Day 54 of Anime

Transformed Hajime from Gachaman Crowds

Day 54 - Favourite anime transformation.

Go Bird!

I was thinking Pretear or Madoka Magica or Hyperdimension Neptunia or even (god forbid) VividRed (it’s mainstream to say Sailor Moon, right?). There’s just something about the way Hajime in particular is though, especially the first time she transforms in Gatchaman Crowds. There’s such delight from her, and the spinning scissors in rainbow colours just make it a cooler experience. A-typical, definitely. The actual transformation though, no mess and no fuss. Gatchaman logo and done!

Also that music! Gatchamannnnnn~!

Always profitable

“It was a total of $US60,000 at the age of 24. Not a great place to be when you’re starting a business, or not a great place to be any way,” she says.

“That being said, Showpo turned over $US10 million last year, we’ve been bootstrapped the entire way and we’ve always been profitable.”

How to smell bullshit (which I’m not smelling above, by the way). If someone tells you their company has ‘always been profitable’ but apparently can’t afford to pay a decent wage/salary or hire enough people for the job, have shitastic working culture and are relying on the next round of venture capital; then don’t bullshit me by saying your company has ‘always been profitable’. You’d be doing better. Look up.

As I always say, if even I can see this, then you know you’re doing badly. If I’m wrong, then it’s your job to inform me otherwise (but why should you, you’re thinking).

Day 51 of Anime

Cast of Kuroshitsuji

Day 51 - Favourite maid or butler

I think I’ll put down a maid and butler from the same series. It goes without saying that favourite butler has to go to Sebastian Michaelis from Kuroshitsuji because he really is one hell of a butler (aku made shitsuji desu kara)… hidden meaning and all.

I like Grell Sutcliffe a lot because, well, he has red hair and although he’s dangerous and maybe even a little insane, I kind of remember him fondly somehow. I even have a figure of him! However in this case, I still think Sebastian has to take the favourite title, since he’s voiced by the beloved OnoD after all. I might not really keep tabs on what anime he’s in anymore, but OnoD would still inspire me to immediately jump over and watch whatever he’s worked on.

Favourite maid goes to Maylene from Kuroshitsuji as well, because even though she seems a little ditzy and clumsy, tripping over he feet in the Phantomhive mansion, she’s actually deadly and weilds a mean sniper rifle - I think it was one of those? Maybe it was something else. Her fangirling over Sebastian can be sometimes annoying but she’s truly formidable.

I’ll admit, I’m sorely tempted to put sukumizu maid Kusugawa Sasara, but while she’s cute and all I admit I don’t really know a great deal about her. She appears in a lot of merchandise yet she doesn’t seem to be in a lot of the ToHeart2 (or other ToHeart) anime at all? Oh well. She’s super cute nonetheless.

Day 48 of Anime

Udon in anime

Day 48 - Delicious food in anime

I couldn’t decide because all anime food is just looks so amazingly delicious. There are entire Tumblrs dedicated to images of food in anime, after all. I wanted to find an image of food prepared in Rurouni Kenshin at one point, but then decided fuck it, noodles are king! I could have gone ramen, but I’ve always loved udon so… no contest.

The only problem with anime food pictures is the obscuring anime steam. Damn you, steam! But there is also anime out there that don’t seem to animate food so well.. doesn’t look so tasty. :(

Little did I realise I’d already blogged about this before until I did a Google search and my blog came up. I’m predictable, eh? To be honest, it would have been a delicious thing to do to post something from Shokugeki no Souma/Food Wars but oh well.

We should all just give up

From the Appearance and Fashion episode of ‘How Not To Behave’ on the ABC, today we have some important lessons when it comes to how your appearance can impact your career. Your career determines your livelihood these days so no kidding that it’s pretty important.

  • Blondes earn 7 per cent more than women with other hair colours (ABC News)
  • Taller people earn more money - they make $789 more per inch per year (Live Science)
  • Workers who exercise regularly earn 9% higher pay on average (Yahoo)
  • Women who wear make-up can earn more than 30 percent more (Forbes)
  • A handsome man can earn a fifth more than a plainer colleague, but attractive women will face discrimination when applying for masculine jobs (The Telegraph)

Actually that Forbes article seems to list everything else on this list. The only other takeaway is that people trust those wearing formal clothing like a suit more than someone in casual. What did they say about dressing for the job you want… actually that’s just bullshit. We just all need to wear formal/business wear.

Anyway given the points above, as a short female with black hair who dresses casually and doesn’t wear makeup I’m screwed. I can’t comment on my looks, but let’s say trying to make it in a male dominated field is shit as.

Basically, we should just give up. Everyone.

Day 46 of Anime

Sinon from SAO with cat ears and tail

Day 46 - I want to see some cute tails!

I don’t neccessarily like Sword Art Online (or dislike it), but I do really like Sinon’s design. My colleagues at ITC even got me a lovely Sinon figure before I left, and I adore it. I honestly haven’t seen her in action on the screen, but she’s strong and beautiful yet her ‘real life’ personality is so endearing.

I was going to post something from NEKOPARA actually, but then I realised it’s not an anime but a visual novel. There are animated videos from it though, I suppose. I know people generally say it’s a pretty terrible visual novel, but I think it’s cute and I like the designs even though it seems like it’s definitely lacking in many areas. Ah well.

The above picture illustrated by Yuuki Tatsuya (結城辰也).

Day 45 of Anime

Day 45 - Favourite lesser known / obscure anime.

What’s ‘lesser known/obscure’ I wonder - quite a few of the anime that I like aren’t particularly mainstream as far as I can tell, yet I bet some might consider the series that I put up to not necessarily be ‘lesser known/obscure’ either. One case in point, I wouldn’t consider many of the titles on this list to be ‘lesser known’, but clearly from a mainstream perspective (omg naruto bleach pokemon one piece) it is.

Well, I came to a decision anyway. At first I was going to go with Utakoi which is classed as ‘Historical/Jousei’, and a “super-liberal interpretation” of the 100 poems, like the one that appears in Chihayafuru. I never finished this series but I fully intend to at some stage. It has intriguing music, an interesting perspective, an insight into history and curious characters which makes it good in my eyes, yet not necessarily something I would recommend to others.

Another anime that came to mind was one which was previously on Crunchyroll but now I can no longer find it. It wasn’t fully animated… and now I remember the name of the producer/collection so I can look it up. It belonged to the ‘Manga 2.5’ … project? This is because it’s partially still, some frames literally have no animation, but parts of it are actually quite nicely animated. What’s the name? Oh right: EDO Nekoe Jubei Otogisoshi. How was I supposed to remember that?

It tells the story of a painter called Jubei who can communicate with cats. With his drawings and skills he tackles several scenarios, helping people with sickness and helping people with their fears. It’s an interesting universe that’s painted, and the style of delivery is even more intriguing.

But again, not everyone’s cup of tea. This one I’m selecting for today’s post is actually Karakuri Zoushi Ayatsuri Sakon: a very good, but as some say ‘unloved’ anime. It’s about a Bunraku puppeteer, Sakon, and his puppet Ukon who travel around performing at various venues and occasions which often become embroiled in murders and Sakon is on hand to help them figure out what is going on with his deductive excellence and quiet observantness.

For some it might still not be their cup of tea because of the old style of animation, but the mystery hooked me in from the first episode and has kept me ever since. Sakon’s quiet and shy yet when there’s something to be uncovered in front of him, be becomes bold and gains a sense of purpose even when others insist it’s none of his business. He feel compelled to figure it out.

It’s a series that makes you think like that which is the most fun, and I couldn’t get around the meaningfulness of their names either. Ahhh. The original manga was illustrated by the same artist that went on to do DEATH NOTE, Hikaru no Go and Bakuman by the way, which means despite the style of this anime, if you look up any art of the characters it is beautiful. You may not appreciate the style, but oh well. Your loss.

Day 44 of Anime

Hei from Darker than Black

Day 44 - Favourite hat/mask/headgear from an anime.

I admit I completely forgot about this particular mask, but the moment I remembered it - no contest. I’ve seen that mask a thousand times on Hei as he swung and slunk around in Darker Than Black and it’s simple elegance is great. It seems to be of some sort of ceramic origin because it keeps shattering, but it seemed to do its job well enough in obscuring Hei’s ‘real identity’ (alter ego Li Shen Shung) throughout the series - somehow.

Simple but effective is always best, right? In design, in food, in many things. I should remember that for myself.

No long spiel again though I’d like to hammer out more about other masks if I had the inclination. I’m sure there are some that I also like - for example Zero’s helmet in Code Geass. Hmm, I guess Kakashi’s face mask and/or Anbu from Naruto technically also counts, right? Oh, and Gin’s mask from Hotarubi no Mori e… now it’s all coming flooding back.