>>Realistic *EDITED*

•January 31, 2008 • 8 Comments

 

 

Sorry once again =__= I am FINALLY done almost all of my projects and studying so I should be able to post MUCh mroe often! Definitely!!

Spotlight on: Realistic (was planning to have realistic vs. surreal post, but I’ll have that up a little later in the week ^^)

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Realistic…
Realistic. This does not really mean ‘totally real, everything in this show could really happen’ it is more of generalization of shows that take place in ‘our world’ using regular people who may or may not posses powers based off mythology or actual philosophy. In Jigoku Shoujo, for example, Enma Ai is based of the Japanese god of the underworld, Enma-O.
The settings of these shows are familiar to us, even if the power of the characters is taken from another dimension or time plane-as long as most of the story takes place on Earth in the time position we are at, then it is a ‘realistic’ or familiar place to us.
These are the shows that people are often captivated by, because they can picture themselves so much in that world, interacting with those characters and settings since they are not strange or ‘surreal’ to them.
Some of the events in these shows, such as when we learn Haruhi can destroy entire dimensions whenever she got bored, are certainly not something that would happen everyday, but they are not difficult to believe in because of the realistic proof and through explanations provided with them.
This includes, but is not limited to the genres: slice-of-life, horror, drama, martial arts, mystery, supernatural (ghosts, spirits), harem and ecchi 😛
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In the past week I haven’t posted I’ve gotten bored and created another blog as well >w< Don’t worry! I will still post all my stuff on this one. The new one is for posting all my anime screens hots since they have no real home just sitting on my computer 😀 It’s http://www.portraitsoffamily.wordpress.com
Don’t worry, you’re not obligated to visit or anything, just a random place for myself *–*
By the by, a lot has happened in the past week. Sis’s birthday is tomorrow so I had to run out and get a present. he’s turning a wonder-super-spectacular *cough*old*cough* age, so I wanted to get her something special. In the end what did I end up buying? A book. Not just any old book, a book about love and vampires (sarcasm). Really. I need to get a better taste in gifts =_=;; I usually draw people pictures for their birthdays as well. Not random sketches, nice ones that they can frame and actually appreciate as a gift. Speaking of which…I haven’t been drawing much lately. The creative pool in my mind is suffering a dry spell, anyone have any ideas? ^–^ (desperate…)
Thanks for your patience for the past month or so with my slow blogging. I finally have the exams done! YAY! #^—^
I’ll be back soon~!

Edit: *** Sorry, instead of what I said earlier in the post, the website is http://www.portraitoffamily.wordpress.com

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Shigofumi~Letters-from-the-dead/story-of-last-letter

•January 19, 2008 • 7 Comments

Okay, after an anime slump that I have been suffering for about the past week or so, I began watching it ravenously about two days ago. In that period of time I discovered and decided to begin two new anime shows. Here is the first.

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Shigofumi a new ‘horror’ series based around the world of the dead. What if those passed on could send letters to those still living? What if those dead could find final closure in retelling their true deaths and stories? All these things are made possible in Shigofumi.

The animation of the show overall is pretty good, though not KyoAni quality. The characters are drawn consistently with pretty smooth and realistic body movements except only a few brief times.

A fairly new show, Shigofumi just premiered in Japan exactly ten days ago from today (Premiered January 8, 2008) so there aren’t many episodes out yet, 6 to be exact – not all of the 6 episode titles listed yet have even been released yet I believe. The show is planned to run for 12 episodes and is based off the 2006 light novel.

The story seems to revolve around a girl from the other world named Fumika and her ‘almost human’ staff Kanaka who deliver Shigofumi, or, letters from those passed on/ last letters.

*Slight spoilers to episode 1 below. Will not ruin entire series*

A young girl named Asuna who killed her father (which we find out later from reading his Shigofumi) and her friend Shouta get along well as friends, even though the only place they really meet is on the roof of an abandoned warehouse (Not what you are thinking =__=…) where Asuna spends time watching Shouta working on building his larger-than-life model rocket. After confessing to himself that he likes Asuna, Shouta attempts to tell her multiple times without success. Soon after meeting Fumiko, Shouta finds Asuna’s father’s Shigofumi and reads it. Sheer disbelief flows over him as he reads that Asuna actually killed her father while Fumiko reassures him that ‘the dead cannot lie’. Of course, thinking the Shigofumi is some kind of sick joke, he runs to Asuna’s place in the night…scary things happen.

**Spoilers end**

At a glance, one might compare it to Jigoku Shoujo. A young school-age girl doing the bidding of the dead, both carrying things to and from the world beyond to ours, but Shigofumi is actually very different. I would have preferred if they had left out the generic ‘talking staff/wand/inanimate object’ and made it more realistic like Jigoku Shoujo, but I give them credit for coming up with the general idea of letters from the dead.

Personally, I don’t think they give enough information on the characters-the episode seemed a bit hollow. I couldn’t relate to the characters in any way so therefore the episode was over before anything could really sink in and it left me feeling a bit confused as to what I was supposed to be feeling. (If that made sense =3=) In general, the whole thing seemed very rushed. If they could have afforded it, a larger time slot would have been very, very good for series (24-26 episodes, perhaps).

I guess it will be worth watching episode 2, but if that one doesn’t slow things down a bit or explain at least a little more, I think I may start getting annoyed with the series.

The show can be seen on Japanese TV for now, and the first DVD is set for release in March 2008.

 

Sorry TToTT

•January 12, 2008 • 3 Comments

Forgive me for not being very active lately…..and when I actually do make a post I have nothing interesting to say @__@!!!

D: I’ve been really busy lately and I think I am going into the early stages of anime withdrawl since I haven’t seen any since about Tuesday… +__+ twitch

By the by, now I think I can occasionally post in Japanese thanks to the IME and Kou-san /~^–^~\ So be prepared for random posts–except 10x more exciting since they’re in Japanese *cue movie music*

Also, there’s a rumor that Satoshi Kon is coming out with a new movie?! I don’t think this has been confirmed, but I get excited over those kinds of anime rumors xD  But after Sennen Joyu and Perfect Blue and Paprika, what will he come out with next? Where do they get all these ideas? @__@  I would love to be a writer for an anime series or manga, or even an artist, but I’d have to get quicker, it takes me a while to draw a pretty good page. I have some serious respect for mangaka like CLAMP who only take 2-3 days to produce a super-detailed chapter. Speaking of CLAMP, I hope on their current tour they stop by for the anime convention Otakon, some of my relatives live near there so it’s convenient -__- I’ll put up some of drawings later…but for now enjoy some random 1 minute computer sketches (I think I am physically incapable of drawing ‘good’ pictures on paint, oh well):

 

Picture: 1. Done at a friends house while she was making soup (Chiasa=horrible cook)
2. Colored later on while easting soup 😛
3. Messed up on her right hand…and is that blood on the key?! (Not even I know…)

 

Well, I will post more often and hopefully more interesting \(*O*)?

Until next time,

Anime Recomendations ~ Part 1 >w<

•January 5, 2008 • 10 Comments

Well, this post is mostly thanks to Ms. Aya who is sadly running out of good shows D: So I decided to a short recommendations list of animes that I think others would like. Hopefully you won’t have seen all of these, but I think you’ll discover a new anime you’ll like >:3

Sola
Ah, Sola. My best guess is that the title is a take on the english word “solar” or an abbreviation for it. That title certainly fits the series in that sense. Sola was voted on of-if not the best- animes in Japan for 2007, though it sadly didn’t gain much of a reputation in other places. Sola is very much like the anime Air if you have seen it, very light and floaty and the whole series gives off an almost weightless feeling with the delicately drawn backgrounds and landscapes mixed with the scene upon scene of the sky. Though it is somewhat similar to other animes in terms of settings and themes, Sola is a one-of-a-kind unique show. Though I haven’t seen it to the end yet, it is already very intriguing to me and I definitely want to watch it though to the end. Relatively short, it is only 13 episodes long (though I personally prefer shorter shows because they aren’t long or drawn out, they are concise and to the point). The voice acting is wonderful (Mamiko Noto is the main role!!! *twitch* No wonder I like the acting…) and the animation is pretty good, though it’s not the best. The story revolves around a young boy who loves taking pictures, mainly of the sky “because it always changes” and a girl who is actually a very old ‘monster’ who can only come out at night and longs to see the day. The series is packed with strange, but beautiful and unique characters that really grow on you. The background music is also very fitting and it doesn’t distract you from the dialog but adds lots of ambiance to the show. I give Sola a 3.5 of 5 for a captivating plot line and good character development.

FLCL (Fooly Cooly)
FLCL is probably one of the best loved/most addicting straight-to-VHS animes out there. I seriously warn you though, you probably will not understand it while watching this show. Part of the magic of it is that, the answer comes to you long, long after… ((wow, did that sound creepy?)). It mainly follows the life of a middle-school boy who has a strange meeting with a random pink-haired, vespa-riding, guitar-slinging heroine. While watching the series, one may ask themselves, “Why am I watching this?” “Has humanity stooped so low as to make a show so random as this?” When they will be quickly distracted by a robot or two literally busting out from a boy’s head (not graphically or in a gory way, more in a comical ‘what the heck’ way) and they will be absorbed in watching it again. FLCL is one of those series that needs to be watched to be understood, and at only 6 episodes, it won’t take long so it’s easy to fit in between seasons or breaks in another series. The animation is really good for straight-to-video standards and the color palette used is rather flat, but in a good way that really adds a unique flair to the series. Be warned of random bursts of manga. is FLCL also recieves a 3 of 5 for total creativity and most unexpected plot turns….really unexpected. Parental Discretion Advised.

Jigoku Shojo
Dark? yes. Horror? Maybe. Good Series? Definitely. This series is not exactly for someone who likes episodes that leave you on cliffhanger endings, happy endings, or pretty endings. Each episode is like it’s own little story, usually a tragedy of someone who is seeking revenge upon another. The Jigoku Shoujo’s–or Hell Girl’s–contract allows anyone to send someone else to hell immediately, as long as they have hate in their heart, though the price is that they, too, must go to hell when it is their time to die. The story does not have specific recurring characters (except the Enma Ai who is the Jigoku Shoujo and her three servants) until the end when Ai’s story is finally revealed as a modern-day direct descendant of the one who betrayed her and his daughter unwillingly veiw a vision of her lonely childhood and brutal murder. One of my personal favorites, Jigoku Shoujo has 2 seasons with a third to be released at a specified date (First Season: Jigoku Shoujo — Second Season: Jigoku Shoujo Futakomori). Many would say that the series is repetitive, which it is in the sense that until about halfway through the 26 epsiode series, you just watch as story after story unfold sadly like a “delicate lycoris (spider lily)”. The animation is superb and the voice acting is near dead-on perfect. Jigoku Shoujo gets a 4.5 of 5 for it’s amazing stories and it’s ability to raise awareness of how our world really is today.

 

Well,I’m tired now so I’ll have to continue tomorrow…I hope =__= I have so many projects to lately so sorry if I don’t get to past as much as I should @_@ Hope that I don’t suffer work exhaustion >w<

Hope you found this useful, at least a bit xD I’ll definitely put more up later!

❤ Chiarin

 

HAPPY 2K8!

•January 1, 2008 • 4 Comments

 


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YAY! 2007 went by like a breeze @__@

Thank you all so much for a wonderful year (first with a blog!!!). Overall, the year was so-so for me….pretty much equal good and bad…..nah! more good! Talking about anime, 2007 wasn’t filled with too many super-great-giantic-five-star animes, but it was filled with a heck of a lot of good ones! 2008 is gonna be chock-full of sequels, so it worries me slightly anime-wise, but we’ll just have to wait and see, ne? I’m counting on you Kyoto Animation >8D!!!!

It’s been a rather – short – year. I still remember my birthday back in March like it was yesterday TT–TT Last night I was out at a party at one of my mother’s friend’s places. It was fun and I wasn’t tired at all (thankfully)!! Probably because I was addicted to these little chocolate thingy’s (not a very good description) and was eating them in a rhythmic cycle all through the night. My older sister Miyuki was at a different party, though she stayed on speaker phone with us for most of the night : ) We had fun posing for pictures with champagne and playing the Wii. Usually we don’t have much of a choice but all the kids at the place brought their Wii games so we were a bit overwhelmed with the amount of games and didn’t get to even play all of them. We watched the New Year ring in on TV in New York City as tradition states and then……….fell asleep.

Well, every year I count up how many animes I have watching during that time and calculate the hours/minutes/days I have spent watching them. Isn’t it kind of sick how obsessed I am? Hey I got my whole life ahead of me….right….right!??!

Hopefully soon I will have a most-anticipated anime of 2008/ Best of 2007 anime list up~! Hang in there!

 

The numbers for 2007 are finally in….

Minutes Spent Watching Anime (shows) total:

11,220

minutes

Hours Spent Watching Anime (shows) total:

187

hours

Days Spent Watching Anime (shows) total:

7.7916667

days

Minutes Spent Watching Anime (movies) total:

1,020

minutes

Hours Spent Watching Anime (movies) total:

17

hours

Total Minutes Watching Anime (Movies & Shows):

12,240

minutes

Total Hours Watching Anime (Movies & Shows):

204

hours

Total Days Watching Anime (Movies & Shows):

8.5

days

YAY! This coming year I hope to even break this year’s records and fill my brain with as much anime knowledge as humanly possible!!!!!! Wow….that sounded really otaku-ish I’m too young for these things TT–TT

Cheep Manga =_+

•December 18, 2007 • 5 Comments

 Gomen @__@ Sorry about the posting delay and I don’t know if this topic is exactly ‘interesing’ ^^ I promise to have something cool next time :

From what I’ve heard, manga is cheap only one place in the world. Japan.

The average manga, about the thickness of a telephone/address book, in Japan is only 200 yen, about 1.75 in US dollars, 290.18 in euros, and 138.3 Singapore dollars.

WAAH! Whenever I hear of my cousins etc etc buying manga back in Japan for that cheap, it makes me weep.

I do understand licensing is expensive and so is the translating yatta yatta (Why…why oh why can’t there be subtitles for manga? I know it’s physically impossible but don’t crush my hopes and dreams!), but is it really that bad? That expensive? Apparently.

The general price for manga in US is about 9.99 dollars. I wouldn’t say this is ridiculously crazy, but it’s still very high. There’s also the factor that the ‘anime’ generation is getting younger and younger, so it is more difficult for the little ones (including myself xD) to get manga at this price D: I wish I could get it more, but the only times I really get it are on holidays like Christmas (which is right around the corner :3) and my birthday. I actually think it would be profitable for the Japanese companies to hire a couple translators to send it directly to other countries, without all the fuss and annoying prices of middle-men like TokyoPop and such D:

Well, enough with complaining! 9.99 is cheap compared to the past prices when the manga market was absolutely tiny outside of Japan and the average manga was more like 19.99  dollars

Well, for now I guess the manga prices outside of the land of the rising sun will have to stay elevated to over 10 times the price in Japan, though there is a light at the end of the tunnel! Manga prices are going through a steady drop in the past few decades 😀

 

Hate.Anime.Dubs.Twitch. (Rant)

•December 15, 2007 • 76 Comments

 Yes, I am an anime dub hater. 😀

We all have them…

But when anyone dubs an anime into English, for some reason it ticks me off. Especially if it’s one of my favorites!!! Sometimes it makes me mad at those lazy people who just want to watch the show in English because they don’t feel like reading subtitles!! D< (Sorry if this offends anyone who watches dubs, but…)

It always seems to be a show I just watched. Like immediately after I finished Haruhi Suzumiya no Yuutsu, they came out with the dub. Right after i finished Air TV they came out with the dub. When I was done with Jigoku Shoujo I found out that a dub was coming out for it in a few months. And now…of all shows…. beloved Lucky Star is coming out with an English dub. What.the.heck.

It probably annoys me because they pick such crappy voice actors (no offense here either). I’m so sick of the English voice actors not sounding at all like the Japanese characters or they try to imitate the Japanese seiyuus. It gets on my nerves!

I mean, probably one of the best well known examples will be the recent dub of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya. That just sucked. I don’t think you can find anyone to replace Aya Hirano’s voice, let alone capture the Japanese spirit/voice in them. I usually don’t like using extreme words like hate, but this is why I really hate Funimation. I don’t hate them personally, I hate their stupid dubs.

My most hated English dubbers are (remember, I hate their dubbing profession, the actual people. I am sure they are really good people in person 😀 ) Caitlin Glass, Wendee Lee (yes,yes,surprise), Michelle Ruff, and Brina Palencia.

These are probably some of the most loved and known voice actresses so I know a lot of people like them, be warned.

Quite frankly, each of them is trying to be a Japanese seiyuu-gone-english…which they aren’t. I’m sick of seeing Wendee Lee being cast into Aya Hirano’s roles. She sounds like..like she’s trying too hard half the time. And quite frankly, she’s way too overused. Caitlin Glass’s voice is just plain annoying to me D: I’m probably just mad because she was cast as Tsukasa xD Her voice isn’t very Tsukasa-ish. And last but definitely not least, Brina Palencia. I despise it when she is cast as Mamiko Noto’s role. She just sounds like a Mami-chan wannabe. Seriously. She sounds like she is forcefully trying to whisper.

Well, now that I have that out of my system ^^ I’m cooled off about this for now…until the next horrifyingly degrading dub of another anime comes out.