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is it just me or…

10 Comments Published December 31st, 2006 in Anime, Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya

EDIT: The voting is down now, but however there appears to be a countdown on the main ASOS Brigade site until midnight pacific time.

…do the voices for Kyon sound better suited for Itsuki? This Kyon sounds like he wants Kyon’s sweet hole, rather than sounding like he wishes Haruhi would just leave him the hell alone.

PS: Happy New Year.

PPS: Last year, I had to get my wisdom teeth out at 7am on 12/31 (since my health insurance was going to expire on January 1st), so I spent New Years Eve high on Vicodin while watching Kimi ga Nozomu Eien. The drugs made it much more palatable.

ppps: if I don’t mention that i lost to her at monopoly today, hinano won’t stop scratching the everliving shit out of me with her nails.

i spent my christmas being forced to watch trouble chocolate

12 Comments Published December 25th, 2006 in Anime

I was going to write “retarded anime” but I was told to use Trouble Chocolate in the title so that people would know what I’m writing about. Trouble Chocolate is like Excel Saga, only without an episode where there is a dialog choice of “STICK IT IN” for everything. I was told that episode 11 was “the best one” while watching it, which I’m assuming is because there was a scene where one of the girls was naked. Or maybe that was episode 9. I forget.

basically, the only part of this show that i enjoyed was the science defence (SMAT) sentai team parody scenes.

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itsudatte my santa, or ken akamatsu needs a good cockpunching

13 Comments Published December 23rd, 2006 in Anime

Itsudatte My Santa aired last year. So why am I writing about it now? Well, other than the fact that I just saw it last night, it’s because Aya Hirano stars in it (<Hinano> how come mai sounds like haruhi?). I even posted a Youtube video of her promoting this back in April (it was taken down in that big Japan TV clearing sweep), but nobody (myself included) seemed to like notice this and be like “OMG ANOTHER AYA-CHAN ANIME MOEEEEEEEEE”

But anyway, this anime kinda sucked. I mean, I didn’t really expect much since me and Ken Akamatsu are in a fight and all, but still. Therefore, here is an incoherent, stream-of-consciousness rambling:

1) You can go more than three seconds without a panty shot. It’s ok. Really.
2) Being KER-RAZY is not enough for a character
3) So basically, what you’re saying is that you should accept the quirky girl that obviously likes you rather than holding out for your sempai, because if you do, she’ll suddenly sprout giant boobs, wear a skimpy outfit, and turn blonde.
4) Did Santa even learn The True Meaning of Christmas? It’s not a Christmas special unless someone learns The True Meaning of Christmas!
5) How did Santa get such a swanky penthouse apartment?
6) “Mai” and “Santa” are some of the more way-too-clever-for-their-own-good names that I’ve heard recently
7) <Hinano> how come every anime girl has tiny, perky nipples?
8) You need to stop with the puns, Mai, before I make like Elvis and shoot the monitor
9) By wearing one of Santa’s white shirts, does that mean that he hit that?
10) When she changes into that shirt, she changes into pink panties. I’m assuming that the white shirt was his, so did Santa have those panties lying around his apartment? WHAT ARE YOU HIDING, SANTA?

So yeah, I totally didn’t feel like watching the second episode. While I might be totally bagging on this anime, it’s probably exactly what Kentakus or Aya Hirano fanboys want to see (she acts KER-RAZY, just like Haruhi!).


announcing the haruhi license on asosbrigade.com, or, non-crappy viral marketing

11 Comments Published December 22nd, 2006 in Commentary, News, Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya

Man, I was up at 5:30 this morning and I was still beaten to the story.

I really don’t understand why any companies bother with viral marketing. It almost always seems to backfire as they try to trick fans into selling their products for them. There was the Chevy Tahoe marketing campaign earlier this year where users were invited to use a series of video clips and text overlays to create a commercial for Chevrolet. Some people with a brand loyalty to the Tahoe or to Chevrolet made actual commercials, but a large amount of people used the tools to create anti-SUV videos, complaining about the environmental impact of gas guzzlers or the general crappiness of American cars. Then there was That Girl Emily, which backfired so badly that the company never even aired the show. And now most recently, there was the PSP clusterfuck. They took down the site after the entire thing backfired magnificently so you can’t check it out yourself, but they would post things like Youtube videos of people rapping (badly), which would generate hundreds (and sometimes thousands) of comments of people posting about how this was a viral marketing campaign, expressing their hatred for the site, or my personal favorite, “Everyone at Zipatoni who made this campaign had better start beefing up your resumes, because you’re getting fired for this.”

What I liked about the Haruhi viral marketing thing was that it never tried to pull a fast one on customers. At the same time, it still did what a viral marketing campaign is supposed to do, in that it got word-of-mouth going. We didn’t need to be “tricked” into doing Kadokawa’s advertising for them. Instead, it was more like they made us want to do the advertising for them. I wonder what Foucault would say about that. And I really only wrote that sentence because I had to write my final paper for Post-Humanism class this week, and to pad it out I talked about Discipline and Punish in relationship to Second Life griefers for a page or two. Anyway, it got people genuinely talking rather than trying to manufacture the sort of disposable silliness (”HAI GUYS THAT GUY IS RAPPING LOLOLOLOL”) of something like the Sony campaign. The Sony campaign was almost insulting, since it saw its customers as drooling idiots who are amused by the lowest common denominator rather than by people who can/should be convinced of the PSP’s merits. The video on the Haruhi site, however is clearly marked as a commercial. It’s still fun to be like “How come everyone but Haruhi is speaking Japanese?” and spread the clip around, and it’s even more fun to spread around knowing that we don’t feel like we were duped into doing so.

Oh, and I liked how they made “SOS” stand for “Spreading excitement all Over the world with Haruhi Suzumiya.

Also, this is an edit, but the Code Geass site doesn’t seem to work for me in the same way that Haruhi does. I guess it’s the combination of the student film feel of Haruhi that they kept intact in the commercial, combined with the whole idea that the show spread virally among the Anglophone fan community back in the spring that made this work. Code Geass is cool and all, but it’s not the same kind of show as Haruhi.

we’re actually being manipulated by kadokawa here, but since we don’t feel like we are, we don’t actually have a problem with the fact that we’re doing the same thing for them that caused us to rebel when those other companies tried to get us to do it.

my darkest hour: i tried to watch the haruhi live-action porno

13 Comments Published December 17th, 2006 in Live-Action, pr0n, Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya

I tried to watch the Haruhi porno. I really did. Well, more specifically, Hinano told me to watch it with her, and by watch it I mean we got about an hour in before we hit the fast forward button. It was oddly more tolerable like that, partially because there was no sound, so we didn’t have to hear traffic or trains passing by because of the terrible production values.

This was just one of the most difficult things that I’ve ever tried to watch. It wasn’t as gross as Blood of Beasts, as long as Jeanne Dielman (as fascinating as I find that movie, never before have I wanted to fall asleep during a film as badly), as incompetant as Stealth, and it probably wasn’t as gawdawful as Ultraviolet or Manos, the Hands of Fate, but oh man was it painful.

Oh, and you know how I was saying that I haven’t updated that much this semester because a lot of my classes have nothing to do with anime? Well, I wrote one of my final papers on Paris Hilton (and wrote in-depth about her sex tape), so I guess that piqued my interest to write something like this. That and the fact that I have two more to finish, and I love procrastinating on papers or homework by blogging!

i am using this picture for the following reasons:

1) i have been waiting for a very long time for a haruhi-related AV post
2) i couldn’t take screencaps because i deleted the file with extreme prejudice
3) any of the screencaps that i would’ve taken would’ve been totally NSFW anyway

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our long national nightmare is over

9 Comments Published December 7th, 2006 in Anime, News

So 4Kids is finally done with One Piece. Raise your glasses because the evil empire is dead.

Actually, I’m not sure what happens now. I’m not sure why they’re dropping the show. As much as fans want to believe that their outrage was the cause for 4Kids financial woes, One Piece was actually doing decently according to their financial records. The other question is that I’m not sure what happens now. I don’t know if 4Kids still has the license or if One Piece is back on the market. If they no longer have the license, I’d assume that Viz would want to pick it up in order to increase the synergy with the manga and with Shounen Jump.

i have no idea what this is, but whenever i find bl or yaoi pictures on danbooru with the same tag as what i’m looking for, i can’t resist putting it in my post

this is another reason why i love hiro from heroes

14 Comments Published December 5th, 2006 in Live-Action

Hiro from Heroes has a fake blog. It’s incredibly dorky. It generally uses a lot of American nerd culture references (Star Trek, Marvel comics, etc.) and a dash of Japanese ones, like Dragonball, Final Fantasy or Miyazaki. This might give the impression that they’re just trying to code him as Japanese, rather than actually show him associated with otaku culture. Incorrect!

What is VERY awesome is that they also stick in plenty of otaku references that only otaku would get. Hiro frequently uses phrases which his translator program fails to translate, like when he wrote ときメモ or 電車男. Tokimemo was my favorite, since not only was it in Japanese (requiring the reader, or at least one of the readers who then could translate it in the comment thread, to know Japanese), but it was an abbreviation (Tokimeki Memorial) referencing an unported dating sim.

oh, and he also said “i wonder if american otaku say ‘moeeee’”

anime nano podcast #17!

1 Comment Published December 3rd, 2006 in Podcast

This week is pretty short and mostly consists of us making fun of Hinano. It will, however probably be our last podcast until January, since Hung and I are busy with applications/finals/graduation these next two weeks, and then we’ll all be busy in the two weeks after those with our holiday plans. And I mean “holiday” as Christmas and New Year’s Eve, and not as a euphemism for Christmas.

also, if you join quickly, you might be able to take part in the nanatsuiro drops flame war before hung deletes it!

i’d like to introduce you to the new nintendo 64 kid

14 Comments Published November 29th, 2006 in Video Games, Youtube

Maybe he doesn’t yell as much and isn’t as pumped, but provided that he/his parents don’t put most of these on eBay, I would say that yes, he is a “true gamer”.

hated the R1 my-hime artbox? fear not!

9 Comments Published November 28th, 2006 in Anime, My-Hime/Otome, News

My-Hime is one of my favorite shows, so naturally I’ve been buying the DVDs as they’ve come out. I wish that I hadn’t bought the artbox, though. It is by far the worst artbox that I’ve ever seen. The construction is attrocious. It’s made out of flimsy paper rather than cardboard, and the orange art is ugly and uncreative (gee, I haven’t seen THOSE pictures of Mai, Natsuki, and Mikoto before…) I get the feeling that it’s going to fall apart on a moment’s notice.

Bandai has listened to your complaints, though and according to Anime on DVD, will be releasing a new artbox with volume #7.

or, you can look at this as a bad thing and complain that they are just trying to milk more money out of the fans. your pick.

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