November 13, 2012 § Leave a comment
Greetings folks! This is Edwin, self proclaimed Lolicon, leading researcher in Loliology, and master of the Loliverse!… Ahem… Only the first and second part is true. Anyways, I am back after a long 3 months of soul searching, distractions, procrastinations, and busy work that the real world can only pummel you with. I have worked a temporary job in late summer, studied my ass off in my classes, and faced angst these past months, I have returned more powerful than I could possibly imagine! Hue Hue Hue! I’ve also been playing video games and watched a lot of shows (Supernatural), however, it is good to be back in the one place that fills me up with pride: My blog. I have returned to take my throne as I push my way to 9001 viewers, so please, thank you for those who have taken the time to read through, I am thankful for it.
Now, as you may now know, I am a self proclaimed Lolicon. Now, some of you may know what this is, and some might not understand this term and will most likely attempt to look it up right at this moment, BUT HOLD ON! Please, take the time to sit down in front of that monitor or cell phone, and take the following information with an open mind. For those of you who know what I will speak, by all means do the following and enjoy this lolicoaster of whimsical fun and let us begin!
What is a Lolita? To sum it up in its base term, they are fictional girls (mostly anime) that have several base traits that appeal to a certain few people (Lolicons). These girls are usually short in stature, slender in their figure, and lack any sort of a bosom. This is the most basic structure of what a Loli is, and by this point you must be thinking, “Are they children,” or, “Is this guy a Pedophile?” Before you leave assuming this, I would like to remind you that this is just a base structure… You have just barely got on the lolicoaster, and the belts are tightened and the bar is lowered, so please enjoy the ride, for it is too late to escape now accomplice!… Just kidding.
A Loli does look child-like and many would assume them to be so at first glance, however, this is not the case… mostly… Japanese Animation is a universe of fun and entertainment, however there is a dark side to things. I don’t deny that there is adult media revolving around this medium, neither do I deny that there are people who enjoy these kinds of things. If you love anime, you will undoubtedly see these girls sometime in the future (if not already), but most of these heroines will be found in safe media, so please, do not be afraid.
Loli’s are vague simply because there are so many variations. It can be difficult to describe since there are many influences varying on the art style of the artist, the maturity of the character, age, and a whole lot of other factors involved, however, I have pinpointed 4 common types that apply to them all: Baby Loli’s, Basic Loli’s, Teen Loli’s, and Adult Loli’s. What’s the difference, well my boy/girl, we have begun climbing our the tracks in the lolicoaster, so brace yourself for the impending fall.
Baby Loli’s are simply girls varying in the ages of 4 and under, who are too young and pure to understand the world of adult problems. These young girls are both a good example of the Loli craze yet a contradiction at the same time. Young pure girls don’t stay young forever, for most of the girls in this genre will grow up due to their maturing bodies and puberty. If you are still confused, let me give you an example: Yotsuba (from the manga Yotsuba by Azuma Kiyohiko), is one such baby loli. Let us get a bit darker now. Akira (as depicted in the bottom) is also a baby loli, and however cute this pig-tailed girl may be, and this may offend people, she is involved in a sexual relationship with three high school students, and I loathe this fact. It exists ya know, scream and kick as you might, but this coaster has finally dived down its first hill and sped up to a loop, so expect more bombshells.
Now we have the Basic Lolis, which are often displayed in popular anime’s often. These girls can range from the ages of 5-12, and are often the cute girls who are just barely grasping the world at hand. These girls are often bratty, stuck up, and despise being called little (sound familiar?), and it is only a matter of time until they hit puberty. Why do Lolicons love them? Despite their rough exterior, they are the sensitive girls who are beginning to develop and grow, and because of it they get insecure about their bodies (varies on age and can occur earlier). These girls are fragile, and Lolicons perceive them as little sisters in that sense: No matter how much she may stand up against you and hurt you, one cannot hate their little sister, right? So, who falls in this category? How about Hasegawa Kobato, the little sister of Boku Wa Tomodachi Ga Sukunai. She’s the younger brother of Kodaka, and has a unique fascination in darkness. She dresses up in goth fashion, wears a red contact in her Right/Left eye, and calls herself “Reisys VI Felicity Sumeragi, and despite her demanding nature, she loves her older brother so much, to the point that she fights against her rival, Maria, a year younger than she is.
Now, we begin persevere on our twisting course, so take the time to take a breather before the next bombardment. We dive into Teenage Lolis, young women who can range from 13-17 age, and like the common base, lack a bosom and are sometimes short. These girls can be slightly taller, far more mature from their younger counterparts, but may share similar insecurities (I mean, its borderline dwarfism). Short is cute, and like people, there will be many who will love them for their maturity (and sometimes immaturity). Aisaka Taiga from Toradora is one such character who is in the Teen Loli range. She is fierce, easily angered, and isn’t afraid to attack someone who rubs her the wrong way; despite this, she is sweet like any teenage woman, you just have to get her to open up. Another example is Nakano (Azunyan) Azusa, from the popular series K-On, who is one of the few mature role models in her club despite being the youngest. There are many who fall in this category, but we must continue on our course, and be prepared for one last assault from these cute stars.
As much as I like to kick you off this rollercoaster of knowledge, we are going to cover the course backwards, so don’t get too ill you newbies.
I once again contradict the very existence of Lolita kind! As an otaku and morally responsible person, I am proud to say that I adore these lovely ladies for what they are, “Grown Women.” Yes, Adult Lolis are grown women despite their lacking and/or child like looks, which I classify as fictional dwarfism. They are fully bloomed women are commonly found in adult games and media (like hentai), however, this is not the case in some anime/manga. They may still hold insecurities, but above all, they have embraced those insecurities to continue forward (most of the time). Despite looking the part of a Loli, they are adults, and are a contradiction to the basic structure as much as a part of it. I’ll be a bit more in depth as to why.
In the Hentai Game “Yume Miru Kusuri: A Drug That Makes You Dream,” Shiraki Aeka is one of the female heroines of the story who fills the example of an adult Loli. Aeka is a senior at her high school, and despite her lacking body, she is in fact eighteen (older than our Protagonist by months). In her route, Kouhei (the protagonist) finds out that there is a girl being bullied in his class, and after finally opening his eyes rather than being oblivious, he recognizes Aeka as the victim. Yes, this is an adult game that is marketed for its adult content, yet the story is a compelling and heartbreaking, earning it a great ranking and also giving Aeka the rank of Adult Loli.
This is but one example. Adult Lolis aren’t just classifying of age, they also classify supernatural things such as Vampires and inter-dimensional beings. Mina Tepes from Dance in the Vampire Bund is one such Loli, who despite her looks, is actually several hundred years old. Saya from Saya no Uta is similar in the sense that she is a Loli (to Fuminori), however, she is anything but human.
Let us finish up this rollercoaster ride of knowledge my kiddies. Why would you care for fictional characters? Why should it matter if they are adults despite their looks? Well, let us leave the fiction and go to real life facts: Dwarfism. Dwarfism and short people aren’t uncommon in real life, who have to adapt to the world around them and be discriminated based on their height and/or looks. Should they, like these fictional characters, be neglected love? What about a job? Or the right to have children? Not good enough? Well let us go into Hollywood horror.
**SPOILER ALERT!!!*** In “The Orphan,” the Coleman family, who had recently lost a baby, go to an orphanage to adopt a child. It is here that the family come across a diligent child called Esther, whom they immediately adopt into their home, however, Esther isn’t what she claims to be. The family begin going through several unfortunate accidents, causing several children to go to the hospital and the protagonist, Kate Coleman to suspect Esther as the culprit. Investigating her origins, it turns out that Esther is not a child, but a 33 year old woman who has been on a killing spree. The reason? She could not find love due to a deformity that stunted her growth, and is unable to be in a romance because of her deformity. Yes this is just a movie, but it is an example nonetheless, and as she dies in the film, she dies alone. Sad, isn’t it? There are other examples, such as Claudia from “Interview with a Vampire,” but it is pointless to ramble, as we have returned back to our starting point.
Now, I do hope that you newbies have taken the opinions of a true Lolicon, and have free’d yourself to this popular and frequent genre. When you watch anime and a Loli shows up, I hope you are more open to the concept of Lolitas and be open minded no matter the content. For those who are already knowledgeable in the concept, I hope you found this rant humorous in its nature. Let us be more open, in fiction and real world, to the small girls with big hearts. I pray you enjoy your stay in Anime Hell, because there is so much more baffling things than just young looking women, am I right fellow Otaku’s?
December 24, 2011 § Leave a comment
Ah Christmas Eve is upon us and there is no greater way to get into the holiday spirit than to watch Amagami SS, and even though I have probably rewatched the entire thing more than three times, I still am envious of the protagonist ;n; I mean Tachibana Junichi has more game than me (on the bright side I’ve held a longer relationship than my younger brother ^^ Win). With the recent events that have been coming and going I have sat down and reminisced the idea of a 2d waifu ._. For those who don’t know what a waifu is it is basically you, the player/viewer, take a fancy to a female from any anime or video game and claim her mentally as your own. We all have had that happen to us at least once and don’t you fool yourselves! Think back on it and you will realize that you too have fangasmed over a fictional 2d character!!! Well anyways, I reviewed back and have dwindled them down to my top three… My third being Alice from Kami Sama no Memo-Chou, second being Tanamichi Kaoru from Amagami SS (yes she is second ;n;) and my grand top being Yuki Nagato from the Disappearance of Yuki Nagato series (yes she has her own spin off) and if you need a sample than have a sample of YUKI NAGATO’S MOENESS!!!! (If you are reading this PaoPao don’t kill me ;n;)
Ahem… Anyways this talk of Waifus has gotten me excited, but I have once again gone off topic… This post is about my second top waifu (not an easy achievement to earn among the thousands) whose tomboyish character and tsundere like exploits have captured my heart! YES to celebrate the Eve of Christmas I give you TANAMICH KAORU!!!
Ahem. Okay not the greatest picture of her but if I ruined her charming looks it would overlook the reason why I love her as my waifu. In the series there are surely more gorgeous and charming girls than her such as Morishima Haruka and even Nakata Sae (if you’re into boobs and super shy girls) and well… both really did make me cheer on Junichi; despite this I rewatched the series a second time and made my decision that Kaoru is the ideal for me, earning points in her carefree nature, her tomboy like attitude, her tsundere anger that she lashes out at Junichi… so far I sound like a Masochist .-. anyways, this girl has stolen my heart and has inspired me both in my own writing to make strong female characters and also affected my daily life to be more positive and take charge.
**Note: 7.8 Spoiler Tsunami heading your way**
Now the story starts out relatively the same in which Junichi has been duped by the girl he asked out (still sad ;n;) and after waiting a long time for her Junichi gives up and heads out of the park for the shortest walk of shame I have ever seen as he walks towards his bike at the bottom of the stairs. His walk comes to a close when Kaoru comes out of nowhere, cheerful about the holiday season but immediately picks up on Junichi’s melancholic mood and acts by sitting on the bike seat and requesting Junichi to give her a lift to a cake shop. Confused and irritated Junichi attempts to refuse her but falls for Kaoru’s evil charm when she mentions that she and her mother cannot finish the cake they ordered and offers it to him as a reward :3 Sooo would have worked on me too. His troubles forgotten, Junichi pedals his might with his bad friend behind and thus… starts the arc.
One year later, the duo are once again reunited inside their class with our loveable hero Tachibana sleeping. To state the obvious Junichi and Kaoru’s relationship is one built up on gags and sarcasm, a perfect comedy duo that simply make me laugh. Taking the opportunity to mess with Junichi, Kaoru slyly leans in and nibbles his right ear and forced him to wake up in fright and fights back verbally by calling her unfeminine… big mistake? I don’t think so :3 While no girl likes being called such a thing Kaoru does not take his sass and swipes a fist towards him! Tachibana barely dodges it but falls from his chair to much of his luck getting a perfect view from under her skirt (Panty shot count 1). I fucking laughed at this point as Tachibana described the view with such a stunned face knowing he would be murdered in the next few moments. Kaoru eventually picks up on what happens and in a furious fit jabs Tachibana on the plexus and knocks him out! D: poor Junichi san… hope it was worth it </3
If that wasn’t good enough then it gets better! Tachibana wakes up in the infirmary after the heavy blow with Kaoru right beside him. Putting on a feeling that he couldn’t remember what happened, Kaoru lies and says that he had hurt his head and stomach and she, like the good friend she is, helped him to the infirmary in which he replies “LIAR! YOU’RE THE ONE WHO HIT ME!” :3 such a good duo… but the highlight of this is that Kaoru tells Junichi to meet her at the back of the school garden after school for something very important… Ahem… being an anime veteran it certainly is obvious that Junichi is going to misinterpret it… and I was right. Junichi flips out and constantly keeps his mind focused on what would happen, thinking up of random scenarios of confession, sexy confession, and getting suplexed for seeing her panties earlier that day @_@ which will it be? Neither thats what! Junichi was just called over to help Kaoru’s friend with a confession of her own… but still this event helps with the story and the imagery Tachibana cooks up is gold.
As amazing as it begins things don’t always stay happy and go getting. There are many many many moments like this throughout the arc but I would like to keep my point on the things that simply made me like her arc… and sadly I really liked her uniform for the restaurant she worked in. D: you would agree too and so does Tachibana! When they get out after school Tachibana walks with Kaoru before she goes leaves and during their conversation she messes around with Tachibana by inviting him to the family restaurant to try the Seasonal Specials Like Crab Gratin and such and at first I was mad that Tachibana refused… but like a real man he was curious and he meets her up as a customer. Being low on cash he buys coffee and cannot help himself from eyeing the uniforms D: My gosh… she looked so freaking hot!!!
Well aside from my tastes in maid outfits Kaoru is surprisingly cute when she’s bashful, especially when she starts believing she has a thing for our hero. @_@ my particularly favorite part of the entire arc would have to be the accidental kiss and Tachibana’s daring payback (Guy Seriously has Game!) Kaoru meets up with Tachibana on the school roof and asks him how she feels their current friendship is bad or something in which Junichi thinks is a joke and questions her reason for such a question… Now comes the fun part where Kaoru explains their relationship to be a pastel like color in which, to Tachibana, comes back to the panty shot! Well moving along, the two rough house a bit and somewhere along the line the two accidentally kiss leaving Tachibana a bit confused and also irritated that she stole his first kiss. Using this as an excuse he calls her out to the library and vows to get back for that stolen kiss. Accepting the terms, Kaoru shows up with a trick up her sleeve and offers her belly to compensate for earlier ._. yes that is right, her belly… in which Tachibana kisses and gets roused up and nearly causes a scene at school! HE’S GOT GAME!!!
After locking lips and messing around things get serious as Kaoru witnesses her mother out with another guy. Angry, confused, and hurt she does not return home or attends school the next day. Worried for her sake, Tachibana is forced to forget his previous kiss fiasco at the library and like a hero goes out to look for her. Looking at all the places he would assume she would be and getting a bit of flashbacks in between, Tachibana arrives at her work and waits for her to get a break before confronting her to go back home. After talking it out and calming Kaoru to call her mom, Tachibana acts cool and tells her that he wants to help her anytime he liked; this causes Kaoru to briefly confess that she want him by her side to which Tachibana does not percieve to understand until he goes home. Thinking the possibility over and over in his head he comes to the realization himself that he likes Kaoru as more than a friend. Thinking on this too long, he burns up taking a bath after staying too long in the hot water… poor fool
So… the climax arrives. Junichi gathers the courage to ask Kaoru her plans for Christmas Eve, hoping she would have nothing clear. However, two steps ahead, Kaoru not only has something planned she planned her date with Junichi thinking he would be too chicken to do it himself :3 such a take charge girl ❤ Heading out early, Junichi wait for Kaoru at their appointed place, but after waiting a while the sudden fear that Kaoru would not show up hits him and he would have a repeat of the previous year again. Luckily Kaoru arrives a bit late and head off to explore around before heading to their main destination, the Port Tower. For those who don’t know, Tachibana is afraid of heights and this tower is tall and after a minor panic attack the duo spend their time looking out into the city and before they leave Kaoru at long last expresses her feelings for our hero and the two lock lips… Tachibana seriously has game ❤
Leaving the tower Kaoru misses her last bus home and Junichi offers her his place (parents gone too ;3). Heading quietly to his room, Kaoru messes around with Tachibana, dodge a bullet with his young sister checking in on him, and the two lay on the same bed a bit nervous at the situation. In an attempt to ease the tension Kaoru mounts Tachibana playfully and teases to do more before… she passes out ._. a letdown? maybe. Cute? Hell yeah!
And with that the story ends. The main reasons I like Kaoru is her personality herself. Strong and bold, carefree and funny, the kind of person who is somewhat shy to express herself at first but when it comes down to it is very take charge! Such a woman indeed earns the place of second on my waifu list and thus is an honor! How long she will reign there is a mystery itself… but rest assured that in the Amagami SS world Kaoru is always number one out of the other girls… Next up on the list we have Nakata Sae for Amagami SS Part 3! Look forward to that!… Kinda reminds me of a hamster stuffing her cheeks in this image :3 Until next time Merry Chrismahanakwanza and a Happy New Years!
I would also like to say that tomorrow, December 25th, is Arcueid’s Birthday! Those who are unfamiliar with Tsukihime or Melty Blood I would like to say GO AND CHECK EM OUT AND PLAY IT ALL DAY TOMORROW!!! RAWR!!! DO IT FOR ARCUEID!!!
December 2, 2011 § Leave a comment
As a fan of scifi drama’s it goes without saying that I like lasers and space ships. I was a big fan of star wars to the point I bought a replica light saber that is probably worth well more than one hundred (a good price seeing I bought it for 20). I loved watching Firefly and even loved Trigun for its uniquely space western tale and whimsical cast of characters and story, Dead Space for its unique monsters in a cramped mining ship with no way out, Halo with its spartans, and lastly Warhammer 40k with its insane universe of space marines and Gothic architecture and belief that it seemed like a mix of metal meets space fantasy. In short I am in love with science fiction stories to the point that I would like to even pilot a space craft and be simply bad ass. Of course space travel is dangerous business but the realm of science fiction is always closer than most people realize that it seems possible to even pilot mechs in space like that in Gundam. Now as for science fiction of course we neglect something that each and every one of us used to believe at some point in our lives; time travelling. If I had the power to travel time I’d have changed things in my past to simply not happen… or become a god >.> Today such a series takes time travelling and turns it into a mind fucking experience with so many twists and turns that it seems there is no hope at all for a happy end. Today I bring you… Steins Gate.
**Warning: Spoilers Ahead**
**Warning: Bullshitting Ahead**
To make this as short as possible, Steins Gate began as a japanese visual novel for the xbox 360 (which I currently am still playing), published and copyrighted by 5.pb (known for their game Chaos Head) and Nitroplus. I remember news almost 3 years ago that a new game was being worked on, and around 2009 a teaser site followed. Seeing as I could not understand japanese so well back then I lost interest shortly after and simply focused on… Dragon Age and other titles (busy busy year). A year after Steins Gate was released and an anime adaptation followed (as well as a manga that I never read) and the first episode did catch my appeal… however… Megavideo cockblocked me as I ran out of time; Impatient as ever I just turned away 5 minutes into the episode and focused on games and anime (blame Megavideo). Just when I had all but forgotten about it my friend Chaz gave me most of the episodes and I sat down to watch it in 360 quality. Frustrated by the quality that I had trouble reading the text I vented my frustration by finding my own copy and torrenting the entire series in the highest quality my laptop can run… best decision in my life. I would also like to say that this is an abridged version of my review so please… please… put up with my bad jokes :3
Steins Gate’s story is purely science fiction gold, set in real life Akihabara the story revolves around Okabe Rintarou (or Hououin Kyouma as he calls himself), an ever eccentric twenty year old college student who believes himself to be a mad scientist (in name) and that a group called the Organization is after him. His loyal companion and childhood friend Mayuri, naively hangs around him in his “Laboratory” (apartment) with his second lab member Itaru “Daru” Hashida (a fluffy computer hacker). Together the three spend their days making futuristic gadgets and at the first episode Okabe talks to the viewers… or at least it seems that way. While he rants on the screen and introduces his lab members and tells his goal of global domination and chaos… shortly after it turns out that Okabe is talking to a camera to a lame video game called “Alpaca Man”. I’ll say now that DeIz kinda messed me up with one of the characters ranting to me and as scripted as it is I can’t help but feel it had truth to it >.>
Well shortly in the episode we are introduced to several of my favorite characters Rukako and Makise Kurisu (Kuristina :D) both who have my heart. Rukako (Ruka Urushibara) is a strikingly great character with such delicate charms that can simply be put as “Moe” and her voice was simply shy and naive that I can’t help but feel so entranced by her character alone. Such a gorgeous character indeed stirred me up as Okabe repeatedly teased her and Mayuri kept going on about having “him” try on cosplay outfits… Thats when my bubble was popped and I focused more on the text in disbelief, wondering if that was just a type-o error… NAY! I prayed it was a type-o error! And even as Rukako explained that he was a guy and didn’t want to try on such outfits I still held on that it was a girl!… then Okabe, the final nail in my coffin, rapid fired in his mind that he was a guy to snap him out from “naughty thoughts”… in short I had stepped on a land mine called “A Trap”. Fuck!!! I swear one of these days I am making a trap meter and counting down all the traps I have walked in on >.> but anyways Rukako, as gorgeous as he is… is indeed a guy as told by Okabe ;n;
Traps aside the silver lining to this was being introduced to our heroine, Makise Kurisu, a gifted prodigy who comes to America for undisclosed reasons. Though not as favorite as Rukako (why does he have to be a guy ;n;) Makise Kurisu comes at a close second. Despite her talent as a scientist and her charming beauty, Makise Kurisu… is a nerd! Yes that is right, a fellow nerd like me :3 She understands memes, enjoys otaku related things, and is a pervert at heart (despite how she hides it). Clearly a tsundere, Okabe and Makise don’t get along at first but eventually warm up and work together at the lab. Hell when I heard her make a “Yo Dawg” joke I simply cried from laughter and disbelief, but there it was, memes on an anime… Magical.
I could go on and on about the characters alone but sadly I must continue. Steins Gate’s plot revolves around Okabe’s love for time machines. At the beginning of the episode he meets Kurisu for a brief moment before he goes inside to listen to a lecture on time machines; frustrated in anger that this guys theory was stolen from someone on the internet and shortly after leaving he comes across Kurisu again… in a pool of blood. In disbelief, he heads outside and texts Daru what happened and accidently alters time. Confused, he heads elsewhere only to find out that Makise Kurisu is alive o.O
In disbelief at his encounter, Okabe goes home and finds out that his recent project, the Phone Microwave, is a time machine! Yes that is right, a microwave fitted to turn on when he calls the phone attached to it, can send text messages (D-Mails) back in time! Makise Kurisu, who is also in disbelief, works together with Okabe to deduce how this is possible; to do this they hack into SERN’s database and learn of their efforts to build a working time machine. Finding conviction to go through with their plan, Okabe and the other lab members begin testing their own time machine by sending messages back in time, altering the present (one such being my favored wish). Many things in Akihabara change, a welcome change was Rukako’s sudden transformation from a guy to a girl! Rukako sends a message back to his mom (via numbers to a pager), and oddly affects his birth to be a girl! Of course the present has altered and no one has memory of this except for Okabe, who still thinks Rukako to be a guy. When the others tell him he’s wrong Okabe gropes Rukako and… finds no penis 😀
After much testing and altering the past, Okabe’s and Kurisu develop a way to time leap… and with it comes misfortune as Mayuri dies from a group called the Rounders, dogs of SERN. In disbelief, Okabe repeatedly time leaps back only to have Mayuri die in various ways with no change in the result. Okabe cannot save her yet his conviction keeps him going, his hope still burning to find a way to save her. Almost going mad Kurisu notices a change in character and deduces he has time leaped, confronting him to learn his reasons; after learning of Mayuri’s misfortune, Kurisu helps him by trying to find a way to solve his dilemma. This is when Suzuha, a strange girl who hangs around with them, reveals her true self to be the self proclaimed time traveller from the internet and tells him to return to the beta world line (a world that might be possible to save Mayuri). Confronted with a huge problem, the only way to return to the beta world line from the alpha world line they are currently in; but due to the butterfly effect they are forced to undo the effects of each D-Mail sent, a task that is not easy for Okabe as he still has to face Mayuri’s impending demise each time he leaps back. After undoing most of the D-Mails, Okabe comes to the realization that in order to get to the beta world line, the world line in which he witnessed Makise Kurisu die, is to undo the D-Mail he sent by mistake.
Finding no heart to be able to do this, he struggles to even dare do such a thing as he himself has gotten attached to Kurisu, the one person who has been trying to help him save Mayuri… in short he fell in love with her 😀 and this I approve. Sadly the loving moment is stained by the overwhelming situation that he has to have Kurisu die in order to save Mayuri. Kurisu once again confronts him and asks what is stopping him and learns of her impending demise on the Beta World line. Wracked in bitter remorse, Kurisu willingly accepts her demise and consoles Okabe to go through with it; angered by this Okabe confesses his love for her and the two embrace and lock lips :3 yes!Not even love can stop fate, however… and Okabe goes through with the plan and returns to the Beta world line… and I was sad as I watched the credits, thinking that this was it… the final episode or atleast I thought. Near the end Okabe gets a call from Suzuha, declaring that she needs his help to stop world war 3 o.O I got mind fucked. So Okabe comes to the appointed place and he learns that in order to save the future from such a disaster he must save Kurisu from death. Going back he attempts to save her and fails in doing so, returning back in pain… Suzuha then reveals the real plan, designed by his future self. That in order to save Kurisu and to stop world war 3, he must first have the plans for the time machine destroyed… and to fool his past self that Kurisu is dead. Finding courage once again he follows through with this plan and runs across a temporary flaw in his plan when his tool to fake Kurisu’s blood… is dry. Finding no other option, he uses himself to shield Kurisu from the knife, frightens the villain, and stuns Kurisu before he opens the wound deep and bleeds all over her… When he returns to the present he is then put ion the hospital, but he is relieved that the plan went without a hitch. I thought that he would never see Kurisu but because of Kurisu’s memory influenced by other world line versions of her causes her to meet with him, giving a satisfying ending to such a great series.
Even though I had just spoiled most of the plot in Steins Gate (and I apologize) it does not mean that one cannot enjoy this series. My words alone don’t make this series great and I cannot begin to explain how real each character is and the emotion that is displayed. The story is one thing, but watching these characters react to the pain, love, and drama is what makes this series gold and I highly recommend everyone to watch this. This is a series that must be watched and I ask you to support the official release so we can have more anime’s and games like this! Before you go however… I give you this!!!!
October 27, 2011 § 2 Comments
There is nothing more exciting to me than a good romance series. Be it on television, anime, books, if i can’t like the characters or enjoy a good pairing then something is indeed lacking. For instance “Kara No Kyoukai” Shiki x Kokuto, Fate Stay Night Saber x Shiro, and many more are good examples of a series that not only succeed in entertaining me with just action, each character likes each other in a unique way. Of course the romance isn’t the main point for those series being based mostly on action and mystery but the example is nonetheless understandable;if I can’t like the characters themselves I will most likely dislike it. Ecchi or Harem series in my opinion isn’t even considered romance at all and it strictly pisses me off that it tries the same formula over and over where every girl is head over heels for an oblivious moron who can’t tell he’s being hit on. In short I feel the emotion is forced because of it and I cannot enjoy it. My first and second requirement for a good series is simply this. 1- I must love the characters in an untainted and forced environment and 2- the drama has to be realistic despite the setting of fantasy or scifi (I need to relate to it). Today however I take the time to finish this romance rant by talking about a series that has… fulfilled my requirement and is downright enjoyable. Today I bring Amagami SS to the table!
**Warning: Spoilers Ahead**
**Warning: Only Part 1**
Amagami SS, originally a Japanese Dating Sim for the PS2 in 2009 received a welcoming anime adaptation in July 2010 with its unique (semi slow) pervertive and helpful protagonist and its lovely cast of female heroines, the anime keeps the same appeal as the game and does not deviate from it. Its not like any other romance series where one girl gets the guy and the rest are simply unloved but rather it does a job on showing each character route and represents them as a separate universe. In short each arc is a different universe where our hero gets close and falls for a different girl. The story is simply rich as the time mostly always takes place a few weeks before Christmas Eve (AKA Their School’s Founders Day) and those who do not celebrate this holiday I still recommend this show for simply the character development in each arc.
At the beginning of the first episode (and a few other arcs) we watch our protagonist, Tachibana Junichi, head to an appointed spot for his date after having confessed to his senior. Junichi’s emotion is overjoyed and excited that the winter cold seems nothing to him… though that smile wanes slowly as he waits and waits for her only to realize she would never show up. The emotion and the gleam disappearing for him simply made my heart ache as I too had gone through a similar experience that I instantly relate to the character (requirement 2 fulfilled in 5 min). The story itself takes place two years after that event and Tachibana is still emotionally depressed that he has grown melancholic every time Christmas eve is around the corner. The series isn’t simply a struggle for Tachibana to win over a girl but also one to regain what he lost two years ago, a troublesome but not impossible challenge. That doesn’t mean that Tachibana isn’t a mopey protagonist, in fact he is just another healthy young man (wink wink). His friend Masayoshi Umehara is perhaps a great side character for his energetic and comedy routines with Tachibana (mainly on pornography). Watching the first episode and being introduced to Umehara was perhaps a welcomed joke that made me laugh. Umehara approaches Tachibana on his way to school in his random and hyper character and Tachibana pretends not to know him… that is until Umehara mentions he brought the magazine he wanted in which Tachibana instantly switches to recognizing him surprised simply because of the magazine. Their relationship is simply one that I can relate since every one has that one hyper friend that you mess around and joke with.
The first arc revolves around Morishima Haruka, the most popular girl in the entire school for her charismatic personality and looks. Being so popular it goes without saying that she should have a boyfriend… or at least it should be since she’s the ideal hot girl! She’s freaking single and has a heart break streak for turning down every guy in school the previous year (no joke). So anyways, Tachibana notices her and finds her attractive but of course still mopey he makes no move and thinks he has no chance… until his friends make him buy lunch and helps out a freshman get her food, making him noticed by Morishima Senpai (just went Weebo). On his way to the classroom Tachibana drops the bag full of school bread quickly begins to collect it… and in doing so Morishima picks up a bread and lovingly comments on how much he eats (with no ill intent). Dropping bread+picking up= Popular girls attention.
My first opinion about Haruka was magical. Haruka plays around with Tachibana for a bit before she heads off to her own thing. And simply put I thought she was an angel XP cheesy but it works. Of course that is not the only encounter. Haruka shows up in the library with a pile of cute dog books that our hero gracefully helps her carry (chivalry is still alive). Of course what did bring me down was that in the first episode Tachibana confesses to her and she turns him down (NOOOO!). Second opinion… How could you!… Of course with courage he asks her out again in another episode and she willingly accepts seeing his determination.
Having won Haruka over, Tachibana himself isn’t out of the woods yet despite being over his own insecurity. Haruka herself has her own quirks, mainly being overactive and hyper. It worries Haruka to the point that she calls her friend Hibiki for advice on… a “puppy” :D. Of course after talking it out Hibiki (keen as ever to pick up it was about a boy) gives her advice to be just herself and Haruka returns to her joyful self!
Tachibana and Haruka get extremely close… to the point where they run off during lunch and go to kiss… o.o Yes kiss… or at least I thought it would be mouth to mouth. When they arrive to a hideout, Haruka decides to tease him by not allowing Tachibana to kiss her on the mouth and to kiss elsewhere. Of course this is to tease him yet Tachibana decides to take it seriously and take up her challenge… and like a daring man he decides to kiss her behind her knee! o.o
Haruka simply does anything she wants to do like try out a school swimsuit, glomp Tachibana and act like a spoiled kitten, or pretends she’s tied down to a chair and is spoon fed ramen by the kidnaper (Tachibana) in the school cafeteria. Of course she questions if she’s too much for our hero but finds comfort that he does not mind her playful teasing… in fact he loves it ^^
Eventually… we reach our climax… Christmas Eve (told ya its on Christmas!). Tachibana and Morishima make plans to hang out a bit and have dinner with her family because of her grandparents visiting (red flag goes up at this point). Tachibana is excited to meet Morishima’s parents and in doing so… forgets the time and runs late! The poor fool runs like a mad man to their appointed destination and literally is steaming when he gets there. Finding this troublesome, Haruka takes him to the hotel their parents… yes I said that right, a hotel! Knowing that Tachibana was in no shape to meet her parents in this state she takes him to the pool and the two spend an entire two hours messing around under the pretense of “washing him up!”
After their random swimming ordeal, Morishima san takes them to their room in which she reveals… that her parents canceled their hotel get together! What the FUUUUUU!!! Morishima and Tachibana alone in a hotel room suite gives a man many many dirty thoughts on where this might be going (once again this series is a romance… but it takes a mature feel to it). It goes without saying that I’m already anxious to find out how this 4 episode arc will end. What makes me even more anxious is when Haruka goes take a shower and tells Tachibana not to peep… Every guy watching this instantly know the instinctive urge to do what they are not told and this is no exception for our hero. Tachibana waits in the living room fighting his primal instinct and manages to keep it in his pants until Haruka comes out… yet something is wrong… She’s disappointed at Tachibana. Dwah?
Our heroine is disappointed at our hero for not checking her out! At this point I pause and rewind about 2x in simple confusion at what Tachibana did wrong, forgetting about her insecurity. Remembering soon after, it becomes obvious that Morishima Haruka is afraid that she isn’t appealing to our hero and that he’d leave. Of course this is a bit far-fetched for me, I remember that Tachibana has not expressed how much he likes her since he confessed to her (FEWL D<)!!! Clicking play I continue on and watch Haruka cry for the first time… and like a good man Tachibana consoles her and once again spoils her by telling her how much she’s in love with her, dispelling her panic attack. D,: like a true bro!
Of course thats all that you get. There is no adult content in this series… but there is a lot of implied suggestion in it. This is where the route ends… or at least thats what I thought. Ten years later Haruka and her best friend Hibiki talk about their lives while flipping through their photo album and reminisce about their youth. It is implied here that Tachibana and Haruka have tied the knot!!!
It isn’t a Morishima Haruka finish without a last gag for the viewers. So Tachibana bursts in with his Detective ID and threatening to put Haruka under arrest! Instinctively Haruka gets up and tells Hibiki to make a run for it… in which she declines and thus becomes the killjoy of their short roleplay. My favorite quote that Haruka says after Hibiki’s comment on Japans Safety is “He might not be able to keep Japan safe, but he promised he’ll keep me safe”
Final thoughts… the Haruka route is simply my first true romantic series I have set foot on. Of course each character arc is around 3-5 episodes long (varying on the girl) the amount of depth in it is simply superb. I enjoyed and still enjoy watching this series. It never gets old and thats rare for me. As for Haruka I will admit that she is not my “top” favorite character in the series. However this isn’t a bad thing, many people like Haruka and she got her own figurine (which my friend David proudly owns). So my thoughts… I love Amagami SS… but I must talk more about the remaining 6 girls (yes this includes the secret character arc) in other parts to be more in depth. I hope you enjoyed this entry and I will post more in the following weeks…
**Next Week is Kaoru’s Arc!**
October 25, 2011 § Leave a comment
I will say that I am not a really big fan of mysteries. If they don’t capture me on the first episode I will most likely overlook it and never return to it unless someone puts me up to it. Recently however I have made an exception for one reason. The saving grace for any mystery series to make me continue on is a cute loli… and this is a tale of that such myster XD
To start I would like to say that I did not willingly watch this because I wanted to. My friend Luis kept nagging me to watch it because I would “Like it” and I continually ignored it until… he said the magic 4 words… “It has a Loli”. I immediately searched for it and confirmed that it indeed had a loli and thus watched it. Though knowing it was a mystery I did not have much hope that I would enjoy it. “It has a Loli but I might not watch it if its not good.” I told my friend… and boy did I eat my words.
Okay aside from my super fangasm, the series is really great. It’s a mystery series that involves various cases each with their own gravity and drama. From suicide, missing person, and drugs, Alice the NEET Detective can solve it with her gang of hoodlums… er I mean helpers. Kami Sama no Memo Chou was originally a light novel series written by Hikaru Sugii with illustrations by Mel Kishida. The light novel was published January 2007 and ended September 2011. Shortly after a manga adaptation followed and the anime aired July 2011. To make this entry clear a NEET is an acronym for the government classification for people currently “Not in Education, Employment or Training” and I hope this makes this entry clear to understand.
The story is revolved mainly around Narumi Fujishima, a 16 year old high school student who thinks of his life as a pixel, unimportant and meaningless. This all changes when he comes across a girl jumping off a hotel balcony and lands on a pile of trash. Giving the girl a helping hand he is put in a hold by a young guy with a rifle under the suspicion that he is a suspect until two of his associates (a former boxer and a gigolo) notify their otaku friend that the suspect got away. Narumi heads off to school and meets Ayaka Shinozaki, a fellow classmate and the only member of the gardening committee; after a small spat between the two Narumi joins the gardening committee. After school Ayaka leads Narumi to the ramen shop… and what waits him there are the same three guys from earlier that day!
If chance encounters aren’t your thing then please bear with it a bit longer… Anyhow not only are the three NEETS (well 2… Guntaku is actually in college), the three all work for a very very angry boss. So if they are NEETS then why are they working? The answer is that they work as information gatherers for a shut-in 12 year old looking loli with severe insomniac problems! This so called Alice calls herself a NEET Detective, a speaker for the deceased by solving mysteries their crimes left unsolved with her high intellect; to make it even cuter her diet is comprised of ramen and Dokupo (Dr. Pepper). Again my loli complex kicked in but anyways Alice is super Meta; she has about so many computers overclocking, teddy bears and stuffed animals all around her bed and she’s in her pajamas all day unless she goes out (rarely), there is nothing about Alice that I don’t dislike. She is simply too awesome and cute.
The first episode is around 40 min long and it left me in awe. The first mystery revolves around the missing disappearance of a girl and the only lead Alice has is the girls best friend and boyfriend (who are also searching for her). While hunting for clues, Narumi confronts the suspect (named Miku) and questions the suspect and finds out more about the missing girl. Miku’s attachment to her friend was because she was simply a perfect role model and the only clue she has is the girls phone. Soon after learning this Alice makes her move and stops Miku from searching and questions her about the phone which reveals that Miku’s so call Idol worked as a prostitute and her phone held the evidence. Deducing Miku’s story to fill in the gap she reveals that the missing girls boyfriend has been buying a large amount of ice every single day since her disappearance. The crime is solved and the police find her body in a bath tub of ice with her wrists slashed, revealing she ended her life while the boyfriend preserved her body to keep her wish of “Stopping Time Here”.
At this point I am amazed that one episode had captivated me to keep going. The characters each are unique and different and Narumi’s relationship with Alice is one that is too cute to ignore (crack pairing). Of Course their relationship is that of a trainer and a monkey (Narumi being the monkey and insulted by Alice), yet the two share moments that simply make me smile, cry, or just laugh out loud. Narumi and Alice both win my heart as two great characters that should be together. Its really a heartwarming experience just watching these two interact.
Of course many of the characters each are great. Tetsu is friendly and always makes friends but he always owes money to people, Shiso is enthusiastic when it comes to spy gadgets and survival games, and Hiro is simply… a womanizer… no no Womanizer is too much, he simply has sex with women and befriends them ^^ He’s a manwhore! Of course my favorite character (That is not Naru or Alice) is Yondaime, the leader of an all NEET Yakuza group. Despite his tough behavior and superhuman strength he is perhaps one of the softest characters in this series mainly because he fixes all of Alice’s stuffed animals (in secret of course, he still has to be tough!). Yondaime and Narumi become close because of Alice and eventually the two form a bond of brotherhood complete with a ritual. If there is a strong point in this show I would have to say it would be the characters that simply make the story that much realistic.
The thing I find most depressing rather than infuriating is that its short… only 12 episodes long. More characters are introduced and each make such an impact on the story. One being a vagabond named Renji who was once a friend of Yondaime who returns with a vengeance for allowing the death of his crush. Before these events pass Narumi and this guy become friends and eventually do the same brotherhood ritual (and hinting that he had done this with a former friend). Despite fucking shit up for the gang he learns the truth of his crush and reconciles with his friend. What I would wish is that there be more episodes with familiar faces returning and more mysteries to solve but sadly this won’t happen. I do however say that the final few episodes get super intense as Ayaka gets involved and is put in the hospital and leaves our poor Narumi confused and guilty. The series ends perfectly and this truly makes up for being only 12 episodes long.
My final thoughts… I was forced to watch this series by one of my friends… kept watching for the loli, but ended up leaving with a rich story. This show is simply a must watch for any mystery/lolicon out there. The characters all are great, the mysteries are full of suspense and drama, and the art style is simply awesome. I highly recommend this as a must watch for 2011. Well that should be enough… Before I go I leave you with my most cherished treasure… Goodnight!
October 13, 2011 § Leave a comment
It seemed just yesterday that I heard about Persona 4 from my friend David. Of course since I never had a PS2 I never had a chance to play most of the games mentioned by David (being poor sucks). So when David told me about how great Persona 4 was I simply just pushed it out of my mind seeing as I had no way of playing it. Looking back, if my dad had bought me a PS2 instead of an xbox I’d probably be more of a Sony fangirl rather than a Microsoft fan; my taste in games would perhaps have been more rpg’s and whatnot rather than the shooters i’ve so grown accustomed to; but even if I was left out in the game chats with my own friends I don’t regret starting out with an XBox at all. Of course I acknowledge that Persona 4 is a great game, but I knew I would never be able to play it anytime soon. Almost seven years later I at long last set foot in the Persona genre not from a game but because an anime had of the story had arrived.
.0″ width=”490″ height=”696″ />Starting out the first episode I muster the strength to finish the first 5 min seeing as it seemed rather boring. Igor is creepy as fuck and his assistant is a gorgeous babe (an unusual adult feminine figure to the cast of teenage kids). The intro was rather creepy as Igor kept talking to “you” the viewer, about a fate that will soon come to pass. “Fate and Destiny” in my vocabulary are overused words in the Otaku life, found in everything anime and game related so I wasn’t much impressed. The thing that caught my interest was perhaps the greatest thing Persona has to offer along with the story… it’s music.
We are introduced to Yu Narukami, the protagonist of our story, who because of his parents job, is forced to move in with his uncle in Inaba and attend school there. Yu is for a better word… Neutral. He’s a character that has no personality at the beginning and this is probably because he has moved to a new home. When he attends his first day of school he introduces himself to the class (aside from the fugly ranting ogre that is their teacher), he makes friends with Chie Satonaka (a very cute and athletic tomboy like girl), Yosuke Hanamura (the clumsy and carefree guy), and Yukiko Amagi (the refined and cute class idol). Each of these characters each give off a variety of personalities that more than make up for Yu’s lacking emotion. Honestly if I have a complaint at this point, it is probably the main character himself (Why so emo D<). So far my favorite character is Chie (I have a fetish for tomboys .-.).
Of course this series is far from a slice of life. In Inaba there have been a series of unexplained murders and these strange murders revolve around the story and characters alike. There is also the Midnight Channel, a paranormal occurrence where the television turns on and shown on the screen is “your true love”. So far I’ve only seen episode 1 so its safe to say that I am still a noob to this series. I bet my friend David will be reading this and be raging about how I neglected to mention a few things later tonight.
When the trio (Chie, Yosuke, and Yu) fall inside a tv, they enter a strange universe oppressed by thick fog and soon after tongue monsters that simply want to nibble on our teenage heroes. During the climax, when the danger becomes so great, Yu instinctively summons a strange avatar figure called a Persona. Simply put I was mind fucked just watching the fighting; as a veteran of Shounen anime/manga this was the first time that I simply was in awe watching a summon that perhaps was equal to that of Final Fantasy (never played it either). After defeating the monsters the anime ends and I simply demanded more. I may not have played the game but I now know what the rage of Persona is all about.
Simply put the anime is well drawn, the characters are each unique, and the story is simply a mix of haunting and comedy perfectly combined. My expectations for this series is now high and I hope to see more intensity from the show each episode. This is Edwin Vega here to say “Everyday young life, Junes”
September 11, 2011 § Leave a comment
RARARA!!! I’ve gotten over 1000 views in my blog. sure its not amazing, but i’ve honestly feel that blogging has become more and more of my thing the longer I keep going. Surely class has gotten in the way and I plan on trying to work again but nothing shall stop me from doing this hobby of mine. I would insert an Its over 9000 joke but sadly I have about 7900 more to go before I can say that.
First off I would like to celebrate by talking about an anime I finally sank my fangs in (vampire pun). Now I know that vampires have become so butchered to the point of decreased popularity. I will say that it did not begin with Twilight, Vampires in general have become slightly boring, for example “Interview with a Vampire” was one such movie that showed vampire society, giving the audience a side of vampires that would normally not be seen by others; the idea was pure genius as it is told by Louis, a living vampire and his tragic tale of love, loss, and above all eternity. This was genius, but it paved the way to a less scary vampire subgenre. Originally vampires were fearful things, monsters of darkness that killed mercilessly without hesitation that terrorized its prey; the reason they are scary is that they embody all that is human fear, this concept was weakened as things got on. Normally I don’t rant about things, but I will say that vampires now… just plain suck (no pun intended). Twilight “was” the final nail that killed vampires for me and I regret watching it 7x (7 dates that wanted to see it). Vampires however have once again returned to my heart with Shiki and its dark tale. This blog will be a bit longer than normal, but please work with me as I try to explain what made me love this series.
Shiki is a Japanese horror novel by Fuyumi Ono, a novelist famous for her “The Twelve Kingdoms” series. Shiki was written in 1998 and was later reprinted in 2002 before a manga adaptation occured 5 years later and finally the Anime adaptation 2010. As I mentioned before, Shiki is a vampire series, but its nothing like those girls animes or shows like now, Shiki adapts traditional vampiric lore and uses that to strengthen the fear that has been lacking in vampires for over a decade. The story takes place on a hot summer day in Sotoba during the 90’s; during which a new family (the Kirishiki’s) move in a newly built mansion overlooking the entire village. Mysteriously villagers start to die one by one and the local doctor suspects an epidemic is upon them; yet as he and 15 year old Natsuno Yuuki investigate they realize that it isn’t a disease that is killing them but the undead.
Undead right? Who didn’t see that coming, it is a horror about vampires. As I continued on I got hooked right away as Shimizu Megumi is killed at the beginning of the episode and explain the events of her one sided love for Natsuno and the events leading to her demise days later. From then on a spiral of chaos occurs as the “disease” spreads, Doctor Toshio Ozaki painstakingly does his best to save any villagers he can but the exact cause to him is a mystery. After Megumi’s death, Yuuki awakens to feel an ominous presence outside his room; after a few episodes he deduces that his stalker Megumi is alive.
Not to spoil too much of the story but my opinion of the show is completely wicked. A chilling story of misfortune as vampires (dubbed Shiki or Risen) slowly increase their numbers and feed off the living. Even after Yuuki and Ozaki find out they are helpless to do anything to stop them as the entire village would deny their accusations, all the while more and more villagers die with a small number rising to become Shiki. During the story things heat up as Ozaki takes the initiative and attempts to do what he can to stop the Shiki by any means possible.
Okay so vampires and plotwise the story is good, but what I enjoyed the most while watching the series was not only the Junior Priest Seishin Muroi but Sunako Kirishiki (Loli vampire). I have mentioned before I love lolita’s to a certain extent so it gets a plus from me. During the entire series Sunako (a fan of the young priests novels) befriends him and the two get close throughout the series. Muroi’s character is a kind and gentle person but he is haunted by the fact that he attempted suicide because of inheriting the shrine; he despises the act of killing even if justified and this abnormal mix in his personality just simply make it work. As for Sunako chan she is undoubtedly smart for her age and as care free as she claims to look she is lonely and seeks Muroi’s comfort when she can despite that he eventually learns the truth. The two perfectly mix and near the end the seeds of love blossom as the two struggle to survive and flee. Despite finally finishing the series a year later I have no doubts that this is perhaps one of the most interesting series out there and I in fact have fallen in love with vampires once again. There are many twists and turns to enjoy and I take pride in finally finishing this series.
Well that is all and before I go here is something for the lady viewers of my blog. I hope you enjoy this. This is Edwin Vega telling you to quickly hide the stake. Goodnight