You hit me with a cricket bat!
Ha! Twelve years!
Tuesday, December 30
Via Slashdot, an interesting Washington Post article: Japan's Empire of Cool. It's not very deep, admittedly; instead it skims the surface of the growing popularity of many aspects of Japanese culture in the U.S. and elsewhere. Worth a read.
Wednesday, December 24
From Ranma in Ranma ½ to Faye Valentine in Cowboy Bebop, from Lina Inverse in The Slayers to Lime in Saber Marionette J, by way of Momiji in Blue Seed and Pai in 3 x 3 Eyes, Megumi Hayashibara is without doubt my favourite anime voice actress (or seiyuu).
If you've ever wondered what it's like to be a voice actress, there's no better or funnier introduction than the Megumi-Toons.
While you're there, you might also like to check out these translations of Azumanga Daioh.
Tuesday, December 23
And here they are. I could have compressed the files more (and I have in some cases), but everyone has broadband now, right? Except Tiger.
A charming little series about a group of high-school girls, and the funniest thing I have seen this year.
An educational children's show, and a good way for Westerners to learn a bit about Japan. Warning: high cuteness factor.
Jungle Wa Itsumo Hale Nochi Guu
"The jungle was always nice, then came Guu"
Or maybe this is the funniest thing I've seen all year. It's certainly one of the weirdest things I've seen, and also one of the best. These are the opening and closing sequences for the TV series and for the OVA series that followed it, Jungle Guu Deluxe. Note that the files sizes for the openings are somewhat on the large side due to the frenetic scene-shifting involved. The closing sequence of Jungle Guu Deluxe is a classic, but you really need to watch the show to appreciate it fully.
Um, I haven't watched this yet. Something something.
Mahoromatic II is the sequel to Mahoromatic. [Duh — Ed] Mahoro is a retired combat robot now working as a maid. I like the original ending sequence better (the Mahoro Mambo), but this one is cute too.
Nanaka has lost her memory and regressed to the age of 6. Silly on the face of it, but surprisingly moving. Because if Nanaka recovers and regains her memories...
Another series that is silly on the surface but has some real depth. Also, in this case, boobies. And ferret-girls, and dancing dandelions. Una!
An adventure story involving a young princess prophesied to destroy the world.
Secret of Cerulean Sands
An adventure story set in the 19th century, based loosely on the works of Jules Verne.
Stellvia of the Universe
The story of Stellvia and her evil plot to take over the Universe. [What?! No it isn't! — Ed]
Tokyo Mew Mew
The story of a group of Mew Mews in Tokyo. Sorry, I haven't watched this one either.
UFO Princess Warukyure
Also known by those who can spell as UFO Princess Valkyrie. Warning: Contains boobies. Contains very boobies.
Original Opening (20MB) (more boobies)
Revised Opening (20MB) (less boobies)
Original Ending (5MB) (no boobies to speak of)
Revised Ending (10MB) (still no boobies to speak of)
Ending (19MB) (boobies return with reinforcements!)
The story of a young witch who has come to our world seeking an education. Chaos ensues. Of course, chaos always ensues. You'd think we'd have learnt that by now.
The first batch of anime video clips is uploading now... About 700MB worth. I need a faster internet connection. Mind you, that's always true.
The best I can do here is 2Mbit, which would set me back $550 per month. Alas, unhappy Pixy...
Monday, December 01
Toil and trouble,
Fire burn and -
Hang on, is this cauldron USB or Firewire?
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