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Another rare post from me! Yay!

So Christmas is nearly upon us all ( and Hanukkah, Fesitvus, etc.). Which means:  winter anime season soon! Yay!

Winter 09/10 Anime Season

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It’s been a long while since I’ve posted. Well, whatever your definition of “a long while” happens to be. I was reading a friend of mine’s blog, (I’ll have to keep reading that)  and it reminded me that this was a great way to put off studying. Seeing as how I will be up all night anyways, taking a few minutes to procrastinate never hurt anyone, right? Well.. maybe.

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A bit late but better late than never this Spring season has been full of good stuff. Usually I only watch about 50% of the shows in a season, sometimes less. What happens most of the time is I start watching something and I don’t necessarily drop it but I forgot to watch it after 4 episodes or so because I get so busy. Not this time around, this time around the animes are making me HAVE to watch the next episode or else the world would end.

Without further ado here’s the first part of my impressions:

Some of the cute girls of Hatsukoi.

Some of the cute girls of Hatsukoi.

Hatsukoi Limited is anime adaptation based on the manga of the same name. If you think the characters look really familiar to you it’s because it’s by the same creator of Ichigo 100% Kawashita Mizuki. Having read the manga I already knew how the story would play out but hearing the voices of the seiyuus on top of the super cute character designs was enough to K.O. me and make me want more. I liked the style of Kawashita Mizuki as she focus on “koi” which is passionate love and her works have made me feel the energy she is pouring into the characters and story. It is enough to make you wish you had a passionate youthful love life or wish. I will tell you this though: the first couple of episodes will deal with each girl (sorta) and their sepreate first loves however their stories will all merge together in the end.
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Megacon came and went, and now it’s time for a post. I haven’t posted in a long while, so I’ll make this a big ‘un. Curryninja’s post on Megacon made me decide I should make one, too. 

Megacon, the pinnacle of anime related events for me during the year. It was good this year, but not the best it could’ve been. I’ve noticed a disturbing trend which has been causing this decay; the lack of diversification. 

In years past at Megacon, I could find semi-obscure things here and there thoughout the convention.  Items from Mushishi, Kino no Tabi, and other series when they were still just being released in Japan. This year I did find some Spice and Wolf and Aria items, but nothing past that. It seems that slowly but surely, all other anime that isn’t Bleach, Naruto, Death Note, FMA, One Piece, or (now) Soul Eater is being phased out. This really has been putting a damper on it all for me.  I mean, I still do find lesser known things, just not in the quantity I once did.

This has also been accompanied with a more annoying fanbase every year. Before, the Naruto and FFVII cosplayers were expected in great number. But they weren’t super annoying, just everywhere. Now, the new thing is “free hugs,” “you lost the game,” and dressing up like a retard. It’s a very rage inducing thing to behold, and I don’t see it getting any better anytime soon. It’s hard to say how annoying they are, you have to experience it.

 But, despite these bitchings, I had a lot of fun. Sunday I was a bit hung-over, but enjoyed it nonetheless. It was good to go with some friends and an almost-but-not-really-but-I’m-trying-girlfriend.  A speeding ticket nailed my money supply for buying loot. But I still made out with some good booty. And here it be:



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So 2008 is coming to a close and that also includes the 2008 anime year. What a year this has been ladies and gentlemen, Code Geass R2, Soul Eater, Natsume Yuujinchou, Aria the Origination, and well…I could go on for a long time but there’s the power of the internet. So now that THIS year is over with what do we have to look forward to NEXT year?

Winter 2009 click to enlarge

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Gathered from various sources the above list contains almost all the info you need to know when selecting what to view so you won’t need me to bog things down by explaining every detail. It has release dates, animation studio, and some good descriptions of the plot. The only thing it doesn’t have is a list of the Seiyuus, but you can look that up via MyAnimeList (a great site to keep track of what you have watched) or ANN. Both are great websites.

Usually the Winter 2009 animes are mostly continuations from the fall or sequels (as seen below) and a lot of the sequels and continuations will be on my watch list. There are also a few new shows which look promising (EXCEPT Hetalia, seriously WTF). There will also be quite a few OVA releases but a few of those are for pre-existing animes.

So for the curious here is my watch list (which I may blog about):
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Eve no Jikan has to be one of, if not THE, most overlooked anime this year. I would guess that this is because it is a short OVA that comes out in 2 month intervals. But, despite this, I think everyone should give it a shot. Despite being overlooked, I would say that it is one of the best anime to come out this year. Check out the trailer (wish it was subbed).

I would compare it roughly to a previous anime I reviewed on here: Kamichu! Though, they both are different genre’s (this is Sci-fi), and have wildly different plots, they both have a few things in common. Both have fantastic art, both have great storytelling, and both have characters that fit every scene perfectly. Though I would give Eve the edge on storytelling, Kamichu! was a little cliche at times. 

Eve centers around two high schoolers with very different personalities.  In this anime’s universe, it is the not-so-distant future, and androids that are very human-like in appearance have become extremely common. They do everything from household chores to becoming “sex-bots.” 

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Time to talk about something anime and otaku related. With anime the subculture branches off into many other subcultures such as Mecha figure building (like Gunplas), Cosplaying, Doujin/Doujinshi (the former being “indie” works while the latter is pron manga), Eroge/Galge (Hentai games), and my current obsession Anime Figurines.

My Anime Figure collecting frenzy started about 2-3 years ago right around the end of high school. Before that I had purchase some small Rurouni Kenshin and Naruto mini collectible figures but those weren’t really important. My first REAL Anime Figure was my 1/8th scale Max Factory Alicia Florence figure which is pictured below.

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As an Aria anime fan it was a HUGE purchase mainly because it was one of my favorite characters in the series. The figure was very well done, capturing the essence of Alicia and chubby little President Aria. It is a pretty hard to find fig because it sold out very fast. At the time of purchase I paid around $57.00 USD + Shipping so around $70.00 USD and I believe the exchange ratio at that time was $ USD = 110 JPY (Japanese Yen). $70.00 well spent I may add.

I was now traveling down the very money consuming road of figure purchasing.
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