs, especially lungs, upon inhalation.
Both of the towers – one has 11 floors, the other 13.
On Wednesday Google announced they will be discontinuing Google Reader, their RSS feed aggregator, on July 1st, 2013 after eight years of service. Even though the usage has declined according to the company, the ripples spurred by this stone are the size of a tsunami. Every news site ran the article, every tech site looked at the reasons behind the termination, every productivity blog compared and contrasted its alternatives and all those posts were followed by hundreds of comments.
Why? What are the official reasons given? It seems to be the diminishing user base and the fact that the organization wants to concentrate on fewer products. (You can read the full announcement on the official Google Reader blog.) As always there are several different reason making rounds among the Reader’s dejected users, the most prominent of which is the fact that it probably wasn’t bringing enough, if any, money into Google.
Will Google offer a replacement service? I don’t have the answer to this question. However I do recall that when adding a new feed to Google Reader I was often asked whether I would like it to be added to my favorite RSS aggregator or the Google+ homepage. That leads me to believe that users may be asked to migrate there. I am most definitely not the only one to think so and just like so many of the like-minded I don’t want to.
Reflecting on the tsunami (and an another reason I’ll list shortly) you can see there are a lot of people who use the service daily, whether it is for their work, studies or entertainment. Google Reader offers a statistics page (located under Trends in the left hand column), screenshots of which have flooded the comment sections – among other information you can find the number of items you have read in the past 30 days there. The numbers were nearing 3000 items in the shots I’ve seen, which means close to 100 read posts/day. If you follow me on twitter (@dorrykun) you might already know that I read about 55 news items per day using Google Reader. Continue reading