Mainichi Junk: RISE FROM YOUR GRAVE

Holy crap, there’s a blog here?
A look at posts from this time last year shows a similar gap in coverage, and I didn’t die then, so perhaps there is hope left for humanity, or at least democracy (of a very specific brand).
The brand that elects Abe to head the LDP? No, we’re talking about a Heisei Democracy, my friends – though Abe sure does make a convincing thumbnail (thanks BBC!).
So what’s been going on around here over the past few weeks? Everything and nothing. Having enticed a couple of Stateside friends to come over and teach English for the same company I work for has been great for my social life, but terrible for HD; in addition, taking the month of August off had the unpleasant (though anticipated) side effect of not being paid for said time period, leaving me now with perilously little cash with which to buy items normally covered here. Profligate spending at August events admittedly didn’t help the situation much, but I now find myself in the situation of a kid in a candy store without any arms and with a head too big to fit in the jars of delicious sugary goodness. The temporary solution, until my arms grow back or my head shrinks, has been to ignore the fact that candy exists.
…that ranks among the top ten worst metaphors ever published on this blog, I think.
Anyway, rumors of my death have been greatly exaggerated, and HD has in fact been keeping track of a few news items behind the scenes over the past several days.
One of them is Queen Bonjourno (Japanese title: “Queen ボンジョルの”), the new game from eroge maker G.J? and character designer Sano Toshihide. I picked up PUSH magazine yesterday to see what all the fuss is about, and from the few moments of lucid perusal I was able to garner before becoming lost in our metaphorical candyland of plush bosoms it seems we’re in for another in the quasi-serious G.J? line that has included Akibakei Kanojo and Shichinin no Online Gamers. This one is apparently set in both the present and a fantasy-themed past, replete with queens (of the heterosexual female type), hence the title… coverage is slated to appear on the game’s official site later today, so don’t take my word for it – check it out. [edit] those sneaky guys over at G.J? went and opened the official site for the game at a different URL than the one they’d been posting earlier teaser material to. Despicable!
Over this past weekend I came down with a very unpleasant head cold, rendering me worthless for updates but curiously still able to play through Shadow of the Colossus, which was one of the more amazing gaming experiences I’ve had in recent memory. I also played through the demo of Amatsu, which left me with mixed feelings – on the one hand, it’s very, very ero. On the other hand, it’s very, very reliant on cliched character types. Back to the first hand, the plot content in the demo was amusing enough. On the other hand again, glimpses of events to unfold later in the game seem to break with the buoyant vibe of the beginning. Enough with the Tevye channeling; more thorough impressions to come soon. Maybe.
In addition to to the effort required in “getting sick” and “hanging out with friends” I find myself currently preoccupied by possibility of obtaining “gainful employment” in a position rather more in line with my interests; this has had a strangely paralytic effect on the normally cornucopic posting process that must be shaken off. More on this later should it ever amount to anything.
Continuing with the litany of excuses for lack of gainful updates I have to mention that the Negative Campaign prizes are still gathering dust on my floor. I have packing material and the free time to use it, but the money to send anything is in very short supply and I’m expecting a postage bill in the tens of thousands of yen, an inconvenient truth forgotten in the glorious frenzy of initial site promotion. What this means is that yes, prizes will be sent, but it’s going to happen on HD time, which is something like bullet time only without Keanu Reeves around to say “whoa”. Whoa. In the interim I have been sitting at my desk feeling guilty about not sending anything while I continue to simultaneously not update the site. I’m trying to internalize the mantra that two wrongs don’t make a right, and hopefully this self-flaggelation will be enough to kick the posting habit back into gear.
As I made the transition into the brave new world of Heisei Democracy version 3 I had all sorts of grandiose plans for splitting Mainichi posts and providing three updates a day in the three categories that Mainichi usually divided itself into (media, ero, and hobby). This obviously has not happened; I’m not sure that it absolutely can’t, but until I figure out an efficient system for making the split – one that doesn’t end up involving three times the work – it’s high time to return to the tried and true formula, complete with its stuff you the reader will probably have no interest in. Daily junk is better than daily nothing, I figure.
Another part of the baggage that’s come along with the “upgrade” is the crackpot notion that somehow HD is more than a blog – some sort of “news” or “entertainment” “organization” or something. This is obviously not the case – if it were we’d be updating several times a day with poorly-spelled and researched headlines, not leaving weeks of mysterious unexplained absence between posts. As a blog I have to remind myself that we need not be constrained to the “news”, and that most of the content worth a sneeze is stuff more ponderous and analytical than that which daily hypelines are made of.
So, a return to principle. HD is a blog about stuff that I, and other like-minded and not so like-minded contributors who may deign to grace its digital pages with their presence, like. It’s no more and no less than that, but hopefully it’s enough. The past month saw us heading perilously down the road to becoming “slick”, a route which I frankly don’t want to take – we’re all about the down-homey atmosphere here, the veritable Prairie Home Companion of otaku blogs, complete with monologues that will put you to sleep.
Like this one.
To sum up for those few still awake, POSTING MENTAL BLOCK SMASH!! Who needs money, a guilt-free conscience, a lack of friends, and a burning desire inspired by existence in English education purgatory to muster the will to post consistently? NOT ME. This hereby marks HD’s confident return to regular updates, even if I have to pry my eyes open with burning hot pokers made of despair to stay awake and keep fingers pounding ham-fisted on the keyboard. Time to end this before the metaphors get even further out of hand…

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0 Responses to Mainichi Junk: RISE FROM YOUR GRAVE

  1. Agent Wax September 21, 2006 at 12:49 pm #

    Shingo, what are your thoughts on having Abe suceed Koizumi? Or would you rather see someone else lead the government? Personally, it strikes me as an ass replacing an ass …
    Abe is too far right for my taste, and he lacks the personal charm of KoizumAss. But I guess you can’t be a leftist politician in Japan and expect to get too far…

  2. Dunks0r September 21, 2006 at 1:14 pm #

    Welcome back! thought we lost you there for a min! I can imagine it would be hard to post three times a day, but it would be oh so sweet to have 2 or the 3 mainichi topics while bored at work. (helps being on the same timezone) Good to seeya back. hope your feeling well and keep up the good work.

  3. Shingo September 21, 2006 at 1:15 pm #

    I can’t add much to your analysis, completely agreed. Though I don’t see Koizumi as an ass, really – just typically LDP-stupid when it comes to foreign policy. Abe seems to have all the stupid with none of the character, and none of the drive for significant economic reform. I’d say he’s a turn for the worse, unless he turns out to be much more of a pragmatist than I’m guessing he is.

  4. Shingo September 21, 2006 at 1:20 pm #

    >>Dunks0r
    Hey, thanks. You snuck your comment in there right in the middle of my typing the reply to Agent Wax, sorry… I wish I could compile posts at work, but there are a lot of sites I really shouldn’t risk browsing here. Though I have the feeling HD itself is probably among them, heh. Maybe figure posts would be work-safe…

  5. rabidkimba September 21, 2006 at 2:26 pm #

    alas, Aso Rozen’s otaku gambit failed as miserably as the rest of his bid for PM. oh well, I guess greater of two evils but reads RM is about as good as lesser of two evils, right?

  6. Shingo September 21, 2006 at 2:35 pm #

    Wait a second, are you implying that Abe reads Rozen Maiden? Or Aso does? I missed that story completely…

  7. Ronin September 21, 2006 at 2:45 pm #

    Aye. The agony of not being able to keep up, I see. I feel for you, man. Lethargy in blog posting is not a good thing.

  8. Peter Payne September 21, 2006 at 5:18 pm #

    Well, Abe come off good, but I don’t know the specifics. At least, he seems to be more flexible on the Yasukuni issue than Koizumi has been, based on him not running on that issue, as Koizumi did.
    Just found an article: http://www.time.com/time/asia/magazine/article/0,13673,501060918-1533514,00.html Interesting read, I guess.

  9. R8 September 21, 2006 at 10:11 pm #

    Nice that your back. i’ve been awaiting on your Queen Bonjourno updates ^^. That link doesn’t seem to work now for some reason. Anyways, i checked and the official G.J? site has added Queen B w/ the fantasy (NSFW) and
    present up. Download section (w/ movie preview) is up too! suuh-weet.

  10. Chikushou September 21, 2006 at 10:11 pm #

    I hate the way question marks are used in that article.

  11. David September 21, 2006 at 11:01 pm #

    Funny that you should mention teaching English in this entry. I sent you quite the apropos e-mail concerning said topic just prior to my nightly HD investigations.

  12. LiK September 22, 2006 at 12:48 am #

    that pic of Abe looks hilarious~
    btw Shingo, my redesign for OmochaDX has been goin slow too due to life stuff but i guess the internet ain’t the top priority anymore for us ^^

  13. LS September 22, 2006 at 1:52 am #

    well it is quite nice to see the junk again and alls right with the world of Looking at things that might get me fired list and i thank you for that

  14. Shingo September 22, 2006 at 1:35 pm #

    >>Ronin
    Don’t I know it. :(
    >>Peter Payne
    An article in the Japan Times yesterday described Abe as “ideological” while Koizumi is “sentimental”, which I’d say is a pretty accurate contrast. I’m just hoping he doesn’t decide to get ideological about Yasukuni…
    >>R8
    Good call. I posted the link before the page actually existed, so I was gambling the official site would show up in the location of the promo material… lost that bet, alas. :(
    >>Chikushou
    I can’t make out what’s up with that… it seems they’re replacing entire words. gg Time-kun~
    >>David
    Email replied to! Hope it helps.
    >>LiK
    The internet is still my top priority, it’s just that I suddenly have five top priorities that are all competing for attention simultaneously. It’s no way to live, I’m telling you.
    >>LS
    It’s good to be back. Please don’t get fired on account of browsing HD, though.

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