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Incompetence, thy name is DEEN

October 2, 2009


Premise for an Anime: a high school, slice-of-life comedy centering around the anthropomorphisms of popular animation studios. If it was ever made and I was the director, the character archetypes would play out like this:

Kyoto Animation would be the busty classroom moeblob slut who would always tease the other main characters but would never willingly put out. She’s also a virgin. Bones would be the James Dean-esque stud; the classroom heartthrob with an indignant attitude towards authority and a cigarette tucked behind his ear. Gainax would be the child prodigy who ruined test averages and completed all of the extra credit assignments, even when he didn’t have to. Shaft would be the walking 80’s counterculture anachronism who would come to class hopped up on psychotropics – a running gag would be that the other studios would come to him for advice while he’s in a stupor and would misinterpret something he says for the better.

And Studio DEEN? DEEN would be the annoying fuckwit who would always cling to the other characters in times of need and would never have anything to contribute. The other characters would go about their daily shenanigans, laughing and joking around with each other, and DEEN would come in and just shit on everything.

The Umineko Anime is hands-down the worst adaptation I have ever seen, next to Fate/Stay Night – another DEEN production. At this point, with all the hype that Umineko has garnered, it would be counterproductive to talk about why this show fails as an adaptation – or just as an Anime by itself – so I figure it’d be much easier to talk about what went right.

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Suppressing Your Power Level

September 26, 2009


I’m going to cram this entry in real quick because I just realized that I forgot to make a “personal” post last week.
I probably should have timed this better because all this fatigue is making me have a huge brain fart.
Anyway, bear with me, as this is the kind of entry that I would very much like a personal response to, as I’m sure some if not all of you have considered it at some point or other since you first started watching Anime.

Also, I find this whole business with updating blogrolls to be a bother. If someone regularly comments, I feel that it’s only polite to add their link to the list. Am I right? If anything, I’m just glad that WordPress arranges them numerically/alphabetically, as it places priority on the only Anime blog worth reading.

Y’know, people are usually subtle with their brown-nosing tactics. But I’m so fucking jittery right now after downing two cans of Red Bull, so I just don’t give a shit! On with the post!

So do you have any close friends or family members who are active fans of Anime?
Do you have any close friends or family members who are active fans of Anime as much as you are?
I’ve quietly accepted the fact that openly claiming Anime as a hobby will invariably throw some menacing glances in your direction.

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Fall Shows I’ll Be Watching

September 24, 2009

excited haruhi
Oh, right. I still have this thing.
Hi again, everyone. Schoolwork came back to bite me in the ass. I’ve been subsisting on energy drinks, candy bars and coffee. (I don’t even like coffee.) And it’s causing me to break out all over, which is weird because I use at least three different kinds of moisturizing facial cleansers. Not to mention the oil absorbing sheets and the facial peel masks I use at night.


I’ve been reading through the updated lineup on Chartfag’s latest post. Sure, I found myself raising an eyebrow as to how some shows even made it past the cutting room floor. But there are also some definitively unique shows that I think will surely stick with us for years to come, if done right. Wouldn’t that be nice? I can’t even recall the last time we had an Anime of real merit, something even your friends and family could enjoy.

One thing about me when it comes to watching Anime – I’m not the type of person to “drop” a show, even if I end up hating it midway. Unless it’s an unfunny harem romance (ie: Shuffle, To Love-Ru), I’ll probably stick around for it to the end to see how it shapes up. With that said, here’s the list of the Fall shows I’ll be watching, along with some “maybes.”

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Anime Chic: Appreciating Two-Dimensional Fashion

September 19, 2009


When I was younger, I remember thinking to myself that the whole pursuit of “fashion” was kind of futile. Strapping belts around your waists, adorning clumsy-looking hats and oversized t-shirts. Having someone dictate what’s in style and what’s not only to change their mind in a few weeks time. I wanted consistency, convenience and especially utility, something that was apparently counter-intuitive to the fashion industry.

But in recent months, I’ve since lowered my anti-fashion placard and have become rather welcoming to the idea. If you don’t mind me generalizing, I’ve learned that a hard fact about life (and something I really hate to admit) is that, more often than not, image is everything. It’s not only reflective of who you are and how you perceive yourself, but also your place in accordance with society at large. It allows people to make quick judgments about who you are and what your relevance in status is with just a cursory glance, whether you’re insecure, self-assured, a jock or a ballet enthusiast. Of course that’s not to say that people should be making judgments based on appearance, but we dress the way we do because it matches our tastes – and by extension, we want to connect to other people with similar tastes by marketing ourselves.

This is something no guy who’s defensive about his sexuality should ever admit to – even though I’m not really defensive about my sexuality to begin with – but I’ve noticed that with the more Anime I watch, the more I become aware of the different outfits and costumes, and how it really gives the visual medium an influence on its own. I really hope I’m not alone on this, because I noticed that I’ve taken up the habit of replacing “She’s so cute” with “Her outfit is so cute.”

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K-ON! Desktop Download

September 18, 2009

This nifty new application allows the Light Music club to annoy the ever-loving crap out of you whenever you sign onto your computer.

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Aesthetic Gripes about Umineko

September 18, 2009


While a lot of the sound novel fans have abandoned all hope of a maximally faithful adaptation, the fresh character designs and animation were more than a solid ticket to stick with the show to the end of the series. Even Studio DEEN can’t screw up on turning the atrocious character designs in the source material into something fetching enough for doujin fodder. But I can’t help but nitpick at the newer characters that were unveiled with the OP sequence of the third game.

So I’ll just address some personal qualms I have with the characters. I’m pretty sure there are going to be spoilers in here, but it’s nothing you can’t deduce from watching the new OP.

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Choices & Individuality in Haibane Renmei

September 18, 2009


I should preface this by saying that I’m really not the philosophical type. This isn’t one of those self-proclaimed “intellectual” Anime blogs where I extrapolate a hidden meaning and make generalizations about the human condition. And I especially detest how it has become fashionable for pseudo-scholars to tout themselves as “nihilists” when they probably don’t understand the deeper implications that come with such a doctrine, or any other doctrine for that matter.

Think of this as an analysis of Reki from Haibane Renmei – possibly one of my favorite shows of all time, animated or otherwise – with ties to my half-baked interpretation of existentialism.

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