俳句 | Haiku

Whenever I encounter haiku in the Western world, the given definition is always along the lines of unrhymed three-line poem with seventeen syllables (written in a 5-7-5 syllable count), often about nature. Sometimes the theme is omitted. In reality there is much more than that to this traditional Japanese form of poetry. I’ll try to avoid boring you with its history and write mainly about the main principles one should follow when writing haiku.

Kobayashi Issa google doodle

Google doodle for the 250th birthday of Issa, one of the four haiku masters

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WordPress: view your blog as a PC/tablet/phone user

WordPress added a very neat feature to the Customizer sometime in the spring — simply go to Appearance>Customize and you can view your beloved blog as a PC, tablet and smartphone user. No need to switch in between several devices every time you make a minuscule design change. Or perhaps you don’t own one or two of those like a certain someone…

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Anime Broadcasts Delay Due to the World Cup

Do you remember this year’s World Cup? That football tournament that filled all the newspapers less than a month ago? Remember how the last episode of Soul Eater Not! aired a week late because of the World Cup? I do.

Here is the yonkoma in question from chapter 6 of the Lucky Star manga.


Notes on Jinsei 1-2

It is time for another screenshot heavy post. This time the focus is on this season’s Jinsei, although I still have some screenshots from the spring season I want to write about.

Jinsei (人生) literally means “life” and tells the story of the Second News Club, specifically the four writers of the Life Advice column. The main character, Akamatsu Yūki (Any relation to Akamatsu Ken? How common is this last name?), is your average protagonist. There really is nothing special about him, except that he is the leader of the group. The remaining three are girls, which makes quite a bit of fanservice possible.jinsei_2_fan2

Of course the girls need to cater to as many viewers possible. That is why we have a well-endowed, motherly Kujō Fumi from the Tea Ceremony Club representing liberal arts; an easy-going to the point of recklessness Suzuki Ikumi from the girls’ Basketball Team representing sports; and a no-nonsense tsundere in glasses Endō Rino, a lab rat representing science. Continue reading


I’ve been rather busy with my other projects and responsibilities, both real life and not, hence the lack of new posts. Nevertheless I’ve at least found time to do something I’ve been thinking about for a while.

I had written a couple of guest posts at other blogs in the past and only posted an excerpt and a link here. Since all of those blogs are pretty much inactive nowadays, I’ve finally decided to publish those guest posts here in their entirety to have a safe archive, as those sites might not even be online tomorrow.

The four posts in question are:

The -gatari Series, originally published on July 6th, 2012 here.

Touhou Fandom, originally published on September 13th, 2012 here.

First Impressions: Photo Kano, originally published on April 13th, 2013 here.

Photo Kano 2&3: dropped, originally published on May 25th, 2013 here.

That’s all for today. またね~

Astronomy in Gokukoku no Brynhildr

When I pored over the Neregate spring season chart and decided to at least try watching Gokukoku no Brynhildr, I was expecting a lot more astronomy than what we could have seen so far. Nevertheless, there is still enough night sky material for me to write up a short post.

1/ Ptolemy’s Constellations

Somewhere near the middle of the first episode, there is a close-up of the list of 48 constellations listed in Ptolemy’s Amalgest. What caught my eye right away was the singular in the title, the first tip off. Yes, the original Japanese TV releases had the list in English, using layman’s terms often derived from what the constellations represent and in some cases baffling names, like the Colt (for the Foal/Pony) or the Winged Horse (for Pegasus). A moment of confusion for those who are generally more accustomed to the Latin names.

(As always click the thumbnails for a better view and mouse over for captions.)

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Soul Eater Not! 1-3: notes and screenshots

I return once again with a post composed largely of screenshots, as I’ve warned you before. Aside from that I would like to share some notes on the series I have collected from the first three episodes.

My overall opinion so far: The show has too much action for a slice-of-life anime and too much slice-of-life for an action one. Nevertheless we’re getting there, albeit excruciatingly slowly. There are about two interesting scenes per episode and hints are being dropped, but I do hope this will finally pick up after this three-episode-long introduction. In episode 1, Maka appears and Anya beats up two nameless sleazeballs. In episode 2 the psychopathic dorm mistress is introduced and defeated. In episode 3 we are given some (more) fanservice and Anya gets attacked in a dark alley. Anyways the girls are dumb as soup and rather flat, though still have more elaborate personality than in some other series of this season.

(As always click the thumbnails for full view and mouse over for captions.)

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Noragami ep1 screenshots

This shall be a very short post. I have been proofreading Noragami fansubs before an impending Blu-ray release. At the same time I am just watching the series for the first time and coming upon scenes long gone from every otaku’s Tumblr/Twitter/other social media radar, like Hiyori-chan skipping along the power-lines.

Nonetheless, have a couple of screenshots, starting with what fits inside Yato-san’s tracksuit jacket…

(click on the thumbnails for full-sized screenshots)