Four-Year Anniversary!

By bluemist on April 30th, 2009

1... 2... 3... Now I feel really old…

This blog just barely reached its 4th year of existence!

Thank you for the 1.9 million hits so far. Yup, it kinda never reached the usual 500k hits per year trend that I was having, but considering my even lower-key status this past year it is as expected. Thank you for the comments, no matter how few. It just means that there’s someone who really reads and cares to react to my stuff. No matter how big the anime blogging world has become, I’m thankful enough that people still enter this little place. I hope that my little voice still spreads the fandom love all these years.

Moving forward, I realize that I need to do a lot of things. One is the blog layout is kinda old, and I need to improve the navigation. Apologies also to the people still not included in my Blogroll, hopefully I can update that too. I also need a little updating of articles here and there. The old posts still get hit after all. Lastly… BLOG MOAR! I really hope this upcoming 5th year will be a fruitful one. I look forward to enjoying more with you, my fellow bloggers and readers. Thank you again!

Touhou Project

By bluemist on April 27th, 2009

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If there is one franchise that you can call sort-of open-source, it would be Touhou. Originally a series of doujin bullet-hell 2D shooters, it is now a megamultimedia metafranchise (if those words even exist or are applicable) that is impossible to contain in my limited scope of knowledge in writing this article. It’s like searching for an elusive treasure chest, that if you like the initial contents, you can decide to go “inside the chest” and realize that it is potentially bottomless. For those who don’t care about doujin works, this may really not apply to them, but who doesn’t nowadays? In an world where anything can be a meme and something can be a rehash of something else, fan-created fandom is rising to levels that even mainstream entertainment seekers understand.
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Drawing a New Circle: Beginnings of my shoujo collective

By bluemist on April 24th, 2009

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See, I have this little collective in this blog called the Summer of Bishoujo project, a series of posts about the eroge/bishoujo genre. Lately though, my interest in this side of fandom is in a bit of a decline, and so I may have to focus on a different thing this time.

Over the years I have really written a sizable amount of content for that genre. In this blog, readers have always known me as one of the guys who like bishoujo games. But there is an entirely other side of me that I want to express, and that is… the shoujo genre.

Surprised? I have written enough of categorized, stereotyped, and multiple hair-colored girls. It may be high time for me to write about more real, sweet, cute, cool, spicy, and romantic sides of femininity. I’m not a girl though (but when did it matter anyway?) Shoujo is IMO the best. Ever. Nothing can match its power in expressing the female spirit. So many characters, unique, lovable, and strong. So many stories, magical, romantic, and endearing. I have been entertained by shoujo anime and manga time and time again, and this may be one genre that I can never get tired of.

Problem is… how do I start? In the bishoujo side I really built up a foundation over the years, posting, cross-posting, and referencing even my older posts. With shoujo I really have to start from scratch. I think I have written only a few anime reviews. Also, my memory’s getting old, and with it the knowledge of all those shoujo manga and anime I have followed over the years are just fading away. I really hope that this is not the case, because I really have LOTS to talk about in this genre.

Those were really the days. I was a shoujo fan before I was a bishoujo fan, this was and is essentially my beloved genre. From IRC downloading of fan scans to buying Fruits Basket manga. Watching Karekano in VHS. Shamefully discovering Cardcaptor Sakura because of Cardcaptors (that horrible US adaptation). Crying over Full Moon wo Sagashite. Kodomo no Omocha, nuff said. Everything Hana Yori Dango from manga to jdorama (even taiwanese [not korean yet]). Reading all things Yoshizumi Wataru from Marmalade Boy to Ultra Maniac. All those mahou shoujo anime from Ojamajo Doremi to Pretty Cure. Enjoying the symphony of Nodame Cantabile. Zipping through Skip Beat in just 2 days. Wondering what Honey and Clover is all about (haven’t watched it). Eagerly awaiting the next fated NANA chapter. AND MORE CARDCAPTOR SAKURA! I want to express, write about, and enjoy these with you.

And so, as I attempt to draw a new circle, a new collective of content related to the shoujo genre, I hope you guys and gals can stick around as usual. I’ll be the same lazy old blogger (almost 4 years now), but yet exposing another one of my high interests. This is not to say that I’ve abandoned the bishoujo circle. I just want to include this new one. This should be a spot-on way to drive me to WRITE MOAR PLZ.

As a final note, this blog’s hidden tagline in WordPress had always been:

“where shoujo and bishoujo meet”

I think I displayed the tagline in a couple of early blog layouts. I had never lived up to that vision. I hope it will finally all come together starting from here.

Megurine Luka – Double Lariat
This song kinda inspired me to write this, as it kinda signifies moving on to a different or bigger direction in life.

Philippines bans Hentai

By bluemist on April 15th, 2009

http://www.congress.gov.ph/press/details.php?pressid=3253

In a nutshell: Congress thinks ALL cartoons with explicit sexual content are considered child pornography.

More of the “this is why we can’t have nice things” and “won’t anyone please think of the fictional children” variety.

Okay, I’m not the kind who can defend hentai. I don’t watch them, frankly. I’m not trying to prove myself innocent by saying so, but I am not the type of person who watches pornography, in all definitions of that word. Sure, I have eroge plenty here, but I skip the H parts. They are not relevant to me.

Now I have questions:
- Mere possession? Isn’t that an invasion of privacy or some other human right?
- I think press releases are too broad. I need details. If I has loli girl in swimsuit, is this safe?
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In my opinion, I think legislators are getting too ahead at anything. To my eyes, they can’t even enforce anti-piracy bills or anything related at all to the internet. Well, if that’s the case, maybe all hentai-loving Filipino folk are still safe… as long as they are not selling or distributing any kind of hentai that is. This is actually a good bill (I mean its overall intent is good), and I agree with some parts. There is no such thing as a hentai industry in our country. No eroge or ero anime are being sold here legally. If they crack down on animated erotic content, they’re hitting two birds with one stone, because those stuff are also pirated. But I need my questions answered. If a person possesses it without any intent to sell, promote or distribute, they shouldn’t be sanctioned. This one’s easy, we have clear human rights and privacy laws that protect us. Also, the line between “fanservice” and “explicit content” must be clear. This latter part would be fun to debate on. If Japan, UK, or America can’t get those definitions right, what more with the Philippines.

In the first place, “hentai” as a word does not mean “Japanese pornographic cartoon that depicts children in explicit sexual activity”. It’s a disservice to a language, having definitions wrong. And additionally, a disservice to the people of the Philippines, giving us wrong and inconsistent information.

D.C.if ~Da Capo if~

By bluemist on April 6th, 2009

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I’m probably one of a few handful of people who still cares about Da Crapo, although I’m admitting that this bishoujo thing is slowly starting to wear out on me. And yet the series may still matter, after all, it was a remarkable anime that put bishoujo games into the anime map. One thing that ticks me off in ALL the anime counterparts of Da Capo (and even Da Capo II) is that the best girls always gets the worst parts. That girl is the lovely lovely Kotori Shirakawa (and her descendant Nanaka). While Kotori had a decent arc in the first season, the second season was of failed promises. I thought that she will be the main character in that season because Nemu and Sakura were gone. Alas, the two returned anyway, while Aisia stole the entire show not too long after. And so the prospect of having this D.C.if OVA almost 3 years after the last Da Capo anime gives me the giggles. It’s Kotori, and it’s Da Capo all over again!
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Yume

By bluemist on April 1st, 2009

Yume wo miteita.

Sono yume no naka ni, kaze no youna, kasuka na koe ga takai sora kara boku wo yondeiru. Kimi no koe dake kikoeta. “Sora ga aoi yo ne?” Kimi ga hohoenda. Demo, yawarakana kaze ni dakare, anata omou kokoro setsunaku naru. Mou modorenai kana? Anata no ude ni tsutsumareteita yasashii hibi. Yasashii koe. Yasashii na basho. Anata wa ima doko de nani wo shite imasu ka? Kono sora no tsuzuku basho ni imasu ka? Kawashita yakusoku kokoro ni mada aru kana?

Tsumetai hitomi no mama ningyou mitai ni hohoemu, zutto kono mama de tooku wo miteiru. Me wo tojite miete kuru, kaze no yuku michi. Miagereba hibiki dasu, hoshi-tachi no uta. Nijuuyo jikan zutto, kono mama de, ikiteimasu.

Anata no soba ni iru dake de, tada sore dake de yokatta noni…
Kaze to utau you ni, doko made mo issho ni tonde yuketa nara ii nanoni…

Doushite? Doushite suki nan darou? Konna ni namida afureteru no. Kimi no koe kanashii hodo hibiiteru no. Ima made nani ga sasae datta ka tooku hanarete wakatta no. Namida tomaranai. Tomaranai. Konnan ja, kimi no koto shirazuni ireba yokata. Dareka wo suki ni naru kimochi shiritaku nakatta yo! Kuyashii yo, tottemo. Kanashii yo, tottemo. Jibun ga warui no. Konna jibun ga mijime de yowakute kawaisou de daikirai! Soredemo, anata wa watashi no daisuki na hito. Zutto, zutto, daisuki na hito.

Matteru. Nijuuyo jikan zutto matteru. Kono basho de matteru. Kono michi de matteru. Modorenakutemo matteru. Wasurenaide ne. Wasurenai kara. Itsumademo oboeteru. Kono machi ga kawattemo. Nani mo ka mo kawatte mo. Sono yakusoku wa ima mo kono mune no mannaka ni imasu. Modoritai. Ano hi wo modoritai. Mada shinjiteiru. Anata to no yakusoku dake, tada shinjiteiru.

Yume no naka ni imasu. Korekara mo zutto, imasu.

No matter how hard it hurts me, I’ll never say goodbye. Your presence will always linger in my heart. Wanna see your smile again.