Tag Archives: Naruto

Looking back at Home Made Kazoku’s Otakon Concert

How many Anime Diet readers are HOME MADE 家族 fans? I realize that it has been a while, but after clearing through some of my photography archive, I realize that there was one more Otakon article that Anime Diet has never ran.

Flashback to Otakon 2010, this was the first year that I was at Otakon, writing for Anime Diet. 2010 also had HMK as Sunday Music guests. At the time, Jon Tsou was guest correspondent for Anime Diet, so these images were taken by him. This was HMK’s first appearance on American soil, and this was their set list at the time.

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At the time, there was a press policy of photos for the first four song, and these photos may have a bit of motion blur, if you don’t mind that aspect then swing on by Flickr for the rest of the HMK concert set.

Shin Koihime Musou 1

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It’s a new season and a new Koihime†Musou. The beginning glosses over the plot and jumps right into the action – a telling stylistic choice, because if you’re watching this for the plot, you probably tuned in to the wrong show.

Nods to the first season abound. The bandits even look identical to the three from the first season’s introduction of Kan-U. The character designs are the same, and the opening reuses footage from the first season in flashback form.

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Beginner Anime

Two major categories have sprung up in anime discourse. There are referential anime such as Yakitate Japan and Lucky Star, and there are anime which are designed to be watched with no prior knowledge of anime, such as Bleach and Naruto. In keeping with the concept that otaku culture is like a language to be learned, I will refer to the former as “advanced” anime and the latter as “beginner” anime.

Obviously this is a simplification. These categories are not pure and exclusive. Many essentially non-referential shows, such as Full Metal Panic, still have the occasional reference. Heavily referential shows such as Genshiken or Dai Mahou Touge can still be watched without getting all the references. Overall, however, there is an increasing creep of metatextual issues into the actual body of anime that air each season.

Is this good or bad?

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Alien Nine: Utter Alienation

To steal a line from Spike Spiegel, there are three things I hate: crying kids, incompetence, and strange, unidentifiable fluids. So tell me, why has Alien Nine gathered them all in one place?

Don't kill him! We need him to pay the dry cleaner's bill!

The show begins well. The character designs are cute. The utter mismatch between the main character and the job she is selected for is comical. It’s also nice to see a refreshing change from the usual paradigm of “magical girl revels in it;” the reasons behind Yuri’s ambivalence are very clear and plausible. She’s a middle school student and simply not cut out for any sort of conflict, even when equipped with a deus ex machina.

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Mortality in anime and manga

Two things have me thinking about death: Ray’s commentary on  the unappealing nature of sentient, disposable objects, and Kabitzin’s review of Kishimoto’s latest round of killings. (SPOILER ALERT for both that article and this one.)

Ray’s already put Akikan in a coffin, but bear with me while I drive the nails in.  You know, I can’t help but think of an old Garfield strip whenever I look at this show.

Jon: What if our appliances could talk?  That would be great!

Garfield: No it wouldn’t.  Every time a lightbulb burned out it would be like a death in the family.

This is largely what is wrong with the idea of sentient disposable objects – to wit, if they really are sentient, your characters have exactly two options: either love them and care for them and be heartbroken all the time, or be callous bastards.  (Or, you know, psychotic satsujin angels. I was assuming they weren’t doing the killing themselves, but the world of anime is large.)

Dokuro-chan: more terrifying than a yandere.

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Anime Diet Radio Episode 18 – Don’t Try This At Home

Anime Diet Radio finally graduates and comes into its maturity in this, our 18th and our first Jeremy-less episode in a while. (He had a toothache.) We’re doing DANGEROUS things that you shouldn’t try at home: like the Indonesian boy who imitated Naruto too much and spreading the Clannad virus! And we also talk about this season’s anime like Gunslinger Girl Il Teatrino, Rosario + Vampire, True Tears, Shigofumi, and They are My Noble Masters.

This was, as you will hear, recorded two weeks ago on Super Bowl Sunday. It is actually Take 2 of Episode 18, which because of computer problems described in the Introduction, we had to scrap. I still think this was a good episode, though, and I hope you’ll agree!

Erratum: the drink referred to that had a commercial in the Superbowl is not called Volt, but Amp. As you can see I did not do well in the electricity unit of high school physics. :) You can see the original Super Bowl commercial here (1). Note the warning at the bottom!

Show Order

  • –(00:00–03:36) Introduction
  • –(03:37–12:37) News 1: Indonesian Naruto Fan Strangles Self; Legislation Called For
  • –(12:38–19:47) News 2: The Clannad Virus
  • –(19:48–39:02) Mailbag
  • –(39:03–67:28) Roundtable
  • –(67:29–end) Conclusion

Show Notes

  • –OP: “Breakin’ Through” by Shūhei Kita (OP to Persona: Trinity Soul)
  • –ED: “COSMIC LOVE” by Nana Mizuki (OP to Rosario + Vampire)
  • –The original news piece about the Naruto Indonesian victim is at Anime News Network here (2).
  • –The original news piece about the Clannad virus and other Japanese prosecuted for illegal uploads is at ANN here (3).
  • –The comments for the previous episode are here.

References

  • (1)http://sports.aol.com/nfl/superbowlads?videoId=2065948
  • (2)http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2008-01-21/indonesian-child-dies-after-imitating-anime-character
  • (3)http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2008-01-24/3-japanese-men-arrested-charged-with-uploading-anime
  • (4)http://animediet.net/archives/3162#comments

Naruto: The Abridged Version!

Listen up, Narutards: there’s now something almost as funny as the old Evangelion:ReDeath was for Evatards like me.

And there’s more where that came from. 16 more episodes more, in fact.

Thanks to Misty at my anime club’s message board for finding this. This made me laugh pretty hard, and I’m not into Naruto that much. (One of these days I’m going to tell the story of what happened when someone at my school spotted the Naruto button on my backpack, though…)

Naruto Shippuden 29 Getting Back To Where We Started

After being drawn in to the story of a prankster Hokage wanna-be turned bona-fide ninja with the help of his (ahem) inner strength, there came a time there-after that the show just made me stop caring. Actually, it was after attempting to watch Episode 161 to be precise.

Naruto Episode 131 Stink

After that, I just stopped watching it all together. I had my fill of the filler arc. When Naruto Shippuden came out in February of this year, I was hopeful but not completely certain that they could revived it from the dregs of lost causes. The first episode was promising with the opening sequence, however, the story soon dragged itself into a much slower pacing (which some might argue has been a problem with this series all along). It is only after they veered away from the rather boring Bell Test in episode 3, that things started to pick up with a fight between Gaara and Deidara.

Deidara and Gaara

Afterwards, the show moved to a more even balance of story and action. From Kankuro’s battle with the obviously superior puppet master Sasori to Team Kakashi’s pursuit of (and ultimately battle with) the two fleeing Akatsuki members it had become again fairly engaging. Except for perhaps, Team Gai’s overly repetitive battle with the clones that never end…
Shippuden Progression

As good as it had been getting, none of these previous episodes had moved me in the way I was moved when I first fell in love with the series. This all changed in the 1 hour special that starts in episodes 29. Finally, we get to not only see Kakashi’s new sharingan eye in action, but a also a resurgence of the Naruto’s fox cloak.

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Overall all however, I suppose it was that slow build up to the emotional climax of that finally won me back over to Naruto again. As a teary-eyed Naruto stands over the body of Gaara and gives an emotional speech about weight that a Jinchuuriki (one possessed by a powerful tailed beast) carries through life, I couldn’t help but feel once again emotionally attached to this show. In fact I couldn’t help but think I must have gotten some salt in my eyes from the popcorn I was eating as they were for some reason quite dewy…

Naruto Crying

It has been a long road home with a hellish path though a nearly two year filler arc, but Naruto may finally have arrived back where it started and back where it belongs. To bad we have to wait till the middle of October to see what happens next…

Post-Claymore Ending Traumatic Stress Anxiety

Hi all, and pardon my anxiety filled face.

I’ve been dreading this beginning a few weeks back, but when it finally became reality I still couldn’t deal with it at all. I’ve been hugging my knees and eating bucketful of soda power added lard drenched in Yebisu beer with sides of fried chicken skins and a few kilos worth of Krispy Kream Donut fillings, but nothing seems to work.

I’m currently in rehab dealing with Post-Claymore Ending Traumatic Stress Anxiety.

One thing I have recognized is that one major factor contributing to our site’s success depends on we blogging about massively popular shows or shows that get people talking about. While none of us blogs about Naruto or Bleach, which lasts for thousands of episodes, with millions and millions of Rock fans (fine, I know that’s a quite old reference to WWF but that’s as far as I followed WWF), I blogged about Claymore and Mike blogged about School Days.

On certain posts (read: 2 posts), we each got a few hundred hits per post (I can hear the big boys like THAT and Random thunderously loud snickering when I said: few hundred hits), and each of us felt mighty good about the site overall, dousing each other with gatorade and champaign while trying unsuccessfully to jump and run into each other “in a pile of players” as if we had won the World Series or World Cup. I’ll tell ya, trying to lift up the hero of the game with one group of big and strong athletes is easy, but trying to lift up Mike by myself is incredibly hard and we both are due for some serious weight loss. Bear in mind all that took place in cyberspace or in our imaginations.

Now Claymore is over, I’m worrying about two things: 1. People who came and read and left comments may not come back to our site if the Fall season doesn’t have shows with female supermodel warriors punishing yoma with love and justice…I mean with loyalty and friendship, while slicing and dicing uncircumcised yoma for a sausage and baloney breakfast…I mean fighting for the good of the world. No more in the name of the Claymores, I’ll punish you…I mean working for the organization for a profit. No more “I’m following you around because I’ve fallen in love with you and I want to stalk you”…I mean “I owe you a life debt.” No more supermodels demonstrating the latest accessories in warrior women fashion…I mean no more demon hunting. 2. We won’t have that many visiters.

Granted, we do this for free so we’re not supposed to care if 1 folk visits or if 1000 folks visits in a day, but because I’m man and full of pride, and I have been seduced by the power of the ring, and it has become my downfall…(Sorry if I have already completely lost you few cyber seconds ago)

It’s difficult to give up the power of spreading personalized and biased-as-hell ideas and opinions, and absolutely guaranteed 100% pure and unadulterated truth all over the cyberdomains.

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Ray Hu is currently rehabilitating in a certain famous recovery center in LA.

Mike is building his own ark in his backyard.

Fred has taken over the duty of taking over the world.

Jeremy is working on releasing his solo album.

Our future is bleak indeed.