A while back an article quoting a part of an interview with Hayao Miyazaki-san, that charming silver-haired gentleman over there to the right, stirred up some strong emotions in the anime-loving community. If you follow even an average number of bloggers, there is very low probability that you have missed the uproar. Nevertheless, to clarify I have pasted the excerpt in question and a translation below. Continue reading
I don’t set New Year’s resolutions, because I know myself too well and know there’s basically no chance they would get kept. I’m at a point in my life where I can barely see to tomorrow, let alone July or even December. Actually scratch that – I have no idea whether I’m going out with a friend of mine or whether I’ll be sleeping instead. (My sleep pattern is totally messed up.)
Nonetheless I decided to write one post per week here. On Thursdays. At the time when this post still just a newborn draft, I meant to write “So far so good,” but, as the more attentive of you may have noticed, that is no longer true. Yes, there was no post this Thursday. I won’t bother you with my excuses, but let me share this year’s Post a Week stamp from The Daily Post:
Click it for more on the yearly project.
Finally, I hope there will be a post next Thursday and every Thursday after that until this blog’s demise. またね~
Several months ago we bought the first volume of the manga, from which this anime was adapted, in Japanese. Not that either of us can read it, but if you’ve seen a little of the anime, you’ll understand that the text isn’t that important. Anyway, when we found out that it was airing this winter, there was no doubt that we should watch it. Today I’ll be covering the first three episodes. Since they are just under 8 minutes each (including the opening and ending songs), I’ve decided I can fit them into a single post. I usually expect anime with short episodes like this to originate from yonkoma manga, but My Neighbor Seki has a regular manga structure, only with exceptionally short chapters (about 8 pages) called 1st period, 2nd period and so on. Continue reading
What was your first anime? How did you get into anime? Questions like these are rather popular in various chain blogposts. When you read a new writer’s introduction on a group aniblog, you are almost sure to find their answers to them in the text. A word of warning before you delve into my post: The headline is Gateway Anime, but I’ll be talking about recommending anime quite a bit too.
The term gateway anime developed from the expression gateway drug used to describe a recreationally abused substance, such as marijuana or alcohol, which supposedly leads to more addictive and dangerous hard drugs. So whenever I say/write about your gateway anime I mean the series which captured your heart and lured you to taste the toxic, yet delectable, menu of all things otaku. If used generally, it means anime through which most people enter the otakubase. The most often quoted ones nowadays are probably Naruto and Bleach. In the olden days it used to be Neon Genesis Evangelion here.
In the summer of 2011 we, my girlfriend and I, bought two bright green bento boxes. Since then I have lovingly prepared what the Japanese would perhaps call an aisai bento (“Loving Wife Bento”, basically a boxed lunch that a newlywed Japanese wife would make her beloved husband to take to work) a total of seventeen times for her. I am not the perfect Japanese wife to make it for her every single day after all… *しく しく* Continue reading
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Welcome to the new year of 2014! Amidst visiting relatives far and near, consuming platters of festive chow and drinking fermented beverages I suddenly paused and with a glass of Czech Budweiser to my left and a Christmas tree to my right I hammered out the first drunken draft of this blogpost on my (hopefully-)mother-in-law-to-be’s computer.
I took it upon myself to settle the simple question posed in the title of this post: “In what order should I watch Monogatari anime?” Just to be sure, by Monogatari anime I mean the several series of various lengths adapted from Nisio Isin’s light novels by studio Shaft under the direction of Akiyuki Shinbō. For those unable to bear the suspense, my short answer is “In the order in which either the anime or the novels came out or chronologically.” For a longer and more detailed rebuttal read on. Continue reading
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.
Officially I have 13 weeks of summer vacation. In reality I spent 11 weeks working, 1 at school and in the last one I'll be doing housework.—
ドリ-くん (@Dorry_kun) September 10, 2013
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.