A Fandom of Some

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By Anna. Filed in Random.
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There’s a friending meme spreading around the Livejournal fangirl blogs where one lists down a series that she feel has a small fandom, and through the meme, eventually meets other like-minded individuals who also enjoy the anime/manga, thus making small fandom feel not-so small.

(Though, of course you have the one kid who puts down Code Geass as a “small fandom,” to the bemusement and confusion of all.)

Has this been important to you?  Is it important to you that there are a lot of other people who also like the same series as you do?

Having a Livejournal vs. an anime blog, the online community dynamics are remarkably different.  Through LJ, you can add a particular series on your “interests list” and discover other people who have put it down on their own profiles.  That’s not the case with the anime blogosphere, where it can take many pages of reading through someone’s blog (or archives) to really figure out if you have things in common. It’s easier to feel alone in the otakusphere, especially if you’re blogging about a series or a topic that isn’t on the radar of the average blogger.

When I used to write-up episodic summaries, I did feel somewhat weird that I would be the only person writing up Show X, when everybody else was writing about Show Y. (Granted, there were far less anime blogs then, but there I am sounding like an old fogey again.)  Was I so weird that my tastes only gravitated to shows that no one in their right mind would watch?

To be honest though, there’s a lot to be said for liking obscure things. Even this past Otakon, I met a couple of girls who were diehard Immortal Rain cosplayer/fans. When they realized that I had the only fansite devoted to the series, it was instant recognition. It definitely had the feeling of being in a secret club where you don’t even know who the other members are, but when you see each other, it’s almost like you’ve known each other forever. If you’re in a small fandom, you feel a greater solidarity with the other fans, who have probably felt just as isolated as you have, so knowing that you share this interest is the one way of reaching out.

So maybe it’s not so bad to admit that you like a series that only five people have read. I would even suggest writing and blogging so that you always end up as one of the first hits on any search engine, not just Google. Fans are created everyday, and what may have been a small fandom today may be tomorrow’s next big thing.

LAPE LAPE LAPE! My Roommates Dont Like DMC!

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You know what I say to that? LAPE LAPE LAPE SETSUGAI SETSUGAI SE YOOOOO~

Okay, enough of that. I mean, how funny is this show? It’s literally IS laugh out loud funny.

I was first very skeptic about it at first, I admit. I had the OVA just chilling on my laptop for a long while and it was only when I saw the trailer for the live action DMC movie, I immediately had the urge to go check out the OVA. Add that to the fact that this is animated by Studio 4 [Degree] C, I thought this would just be another one of those weird messed up shows that just scares the crap out of me.

Okay, so this is show IS one of those weird messed up shows that scares the crap out of me. Huh. Go figure. Yet, I cant help but enjoy this show immensely. Could it be the fast pacing, the comedic timing, and/or the overall low budget animation? Whatever it is, I’m hooked and I look forward to the next episode… or half an episode, if you consider 23 minutes a full episode. POINT IS, IT’S KICK ASS.

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I Got Put in Weeaboo Moonspeak 101

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By Os. Filed in Rants, Uncategorized.
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Rather, it was all my /choice fault and “Weeaboo 101” is actually “Japanese 101”.

So classes started today for me and in an attempt to raise my cellar-dwelling gpa, I decided to take Japanese 101. I mean, how bad could it be? I have so many things going for me: 1) My roomate is at least a lvl 4 Japanese speaker 2) I watch so much dramas and anime, I know a bunch of random and maybe necessary phrases already 3) It’s a 101 course. If High School was any indication, at least the first stage should be chump change.

Deshou? Things are good. That is, until I get there and we actually start speaking the language. I dunno what’s wrong. I’m Asian. So if an Asian language comes out of my mouth, it SHOULD seem normal. But I guess being a closet fan of anime and doramas just makes this a little awkward for me. I straight up dislike weeaboos. Those who would see a Naruto plushie at my local bookstore and just squeel “Kawaii~”. Those who yell “Sugoi~” every chance she got at Otakon. Those people.

So when I start learning the language legit and saying the stuff, it sorta just stumbles out of my mouth awkwardly, yet it’s so crisply said in my head. We did greetings today. “Hajimemashite” and the such. IT JUST FELT SO WEIRD. I felt very hypocritical. I mean, it’ll probably go away over time seeing as I may have to take more courses to minor in East Asian Studies but for now… Yappei.

3 Irrelevant Subjects Unless You Understand: Geass 19/Karoshi/J-Music

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First Irrelevant Subject UNLESS YOU KNOW: Code Geass R2 Ep.19

Infamous S1 Nina Scene

This episode just pissed me off all around. Not, legitimately “[you] pissed me off”, but pissed me off in the sense that I was into the episode -well, as much as I could get into it as I could be seeing how downhill Geass is heading, but I digress- and if it was real, I’d be pissed. Everyone overall sucked. LeDouche, being who he is, is generally annoying and no where even close to epic anymore, but I was on his side for this episode.

Everyone who betrayed him, pissed me off. No matter the means, the guy got you to where you were and of course you have to take some sacrifices. Of course, trying to play hero or something, he could’ve told them the truth but he’s one of those “take it as another chip on your shoulder” guys… Or he’s just stupid. I wouldn’t be too sad if he died, it’s just that everyone else sucked more than him this episode.

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A Preview: Skip Beat! TV

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By Ten. Filed in Show Impressions.
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While the rest of our fellow anime enthusiasts peruse selections from upcoming fall shows, this sporadic-anime-watcher-cum-blogger focuses her energy on a single title. Yes, one. It’s sad, but true.

source: Sweet Revenge

Skip Beat!, a Yoshiki Nakamura creation, centers on Kyoko Mogami, an average girl with average looks, timid personality, and low ambition. That is, until Shou Fuwa, a rising J-Pop artist and her bosom buddy, betrayed her. The horrendous circumstance unlocked her Pandora’s box, unleashing all the negative vibe repressed from childhood. Kyoko sought immediate transformation. A bleached-out and made-up wanna-be actress replace the frumpy looks. She peels off timidity and showcases her true self. Revenge becomes her middle name.

Set amidst a surreal and unlikely showbiz backdrop, Ms. Nakamura surrounds Kyoko with indelible characters. A Dr. Jekyll-Mr. Hyde love interest, an egotistical third party, a uber-flamboyant studio president, a tsundere potential-best friend (it makes sense when you’ve read the manga), a romance-angling lackey, a demon kid, and I can go on and on and on. But, you know, spoiler-y stuff.

Of course. all this is done in awesomely typical Nakamura-styling, outrageous humor, loads of dialogue, and lots of satisfyingly gooey romance.

More SB pimping after the jump:

Kyoko and Ren, sitting on a tree. K-I-S-S-I-N-G~

My favorite Skip Beat! cover art evah!

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Some shows that looks interesting from the coming season

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After reading through THAT massive preview of the coming season there are a few shows that definitively caught my attention and I’d like to make a few comments on them. I’d also like to apologize beforehand for the horrible formatting of this post. WordPress was totally kicking my ass today..


Tytania


Given that I’m currently going through Legend of the Galactic Heroes this is a must watch. Even if it had nothing to do with LoGH I’d watch it since I’ve always been a sucker for space operas.

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Hype Machine: Yozakura Quartet’s The Next -Ism

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By Os. Filed in Show Impressions.
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*image stolen from my dear Sasa*
Prediction: This image also probably has nothing to do with the story’s atmosphere.

I had totally forgotten that this show was being made into an anime -I put it on my “Plan to Watch” list on my MAL– so it was a pleasant surprise to see that it’s coming out this upcoming season. The past two seasons or so, I haven’t been real interested in except for a show or two, so actually, it was more than a pleasant surprise, I got pretty excited. SO excited in fact that I took off my pa–… nah, I was just happy.

I really cant even explain why I like it. It’s pretty much unlike the usual shoujo-y type shows that I love but it’s just interesting enough to get me into it… the manga at least. I first picked up the volume for two reasons: 1) It’s a Del Rey license. Del Rey, despite it being *slightly unnecessarily* priced $1 USD higher than the average manga, is one of my favorite companies and they’ve generally been licensing good series. Examples include Love Roma and Genshiken to name some off the top of my head. -plus, my goal in the future is to work for Random House Publishing, so I’m just jumping on their bandwagon now-

Reason 2 being: The cover of the first volume of manga looks pretty cool. Yeah, lame adjective, “cool”… why not “appetizing”, you ask? What a stupid word, cool. But just look damn it, it’s cool. Here on the cover, we have some unknown girl who just doesn’t seem to give a crap about who you are, holding a guitar and wearing a scarf. It’s girls like this that make you want to read them.

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Now That’s Just Damn Creative / Random D-baggery

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By Os. Filed in Rants, Show Impressions.
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Tortoise Fansubs, you guys are geniuses, I give you credit. You wanted to do something original and you sure did: they subbed an Aria drama cd. First, they’re awesome because it was an Aria drama cd. Second, it was a drama cd. I never even thought of that. NEVER did I think that drama cds could be… “subbed” the way they did it.

You see, they didn’t just take the drama cd and translate it into a text file, they made it to an .mkv so it’s like your watching another episode of Aria… except… you’re just watching a still… picture. Think an eroge except… there is no naughtiness nor a change in the picture… look. It kicks ass.

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Otakon 2008: Ten’s Recap

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Living hundreds of miles away from the East Coast, flying is my preferred mode of transportation for Otakon. Travel time, four short hours, is a non-issue to me. Alas, I was forced to succumbed to Southwest Airlines, being the cheapest game in town. And let’s just say, we did not bond. At all. If you followed my twitterings during the past few days, undisguised rage was evident. But as soon as I stepped out of the airport, annoyance was replaced with school girl glee. Fangirl mode initialized.

Since I arrived well before the otaku onslaught on Thursday before noon, I had the chance relax before meeting up with my primary con-buddy this year, the awesomely hilarious Anna.

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Otakon 2008 – More Gay (Blogger)Love Here Than Geass R2

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I planned to be a Danboard also but it was hastily put together so when I saw this on the street on the way to my hotel… I just gave up and threw it away. Perfectly made. Either way. Warning: A long post.

I had quite possibly one of the best weekends ever and it may be my best con experience out of 6 overall attempts (4 Otakon Trips, 2 AUSA trips). By now, you’d think I’d get bored of cons, but well, it’s places like these where it’s just okay for you wear that damned Naruto headband. It’s okay. For three days only will I accept the silly hand motions you make just to eat your cheeseburger. For three days only, I will accept you walking around and yelling “Sugoi” at every reference you may get. For three days only, up is down and and gay is straight while straight is yuri.

The thing was, I didn’t even do that many things… Otakon-y. My wonderful experience pretty much came from being able to meet so many other bloggers and spending time with two in particular. I dont even know where to start. I’ll go chronologically but so much happened this weekend I really dont think it’s all sunk in yet, really. Man, I’m really out of aniblogging shape.

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