October 11, 2012

Anime Review: Oda Nobuna no Yabou

Set in an alternate historical period, Oda Nobuna no Yabou is a historical comedy romance anime with a slight twist. The historical period that the anime is set in somewhat differs from real history and this is how the story gets interesting.

Oda Nobuna no YabouSynopsis:

The historical romantic comedy follows 17-year-old high schooler Sagara Yoshiharu who one day time-travels to the Sengoku period, where all the major Samurai lords are cute girls. Yoshiharu meets Oda Nobuna, the female counterpart of Oda Nobunaga, and begins to serve her as a substitute of Kinoshita Tokichiro, who was killed.


To be honest, I am not really a fan of historical anime so I don't tend to watch those. However, with Oda Nobuna no Yabou it is a whole different story. Since the reviews were mostly positive, I decided to give it a go. I do not know anything about Japanese history (except the basics like the Shoguns and different provinces in the country) so I was pretty much guessing and learning as I sat through the series. However, the historical details int his anime is definitely fictional more or less (except for the names of people and places) so it did not impact on my viewing experience that greatly; but I would assume though that the anime would have been even more entertaining for people who know about Japanese history. That said, the story starts of with a high school guy named Sagara Yoshiharu that time-travels to the past (don't ask me why because the anime does not explain anything about it) where all the major Samurai lords are cute girls. You may think it's an instant harem right there, but the anime doesn't imply on it so you do have to use your imagination here. Of course though, Sagara doesn't go all overboard to turn this into an ecchi harem anime (which undoubtedly it isn't and it's not meant to be). So, after he is stuck in the past, he decides to use his knowledge about the future to try and change history as we know it (or not). The story gets quite exciting and engaging as we see the mutual love star to develop between Sagara Yoshiharu and Oda Nobuna, as well as his mission to protect her at all costs from awesome ninja assassins, betrayal of allied provinces, as well as building a castle in one night.

Gackt 白露-HAKURO- [Download Sample]

I recently posted about Gackt's latest single Hakuro.
Get a free sample to Gackt's new single here.

SEAMO×SPYAIR collaboration single: “ROCK THIS WAY”

SEAMO is collaborated with SPYAIR and they released a new single titled “ROCK THIS WAY”.

Their collaboration was planned after SEAMO participated in a live event hosted by SPYAIR back in August, and this rock tune is said to be a message song to send a yell to those who face themselves and keep chasing after their dreams.

Get a sample of this song here.

SPYAIR’s ENZEL☆ to leave the band

It’s been revealed that SPYAIR’s ENZEL☆ (DJ) will be leaving the band after their Nippon Budokan concert on December 18th.

ENZEL☆’s withdrawal was decided after a number of discussions with the members. He explained, “Leaving everything up to the members, when I seriously thought about my future, I came to a conclusion that it would be difficult for me to continue as a member of the band.”

Meanwhile, the members also commented, “We respect ENZEL☆’s decision, and we want to see him off in the best way possible. This is why we chose Nippon Budokan, our biggest challenge thus far, as the last stage for the 5-member SPYAIR.”

SPYAIR formed back in 2005 in Aichi, and made their major debut with the single, “LAIR“, in August of 2010. ENZEL☆ joined the band in 2009, and is known among fans as the mood-maker.

Source & Image: natalietokyohive

Microsoft Office for Android - Really?

Android Central
Microsoft Office has never been mentioned to be created for the Android platform, but things may be getting a move on now that MS Product Manager Petr Bobek said that the full productivity suite may be landing in March 2013 on mobile. The full desktop version of Office 2013 should be available for businesses in December 2013 and consumers in late February.

If you're really interested in checking it out, a customer preview was made recently. Which mobile apps do you use to handle presentations  documents, and spreadsheets? Are they good enough, or does Microsoft need to make something that ties in really tightly with the desktop counterparts? Is it actually worth getting a fully featured office suite on your smartphone or tablet?

[via Android Central]

Google Play Magazines updated, now available in Australia

Google Play Magazines
The gradual worldwide spread of Google Play content has slowly allowed more countries to benefit from its services. The Google Play Magazines application has received an update which brings with it availability in Australia. Magazines was one of the additions to the Google Play content portfolio following the launch of the Nexus 7, and while the tablet becomes available in more and more markets, sadly the content is slow in following.

Additionally, users outside of Australia will benefit from todays update. We're promised a "significant performance improvement for all devices." in particular relating to page turning. Performance improvements are always welcome improvements.

[via Android Central]