Archive for November, 2007

State of Filipino fandom: why we cannot stop watching fansubs

Tuesday, November 27th, 2007

Jeff Lawson wrote a wonderful post with regard to the state of the anime industry. He states pertinent points; in fact, he even linked to relevant material. He does not offer answers: in a post-modern way, he organizes and asks the relevant questions. I do not know much about the industry, and I also cannot offer much when it comes to solutions to the problem. However, in this post I hope to be able to describe and explain why fansubs, particularly in the Filipino fandom scene, is a necessity. (I wanted to comment, but judged against it: at best, this post is tangential to the matter at hand that he discussed.) (more…)

The ultimate snag

Sunday, November 25th, 2007

I started watching anime when I was still a child. However, it was only seven years ago when I truly became addicted to anime, and despite that addiction thinning time and time again, my love and appreciation towards it remain the same. Still the fact remains that in 1998 I was not yet enough of a fan of anime to watch current series at that time. But in time I watched classic series of that year which were basic to anyone who dubbed himself an anime fan: I watched Cowboy Bebop and Kareshi Kanojo no Jijou (Kare Kano). I was not able to watch lesser-known series like Gasaraki, however, until recently.

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Miharu and Yuushirou

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Love and excrement

Friday, November 23rd, 2007

I finally finished The Interpreters, a novel written by Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka. He won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1986. Although his plays were primarily the reason why he won the Nobel Prize, this novel still offers some insight to his genius. (more…)

Smorgasbord – 2 – In the midst of brainstorming

Wednesday, November 21st, 2007

School has started and it is among the reasons why I have not written a post for the past few days, but the real reason as to why I have not yet written anything is because I am still in the middle of reading Wole Soyinka’s The Interpreters. I have a lot of things to say about this novel while juxtaposing my post with anime, but I am trying to avoid writing prematurely, as I am still at the middle of it. Within two or three days, however, I will finish the novel (I think), and by then I will have constructed a post that most of you have come to expect from me.

With regard to anime, I have added Gasaraki to my list. The series is not exactly exciting, but the intrigue that lies beneath the robots themselves make the series tolerable to watch. Until then. 🙂

Smorgasbord – a brand new feature!

Friday, November 16th, 2007

Because I do not want to be a pessimist, I will simply say that class started off a bit challenging. With that said, it is to be expected that the posts I will have written will be a lot slower than my output these past few weeks. Still, because I have a desire not to alienate those who read this blog, I have decided to borrow an idea from Karura. Instead of a Tuesday rumble, however, my Smorgasbord will just be a compendium of my thoughts regarding different things; it may be considered a rant. As I no longer have the free time to think about different aspects of anime that I want to write about, I will just share my general thoughts regarding different things.

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Two of the reasons why I watch and read DearS
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Proselytizing in anime and media

Monday, November 12th, 2007

I would have to say that this post will be my coup de grace to my consistent blogging, because class (sadly) starts tomorrow for me. This post may be longer than the 800 words I have hovered around with these past posts – kindly allow me this deviance.

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I was actually searching for Neliel pictures but they are in short supply :<

Because of Totali‘s recent participation with this blog, I have come to appreciate his way of writing about series I like. I opened his full blogroll recently, however, and his description of my site was that I do not write about anime. (more…)

Advertising in anime blogging

Thursday, November 8th, 2007

A wise man said that some books are need to be read in entirety; some need to be read in parts and portions, and some need not be read at all. I have been able to write quite a number of posts because I am not burdened with schoolwork; consequently, that has made my mind more lucid and more accepting of new data and new information. I am now in my final days of relaxation: school looms again and will come in a few days from now. Since I am utilitarian, I believe in sucking the marrow of life as much as I could in the few days that remain. Who knows, this may be the last time I can write posts with such a relaxed mind. (more…)

Lost and found

Tuesday, November 6th, 2007

I have been reading only a few blogs about anime this past half year. That amounts to quite some time, but then again, I have had to experience a terrible first semester which left me no time for exploration. Indeed, the experience of a bad semester left me little room for expansion of my perceptions as well as the explorations of others, but it gave me a lot of time to reflect and to ponder primarily why I was not what I used to be, which became the source of mostly introspective and reflective posts. I often looked inward, not outward, and although I had an unlimited source where I could cull my thoughts, I believed I was trapping myself within me, like what Japan did before the 1900s. True, it gave the nation the improvement and solidarity that it sought, but it also blinded them from knowing their bounds. I guess the similar thing was happening to me. I did not know where my limits were as a person, and as an avid fan I limited myself to only my own value judgments with regard to the anime I watched. (more…)

Media: are they apples and oranges, or are they feathers of the same bird?

Sunday, November 4th, 2007

A curmudgeon told me some days ago that, if I remember correctly, my blog was idiotic (I wonder if that was the right term, but I am pretty sure the word had vitriol in its veins) because I often involved and alluded to literature. Personally, I do not think my posts are idiotic even if I do ever so often seem to act so online. It is because of a belief that paragons of both media perform quite similarly. This may be a crude categorization, but I believe that among many things, good examples of media (be the medium literature or anime, or even theatre) simultaneously possess three cardinal qualities viz 1) a power to entertain, 2) a power to instigate thinking, and 3) a power to change lives or creeds. (more…)

First impressions on kimikiss ~ pure rouge

Friday, November 2nd, 2007

I have not seen many series this year. I guess the reason is primarily because of my studies, which have plagued me all throughout the year. Since I have not viewed anime as much as my blogging peers have, I decided to dawdle in #animeblogger for a while, asking them what series they would recommend to watch this season. Although I have written a post regarding that, I felt that the replies were somewhat lacking (although I am grateful to those who have replied) and thus I ventured to ask them online. (more…)