Byousoku 5 Centimeter #2 and #3: Summary and First Impression

4 03 2007

March 4th was the day of (the 13-year-old) Takaki’s and Akari’s reunion after a year of separation, and it happened to be the day I went to Cinema Rise of Shibuya and watched the full Byousoku 5cm.

Cinema Rise. In contrast to my image, it’s quite a shabby and old cinema.
Well, the seat was comfortable, and that was all it mattered to me.

The ticket.

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Wonder Festival 28

25 02 2007

I attended the 28th Wonder Festival today. Although I’m no figure collector, I do enjoy going there just to take photos. (I think I might have become a camera freak lately…) Here are some figures I thought were seriouly cool:

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Byousoku 5 Centimetre #1: It’s Japan porn.

22 02 2007

Here are some random and unorganized thoughts of mine on the anime:

This anime is all about the settings. There’s not really a plot. The characters are downplayed. What we are seeing is the two characters living their daily lives in a setting which is a lot larger than themselves. The character design is simplistic There are not so many close-up shots of the characters, and even many those close-up shots would contain minute details of the surrounding (even though they may be obscured by the depth of field.) Not to mention a truckload of gratuitous shots of the ticket vending machines, the please-be-careful-of-your-hand sign, PET bottles on a bicycles, etc, etc. I get a feeling that Shinkai’s focus is not on telling a story, but rather on producing awesome imageries.

No. This is not about Akari. It’s about the silhouette of the pole, and the snow falling outside.

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AOU 2007: Arcade Games Galore

18 02 2007

My boss came to me on Thursday and asked, “Do you like games?” Well, yes of course! Otherwise, I wouldn’t be interning in a game company like this! However, what he meant was that he was going to give me a ticket to the All Nippon Amusement Machine Operators’ Union Expo 2007, aka AOU 2007. I didn’t know what to expect, but gladly accepted his goodwill (or, perhaps, no one from the company wanted to go there anyway). What ensued was an enjoyable trip filled with the latest in the Japanese arcade gaming world.

The l33t invitation ticket.

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To LOVEる 39: Costume Mayhem

15 02 2007

Yabuki-sensei continues to deliver quality fanservice, in both the most blatant and the sublter way.

Rito, Mikan, and Lala go skating, quite an unlikely setup for skinny fanservice, eh? Well, don’t underestimate the writer! Lala is good at it already though it’s the first time she skates. Rito sucks royally, so he complains that he should not have come, but Mikan warned him to be careful of being alone because someone is after his life. This cues Eve to make an appearance…

How do you do?

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Random Bits #3: Camera Test Run and Sankuri 34 Report

11 02 2007

Camera Test Run

I have just acquired a Canon EOS KISS Digital N (known as the Digital Rebel XT in the US) from Akihabara today after a long trek to Sankuri 34. (A picture of the loots available below.) Well, so here are some pictures of my small otaku room that I just moved in less than a week ago… (Yeah, I just can’t resist doing a test run…) Read the rest of this entry »

Mahou Sensei Negima 154: Electronic Warfare, Simplified (Catching-up Edition)

10 02 2007

Apologies for no Negima & School Rumble summary for a long while.

Chiu, Makie, and Iinchou gets transfered to a virtual space filled with water and fish. Donning Mahou Shoujo Biblion costumes, they wage electronic warfare with Chachamaru.

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