Kanamemo 09 – lolis and dogs

For all you loli fans out there, you may want to wait for the DVD to come out, but in any case…

Today, we get to learn about Mika’s dere-dere side concerning dogs. It’s really a cute and a small heart warming story being told by a girl. What could be better than that?

For anyone who was waiting for Haruka to get her way with the two prime lolis, you may become disappointed. She is tied up and never gets to either of them.

This is one of those healing episodes where girls spend time with a dog and all feminine cuteness radiates throughout the episode.

Oh, and Kana thinks she needs to go on a diet because her butt is bigger but her chest isn’t (thanks to Haruka keeping tab on these things), and she decides to get on a diet. Yume and Yuki encourages and finds a way for her to get on a “healthier” diet, which involves wearing a Disney-esque costume and delivering newspaper in the heat.

For all the scenes of Kana in her undies and even ripping open her shorts, please say: “DVD.”

Next item…

Ah! Come Sweet Pillow come!

From Weird Asia News

Japanese Men Give New Meaning to “Pillow Talk”

…Nisan (pictured above) is a balding, flacid, 37-year-old, never-married video gamer. He describes his 3-year relationship with “Nemu” – whom he’s driven hundreds of miles on trips to visit Kyoto, Osaka and Nara — as blissful but chaste.

He even prides himself on taking special care not to touch her private areas when he tucks her into bed at night.

“I’ve experienced so many amazing things with her,” he gushes. “She has really changed my life.”

Toru Taima, also never married, makes no claims of innocence. He sells X-rated body-pillow covers at gaming conventions – and his eyes light up like a LED screen when he readily concedes he engages in sex with some of the 150 pillow cover characters he owns.

“I am not doing anything to harm anybody,” he insists. “To me these are works of art. They’re cute girls that live in my imagination.”

Whatever their intentions, 2-D lovers flock from all over Japan to Tokyo’s Akihabara district every day to scour specialty shops and attend fan events in search of new character girlfriends to add to their collections….

…His message — that Japan’s economic bubble of the 1980s had killed the true value of romance, turning it into an elitist looks- and money-based commodity – caught on.

And so a subculture was born over the last half-decade or so.  Japan’s lonely heart gaming fanatics can now get their “piece” of action, but without fear of complication or rejection…

Ray’s Take: “There’s something wrong with the world today, something wrong with our lives…Living on the edge (you can’t help yourself…)” Is what I’d love to say…But the truth is, they’re (we’re?) out there. Maybe it’s chemical imbalance, maybe it’s mental imbalance. Who knows? But they’re out there. Sometimes, I take a look at my life and laugh.

N o  d e l i v e r e n c e.  J u s t  p a i n.

Kyon-kun, Denwa Song

Kyon-kun, denwa (キョンくん, 電話)
[With apologies to Leonard Cohen]

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I heard there was a secret chord
Nagato played that pleased the Lord
but you don’t really care for spoilers, do ya?
Well it goes like this: the fourth, the fifth
the minor fall and the major lift
the baffled queen composing Kyon-kun, denwa~

Kyon-kun, denwa…

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Get a grip, UN.

From ANN –

United Nations Group Urges Japan to Ban Explicit Games, Manga

…However, it expressed concern “at the normalization of sexual violence in the State party as reflected by the prevalence of pornographic video games and cartoons featuring rape, gang rape, stalking and the sexual molestation of women and girls.” It also noted that the current child pornography laws do not cover virtual child pornography — material such as some manga, anime, and software that explicitly depict fictional children…The committee then strongly urged Japan “to ban the sale of video games or cartoons…

Ray’s Take: UN = UK. I wish I could be more surprised. Of course, it’s just great that UN actually takes time out of their impossibly busy schedule to take a whack on drawn pictures and things that aren’t real. Anyone who acts out those things depicted in those pictures in real life is sick already and not have to be influenced by them to do whatever. Stop blaming the media and get that through your head. Humans have been degrading since ancient time (it was much worse in BC years) and becoming more depraved with or without sexual entertainment. As for everything else, go to that African tribe and tell them that women shouldn’t work all the time in addition to fighting tribal enemies. It’s unfair but it’s cultural difference. Get the hell over it and place more effort on the feeding the hungry and the thirsty. God-damned ippanjin really piss me off.

Next issue please.

Japan’s LDP annihilated

In what can only be described as a landslide election, the Liberal Democratic Party of Japan lost approximately 300 of 480 Diet seats.

Yabei desu~

Taro “Rozen” Aso was quoted by Associated Press as saying, “There has been a deep dissatisfaction with our party.”  Visitors to the official website of the LDP were greeted with the promise, “We will change what should be changed, and begin anew.”

Anime Diet previously reported on the economic woes that have plagued Japan in recent years, and Prime Minister Aso‘s unique association with the manga and anime industry.  His “Japan Cool” campaign attempted to leverage the popularity of anime and manga as Japan’s “Soft Power,” but the numbers didn’t seem to add up.

Does this turn of events herald a dark era for animation?

Hayate no Gotoku S2 22 – Get some! Get some! Get some!

Get some fan service, that is. Not that there’s a lot of it, but just enough to feed me bunghole, of course. I’m not into cosplay unless it’s about a girl cosplaying as just gotten out of the shower and the towel is barely wrapped around her big bosom and full hips…Oh wait, that’s just naked! But for fans of nurse cosplay in an old fashioned way, please enjoy Maria being all nice and embarassed about that.

Nishizawa in her undies? Nah.

So, finally Nagi is turning into dere mode more and more and she decides to get a part time job. Epic fail awaits, right? Well, having actually great intellect, excellent taste buds in coffee, some experience observing Hayate getting it done and some luck, she gets the job done well. But on the other hand, Nishizawa looks like a moron who doesn’t know what to do at all. What, so being a horny teenager in love really disturbs the intellect? Wow, I miss these days.

Some fun manga and anime jokes and a cup of joe on top of some motivational verbal kick in the ass later, a great episode was done and of course Nagi and Hayate bonded again.

Where was Hinagiku? Oh, in the beginning doing a tiny little bit of her special blend of tsundere. Ito Shizuka-san, who’s our favorite seku-hara gal (as in dishing out seku-hara to other female seiyuu), daisuki!

Canaan 09 – What is love? Baby don’t hurt me…no more.

Minds unsettled.

Past revealed.

Ideals VS reality.

Crazy longings and dreams.

It’s the kind of episode that keeps one on the edge of his seat. It’s also the kind of episode that makes others begging the pain to stop.

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Geisha barmaids? How about Moe Tsundere Geisha Barmaids?

From Japan Times Online

For ¥1,800 at the Kamishichiken Beer Garden in Kyoto’s northwest, you can enter the geisha’s “Floating World,” a term coined by 17th-century writer Ryoi Asai to describe the pursuit of pleasure and the transience of life. The fee buys you a beer, snacks and a chat with a maiko or a “geiko,” as geisha are known in Kyoto.

Although you can’t see the geisha dance and they wear light robes called “yukata” instead of kimono, the restaurant is packed with customers each night in summer…

…Amid the shrill of cicadas and chatter of patrons, Ichimomo, a 16-year-old maiko, practices her conversation skills with beer drinkers at the garden three or four times a week.

“We get many types of people here so it’s quite fun,” said Ichimomo. “I enjoy explaining to them what a maiko is.”

Ray’s Take: Oh man, once I was on the Shinkansen trying to find my seat. As I was going through different cars one I saw those beautiful ladies sitting calmly together chattering quietly. Of course they didn’t pay attention to me; I suspect they were not allowed to look around; but I got a good look at them as I passed. Damn, if I were white and had a camera I could have taken pictures; hey, you know how Asians just don’t know how to say “no” to white people. In any event, it would so fucking awesome if they started a Tsundere Geisha bar, with the girls saying in keigo: “I’m so sorry but I’m not serving you drinks because you’re a lovely and wonderfully good man, ne?” XD

Rage against Hollywooders

From ANN –

Kirsten Dunst Cosplays in Akihabara for Video

…actress Kirsten Dunst appeared in Tokyo’s Akihabara otaku shopping district in a sailor-suit costume and a blue wig for a video directed by McG (Terminator Salvation).

Ray’s Take: Uh…I’m going to channel Buffy’s sister and go: “GET OUT GET OUT GET OUT GET OUT!” XD

I thought we had a mainstream fascination with Japanese culture back in the ’80s! What the hell? Now they have to invade Akiba, too? Sheesh, you made it as mainstream ippanjin, and so we do not welcome you anywhere near our territory. I’ve stated that many times. There is the ippanjin section, out you leave. NOW! Sheesh. Like I’d believe what a Hollywooder says about liking Akiba.

Bakemonogatari 07, 08 – Hate, just hate.

No, it’s not because of love.

No, it’s not because of love for someone else mixed with jealousy.

No, it’s not because of confusion; not really.

Yes, you want to kill him.

Yes, you want to kill her.

Yes, you want to search and destroy all that threatens “you”.

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Art and Soul 6 – Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 and Human Nature

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Update, 3/13/2011: welcome, new visitors. I felt these reflections were worth reposting in the wake of current events in Japan. I am aware that this is based on a half-watching of Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 and does not account for its ending, and I am preparing a sequel/follow up in the coming days with additional thoughts.

There’s an editorial in the New York Times, and another story in the LA Times about the resilience and civility of the Japanese people in the face of crisis. The spirit shown in the show is very real. (You may also find the original Time Magazine article about disaster behavior, referenced in the column, helpful to read too.)

While you listen, no matter what you believe, please consider donating to the ongoing relief efforts. Click here for a list, or see the links above for opportunities.

Yes, the first “Art and Soul” episode since June 6, 2008. This one is about what Tokyo Magnitude 8.0, and disasters in general, might tell us about human nature and behavior in such circumstances.

For those who don’t remember or know about this audio column, this is where I put on my seminary student, Christian theology and ethics and philosophy hat. You won’t offend me if you run away screaming after hearing that. :) In turn I promise not to be that preachy. I just felt after a while, it was time to do one again, and for a worthy show at that. And to counter any misunderstandings that might have happened this week, ahem.

Transcript after the cutaway.

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Moe Rice, Moe Shochu, Moe Watermelon!

From Japan Today

Sketches of pretty girls draw visitors to Akita town

AKITA —

Illustrations of pretty girls adorning packages of locally grown specialty rice and other products in a small snowy town in northeastern Japan are taking the rest of the country by storm.

Japan Agricultural Cooperative Ugo put Akita Komachi on the market last fall and sold almost 40 tons in three months, about three times the amount purchased during the normal period. Shochu also sold like hotcakes and packages of strawberries, and beef in curries carrying sketches of pretty girls also made their debut.

A JA official in charge of selling the rice said, ‘‘I didn’t think young people would be receptive to rice.’’

Ray’s Take: Oh ho ho ho ho ho ho ho! The power of the weak and disenfranchised Otaku is on the war path again! Even regular consumer goods have fallen under the powaaaah of the Moe-side! The warmth of moe will melt any snow and boost sales for anything!!!! They already made TP’s and snowboards! What will they think of next? Moe Mlik??!! You’re damned right young people are receptive to rice – MOE RICE that is!!!!! Oh ho ho ho ho ho ho ho Oh ho ho ho ho ho ho ho Oh ho ho ho ho ho ho ho!

World domination Phase One Complete. Phase Two in Progress. Let’ make everything MOE!!!

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