Review: Byousoku 5cm–The Color of Regret

First, thanks to everyone who commented and said kind things about my hiatus posts. I was pleasantly surprised to find that people still appreciated my often years-old thoughts. Y’all rock. :) Anyways, on to my first proper post since my two week virtual absence.

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Long ago, when this site was still called Scattered Cels, I reviewed the raw of the first part of this film. Without understanding any of the details of the dialogue, I could still follow the story, be amazed at the lush backgrounds and lighting, and still question whether Makoto Shinkai has only one story in him to tell. Having now seen the remaining two parts, and watching the first part with translated dialogue for the first time, I have to say that my judgment hasn’t changed overall. This film is ravishing, melancholy, and at times captures like no other the texture, the color, and the perfect modulation of loneliness. I just still wonder whether that is all there is.

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Chinese Manga-Inspired Internet Police

From kei-clone of MAL news team:

The Chinese government has decided to use two police officers, one female and one male, drawn “manga-style” to patrol computer screens of Internet users to make sure they are abiding by strict censorship rules.

The man and woman cartoon crime-fighting duo will patrol the screens of Chinese Web surfers, sometimes on foot, sometimes on motorcycle, sometimes in a patrol car and sometimes — in true Chinese style — on bicycles.

The government appears to be using these images to remind users not to deviate from chinese internet use restrictions, and to encourage them to rat out potential violators.

Source: Spiegel Online

Ray’s Take: Well, they already tried to use the thought police and banned Death Note-copycat manga. I’d be very scared to live in China (and Singapore, too) if they ever become cybernetically advanced like Ghost in the Shell. BTW, for the continuation of the Odex story see here.

Rebuild of Evangelion opens in Japan; Reviews begin to stream in.

From Iri of MAL News Team

Evangelion Shin Gekijo Ban: Rebuild of Evangelion began its theatrical run today, with reviews from fans being generally positive. It is currently rated 4/5 on Yahoo! Movies Japan as reviews begin to pour in:

http://moviessearch.yahoo.co.jp/detail/tymv/id327253/

Ray’s Take: Well, now Mike is probably panting for the raws to come out, I’m just going to wait around nice and easy like until the fansubs come out… (popping open some Yebisu beer…)

Anime国会の世界を引き継ぐ進歩に関する最新のレポート。

紳士(Otaku)と夫人(女性のOtaku)。 私たちが皆、夜退職する前に、私たちの全世界を征服する栄光の仕事の進歩であなた方すべてをアップデートしたいと思います。 あなたはアニメの爆発に伴う詳細報告を見ることができます、以下で微笑む(まさしくグラフと数があるPDF)胸とbishonenを跳んで:

世界を引き継ぐための私たちの現在の進歩

皆があなたのかなりの努力で続くのを奨励したいと思います。 私は、犠牲が作られたのを(コンベンションで長いケツをした線で待って、購入アニメもの)知っていますが、それはそれのすべて価値がありました。 利益がこの世で残した節約にふさわしく、Otakuismである何かがあります。 戦友、Haruhismは言うまでもなく。 人類の残りはまだ分かっていませんが、ある日、時間が正しいときに、私たちは彼らに人類(あなたの疑い深い友人)が皆、実現させているものとするこの運命 を理解させるつもりです。 今夜、あなたが寝つく前にこれを覚えていてください–どんな努力もそれほど小さくなく、また犠牲は全く忘れられていません。 ある日、私たちの名前は歴史(インターネットアーカイブにおける電子信号の)のBooksで金に書かれるものとします。 あなたが宿に退く前に、私たちのモットーを覚えていてください: “Sig Zeon”… 私は「Sig Otaku!」を意図します。

私たちのアップデートに関しては、ここを見てください。 ミーナGanbatte! Otaku Banzai! Otaku Banzai! Otaku Banzai! XD XD XD

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私はこのスピーチにExcite翻訳を使用しました!

The latest report on Anime Diet’s progress of taking over the world.

Gentlemen (read: Otaku) and Ladies (read: Female Otaku). Before we all retire for the night, I want to update all of you on the progress of our glorious undertaking of conquering the entire world. You can see the detailed report with animated explosions , jumping bosoms and bishonen smiling (read: just a PDF with graphs and numbers) below:

Our current progress for taking over the world.

I would like to encourage everyone to continue in your great efforts. I know that sacrifices were made (read: waiting in long-assed lines at conventions and buying anime stuff) but it was all worth it. There’s something good left in this world that’s worthy of saving, and that’s Otakuism. Not to mention its comrade-in-arms, Haruhism. The rest of the humanity does not yet understand, but one day, we will make them understand this destiny which all of mankind (read: your skeptical friends) shall be fulfilling when the time is right. Tonight, before you go to sleep, remember this – that no efforts are too small, and no sacrifices are forgotten. One day, our names shall be written in gold in the Books of History (read: in electronic signals in the Internet Archives). Before you retire to your quarters, remember our motto: “Sig Zeon…” I mean “Sig Otaku!”

以上 (Over)

For our last update, see here. Mina Ganbatte! Otaku Banzai! Otaku Banzai! Otaku Banzai! XD XD XD

Anime Diet Audio Column – Art and Soul 02: Evangelion and the Gnostic Impulse

Your fantasy come true. Squeal.

Contains spoilers for Evangelion (what, you haven’t seen it?!) and Serial Experiments Lain.

Well, I suppose my hiatus ends a few hours early today. Here I am. I’m back!

Right now, I’m basically pinch hitting for both Jeremy and Ray, who couldn’t do an audio column today…this is the fastest thing I could concoct in a few hours. It just happens to dovetail nicely with the fanfic I posted today, too! Basically, I talk about the Gnostic desires in Evangelion, and also in Serial Experiments Lain. Seems to fit the fact that the Eva remake movie comes out tomorrow…or actually, it’s already out in Japan time, if I’m not mistaken.

This one is a lot less dire and Bible-heavy compared to my first one, so all of you bracing for a sermon, you can stop hiding in the corner now. :)

Show Notes

  • –OP: “Cruel Angel’s Thesis” by Yoko Takahashi (OP to Neon Genesis Evangelion…duh!)
  • –ED: “Fly Me to the Moon, 2007 Mix” by Utada Hikaru (ED for the Evangelion Remake)
  • –BGM: “Beautiful World,” by Utada Hikaru (theme song for Eva remake)
  • –BGM: “Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now,” by The Smiths
  • –BGM: “The Heady Feeling of Freedom,” by Shiro Sagisu (from Neon Genesis Evangelion ep. 26)
  • –Offerings sacrificed at Hideaki Anno shrine: zero.

Transcript below the cutaway.

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The Vault 07: “Only Connect”–An Eva + Lain fanfic

Explanation of the Vault series. This is the final Vault entry before I return from my hiatus.

Originally written on July 25, 2002. Yes, folks: this is the one and only piece of fanfiction I’ve ever written. It’s an Evangelion-Serial Experiments Lain crossover fic, and it’s rather long (50 pages double spaced). So I’m only posting the first couple of sections of it here, but you can download the entire story below in three different formats!

Honestly, I’ve written better stories since, and some of the sentences now make me wince. However, I’m thinking of writing a “light novel” soon, and if you like my storytelling–and would be interested in contributing some art to go with it–stay tuned. And maybe leave a comment or two. Things are starting to cook in my creative kitchen!

The story begins after the cutaway. Enjoy.

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Some interesting tidbits about the new Eva movies.

Editor’s Note: this news is translated from a Chinese website. See reference link at the bottom.

Quote Anno (tr.): “This is the only time and place to make the Evangelion that fits my ideal.”

Anno changed the name of the project back to its original name, title simply “Evangelion.” And he created a special studio, “Color.” Just for this.

In theaters on September 1st, the “Neon Genesis Evangelion New Theatrical version: Introduction” include stories from the episode first to episode six of the TV. Anno planned on using some of the old TV scenes mix together with newly drawn CG, much like what Tomino did in Gundam Zeta Trilogy, but under the strong suggestions of the creative staff it was decided that everything will be newly redrawn with CG and new logos, which makes this Eva a new Eva.

One thing that receive fan approval is that all the seiyuu from the original TV series and movies will be back.

Ray’s Take: I’m not a crazy Eva fanboy like Mike, but I’m looking forward to Kotono-san and Megumi-san reprising their old roles with even more upgraded skills. I wonder how many fanboys will be “having fun” to Asuka and how many fangirls will be “having fun” to the Karou and Shinji pairing in Japan (and perhaps the rest of the Otaku world)?

Source. You can see the preview pics there.

Potemayo 8 – Pote-Pan and Tori-James and Love is a wonderful thing

“Once again, I watched an useless anime.”– Ryhubei (OK, that’s me). But heh, it’s funny, funny!

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Even I cannot resist the power of running around little strange moe-tribbles getting into extra-ordinary situations – what I meant was something wacky.

Plot? What plot? What, don’t tell me you watched this for a plot!

Remember I talked about the “cons” (complexes like loli-con), well how about a recap and ones that I seem to have forgotten to write down:

Sunao-con: What Potemayo has toward Sunao (obvious)

loli-con: What Mudo has toward Potemayo (way too obvious, as Karou, the big dude that’s always hanging around Mudo thinks)

Mudo-con: What Karou has toward Mudo. He spews blood from his nose seeing Mudo’s ass and he can’t get enough of Mudo wearing a cheerleader uniform. “It’s disgusting, it’s disgusting, I know, but…” I think Karou’s dying to come out of the closet.

Ane-con: What Yasumi has toward Mikan. This time, he pokes her in her left breast.

Kyoko-con: What Guchiko has toward Kyoko. Guchiko can’t have a conversation more than 5 seconds with Kyoko before blushing and fainting.

Nana-con: What Nana’s brothers have toward her.

Really? Is that all? XD

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In any case, in the first half or the first mini-episode in this one, Potemayo and tori go on a shopping trip, much like what Chi is told to do in Chobits, but since there are two, I thought about that animal show that was wildly popular in Japan and in Taiwan – Pan and James. In short, Pan is a Chimpanzee and James is a boxer dog, and their trainer, Miyazawa-san asks them to go complete different tasks ranging from shopping to catching beetles to birth cake delivery. But these two are never left alone. In fact, Miyazawa-san always secretly follows these guys and worry and look after them. If the mission is too hard for them, sometimes Miyazawa would interfere. But that doesn’t happen very often.

One line of these CCM songs goes: “God is watching us from a distance. But he’s never too far away.” That one’s just for a reference.

In Potemayo, there obviously are no deities, except “Death”. But death is a funny little tribble just like Potemayo. And death has a Kyoko-con!

Instead of saying, “pantsu, pantsu,” we have “honi, honi”. But oh wait, it ain’t gonna be that easy. And Moriyama trusts the little critters enough to let them be on their own.

Guchiko of course comes out of nowhere and stomps Potemayo on the head on her way of escaping from someone chasing her.

Potemayo joins the chase, and as I often like to say, chaos ensues. In this case, chaos destroys the efforts that what I call the “Seinfeldish Three” try to do. Fun and games and good times.

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Of course everything ends OK and Potemayo successfully shows her affection toward Sunao. Good times, good times.

More good times happen in next episode when Mudo starts to discover that he has feelings toward Nana, the woman with words that bites, or in Taiwanese terms, “poisoned tongue.”

Of course when he tries to show affection toward Nana, both he and Karou lose something, and she’s happy as a clam.

Guchiko goes on a rampage to defend Kyoko’s honor, but she cannot defeat Nana, “the Flowing Wind”.

And Oh My God! They killed Mudo! And a lot of other guys! You bastards!

Good times, good times. Yeah, it’s fun. Very fun. Good times, good times. Not to mention all the slight sexual innuendo stuff going on, and Nana tells Mudo what Karou thinks about going to death with him. Good times.

Well, it won’t be so bad if Death were Guchiko.

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72% recommended for your daily anime diet. 88% recommended for a dessert after a serious meal like say, Claymore.

School Days gets a right rating?

From DarkLaila on MAL news team:

The School Days anime is now officially rated R from episode 9. Up to this point it had no such age restriction set and many viewers and fans of the violent game endings were anxious that this meant no “bad ending”. But maybe School Days is now free to write some new anime history~

link: MAL
source: moon phase

Ray’s comments: So, are we going to see some completely naked boobies and p*$$$y (yeah right)? Or one of the characters is going to go psycho and kill ’em all, baby?

Correction to the Genshiken TV 2 news…

Apparently the Chinese site was wrong about the director – from Anime Corporation News:

The Famitsu website is featuring screen shots and information on the second season for the Genshiken anime. Notable staff changes include a new director: Yoshimoto Kinji (Plastic Little) and character designs by Yanagida Yoshiaki (Kujibiki Unbalance TV). A new opening will be performed by Misato Aki (My-HiME) and a new ending by Yuumao. Season 2 of Genshiken is scheduled to premiere this October.

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