Apr 09 2010

[Lyrics] Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker PAZ Character Song – Koi no Yokushiryoku FULL [Mizuki Nana]

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As promised here is the full version of Love Deterrence. It’s significantly longer than the Paz Special Version. I’m so excited for Peace Walker it’s amazing. I can’t wait to buy myself the Big Boss PSP Bundle. Then it’ll be all over. Anyway enjoy some Nana goodness.
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Apr 01 2010

Confessions of a Yaoi-Loving Fujoshi

After years of hiding my deepest, darkest fetish I can no longer hold back. Every time I drew Yuri on the Chalkboard it was merely an exercise in denial, a self-imposed delusion convincing myself that I only like other girls. However my heart can no longer bear the the weight of such fallacies. I’m coming out! I’m actually a yaoi-loving fujoshi!
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Mar 23 2010

[Lyrics] Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker PAZ Character Song – Koi no Yokushiryoku PAZ special ver. [Mizuki Nana]

Never would I have imagined that I would be translating a Nana song for a Metal Gear game. As soon as I saw the video today I knew I had to translate this song. It seems so out of place in Metal Gear but I can’t help but love the strangeness of blending two of my favorite things together. I knew Kojima loved his gravure idols but I guess he also loves anisong and virtual idols as well. Kojima’s trolls are always the best trolls. I’ll update this entry when the single comes out April 7 but have fun with this for now.

EDIT: Here’s the Full Version of the song.
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Mar 20 2010

Yuri on the Chalkboard Week 35

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I’ve been meaning to do this for a while so this week I’ve finally done Yuri Chalk of Rosario to Vampire. Despite the anime to be not that great Shirayuki Mizore happens to be one of my favorite characters ever. Anyway for this drawing she’s sharing a nice embrace (and lollipop) with friend Kurono Kurumu. Too bad I couldn’t get their legs wrapped around each other. I heard they also end up kissing in the manga but I can’t be bothered to read it anytime soon. Original pic below as always:
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Mar 09 2010

Ryukishi07’s New Manga Higanbana no Saku Yoru ni Announced!

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According to Natalie, new Youkai manga “Higanbana no Saku Yoru ni (At Night When the Amaryllis Bloom)” by Higurashi creator Ryukishi07 starts serialization in Dragon Age magazine’s May issue on sale April 9th. The art will be handled by newcomer mangaka Tsunohazu Ichiro. The story will be about the popular urban legend “The Seven Mysteries at School” and a rumor about the eighth mystery “Mesomeso-san.”
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Mar 08 2010

Ookami Kakushi: A More Satisfying 07th Expansion Anime Than Umineko

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Over the last two weeks I caught up with watching Ookami Kakushi. The last time I had watched it was when I spent my 21st birthday immersing myself in everything 07th Expansion. I watched the first two episodes and after only that I was pretty much able to formulate a solid theory which later proved to be correct with each subsequent episode. The ease at which I solved the “mystery” was the main reason I fell behind it in the first place. Yet I find that very fact the reason I believe Ookami Kakushi is a better anime than Umineko. When put next to the Higurashi anime it definitely doesn’t compare but still I would place it above the likes of the Umineko anime. To put things into perspective I place the Umineko sound novels on equal terms as the Higurashi anime.

As a mystery series Ookami Kakushi pales in comparison to the Higurashi anime and the Umineko novels. As previously mentioned it is a lot easier to predict than would be expected. In fact I wouldn’t even classify Ookami Kakushi as a mystery series at all but rather as supernatural suspense. The show does not really have to rely on the mystery elements at all and can focus on character interaction and the moment-to-moment events that befall Hiroshi. At times the show can seem shallower than Higurashi or the Umineko sound novels but it also doesn’t place the same expectations that made the Umineko anime a letdown in many respects. In a way this allows the series to sidestep several of the many big faults with the Umineko anime–the terrible transition of the mystery to animated form. Get ready for possibly massive spoilers as is always the case when I discuss stuff about 07th Expansion.
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Mar 05 2010

[Lyrics] Mobile Suit Gundam U.C. Unicorn ED – Ryuusei no Namida [Kuriyama Chiaki]

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The premiere of Gundam Unicorn’s excellent first episode a couple of weeks ago was one of the most exciting events of my recent life, and in the time since I’ve been snapping up all the Unicorn-related goods I can get my hands on. As soon as the OVA ED song leaked, it was my destiny to translate it!

I went with a looser translation in the interest of speed, but I think the lyrics of “Ryuusei no Namida” convey the bond between Banagher and Audrey very well. (Newtypes sure fall in love fast, don’t they?) It’s a pretty song that I hope you enjoy.

P.S. Bonus points for anyone who recognized rookie idol Kuriyama from her role as Gogo Yubari in Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill vol. 1!
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Mar 02 2010

Spring 2010 Anime Watch List: The Return of Fuwa Fuwa Time

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Looking ahead to the next season it seems I won’t be watching too many new series just like the winter season. However the few shows that I will be picking up will be more than enough to keep me entertained. Let’s have a look at what I’ll be watching:
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Mar 02 2010

Do I Like Sora no Woto?

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Sora no Woto was one of my most anticipated shows of the winter season. I had high expectations of it since it was supposed to be my replacement K-ON for the season but after a couple of episodes I realized it actually wasn’t what I was wishing for. That wasn’t necessarily a bad thing but still after those first two episodes I kind of lost most of the interest I had before. Only just recently did I start catching up by watching it again. I realize now that had I had a different perspective going in I probably would have enjoyed it more from the very beginning.
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Feb 27 2010

Yuri on the Chalkboard Week 34

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