Taigagatari

January 19th, 2016

For Shafts 40th anniversary they made a special promotion called Madogatari, where they crossed Madoka and Monogatari. Which spawned some truly amazing art and merch. I wish I was in Japan to experience it, but alas.

However I have found something of equal beauty! A cross between Toradora and Monogatari. My two favorite shows together in one; can you imagine?! And what makes it even better, its Kugimiya Rie (Taiga’s voice actor) singing.

The song is Renai Cerculation, with my Taiga. Prepare for cuteness overload.

The Goal

January 16th, 2016

I don’t really read many books, but when I do, they affect me in a big way. This book made me question the processes we follow and actions we take in our everyday lives, and evaluate their value in terms of achieving “The Goal”. It was published in 1984, but the concepts that it covers are still relevant to this day. Personally, I strive for perfection and getting the most value out of everything I do and that happens around me. Trying to minimise wasted time and effort, and achieving most results with minimal expenses (financial and other).

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Miku – ありふれたせかいせいふく

December 29th, 2015

Featured in Project Mirai 2, this song is a great representation of the robotic nature of Miku and the song itself is rather catchy. Even though its really challenging in Expert mode in the game, I enjoy failing it every time.

Pokemon Symphonic Evolutions

November 21st, 2015

When I was a kid, my parents used to take me to watch theatre plays, operas and of course symphonic orchestra performances. I’ve heard my fair share of Bethoven, Mozart, Bach, Tchaikovsky. And during my high school days, I also played a fair share of their pieces as well, while being part of the school orchestra.

But ever since I came to Australia, I haven’t had the chance to go to anything of the sort. And the only time I’ve been inside the opera house, was when I went to watch a rock concert by Tenacious D.

This November, the Sydney Symphonic Orchestra is preforming a rather unusual set of songs. They can not be defined as classical music and they were not even originally written for an orchestra. These pieces are the OST (Original Sound Track) for the Pokemon games! The concert is called Pokemon Symphonic Evolutions and the orchestra performed a variety of soundtracks from all Pokemon generations 1-6. It was truly a beautiful experience to hear soundtracks that defined your childhood performed as a symphony.
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Sculptures by the Sea 2015

November 8th, 2015

Every year the creative minds of Sydney gather together and present a number of exhibitions at the cove between Bondi and Bronte beaches. This event is called Sculptures by the Sea. UTS Drawing Circle, being the more creative club, organised an outing to this event, and since I have friends there and I don’t want to miss out on an opportunity to practice taking photos with my DSLR, I obviously joined in.

The weather wasn’t the best, but I managed to get some good photos. You can see all of them right here:

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Eiga Dorobou

Eiga Dorobou Cosplay

October 7th, 2015

I’d say this was one of my most successful cosplays, if not THE. I have cosplayed a number of different characters in the past, as outlines in this post about cosplay. But our joint NO MORE Eiga Dorobou (NO MORE映画泥棒) with my brilliant girl Amy definitely tops the list.

SMASH! 2015 was held on the 8th and 9th of August 2015 (yes its been 2 months, but they just posted up the photos) and so we decided that I would go as the camera guy for both days, and Amy as Madoka during the first day, and the policeman for the second. I can say for a fact, that the people loved us. We had probably over 100 photos of us taken in those 2 days. People were excited to see us, even though a lot of them had no idea what we were, or where we are from. Thanks to the Gintama Movie some people knew the cameraman from that, but only a handful actually recognised us as the characters from the stop movie piracy ad, played in Japan before every movie. It was a very fun experience, now lets think of what we can cosplay as next!

Here are some more photos: 1, 2, 3.

Anime Day 19

October 4th, 2015

Day 19 – Best anime villain

Who is the best villain? Well to answer this question, we must first identify who is a villain? Does he have to be human? How bad are his deeds supposed to be for us to decide wether he is a “bad guy” or a “good guy”? These questions are rather hard to answer on the spot, but I can definitely say that for me a villain is a character that acts against social norms, but not just for the sake of it, but because they have a good reason behind it. For example Lelouch is a great villain, because he has seen the world, wanted to change in, and accomplished his mission, even though he kinda screwed everyone over in the process. I like characters like that, as they have a good motive for their actions, and ultimately want change.  *SPOILERS AHEAD*

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Shaman King

Anime Day 18

October 3rd, 2015

Day 18 – Favorite shone anime

Shounen eh… Thats a genre of anime that I rarely watch. I haven’t seen any of the big 3 (Naruto, Bleach, One Piece) and have ignored most of the shounen stuff that would come out in every season (with the exception of Haikyuu of course). Thats is why picking a favourite would be most challenging, if it were not for Shaman King. This was one of my first anime, actually before my first first anime, because I watched it in Russian/English dub.

Why is it great? Well simply because it has loveable characters, none of that fan service stuff, none of that filler episode crap, a clear set plot, and a lot of funny scenes. That is what makes a shounen anime great, it shows us that even a teenage boy can become the Shaman King, but as long as what he believes is right, has a clear goal, and he has fun along the way. Even though the anime is old, I would still recommend people watch it, alongside with Law of Ueki, as they are very similar (Shaman King still better though).

Anime Day 17

October 2nd, 2015

tsundere

Day 17 – Favorite tsundere

Ah “tsunderes” (or as autocorrect always tries to correct me: thunders), this personality trope exists in pretty much every anime out there. And my 19 year old self was completely in love with them. Why? Because they abused the main character all the time, but deep down they actually loved them. I found that sweet (or maybe I am just an M, who knows).

My pick for this day though is Kurisu from Steins;Gate. Kurisu is a scientist, so she is smart and she is also very curious to the concepts and theories that science has yet to prove, and a tsundere. I think to my now 22 year old, Kurisu is the only tsundere that is actually loveable. She is mature and actually accepts her feelings, while still someone acting tsun to the MC. Also she is very strong as a character, which makes me very fond of her, but more importantly, the tsundere trait isn’t the defining thing about her. I guess this just goes to show that tastes change over time, and maybe in a few years, I won’t like tsuneres at all, and only look at mature and relatable characters… who knows.

Anime Day 16

October 1st, 2015

Day 16 – Favorite anime ending theme song

This is tough one! Ending themes are usually not as flashy and in your face, so they might not be as memorable. The most memorable for me would be the first FMA 2003 ED, I loved it so much when I was just getting into anime. But Clara already talked about it, in her post, so thats out of the question. Then I thought about looking at my iTunes play count, and see what ED I have listened to the most: that would be ED 4 from S2 of Nyaruko. I just like the melody and beat, plus Kuuko is just sah kawaii. Not far behind is LOVE & ROLL by YanagiNagi, the ED for Cencorol, but that doesn’t have any animation, just the music. So in the end I decided to go with the ED for one of the most underrated anime of the past generation: Shinsekai Yori (From a New World).

The song Wareta Ringo (Split Apple) was played throughout the first part of the series as the OP and ED of the show. It doesn’t have an OP, so when we first heard the ED it took the place of both. The music is actually takes a rather unique approach to the lyrics as half way through, it splits into 2 vocals and they go consecutively, but the meaning behind the lyrics only makes sense if you listen to them separately. You’ll see what I mean if you listen to the song with subs (if you don’t know Japanese).

After this I feel like doing a Music Monday again… I should ask the anime@UTS webmaster about that.