Anime Forums, Huh! Yeah! What Are They Good For?

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So when I first started up the anime forums section of this ol’ site, I did so somewhat recklessly. That is to say, I figured I had the resources to put em up there, and that was enough of a reason.

Things started off pretty cool with nice people such as Mr. Rogers (okay, he’s my cousin), Os, and Problematic (one of the reasons why she’s the nicest anime blogger around) joining and contributing a lot!

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So when I first started up the anime forums section of this ol’ site, I did so somewhat recklessly. That is to say, I figured I had the resources to put em up there, and that was enough of a reason.

Things started off pretty cool with nice people such as Mr. Rogers (okay, he’s my cousin), Os, and Problematic (one of the reasons why she’s the nicest anime blogger around) joining and contributing a lot!

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Happy White Day!

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Whoa, I nearly forgot today was White Day! How could I forget a holiday so important, you ask? Probably because I didn’t get any chocolates on Valentines Day :(.

If you’re not familiar with White Day, it’s a fairly new holiday that originated in Japan. It takes place one month after Valentines Day, and works as a sort of role reversal type holiday. Although you could say that Valentine’s Day in Japan reverses things already…

Anyway, on Valentine’s Day, women give chocolates to men in their lives that they wish to thank, or men that they find to be hawt. This’ll include lots of people from co-workers to bosses to husbands. They’re pretty much expected to give chocolates to all men, even if they don’t like the guy. Women can, however, rebel in their own way (smashing the chocolate into a million pieces before giving it to the guy, or waiting until the last minute in the day).

On White Day, it’s time for the men to reciprocate. They’re supposed to give presents to all the women who gave them Valentine’s Day chocolates. Of course, how can a guy be expected to remember something like that? To be honest, I think White Day is pretty much another scam made up by the organized chocolateer mafia to increase chocolate sales and tooth decay.

Also worth noting is that today is Pi Day. In honor of both holidays, I’m going to be eating white chocolate pie…

Note: Image From animepaper.net

Manga Characters Evolving 6th Finger; Simpsons Still Have Just Four

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Via ANN, Via Manganews, Via ODN.ne.jp,

Apparently, manga characters are evolving a 6th finger. No one really knows why. As Manganews has translated:

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Via ANN, Via Manganews, Via ODN.ne.jp,

Apparently, manga characters are evolving a 6th finger. No one really knows why. As Manganews has translated:

In any case, fingers are a pretty famous topic in manga, but 2004 saw some strange occurrences: one after another, titles from famous shonen magazines started showing people with 6 fingers.

I thought that originally, cartoon characters had four fingers because they were easier to draw. Think about it. If you’re doing 24 or so frames per second, and you have 1 less finger to draw per hand, that’s 63,360 less fingers to draw per character per 22 minute anime episode! Sure, fingers aren’t the hardest thing to draw, but they add up!

I wonder if this is just a wacky coincidence, or if these manga artists are seriously trying to change the way that manga are universally drawn. Do they really need to make things harder for themselves? Though it’s weird seeing six fingers on a manga character, it’s probably just as strange seeing 4 fingers on an American cartoon character. I’ve just sort of been desensitized to it.

New Nihongo de Kurasou – Getting Angry

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While browsing around the Tokyo Toshokan, I came across a torrent called “Nihongo de Kurasou – Getting Angry.” I figured it would be an instructional video on how go berserk in Japanese when peeved. I’ve always been afraid that if I were ever to get mad and I had to speak in Japanese, I’d just add English expletives and sound dumb. Plus, I could totally imagine the entertainment value of seeing Japanese people go postal in an instructional video!

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While browsing around the Tokyo Toshokan, I came across a torrent called “Nihongo de Kurasou – Getting Angry.” I figured it would be an instructional video on how go berserk in Japanese when peeved. I’ve always been afraid that if I were ever to get mad and I had to speak in Japanese, I’d just add English expletives and sound dumb. Plus, I could totally imagine the entertainment value of seeing Japanese people go postal in an instructional video!

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New Poll: Meganekko Fever!

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This week’s poll is sort of a continuation of the top ten anime meganekko list I did earlier this week. If you didn’t like how your meganekko placed in my rankings, now’s your chance to make a difference! The poll? Meganekko Mania!

This is also a blatant reattempt to “win” a poll for the lovely Ayuki of Kashimashi anime fame.

If you don’t remember the various meganekko, here’s a refresher:

Osaka with Glasses? I'd hit it.

The results to last week’s poll were truly inspiring. The number of people spending money on anime, manga and whatnot far exceed the number who don’t. Furthermore, there were a lot more people who spent over $200 a month than I had estimated. It makes my spending seem paltry, to say the least.

This week’s poll is sort of a continuation of the top ten anime meganekko list I did earlier this week. If you didn’t like how your meganekko placed in my rankings, now’s your chance to make a difference! The poll? Meganekko Fever (based on the name of a magazine that Yuuichi was forced to destroy, the humanity!)!

Sayonara, Meganekko Fever

This is also a blatant reattempt to “win” a poll for the lovely Ayuki of Kashimashi anime fame.

If you don’t remember the various meganekko, here’s a refresher:

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