It's neat to see a lot of old technology in Ah! My Goddess, but I never thought that I would see an old-style McDonald's.
There's one about 20 minutes away from where I live near Hollywood (if I remember correctly). I should go visit and maybe take a picture if I'm in the area to compare and contrast.
January 28, 2005 / tabour
I was watching AIR and Bleach the other day, and I noticed two similar scenes.
While little girls beating up older guys is nothing new (Kaolla Su from Love Hina is an earlier example) it feels like it's more frequent. One difference in AIR is that Yukito actually fights back, unlike Keitaro. A daughter beating up her father may not be common in America, but it is probably normal behaviour in Japan. In Michiru's case, it seems a bit odd that a little girl would just randomly strike a stranger, but this may be an indicator of something deeper. Perhaps this is a wake up call to young girls in Japan to fight back against the loli-con population.
January 26, 2005 / kohlrabi
Controlling smoking among youths in America has always been a problem. In contrast, Japan seems to encourage this habit through subtle messages in various anime. Let's take a look at some examples from Triangle Heart ~Sweet Songs Forever~, Gad Guard, and Fullmetal Alchemist.
I think there can be no doubt about the message in the first picture. In the second picture, the character seems unfazed by a rather grim picture depicting the effects of smoking; ads like these are rarely effective, so it's probably the animators thumbing their noses at people who put up these signs. Finally, the last picture is a bit confusing since instead of the usual circle with a slash through it, we have a heart. Does it imply that if you say "Good bye" to Tobacco, you're saying no to your heart?
January 23, 2005 / glengarry
I was watching Jungle wa itsumo hale nochi Guu Final the other day, and I noticed the following sign on the left which reminds me of a catch phrase that ADV Films used to use in their previews. I bet the creators of Guu were so amazed by this U.S. company's power, they thought it would be cool to include this slogan in their anime. The thought that they might have been parodying the Nike slogan never crossed my mind. Nope.
For those of you wondering what the picture on the right from To Heart - Remember my Memories is about, I put it there because it reminded me of a previous Pic of the Week. I'm still not sure if it actually means anything...
January 21, 2005 / haploid
I was out buying some snacks for a friend at the Marukai Market in Little Tokyo, and I received the following prophetic receipt:
I think the message is that if you eat three bags of Tohato brand Habanero Rings, you'll die. If spicy foods are your weakness, then that might be the cause; however, the general consensus is that they're not that spicy. One of my friends (James) said, "Flamin' Hot Cheetos are just as spicy - these rings have a bit too much vinegar". My cousin (Erwin) just thought they "tasted nasty". Personally, I think they're decent, but it's probably because I don't eat many spicy foods - the spiciness is enough to cover any flaws in the flavor that may be there. In spite of the flaws of the actual product, I still think Habanero-tan is cool, and I'm keeping her as my avatar for now...
January 19, 2005 / xylem
I never really watched Tekkaman Blade before, but the pictures that Gregg kindly donated to me compel me to do so sometime in the future.
The picture on the left is a typical example of the l to r phenomenon seen in anime, but the other one conjured up some memories of The Chronicles of Narnia. For some reason, I can't help but think of Turkish Delight...
January 16, 2005 / ambivalence
I was talking to a friend the other day who mentioned that after showing my site to some of his friends of his they hated my site so much they "thought I should die". Woah. I never thought I'd evoke that sort of reaction from anyone. I usually figure that most will look at my site and either think it's nifty or think it's dumb and move on. I certainly didn't intend on making people scream bloody murder after reading my site, but that's a cool side effect. ^_^
January 13, 2005 / morau
The other day, someone named "SickC" was kind enough to donate a spatula from Ai Yori Aoshi. Excellent... At the current rate, I should get another picture from someone before the end of the year.
January 11, 2005 / wherry
At first, I thought vampires were the most dangerous element in Tsukuyomi ~MOON PHASE~, but it seems like falling household items top the list.
Of course, given the opening song, I suppose it isn't too surprising to see something like this occur. It is interesting to see the occaional bouts of humor and cuteness break the overall dark and moody feel of this series. Pretty good stuff so far...
January 9, 2005 / contretemps
Yesterday, I managed to avoid several accidents during the severe rains that we've been having lately in L.A.; however, as luck would have it, one of my neighbors backed into my car (which was parked) and broke my right rear tail light assembly. Needless to say, I'm quite irritated. While she said she'd pay for it, I don't want to go through the hassle of getting it replaced. Chou mukatsuku...
For the picture on the left, it's typically hard to build up enough bars to do a Level 3 attack in the first round during a normal match, so getting the S under these circumstances is neat in itself. Of course, certain characters get an S for Level 1 attacks - Corin's Vacuum Throw is one of them. I won't tell you the other ones; I leave that as an exercise for true fans of QoH '99.
January 7, 2005 / jitney
One of the great things about Hime-chan no Ribbon is the sheer amount of little details that pop up during the course of the show. In the first picture, it seems like Inu-Yasha has decided to drop by. The curious thing is that the manga for Inu-Yasha was first serialized in Japan in 1996, but, as I mentioned before, the Hime-chan anime ran from 1992-1993. While it would be fun to think Takahashi Rumiko got her inspiration from watching this show, the true origin for this character probably lies in the many legends of Japan. Another curiousity is that the person in the costume referred to herself as "nekotama" - neko means cat, which is puzzling since the inu in "Inu-Yasha" means dog...
Moving on to the second picture, it's hard to see the text, but it reads HAL 9000 - if you don't understand the reference, then ask your local science fiction fan. Obviously, the animators put this in there since the target audience for a magical girl show are typically Sci-Fi fans in the 30-40 age range. Of course, they aren't always perfect. As we can see in the last two pics from another episode, in consecutive scenes, the lettering on the trains changes. It's probably due to different teams working on different scenes of the same episode.
Thanx for the lyrics! Even though i didnt get it at first i really understand now!
I think someone's messing with me...
January 4, 2005 / folderol
When I first saw the picture on the left from Kakyuusei 2, I thought the sign "Let's Kiosk" was simply the usual Engrish; however, I noticed the same sign again in Hime-chan no Ribbon.
At this point, I was suspicious so I looked it up on Google. I came across some interesting links here, here, and koko.
at first i thought these lyrics were wrong but then i really listened to it....i love3 this song and thanks for the lyrics!
What people don't realize is that I have submitted over 150 lyrics to AnimeLyrics.com so I usually have no idea which song people are talking about. I'd usually respond with a "Thank you" and ask what song they're thanking me for, but it happens quite a bit and they probably don't really care to hear from me anyway. From now on, I'll just publicly thank everyone here for enjoying my contributions. If you want an actual reply, say so in the email, and I'll be happy to respond; otherwise, I'm just going to smile and move on...
January 2, 2005 / ongaeshi
For those of you who didn't already notice, I changed all of the logos for each of the particular sections to ring in the new year. Yep, while most people were out partying and having a good time, I was tweaking my website. It's because I care for my readers so much (all 12 of you), not because I live a sad and lonely life; nope, not that at all...
I never noticed at first, but this one originally hails from Cutco ®. I must've made thousands of grilled cheese sandwiches and slices of french toast with this particular kitchen utensil. Good times...