July 27, 2007

A Mystery Solved

 Bleach has a lot of things that are fantastic and strain credulity...magic, superheroes, multidimensional travel, invisible monsters and psychic powers. But few things strain credulity like the fact that Orihime,  is pining after our hero and he is either oblivious or is ignoring her attentions....

This should fail the suspension of disbelief test...she's a bit odd, indeed goofy on occasion....
 
....but she's a very interesting, intelligent person with a strong moral compass and general decency and is cute (and a  chesty Asian redhead!?) Yet he is utterly oblivious to her attentions.

Invisible monsters I can handle...but this....

But now...I...understand...

Update: Regards asinine theories in the comments. Loituma is a traditional Finnish folk band.

Also, If you prefer your Finnish earbugs with a more contemporary flavor (and to eventually end)  then click below....you know you want to.



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July 19, 2007

Well that last post was a downer....

Here is an official Chun Li pic as compensation.

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Diet Aids

Few things are as unhealthy as snack chips.
Now the Japanese have found an innovative way to not just discourage people from eating nabs but actually give them such a sour stomach that they may skip lunch altogether!
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So...What IS the Word for a Japanese Tulip?

   Stephen Den Beste recently posted on fansubbers as one challenge the US anime market is facing. I think that is only one of several problems facing what are  fairly young industries.

   IMHO quality  is a big one, though this applies more to Manga than anime proper.

   There are some good anime/manga series out there right now, but those being liscenced and particularly the Manga being released are really haphazard and far lower in average quality than (I think) a random sampling would be. A few hits are being brought over and some of them are actually quite good, but several of the few gems are wallowing unnoticed.
 
   I suspect that  the distributors are just buying the crappy cheap properties. I further suspect that this issue is doubly true of girls-Manga as the distributors largely don't even have the beginings of a clue what to look for.
 
   I think the US import comic market is being sustained primarily by faddishness and a group of kids at 'the age of disposable income'....when these people become discriminating consumers, the importers will have to become discriminating buyers....or collapse. Note that given the current size of the import companies this will be a hard thing to do quickly.

   I think a retrenchment is inevitable (and indeed seems to have already begun). In its short history (10 years or less) there have, of course, been ebbs and flows of the manga market. (The anime market has been somewhat steadier in part because the greater capital investment slightly disciplined purchases. )
However, I think there may be a Marvel type retrenchment for both on the horizon.  Soooo much of the current product line from most companies seems to be crap intended to fill shelf space.

   I have no evidence that there is any psychological maladjustment on the scale of Marvels monomaniacal focus on market share in the early to mid 90's. However, the current market, particularly the manga market (where the only real growth lately seems to be in yaoi manga), seems rather unsustainable in its current form.

   I think that many of the same problems, less pronounced perhaps,  are going to afflict the anime market.


   Anyway, discuss...

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July 15, 2007

When Life Hands You Lemons...



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July 14, 2007

Discuss...

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Fireworks Carnies and Samurai...Oh My!

Don has a nice post on Oh! Edo Rocket!, which I've mentioned in passing before.



My observations, having seen just 2 eps pretty much jive with his. That is, the show is cool.
 The weird amalgamation of seemingly incompatible character designs is, distracting to some. Aside from the odd Matsumoto show I haven't really seen design variations in a show this extreme in nearly 20 years.
This show is fun but not really fluff, the villains we've met are actually scary, and there is the cool bit about it being based around actual historical events. (It's almost certainly occurring in 1840s during one of the later crackdown on "luxuries" ). The protagonists are a bunch of carnival types put out of work by the sudden illegality of their trade.

They've combined October Sky, Freaks, Kolchack :The Night Stalker and any number of martial arts shows...(some of my favorite things )and made a cartoon out of them. I am going to HAVE to watch this show...after all it's target demographic is....me.

Update: Don also has a videoblog now....which includes amongst other things...The Abacus Dance.

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July 11, 2007

Catsploitation

I've been waiting for a good catsploitation flick.....


...while this doesn't actually look to be "good"...It does have the potential to be gloriously bad,

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July 08, 2007

Crazy Korean AzuManga Fan is...Crazy

             

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Guilty Pleasure...So Much Guilt Needs More Pleasure

I just found out via Ubu's site that Stephen Den Beste is ordering Godannar...I can't help but blame myself. I was remiss in my blogging duties, I did not warn him.

   Rather than struggle with explaining the rather complex setup I'll rely on ADV's own ad, which, to their credit is one of the best, most honest, series trailers ever.



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