What happened?
Twelve years!
You hit me with a cricket bat!
Ha! Twelve years!

Tuesday, December 30

Anime

The Empire's New Groove

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.

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Wednesday, December 24

Anime

Megumi Hayashibara

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.

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Tuesday, December 23

Anime

Anime Clips

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.

Azumanga Daioh

A charming little series about a group of high-school girls, and the funniest thing I have seen this year.

Opening (24MB) Small Version (14MB)
Ending (31MB) Small Version (10MB)

Bottle Fairy

An educational children's show, and a good way for Westerners to learn a bit about Japan. Warning: high cuteness factor.

Opening (16MB)
Ending (19MB)


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.

Opening (41MB) Small Version (25MB)
Ending (17MB)

Deluxe Opening (34MB)
Ending (11MB)

Kiddy Grade

Um, I haven't watched this yet. Something something.

Opening (23MB)
Ending (16MB)

Mahoromatic II

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.

Opening (14MB)
Ending (8MB)

Nanaka 6/17

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...

Opening (27MB) Small Version (15MB)
Ending (14MB)

Popotan

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!

Original Opening (15MB)
Revised Opening (16MB)
Ending and Ferret Girl (9MB)

Scrapped Princess

An adventure story involving a young princess prophesied to destroy the world.

Opening (18MB)
Ending (34MB) Small Version (10MB)

Secret of Cerulean Sands

An adventure story set in the 19th century, based loosely on the works of Jules Verne.

Opening (18MB)
Ending (11MB)

Stellvia of the Universe

The story of Stellvia and her evil plot to take over the Universe. [What?! No it isn't! — Ed]

Opening (17MB)
Ending (21MB)

Tokyo Mew Mew

The story of a group of Mew Mews in Tokyo. Sorry, I haven't watched this one either.

Opening (29MB)
Ending (28MB)

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!)

Ultra Maniac

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.

Opening (24MB)
Ending (10MB)

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Anime

Uploady Time

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.

If I lived in Sweden or Japan, I could have a nice shiny 100Mbit connection for something like the same money I pay for my 512k ADSL. That's 200 times faster. Waaah!

The best I can do here is 2Mbit, which would set me back $550 per month. Alas, unhappy Pixy...

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Monday, December 01

Anime

Double, Double

Toil and trouble,
Fire burn and -

Hang on, is this cauldron USB or Firewire?

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