Most people are out this weekend, so I'll make it quick.
May 27, 2004 / eye
One of the characters in Gad Guard wears an unusual jacket (leftmost pic):
I don't know if he's trying to be creepy (he seems like a nice enough guy), but it certainly has that effect on me. I immediately thought of the character Gargoyle from Fushigi no Umi no Nadia - that guy has problems. The symbol of the eye already makes me uncomfortable because it seems like it's staring at me, scrutinizing my life and actions; I tend to be a bit self-conscious at times. Coupled with the fact that it usually appears on disturbed individuals or frightening creatures (one of the angels in Neon Genesis Evangelion, for example), the related symbolism is reinforced in my mind.
May 23, 2004 / jess
May 19, 2004 / confidential
It's fun to see the occasional random use of English in anime - paragraphs copied from text manuals seem to be the most common way to "spice-up" the visuals for the typical Japanese viewer. It's even better when the animators or producers are aware of an English speaking audience and throw out the following from Galaxy Angel TV: Season 3:
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I know that they know English speaking people are watching; I'm watching them watching me...
May 16, 2004 / effendi
For those of you into fighting games, I point you to where they're making one based on Maria-sama ga Miteru! I'm not lying either. It's right here (this is a temporary page - the main site is here). It's due out in the summer, and you can apparently fight 2 on 2 like in QoH '99. Curiouser and curiouser. Too bad there isn't a demo yet... ;_;
May 14, 2004 / american
I noticed an odd sign in Gad Guard:
Personally, I would probably avoid a place like this. ^_^ I chalked it up to the typical mischief in anime, but the frequent use of English in this series reminded me of something else:
In the picture on the right, we have Miyu's mother (holding the wineglass) relaxing at a party in America (Florida, if I'm not mistaken). The enormous noses are the most apparent feature, but you should also notice that the Americans are speaking so loud that you can see their words. I suppose this is to emphasize that Miyu's parents are in America, but it should be clear since they mention it every other episode.
May 11, 2004 / challenge
I plan on attending Anime Expo 2004 with some friends, and one of the ways I plan on having fun is to engage in some good old fashioned beating via Queen of Heart '99, Party's Breaker, and Melty Blood. If you don't know what I'm talking about, look here for details. We'll post some flyers about when and where at the con, so keep your eyes open and practice before coming so you don't lose too horribly. ^_^
May 9, 2004 / coffee
Forget "The Paper" (sorry, Yomiko) and say hello to "THE COFFEE!" The pic on the left is from Maburaho; the pic on the right is to show that, yes, such a product does, in fact, exist. It seems like the Japanese are starting to reciprocate the adoration that I hold for their animation industry by emulating my first name (those 10 people who read this site, don't write to me telling me otherwise; it's a small dream - at least let me cling to this hope...)
May 6, 2004 / !
ME-tan never seems to get any breaks, so I thought I'd use my powers to find her a suitable boyfriend:
Saionji Kanata from Daa Daa Daa seems like a nice, stable partner for everyone's favorite, unstable OS...
May 2, 2004 / power
As usual, I noticed a trivial detail in anime:
When I first noticed the name on the drink machine from Shingetsutan Tsukihime (the picture on the left), I thought it was simply a fabricated name; however, I noticed another instance of the name in a completely different anime - Midori no Hibi. I theorize that the name "power drink" on certain vending machines indicates that it dispenses a particular brand (or brands) of beverages. It's hard to confirm this since I've never been to Japan...