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NHK Review

Welcome to the NHK

By Miki

 

NHK: Nihongo Hikikomori Kyoukai: Japanese anti-social association. (Anime)

NEET: NEducation, Employment, or Training

NHK: Nippon Housou Kyoukai (日本放送協会, Japanese Broadcasting Association) (Real)

 

So the NHK is a villainous group creating conspiracies that ruin people’s lives.    Sato believes that aliens with the NHK have created this world for him and he’s the only person alive.  They have made him a hikikomori so he won’t go outside and realize the world is an illusion.  He chooses to believe in the 1% of conspiracies that are true so he can blame them for his misery.

Many different lifestyles are shown though most of the time the story focuses on the concepts of being a hikikomori, anime otaku, and having most of the characters experiencing intense feelings of depression and loneliness.  We open with Tatsuhiro Satō (佐藤 達広), a university dropout entering his fourth year of unemployment.  He is living off his salary and has become a hikikomori, whom can’t leave the house.  He then meets Misaki Nakahara (中原 岬), who comes by with her aunt on missionary work.  She claims she can cure him.  This causes him to freak out and he creates lies to convince her he doesn’t need help.  While doing this his neighbor is constantly blasting anime music and he’s finally had enough and goes to bang on his door.   He Finds his high school friend Kaoru Yamazaki (山崎 薫 )  who is currently going to school to create gal games.  He then cons Yamazaki into letting him use a game they create to get rid of Misaki.  He relies on Yamazaki a lot and they become very close.  They create a gal game (hentai game) together with Sato writing the script.  There are hiccups through the process of making the gal game.

Hitomi Kashiwa (柏 瞳) is Sato’s senpai in high school and his first love.  They were in the literature club together but mostly played cards.  She makes a comment about how she wished they’d done more than just play cards.   Due to stress Hitomi became dependent on drugs and seeks out Sato with beer to cry on his shoulder.  She’s having problems with living and her boyfriend cancels their trip and therefore she convinces Sato to go with her to an Offline Meeting.  Where they disappear together to say goodbye to life, thankfully loved ones find them and talk them down.

This show can be a little depressing so watching when in a good mood or place in life would be best.  It helps the audience to see the world through the eyes of someone without hope. 3out of 5 stars.

Chaos; Head

ChäoS;HEAd; (カオスヘッド )Review

By Miki

The confusion starts with Takumi Nishijō (西條 拓巳) a shut in, anime, gammer, and nerd. He has an imaginary girlfriend Orgel Seira (星来 オルジェル). She is also an anime character and his greatest delusion.  He skips school and has a little sister Nanami Nishijō (西條 七海) who tries so hard to get through to him.  While he refuses her help or a phone to keep in contact, she finally talks him around.  While at school he relizes the Demon girl he sees committing murder is his best friend and classmate Rimi Sakihata (咲畑 梨深).  There is also Daisuke Misumi (三住 大輔) his other best friend.  Daisuke is a pretty boy player. Daisuke gets jealous as he sees all these girls around Takumi.  The boys go to a concert of the indie group “Phantasm” (ファンタズム) and the lead singer; Fes aka. Ayase Kishimoto (岸本 あやせ) goes to their school. Daisuke falls for her immediately but Takumi’s interest is in her sword no one can see and the lyrics to her song.  Sena Aoi (蒼井 セナ) also has a large invisible sword and tells Takumi it’s a D-sword and he better hurry and find his if he wants to survive.

The story is very convoluted.  We start thinking it’s a dark slice of life series with schizophrenia undertones, but by midway through we start questioning reality.  Does the mind create the world or is Takumi just crazy.  There is a war going on under the surface and a game of murder called the “New Generation” (ニュージェネレーション?) Madness.  The General speaks in a very cryptic and confusing manner, leaving Takumi nervous.  Takumi is convinced the General another online contact and the girl he saw committing the murder are somehow connected. He meets Grimm online who is trying to bring Takumi up to speed about the recent New Generation events.  Takumi tries to avoid getting involved with other New Generation events. However, as Takumi begins attempting to distance himself from the crime he witnessed, he soon catches interest of the police.  The general also sends him a link of the murder the day before.  After a blonde beauty Yua Kusunoki (楠 優愛) befriends him and he feels like she might be really into him.  He then finds out she’s been studying him thinking he is the killer.  She has lots of proof that his conversations with the general don’t add up.  He starts to question his own sanity. He starts worrying that he’s sleep walking and committing the murders and goes to a doctor but then the doctor is removed.

With the police suspecting him, and himself convinced that he is being targeted by the General Takumi finds himself caught in a spiral of delusions and paranoia, as he desperately tries to keep himself safe and figure out why he is apparently being targeted.  He eventually comes into contact with several other people related to the events. The Seven Black knights or Gigalomaniacs (ギガロマニアックス) are Rimi, Ayase, Yua, Sena, Kozue, Nanami, and Takumi.           These seven heroes are fighting Nozomi to save the world.  Unsure of what is real or who he can trust, Takumi finds himself thrust into a much larger scheme than he ever thought possible.  As the mysterious company NOZOMI carefully plots something from behind the scenes.  A machine called Noah II must be destroyed for the sake of all humanity.

The Friendly Winter (Web-Manhwa)

Min-Seong and Da-Jeong Da Jeong Da-Jeong Mum and Dad

Name: The Friendly Winter, Author: Lee Jun, Scanlators: SCS, Vintage: 2012-2013, Type: Manhwa, Genre: Psychological-Drama, Age-Rating: 13+, Rating: 10/10.

This manga revolves around a girl named Da-Jeong. She is 19 years old and longs to be a normal girl. But what’s so different about her? In-fact, due to a defect from when she was little her body has not matured since the age of about 7 and thus she is often mistaken for a child. Now an adult she has become incredibly prickly and is quick to anger, it was on one such occasion after she ran away after getting angry with her father while clothes shopping, that she met with Min-Seong. Da-Jeongs meeting with Min-Seong is one of mere coincidence but almost seemed pre-destined, whereas she is an adult whose body never grows older, Min-Seong is a 17 year old boy whose mind is that of a 7year old. A touching story is about to unravel as they both become good friends and protect each other as their emotions go up and down.

This is a wonderful story which deals well with the issue of handicapped people as well as accurately portraying the strong feelings of abandonment and sorrow they both share. This is a very depressing read with many sweet outcomes. As a first project by Lee Jun, this manga signals a great start to his career in the business. Though generally I am not a fan of webcomics, my preference being mostly for those setup in a standard format, I found this story had me hooked from beginning to end. This is a great read for anyone who likes stories of a dark emotional nature and it also deals with the matters of mental and physical disability without providing any areas of insult to them both.

Though this may seem long at 5 Volumes and 64 Chapters, the added length of this webcomic seems completely necessary having almost doubled from the authors original intention. Unlike most extended manhwa / manga, this series does not feel stretched and the ending will leave you thirsting more like all good manga should whilst also providing that sense of completion at the end of a story. I recommend this read to anyone and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Anime North 2013 Coverage

Hello everyone, it’s your boy Curser656 aka Anthony aka uh, well you get the idea.
So it’s that time of year again. Firstly I want to personally apologize that this coverage has taken so long, we had no contact with admins and no access to the site. So to begin.

This year we’d opted for a hotel room, this way we’d get to go to the really late panels that Anime North now has, or we hadn’t noticed it had last year.

Here are the highlights of Friday:

Opening Ceremony

We started our day with the opening ceremony, I don’t know who the lady talking to us was but we got to meet our guests, have a few laughs and of course kick off Anime North.

Big shout outs to the great drumming performance and of course to all the guests.

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But I have to ask, when did Anime North become My Little Pony North?

I don’t think we should just be doing things to please people, for example throwing in clips of My Little Pony in the opening video.

I have a thing against bronys, you’ll figure that out soon enough.

On top of this, unfortunately the opening ceremony ran over an hour late. Meaning we missed our friend Initial P’s panel, still unhappy about that.
Late night with John and Tyson

This panel ended up being Late night with John, Tyson, Chris, and Michael.

If I had to sum up this panel in as few words as possible, it’d probably go something like this: Holy F***ing S**t.

I have never laughed so hard, this panel was great.

It’s just four guys telling stories that anyone under 18 would be shocked and confused about. (Then again let’s be realistic in this day and age 14 year olds know more than they should.)

Unfortunately, we weren’t allowed to take any pictures or video and technically we shouldn’t be talking about it. But if I had to pick one panel as my favorite during the Anime North weekend, it’s this.

Saturday

We woke up a bit late to attend the early panels on Saturday, so we started our day with a good all day breakfast, and watching Shingeki no Kyojin air in Japan.

 

Funimation Panel

This consisted of Funimation blatantly lying to fans, pretending they actually make anime, and licensing the worst titles of the season.

Stick to Crunchyroll.

(This is my opinion and it doesn’t reflect the overall opinion of the site, blahblahblah.)

Sunday

 

The Dealers Room

 

Gallery Momiji

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Gallery Momiji Staff

These guys put a lot of work into the displays and the security of the artists works. Honestly, hats off to them.

As press we are allowed to take pictures under artist approval. Even with our guide with us we had multiple staff approach us to double check our privileges.

As a little treat we’ve taken our favourite picks from the gallery and the piece that I wish I’d bought.

ruwindas

Ruwinda’s Favourite

anthonys-favourite

Anthony’s Favourite

regret

The one that got away

 

To Summarize

Some people may think this con is a bit backwater and that it doesn’t live up to the big boys. But to be honest it’s one of the better conventions I’ve been to. And it’s definitely the effort put in by the staff that makes it that awesome.

A Bridge to Starry Skies review

A bridge to Starry Skies

By Miki

Also known as Hoshizora e Kakaru Hashi is a cute and funny comedy about brotherly love.  This story started out as an erotic novel but then turned into a lively anime with bodacious babes and firecracker females.  Kazuma Hoshino and his brother Ayumu Hoshino move to the rural city of Yamabiko. On their way to the Yorozuyo Inn, where they are prearranged to lodge, the boys get on the wrong bus, forcing them to wait out the next ride at a stop.   Ayumu’s hat is stolen by a monkey and Kazuma chases after it, getting lost in the process.  Kazuma runs into a beautiful but ditzy maiden named Ui Nakatsugawa, whom helps him find his way.  Unfortunately he ends up pushing her down and kissing her but it was an accident.  It’s a must see the way the rumors start to fly and he is reprimanded by Ibuki Hinata, UI’s best friend.  The girls worry hes a pervert while the boys cheer him on and want to know his secret.

Kazuma starts at Yamabiko South Academy and meets these two girls he fell upon in the forest and now the fun begins..  He is constantly in compromising positions with different girls but mostly Ui cause she never sees it coming.  Tsumugi Toudou (藤堂 つむぎ) is the third year who works at the inn where the boys are living Kazuma actually flashes her and the land lady while shes cleaning the bath.  Next is Madoka Koumoto (神本 円佳 ) a longtime friend and shrine maiden.  She is in love with Kazuma and is very quiet and old fashioned.  Hina Sakai (酒井 陽菜) is also a third year and one of the untouchable idols at school.  She freaks out on Kazuma then ends of falling for him too.  Needless to say this is a harem anime and the entire cast of girls end up wanting him.  The stories are fun and lively with characters that are real and inviting.

This was a nice way to spend the day.  I watched all 12 in one day and just kept laughing.  I give an 8 out 10 stars.

There Is No Such Thing As HD: Final Fantasy X & X-2, Final Fantasy XIV and Beyond

Some people may not notice but when you turn your Wii U on, PS3 (Playstation 3), or Xbox 360 that there is something called HD, hi-def, high definition, high-def… this is an ignorant persons tutorial to hi-def.

As an anime & game lover, HD is my friend. I’d give anything for FLCL to be in high def (HD). It is not yet. Hell, I wish it was. Tonight, I was playing Final Fantasy 14 beta on the PS3(Playstation 3) and was told it does not look any better than FF X for Playstation 2.

HD High Definition Versus Vs SD Standard Definition
Sorta insulting to us game geeks. How do u explain HD? I am gonna Google right now for an answer to that. Look above, see the difference spelled out for you? Why buy a Blu-Ray? In my ultimate opinion, because if I have a high def (HD) television, you do not want it to look like shit.

In doing so I found a good example:

Difference versus HD and SD

 

See the difference in the island? I do. See the difference overall? Yes. There is definitely a difference. Clear island vs cloudy island. Now imagine that in anime. Imagine that in video games. Imagine that in anything.

The thought HD doesn’t exist is an ignorant assumption. It is truly sad that people, not I, but several people are too ignorant (I fucking hope that is the word to use) to grasp HD.

Are you excited, an HD version of Final Fantasy X & and Final Fantasy X-2 are coming out? Can you tell the difference between them and the original PS2 ( playstation 2) versions? Fuck I do not care how ignorant you are. I can and several other fan boys can.

I am an official beta tester for Final Fantasy 14 (final fantasy xiv). I love the game because of its beauty. It’s true best as it is the fact I have to read everything, minus the pretty intro, says. The story is good but come on! Give me a break!

By signing up for the game’s beta we are not allowed to disclose anything yet. So hey anyone, take the time to look at a game, HD and & SD. Do not be ignorant. There is a difference. Maybe I am insulted but the people that put the time into the games we love, we play, will be unhappy to read shit from you.

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Next people will be there is no difference between 2d and 3d.  Laugh my fucking ass off, but there is no difference without the glasses.  True as that may be but you need to be aware.  Ignorant people lie around every corner. All that matters is Final Fantasy X and Final Fantasy X-2 come out in HD. Not standard definition for the people that can’t distinguish the difference. Not a definition for those that think high def, high definition, does not exist.  I say to for all my friends, readers and lovers of Final Fantasy to know that hey you are getting your favorite game in the best graphics available to the eye at this time soon according to E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo).

Let me give a grand example, my girlfriends own 14 year old son, does not see the difference in graphic quality. How am I to explain to him what he is missing? Rhetoric question? No, I wish. Question wanting an answer for my own self? Yes.

Video games have only become more eye candy. Final Fantasies have only become more fucking complicated but one thing is the graphics are always, always fucking beautiful. Get HD or go home and deal with SD!

DAISUKI – New Anime Streaming Service

We recently had an interview with Eri Maruyama of DAISUKI. If you have not heard of DAISUKI you need to take the time to catch up. Start by reading our interview.

AnimeSalvation is asking the questions, of course. Eri Maruyama of DAISUKI’s International Business Development department is answering.

 

How is DAISUKI different than other legal streaming services offering anime Netflix & Crunchyroll?

A: At DAISUKI.net you can watch anime for free. Only parts of the service (premium content) that will be added later will be fee-based. Also, DAISUKI.net will offer an online shop with exclusive goods and opportunities for fans to give feedback to Japanese production companies directly. By doing so we want to build up an exchange between overseas fans and creators in Japan.

Being that pirating/streaming of anime is rampant on the internet why has it taken so long for DAISUKI to be released?

A: The idea was not new indeed, each of the companies thought of such a platform, so it was kind of a natural development of coming together. But handling numerous companies is quite difficult which also takes some time. Also, we think that now it is the right timing for such a world-wide online service with the internet coming into wide use in many countries.

Is DAISUKI going to be free or ad supported? If not how much will a subscription run?

A: The service will be ad supported. Fans can watch most of the content for free and the membership is free as well. Later, fee-based premium content will be added. Maybe we will implement a paid membership with benefits, too.

With console gaming systems streaming Netflix and Crunchyroll, will DAISUKI be available on PS3/Xbox 360/Wii U and the next generation of console systems?

A: Yes, we are working on that. Also, versions for smart phones and tablets are planned.

What is the full anime lineup for DAISUKI?

A: We have launched in mid May and the first titles can be watched now on our website. The episodes will be continuously updated and new anime titles will be added as well. By the end of the year it is planned that there will already be a huge variety available to watch.

How often will new series be added?

A: For now, there is no fixed programming schedule, but we hope that we can add new series frequently. It will be announced on our website.

Does DAISUKI plan to have anything else to stream besides anime?

A: Yes, for the near future, video content related to Games and Anime Music are planned.

Will DAISUKI be streamable from mobile Android/iOS devices?

A: Yes, the work is in progress.

The series being offered on DAISUKI, will they be subbed or dubbed?

A: We will have a mix of both. Some of them will be dubbed and some will have subtitles.

Do you have future plans to partner with any other anime studios to steam their anime?

A: For now, we are concentrating on our shareholder companies. Nevertheless there are possibilities to partner with further anime studios and production companies in the future.


Is DAISUKI partnered with any American Companies?

A: We would like to build good relationships with American companies and communities as well for possible cooperation in the future.


Any plans for DAISUKI to attend any upcoming anime conventions? If so what ones?

A: Yes, we have started off with Anime Central in May. This summer, DAISUKI will be present on several overseas anime conventions like Anime Expo. Please visit us at our DAISUKI booth!

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Now after having our staff member’s questions answered we decided to watch a few episodes on DAISUKI’s site. I watched 4 episodes of Sword Art Online. It’s truly guilt free, as I am not streaming pirated anime on a shady (not always) site. I’d find it more convenient once  I can watch on my PS3.

I was not annoyed by the ads. The ads were relevant to what I was watching. If you have yet to watch DAISUKI, take a ponder at it. There is plenty of great, free, streamable anime available.  If you really must know what I am watching on there I will tell you: Sword Art Online and Puella Magi Madoka Magica (still trying to finish it from a couple years ago). Take some time and check Daisuki out. Right now you can enter daily in their Campaign Launch Giveaway. I must say there is some great stuff available that you can enter for daily. Go there, register (simple account creation type stuff ) and enter to win.

Enjoy the site because I am already

A Dark Rabbit has Seven Lives Review

A Black Rabbit has Nine Lives

By Miki

Taito Kurogane (鉄 大兎) had always believed that he was an ordinary, regular guy. However, due to a forgotten promise exchanged with a beautiful Vampire Saitohimea (サイトヒメア) nine years ago, he was in fact no longer ordinary.  As we see him die to protect a younger student we learn he won’t die easy.

Nine years ago, he was injected with Saitohimea’s poison, which prevented him from dying as long as he didn’t die seven times within fifteen minutes. Shortly after his change, a boy named Kurenai Hinata (紅 日向) attacked them with a demon and killed Taito six times. In order to prevent Taito from dying, Saitohimea agreed to leave with Hinata and have Taito’s memory wiped. As a result, Saitohimea was experimented on and imprisoned within a world with no sound or light.   Taito continued with his life as a normal human, until memories start to resurface during his freshman year of high school.

After being killed by a truck he finally remembers Saitohimea and she therefore regains her powers.  After breaking free she goes to the playground where they met and waits for him.    When he gets there the reunion is cut short by Kurenai Gekkou (紅 月光) and Andou Mirai (安藤 美雷).  They attack them but end up aliagned after Gekkous twin brother (Hinata) shows up to take back Saitohimea.   Saito gives Taito Martyr’s flame, which only he could use as the flame would kill the caster upon use.  Gekkou, Mirai, Taito and Saito all become allies to take down Hinata.   The school is run by the government and Gekkou is the liaison.  They search for ways to stop the church from taking Saitohimea, and in the process find out Bahlskra (バールスクラ) can be attained through Saito.  There is also a world destruction plan that gets activated and only Taito can stop it.

Overall it starts out slow and confusing but then picks up once our team is created.  I say 4 out of 10 stars.  I wasn’t expecting what happened so that may have colored my feeling on this piece.

Ano Natsu de Matteru Review by Miki

Ano Natsu de Matteru

By Miki

            This 12 episode story goes through a high school summer where 4 friends wish something would happen so they start filming a movie. Kaito Kirishima (霧島 海人), Kanna Tanigawa (谷川 柑菜), Tetsurō Ishigaki (石垣 哲朗), and Mio Kitahara (北原 美桜 ) are the four friends who meet Remon Yamano (山乃 檸檬)and Ichika Takatsuki (貴月 イチカ ).  Kaito is filming when he meets Ichika and finds his muse for the movie.  She is friends with Remon and both are upperclassmen.  They join in the project to make a movie and things keep happening. Ichika becomes the heroine of the movie.

There is something strange about Remon and she always films the good stuff and encourages drama between the other characters.  They make wonderful memories while filming and searching for a place Ichika dreams of seeing.  There are some rough patches when other girls come into play in Okinawa while filming on the beach.  This creates tension and jealousy is seen.  We also start seeing who likes who by this point and it’s a crazy circle. Mio likes Tetsuro but he likes Kanna who like Kaito and Kaito likes Ichika.  This leaves room for Remon to play matchmaker and create drama for the film.  She has an evil chuckle and enjoys watching things unfold from behind the camera.  She is kind of creepy at times.

The movie continues until rescue pods come to retrieve Ichika who is from space.  She then starts to worry about bringing trouble to all her new friends and thinks about running away but Kanna reprimands her.  This causes her to admit her feelings to Kaito, and the happiness can’t last.  Then Ichika’s sister comes to get her, and they race the clock to find her place.   You have to watch the anime to find out the ending. Does she leave?  Can they stay together?  Who is Remon really?  Watch and see to find out the answers to these questions.

Overall 4 out 5 stars I’m not an alien fan so I was pretty impressed with the simplicity of the story while having action and drama.  It was also nice to see a love circle instead of triangle because in real life it tends to be more unrequited love in friend groups.  There is always someone left out it seems.

Hiiro no Kakera

Hiiro no Kakera Review

By Miki

Not what I expected season 2 (Dai-ni-sho) is better than the first.  The story is about a powerless girl Tamaki Kasuga (春日珠紀) being the Tamayorihime (princess).  She travels to Kyo Village where she meets Takuma Onizaki (鬼崎拓磨) who saves her from angry gods in the forest.  She finds out he is one of 5 guardians.  Suguru Oomi (大蛇卓) the eldest guardian and also the brains, Mahiro Atori (鴉取真弘) the angriest also called crow, Yuuichi Komura (狐邑祐一) calm and collected also a fox demon, Shinji Inukai (犬戒慎司) the youngest and also powerless these are the guardians but in season two we add Ryou Kutani (狗谷遼) a lone wolf who wants to also protect Tamaki.

Their job is to protect the Tamayori princess and help her seal the sword Onikirimaru.  Unfortunately the seal is weakening and she can’t awaken her power so this proves futile in the first season, and it’s not till half way through 2nd season we get some good Demon/God action.  I really don’t like anime with weak female characters especially when they are supposed to have power.   It’s like wonder woman always tied up it’s just ridiculous.  The guardians fight Logos an opposing organization who wants to use the artifacts and awaken the sword.  They are led by Aria Rozenburg (アリア・ローゼンブルグ) she is a maiden priestess who is equal to Sybil aka (Tamaki).  Without Aria, Logos cannot obtain the artifact; a female of faith must be used.

This series is slow and kind of dry to me I preferred season 2 (Hiiro no Kakera Dai ni Sho) when the truth of all the guardians’ ancestors comes out.  When Tamaki gets her powers realized and Takuma defies the demon blood to love Tamaki.  I give 2 out 5 stars.

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