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Heterochromia - Looking back at one week in the blogosphere #3

Looking back at one week in the blogosphere #3

drrt

Pip proposed to make this week wedding dress themed.
He also chose the majority of these pictures.

This week is a week of failure. The world is bad.
1. I deleted this blog post right before I finished it (stupid hotkeys), so I have to start over again. Sorry for rambling.
2. There is no Geass.
3. A bunch of people have gone on hiatus, including hayase and Garten whose father has passed away. Also, zaitcev says that Hinano is in front of a burn-out, and now that I think about it, there are quite a few people who have actually really gone on hiatus (such as natsuneko).
(About Memento, I’ll allow myself to say something impious here: among the many kind comments of condolescence, there are few bloggers. It’s interesting to see how Memento is a large, popular blog, yet Garten does not interact all that much with other bloggers. Same for Random Curiosity.)
4. Hinano hates me. On the day Osu hates me, I’ll kill myself.

A propos zaitcev, let me present you DiGiKerot’s newest creation: Author-tan. Unfortunately, Rapidshare hates me, so it took me awhile until I got the game. It was short, but very much fun! I felt bad about shooting Lolikit, but isn’t our little Author cute? (I wonder how Sasa-tan would look like. I’m sure Owen would have an idea I’d totally disapprove of, harr harr.)
DiGiKerot also posted the walkthrough for the game. It looks like I have to play it again!

drrt

*chu* Most definitely a favourite!

So it seems Anna is really going to bring us her weekly linking as well! Interestingly, she seems to read completely different blogs than me, thus always commenting not only on other posts, but also other blogs, so be sure to take a look.

In my opinion, Karura’s Tuesday Rumble is particularily enjoyable this week. I want to see my own divorce because of MAL, ahahaha! Also, those chinese dumplings look so incredibly delicious! I wonder what kind of flavour they have, it looks pretty chemical nevertheless.

From time to time, super rats brings us another one of these figure postings that leave me without words. It makes me want to buy the figurine, but then I think “There is no way it could ever look as good as this”.
When you make such great photos of figurines, it’s not surprising that HappySoda is probably mainly known and appreciated for its figurine postings although super rats actually also writes interesting reviews. I suppose this is why Karura feels similar about her parody posts (which she mentions in the Tuesday Rumble post I just pointed to in the last paragraph ;) ).

drrt

Old Gainax shows rule, especially Nadia.

For the few people who are watching Allison and Lillia, Martin has an extensive comment on how badly executed the story telling is. After reading this, I realized with what kind of eye for the detail he was watching the show compared to me. There really is no reason for him to stand behind the likes of IKnight or Sat-chin, but I suppose that is british modesty. And zaitcev seriously should shut his mouth and die when he comments on something he has not watched himself. I guess it’s nice for Martin to get linked (not that he needs it), but the points raised in his post are all very valid and there is nothing “dubious” about it. Really.
Back to the topic: psgels has equally found plot holes in his comments on Allison & Lillia, with the difference that he got so fed up that he dropped it. Now, I actually want to read the novels, because I simply cannot imagine the writer of Kino no Tabi to be such a bad narrator.

Next, we have a beautifully written post by Lupus pointing out the logic problems in Toshokan Sensou.
I never knew Lupus has such an entertaining writing style, I mean, LOL RiReRoRu. I never really cared for plot integrity in Toshokan Sensou as I am mainly focused on the romance part that I enjoy a lot (which is why I don’t blog about it), but it’s fun to see somebody rage against it like this. Drm has an interestingly random follow-up full of RAGE. I haven’t finished reading that post though as my head hurts when I read pseudo-german.

drrt

Is this really Nia?

Personally, I have always only watched the american manga market from the sidelines because I considered them too expensive to buy anyways, but I suppose it’s rather noteworthy that Tokyopop (finally?) is starting to recede. In my opinion, 39 people laid-out means that Tokyopop was pretty large, if not too large from begin with. If I remember correctly, the major german editors don’t have more than 20-30 employees in total, including translators.

For some reason I totally do not understand, I didn’t have DarkMirage in my feed reader. (Now I do, of course.) This is how this nice post slipped under my radar (and I agree 100% although I typically tend to be politically correct as well). What is interesting about this post, however, are the comments. If you are interested in oh-my-how-serious discussion-drama about religion, spend a bit of time reading this. Guner x sisyphus ftw.

drrt

Lulu-ko pwnz Kyonko, at least when it comes to hilarity.

And now, for something completely different: Fumi Yoshinaga has actually drawn a real seinen manga and I am about to change my opinion about her. This one is so clearly directed towards its audience (working, possibly gay men), but I find it quite adorable so far. As I might have mentioned earlier, I never understood why this mangaka is so popular, but this seems to be one of her better works.
At any rate, I hope this scanlation group will keep up with the good work.

Of course, one of the greater events this week consists in the results of the People’s Choice in the Anime Blog Awards. Congratulations to the winners, a comment by myself on this issue might or might not follow.
There is quite a lot of other reactions including Lolikit being sad because he lost to CJ. But that post still sounded very sweet to me.

Scott has a nice write-up on Bittorrent and the fansubbing issue but it confuses me a little bit that he doesn’t mention Gonzo’s efforts to bring the newest series to overseas at all. To me it seems it’s the solution for everything he is concerned with.

As for this week’s blog crushes, I think I should mention Sankaku Complex that I just stumbled upon. It seems to be quite an encyclopedia of otaku culture coupled with NSFW pictures and news. Personally I was always pushed away by heavily loaded blogs such as Danny Choo’s (although his blog is great), but here I think we have another example of a fairly useful site. He just started 2 months ago and looks like he doesn’t do anything else besides blogging, quite interesting.

Jason Miao lists some of the more popular anime showing that these would totally not work out as Hollywood movie. I wonder if it shouldn’t be some less otaku-ish shows that aren’t necessarily the most popular ones in Japan or among overseas otaku. No title comes to mind for me though. Hm.

Finally, happy birthday, RK and bj0rN! Don’t you guys stop blogging!

drrt

What a beauty! I couldn’t help myself but include this picture despite its unpractical dimensions.

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    super rats wrote:

    Enma Ai is an Alter figure, so it does look that good in person. I called it plain in my review, but it’s deceptive. My eyes keep drifting toward it while she’s on my desk.

    Posted 08 Jun 2008 at 20:28 CE(S)T

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    Sasa wrote:

    Well, somebody else posted pictures too. From what I can see, it really is a good figurine, but I think it doesn’t give off the astounishing atmosphere that your pictures show. It’s a figurine after all.

    I still want it, aaaah!

    Posted 08 Jun 2008 at 20:52 CE(S)T

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    DrmChsr0 wrote:

    It’s less of nerd rage and more Monty Python.

    It works better when it’s acted out.

    Posted 08 Jun 2008 at 23:44 CE(S)T

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    Osu wrote:

    I’ll never hate you.

    Posted 09 Jun 2008 at 00:11 CE(S)T

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    Scott wrote:

    “Scott has a nice write-up on Bittorrent and the fansubbing issue but it confuses me a little bit that he doesn’t mention Gonzo’s efforts to bring the newest series to overseas at all.”

    Did a two-parter on that about a month ago. While I love what Gonzo is doing, I think that it might even be unnecessary to do all the subbing in house for every release. That’s a financial risk. Let the fansub community do it, and the moment they see something gaining popularity on the internets, jump on it.

    Posted 09 Jun 2008 at 03:44 CE(S)T

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    Sasa wrote:

    @Scott: I see, I must either have forgotten or missed i O.o At any rate, I don’t really believe the idea of letting the fansubbers do it would work out, because there’s still the issue of who owns the anime and its translation even if fansubbing is legalized. On a practical level, I can fully understand if the companies don’t want to put their work into the hands of people they don’t know - and didn’t employ themselves or have contacts to. It might be acceptable for some companies, but I doubt you can force the industry to adapt this model (which would basically be the case in your description, or am I misunderstanding you?).

    @Osu: That’s very sweet of you :3

    @Drm: Oh God, don’t tell me it’s possible to act out that pseudo-german, LOL

    Posted 09 Jun 2008 at 14:43 CE(S)T

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    Scott wrote:

    @Sasa

    Well, the Japanese anime companies ultimately own the properties, but they can provide a license that allows fansubbers to do what they want with the product as long as they don’t sell it off for profit. Fansubbers go into the deal knowing that they are not going to compensated for their work, and a crappy amateur sub-job will ultimate be rejected by the community.

    As long as the official translator doesn’t copy some fansub, then there is no question on who owns the translation because two people are going to translate the material differently. The only difference is that the “professional translation” is the only one that can legally profit while the fansubbers cannot.

    Yes, it is ridiculous notion that completely unprecedented in the entertainment industry, give or take a Radiohead or Nine Inch Nails… and I’m also sure no company would go for it. But the anime industry is completely different than the other entertainment industry, and quite frankly, they don’t have much of choice at this point. Either they change their business model or they are going to be killed by fansubbing.

    Posted 10 Jun 2008 at 04:26 CE(S)T

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    Sasa wrote:

    @Scott: Ah, so you want legalized fansubs and a professional translation parallely. I am just wondering in which way this would differ from the current situation? How would it change the fansubbers’ and/or the potential buyers’ behavior?
    The Radiohead and NIN model is probably a necessary step considering how badly the music industry is doing currently, but I think that is only viable because both Radiohead and NIN have a strong and politically conscious fanbase that they can possibly make profit from it. As you said yourself, I too doubt that this works for the anime industry.

    Posted 10 Jun 2008 at 17:15 CE(S)T

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    Runningkid wrote:

    Finally, happy birthday, RK and bj0rN! Don’t you guys stop blogging!

    thanks, sorry I couldn’t read this earlier. 3 more exams left, bring on freedom!!!

    good job on this Animeblogmosphere news thing, it’s like a weekly newspaper! “Sasa Press” perhaps? =P

    Posted 11 Jun 2008 at 18:07 CE(S)T

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    natsuneko wrote:

    Hiatus finally ended after 3 months, I wrote a totally uninteresting entry about it on July 3rd. Unlike the others who seemed to have actual srs bsns in their life, my reasons are: randomness, lack of motivation, and… boredom. Meaning, I’m just a lazy bum :D

    But I didn’t think anyone would have noticed my unannounced and inelegant absence, so… thank you Sasa. I’m sorry to hear that you stopped blogging (especially at this late of a time). Wish I could have returned this kind affection of yours while you were still active ._.

    Anyway, all the best in your future projects, be happy and… come back someday? XD

    Posted 10 Jul 2008 at 01:56 CE(S)T

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