September 30, 2013

Seiyuu appreciation post: Pheromen (Suwabe Junichi and Toriumi Kousuke)

The dual unit Pheromen 「フェロ☆メン」 consists of seiyuus Suwabe Junichi and Toriumi Kousuke, and their style lean towards Visual Kei.
They will be releasing a new single in 2 days! More information at their official site.
In the meantime, I'm rofling at Be-sama in this pic.

Atlus Opens Teaser Website, Possibly Hints to Persona 5

Atlus Opens Teaser Website, Includes “Persona” Keyword, Color Possibly Hints to Persona 5 (UPDATED)
Atlus just opened a new teaser website pointing to the November the 24, 2013 date, but what is the site about exactly?

The website includes the recently trademarked P-Studio logo, but the clincher is, as usual, in the source html code of the page:
The first Keyword, in Japanese, says “Persona” (the second is “Atlus”). That’s pretty much undeniable evidence that the site is related to the Persona franchise. The description says “On November the 24, 2013 something will happen…”

So what Persona game are we talking about? The site's color give it away. Since Persona 3 the promotional material and websites of numbered Persona games have been associated with one particular color.

Persona 3 was blue and Persona 4 was yellow. Is red next in line? Could it be Persona 5?

Windows 8 OS-tans!

Windows 8 has an anime mascot for the product  once again with Madobe Yuu and Madobe Ai!

September 29, 2013

Pokémon Dubstep Remix - Lindsey Stirling+Kurt Schneider

Two amazing musicians jam together a song we're all familiar with!

Poor Miku being overworked

Seiyuu appreciation post: Nobuhiko Okamoto

This boy is too cute!

Anime Review - Dangan Ronpa The Animation : Bloody Okay

A group of 15 elite high school students are gathered at a very special, high class high school. To graduate from this high school essentially means you'll succeed in life, but graduating is very difficult. The school is presided over by a bear called Monokuma, and he explains to them that their graduation hinges around committing a murder. The only way to graduate is to kill one of your classmates and get away with it. If the other classmates discover the identity of the killer, the killer is the only one executed. However, if they fail to catch the killer, only the killer graduates and the others are annihilated. Which of the 15 will survive the bloodbath to come?
Source : MU

Decent Story (6)
Doesn't the seating arrangement remind you a little of . . . 
The plot of the story gets a little predictable. I understand that the student have to keep dying and the classroom trials have to keep occurring, but it is repetitive. As well, the story seems rushed and you have little exposure to the characters themselves. The viewer rarely gets a chance to truly see the motives and reason behind each character's actions. I have heard several people, who have played the PSP game, comment that this series should have been made into twenty-five episodes rather than the thirteen. And I agree. The creators were too focused on including every element of this story into thirteen episodes and it left out the needed emotional connection between characters, making this story quite hollow.
Good Art (7)
There isn't much too comment on the art. Generally, it is okay, but there are moments where the animation is sloppy. During the execution scenes, I really love the change in art style. Of the entire anime, these scenes are my favourite. Monokuma has an interesting choice in how the students are executed . . . and I love it :D

Look at that beautiful shading!
Killer Soundtrack (9)
Dangan Ronpa's opening and ending songs are probably the top of my favourites this season, behind Guren No Yumiya and Uchouten Jinsei. The animation along with the opening song is a seamless perfection. The same can be said about the ending song. I am glad that Soraru got his anime debut and he does a wonderful job as always.
Gif from the opening scene, containing "all" the characters. 
Wait. . .there are characters? (4)
Blame the rushed pace for the terrible character development in this story. In all honesty, however, the rushed pace provided little opportunity for character growth and relationships. The relationships that are created seem carelessly tossed in, like Kirigiri and Naegi. There are moments where she seems to have feelings for him but other times it appears like she has no affection for him. It is a bit confusing.
The characters themselves are pretty much stereotypical and cookie-cut, but if you take in consideration of their "Super Duper High Schooler" title and selection, it makes sense. Naegi's character is a little annoying, but that is just me and my personal dislike of optimistic heroes.

Interesting Ride (7)
To be honest, I liked Dangan Ronpa, despite its obvious flaws. The pace, the overall rushed execution and the repetitive acts are bothersome, and I think halfway through the series, I watched simply for the soundtrack, classroom trials and executions. The murders were predictable, but nevertheless, I enjoyed watching the pieces unfold before me.

Overall : Good (7)
Saying this from the perspective of someone who has only experienced the anime version of this series, I enjoyed it. The awesome soundtrack and the well-animated execution scenes are something to look forward. However, if you are the type of watcher that loves a good story with good characters, Dangan Ronpa is not the anime for you. Instead, I recommend playing the PSP game, for it provides a more enjoyable experience.

Because why not :D 

Until next time.

Riverfire 2013

It's been over 15 years since I last attended Brisbane's Riverfire festival.
It wasn't as packed with people as I anticipated. The bag security screening was absolutely stupid though, wasted 5 minutes of my life.
It was *great* seeing our tax money being burnt in vibrant colours for half an hour (oh the sarcasm).
After the fireworks show, we met up with a few other friends at the city to eat at a Korean restaurant called Funny Funny. The food was delicious! Especially the chilli chicken with herbs and rice.
It was a really fun night out.
There's extra photos of South Bank, which I went to yesterday morning. It was a very nice day out!
Please do excuse my terrible photography skills, and not good quality phone camera.

September 28, 2013

[Life] Riverfire is today!

For those who live in Australia and especially in Brisbane, Riverfire is today! For those who don't know what Riverfire is, I suggest you take a look at Wikipedia. It is basically a festival celebrating the Brisbane River (or something like that). Anyhow, the main event is at night where the city sets on 'fire' with 30 minutes of non-stop fireworks display.

Taking a look at the current weather, it is cloudy with slight rain. I hope it won't hinder the fireworks display! Anyhow, I definitely will enjoy this year's Riverfire as much as I did last year.

September 27, 2013

Seiyuu appreciation post: KENN, Toriumi Kousuke and Namikawa Daisuke

I stole this off Namikawa's latest blog post.
It's about the new release of the game: Meiji Tokyo Renka, of which KENN, Tori and Nami are participating in; and Nami's upcoming single release.

KuroBasu Season 2: Are you ready?

With less than 2 weeks to go until season 2 of Kuroko no Basuke is ready to air, the official anime site updated with some of the cast comments, which you can read here. Everyone looks ready to fight for the Interhigh trophy!

Ubuntu 13.10 Beta Downloads Go Live

The final beta of Ubuntu 13.10 has been made available for download.

It arrives just over three weeks before the formal release of 13.10 on October 17th.

Ubuntu 13.10 Beta isn’t a dramatic departure from that it succeeds as Unity 7, the desktop environment, is on course to be replaced by Ubuntu 14.10 with a new, ‘convergent’ interface based on the Ubuntu Touch interface.

With that in mind focus has been less on adding new features and more on polishing what’s already there.

Smart Scopes in Ubuntu 13.10

Check out OMG! Ubuntu! for the full list of changes and the download link for Ubuntu 13.10 Beta!

How Nyan Cat was born.

I found this Nyan Cat picture whilst browsing the "What's Hot" section on Google+. It is pretty amusing what people can come up with on the internet. This is the "origin" of Nyan Cat and how he/she/it was born.

September 26, 2013

Seiyuu appreciation post: Kamiya Hiroshi

Anime Review - WataMote: It's Pretty Popular . . .

Kuroki Tomoko is a super popular, high school girl who has had 50 years of dating experience and 100 boys... in the Otome game world. In the real world, she is a 15-year-old shut-in who has all of the qualities of a "mojo" (a unpopular woman).
However, when school isn't going as she expected, and she isn't as popular as she had thought she was, she takes a look at herself in the mirror for the first time in a few years, and has some shocking revelations...
Source: (MU)

Awkwardly Amusing (7)
To be honest, there is no story, just Kuroki experiencing different everyday experiences where she tries her best, but keeps failing. And she tries again. And she fails again. The story gets really repetitive, and you can watch any episode without spoiling anything.
Putting that aside, it is quite amusing to watch Kuroki react through her everyday situations, but that might just be the sadistic side of me. The cringe-worthy scenes were both hilarious and depressing, because these kind of awkward moments happen in real life, and I can relate on a personal level. 

Nevertheless, WataMote is a great anime to watch when you need some comedic relief. 

Simple Yet Effective Artwork (7)
You can tell that this was a low-budget production, so the artwork isn't very impressive. Though, Kuroki isn't quite the attractive character nor the enthusiastic type, so it wouldn't make sense to use a "mainstream" art style. But don't judge that this is a bad anime because of the art style! This lack of quality is actually beneficial in making this an enjoyable anime, and adds extra laughs. Keep in mind that the style is a bit different and it does take some time getting use to.

Strange Soundtrack (8)
Kitta Izumi as Kuroki Tomoko. Perfect match!
As much as I find the opening animation strange, the soundtrack itself is wonderful. The opening song is very energetic. It gives you a burst of energy, but the episode's story slowly sucks it all away, until you are a miserable mess wishing that Kuroki had some sort of success. And to refresh you once again, the ending song is this cheerful, sweet song full of hope. With Kitta Izumi singing it with her Kuroki voice, it provides an overwhelming amount of motivation. 

The animation for the opening song is strange. Everytime, I keep thinking, "Is this is Death Note?". Note, that may just be my personal opinion. The ending song, on the other hand, is quite creative. I like the unique concept of the phone presenting Kuroki's life. The only other ending I can think of that is similar would be FMA Brotherhood, where Al and Ed "draw" the ending.

Also, Miku had an ending song appearance!

Lack of Development for Characters (6)
There is really only one character in this anime, and Kuroki doesn't have that much growth to her character. The last two episodes show some character development, but again, it isn't that much. Besides the development, Kuroki is a well-portrayed socially awkward high school girl, a little extreme albeit but still well-portrayed. She is an interesting character since she is different from the normal cut-out characters, and I love that about her. Also, Kitta Izumi does a terrific job in voicing Kuroki and she really brings a realistic side to Kuroki, because not all Japanese girls have an adorable, moe voice. 

The one thing that I would have liked in this season was to have the side characters make more frequent appearances. Naruse Yuu was a funny airhead and I wish that she had more lines, same with Kuroki's brother and Imae Megumi. The side characters add depth to the story and truly show how Kuroki interacts with different people. Hopefully, if there is a next season, I want the side characters to have a greater role.

Cringe-Worthy Experience - In a Good Way (8)
Every single episode had some sort of cringe-worthy moment. It was humorous, yes, but I kept wanting to pull my hair out. So many awkward scenes, but hey, they lighten the mood on the fact that Kuroki may never become popular. 

As well, I enjoyed the references to other anime, to the point where I would take screenshots and ask others if they recognized the reference.
Guess the anime reference :D
Screenshot by me
Overall: Good (7)
Watamote wouldn't be the anime that you would watch for story, or art or character; it is for the embarrassing and humorous moments. If you can relate to being socially awkward, then Watamote is perfect for you, unless you never want to open the door to your past again. And even if you can't relate, Watamote is an enjoyable, yet cringe-worthy anime that is worth a few laughs.   

Whew, done. 
Good night everyone~

Persona 4 Golden: Rise

September 23, 2013

Anime Parodies: ServantXService #12

I love it when animes make fun of other animes. ServantXService and Watamote did quite a lot of that in the Summer season.
This week in ServantXService Chihaya takes 3 days off work to make cosplay costumes. Turns out she'll be cosplaying as Menma from AnoHana and someone from Shingeki no Kyojin!

Seiyuu appreciation post: Hatano Wataru and Terashima Takuma

Persona 4 Golden: Kanji

September 22, 2013

Persona 4 Golden: Yosuke

Seiyuu appreciation post: Fukuyama Jun

More Reviews Soon~

With the summer and spring animes coming to an end, expect some reviews in the next few weeks. I will try and cover as many shows as I can. In the meantime, here are some pictures from the animes that you should watch.

Kamisama No Inai Nichiyoubi (The Sunday Without God)

Kiniro Mosaic (Yellow Mosaic)
Dangan Ronpa

Gin No Saji (Silver Spoon)

Gatchaman Crowds

Uchouten Kazoku (Eccentric Family)

WataMote (It's Not My Fault That I Am Not Popular!)