I haven’t been here almost like at all. |D;;;
Ah, well. It was a shorter summer for me since I spent most of my time at school. It went by faster since all my courses rushed through nearly a semester-full of material. Oi…I’m never doing that again.
Though it was the only thing next to work that would get me out of the house. lol XD;
Had my first class today and seems pretty good so far. Got three more to go through and hope my Honors “Activism in Asia” class won’t require a paper. I’m so tired that I’d die if it’s 12+ pages. Dx Need to rearrange my sleep schedule otherwise I’ll be a walking zombie again until Christmas
but when am I never one? |D;.
Mmkay, so here’s a general post of things, including some idea of what I’ll be doing in the fall.
NOTE: Sorry, but please keep all SC!-news/third season/manga comments down to a minimum.
Yes, of course I’ve been alert. Doesn’t mean I’m in the mood to talk about most of it. But I will make some brief, relevant mention about my attitude towards SC! somewhere in here. I just don’t want long ranting when it doesn’t apply to most of what I will be saying.
Now that I got that outta the way.
Before I get into anything…
Don’t worry, it isn’t for me but for the typhoon victims in Taiwan. It’s still all over the news on my TV (Chinese channel, that is) and oh god, I really can’t bring myself to describe how bad it is over there:
What’s worst is that there are now cases of swine flu popping up again and the government seems to be in disarray. From what I always hear or watch according to the news, the government in Taiwan always seems to be in disarray but you can imagine just how badly the floods are affecting everyone.
So if you can, please make a donation on this Red Cross page under the International Response Fund option. They’ll require a credit card (you can use debit, too, I’m sure) since they don’t take in-kind donations (or individual items such as food, clothing, etc) as that takes a lot of time and money to sort and send out. But even a $10 donation is fine (that’s the minimum you can submit anyway). I’m not Taiwanese nor have any relatives or friends from there (actually, Taiwan and the mainland don’t get along for various reasons) but that’s not what matters. These people really need aid and I’d be grateful to anyone who would help.
K, this will be the final SoMT banner. Sorry that it came out so crappy cuz I did it in the rush this morning (finished it at like 2 AM xD; ) and I wanted a banner of Rima-tan with a summer theme since I didn’t have any summer banners this year. Ack, it’s so sucky. Forgive me, Rima. ;_____;
If you can’t read the text (ack, sorry for that, too; been experimenting to see what looked ok but I grew too impatient in the end), it says “Carrying your smiles…over to the next summer”. Clear indication that Rima will again be participating in next year’s SoMT
lol, she looks like she’s jogging up there xD;. And of course, who doesn’t love Rima’s smile~? <333
Hehe, yea, so Rima's smile was a major focus for this one. I used screencaps and official anime pics with her in summer clothes and framed them with photo borders. Haha, I think I like the upper right photo the best. Rima's at her greatest in her comedy (well, duh, she’s been proclaimed a GOD after all, hahahaha). And whadda ya know, “Take it Easy” had its good use after all. =P xD
Don’t know if you all can notice it or not but I used the cloning brush to get rid of the lyrics text around Rima’s arm. It looks extremely ugly up close and I messed up big time on her beautiful hair (*SHAAAAAAAAAAMMMMMEEEE*) but since it’s been resized, it looks only slightly weird…I dunno, you tell me.
Anyways, this banner won’t be up for too long. I’m planning another banner and I want to have it up by the end of the month. Hopefully, that will come out better than all my past ones put together. But until then, pretend Xiao’s fail doesn’t exist and enjoy Rima’s smile~ <333
Xiao’s personal corner:
Hmm…well, I’ve been doing quite a bit of self-reflecting and deep thinking over the past three months. What’s that got to do with anything? Hmm, don’t really know how to explain it very well but it affects everything I’m going to look at as a whole from now on, which will also inevitably affect my writing (for blogging, for fun, whatever I’m in the mood to ramble off about). If I have to give a specific example, then here’s a heads-up to my readers:
Try not to use the term “favorites” or any of the like with me.
Don’t get me wrong, that wasn’t meant to come off as me sounding angry or anything. It’s just that lately, I’ve grown to…frown a bit when too-limited words like that are mentioned. I won’t say that I don’t have preferences but instead I’d prefer having many choices above all else.
This sounds very vague and “huh? What are you getting at?”, I know. But I figure if I really want to look at an anime or manga and reap everything I can get out of it, then I don’t want the “I’m only watching/reading it for _____” mentality to get it the way. I’ve already said this to a couple people I know but I’m a take-all kind of person. I don’t settle for just one thing and I won’t sit for nothing. I want everything (all the good and the bad) out of something as much as I can get.
Which is probably a reason what drove me away from fandoms over the summer. To make it clear, I’m not saying you can’t have your preferences nor am I implying that I won’t respect your interests when it comes to certain matters (because I do and I will if you sound legitimate enough) but since this is my blog, it is subject to my own personal tastes. So those who read it and want to comment on something have to be willing to adjust a little when they walk on another person’s territory. This does NOT mean your opinions are not worth hearing. It’s just common courtesy to watch how you say things just as how it’s proper to take off your shoes before entering someone’s house (at least in my house, it is).
The same will go with assumptions, which seems to be quite a bothersome problem among a lot of bloggers. But it’s bound to happen, I know, because this is the internet after all. Nobody knows your face or what you’re really like pass your icon so they can only assume so much from what you write and sometimes forget to take you into consideration in the process. Still, it’s better if you don’t assume. Assuming is bad. Unless you have a very, very (and I can’t stress the “very” enough) highly-educated guess on the topic, then don’t assume on anything, no matter how trivial, at all. It can sound rather insulting to the author and lose you respect points.
Unless your intention is to troll, then that’s a whole different story.
I admit, I do this every once in a while and am wrong for it. My bad, I learned from it and will try not to make the same mistake. It’s difficult to discern whether what you say might sound offensive or not but still, all the more reason to check yourself before you submit anything.
I don’t want anyone to feel that they’re targeted at or labeled over what I just said (seriously, I’m really not pointing at fingers at anyone) because there hasn’t been anything that crossed me that went too much out of hand but it just needs to be addressed. Just…be aware of who you’re talking to, that’s all.
And with that, I’m done with my personal little corner for now.
So the question remains: Am I or am I not going to continue blogging?
…Well, technically, it wouldn’t be “blogging” anymore but I’ll still be making posts whenever I have the inspiration to write something. Even with me going back to school and being majorly busy with studying, work and other activities, I think I can still find a little time to give ěk-sěn’trĭk a good amount of my attention (it’s my baby~, I can’t leave it alone lol) for a day or two.
Pfft, actually, I know I’ll procrastinate again and just spend hours on the computer doing nothing at all. |D;
So yea, this blog will still be active for a couple of things, such as end-of-the-season impressions, SoMT, PreSpoilers, RAWs (if I still continue buying the Nakayoshi issues, that is), reviews, etc. I still have a lot of things I want to do and since I’ve grown pretty comfortable with several WordPress functions, ěk-sěn’trĭk seems to be the best place to put them.
I know for sure that I want to open a store page, which I’ve already mentioned several posts back. Right now, I have several items I’d like to sell but I’ll wait it out a bit longer until I get more stuff and finish writing up the store policies. I’ll have to recheck WordPress’s rules if a store page is even allowed (they don’t really have a specific page for it which is a pain in the ass) but if it is, please stop by to see if anything would interest you. It’s going to be a small store and will probably stay that way but one advantage is shipping might be relatively cheaper through individual sellers than through main sites. Not sure if that’s true but we’ll see. ^^
Other projects I’ll just keep a secret for now since it’s still too early in the progress to see if it’ll fall through or not. I hope it will, though.
The SC! controversy:
One word: money.
I always knew that SC!’s rapid climb in popularity will lead it down the dooms path of all mahou shoujo anime. I had hoped it wouldn’t but that’s just a dream too good to be true. Really, can you think of any other possible explanation for it? Look at Sailor Moon, Full Moon wo Sagashite and even Cardcaptor Sakura, whose episodes are being re-released in Blu-ray DVDs for a price more than a three-month pay can afford. All respectable magical girl series of their own rights and not one of them has not suffered the endless filler disease.
haha, I thought of Haruhi just now *shot*
Frankly, this is a smart move by the producers. Why? Simply because it’s easier to continue milking off of current customers than to go out and attract new ones. Less risk of few responses to a new series (especially for a shoujo), less advertisements that really won’t help much in the end, less cost. Don’t believe me? Ask a business professor. This is common sense on all grounds. Once you got a popularity firmly established, even if you generate crap, people will still follow your franchise.
As for me, of course I wasn’t really thrilled with the news. But I didn’t get majorly upset like I thought I would. Instead I felt something huge kinda drop when I first heard it and took it as a sign to just let go of any ill-feelings I had left. The manga chapter for this month had stated that it was “to be continued” though if there’s going to be a new chapter on Oct. 3rd, I’m still unsure. Either way, I’m looking forward to what exactly P-Pit plans to do with it from here.
Sadly though, this is where I’m going to pause any SC! posts for a while. I do miss reviewing and discussing the episodes and chapters with everyone but in the past weeks that I haven’t done so, it was kind of relaxing. Being away from most of the fandom, that is, and just enjoying my own thoughts to myself. Best of all, it was nearly peaceful~
I already promised to myself that when SC! ends (whenever it ends now *rolls eyes*) that I would end it on a good note and love the entire series a hundred times more than I did when I first got into it no matter how bad the anime got. Which is why I’m afraid if I interact too much with the fandom again, I won’t get that outcome. So my apologies to the SC! bloggers I’ve been following, my SC! readers, and so on but I’ll be breaking off for a bit.
I’ll still be hovering around the SC! community, though, for any news and good fics that happen to sprout up. And oh yea, obligatory IMAGESPAM!!! post for ep 100 since it will be the episode of all epicness and there’s no way I would allow myself to miss that…and the horsies, too. Who doesn’t love the horsies? <3
That's it for this part. And oh…
New girl Kilika has a nice character design (better than Mademoiselle Octupus-hair, definitely). As if nothing can escape MOAR LOLIS!, seems SC! got pulled into it, too. |D;
What I want out of this kid?
Triangle dorama with Hikaru and Ami. *SHOTSHOTSHOT*
…You know you want it, too. *cackles* xDDDDDD;;;;;
Higurashi: Yes, after 3 attempts (THREE!) to watch everything through, I finally finished Higurashi. I’ll spare the details on how I chickened out after seeing Rena’s demon face in the first few episodes but all in all, I enjoyed it. Have to admit I got really annoyed while watching the first season. All the things I expected to scare the shit out of me turned out to be everyone acting psycho over something…well, STUPID. Nevermind the Hinamizawa Syndrome or the fact that the whole thing is a serious exaggeration, the way people just came to the conclusion that killing was the best solution was stupid. And sorry, but Satoko “OH~HOHOHO!” Oujo-sama laugh made me want to fling a chair at her a couple of times (fuckin’ loli should know her place) while with Shion’s arc, I wish I had a gun to shoot her in head with everytime she yelled “USO DA! USO DA! USO DA!”. I can’t stand psycho, jealous, love-obsessed bitches. Ugh. xP
The only one I had a constant liking for was Rika (Xiao likes omniscient-ish characters for some reason, even more if they’re moe and voiced by Yukarin, haha~), but she didn’t play much of a big part until the answer arcs so it didn’t amount to much.
So I guess that meant I liked the second season much better than the first? Hmm, probably. It went by much slower and was incredibly boring at some parts (coughMiyoparasitefetishcough) but all the characters I ended up disliking at the end of season one redeemed themselves so it’s all good. Oh, and who could forget my adorable Hanyuu-chan~? <3
I already finished Rei as well and liked the twist on Rika being resurrected in a "sinless world". And fuck yeah! I got my wish of brat!Satoko getting beat up with a chair after all! Love for Rika = increase by 1,000 points. <3
The magatama episode was also very cute (RenaxKeiichi = my ship for this series
with maybe some RikaxHanyuu following it) but uh, the first episode were they all went to the pool? I don’t mind the fanservice or the (LOL) Soul Brothers! whatevs but everything else didn’t make much sense to me. Wtf? You don’t go to a pool park to sit down and talk!
*cough* But hmm, yea. Since I’m done with the anime, I’m planning on reading all the manga adaptations, light novel editions if I can find any translated ones, and maybe search for the game if it’s still around. Just a habit of mine if I end up liking a series a lot. I don’t want to miss out on anything even if I have to go through stuff I already know a second/third/fourth/umpteenth time. xD;
& OOOOOO!!!! I want THESE:
Super-deformed Emotion Trading Figures by Takara Tomy A.R.T.S.
They’re coming out around the end of November and I soooo want one of Rika (kyaa~! Twin tails! XDDD), Hanyuu and Rena. Actually, this is the second set as the first came out quite a while ago, manufactured by Yujin. I know Yujin is a sub-branch (I’m sure) of Takara Tomy A.R.T.S. but I didn’t like the design for these figures as much as the second set ones. Shame, because I really wanted Hanyuu in her miko attire, too, but I guess not (she’s cute in her school uniform, though, d’aww~).
Well then, if I can get my hands on at least two of the ones I really want, I’ll be so happy. I really wanted the Wave Rika that’s coming out later this month because I thought the quality looked absolutely gorgeous but she’s so expensive! $67 for a figure that only stands 14/16 cm tall?! And they have a nice Hanyuu figure, too. Not as good as the Rika one, imo, but it comes very close
oh yea, it’s so obvious I like these two together. Mind as well bury me and wallet alive in a pit if I were crazy enough to get them. *goes into mourning now* T______T
To Aru Majutsu no Index: I’m halfway done with this cuz what motivated me to watch it was the side story being animated in the fall…actually, the main reason why I want to watch that is because Aki Toyosaki and Kanae Itou *insert fangirl squeal* will have roles in it. XD;
Still have to get through Misaka’s sister clones dilemma. Eh, it’s alright. I’m not feeling any particular attachment to this series even though I find Index such a cute little nun at times. I like Touma a lot as well.
Chick magnet. xDDD;; He falls into my “short of average with lots of kickass potential” long name is long category and I tend to have a HUGE fondness for these types of characters. hehe ^^
Plus I get to hear Atsushi Abe, same voice for Kuukai Souma from SC!, so you can guess how happy I was when I heard how familiar they sounded after ten minutes into the first episode. x3
lol, and I’m not surprised that this was taken up by J.C.Staff. This kind of series seems to fall down their alleyway. And woot! I got to hear Mami Kawada again! Been a while since Shana. Wonder if she’ll sing the OP for the OVA, too. :3?
Black Cat: DROPPED. Tried the first four episodes, didn’t fall through. I don’t think it’s bad or anything but simply because I find the animation too old to really keep much of my interest. The plot is okay enough but Train’s relationship with that whats-her-name Sweeper and his co-assassin fandude gave me heavy FF7 vibes. I thought Sven was going to make a big impression on me but he wasn’t as spectacular as I hoped (guess I raise my expectations too high). Even Eve, who I wanted to like the most came off as slightly meh. *shrug*
Guess I’ll cross out To Love-Ru out as well now. Yea, I can’t really believe I was planning to try it either. ^^;
Eh, this was probably the season that I followed the most shows with a low percent of droppage. So summer wasn’t so bad after all. Heh.
Well, the ones on the top of my list would have to be Bakemonogatari and Umineko, each for their own obvious reasons. Hitagi continues to be the coolest lead female role of the summer (as well as absolute ultimate girlfriend, lawl~) and I’m enjoying the Nadeko snake arc though I heard it was going to be short but doesn’t matter since Hanekawa’s come right after, yea? I haven’t done any research on the original material so I’m not sure if this is going to be a continuation of her oddity or not. Still looking forward to it, though. :)
As for Umineko, pfffft. It has its ups and downs (oh DEEN, you suck x3). I just want episode 2 over with since it’s going by soooo slow for me so we can move onto the next one. And I’m sure we’re going to have at least another 12/13 or more episodes (what number was the last one again? *can’t remember* |D; ). This show’s too popular to air for less than that, thanks to the previous success of Higurashi.
Anyways, I got so drawn into the spoilers that I went ahead and got the game. Now I just have to figure out how to install it with the English patch but I’ll save it for the weekend after I get all of school sorted out of the way. I know I probably won’t be able to catch up to where we are in the anime in time but that’s fine with me. I don’t want to turn into an VN fanatic or anything. @.@;
And Lambda finally made her appearance~! Virigilia next, kthx. >8D
CANAAN’s last episode was pretty good but the whole concept dulled down pretty quickly. They should just rename the show to “ALPHARD” since she’s the only one who remains somewhat interesting to me. :P
Umi Monogatari, I’ve only been following the raws. It’s so slow-paced, I don’t even know why I’m keeping up with it. Maybe cuz the inner Junichi Sato-fan inside me is telling me, too. ^^;
I’ll just say that I’m very taken by the animation. Urin’s turn to the dark side is not that surprising and cliche to every corner but I still like it (and Yui Horie’s voice-acting, too). Glad that it’s ending this week, though. I’ll probably go back and watch it subbed if I ever feel extremely bored to want to do something but yea, so ready to get this off my watch-list already. :P
These two are being backlogged due to subs being a bit slow. Not complaining though. I watch these for light entertainment. TYM I enjoyed more than I thought I would and that’s probably owed to the great cast of seiyuus (Kanae-san~ <333). The gender issue tied in with baseball I'm mildly interested in since I'm slightly influenced by the strong women's studies department at my own school but other than that, meh.
Sora no ManiMani needs to finish up already. I might read the manga in the future but it's not on my priority list right. Shipping-wise…I'm not really shipping anyone together since none of them really made a lasting impression on me. I like all the characters alright but not enough to want to go into the romance department. Plus, I don't need slice-of-life drama. I just want to be lazy and watch stuff… |3
Definite/Likely to sit through if relatively good:
Kobato – NO NEED TO EXPLAIN!
11eyes – Risky move if you ask me. I can understand why they would pick lesser known/almost new seiyuus for the cast (more well-known means higher budget) and I’m looking forward to what the rookies have to offer but there’s also the studio to consider. Dogakobo, according to ANN, has done more second-hand animation than actual lead ones. I watched Shin Koihime†Musō for an episode or two out of curiosity (*shudder* Forgive me, Luo Guanzhong) and yea, animation seems pretty impressive but it was just another big (yuri) fanservice flop. And 11eyes is an eroge…which may or may not start to give Dogakobo some reputation for delivering hentai. That would be a shame since they have seem to have so much promise with their art. But 11eyes has a cool eyepatch guy so it should be better, RIGHT?! And NO! Not in that way! *putting what little hope I have on it now* TwT
Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu: Purreza –
Wat? You spelled “purity” wrong! xP Originally wasn’t going to watch this but the bandwagon looked like it was having a lot of fun so I hopped on, too.
Armed Librarians – Interested in the premise. Animation looks nice. Books should eat people. Y’know. :D
Letter Bee – I saw this at the bookstore and found it intriguing…well, of course, I only looked at the art! I couldn’t read it at all! =P
Fairy Tale – Seiyuu cast. Looking for a good shounen title. Hope this one will be it (but not killer-filler long, kthx).
To Aru Kaguka…wha? Stupid long-ass title! – Kanae Itou and Aki Toyosaki. I ish shamelessly devoted. :3
No, nice bumping into you. Bai.
Kampfer – For the seiyuu cast. Non-cunning magical trap + promised fanservice = heap of “do not care, stop wasting my time.”
The Sacred Blacksmith – Blacksmiths are sacred now?! *changing my profession*
Nyan Koi! – Everybody wants to be cat! Cuz the cat’s the only cat, who know’s where it’s at♪ Ooo! Someone make an AMV! XDDDD;;;
Miracle Train ~Ooedo-sen e Youkoso~ – I hate you, Japan, and all you other countries with advanced subway trains. MTA still looks like a giant toilet bowl.
Inuyasha – They have nice Jpop opening and ending sequences~
Aaaaannnddd…that’s all for this part. :)
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