Black★Rock Shooter

July 29, 2010

God, the hype. The video (below) launched quite a craze, combining Miku and supercell to make a fan orgasm that somehow spawned a 50 minute OVA.

With quite a team behind it,Yamamoto Yutaka, Tanigawa Nagaru, and some others, I did expect it to be at least pretty good, and it was. Although it did leave much to be desired, I’m sure it was sufficient to satiate most of the fans who begged for it. The story was kind of iffy, but it was there, and it was interested, and I would have liked to see it developed more, but I suppose this is all (for now perhaps) The constant flashes to battle scenes with Black Rock Shooter and some other girl, mixed in with the school life story were kinda odd, and seemed to be there mostly to show off the art, although the art was good, so it’s no big deal, and it did fit in to the other story. Speaking of which, the story is actually a school themed affair, about 2 girls who meet in their first year of Junior High. It was your typical thing, but it got interesting when, after being put in different classes, one becomes jealous of the others new friend. From what I’ve gathered, Black Rock Shooter’s job is to rescue people from whatever evil gets into them, such as the case of the first girl (which she got her ass kicked in) and the second girl, said jealous girl, which would explain why she kept holding her hand out to them. An interesting idea, but it could have used more development, but hey, it’s a 50 minute OVA. However, it was initially intended to be longer, even a series, but somehow got cut down to an OVA. All in all, it may not have lived up to some peoples hopes, but considering the amount of hype, I can understand why you’d be disappointed. However, I still thought it was actually pretty good, even if you’re not that big of a Miku fan.

Farewell One Manga

July 22, 2010

I’m sure most of you have heard by now, One Manga is closing it’s doors. Due to “requests” by publishing companies, which are taking a stricter stance on scanlations, One Manga will remove all content, regardless of licensing status. You can read the full farewell message on the site here. This is certainly a sad occasion, and a serious blow to scanlations. I’ve always loved One Manga, since it opened so many new mango to me (it’s where I read my absolute favorite manga, YKK) It really is a shame to see it  go. See you space cowboy

Of course, the week that I was away from the internet is when the first single from the new LP by Of Montreal, False  Priest, is released. So yes, this is pretty old news (5 days by internet standards is a long time) I’ve been pretty excited for this album, and not just because it’s by Of Montreal. Jon Brion anyone? Surely you’ve heard that Kevin Barnes has enlisted him for help on the new album, and this can only lead to more awesomeness. Kevin Barnes has always been great at doing what he does, but getting the help of someone as talented as Brion is certainly something. You can listen to the song and see the tour dates here. If fortune smiles upon me, I’ll be attending the November shows (woo Georgia) Of Montreal and Janelle Monae? I don’t know if I can handle it.

Kona is Recruiting

July 17, 2010

I’m looking for people who are interested in starting a development group with me and Hylian. We don’t have any projects at the moment, but that’s why I’m looking for more people. Ideas can grow stagnant and boring without any other input. We need people who can bring interesting and wonderful ideas to the board, so we can all nurture it and make it come to fruition. If you’re interested, talk to either me or Hylian and we can give you a better explanation.

Kona’s Anime: Kaiba

July 13, 2010

Sorry about the hiatus, but I’m afraid I still won’t be free, but I think a week was enough without a post so I’ll take a quick break and fill in the gap with one of my favorite animes. Kaiba is a science fiction story about a world where memories can be altered as you see fit, and bodies can be bought and sold. It starts off with Kaiba, a man with a hole in his chest, no memories, and the picture of a girl he doesn’t remember. It’s a short series, but wonderful. The art is beautiful and unique (you will quickly get used to it and come to love it) It’s a world of greed, corruption, a world he must travel to uncover his memories and find the woman in the picture.

Time for another What’s Playing, and I’ve got a real classic here. Taake is a pretty amazing Norwegian Black Metal artist, and has been one of my favorites for many a decade. It’s simply beautiful. It’s brutal but it proves that LOLFASTGEETAR doesn’t equate brutality, and has a folk taste which is also good (I love me some folk, and Norwegian folk just makes it better) I can’t say much for the lyrics, since I have no idea what the fuck he is saying, and not only because it’s a different language but because the vocals are just so harsh, which is a black metal staple. I don’t really mind harsh vocals in black metal, and in fact I do sort of like it, but only when it’s like this. It can be hit or miss, so the best thing to do is just give it a shot and see if you like it. And even then, there are rather long pauses in the singing, and a lot of the music is instrumental, and great instrumentals they are. Great album, and a great artist. SEAL OF APPROVAL.

Mitsudomoe Ep. 1

July 5, 2010

Oh boy, I was waiting for this one, and the early release was a treat. Not having much to expect from this season, this was supposed to be the highlight of the summer (after Ookami that is) I’ve read the manga and they’ve stayed true to the manga’s formula, though I was a bit disappointed with the shift to a more moe style in the show, which has deterred some people I’ve talked to about it, and it can affect the jokes at times, but not enough to make this a failure. This show is based on the manga of the same name, and is about Japan’s most dissimilar triplets, the Marui Sisters and pretty much how they torture their teacher. The first episode covers the first 3 chapters of the manga, which fortunately means Nipples, the hamster.  Like I said, I wasn’t a big fan of the cuter style, but the animation is very well done, as you can tell from the fight scene in the beginning. The 3 girls shenanigans are great, like Futaba’s battle to the death with the rest of the class, Mitsuba’s sadistic use of other students as chairs, and Hitoha scarring Yabe by shoving her porn in his face. The summer season looked rather uninteresting but I’m glad to have this and Ookami.