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Hello everyone! It is as good a time as any to make my way back here and get busy again. Forgive any minor bits of craziness, suffice it to say that I just finished watching Madoka Magica Episode 3 and I am still a little shaken (coward desu). Like my friend pandamajik I am just getting finished with a busy week after returning from Ohayocon 2011. I can’t tell you how excited I was to make it back for another go around this year. Ohayocon 2010 was actually my first convention experience in the months after I truly “discovered” anime and manga for the amazing art forms they were. What was also special about this convention was that it was the first time I had the opportunity to share my passion for Vocaloids with other fans by running my own panels. It still leaves me baffled how much has changed for me in the past year…just 12 months ago I was wandering around Ohayocon ’10 in wide-eyed shock at the spectacle of 10000 anime fans and cosplayers, recognizing almost nothing and really just along for the ride. Flash-forward a year and I actually know my stuff a bit when it comes to recognizing cosplays and can easily discuss a whole variety of topics with other con-goers. Even more amazing is that this time last year I didn’t even know that things such as Vocaloids and one insanely cute Vocal-android by the name of Miku Hatsune even existed…my how things change!
After the jump I will be discussing my thoughts and opinions of Ohayocon programming, my own panels, and the con overall. I didn’t have a good camera on me this year but I do have a few pictures and videos taken by my awesome friends to share as well. There was lots of fun to be had this year but there was also a number of concerns as well, so I will do my best to address all of them. Please feel free to add your own comments at then end!
We finally have some excellent hosting! Thanks to a recent server transfer masterfully orchestrated by pandamajik we will finally be able to bring you AnimeInsights unencumbered by month-long outages, slow load times, and a blogger interface that was enough to almost scare me away from posting entirely. This is definitely big news as we will finally have a chance to bring you reviews of the Winter Anime Season much easier, and I will also be publishing a look back at the very exciting fall season I have enjoyed. Vocaloid posts will of course continue, but most importantly it will give us an opportunity to cover Ohayocon (which will be attending AND participating in) the way we want to. But for now lets take a look at another group of interesting selections from the wide world of Vocaloid….
Have you ever felt yourself wishing that all those hours you’ve invested into videogaming could actually be put to use in a positive way? That somehow the countless hours you spent earning 100% completions for each game you buy would contribute to saving the world? Not to burst anyone’s bubble but that is probably never going to happen. But if you take the time to watch one of this season’s hottest new shows, The World Only God Knows (Kami nomi zo Shiru Sekai) , you will get the very amusing opportunity to see just what it “might” be like.
The World Only God Knows, an anime adaptation of the best selling manga by Tamiki Wakaki, is the story of Keima Katsuragi, an otaku gamer whose disdain for the real world is matched only by his potential to save it. Known across the net as “The Capturing God”, conqueror of over 10000 galges (short for “Gal Games”, essentially a dating sim), Keima is mislead into signing a binding contract with a demon from hell, in order to hunt down and capture “runaway spirits”. Selected for his purported ability to “conquer” any girl’s heart, he and his demon buddy, the adorable but air-headed Elsie set about the task of chasing out the evil spirts from the gaps within girl’s hearts, a task that quite often requires true love’s kiss. For the first time in his life a very reluctant Keima must put the skills he has honed in the virtual world to use in the reality he despises, as his very survival is dependent on the fulfillment of his contract with Elsie and her taskmasters in hell.
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Good evening everyone! Tonight I’ll be bringing you guys a quick review of the unboxing of my most recent Vocaloid collectible. This might or might not be the start of a new type of article here on the blog so feel free to give some feedback if things like un-boxings, figure reviews, collectibles continue to interest you.
Yesterday I received my official first edition of Exit Tunes latest and highly anticipated Vocaloid Album release: “Exit Tunes Presents Vocaloanthems ft. Hatsune Miku. For those who are unaware, Exit Tunes is a Japanese record label which has released a several Vocaloid collaboration albums so far including the well known Supernova series. Their compilation album “Exit Tunes Presents Vocalogenesis” was the first Vocaloid album to have the distinction of topping the Japanese Oricon Sales Charts back in May. It is important to note that Exit Tunes is not the producer of any of the music found in the album. Given the very diverse nature of top Vocaloid songs and the plethora of producers who create them it is often necessary for labels like Exit Tunes to compile them into these type of albums for better sales success. Its also fair to say that the title is also bit misleading, as not only does it feature the world’s most famous virtual diva, Miku Hatsune, but it also includes songs featuring the voices of Kaito, Ren Kagamine, Len Kagamine, Meiko, and even upgraded UTAU program Teto Kasane.
Follow me after the jump for some photos of the item, a look at the goodies that came with the 1st edition, and a review of the tracklist.
Time to clean things up a bit after yesterday’s review and make the big jump over the pure and innocent side of the scale. Today’s Fall 2010 Review will focus on “Shinryaku! Ika Musume (Invasion! Squid Girl), Diomedea‘s new comedy series with some rather goofy “aquatic” themes. At the time of writing we are two episodes into the series so be sure to check out this review and get to watching if it interests you!
Brief Summary: Attempting to retaliate for the reckless pollution of the world’s oceans, Ika Musume (Squid Girl) launches an all out invasion of Japanese coastline, attempting to establish a foothold on her path to world domination. Sadly after one damaged wall and a gaggle of irritated cafe patrons, our heroine’s invasion seems to hit a bit of a lull. Entirely unprepared for what awaits her on the surface world soon finds herself in the care and unintentional employ of the Aizawa siblings, who run the Lemon Cafe on the beach. What follows is a series of hilarious misadventures as Ika Musume begins to explore and experience life of the surface with the help of her new found friends (subjects? enemies?).
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Man it still is good to be back. So very happy that I did get a few views for my return post, thank you all very much for reading! While I continue to be decently active over at Vocaloidism.com, its been quite awhile since we have had some Vocaloid goodness here on the blog. Now that we’re back and active I will try my best to bring you some awesome Vocaloid recommendations every week, along with pertinent news, any announcements about my Ohayocon Forums (which were approved), and my slow progress on becoming a Vocaloid Musician.
This week’s recommendations after the jump:
Starting tonight I will be bringing back the Anime Insights “At a Glance” Series as we attempt to go through the Fall 2010 Anime Lineup and discuss our early opinions of this season’s titles. I decided it might be wise to come back with a little “flare” so lets kick this off with one of the season’s edgier and yet most stereotypical titles: Yosuga no Sora.
Before going any further lets make it clear that Yosuga no Sora is not a PG-13 anime, in fact with some slight nudity and much suggestive content it is definitely in the upper bounds of the rated R category. If that kind of thing or one of Yosuga’s main premises: implied and realized incestuous relationships, is too much for you to handle I would recommend avoiding the series. Another in a long line of anime-adapted VNs and eroges, Yosuga no Sora, definitely pushes the boundaries of what is commonly seen in mainstream anime while yet in many ways proving to be yet another run-of-the-mill Harem show.
The basic premise: Following the death of their parents in an accident (stereotypes begin here), newly-orphaned twins Haruka and Sora Kazugano decide to move into the house of their late grandfather in the small, tranquil village of Okukozome-chou. From the outset it appears that the twins have drastically different outlooks on their new life. Haruka (Haru) seems to look forward to the opportunity to reconnect with the past, rekindling the friendships and memories of yesteryear. His sickly and fragile sister Sora however seems much more stricken by past events, exhibiting a shy and isolated personality while clinging selfishly to her brother. As the twins settle into their new environment and attend their new school, a whole host of new relationships and potential romance awaits them. Not to be forgotten however is the mysterious reason for which they first decided to return to the town, and the long-lost item which they are searching for…
descent’s take after the jump…
So yeah much like pandamajik said before me, life really hasn’t been kind with regards to our continued Anime blogging but hopefully that will start to change (at least for me). Starting today I am going to do my best to get involved here once more and start to bring back as much Anime, Manga, and Vocaloid content as I can. We are about 2-3 weeks into the Fall Anime Season, which pretty much is the perfect time to get started with doing reviews. Plenty of Vocaloid news has also occured in my absence, including the acceptance of my Ohayocon Panels, and I hope to discuss all of that as well. So once again, please forgive the length absence and be sure to keep an eye on us again!
Good evening everyone, I come to you first with the big news that absolutely made my night yesterday after I suffered through a showing of the terrible Avatar: The Last Airbender Movie (more on that tomorrow). A huge thank you to Vocaloidism.com for breaking the news (in English lol) of the SEGA announcement of the Miku Hatsune Giving Day Concert Blueray Release. Another big thanks to blogger/V-ism Writer DTKel for pointing me in the direction of the pre-order which I have already done, hopefully I can manage to receive on of the limited edition print run. Please give his Vocaloid blog some views, I know I will. I already loved the webcast but once I clicked on the NicoNicoDouga preview I realized that this release is going to be on a whole different level and I can’t wait to be the proud owner of it. Please do more concerts in the future! America too, kthx.
And now for some personal business, I finally completed the write-up of my Vocaloid Panel and Concert proposals for Ohayocon 2011 happening next January. After substitute hosting the Vocaloid panel at Colossalcon I’ve been wanting to start a project from the ground up and I hope that I will be able to do this for the upcoming convention. Whether or not you plan to be there I would love all you readers to check out my plans and give me some feedback. Any and all recommendation either here or on the message boards will be welcome as well.
Look for more from us tomorrow including some Vocaloid pickups and a crushing review of Avatar: T: tLA. We will also be starting are end of season reviews and start of summer 2010 previews very soon so be sure to stick with us!
Another week and some more Vocaloid recommendations from descent. I am still continuing my own big Vocaloid aspirations and have succeeded in downloading another 100 albums or so over the weekend that I will soon be adding and organizing into my Itunes library. Having finally amassed a truly huge collection of amazing works I will do my best to increase the frequency of these posts as well as start doing more specific features highlighting individual producers and Vocaloids. I have alot of great ideas to continue to expand this section and will also be posting my ideas for hosting several Vocaloid-related panels at Ohaycon 2011 here on the blog as well as on the Ohayocon forums, so be sure to check that out.
One final thing before we get to songs. I must credit user Yamada from over at VocaloidOtaku.net for hosting the download files for the entire Chibi Miku-san doujin comic. If you haven’t yet heard of this doujin 4-koma it is produced by creator Minami over on the japanese image hosting site, PIVIX. The ultimate combination of cute and funny it features many official and fanmade Vocaloids living and interacting within the fictional “Vocalotown”. The plot is centered around the original character Chibi-miku which appears to be the younger sister of the “actual” Miku, known as Miku-nee in the series. Learn more about the series by reading the wiki. What is most awesome about the series is that scanlations are truly not needed as the plot can be almost entirely followed without the need to read Japanese. Let me say that you will soon come to enjoy and crave the way frustrated and foiled romance plays a hilarious role in the series. Pure cute awesomeness:
Now follow me after the jump to get to the music!