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Ray’s Top Ten List from the Last Decade

Disclaimer: I never liked making a top 10 list because I watch shows from a varieties of genres and I believe that comparing them on the same level playing field is vastly unjustified. But as a tradition, I made mine. Merits? What merits?

Without any fancy blogwork or word wizardry, here’s my top ten for the last decade.

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Yui Horie wants Claymore Season 2?

A certain “Yui Horie 堀江 由衣signed “her” name for the Claymore Season 2 petition:

Fun stuff. Please sign the petitionInstruction is here.

Claymore manga and merchandise at Toylet, Claymore DVDs at Just Manga, At Amazon (with reviews), Collectables and Character Songs CD at CDJapan

Here‘s the signature from “Kaori Mizuhashi 水橋かおり/水橋香里” – Ogiue Chika from Genshiken manga and Genshiken Season 2 below.

I wish they’d use better nicknames. But anyway, we’re over the 10,000 mark. Let’s make 15,000 so they will know we are really serious!

Otakon Day One – Kikuko Inoue Panel Q&A, Pt 2.

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Part 1 is here.

Kikuko Inoue is a famous seiyuu associated with many popular anime. Her past performances include Belldandy of Aa Megami-Sama, Kasume Tendou in Ranma 1/2, Rune Venus in El-Hazard, Kazami Mizuho in Onegai Teacher, Lust in Fullmetal Alchemist, Miria in Claymore, Grace O’Connor in Macross Frontier, Akane in Higurashi, and Cecile in Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion. She answered questions at Otakon.

Inoue was also accompanied by Hidenori Matsubara, the character designer of Ah! My Goddess, the show Inoue is best known for.

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Otakon Day One – Kikuko Inoue Panel Q&A, Pt 1.

Kikuko Inoue is a famous seiyuu associated with many popular anime. Her past performances include Belldandy of Aa Megami-Sama, Kasume Tendou in Ranma 1/2, Rune Venus in El-Hazard, Kazami Mizuho in Onegai Teacher, Lust in Fullmetal Alchemist, Miria in Claymore, Grace O’Connor in Macross Frontier, Akane in Higurashi, and Cecile in Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion. She answered questions at Otakon.

Onee-chan

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Anime Diet Radio Episode “L”–The Lost Episode

We're sorry, JJ Abrams

As promised, this is the infamous unreleased version of Anime Diet Radio episode 19. It was a great episode, truth be told, easily standing up to any of our previous ones. Even if it was recorded on February 17…which makes the three news sections about the Claymore licensing, Gainax hiring (deadline: Feb 29), and Akihabara English maps very, very out of date. You might still enjoy the roundtable discussions about Mnemosyne and Strait-Jacket, which as OVAs were not as subject to the sentence of obsolescence compared to their TV counterparts. It was still very Winter 2008 season when this was recorded.

As a “lost” episode, this was not as heavily edited as some previous episodes, so it is lighter on the music and sound effects–which turned out well for the main roundtable discussion, actually. But enjoy the true rawness that is as fresh as a survivor crawling out of a plane on a suspiciously deserted island.

We should be back on track with a regular release schedule for audio content very soon, now that the site is stable once more. See you soon!

Show Order

  • (00:00–02:07) Ira Glass explains it all
  • (02:08–06:22) Real introduction
  • (06:23–15:45) News 1: Claymore licensed by Funimation
  • (15:46–22:50) News 2: Gainax hiring for new project
  • (22:50–33:47) News 3: English Akiba map
  • (33:48–End) Roundtable on Strait Jacket and Mnemosyne; Conclusion

Show Notes

  • –The “Ira Glass” introduction is mostly a joke for all one or two of you out there who also listen to “This American Life,” (1) which in my opinion is the best show on National Public Radio (2). I tried to imitate host Ira Glass’s nasal voice by literally pinching my nose while talking. BGM: “Magnolia Theme” by Jon Brion, which is used many times in the actual TAL radio programs.
  • –ED: “Dango Daikazoku” (ED for Clannad: because a show devoted to sexiness and pimps needs to end on a kid’s song)
  • –Funimation’s page for Claymore does not appear to be working on their website. However, you can read about the news here at ANN (3).
  • –Gainax is no longer hiring, as the deadline for applications was Feb. 29th. A description of what they were looking for was on ANN as well (4).
  • –You can download the English Akiba map here (5).

Link References for iTunes Listeners

  • (1) http://www.thislife.org
  • (2) http://www.npr.org
  • (3) http://tinyurl.com/3gon3r
  • (4) http://tinyurl.com/442qbh
  • (5) http://www.akiba-ch.com/?p=416

Bamboo Blade Ep 19 – this episode kicks ass but her English sucks ass

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Ass, ass, ass. No, I’m not talking about a donkey-like creature that the savior of the world sat on, and I’m not really talking about anyone’s shiny behind. But This episode accomplishes two different types of asses:

The humor kicks ass, but as in many other shows where a purely Japanese seiyuu trying to speak English and pretending to be a real English speaker, in this case a supposedly NATIVE Californian, the English sucks asssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss. No, it’s not the sound of a hissing snake – it’s the sound of something that sucks a certain part of the body non-stop.

Enough with that. I think I’ve finally got this show figured out a little. With the right mixture of barefoot high school girls, sweat, youth, exaggerated but still kept in check tongue in cheek humor, a super talented kendo Otaku heroine, and a section of touching violin music playing when something emotional happens, we have a winning formula. Oh, the characters are fun, especially Miya-Miya.

But with her seiyuu being in Claymore, I kept telling her: “Use the Flash Blade against this Undine! You’ll win!”

But damn, she loses. It’s time to ask for more power and starting awaking parts of your body, Clare, I mean, Miya-Miya.

I do get the feeling that the Armadillo Boy has balls as opposed to Raki, who doesn’t.

As for Undine, I mean Kerry, I can’t tell you how suck ass her fake English is, because it’s indescribably bad…OK, well, maybe compare with other’s, she’s not worse, but she’s not better either.

But ni dao ryu is cool. Except I didn’t think anyone was allowed to do that in a kendo match in real life.

But Miya-Miya failed to channel Clare and lost. She’s all gas but no steam. She’s all attitude but no power. Eh. Oh well.

Seriously though, it’s a great episode and very enjoyable. I loved it.

Anime Diet Radio Episode 16–Spoiled Turkey in a Bowl

Thanksgiving is over.

Man it’s been a while! This was recorded on Thanksgiving weekend, hence the Turkey Bowl and the Thanksgiving references, but I was unable to find time to edit due to school, the plane not having plugs, and most consequentially, a family medical emergency this week. But here it is…our sweet 16 episode, in which we take on Death Notes in Virginia, Pizza Hut in anime, and Odex all over the world (snicker). Our roundtable “Turkey Bowl” talks about the year’s projected winners and losers, including Gundam 00, Claymore, Lucky Star, ef-a tale of memories, Hayate no Gotoku, Ghost Hound–just to name a few. And Monty Python references.

I wanted to include more sound effects, but I don’t have the time…it’s also my first time using Soundtrack Pro rather than Garageband to put this one together. Soundtrack Pro is a sweeeeet piece of Apple software, and it makes certain editing tasks so much easier. I’m still learning the ropes, though.

Show Notes

  • OP: “Sora ni Saku (宇宙(そら)に咲く)” by Lisa Komine (Rental Magica OP)
  • ED: “STAR RISE” by Ryou Hirohashi, Megumi Toyoguchi, Sachiko Kojima, Houko Kuwashima & Rina Satou” (Bamboo Blade ED)
  • All Monty Python sound clips are from Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
  • The story about the Virginia Death Note can be found at Anime News Network (1). See the electronic Death Note site here (2).
  • The story about the Marimite Pizza Hut promotion can be found at ANN (3). See our exclusive interview with Yukana here (4).
  • The story about the Odex international incident is here at ANN (5). See a backup of the hacked website here (6).

References

  1. http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2007-11-22/virginian-teen-suspended-over-names-in-death-note
  2. http://www.deathnoteonline.com/
  3. http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2007-11-19/marimite-pizza-hut-japan-campaign-fan-disk-announced
  4. http://animediet.net/archives/2883
  5. http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2007-11-21/baytsp-acknowledges-sending-warning-notices-by-mistake
  6. http://www.darkmirage.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2007/11/22_odexhacked.html

Exclusive: Claymore Staff PMX 2007 Press Conference Transcript

L to R: translator, Umehara, Tanaka

Anime Diet is proud to present the transcript of questions our staff (Jeremy and myself) asked the director and character designer of the Claymore anime, Hiroyuki Tanaka and Takahiro Umehara! The interview took place at PMX on Sunday, November 11, 2007, at 5 PM. It was attended only by ourselves and one other reporter, so we were able to ask most of the questions that you, the readers, requested (others were answered in the fan panel). We even have a little endorsement of sorts from them! Just like Mike Huckabee with Chuck Norris, we are now Claymore-approved.

The Youtube link above does not constitute an endorsement of Mike Huckabee. Despite the fact that he shares my first name.

This transcript is edited for clarity and conciseness. The translator for both of them translated in both first and third persons, but mostly in the latter. To preserve the character of the interview, all answers have been written in third person (e.g., “he says…”) Only questions that Anime Diet staff asked were transcribed.

Thanks to Jinnie at the PMX press office for arranging this conference!

Coming in a few days: a transcript and pictures of our private interview with Yukana.

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Fall 2007 season – the fall of Otaku

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[Editor’s note: this is a part of the Anime Blogger Collective effort. I’m Ray and after Mike asked me, I decided to contribute! For other excellent articles, see these –Roxas, Karura, CCYoshi, Martin, Hige, J. Valdez, Xerox and Owen.]

Yeah, I’ve tried to cover a lot of shows in Fall 2007, and since then I’ve concentrated my efforts on 4 of them while keeping an eye on others that I were blogging before. For me, so far none of the shows impressed me or elicited in me strong reactions as I have for some shows in Summer 2007.

Shows that I’ve been reviewing for the fall: Gundam 00, Genshiken s2, Blue Drop, Bamboo Blade, and Sketch Book – Full Color’s.

Shows that I’ve reviewed or talked about in the summer: Claymore, El Cazador, and Zetsubo Sensei.

Please note that I’m well aware that the shows that I’ve been writing about varies in genre and making strict and direct comparison is obviously unfair. However, compare with the quality and the variety of shows I’ve experienced for summer, I find shows in the fall somewhat lacking. Of course, also note that this is only the mid-season review and many shows have yet to be fully developed and still have vast potential.

Next is my view on the shows I’ve been writing reviews about and some of my observation for fall 2007 in general.

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A Taster of Our PMX Coverage…

Here are a few of the fruits of our full-on coverage of Claymore staff, and just a small teaser of our Yukana coverage. Forthcoming, hopefully this week: interview and press conference transcripts for both, as well as the usual video diary. Just like with AX, you know? Only this con was a lot more relaxing on the whole.
Me being stereotypical

Hiroyuki Tanaka, director of Claymore–with a present for me!

Smile, Claymore character designer Takahiro Umehara. You’re on Candid Camera

Ray, Yukana has a present for you!

Readers: What Would You Ask the Director and Chara Designer of Claymore?

Here we go indeed…to journalistic bliss

We got our press passes and permission to interview Yukana yesterday, the first day of PMX! We also have a good chance of scoring a private interview with the director (Hiroyuki Tanaka) and character designer (Takahiro Umehara) of Claymore on Sunday, and we’d like to know if there’s anything you Claymore fans out there would like us to ask them. (We know you’re out there. Don’t hold back on us. :)) I have a few questions myself.

Leave your suggestions here in the comment section of this post. Thanks!

Mike’s Claymore Marathon Journal: Eps. 8-14

I need to send Teresa to “exorcise” my host provider

The Claymore director and chara designer PMX panel isn’t until Sunday, so I have a few more days to spend watching this show before I get to go to their panel. :) (If you have questions you’d like asked, please leave them in the comments section.) Plus, we just came back from a major outage all day, so bear with us as I make the second post for today…which is about the evolution this show is taking by its halfway marker.

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