Mainichi Junk: Sleeping Beauty

Apologies for last night’s mediocre post; I didn’t have the time or brain power to adequately explain much of anything.
I did indeed go to Akihabara yesterday, after performing the limited amout of detox possible post-nomikai (Friday was the school festival, and Japanese teachers know how to PARTY HARD after such events), inflicting a haircut on myself and doing some laundry. This explains the late departure time, late return, and subsequent fatigue that led up to the post. Ahh, little details of personal life do wonders to freshen up a blog…
Now that that’s out of the way, the rest of what’s been going on:
After the spate of events that led up to ABC on Oct. 9 (three Tokyo visits over three weekends) my ass was pretty well kicked. The unkicking process has been slow and somewhat painful, but flush with the afterglow of yesterday’s profligate spending I’m geared up to extrude myself into the blogosphere once again. That, and the job interview later today, are providing plenty of motivation…
A few things that have been on my mind recently:
Anime

  • I marathoned Ouran last week, and it was good. It’s been quite awhile since I’ve seen a show that was as much pure, unadulterated fun – the characters likeable, the writing clever, the animation quality uniformly deft (aside from one b-team episode), and Renge-sama on a HIGH POWER MOTOR – what’s not to like? Watching this has got me thinking anew about the usage of moe from the female perspective, and there may be an article brewing there somewhere… while using Ouran to analyze female moe is like using Comic Party to analyze doujin culture, I think it could serve as a decent if ham-fisted primer to the mind of the fujoshi.
    CONTROVERSIAL QUOTE: Fujioka Haruhi is far more adorable than her SOS-dan counterpart.
  • I’ve watched a few first episodes from new shows of the season, but nothing has really got me hooked. I think that’s more a problem with my addled wits than with the quality of what’s coming out right now; I resolve to watch more. My resolve is made of steel.
  • Marimite OVA screenshots! I was talking with a friend yesterday who remarked that unlike the TV series, the OVA is probably being aimed more at a male otaku audience, and I agree – the TV series aired in a Sunday morning shoujo timeslot, hardly the target market for a pricey OVA release. If this means we get more material like Sachiko-sama no kawaii negao, I’m all for it. :3

Manga

  • In the course of yesterday’s Akiba trek I noticed that Koume Keito, the illustrator of the new Kujibiki Unbalance manga, just put out a tankoubon of his recently serialized ero work. This is notable for two reasons: first, it illustrates the deeply intrenched and highly incestuous relationship between “legit” anime and manga and their adult-oriented counterparts in a rather spectacular way – usually newly-minted mainstream mangaka eschew their ero pasts upon going for the straight and narrow (Uno Makoto, WHYYYYY??? ;____;).
    Second, the tankoubon contains this image, and this one, and this one (thanks to danbooru for the latter two). Note: I’d advise against looking if you’re anywhere within a five block radius of your place of employment.
  • Memo memo: NHK volume 6 will be out on November 8th, complete with the (non-ero) eroge that Satou and Yamazaki have supposedly been designing for the past few years. Genshiken 9 will be out on December 22nd, the limited edition including a volume of doujinshi and drama CD (with Ogiue!). Time to mark (or re-mark) the calendars…

Hobby

  • I haven’t been keeping up on figure news as I should, but the elephant in the room is certainly Max Factory’s Haruhi PVC, due out in February. Apparently most stores, both online and brick and mortar, opened and closed the preorder window on this item with astounding speed – nowhere I visited in Akiba yesterday was accepting reservations, and Hobby Stock isn’t either. Those desirous will either have to hit auctions or hit the pavement bright and early on a release day that looks to mirror a minor console debut…
  • A fresh scoop from rq: the Kotobukiya shop will be putting out a Yamashita Shunya-designed “Mirei-san” PVC figure next spring. Looks delicious.

Mirei-san BUST UP

Moe

  • December’s edition of Dengeki Moeoh was recently released, and comes with a deck of “otona no trump” cards – playing cards with moe moe panty shots from various famous artists on every single one. I haven’t broken mine out yet, but a review will be coming shortly – this has the potential to be the best Moeoh extra yet. :3

Ero

  • The next few months will be like wandering into a minefield full of delicious eroge, a minefield that targets only my wallet. The titles I’m most anticipating at this point are, in roughly chronological order: Tactics’ Harem Party, Ole’s Iron Maiden, G.J?’s Queen Bonjourno, and Alice Soft’s Sengoku Rance. All of their respective pages have been recently updated with various enticing goodies, so those interested are urged to poke around a bit.
  • Also worthy of mention is MBS Truth’s Boku to Nakadashi Jokyoushi, notable for its designs coming from the same artist who did Jokei Kazoku ~Inbou~. The coloring staff makes all the difference, unfortunately, and MBS Truth’s artists don’t do nearly the justice to the designs that the Silkys folks did…
  • In eroanime, the second episode of Cranberry’s Ma ga Ochiru Yoru was released on Friday and playing in various seedy dives in Akiba yesterday. Looks to be quality stuff. Also released last Friday (the 27th) was Lilith sister brand Pixy‘s third foray into bargain-priced eroanime, the first episode of Tokumu Sousakan Rei & Fuuko. At half the price of a standard eroanime OVA of equivalent length it’s a tempting proposition.
  • In the world of doujinshi, venerable mangaka Mikoshiro has outdone himself in the production of Jadouou 2006: Witchblade. If anyone could channel Uno Makoto’s true intent for the series, he would be it… pretty bizarre stuff, so don’t click if that’s not your thing. Also, while I’m not going to be remarking on it too heavily here, my personal circle site is now up and running. Again: bizarre /d/ material alert. It’s probably not your thing.
    To those who expressed interest in picking up a copy of the book I put out at Sunshine Creation – thanks, but I really can’t justify inflicting my terrible scribbles on you. Here’s an alternate proposal: when I put out something with a production value I can be proud of, I’ll send it to you with a copy of the first book as omake (should any sort of interest still persist). My next circle event will be early next year, most likely.

And that’s a wrap for this morning’s (highly subjective) coverage – expect some slightly less me-based updates coming in later hours/days/weeks.
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0 Responses to Mainichi Junk: Sleeping Beauty

  1. wildarmsheero October 29, 2006 at 12:22 pm #

    Shingo, I’m sorry, but I seriously don’t understand how so many people liked Ouran. I thought it was outright terrible. The first couple of episodes managed to make me LOL, but then the jokes were used over and over until they just got boring. When I stopped, the show kind of devolved into contrived shoujo angst, which I’m really not into, so I dropped like a rock.
    And yes, that quote is extremely controversial >:O

  2. reslez October 29, 2006 at 3:47 pm #

    Marathoned Ouran last weekend. I was really surprised that it hooked me, but I ate it up like handfuls of delicious buttery popcorn. Not sure what wildarmsheero is talking about when he (she?) mentions “contrived shoujo angst”, because the show had a near certifiable 100% angst deficiency. The weird thing to me was how well Ouran worked when it didn’t have a plot and the characters just sort of ran around like random goofs. When a plot made a random appearance, it indeed felt a bit contrived — and anything with the Lesbians from Lobelia was pretty damn boring (crazy but true!).
    I hear you about the fall season. I’m following one or two shows out of sheer optimism, but at this point it all feels somewhat rote. Happily there are many undiscovered gems like Ouran left for me to find.

  3. hl October 29, 2006 at 6:44 pm #

    CONTROVERSIAL QUOTE: Fujioka Haruhi’s seiyuu is far less adorable than her SOS-dan counterpart.

  4. Ial October 29, 2006 at 7:51 pm #

    >Fujioka Haruhi’s seiyuu is far less adorable than her SOS-dan counterpart.
    AT LAST, someone with good taste.

  5. Shingo October 29, 2006 at 8:08 pm #

    >>wildarmsheero
    I’m with reslez here, I don’t see the angst… are you sure we’re watching the same show?
    I’ll agree that Suzumiya Haruhi has her adorable moments, but Fujioka is adorable all the time. Unless you subscribe to the theory that “bossy” and “adorable” aren’t mutually exclusive, which I suppose is possible.
    >>reslez
    Amen, brother. Or sister. I agree with you about the Lobelia parts, they were probably the worst episodes of the show – one thrown in as a Marimite parody would be fine, but as characters they were incredibly awful.
    >>hl
    I don’t think you’ll find many who disagree with you on that score.
    >>Ial
    I don’t think you’ll find many who disagree with you on that score, either. :3
    I still marvel that Aya-tan is only 18…

  6. R8 October 29, 2006 at 9:31 pm #

    thanks for the mention of Boku to Nakadashi Jokyoushi. definitely looking forward to that in december.

  7. Tsubaki October 29, 2006 at 11:59 pm #

    Shingo, Aya-chan’s 19 already. XD

  8. wildarmsheero October 30, 2006 at 12:33 am #

    I dropped Ouran around the point where one of the twins was acting like a total bastard. It seemed like they were trying to construct some weird seriousness around that (mixed in with the already tired humour), which really rubbed me the wrong way. Also, I am an Art Fag, and the artwork in Ouran really wasn’t doing much for me, most because I hate all shoujo artwork (and shoujo in general.) The only reason I was watching Ouran was for the LOL, and when it stopped being LOL I wondered why I was wasting time with it.
    As far as Fujioka goes, I just didn’t like her at all, so pretty much any character is better than her, and the real Haruhi is definitely better. But to me, Mikuru is better than them all…
    Sorry for ruing your news post with so much RAGE, I just… really hate Ouran.

  9. Ial October 30, 2006 at 1:02 am #

    Ouran is the same as Uten on a lot of points Рto enjoy it you MUST know your shoujo clich̩s quite well. Personnaly speaking I loved it.
    >>Shingo
    speaking of Pixy, this one really freak me out :
    http://www.getchu.com/soft.phtml?id=331785

  10. Shingo October 30, 2006 at 7:07 am #

    >>R8
    Glad to help. :D I’m divided on whether I want to pick it up or not; if the next few months were at all a regular eroge season it would be a no-brainer, but as it is my budget is already in tatters come December. ;__;
    >>Tsubaki
    NOOOOOOOOoooooo, my Aya-tan fanclub membership revoked already?! ;; She’ll always be 18 to me… or something. At least until she’s in her 20’s, which is how old I thought she was originally. She’s not jailbait in any case, so why do I feel so guilty?
    >>wildarmsheero
    If you don’t like shoujo, or appreciate its cliches (as Ial says), your hatred for Ouran is certainly understandable. I didn’t like the brother hate episode either, though the ending resolves it quite well – and it’s only a single episode thing. Not that that would convince you to continue watching, but…
    >>Ial
    Seeing as there’s no info on it yet I’m not sure what you’re being freaked out by, though I think the prospect of a Taimanin Asagi anime might have some potential… erm. Provided you liked the original game, I suppose. :/

  11. barabashka December 3, 2006 at 9:20 am #

    >Second, the tankoubon contains this image, and this one, and this one…
    I’ve got this book, so i may said, only 3d image appeared in tankoubon. Will he save others for next release? Anyway, Koume is funny artist :)

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