Kimikiss -pure rouge-

By bluemist on March 30th, 2008

Kimikiss -pure rouge-

The problem with most bishoujo game based anime love stories is that the focus isn’t on the romance and how it blooms, but mostly on fleshing out the girls themselves. Because of that, you can’t really say that their romance stories are ‘romantic’. In the end, they are just giving character to the character, like revealing her secrets, exposing her pasts, or giving a little character development bump for posterity. Also, I feel like a male lead of many a bishoujo love story is so generic anyone could take his place. They have no personalities, or even if they do, they are just there without any relation to the love story. This is where shoujo romance anime takes the lead, because character development is in equal footing between the two sexes. In shoujo anime you can see a male character developing in relation to the love story with the female partner, and it makes for more interesting viewing for me than some generic harem where all you care about are the girls. So when I saw Kimikiss -pure rouge-, I was getting mighty impressed. I feel like it’s a perfect mixture of not only the best bishoujo/harem anime had to offer, but also the best that shoujo anime has in store. While in the end it wasn’t that ‘perfect’, I think Kimikiss would have earned its proper rank in my list of the best romance animes ever made.
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Anime Blog Awards

By bluemist on March 27th, 2008

Anime Blog Awards

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To anyone who’s remotely an anime blogger, please do vote for your favorites at the Anime Blog Awards!

I’ve been on and off the scene for the longest time but I think you guys are awesome. Whenever I’m not busy I fire up my feed readers and collective blog aggregating sites and see what good stuff you have. Often I regret missing out on many things because I don’t skim your blogs often, but it’s kinda nice to back read and enjoy the fandom which already goes beyond the mere watching of anime. Some of the best entertainment I had didn’t even come from the episodes I watched, but the multiple summaries, editorials, insights, rants, comedic banter, etc. coming from the anime blogosphere.

On a technical side note though, my current dilemma in reading your anime blogs is because I can’t manage RSS feeds the way I want to. I wanted a system that searches within RSS feeds and updates the search as necessary. Say I like “kyonko” or “true tears”, so I write them as a keyword then the system should search the RSS feeds for those keywords. The search keywords should be saved so I can get the latest stuff related to Kyonko or True Tears as they run through the feeds. So far, the system that I found nearest to my needs was Opera’s own newsfeed reader. It does the exact thing I want, but unfortunately Opera must be running 24/7 just to catch the feeds. I don’t have a 24/7 server, and I hate losing articles because Opera is offline when I go away. Next was Google Reader. Google’s is nice because it’s online, it has archives of the feeds themselves so I don’t worry about losing articles, but it doesn’t allow for saving searches. I would need to type the search everytime, and because it’s AJAX-online it’s a bit slow in doing that. If only I can save searches on the side this would have been perfect too. Maybe you techies know what I should do. It’s either doing something about the feeds such that Opera don’t need to be online all the time, or maybe looking for some unknown website or service that caters for my exact need. Do you know of any solution?

I think that my feed problem and its solution can be beneficial to the sheer number of content out there today. Some of us anime bloggers are busy people, either at school or work, and may not be able to fire up their browsers and readers everyday. At the same time, like this Anime Blog Awards thingie, we want to show readers and fellow bloggers that their writings and musings are being read. If I can set it up properly, I think I can reach out to interesting articles from even new or obscure blogs based on my own interests. If you happen to mention, say, Kyonko or True Tears, indeed I will be able to catch your article, as opposed to mere simple feedreading where there are a lot of articles I’m not interested in (like mecha anime). Also, it’s not limited to my keywords too, I could catch your article in terms of Category so that I don’t miss out on generic editorials not necessarily related to my keywords. I think this is a good idea for my reading, and I hope you adopt this kind of idea too… if you’re a busy person.

Anyway, please support the community by voting for your favorite blogs, and it will be open for readers soon too. You can be assured that no matter how busy I am, I am at least lurking some of you guys. I’ll be trying to comment on your blogs too. Keep up the good (work) stuff!

Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS

By bluemist on March 25th, 2008

Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS

“Still not lyrical, and they are not lolis anymore”

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Initial reaction. What else can I say? This is one of the rare sequels in anime where they fast-forward about 10 years and make all characters older, taller, and sexier. That alone would alienate thousands of fans of the two original Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha series. That, along with the change of theme from innocent magic to… well let’s just say “corporate and political magic”, this would sure be a controversial piece to review. And indeed it may be, because this is the longest review I would write so far. If you can stomach all my rants and raves, please sit tight, we have a lot of ground to cover.
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JLPT Verdict

By bluemist on March 15th, 2008

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My results are in, and…
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