Manga otaku for the win? (For real this time)

By bluemist on September 23rd, 2008

A bit of a shocker in the news a few days ago when Japan’s Prime Minister Fukuda Yasuo resigns from the post… blah blah blah.

While I don’t think that he would transform Japan into Akihabara Country… blah blah blah.

Don’t get your hopes up though, Aso may not even win. I’m not too keen on Japanese politics… blah blah blah.

On the other hand, if government offices start hiring maids wearing gothloli Rozen Maiden-like outfits I would be pleasantly surprised. Sound impossible? Remember this is Japan, anything goes.

You already heard it from me last year, but this time it’s with full certainty that Rozen Aso will be Japan’s new PM, assuming the LHC machine on the far side of the world didn’t brainwash the majority party or its supporters in Japan. And so a million otakus rejoice, stocks of manga companies rise, and the rest of the world don’t care much.

I need to go back to my hibernating and see how this plays off. If it opens the door to more exposure to Japan’s subculture, it will be a rocky road ahead. Don’t get me wrong, for example: If mainstream discovers Taro Aso reads Rozen Maiden, mainstream will wonder what the hell Rozen Maiden is, and people (over the world, not necessarily just Japan) will either love it (and by extension, Shugo Chara will be more popular yay!) or hate it (oh gawd loli dolls Japan’s PM roricon domo me). It’s always not a good thing, you know. Can’t have your cake without a lie or two.

How to make a good story anime/bishoujo style

By bluemist on September 19th, 2008

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Miya Maruyama

This April Fools post was indeed my personal sample venture into fanfiction writing. For a long time now, I’ve been wanting to write my own story, favorably in the style of Japanese anime and bishoujo games. Of course, there are expected challenges in this one. First and foremost, I’m not Japanese, so any culture references are just the usual (unusual) ones already found in existing Japanese anime, manga or games. Secondly, I have to write in English, which means I’m just emulating Japanese similar to the sometimes-wrong translation style in fansubbing projects. Lastly, I don’t consider myself a good writer in the first place.

Despite this though, I still want to have the drive to do it. Whenever I see other people succeed, I always say to myself that I can do it too. I may not be as good, but at the very least, “get it done darnit”, lol.

In this article I focus specifically on the characters, settings, and plot I envisioned on my own Miya Maruyama story.
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Remake Honey

By bluemist on September 1st, 2008


My blogging seems to need a certain amount of reorganization.

My experiment in microblogging has been going on for quite some time, and it seems safe so say that the system is here to stay, so here’s my Twitter account again:

http://twitter.com/bluemistanime

As for my main blog, it may be time for something major. I’m not so sure whether I’m going to lead it to something better or worse, but I hope you would still stick around like before. Nope, I’m not announcing a hiatus or quitting or anything, but please do watch out one of these days (or weeks, hopefully not months though). I hope my plan for remaking this blog goes well.

Well that was just a quick update to refresh things a bit. Until next time.