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Your A Definitive Guide to School Days Hilarity: Part 1 17 July 2007

Posted by jlap in Analysis of Comedy, Cricket References, Pathetic Protagonists for $600, School Days.

minigame.jpgAs an eroge, School Days defied certain conventions beyond the fact it was fully animated. The bad endings were infamously bad; bad enough to the point that they mocked one of them in the sequel. The protagonist was an absolute douchebag who would often ignore your very commands, and was very prone to changing his mind in an instant with devastating consequences. So when I came to find out that it was getting the anime conversion, I had to watch despite knowing there was a very real possibility that nothing bad would happen to that dick Makoto. So after the jump, a look at the most unfortunately lucky guy in the world. (more…)


The Summer 2007 Preview: Part One (Probable Throw-aways) 10 June 2007

Posted by jlap in Bad Ideas, Garbage, Mailed In.
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A garbage can filled with VHS tapesWhile still waiting on someone to comment here, there’s been plenty of time to look at the new shows heading to torrent sites everywhere in a matter of weeks. Of course, the first fatal mistake of this preview could be trying to predict shows which no one will care about by the time August starts, but that’s half the fun of trying. So sit back, grab a cold beverage, and spend some time reading about shows being dismissed often for no reason at all. (more…)

Lovely Complex – 09 3 June 2007

Posted by jlap in Cliche School Trips, Lovely Complex, Yuri.
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lovecom0901.jpgLast week’s school trip moves to Hakodate, and completely renders last week’s episode meaningless as far as overall plot.

With Risa sulking, Nobu shows off an impressive array of grappling moves in punishing Atsushi for his rejection. Making matters worse is the fact that everyone around her seems to be hooking up with someone else. Risa realizes that she has to move on, but by constantly ending up in situations where the two of them are together, that is impossible.

lovecom0903.jpgOur fated duo’s adventure for the week was a photographic trip of the sights and sounds of Hakodate. Atsushi showed off his Umibouzu impression, while Risa continued to display a talent for scaring people away. In the midst of all the fun, Risa loses her wallet and Atsushi spends the rest of the day trying desperately to find it. At this point, Risa realizes that she may never get over him.

lovecom0905.jpgThe two then spot Umibouzu, accompanied by his wife and child, who happens to be in possession of Risa’s wallet. While Atsushi and the orange jump suit-clad musician head off to get a taxi, Risa discovers similarities between the early stages of their relationships with Umibouzu’s wife.

The episode ends with Risa confessing again with a determination to eventually make Atsushi accept.

lovecom0904.jpgThoughts: No real comments on how this relates to the overall plot, but instead a focus on two parts of the episode. With girls from other high schools around, Atsushi suddenly becomes a pulling machine with his Kansai-ben. With nearly everything sign pointing to this being unrealistic, it probably would have ended badly had the show completely tangented and focused on that. Second, Umibouzu only wears jumpsuits. One would think that a semi-famous person would actually wear something inconspicuous when vacationing with a family seemingly no one knows about. Though I may be overestimating Japanese celebrity culture.

Next Time: Atsushi’s ex from several episodes back comes back at the basketball club’s Christmas Party. She’s probably on a mission to destroy him yet again.

The Weekly News Roundup: May 27 – June 3 2 June 2007

Posted by jlap in Bribery, Mailed In, Ministerial Suicide, Not so Cliche School Trips.
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Last week’s bribery story concluded this week, when the agriculture minister took his own life. Government officials committing suicide to avoid scandal is nothing new, but how high will it have to go to change anything? [CNN]

As a result, J-Green will be no more. It will just be replaced by a new bid-rigging agency with the same personnel. Yay for Democracy! [The Yomiuri Shimbun]

Students from a Tokyo school remain stranded in Vancouver after one of them contracted measles. This raises an interesting question. Out of all the places to go, why Canada? [Reuters]

And finally, a different kind of college based in Shibuya. [Asahi Shimbun]

I Live for J.League: Week 13 27 May 2007

Posted by jlap in J-League, Yokohama FC.
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The J.League season is nearing its halfway point, and its time to focus on the different sides that make this league competitive.

Yokohama FC are expected to be relegated back to J.League 2 this season. Founded after Yokohama Flugels and Yokohama Marinos merged by fans who refused to support the new team, Yokohama FC have struggled to get to this point. As the first professional club in Japan owned by its fans, they do not particularly have a lot of money, and it shows in the makeup of the squad.

Manager Takuya Takagi is a 39-year-old former Japanese international. Captaining the side is 40-year-old former Japanese international Kazuyoshi Miura. Motohiro Yamaguchi, 38, and Norio Omura, 37, also have regular places in the team. This all makes other Japanese internationals Tatsuhiko Kubo, 30, and Daisuke Oku, 31, look like kids in comparison. Add in the foreign contingent of unaccomplished Brazilians: Anderson (via Pogon Szczecin), Gilmar Silva (via Vitoria) and Adriano (via FC Thun); and it genuinely doesn’t look good for this team.

They still battle on, and they picked up their third win of the season yesterday against fellow strugglers Oita Trinita. Miura picked up his second goal of the season and Tomoya Uchida adding the second in their 2-1 win. They still sit bottom with their appalling goal difference of -15, but being 2 points from near safety at this point is still better than many predicted.

Scores: Yokohama FC 2-1 Oita, FC Tokyo 0-1 Grampus, Vissel 2-1 Reysol, Antlers 2-0 Ventforet, JEF Utd 1-2 Gamba (Gamba starting to pull away at the top), Sanfrecce 2-1 S-Pulse, Frontale 1-1 Omiya, Urawa Reds 1-1 Yokohama F. Marinos

Goals in the league since I began tracking (by nationality):
Japan 26
Brazil 16
Norway 2
Côte d’Ivoire 1
South Korea 1

YouTube Pushed to It’s Inevitable Conclusion: The Week in Clips 27 May 2007

Posted by jlap in Capitalism, pr0n, Random French Phrases, Social Commentary, Technology, Throwing Money Away, Yami to Boushi to Hon no Tabibito, YouTube, Yuri.
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With no feedback whatsoever on this feature, I’m going to have to continue to plow on with complete neutrality on content. So it is with that comment that I report that people have started watching enough of the hentai clips posted that they start making the most viewed clips. It’s the internet’s raison d’être.


Lovely Complex – 08 27 May 2007

Posted by jlap in Epic Dozing Off, Hassle Free Airports, Lovely Complex, Rickshas!, Stereotypical School Trips.
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risa0806.jpgotani08071.jpg After last week’s school festival in which Atsushi finally realized that it was he, and not some other short guy on the basketball team. Despite this, he still questions why she would come to like him. And like every episode of this series so far, the plot remains unresolved. (more…)

The Week in News from Japan 26 May 2007

Posted by jlap in Bribery, Commercial Patriotism, Crime, Outsourcing Corruption, Stupid Media.
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This week’s political corruption scandal of the week comes from the Japan Green Resource Agency, who were accused of having rigged the bidding processes of projects in Kumamoto and Shimane prefectures. Creating J-Green was a brilliant idea because the corruption that would normally occur gets at the Ministry level gets passed onto to this supposed independent commission. [Daily Yomiuri]

With seemingly nothing else to do the Diet lowered the age of incarceration to “about 12.” Will this make any difference in juvenile crime whatsoever? Is it even necessary? Those two questions probably have the same answer and it’s definitely not yes. [The Japan Times]

A 2-year-old is stabbed by a mentally ill woman in Yokohama. The real story here is that the story reads like some sensationalist local TV news program. [Asahi Shimbun]

And finally, Shinzo Abe is slightly more popular this week. The surge in approval comes from constitutional reform and last week’s item about patriotism in schools. I’m sure China, South Korea, etc. are all pleased about the development. [The Jerusalem Post]

Der Hammer, Sailor Fuku, Yakuza and a New Way to Hit A Ball: YouTube Clips of the Week 20 May 2007

Posted by jlap in Aston Villa Legends, Like Kicking a Puppy, Lucky Star, Stupid Media, YouTube.
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A bold attempt at a feature begins with the most viewed YouTube clips filed under the Japanese language for Sunday, the week as a whole, the top anime related clip in the category and the top Japanese new related post. (more…)

Lovely Complex – 07 20 May 2007

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lovekom0701.jpgOtani continued to play a role of willful ignorance in the seventh installment of this insight into how atypical heights can play a role in relationships. Sounds overly complex? Fine. Anyway…

After Risa’s rather poor confession at the end of the last episode, Atsushi dismisses it as relating to the Umibouzu CD he gave her minutes earlier. At the school festival, Risa uses her utter devastation at the situation to great effect as the star of the class’ haunted house.

As he continues to ignore the painfully obvious answer in the quest to find out who Risa likes, Otani is told the answer by Nobu. Typically, he thinks that she is joking, and inflicts more pain on Risa.

Risa then goes to the kissaten for the day that is Haruka’s classroom. She is shortly followed by Otani and Seiko/Seishiro, and it is made painfully obvious that Otani is the only one who doesn’t know who Risa likes.

The episode concludes with Risa telling Otani that the one she likes is in the very room that only the two of them are in. It takes a long time to compute, but after Risa leaves Otani appears to have finally figured it out.

Thoughts: The believability of Otani’s willful ignorance of Risa’s feelings is questionable. Obviously it’s used to fill some time until the end of a chapter in the manga I haven’t read, but sometimes brevity in a story can be a good thing.

Next Time: Melodrama on the school trip