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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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?
  4. 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.
  5. Echoes
    2013-01-18 08:50
    Good point, good point...

    Ah, alright, I guess I missed that. And by that I of course mean that I intentionally saved it, knowing I'd have a post-ending Hyouka craving!

    Gotta love that. Paying for what you already own. Having to maintain constant internet access to play the single player aspect of a game you bought with hard-earned cash. All that jazz. Gee, I'm sort of glad I don't buy many games these days.

    I'm exactly the same, I used to like watching television, but now it's like poison to me. Who needs it anyway, like you say, we're making great accomplishments here in our little fandom! Speaking of fandom, I got a package in the mail yesterday that really cheered me up. Which I really needed. I just got a huge unexpected bill which is a complete pain, and I think it was a completely unfair charge as well, so that was bothering me a lot. But, good package!

    I've taken the plunge. There's no turning back now. Full disclosure, Strike Witches isn't actually one of my favorite shows or anything, but I thought it was a very cute picture, and one of the nicest wall scrolls available from rightstuf. (They ship incredibly quickly internationally by the way, really pleasant surprise.)
  6. Echoes
    2013-01-16 06:47
    That's what makes it hyper, it stops when the goal has been reached; it knows when enough's enough!

    Older episode as in it was released in another format previously? I didn't know, but it was nice to see a little more of the characters after the series had ended. Even if it was just fluff.

    Oh, I'm sure there would be plenty of "DLC" with alternate voices and costumes....

    I'd like to think that I watch anime more its actual quality than because the alternative is bad, but yes, that's the unfortunate truth of the matter. Television sucks, and I'm so glad I don't even own one anymore. Maybe I'm crazy, but I feel like I'm getting something positive out of watching anime; even the not-so-great ones. Maybe it's the thrill of the hunt. When you need to track something down of your own volition, it feels like you've accomplished something. (Even though all you did was sit behind your computer screen and watch cute girls and pretty colors.)
  7. Echoes
    2013-01-16 01:52
    Granted, the grass is always greener on the other side, but hey, pass some of that hyper-metabolism my way! In fairness, I think mine is pretty good as well, I've just been a little lazy/indulgent the last half-decade.

    I'm sure I will. The promotional art looks cute, very K-On-ish. Which is fine by me. I just watched the extra episode (11.5) of Hyouka as well, so I'm getting my KyoAni fill.

    Killer app defined!

    I'm in complete agreement on that, I generally dislike sitcoms. A lot. Seinfeld is the only exception. I'm sure there are a few others I've enjoyed, but there's not a single other one I care to ever rewatch.
  8. Echoes
    2013-01-15 03:46
    Yeah... losing weight sounds easy on paper. But you gotta have that mental fortitude... which I sorely lack! It'll be easier once I can get some exercise outside without getting frostbite though.

    I wouldn't really know how to categorize it, but let's just say that it often makes me more conservative than I'd like with my viewing. Phobia is likely a hyperbole, but I should work on loosening up a bit. Tamako Market looks super-cute. Straight to the top of the list!

    Finally an app I'll even remotely care about!

    That's understandable. I've seen all of the Seinfeld episodes several times over, it's probably the only sitcom I actually like, and even cherish. I guess the Wii did pretty damn well without the HD, but it's now a necessity, so I understand why they finally made the upgrade.
  9. Echoes
    2013-01-14 10:13
    Sounds deeeelicious. Weight can be a concern for anyone, and while being overweight is definitely the bigger concern societally speaking, you can go too far in the other direction as well. You shouldn't really let it get to you that you don't measure up exactly to the standard set by your friends though, as long as you're healthy, it's all good. Everyone has a different genetic make-up, and we're not all meant to fit into the same pair of pants. Easy to say, hard to live by, of course. I'd love to lose a little weight myself, not too much, but just a little to get back to the size I was maybe 5-6 years ago.

    Yeah, you got that right. I think I got a minor phobia of that happening. You know, wasting the first watching of something great and when I look back on it my bad state of health/mind will eclipse the actual quality of the series in that memory. I suppose it's not the end of the world, but anime is my most treasured hobby, and I try to put some effort into making it something a little special whenever I find that show I just adore, you know? For the gaming thing, that's certainly good advise, but the stuff they type can be almost as bad sometimes. (And I usually play games where you need some semblance of communication to win, so you sort of have to type a little bit here and there...) The guys who yell "dumb retard", "stupid faggot!!!" etc over the mic are definitely the absolute bottom of the barrel, though. Forget that, they made a hole in the bottom of the barrel and crawled under even that. I just don't understand the mindset of people who act like that. But I guess that's a fruitless discussion to start, not even worth the energy it takes to type it out, I think.

    We're definitely in agreement there! It's usually much better to get something strange that fails to live up to its ambition than something mediocre and trite. That's true about Airi, I guess you'd be on the lookout for that. You don't strike me as the creepy "I want to lock her up in my basement" sort of otaku. You're the nice kind. As far as I know....

    It's good that your parents are looking out for you. I got a huge winter jacket myself. I don't know if you've seen that Seinfeld episode where the group is going to a party and stop to shop for wine and cake. The jacket George is wearing in that episode that makes him knock over all those bottles. Yeah, that's me! Free HDMI cable, huh? That's neat. I actually just had to buy one of those myself.
  10. Echoes
    2013-01-14 08:24
    I want to do that too, I haven't really been able either. I'll order myself up the most chili-filled thai-food the area can offer once I shake this off. Or maybe just a huge pizza with garlic dipping sauce to start things off. You definitely sound slim enough already! I'm a little more hefty. Although I wouldn't describe myself as fat, I should probably lose around 10 pounds to be at the right weight for my height.

    It's a bit obsessive on my end though, and sometimes keeps a show I really like in limbo for an awful long time when I'm either going through a bad time mentally, or when I'm just plain old sick, like now. Right now, that was the case with Chuunibyou, which I still haven't finished. (Yes, it's true!) In a sense, it's a compliment to the show that I put it away for special occasions, but I end up taking it a bit too far sometimes. (Like now, arguably. ) That one I will get to this week though, and that's a promise I'm making to myself right now. There's nothing wrong with enjoying some online gaming of course, but for me, the horrible community really puts the nail in the proverbial coffin and makes me stay away. I don't think I have thick enough skin, or enough tolerance, for that kind of stuff anymore. I'll just stick with what works for me, old and semi-old games without an online component.

    I sure know how to pick'em then, I guess. Anime and strange pretty much go hand in hand, and hey, that's part of what we love about it, so that's perfectly alright with me. I'm just imagining an image of Airi desperately trying to get some sleep while you're blabbering away for the 15th consecutive hour about some random topic. In fairness, I'd probably end up doing the same... well, I'd have to learn Japanese first, but I'd have a great way to practice!

    Cool. We had a White Christmas too. Heck, it's still white! And cold! Did I mention how cold it is? It's cold. If it's doing well as a party console, then it probably succeeded in its goal, I'm guessing. I doubt I'll be buying any new consoles in the near future, but you never know. Does it have backwards compatibility for Wii games? One of the few games from the current generation I actually do want to play (Fatal Frame IV: Mask of the Lunar Eclipse) is for the Wii... but it was unfortunately only released in Japan for some arcane reason. I'm a big fan of the series, but I guess it must've not been doing too hot since they decided to not release it internationally. It's not like I have a Wii anyway... but I would have gone out of my way to get someone to borrow me one to play that game.

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