the otaku wonderland
We all had our roots in our fixation with the Japanese subculture. We were introduced to anime watching through classic old shows like Dragon Ball and Sailor Moon. We were introduced to manga through classic titles like Ranma 1/2, Doraemon, Yu Yu Hakusho and the likes. My history with visual novels go as far back to when our household just had a PS1 a long time ago. That day, after getting the console, marked the day I started gaming for real (before that, I only played a few obscure PC games). Even so, it was not even until later that I come across these visual novels in PS1. Even then, I never knew they were called visual novels at the time, and just called them “Japanese cartoon games”. The design structure – the sprites, the dialogues on the bottom, the CG, it seemed somehow familiar, but I just couldn’t quite describe them properly other than calling them “Japanese cartoon games”. There was also the fact that these games were completely in Japanese, and I could barely even recognize a few kanji (“recognize” in a way that I knew them as Chinese words, thus, it’s meaning, but still did not know how to properly read them as Japanese) so I obviously couldn’t even attempt to decipher these complicated moonrunes before, thinking they were some kind of secret codes.
This is something I had been working around in secrecy behind the stages of deluscar – a new mascot called Rin Kougetsu, Ran’s imouto who loves playing games and also have a few dark secrets.
I love contrasts, if it’s not already obvious, and I attempted to go for a contrasting design in Rin’s character as opposed to Ran’s. From their personalities to their preferred outfits (Ran usually prefers black/red outfits while Rin prefers white/blue) to their figures and statures. Although I still generally kept the same hair and eye colors to express their sibling relationships.
To know more about her, feel free to go to my newly created profile page for her, which also contains a few other illustrations I had been commissioning withheld in secret for awhile.
All You Need Is Kill is a light novel written by Hiroshi Sakurazaka, and illustrated by Yoshitoshi Abe. The story has an military sci-fi setting, and one pivotal plot point of the novel involves time looping.
While watching Vocaloid live concerts is something I would definitely add to the list of things I want to do before I kick the bucket, seeing a camrip video of a particular Vocaloid live concert led me into some deep thoughts, specifically this – when Miku opened up the concert for Lady Gaga. At first, I thought this was a really weird set-up, but then again, it oddly makes sense, considering Lady Gaga herself often wears anime-inspired outfits and hairdos. At the same time, the fashion also resembles Kpop stars, but that’s a discussion for another time.
What I think about the concert, or rather, the concert’s rendition of Miku; she seems to be interpreted quite differently. To be frank, Miku doesn’t look pretty cute. This might comes as a shocking fact, but it’s mainly due to how one’s society and culture perceives “cuteness”.
Listening to anime OSTs “within” the show and it’s context, and listening to anime OSTs “outside” of the show, as standalone; can be both very polarizing music-listening experiences. This begs the question then – Is the ability to listen to OSTs standalone important? I welcome you all to this post I guest written on anime instrumentality – detailing the aspect of listening to anime OSTs standalone.
Yes, no witty titles this time.
Gochuumon wa Usagi Desu ka?, or GochiUsa for short (Is the Order a Rabbit?) is an anime from Spring 2014 that currently ended, and throughout all the 12 episodes I had watched, Rize strikes me fancy. Actually, to be frank, she, to me, is probably the best character in the series, with Sharo perhaps coming in at a close second.
Why I adore Rize so much though? First of all, she is literally a “moe-fied” Solid Snake.