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Last Friday, I had the opportunity to help a Japanese exchange student with her English skills and also ask my own questions about Japan and its current events. I ended up talking with her about Kyoto, which she had been to once, and it really brought home the fact that I’ll be leaving to Japan in less than a month and a half.

That said, the talks about money that I had with my mom are turning into talks about plane tickets, which I’m going to research and have my parents buy later today. Also, just yesterday I turned in my housing form, which *fingers crossed* will let me reside at the dorm of my choice… which looks a little something like this (audio in French, but you get the picture ~ hit the jump to see what I’m talking about):

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armored-core-4-3Playing Armored Core: for Answer and enjoying my mecha-simulation/nerd-time has lead me to an interesting question: which anime genre would you most like to see made into a sim?

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Everything is crystallizing.

Simply, going to Japan is finally becoming a reality on something other than paper. Over the past few days, a couple of factors have driven this home:

1) My mother won’t stop bothering me about logistics.

2) I finally got my actual acceptance packet from Ritsumeikan Kyoto.

and, most recently, 3) I’m going to be doing language exchange sessions with a Japanese student at OU whom I am contacting as I write this. Read More »

moe-46550-2008-ani-com-august-bleed_through-bounen_no_xamdou-nishimura_haruWhat a week this has been. Characterized by Xam’d, Halo 3, Sins of a Solar Empire, and the general lethargy that goes along with being cooped up with very little to do than stare out the window at the icey world around me, I’ve actually come up with a post. Yes, I know, my idleness should have been spent posting much more than I have recently, but oh, well. Hindsight is 20/20.

That said, I haven’t even been watching as much anime as I would have liked to in my free time. But what time has been spent watching anime, has, as I mentioned earlier, been spent on Xam’d, which leads me to the subject of my post: Anime has thrived, thus far, on a strong contingent of rabid followers, labeled otaku by some and weeaboos by others, but what significance does it hold for you? How different is that from the past?

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animepaperscans_cowboy-bebop_nat_829Zach and I are doing guest posts on each other’s blogs this week. I run Tech + Lifestyle , a blog devoted to all things nerdtastic and geektacular (particularly PC gaming and hardware). Recently, we had the absolutely brilliant idea of switching for a post – a prince & the pauper sort of deal, if you will. I fancy myself the prince, as I’ve got way more views on my blog than he does. Anyway, here’s my take on anime, admittedly both generalized and biased. Read on if you dare…

I’ve got a slightly different take on anime than my friend Zach. He’s got this devoted, love all things anime, gotta-catch-’em-all attitude when it comes Japanese stuff. In fact, just about anything from that island nation is holy to him (except some of the really messed up stuff). If it comes in manga or anime form, even better. I’d like to think that I take a *slightly* more measured approach.

My first memory of consciously watching anime was in middle school -Dragon Ball Z, if you must know. It was a phase that ended rather quickly, in all honesty. From there, I experienced smatterings of Full Metal Alchemist, Outlaw Star, Cowboy Bebop, and the ilk, in large part thanks to Adult Swim.

It was only recently that I began watching anime with any sort of purpose or regularity. I think what kicked it off was an evening relaxing at my friend Raymond’s apartment. The son of two tel-com bigwigs, he lived in Japan from the age of two until around eleven or twelve. It goes without saying that he’s got a healthy selection of anime box sets, which I came across while looking for a movie to watch. I casually mentioned that I had seen a few episodes of Cowboy Bebop, and rather liked it. When I left, I had that and a couple other box sets under my arm, and I’ve been watching the stuff ever since.

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Nostalgia...

Nostalgia...

Christmas break has been good to me. I got lots of presents, I earned money, and my grades weren’t bad either. Beside that, though, I managed to dive neck-deep into a new… err… old anime. But before I launch into my detailed rant about the greatness of classic anime, I would like to announce the addition of a contributor to the blog. In addition to my sparse posts, he’ll be adding his own views of anime, mostly as a newcomer to the genre. I thought he could provide a fresh look at some series anime fans have taken for granted and also find some new ones that they haven’t yet dug up.

That isn’t to say that an old anime fan can’t find series that have collected a pleasant layer of dust on them. On the contrary, over the break I was suddenly possessed to find the anime Touch, a cute and interesting sports/romance/comedy from the widely untapped resources of the 1980s’ anime library. More after the jump…

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A Clannad Christmas

Anyway, after a party, a lot of fun packing, and a 9-hour drive, I find myself in Corpus. Funny how that works.  So here I am, in the interim between semesters (it’s going to be 77 on Christmas!).

Personally, I’m really not doing much except working part-time as a tech at a video production studio and hopefully finishing Persona 4. Other than that, though, I’m biding my time until Christmas, then biding my time until my birthday, which should be fun.

I am, however, lamenting the end of Kannagi, which was my hands-down favorite anime this season. To every end, though, there’s a beginning, which has in this case manifested as a new series by Joss Whedon, called Dollhouse. Also, Battlestar Galactica is finally finishing up, and I’ll be watching that.

That said, I’ll take a moment to ask what everyone else is doing for the break and also ask what anime series, if any, are starting up in this winter season.

Acceptance

Acceptance

As you can see, I’ve been accepted into Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto. I don’t know exactly when I’ll be leaving, but rest assured I’ll stay in Norman for as long as possible (read: March) before leaving for home, then Japan. That said, I won’t have classes next semester in the mean time, and hopefully I’ll be getting a job (anyone have any suggestions?).

While I’m there I’ll be maintaining this blog, but my professional writing major friend has convinced me that writing a study abroad blog will be a good thing. I can’t help but agree. So when I post here, I’ll probably post there. Hopefully, since I’m bringing my camera with me, I’ll have more pictures than I know what to do with. Talk about which, are there any anime pilgrimages you think I should make while I’m there other than the Comic-cons and Akihabara?

Anyway, I’m off to study for finals and play some Persona 4 before my last final at 8am tomorrow (eugh! why 8? why Friday? I need to get back to Corpus!).

以上です。

newSo, wracking my mind for possible shows for the next two weeks at anime club has left me with a couple:

REC – A story about an Audrey Hepburn obsessed voice actress that’s very short, but fairly cute and memorable.

Ah! My Goddess – The original OVA which started it all (after the manga). Refreshing, interesting, and, above all, short, it’s the perfect choice for a quick show.

Finally, we could do a combination of 1 hour shows, one per week. Personally, I’m partial to this combination: 5 cm Per Second one week and then the Love Hina Xmas Special the next.

Tell me what you think.

The state of this blog leaves me in despair!

The state of this blog has left me in despair!

I’ve been a bad blogger, haven’t I? Not writing for long periods of time and finally posting stuff that isn’t horribly engaging. Oh, well. It’s a trap that a lot of bloggers fall into. This last week, though, I’ve been sick and had tons of stuff to do between tests and study abroad preparation.

Talk about which, I’ve gotten into Ritsumeikan Kyoto for next semester if everything goes smoothly, which I have no doubt it will. What this means for the blog, though, is that once I get there, I’ll hopefully switch to a journal-style recount of experiences while there in addition to the continuance of anime updates you’ve grown unaccustomed to.

Also, my professional writing major friend and I are going to start work on a visual novel project (non-ero, sorry), so I’ll probably give some updates and character designs for that as we get them done. I’m looking forward to this mostly because I’ve got an extended (read: 4 month) winter break before I go to Japan, and he’s got the same break since he’s headed to Yunnan province, China at the same time.

As far as animes go, though, I’ve got a couple of must-watch recommendations for the current season, some of them updates on promising series I talked about before (links are posted): Kannagi, Gundam 00, Nodame Cantabile Paris-hen, Toaru Majutsu no Index, and Chaos;Head. Each of them has come along strong and shows promise. Kannagi is only a half-season, though, which makes me a bit sad. However, it’s a strong season, and you’d be shortchanging yourself as a viewer by not at least checking a couple of them out.

I’d have liked this post to be longer, but sadly I’ve got Japanese homework to do before getting to bed at some ungodly hour. Wish me luck!