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Fang-tan’s Big Shoujo Jamboree

I can’t think of a more appropriate time to finally finish and post this than Valentine’s. I actually wanted to post this before Christmas but I got so bogged down that I kind of forgot about it. And good thing! Because I read a ton more stuff in that time.

There’s actually an order. My favourite to least favourite. And a separate category for stuff that is licensed and available in North America since supporting the creators and the industry is a good thing I guess yeah.
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Ano Mori de Matteru Remix Roundup

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Grab Box (S Size for Boys) from Amiami

I still haven’t had the luck to get the 3000 yen grab box but maybe one day. I’m especially eager to get my paws on one because this was a “used” item grab box that was only 1300 yen. Of course because of one particular item shipping was 4000 yen for this bad boy so it ended up quite pricy.

Still, I would probably (once I have money again) get another one just because it was so fun and exciting. Plus I ended up with a few small things from my character specific collections. Seriously, a Precure and Saber figure I can believe because those things are common. But an Arcueid keychain? Come on, Amiami, you just wanted to spoil me.

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LINE Sticker Selection #05

  

  

I’ve been so focused on other stuff that things like this have fallen to the back of my to-do list. I really gotta start using my time better.

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Monty Oum: 1981 – 2015

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Can you match my resolve?

If so then you will succeed

I believe that the human spirit is indomitable. If you endeavor to achieve, it will happen given enough resolve. It may not be immediate, and often your greater dreams is something you will not achieve within your own lifetime. The effort you put forth to anything transcends yourself, for there is no futility even in death.

– Monty Oum, October 6th, 2012 1

I don’t think I’ve ever cried so hard over the death of a “celebrity” before. Perhaps because despite his fame, Oum didn’t seem very celebrity-like. In the tales and stories that have come out in the last few hours, everyone describes him an insanely hardworking person with more drive and determination than the average person could possibly possess. Despite that, fans and friends describe him as easy to approach and someone you were better for knowing.

It’s seeing how he has touched and inspired fans so much or how deeply his friends and colleagues are grieving that drive home that he wasn’t some distant celebrity but just an anything but regular guy. Someone who just simply wanted to create anything he could and stopped at nothing to achieve this.

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Happiness Charge Precure Final Impressions

Happiness Charge Precure

This will be quick and messy because frankly I just didn’t enjoy Happiness Charge that much. I had to force myself to watch the last few episodes after being behind on them for weeks and weeks and months.

To be fair, in those last few episodes the show did have some surprising grace and maturity that I hadn’t expected. If only the rest of the series had been as good.

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Akatsuki no Yona Second OP and ED

Akatsuki no Yona

Despite everything good airing this season, Akatsuki no Yona continues to be my favourite show. It’s a bit disheartening to realize they’re not going to get anywhere close to facing Su-won but apparently the manga isn’t even close to that point, from what I’ve heard.

Actually, I had never really looked at the studio before now. Being done by Pierrot does explain why it’s 2 cour, kind of. They seem a lot more focused on providing a quality show rather than a preview for the manga or light novel (as well as having done plenty of other shows directed at women that ended up with multiple seasons). Maybe Soredemo will even get a second season when it has more chapters then. Still, I’d much, much, much rather have more Yona than another season of Soredemo even though the desert arc is kind of interesting.

(That arc in Soredemo is interesting but if I recall correctly, ends up with more trite Bad Shoujo gimmicks like ‘oh she is so cool and strong and shit we love the rain I must have her so go to hell shota king’)

Alright, wildly off topic. I’m actually going to talk about what I had planned to originally. The new OP and ED.

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LINE Sticker Selection #04

  

  

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The Mystery of Oninagi (and Final Impressions?)

Oninagi Volume 4

I’m doing a post about Oninagi after all these years not because Oninagi is particularly good or anything. No, it’s painfully average despite it’s cool artstyle. No, it’s because Oninagi is a series that Yen Press had shrouded in mystery. It’s just that I thought that I would never own volume four and even when that finally happened, it wasn’t even normal.

It was a mystery that puzzled me for years. This was around the time of Del Ray going under so I have many unfinished series in my collection now but it was always this one that was most puzzling. Why did Yen Press suddenly stop publishing it? On the last volume, at that.

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Exit Trance presents Speed Anime Trance Best THE FINAL

Speed Anime Trance Best The Final

This is it folks. The final one. I’ve bemoaned having to do this series for a long time but really I could have stopped at any time. However, honestly it brings in the most people and I’ve enjoyed talking to everyone over the years about the albums as they come out. People letting me know the album is out, anticipating my post and then chatting about what songs we liked best. I liked all those things so I did these posts even as I grew more and more disenchanted with the series.

So I’m not that sad it’s over. And I know I keep saying this but I do have another really big Exit Trance post that has been a draft for probably at least a year now. Maybe that’ll come out eventually.

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