It seems like I don’t have a great idea for an April Fools post this year, and I have health and typing issues, so might as well make a roundup. As we all know, the internets will be blowing up with massive trollings and stuff like that, so at least for the animu-related side, let me just highlight some of the good stuff that’s happening today.
Remember: Be safe, be sound, be secure. Don’t be fooled today.
Love Love Live! Announced
YES SEQUEL! Sadly it’s a joke.
This is one fake that you wished were real, and actually feasible considering all the itadenshas that I’ve seen over the years.
Irrational Games announces they’re making a bishoujo game
Reminds me I haven’t played Bioshock Infinite yet.
Da Capo III Announced!
Oh man this is the massive trolling if I ever saw one. If I know better, and I do know because I know a Japanese person who worked at Circus for a while with Princess Party, this DCIII joke is so massive that they’ve made an actual demo of the game and an anime PV short, and if ever the clamor of the fans would go into fever pitch, they have a so-called “emergency budget” to actually build and ship the darned things. The only reason why they’re just making this as a joke is because some fans don’t like the idea of a grown-up Sakura.
Railgun Sequel to be actually renamed to A Certain Scientific Datacenter
Fake because there will never be a sequel to Railgun.
Apple iMat announced
Snuck this in because imagine the apps.
Microsoft XBOX 720 Infinity Announced
WORLD EXCLUSIVE: I HAVE A LEAKED LAUNCH GAMES LIST. Take with grains of salt
Key/Visual Arts filed bankruptcy
I blame J.C. Staff. This is the end of bishoujo gaming as we know it, as one of the great pillars is about to close shop. Thanks for all the memories and lots of crying girls in snow, spring, summer and fall.
ghostlightning says he’s returning to blogging
Welcome back WRLOLOLOL! This is awesome if only it were true. Thanks for the chuckle. But seriously man.
Where is shinn87?
Not sure, but he apparently texted me and said that I died in another dimension. This is obviously fake, because I know the real shinn can troll better than this.
Random Curiosity’s Fake Spring 2013 Anime List
Don’t believe any of the new anime in the list. It will never happen. I am disappoint with that blog. This is the real chart down below.
Update: on shinn87
Uwa wah… I’m holding hands… with a boy!
— Shin (@shinn87) April 1, 2013
Apparently he already saved the me in the other dimension. Riiiiight.
I tend to like the “indie” side of entertainment. This is where creativity flourishes as opposed to the sometimes-generic packaged entertainment of bigger, more corporate companies and franchises. My likehood of Vocaloid music stems from that same vein, and as such, it is exciting to follow them from their humble, less popular roots and then bursting out into mainstream popularity like a whole forest of trees. This is the modern doujin revolution as I call it, where you create and share your ideas as much as the world allows you to. Blackâ˜…Rock Shooter started out this way, from a series of drawings, then a popular song, and now it shot off into the mainstream with an OVA, a game, and this anime TV series which I am reviewing. The results, while satisfying overall, are mixed. I’ve prepared my guns and gone over to the Otherworld with this one.
If there’s one thing I learned about all my years watching anime, is never judge a book by its cover. An anime might look so cute and good in preview pictures and promotional videos, but sometimes you just have too high expectations based on that initial impression that might lead to some disappointments when you start watching it. On the other hand, there are instances when you only have low expectations about a show, then get surprised about how good it turned out to be in the long run. Wait… if you were expecting me to say that The iDOLM@STER is one of those animes where you can have low expectations yet the anime delivered more, you’re wrong. The iDOLM@STER is one of those rarer gems, where even your highest expectations of what a cutesy, bishoujo, moe, harem-looking anime can ever be, will be exceeded, even devastated. At the very least, it was like that for me.
I want somebody to share, share the rest of my life
Share my innermost thoughts, know my intimate details
Someone who’ll stand by my side and give me support
And in return she’ll get my support
She will listen to me when I want to speak
About the world we live in and life in general
Though my views may be wrong, they may even be perverted
She’ll hear me out, and won’t easily be converted
To my way of thinking in fact she’ll often disagree
But at the end of it all she will understand me
I want somebody who cares for me passionately
With every thought and with every breath
Someone who’ll help me see things in a different light
All the things I detest I will almost like
I don’t want to be tied to anyone’s strings
I’m carefully trying to steer clear of those things
But when I’m asleep I want somebody
Who will put their arms around me, kiss me tenderly
Though things like this make me sick
In a case like this I’ll get away with it
In the business of dating sims and bishoujo games, one of the hard parts in converting them into anime is how to fit an entire harem of girls and their stories into a series. The games have multiple paths and endings which can be reset in every playthrough. Anime series don’t have this option, episodes must be produced and played in linear fashion. The usual approach for game-anime conversions had been mostly focusing on the most favorite characters’ arcs, while having enough screentime for the other girls in one-shot episodes. Other approaches would include changing the stories to not include much romance for the others while having the main girl get her man in the end. And so I wonder, why is it so rare that we’re having a parallel-universe format in these types of anime? Well, some may argue that the parallel-universe format is hard to pull off in a series. I would try to explain why as this review goes, but in any case, we have a quite a guinea pig in Amagami SS as the first major separate-arc romance anime.