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June 4, 2012

PIKO announces new single

It’s been revealed that singer PIKO will be releasing a new single this summer.
Make My Day!” is PIKO’s sixth single and will be the opening theme song to anime “Binbogamiga!” (God of Poverty). The anime is scheduled to air in July, while the single is slated for an August 15th release. The manga is currently being serialized in JUMP Square.
The single will come in three editions and the limited edition will include a DVD with performance footage from the “Ki/oon 20 Years & Days” concert that was held on May 19th, 2012. It will also come with a wide cap sticker and card. Limited edition B will include a Sakura Ichigo from ‘Binbogamiga!’ grafig (paper figurine) and the first press of the regular edition will include a PIKO card.

Renaming Removable Drives in Linux

There are probably many ways in renaming removable drives in Linux, but for this post I will talk about using Disk Utility that comes with most Linux distributions to rename drives. I will refer removable drives universally as "USB drive" in this post.


To rename your USB drive:
  1. Firstly plug in your USB drive and open up Disk Utility
  2. You will see your drive listed on the left panel, click on your drive you want to rename
  3. Now look to the right panel, click the "Unmount Volume" button to unmount your USB drive
  4. Click "Edit Filesystem Label" and change the name of the USB drive
  5. Click "Apply" and then "Mount Volume" to make your USB drive usable
There you have it. Five simple steps in renaming your USB drive. In Windows, you can just right click the USB drive and hit rename but it's a bit more work here.Although this method is quite menial there really isn't any existing faster way in renaming USB drives without creating your own scripts.

PSotD - Wherever You Are

Title: Wherever You Are
Artist: ONE OK ROCK
Album: Niche Syndrome
Year: 2010
Notes: A very gentle (soft rock) love song by the JRock band ONE OK ROCK. Taka's voice is so powerful in this song.
Random Code Geass picture. Lelouch and Suzaku are so cute :3


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Anime Review: Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS

Nanoha is back four years later after the events of the prequel in Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS. The time there is more action, more new characters, and more different than the original story.

Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha StrikerSSynopsis:

Set 10 years after Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha A's, Nanoha, Fate, Hayate and the rest of the crew are now working full time in the Time-Space Administration Bureau. Nanoha is a combat instructor, Fate is a special investigator, and Hayate is a commanding officer. They must unite once again to save the dimensions. Introducing new characters as well: Subaru, Teana, Caro and Erio. Stand by. Ready. Set up!

Review:

The story takes a huge jump after the events of the prequel and is now set four years later when Nanoha has finally grown up to be 19 years old. The anime takes an unexpected turn into the military genre as Nanoha and her friends are now working in a government section uncovering the mysteries of the Lost Logia. The anime introduces some new characters that joins the team. However, we never got to saw what happened to Nanoha's old friends from the previous sequel. What happened to the rest of the characters? There was a huge plot hole here that was never covered. In the end, this sequel was much longer than the previous two which the story was much more larger and grander than before. You could say that you can totally engross into the story from start to finish. There were a mixed bag of emotions throughout the anime from being happy, sad, emotional, frustrated, and angry. This was a well constructed ending to a nice trilogy.

The art was improved and spectacular this time. The character's costumes and transformation sequences all looked great. Facial expressions and character personalities were well illustrated and portrayed in the anime. The weapons looks bigger and better, and the battle animations were more fierce. You could say that the art style has drastically improved from the sequel, adding more of a darker tone than usual.

Voice acting was rather excellent for most characters in the anime. The main characters are all well cast but some villain characters such as the evil doctor's voice acting, got on my nerves. The music is pretty good too, the first set of opening and ending themes are great but the second set was noticeably weaker.  They also toned down the repetitiveness of background music but it was still slightly noticeable.

It took a while to get used to Nanoha and her old friends since everyone has grown up. It was like watching a whole new series with the same faces and names. However, the introduction of many new characters made the anime more alien than ever to the prequels. I pretty much had to "get to know" everyone in the anime again. Some random characters were thrown in, but they did not provide enough background information as to why they were there. Also, some character's relationships have changed slightly and I felt that there was some missing back story that should of explained the current situation.

Overall, it was slightly disappointing to see some lack of cohesion and relevance to the sequels. I felt that there were too many details left out. It would have been great if there was some OVA or a short series to fill the major gap but there was none. In the end, you have to accept what is given to you and to pretend the missing characters from the prequels disappeared. I felt like that this anime has drifted away from the "magical girl" genre and into "super power/military/sci-fi" territory.

STORY: 8
A decent story with some nice villains to deal with. However, many plot holes exist.

ART: 8
Improved visuals and battle animations from the sequel.

SOUND: 8
Voice acting was rather excellent with some minor annoyances with some characters.

CHARACTER: 8
New characters are a good thing but don't forget the old ones!

ENJOYMENT: 8
It was nice to see a more serious "magical girl" anime.

OVERALL: 8
Putting the plot holes aside, it was one enjoyable anime to watch.

Vote for L’Arc~en~Ciel to visit your hometown during their next world tour!

L’Arc~en~Ciel has opened up voter registration for their next world tour. What this means is that you can submit a vote to get L’Arc to perform in your city!
You have to type your country, city, name, age, sex, and e-mail address into the voting box and then you can continue on and vote for your favorite songs to be played as well. There are currently over 51,000 votes, so if you want L’Arc to play in your area, get your friends and family to vote along with you.
You can vote here.
Source: Tokyohive

Customizing Linux Mint: Icon Themes

Whatever Linux distribution you are using, you are able to easily customize your system icons to whatever theme you want. Here in Linux Mint, I shall show you how to change your icon theme in a few simple steps.


Firstly, head over to Gnome-Look and take a look under the "Icons" section. These icon packs are pretty much universal and would work on all systems. Once you have downloaded a theme, uncompress it and open up your home directory.

To install a Icon Theme:
  • Open your home directory and navigate into the ".icons" folder. If there isn't one, then create it. (Your files may be hidden, hit Ctrl+H to unhide hidden files)
  • Copy your extracted theme folder into the ".icons" folder
  • Now open up Cinnamon Settings then to the Themes section
  • In the Other Settings tab, you should see "Icon theme"
  • Select your downloaded theme in the drop down box
  • Do a Alt+F2 and r to reload your window manager and to make changes to the current theme
This is how you can simply change your icon theme with these few steps. Oh the customizing doesn't stop there! Next time I will be talking about how you can change your cursor theme in Linux Mint.