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  1. Soverence
    2013-03-15 21:10
    No problem, my reply was quite a bit more late then your's so I guess that makes us even. Nice, well at least you know that you will be doing something productive with most of your time for the next 18 months at least.

    I have been pretty good, just got back home for Spring break from college so I am going to use this time to catch up on my sleep and spend a good amount of time relaxing instead of having to study for tests and quizzes. Besides that though things have been quite average for me, college work, friends, sleep, pizza, etc.

    How is the new season of anime looking like it is going to be for you? I am really excited about the Spring season starting up soon personally, although I am not sure how I will have the time to actually watch everything that I want to.
  2. Soverence
    2013-03-09 12:18
    Hiya! How have you been? been awhile since I last messaged you it seems o.o
    2013-02-10 20:55
    Yeaaah.... pretty much the same to me. It's all FE's fault for being so damn good~
    2013-02-09 18:31
    Sooooo, got an opinion on Ni no Kuni yet~?
  5. Soverence
    2013-01-28 17:29
    I am glad to hear that you are feeling better! Probably a good time to get your immune system back with flu season in full swing right now.

    Don't worry about it, I am glad that you got around to replying at all . Oh I am sure that the school work has been taking up a majority of that catching up time as well. I would expect nothing less then catching up on your anime, also nice profile picture
  6. Soverence
    2013-01-21 20:54
    Hiya! How have you been? Feeling better?
  7. Echoes
    2013-01-20 05:23
    I lean toward the cute too, by far. I quite agree that cuteness is generally charming, while an overload of sexuality is often tasteless and reeks of desperation. That being said, moe being the powerhouse that it is, huge amounts of cuteness is definitely part of an intentional, overt marketing effort as well. It's just something that appeals to us more, and I also happen to think it's a more respectable approach, since it's harder to pull off. Throwing in perverted angels, bathhouse/beach episodes and huge breasts is virtually effortless (and potentially exploitative.) Designing characters with cute personalities which resonate with the viewer is much more challenging, and therefore ultimately provide a deeper and more lingering sense of enjoyment and satisfaction.

    This topic made me think about the differences that still exist between the Japanese and the American anime market. Despite moe being a (I would say "the") dominating force in current anime, and despite the popularity of slam-dunk hits such as K-On, it seems like fanservice is still infinitely more palatable as a marketing tool outside of Japan when it comes to sales than moe/cuteness is. Just considering something like Yuru Yuri (which I know both you and I agree is around K-On's level of quality and with a very similar appeal) isn't even licensed for release, while Sekirei, Rosario to Vampire, Queen's Blade, Senran Kagura (I could go on) are, and most of them are doing very well in terms of sales. It seems like breasts move units, while cuteness barley keeps its head above water, remaining much more niche. I suppose that's to be expected, but a little depressing nonetheless. It also keeps the image of anime being a sort of shameless, crazy thing alive, because that's what people who aren't "in the know" see on store shelves at Wall-Mart or wherever they stock'em these days. I don't really care what the general public thinks of my hobby on a personal level, but it is annoying when people have these shallow misconceptions about anime in general based on a few American releases. Because I care about the medium, not because I fear their judgment.

    I just wrote a pretty lengthy rant, so I think I'll save you from dipping too deep into the piracy discussion just now.

    I almost used this discussion as a jump-off point for a serious discussion too. I think I'm in a mood.

    That's the right attitude, I think. Hard to pull off, I'm not quite at that point yet. But I'm working on it.

    It's the same price-point as their Fate/Zero releases, and a mere half of their first Kara no Kyoukai release! That's the niche within the niche, aiming for a super-limited release to the people who fit both the category of super-hardcore fan and financially well off individual. Ore-Imo is frequently mispronounced, I've found. Was it the "Oray-Mow"?

    That's a reassuring tale, thanks for sharing. Sound like a decent plan, I might just get on that. I appreciate the suggestions and everything, it's nice to be asked to participate, and I don't take it as pressure at all, so no worries there.
  8. Echoes
    2013-01-19 12:47
    I'll definitely agree with that. I love cute. We've touched on this before, but I don't necessarily have a problem with sexy and cute working in tandem. (Although naturally I have my limits, and don't want it intruding where it doesn't belong.) What I've no interest in whatosever is pure sex appeal, without the cuteness element. That just usually does nothing for me.

    Even if that's not the root of the pirating problem (I don't think it is), it definitely legitimizes the pirates. It gives people a reason not to pay; and feel justified in not doing so. And in this day and age, if you give people a reason to fuck you over and not pay, they will; because they easily can.

    Well, people are against everything these days. Some guy even told me to take down my Swastika banner this week! Can you believe it?

    That's good. I'm trying to think more like that myself. Since I mentioned Shakespeare in my last post, I'll bring out this old nugget of wisdom. "To thine own self be true." Right? Society is so restrictive, the older you get, the more you find out how much you really have to conform just to function as a member of it in most job situations. So I'm increasingly realizing how important it is to break out of the mold and don't be afraid to be yourself on your own time. Wear that hat, and display it proudly.

    I read up a little bit about the Aniplex stream and found this:
    In an online streaming panel, Aniplex USA laid out their release plans for Blu-ray releases of Nisemonogatari and Oreimo. The former is due February 26th for $149.98 while the latter arrives the 27th for $329.98.
    Nise being a little cheaper than Bake for the MSRP is a good start. I really do want to own that one as well, both for the sake of completion and because I genuinely did love the show. It's just a hard show to bring up without qualifying it with a "but I don't like it because of the incest episode, I swear!" That Ore-Imo pricing is insaaaaaane though. Over 300 dollars? Give me a break. The DVDs are like 50 bucks. Blurays are nice and all, but that's an increase of about 600% in pricing. Ri-ridculous.

    That sounds like a good time. I have a feeling it'd be nice too. Just gotta get over that initial feeling of trepidation.... and/or find a time when I'm home alone.
  9. Echoes
    2013-01-19 06:49
    Their productions are usually cute and gorgeous-looking enough to not need to rely on any sort of overt sexuality for sales. Which is nice.

    Oh right. There's that aspect to it as well, the used games thing. God forbid someone buy something used; that's just way too out there! Borrowing, renting and buying used has always been an integral part of gaming. Most people just can't afford to buy every game they want to try new.

    Those things are alright.... You know, if you've already paid for the month's meth supply.

    It's just such an inviting picture. I'm waiting with baited breath to see if the rest of the package, which includes that keychain, arrives today. I never really watch English trailers (or all that many Japanese trailers, to be honest), but I went and looked at this one after you mentioned it. Yeah, pretty stupid. Then again, Strike Witches ain't exactly Shakespeare, so it's hard for me to be upset with them for making a dumb trailer. Funimation is the expert at licensing any and everything which contains copious amounts of fanservice. Onto the next item, I didn't know Aniplex had a live stream, and I'm not sure if it's news or not either. Bakemonogatari already has a blu-ray boxset release. I own it, so I'm pretty sure about that one. Is it a cheaper release? Ah, the one I have is a limited edition, so perhaps a regular edition? Regardless, Nise getting a release is pretty nice! As much as I like Nise though, I'm not sure it's quite at the level where I want to shell out 200 dollars for it like I did with Bake... what with the toothbrush and pervading sense of overindulgent lechery that brought it down a notch.

    Cool, cool. That does sound like a lot of fun, and the laid-back, welcoming attitude is a huge plus. I'll definitely let you know when I feel comfortable with it. Moving out would be a huge help in that, but I'll have to get lucky to pull that off as quick as I'd like. Percentage-wise, Oslo is actually the fastest growing city in Europe, and also one of the most expensive in the world. You can probably imagine what those two factors do for the housing market... the rents are absolutely ridiculous. Good luck ever syncing up with me though, what are we, like 9 hours apart?
  10. Echoes
    2013-01-18 20:22
    It was KyoAni-style fanservice. Classy fanservice, but fanservice nonetheless. Not that I'm really complaining, we could all do with a little more class in our life.

    They're certainly more blatant and bold with their nickel and diming. I'm sure it's not all that different from how businesses maximized profits in the past; just a new avenue of exploitation which is so obvious that it's hard to not be appalled by it.

    Yeah, there's a lot of stuff your money would be better spent on these days. With all these orders I've been making the last year, I've grown to associate those brown cardboard boxes with pure joy. Those bland, boring little things. It's quite something.

    Glad you like it! I absolutely fell in love with that picture myself; it was pretty much the perfect picture I could have gotten out of the series. That or a nice picture of Kuroneko looking scornfully towards the horizon. I liked the picture so much in fact that I also ordered a keychain with the same picture, which'll hopefully arrive sometime soon as well! I can see how Strike Witches would be very awkward. It's a guilty pleasure; super-guilty. I never would have put up anything more risque myself either; even this is pushing it for me. Not like any of my friends will really know what Strike Witches is anyway (as far as I know, anyway), but there's always that Google-fu, and while I've no problem admitting I (at least partially) enjoyed the show, it's not the kind of stuff I'd like people to think is my bread and butter, if you know what I mean.

    Oh right, Skype. I'd forgotten all about that, I should get back on that. I have a (presumably crappy) cheap mic lying around here. A proper anime chat sounds great! However, there are a few hurdles I'll have to overcome to get to that point. A shameful admission here, but I'm actually living back home again currently. I'm in a transition period (a euphemism for being unemployed if there ever was one), but I'm actively taking a course, trying to get a new full-time job and hopefully move back out into a place of my own. Currently, I'm wall to wall with one of my sisters, and speaking English to myself in my room would probably embarrass me. I know that's a little silly. Talking to a native English speaker in itself is a little daunting too, but I think that'll be fun once I get past the initial shyness. Don't take this convoluted explanation as a roundabout way of saying "no"; it's just me being (more than) a little embarrassed about my current life situation. Once I've moved out, I'll be able to chat for sure, and maybe before that too, if I'm "feeling brave tonight." It's genuinely something I'd really like to do, make no mistake about it. I had a friend over a few nights ago and the topic shifted to anime (which it very rarely does), and I noticed I just couldn't shut up about it, so I guess I got a lot of that stuff pent up.

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    A left handed curiosity who is definitely far from normal.
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