Merry Christmas!

By bluemist on December 25th, 2007

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This pic was actually taken in Japan during my Christmas there last year. Kinda somber and dark eh? Well there are more shiny places, although this is already a Christmas attraction. The location is called Yebisu Garden Place. Those lights on the trees change color, so you might as well enjoy the atmosphere. Actually there’s a nice Christmas Tree:

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… so it’s not all that bad.

Random stuff I know, but really I just dropped by to greet you Merry Christmas / Happy Holidays!

Here the celebration is more subdued so there are no animu pics… but here’s some cake:
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My best wishes to you, your family, your relatives, your friends and loved ones. Your bishoujos and lolis too, I guess…

BREAKING: Shugo Chara Episode 10 Subbed… made by me!

By bluemist on December 10th, 2007

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Whoa!

SHUGO CHARA EPISODE 10 SUBS
http://bluemist.animeblogger.net/subs/bluemist-sc10.zip

Arienai! Impossible! My first fansub ever!

Well I happened to find this subtitle file… but it turns out to be a improper one. So i borrowed (stole?) his timings and re-translated it myself! It took 3 hours of crazy effort apparently, but I feel it was worth it. Granted this anime is aimed for kids, the dialogue is obviously simple (to Japanese kids), but it was definitely still a chore.

I didn’t bother to copy the OP/ED because it has been refined to death by obvious subbers like [Formula]​. They will definitely release the fansubbed episode and so this is rather more self-serving than self-boasting. In any case, please do fire up your raws and load this sub, because I need comments! Have I done well? Which lines were completely wrong, and can you give corrections? I ‘did’ improvise some of those lines… just like ‘that’ other sub, but at least it’s not ‘that’ bad. Sorry ‘whoever you are’…

Enjoy!

Lovely Complex

By bluemist on December 9th, 2007

Lovely Complex

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With the seas of bishoujos I sail lately I really appreciate having a catalyst. For this season Lovely Complex is the counter-programming, and I should say that this is really a blast! Despite rollercoaster animation quality, this shoujo series is a total LOL-fest! Extreme comedic value with a lighthearted touch on romance… and height complexes.

You see, Risa is a tall girl. Usually tall girls are the school idols of anime society, but this one here is a total baka. Well not really, she is as talkative and fun as a rowdy girl can get. On the other side, Otani is a short guy. Usually short guys get the flak and ridicule in anime society, but this one has his thing going (good basketball skills for example). Nevertheless he is quite an baka too. If we mix baka and baka together we form the “All Hanshin Kyojin”, a nickname awarded to them by the school, because they always bicker with each other as if they’re some owarai comedy duo! Yep, Risa and Otani started up doing word wars with each other… and crazily enough ended up STILL fighting by the end of the series. The question though is… will they find love with each other?

I would say that relationships between a tall woman and a short man are statistically low, it’s usually the other way around. Lovely Complex delves on this kind of ‘height complex’ a bit, in that Risa wouldn’t imagine falling in love with a short guy. Likewise, Otani wouldn’t prefer someone taller than him. Nevertheless the setup is fun enough, but what Lovely Complex excels in is the totally extreme laugh factor! All characters speak in Kansai-ben, which is a perfect dialect for owarai comedy. Tsukkomi and boke-type jokes abound, which doesn’t necessarily translate to English well, but Lovely Complex gives the aural factor treatment because ALL the characters just SHOUT their lines! This anime OVERACTS like crazy! Might as well say that this is the first OA (overacting) anime I’ve watched. This ridiculous energy made me laugh out loud ‘literally’ almost every minute, and it really never lets up. The comebacks and the witty dialogue… very well executed. Maybe not really well-executed per se but it’s done in the OA fashion as mentioned, and that makes it as if you are part of the LOL gang. You know, if they had the “laughing audience” like in US TV comedy series, I think this would be a total knockout. The comedy kept me entertained, and the story isn’t so bad either. Just my observation, but the love story seems like a reverse of what Suzuka had, in which Otani acts as the male version of tsundere… if there is such a fandom classification.

There’s nice development in the relationship of Risa and Otani, although some new characters just pop up out of nowhere near the end. This must have been a manga quirk, because they didn’t fit the whole manga content on there. I think they were struggling for a closure near the end, and the energy kinda died down, but still the rest of the series were so strong I just didn’t mind the slightly lowered quality. Speaking of animation quality, since this is a crazy LOL-fest, the character designs just zoom out of proportion, and the faces deform in very weird ways. When things get serious though, you would notice the inconsistencies in the way they draw between episodes. For a show like this though, it isn’t a major setback. Yup, this is one rare instance of me not minding the animation quality, because the rest of the show is just that good.

All in all, a surprisingly good anime, and one that makes me want more shoujo in my watch list. Lovely Complex is a hyper-WIN in my record books, and warrants my repeat watching. It’s hard to make me laugh (even rarer to make me laugh ‘out loud’) but this anime managed a ton of them (I even choked once, haha). Highly recommended.

JLPT Aftermath

By bluemist on December 3rd, 2007

I’m surprised that I did better than I thought I would. I’m really positive about the result, but I should leave it be and move on to other things before crossing my fingers for the results (still 3-4 months away).

Granted JLPT Level 4 (that’s what I took) is nothing compared to many other people around, but hey it’s a headstart. Anything to justify my 5% knowledge of the language… who knows, can I proclaim 10% now?

I bet a lot of you took the exams too in your part of the world, and so I bid “good luck” to us all!