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toroko

in which otaku heritage proves to be useful

KEVIN is at Forbidden Planet, browsing through the manga aisle. FANGIRLCRANTZ and FANGIRLSTERN approach, browsing inches away from him. FANGIRLCRANTZ is wearing a black skintight camisole and loose jeans. FANGIRLSTERN is wearing an off-white hoodie and a cathat. Both are young, brunette, and fairly attractive.

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hiromi

krieger der liebe, honig-flash



Ah, the Cutey Honey OP--one of anime's most enduring and shamelessly exploitative theme songs--in glorious warbly German! I like this cover of the Cutey Honey Flash version better than the original.

(Which one is Honey? Why, all of them, of course.)

There was apparently a live action movie in 2004, but sadly I hear it is is nowhere near as amazingly ridiculous as its trailer.

I remember this show only because a dude I knew on a messageboard ten years ago claimed he broke his dick masturbating to LaserDiscs of the second season. Clearly a man ahead of his time.

Back to packing for tomorrow...
hiromi

endless eight

You know that when even Andrew Vestal is writing about the Endless Eight arc of the new season of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzamiya, something truly historic has happened in the world of anime.

You know that when even Andrew Vestal is writing about the Endless Eight arc of the new season of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzamiya, something truly historic has happened in the world of anime.

You know that when even Andrew Vestal is writing about the Endless Eight arc of the new season of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzamiya, something truly historic has happened in the world of anime.

You know that when even Andrew Vestal is writing about the Endless Eight arc of the new season of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzamiya, something truly historic has happened in the world of anime.

You know that when even Andrew Vestal is writing about the Endless Eight arc of the new season of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzamiya, something truly historic has happened in the world of anime.

You know that when even Andrew Vestal is writing about the Endless Eight arc of the new season of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzamiya, something truly historic has happened in the world of anime.

You know that when even Andrew Vestal is writing about the Endless Eight arc of the new season of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzamiya, something truly historic has happened in the world of anime.

You know that when even Andrew Vestal is writing about the Endless Eight arc of the new season of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzamiya, something truly historic has happened in the world of anime.
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cavestory

otakon 2009: convention of otaku generation

Otakon. Oh man, where do I even begin.

For the sake of appropriateness, I'm going to do this the same way Japanese bloggers review otaku events: obsessive-compuslively, with excessive categorization!

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started at 9pm, ended at 8:23 am, literally spent all night writing this...am going to enter coma now kthxbye.
megadance

plot? what's "plot"?

Best artist-to-audience practical joke ever:

The first half of Episode 3 of Zoku Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei is comprised mainly of slow fanservicey panning shots of Fujiyoshi--up until then a relatively minor character--as she watches Zoku Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei on a tiny television with the sound muted. Plot and character development progress as usual in the form of a Zetsubou-themed radio drama she's listening to in the background. She is drawing yaoi. The camera lingers over her thighs, her breasts, and her shoulders before suddenly cutting to shots of her desk, on which she is drawing scenes of young men having explicit gay sex. Every now and then she'll look at her television screen, and the camera will cut to it, in which the same panty shot is being repeated over and over. The only character dialogue is Fujiyoshi saying things like, "Etto...should I draw this pairing? It's a little obscure..." This goes on for about fifteen minutes before the episode actually begins, at which point the audience has already missed everything.

In another episode, the credits scroll across the bottom of the screen in the middle of the episode for no reason.

In yet another, while the characters are discussing the tendency of people to be distracted by small details, Earth is suddenly invaded by aliens. The rest of the episode is a gratuitous giant robot fight scene.

In yet another, Fujiyoshi is drawing hentai 4-koma, and Chiri shouts, "Harumi, what are you doing? This is disgusting! I won't stand for this! A story must have a beginning, a middle, and an end!" The rest of the episode--the ten minutes or so left, anyway--has a stirring rising action, a melodramatic climax, and a spectacular and totally nonsensical denouement, none of which have anything to do with the plot.

How could I not love this?

(In case anyone's wondering, I'm catching up on anime-watching in preparation for Otakon this Friday.)
megadance

eeee they're like tiny animated japanese beatles



This is the OP to the anime K-On. Some artist must have studied a lot of music videos (and album covers!) to produce this. Great song, too.

I wonder if the next OP will be darker, and feature the girls diving into a pool after a 1000-yen bill on a hook? Or use a light beam going through a prism as a transition image?

Nah, it'll probably just look like this.
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dd2guy

first impressions, zoku sayonara zetsubou-sensei



Mangaka Koji Kumeta lovingly recreates tropes from 50 years of postwar Japanese art, cinema, and culture; urinates on them.

BRILLIANT

(Also all the female characters in the first episode, and only the female characters, have no faces. Amazingly surreal.)
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genesis of aquarion

Any good? I've been out of touch with anime for some time now, so all I know about it is that it has a really amazing theme song.

Something about couples piloting giant robots together?

(also: TOWELFACE IS A BITCHIN' DRUMMER.)

Tangentially related: Anyone know if this mystery/romance/drama show, which also has a gorgeous theme song, is ever coming to America? I've only seen a little of it, but what I've seen seems incredibly compelling--and also more than a little disturbing.
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