First Impression: Akane-iro ni Somaru Saka #1-#2

I enjoyed the first two episodes of Akane-iro ni Somaru Saka a lot. Why? Because Yuuhi is refreshingly cute despite being yet another stereotypical tsundere voiced by Kugimiya Rie.(Not that I mind the tsundere though.) First, the character design is good. I like big eyes are stuffs.


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First Impression: To Aru Majutsu no Index #1

To Aru Majutsu no Index’s premise is hard to resist: school-life fantasy anime with flashy battles between espers and magic users. Naturally, I have a lot of expectation for the series. Although the first episode was not flashy as I expected, it managed to be entertaining. It’s all because of the characters:

  • Touma is a cool guy: he seems jaded with all the misfortune that befalls him, yet he remains optimistic and always try to help others.
  • Index’s childish exchange with Touma was fun to watch. And, yeah, she’s cute as hell.
  • Mikoto is of course awesome because she has the railgun power. It’s funny to see her trying to get attention from Touma by harrassing and challenging him to fight, much like a grade-school boy who play pranks on the girl he likes. What a tsundere.
  • Oh, Komoe-chan, the devious loli sensei, is great too.

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キラ~☆ for Peace

You probably heard the news. Today is one of the darkest days in the history of Thailand.

Conflict is natural, but violence is not. Everybody knows violence is bad. Yet people forget this fact so easily.

It’s because people forget that there are alternatives. It’s because people let group psychology get better of them. It’s because people think that ends justify means. It’s because of these thoughts that we all end up in this shit together.

They need to calm down. They need to start thinking about what truly makes them happy. They need to reflect on what they have done.

If Ranka Lee existed, I would request her come to Bangkok now. Just only one キラ~☆ would be needed for people to drop their weapons and anger. And, then, maybe we can start the real dialogue.

But, yeah, real life and anime are different after all…

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First Impression: Kannagi #1

Jin Mikuriya pulls an all nighter carving a statue of a “wood spirit” out of a tree trunk only to find that it later explodes and a young girl emerges from within. The girl identifies herself as a guardian deity of the land from whom all living things in the area were born. The sacred tree she slept in was recently cut down, and the trunk was subsequently given to him.

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First Impression: Linebarrels of Iron #1

Lured into the series by nice mecha design, I bought and read the first volume of the Thai-translated version moons ago. The second volume couldn’t be found anywhere nearby, so I stopped there. When I heared Mamiko Noto would voice the anime version, however, I dashed to One Manga and read volume 1-4 in one night. The manga is an entertaining piece and I hope the anime would be the same. Of course, having read the manga before, I feel uneasy about the anime adaptation:

  • Hayase’s flip in personality is too quick. He gets all cocky just after finding that he can destroy a wall with a bare fist. Isn’t he supposed to get shocked or something? Why did he decide to punch the wall in the first place? Untimely teenage angst? The anime Hayase is much dumber than the manga one.
  • Hayase learns that Kizaki is related to Linebarrels already! So there’s going to be no tsun-tsun Kizaki getting dragged into Hayase’s group of friends? Or this delicious Hayase-barging-into-Kizaki’s-room-find-her-naked scene? (Well, we see Kizaki naked this episode already, but the scene lacks comedy.) Or this heart-to-heart talk? Oh, please Gonzo. I know you cannot help butchering the original story, but please fit these scenes in. They’re what make the manga good.

Other than that, the animation quality is solid. The robot fight is great. I don’t really mind the summoning-through-booby or other fanservice. Keep the NEKKETSU pouring like the manga and I’ll keep watching the series.

Seriously, what are you thinking here Mr. Hayase?
Rather, what am I thinking here? LOL

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Code Geass R2 #22: So Geassingly Surprised…

Surprised! I’m so surprised!

So Lelouch is trying to make the world a better place by abolishing peerage, liberating the numbers, and making his two delicious sisters maids! Good moves! Especially the last one, but too bad we didn’t get to see the maids in action.

These two have to be maids with the most fashionable hair ornaments ever!
Too bad, Lelouch didn’t give them more fashionable costumes.
Like, Carline can use a nurse getup, and Guinevere can be a dominatrix. Right?

Those who are lolicons for Tenshi-sama shall die in battlefield.

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Riding on Fans’ Energy: Touhou, Fan Culture, and Grassroot Entertainment

This is a talk I gave at Barcamp Bangkok 2 on August 31, 2008. It gives a little introduction to Touhou and tries to answer the question why Touhou is so popular.

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Too-giza-detailed-to-deliver Anime Impression

Dominating the Nico Nico ranking chart this week (before it was taken out) was clips of “Too-giza-to-deliver Anime Impression Championship” (ギザ細かすぎて伝わらないアニメものまね選手権), a competition in which people do live-action reenactment of anime scenes. The show was hosted by Shoko-tan, Otaking, and a talking pink cat. I seriously recommend the clips. They are so hilarious just for the acting alone, and you would be amazed by how well the contestants could imitate anime characters. Of course, if you grew up watching/reading classics like Dragon Ball, Fist of the North Star, or Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure, the experience of viewing it would be all the better. Too bad, I haven’t read or watched Jojo, so I didn’t appreciate some contestants at all.

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Code Geass R2 #20: I don’t understand it myself.

Code Geass is running fast. So fast it fucked my mind. Gazillion things happens in this single episode. Too many things really. I totally agree with some bloggers that the writer must have goofed off here. Read More »

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Code Geass R2 #18-#19

Wow and wow. How fast can this anime’s pace get? I thought Episode 15 was fast enough already — C.C.’s history was all revealed in one episode — but then Episode 18 left me speechless. Read More »

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