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Given that I’m semi-retired from the aniblogsphere and have not blogged a complete series for years, it’d take something AMAZING for this aged tanuki to try again. Apparently Fate/Zero is.
Well at least if the rest of the series is like its pilot episode. Despite what many thought was an overtly verbose debut, I thought Fate/Zero ran a tight yet coherent episode educating the viewer on the meta-narrative, crafting the somber mood/direction and most importantly, hinting at/divulging the motivations of the various Masters. These motivations would be key in driving the plot and I know I’m going to take pleasure in seeing ‘good’ lose their way and ‘bad’ earning our sympathy as the Holy war proceeds.
While the Holy Grail war is a battle royale, I thought the match-ups were subtle but clear given the motivations revealed so far
Archibald vs Velvet
Much like New money of the US versus Old money of UK during the Titanic era, Archibald vs Velvet would be a battle about mage pedigree and lineage. Of course the classic ‘teacher vs pupil’ Star war-esque angle would add texture to the rivalry.
Tousaka vs Kariya
Looks like to me that Kariya was in love with Rin’s mom who got married off to the heartless Tokiomi anyway. The contrast between the two men cannot be more stark. Continue reading
There are a few things in life I firmly believe one should never touch with a ten thousand foot pole – Drugs, loli-porn, Nia Teppelin’s cooking and Kyuubey’s contracts. After 2 years collecting anime/2D tapestries (taps), I’m adding that to the list.
If my 2D expenses (consisting of scaled figures, artbooks, anime blu-ray/DVD) were not already crushing enough, tapestry collecting would certainly push me over the financial abyss. My most expensive 2D tapestry to date is 20000 yen (a litte more than my Mai HiME blu ray boxset?!) and the median price of a tapestry is about 10k yen. Frankly, it makes little sense that these printed material should cost so much when a scaled figure which takes a great deal more craftmanship can be acquired for less. (A fact kindly brought to attention by my loving wife who has declared my next tapestry over 15k yen would be wrapped around my infant son’s cute bottom).
In retrospect, my path to taps has been a curious but probably inevitable one. At the core of the obsession is my passion for the 2D bishoujo. It started with anime, mutated into lust after 2D artbooks/figures and is now manifesting in my unhealthy love for tapestry. Indeed the path of anime is a dark and slippery slope to financial ruin.
Anyhow, since the money has been sunk in, here’s sharing my very small tapestry collection which I’m utterly torn about growing.
As per normal, no photo-taking/video recording were allowed the moment she came on stage
It’s been more than a month since I went to STGCC for the express purpose of seeing/hearing Shizuka Itou live and now I finally have some time to do a quick write up of the experience. First, I owe many thanks to SaiNano for getting me into the VIP area; we were literally just within single digit metres of the main stage.
Going for live events can be risky for one’s fandom. When you normally experience the product of a performer, it’s usually been gone over, prior to consumer release, by production staff with all their technical wizardry to make a product that could be quite different from what a live performance or appearance can deliver. I’m glad to say that I’ve come away from this encounter as an even bigger fan of Shizu-sama.
The first surprise was how pretty she was in real life. Her publicity shot for this event and even the cover photo of her mini-album, Devotion, seems to over-emphasize the oblong longness of her face. Maybe it was her bright smile. Or maybe it was her blue yukata with yellow flower prints. Or maybe her solid voice performances. In any case she came across, right from the moment she walked on stage, as a performer with quite a lot of charisma and stage presence.
Sorry Feito chan, for both our sakes, it’s best we don’t ever meet…
“Ahhh, I’m SOOO glad I didn’t meet her in real life!” has been one of those dominating mental outbursts of late while watching anime. It began with my reliving the great Starlight breaker scene in Nanoha movie lst, culminating to the hair-raising Beast-mode battle in Evangelion 2.22. (Those outbursts were for Fate and Rei respectively in case you’re wondering). Maybe 2D bishoujos in full HD glory lets one in on TOO much geometric details. (Curves, figures etc). Especially hazardous for honourable tanukis are those under 15 beauties which anime is SO great at crafting.
Anyhow, it’s with thanksgiving that I present 10 anime bishoujos I haven’t met and pray will NEVER meet in real life. Continue reading
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