RDrake’s anime roamings


Date confirmed
December 27, 2006, 8:38 pm
Filed under: Figurines

Yes, It should be safe to say it now. The new date for Urban Attic’s clearance sale is on 31st December, New Year’s Eve. The price range is between $10 to $180. However, $180 is because of the four sets of Space Battleship Yamato on sale, so for all practical purposes, it’s $10 to $50. Yes, there will be limited edition stuff on sale as well…There certainly was alot of Black Kasumis…

Happy shopping, guys, it’s a good way to spend your money time on the last day of the year. Now I’ve got to try remember exactly what I want out of all the stuff I unpacked… I WANT TESSA!!!

 In other news, KKnM is also having a sale. 50% off. I’m not so sure about the details on that one though. Supposedly it’s also on this weekend or something…hmm, bad timing…

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NHK ni Youkouso ended…NOOO!
December 26, 2006, 7:19 pm
Filed under: Anime

And that’s all…NHK ni Youkouso ended on episode 24 barely a few days ago. Strangely enough, this would be the first time I followed a series actively from the start to the end.

NOOOO! Without a Satou Tatsuhiro around to laugh at I’m going to feel lousy!

OK, fine, I won’t because I’m confident enough about myself…

It is, though, quite interesting the way NHK chose to develop it’s characters. It’s worth talking about a little here while I stave off post-final episode anxiety. Unlike most other anime, there was not one character emotionally strong and stable. Not a single one.

Many would argue that Misaki was the strong one because of her role in picking up Satou’s low down spirits. Sure, she did that for most of the series, but she broke down not just spectacularly in at the end, but here and there, her facade faded somewhat too. Like when she went to rescue Satou from the suicide party.

And Satou is a Very interesting main character. It’s not exactly uncommon to have main characters who are dug out from the trash bin to save the world, but having one who wallows in the dirt throughout almost the whole series is quite rare. Not to mention that Satou’s antics are really funny. They made NHK into a show revolving around a clown, except from a social standpoint.

Yes, secondary characters. Basically this group comprises Yamazaki, Hitomi/Senpai, and Iincyo (Satou’s ex-class president). All of them actually develop in tandem, not exactly at the same time, but along the same lines. It’s not evident from the start because while they can be featured together, the show develops them seperately. Simply put, while Yamazaki stars in episodes about the Pyramid Scheme, he’s not truly being developed and brought out the way Iincyo is.
While they make for a good show, they aren’t the main deal. The three of them are simply a house of cards built around Satou. Strange, eh? Three sufferers of social problems depend upon a fourth, worse guy to bring out their best…OMG! It’s almost as if the show is espousing the philosophy of people looking down on others for self-confidence…

So just how important was Satou to the whole show then? Pretty much everything seems to revolve around him now. Even his household items speaking to him is simply his inner mind finding itself a method of manifesting itself.
Now…FOR A CENTRAL CHARACTER, HE DEVELOPED FRIGGIN SLOWLY! It actually came to a point where I considered it possible for the show to end with Satou remaining a hikki for life, lol. Sure, he could go places by himself every now and then, but he still fails miserably at feeling at ease in society. Only when he had absolutely no choice but to change for the better did he do so. Come to think of it, most of us are like that…

Ok, feeling a little better. Thankfully, NHK ni Youkouso ended off very well. I don’t feel as upset that it ended as some other shows make me feel. Why? Perhaps it’s in the simple details, but NHK really doesn’t need to end off spectacularly. It’s main strength lies in the fact that it portrays absolute, normal reality, even if from a fringe, extreme end of society. As a result, it doesn’t need to tie up as many ends since people aren’t going to need big imaginations to tie them up themselves. What happens next isn’t somewhat we need to slog to figure out.

I suppose that rounds off a spectacular series. I ❤ GONZO for making this! Will write up a review sooner or later.



Merry Christmas Folks
December 24, 2006, 11:46 pm
Filed under: Figurines, General Schtuff

Well, it’s the time of the year again. You know it’s coming when Jpop singles start including Christmas music. Examples? FLOW’s COLORS included this song Love Dub while Nirgilis’ Snow Kiss had a X’mas version of Tokyo Hahen (from an earlier album).

Sadly, Weiye did not hold his anime figurine clearance sale as planned. Yea, the original date was supposed to be today, but he’s pushed it off. So that means that…no last minute Christmas gifts, lolz…Well, I’ll keep you guys updated on the new date, as soon as I’m allowed to publish it.

Well, instead of doing a possibly boring write-up on Christmas Eve, I decided to just do some reflections instead.

To tell the truth, this has been a somewhat busy year for me. Since it’s a crucial exam year, I had no choice but to devote more time to studies than to watching anime. Ditto for writing up posts here. Strangely though, I seem to have done more in the early stages of this blog which only started a few months ago, than during the holidays. (Truthfully, I’m not sure. But I think most of the anime related posts were early on).

I only realized what the heck was going on recently. It wasn’t just the exams. I was finding myself feeling pressured to find a way into the animeblogging community because of my natural instinct to try fit in. The whole issue was pressuring me somewhat and making me feel that anime was becoming something of a chore to handle alongside studies. To make things worse, I don’t do episode reviews, never have, and never will. Episode reviews are easy. The series reviews I do more are much harder, and also entail alot more memory work and anime watching. Basically, I ended up rushing myself in both work and play. Got to thank aurabolt for indirectly pointing this out to me when he decided to cut down on episode reviews himself, saying it was too stressful.

So now that things have slowed down somewhat during the holidays, I’ve thought the issue through. Since this place and all the other friendly bloggers are too important to me to just drop suddenly, I need a new direction for this place…

Simply this, if series reviews don’t come by easily, then I shouldn’t pressure myself to do them when there’s simply nothing to do. (We all know how long a series takes to end…) What I’ll be doing in the new year will probably entail something more along the lines of commentaries.

E.g:
Issue or Idea from ??? anime
Discussion

Seems simple enough, yet it’s not exactly something I see alot, browsing through my limited blogroll. What do I mean by Issue or Idea? Well, sort of like…never mind, wait till the first few posts come out and see for yourself.

Ok, that pretty much sounds like a new year resolution now, my goodness…

And that’s it for Christmas…Oh almost forgot. Weiye, the best shopkeeper I know, and proud owner of Urban Attic gave me something for Christmas. Megahouse’s RAH DX Lacus Clyne! Thank you so very much, Weiye! I promise to help out on the day of the sale! (Hopefully you rabid fanboys do not make me regret that by forcing me into security guard mode on that day.)

DarkMirage has one too, so I’ll piggyback his photos!

Oh, and that Kasumi he has in that same post? He might kill me, but Weiye is offering them at sale price…so DM has effectively paid alot more than those guys on the sale day…

…Ditto for his Holiday Saber…which will be going for $40…AHHH! Don’t kill me DM! *runs*



Urban Attic Clearance Sale!
December 21, 2006, 12:07 am
Filed under: Figurines, General Schtuff

Big news. Weiye of Urban Attic has announced that he will be having a major direction shift in his store. He’s going to cut down on figurines and start selling stuff like plushies. I wish him luck, and am not going to ruin his business by talking about it…hehe…

Ok, that’s not so newsy as the next bit. Obviously, for him to shift products, he needs to clear his storeroom first. You know the that locked room at the back? Yea, it’s chokingly full of figurines that he wants to be ridden of. And who is there to help him do that? (Rhethorical question…)

Well, Weiye has requested that we keep the date of his clearance sale secret for now, so keep checking back here for that date…Oh, and other reasons to visit? He might let Umehiko and I print out these groovy coupons which lets people jump queue and get better stock…Sure, that’s only a consideration right now, but…

Ok, now the nice part. Umehiko took some interesting pictures of ALL the stuff we unpacked and stocktook…

I still think the last one is the best…

Damn, the pictures are too large…Ok, I’ll post the links to the full photos instead. Warning, The file size might be a little big, wonder how Umehiko took such big ones….

First photo
Second photo

Third photo



Stuff to sell
December 17, 2006, 4:17 pm
Filed under: General Schtuff, Japan, Music

Anyways, just a little regarding the items I brought back from Osaka to sell here.

First and foremost, the manga boxes which seemed in demand is no longer with me. Weiye kindly offered to buy them all off me and sell them himself. So this means that should you intend to go buy some, no need to approach me anymore, you can go straight to Urban Attic to get them. Here’s a sample picture of one:

No, the books don’t come with them…

Next, of the items I didn’t sell to Weiye are these interesting little plastic boxes for keeping little figurines. Not exactly very big, but there’s quite alot of stuff that may fit, like the small little ones that line the glass walls of La Tendo. Trying to sell these too, contact me if you’re interested. I’ve only got 2 or 3 left. Sample pictures:

Last group of items on the list is a set of music cds. All singles. I think I’ll sell them at 5 dollars each.

Get Wild – Tamaki Nami
Result – Tamaki Nami
STYLE~get glory in this hand~ – High and Mighty Color
Addicted to you – Utada Hikaru
Passion – Utada Hikaru
Be my last – Utada Hikaru
Bold and Delicous/PRIDE – Hamasaki Ayumi
Cragy Mama – hitomi

Oh, I almost forgot, I said I’ll scan in Weiye’s new name card. Ok, here it is, the back seems rather…unusual…



EOY 2006
December 17, 2006, 4:06 pm
Filed under: Cosplay

Ok, this was my first time at such an event. No sure way to compare to previous ones. I must have missed the last one for some embarrasing unknown reason…

Well, in total though quite alot of good and bad, I must say. Just let me try put it together in an organized manner.

First off. All my photos sucked. Terribly. On account of me being stupid and using the wrong settings without realizing it. Of course, I blame my camera for sucking too, but what’s done is done. I’ll be uploading my pictures later in a seperate post for anyone who really cares, but I think that the others have much better stuff to see, so just a sec…Will update this part when tj_han puts up part three…

tj_han part 1 , tj_han part 2, Darkmirage, Tsubaki, bjorn, tedfox, raven_eve,

Somehow I managed to miss out all the animebloggers. Shame on me. I also missed umehiko, but that’s an exception, as I saw her a few times, but never realized that she was doing Yuki, having said something about Eureka 7 and so on. GAH! She fit the Yuki role too well. I blame her no-sugar diet Tsubaki said something about. So that meant that I spent the whole day wandering about the place alone…well, ok, call it a full immersion experience with no external guidance.

Ok, good and bad parts, I’ll start with bad.

Somehow, planning and co-ordination sucked. I mean this seriously. I’m not even comparing to previous years because I can’t. I mean, look, they print a perfectly nice little booklet showing off the timetable, then go ahead with their own imaginary one onstage. What the heck is the meaning of this? Some of the scheduled song and dance stuff didn’t come on, like the SHnY one that people were most likely anticipating. Also, what happened to the pair competition? If there’s only one pair, and it’s a walkover, AT LEAST SAY SO CAN RIGHT?!!! Leave all the paying customers sitting down there in the dark without knowing what is going on…

And ticketing…hahaha, I have bad things to say now. GIVE ME MY MONEY BACK!!! So I come at 12pm means I pay 12 dollars. Meanwhile, those guys who come late at roughly 3pm come in for free…Certainly says alot towards the organisers’ attitude towards punctuality. I simply couldn’t believe my eyes when I looked at the entrance area halfway through the day and noticed that no one was selling tickets, and that, heck, the gate was pretty much busted, letting people stream in regardless of whether they paid or not. What’s more, most of the happening stuff happened at 3pm onwards. Coming early, and thus having to pay, was a waste of valuable time and money. Beware…I want to kill someone for this…

The MCs seemed rather weak. I know some good ones and yea, a decent job would include getting the crowd to participate. Sure, it’s not an easy job, but it’s also one of the most CRUCIAL ones which MUST be done right. Peppering the audience with lame jokes certainly didn’t work.

No media coverage, at least I don’t think so. No media representatives in sight. Is this a good or bad thing? Probably bad, though thankfully it meant the poor planning wouldn’t hit the news or something.

On the whole, the sad parts were mainly organization based, thank goodness. The good parts follow.

Pretty good cosplayers. Yes, of course the event is all about the cosplayers. So long as they’re there, they’re good, and they participate, organization faults are tolerable. The pictures say everything. Go check them out, if you haven’t yet already. I saw Linali, and took photos…Then I saw someone dressed as Nakoruru!!! Damn, lost her before I could take any photos. *Runs over to Tsubaki’s to wonder at his.*

The shops sold interesting stuff. Like those dollfies, or whatever they’re called. My sister seems to be crazy over them or something, always looking at them over the net. They certainly look better in the flesh plastic than onscreen. I didn’t buy anything though. Nothing all that interesting to be worth my money. People say this is because KKnM was around…

Now on to the more personal reflections stuff. Must say that the cosplayers were much more professional than I expected them to be. Ok, most of the things I heard about cosplayers before this were mainly horror stories, like how the Americans can’t cosplay decently for nuts. Well, this has certainly changed alot of my mindset. Umehiko is pretty much the prefect Yuki.

Also, I liked the ambience, almost enough for it to be worth my 12 dollars. (By the way, 12 dollars could have bought something good in Osaka, so that’s saying alot.) It feels ver…interesting to be surrounded for once by people with a passion along similar lines. Other days, being an anime fan is quite lonely…

Only downside was the timing. I just came back from Osaka in the morning, then grabbed some sleep before waking up in time to rush over which was very much unneccesarry thanks to bad points 1 and 2. (The first couple of hours were good for photo oppurtunities though, not so crowded, so lot’s of space…) Having already been quite destabilized by a trip to Japan, going to a cosplay event straight thing next pretty much shell-shocked me. I’m not sure whether I can get used to normal life again anytime soon…sob, as long as it’s in time for school next year.



RTB
December 15, 2006, 9:49 am
Filed under: General Schtuff, Japan, Music

Ok, I’m at the Kansai International Airport right now, just waiting for my flight home to open gates. Sorry I haven’t been around for the past couple of days or so, but I switched hotels.

Lot’s of things seen and done the past week, I think, and most of my thoughts on them probably border on irrevalent. Example, I’m wondering why train interiors are pretty bare in anime while in reality, they are flooded with advertisments. Walls, doors, even hanging from the ceiling you find those ads. I must say though, that would probably be quite some work for anyone intending to draw them all…

Something else? The Japanese are far more high-tech than they let off. Heck, they’ve pretty much automated everything. Even to their toilets, with motion sensors for every sink…Remember the vending machines? I thought the hot soup one was pretty novel an idea, but the one that was selling T-shirts-in-a-can took the cake. Selling things like T-shirts from vending machines. Small wonder, though, from the people who invented the gachapon machine.

Ok, just a couple of stuff left to say. One, if anyone is interested in the manga boxes I’m bringing back to sell, I’ve got about 16 with me. What I need to know is how much you guys are willing to fork out for one. I’m thinking something between 2-3 dollars each.

Also, I’m intending to also sell some of the singles I bought over there to try cover part of the costs incurred on the trip. No time now, but I’ll most likely be over at the STAC Resolutions event tomorrow, and if you can find me somehow, we can talk.

ARGH, plane coming, will continue later.