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Here you can find all of the Anime Basics videos and the Psykoneko's thoughts and insights on anime, manga, and movies!  Enjoy!

--Psykoneko NYU! =^..^=

Wednesday
Nov102010

Keiongaku bu (K-On!) First Impressions

I just started a new anime series.  K-On!  The story of a light music club in a Japanese high school (Keiongaku bu shortened to keionbu or K-On).  The art style is very Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya (which I LOVE) and the girls in the club are very typical anime moe girls.  One sort of shy goth chick who plays bass, the outgoing tsundere-type that plays drums, the wealthy girl who plays the keyboard, and the clutzy Tsukino Usagi (Sailor Moon) type who starts off playing nothing (except castanets) and eventually learns to play the guitar.

The Girls of K-On!

 

The show, so far, has started out with a lingering light musaic club that is on the verge of being abolished since all of the former members have graduated.  Ritsu, the outgoing tsundere girl, decides she wants to join the club, but has to get four members in order to keep the club around.  She first recruits her best friend Mio (the goth type) who unwillingly joins the group but is pulled in by the craziness that is Ritsu (a la Mikuru in Haruhi).  Then Tsumugi (the wealthy girl) joins even though she originally wanted to join the choir. 

The story really bases itself around the final character, clutzy Yui, who has never been in any club before and she sees the poster for the club and wants to join even though she can't play an instrument. 

The story so far has Yui trying to quit the club and being bribed (through sweets brought by Tsumugi) to join them as a guitarist.  The first arc involves the trials and tribulations of getting a guitar and is really well written.  The voice-acting (in the Japanese version) was excellent. 

Additionally, Bandai announced at Anime Expo this year that they have the rights to the DVD and BluRay releases so it looks like we will be getting another Bang Zoom Entertainment dub pretty soon (Ugh).

I really enjoyed the Japanese version so far and I will let everyone know when I have finished the series!

One thing I really need to point out is that the ending song is absolutely FANTASTIC!! I can't get enough of it!  And the ending credits are very visual kei and are perfectly synced with the words of the song which makes it that much more enjoyable!!  I can't wait until I start hearing the girls perform in the show!!

Also, I just found out that they have released a second season in Japan (K-On!! with two exclamation points) so I will definitely have to check that out when I get a chance!

I recommend this show to anyone who loves high school girl comedies!  Enjoy!

    Cutest Ending Credits EVER!

Sunday
Oct312010

Halloween Pumpkinhead!

I bought a tiny pumpkin as a centerpiece and it turned into a Kitten Kostume!!  Check out the rest of the pics on Flickr!!!

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Thursday
Oct212010

Kotatsu + Towel = CUTE!!!

So I think that most of you really don't want to see this little guy on the front page, but I still want to post new videos of him!!  I hope you guys like this one.

Monday
Oct182010

Manga Review: Chi's Sweet Home

In honor of the acquisition of the cutest kitten in the world, Kotatsu, I thought I would review another appropriate manga!

For people like me who are studying Japanese, it is extremely hard to find manga to read in Japanese so that we can practice. Especially manga that we can enjoy. Then I found Chi's Sweet Home by Konami Kanata. It is an adorable story about a lost kitten that is adopted by a new family. The premise is slightly sad since a kitten gets separated from it's mom, then wanders around by itself until finally he is exhausted and a little kid finds it.

The story follows Chi through litter box training, vet visits, and baths, using simple words and phrases through the little boy and Chi's baby talk. Any kanji in the series has furigana (the smaller hiragana translations) next to each character to make it even easier to understand. I know that I usually read any manga as "watashi wa 'big fat kanji big fat kanji' desu" when they don't use furigana, but I promise, I am getting better lately!

With the help of a dictionary every now and then, it is easy for most Japanese students to get through as long as they have a command of the hiragana and katakana and basic to mid-range grammatical knowledge, such as conjugations and sentence structure.

The story is very cute and it was gratifying to read and understand, even with the kitten's baby talk (it uses "ra" instead of "da" and other cutesy terms). Even veteran Japanese manga readers (including the Psychotaku) can enjoy this series since it is very comical in an innocent and adorable way (especially if you love cats, but what Japanese culture over doesn't?!).

I recommend this to anyone who wants to work on their Japanese away from the formality of class and the manga helps to recognize more common slang words and other everyday life customs.

For those that aren't taking Japanese (and why aren't you?!) the manga is also available in English from Vertical, Inc. Oh wow...just realized that I am almost like a Vertical, Inc. spokewoman at this point since I already reviewed Black Jack! Ah well, I promise the next one won't be from the same publisher, ok?!

This series has also come out as an anime as well, each three minute episode represents one chapter from the manga. The episodes are straight from the manga and are equally as funny and adorable as the manga.

Enjoy!!

Thursday
Sep092010

Batman Beyond...Shway.

So I watched cartoons all the way through high school and college and I still do now.  I feel that as long as I am responsible when I need to be (ie. bills, work, school), then I can be a kid any other time.

Batman Beyond was one of the cartoons that I loved in the late 90s.  I loved the opening music sequence, the characters, the voice acting.   I also really loved the new phrases that they brought into the show (shway, dregs, twip, etc.).  All of it.  Now that the Psychotaku is working at Warner Bros. Animation, he can rent DVDs of any WB franchise. Of course, one of those is Batman Beyond. 

I really love the first season.  Each episode really keeps you involved and the new villains that they used to try to keep away from the "typical" Batman villains are really interesting.  I mean, having Mr. Freeze come back was an interesting twist, but every other villain is brand new. 

We are now into Season 2 and the episodes aren't quite as good.  There are a few that are ok, but most of them are meh.  I really can't wait to finish this season and get into Season 3.  I already know Terry's "background" but I haven't seen the Justice League season finale that had Terry McGinnis in it.  I have seen a glimpse, and it looked pretty awesome as well.  I am planning on watching that at the very end, just as it should be watched.

Ahhh, blasts from my past.  I love watching cartoons and I will never tire of animation in general.  Over the weekend, the Psychotaku took it upon himself to buy a number of WB/DC Comics animated movies on Blu-Ray...we have four now (not quite the complete collection).  Batman: Under the Red Hood (watched it a while ago and I liked it), Superman Batman: Public Enemies, Green Lantern: First Flight, and Wonder Woman.  Also, sitting in front of the TV, ready to watch are Justice League Season 1 and Teen Titans Season 1.  I can't wait for the Teen Titans.  I love how Japanese they made it. That will have to wait for another time.