The first pic from Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha A's conjured up images of a bunch of single people trying to hook up in that section at the supermarket. I think of silly things sometimes...
Gokujou Seitokai is heralding a CD single by the name of "iknhsbsik". I can't wait to hear that song, but I am confused about what language it's supposed to be in...
Finally, when I saw the pic above from True Love Story, I thought, "Why does he have a picture of his sister in a swimsuit?" I blame the anime industry's abundance of sibling-love stories for corrupting my pure and innocent mind. I can never go back now...
January 22, 2006 / uncial
I didn't know until the last minute, but there was an Ishida Yoko concert at Universal City Walk the other day (Friday, January 20th). It's part of the Anime Fusion Tour. It sounded useful, so I headed on over to check it out. It's hard to tell from the pics below, but the venue was right in the middle of City Walk next to the Hard Rock Cafe - a modestly sized gathering of a couple hundred people. Probably less than half of the audience was composed of anime fans, and the rest were the usual rubberneckers.
I was up near the front of the stage with a couple friends, one of whom was vigorously imitating the Para Para moves. I was almost seriously injured several times when other people were performing their backward Zs and reaching for the sky. Despite the dangers, it was fun hearing a bunch of anime songs. It was also pretty cool to be up close and personal with Ishida Yoko (definitely worth the $10 parking fee). Although, I can't help feel a bit skeptical about the whole affair. They've been trying to push Para Para for the past couple of years, and I don't really see it growing that much. Maybe I'm looking in the wrong places, but it's barely visible on my radar. Also, the announcer was very enthusiastic about her being the "J-pop Princess". Anyone who's into J-pop knows that her popularity pales in comparison to a number of other acts in Japan. I like her songs a lot (I have an autographed CD), however, I don't want to ignore the reality of the situation. I really do hope she does well, and I wish her all the best.
It's funny how I never noticed it before, but I suppose my recent encounter with one in Anchorage opened my mind to subtle details in the world around me. One such detail in Ginban Kaleidoscope was how the letters on the shirt of one of Tazusa's friends changed in the same scene. Normally, this wouldn't be so distrubing, but it's a glaring error given the seriousness of this skating drama.
January 15, 2006 / sebaceous
I was visiting Alaska a couple of weeks ago, and I took a couple of pics, but I was so busy lately I forgot to post them. The most curious pic is a sign I saw in the Dimond Center, one of Anchorage's largest malls.
I've never noticed a sign like this in any of the other malls I've ever been to, so I wonder if they're anywhere else. Of course, I never notice a lot of things in real life because I try to use my powers of observation for trivial things in anime, like the following pic from Aquarian Age.
They say "The Best Things In Life" are free, but that doesn't seem to be true in anime. We can clearly see that it is packaged and for sale in a vending machine. The implications are staggering.
January 8, 2006 / pabulum
ToHeart2 already piqued my interest with Tama-nee, but the most recent one I watched proved to be curiouser and curiouser. The tribute to SEGA seemed normal enough, but the writing below it "SHANA she is redeye girl and she is..." was an unexpected link to Shakugan no Shana. In the next pic, it seems like the animators are noting the creator of Azumanga Daioh, the inimitable Azuma Kiyohiko.
Finally, the coup de grace is the reappearance of a sign that I've mentioned before. Fortunately, it's easy to see that the first letter seems to be an M, but I still have no idea what it means. I wonder where I'll see it next...
January 1, 2006 / minuend
I suppose this would be a good opportunity to dazzle everyone with some insightful commentary about anime, but I'm too tired to come up with anything decent so you'll have to settle for a trite observation I made while watching Suzuka. It's interesting how the spelling of a sign goes from ONRY to WEEKKLY.
I may be extremely tired right now, but I will point you to the Pic of the Week before I collapse on my bed...