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Collecting and Buying Anime Stationery: Where to start?

I’ve always loved stationery. It used to be just notebooks. I have untouched notebooks I’ve had for years. Now it’s also tape and pens. One of the places I’m considering going on vacation next year is a place I’ve considered just because of how many cute stationery shops I’ve found there.

Mixing my two hobbies together is just natural. Bringing them to this blog is just natural. So today I’m going to naturally share my knowledge and share the best places to buy yourself some anime stationery.

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Aniblogger Secret Santa 2016: YuruYuri

Secret Santa, you’re not the first person to try and get me to watch Cowboy Bebop or FLCL and you won’t be the last. Maybe I should just add those to my list as stalled or dropped so that people don’t rec me them any more.

So I went with YuruYuri despite knowing very well that I probably wouldn’t like YuruYuri. In fact, it’s often been a belief of mine that the vast majority of people who enjoy YRYR are straight men. I’ve never seen a gay woman be super into it or even a little bit into it. That isn’t to rule out that they exist. Just something I thought interesting due to the content of the show.

I’ll admit I did not finish YuruYuri because I simply did not find it entertaining enough. Sorry Secret Santa but I did my best.

There were some solid jokes but it’s inoffensive, 4koma-ish gags are simply not the kind of thing I find funny. The characters also did nothing for me. I’ve always found Kyouko obnoxious from what I’ve seen of her and that didn’t change. Akari is charming enough and Chinatsu and Yui are alright.

The yuri aspect isn’t as “gay 4 laffs” as I expected but the whole “Chinatsu likes Yui who likes Kyouko who likes Chinatsu” thing is pretty annoying. It’s also a lot more endearing because these characters are so dumb and simple that I can imagine they would just stay and end up together as time went on. I don’t have to worry about them following social constructs and ending up with men. That may be overthinking it for a show like this but when so many anime tease romantic relationships between girls but leave them open-ended as to not alienate the male fans, I need to take whatever I can get.

I could never get past the first episode of Sakura Trick because they make a comment about it just being a thing they do in high school that always grossed me out. YRYR was at least not gross.

But yeah, not a show for me. I tried and I can see why it does have some pretty dedicated fans but it’s absolutely not a show I find funny or would watch more of.

 

Mottainai Akihabara Flea Market Fang-tan's Japan Trip 2016: part three

The last Sunday before we went home, I decided to go to Akihabara alone to try and scope out some Itasha one last time. We had dinner plans in Shibuya at 6 so I didn’t expect to see many since primo-Itasha time seemed to be a little later on in the evening but luckily I did see a few.

In my bid to kill time I stumbled across this interesting little event. On the side of UDX was a flea market! It’s a shame that I was completely and desperately broke by this point because there was definitely some stuff I wanted to buy!

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Loot from Mandarake Urban Mines Toiling in the Salt Mines, etc

So way back in March Mandarake launched Urban Mines. Their normal auction normally sells thing such a scripts from anime episodes or older anime cels. Stuff like that. The Urban Mines, however, is stuff that they would normally sell in the Mandarake stores proper but for various reasons can’t or won’t.

Better yet everything starts at 1 yen.

The creation of this lead to my (temporary) destruction as the situation spiraled more and more out of control. Addiction is a scary thing, kids.

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Do You Need To Watch Psycho-Pass 2 Before the Movie? And also: Impressions of Psycho-Pass the Movie

I’m going to give you the shortest possible answer: no.
Absolutely not. God no. Nobody should watch Psycho-Pass 2.

Psycho-Pass 2 and clouded my hue judgement of the show so badly that I thought all of Psycho-Pass was dumb and bad. But you know what? Upon my third watch of the first season, I realized it’s one of my favourite anime and I actually love it. I could easily go for a fourth viewing in a few months or hell even in a few weeks. I, uh, just won’t watch S2 again. Twice was enough. Never again, thanks.

If you want to skip what is quite possibly the worst sequel to anything ever (and really, who could blame you?) but still kind of want to know what happens, highlight below for the major events that happen in 2. But I assure you, other than a new face or two popping up, none of this is too terribly important to the movie.

  • Shimotsuki, the girl who survived the Rikako case in S1 and appears at the end as a new inspector, is Akane’s partner that serves as a foil to Akane’s unwilling acceptance of the Sibyl System. Akane resists and fights in her own way, by serving but not without stopping to question or to try and dish out her own justice. Not Shimotsuki though. Shimotsuki absolutely follows the rule book to a tee and HATES Akane doing things her own way. She also finds out about Sibyl and does not take it very well (her role is to show reflect how society might accept Sibyl because they sure as heck won’t be like Akane) but eventually becomes another tool for Sibyl. She’s also unflinghingly a huge bitch and seriously does anybody fucking like Shimotsuki? Like god, you were supposed to be Akane’s cool new partner not awful in every sense of the word. Goddamn. Even if you just watch the movie, she’s still an awful person in that so you’ll get The Full Shimotsuki Experience regardless.
  • There are three new enforcers. One doesn’t show up in the movie because he was clearly a vampire super evil and was actually a child of one of the brains in Sibyl. They tried to make an symptomatic person (like Makishima) and guess what they made the most evil puppy killing machine ever (he’s some how even less nuanced as the villain is in Erased after the revea,). Has dumb hair. He dies. Easily worst part of S2, imo. 
  • Other new inspector, Hinakawa, is a cutie-pie who is shy and good at holos. He doesn’t do much in the movie though. Other is Sugo who does some stuff and accidentally kills an inspector and whatever. He also doesn’t do much in the movie.
  • Bad guy in S2 is a guy named Kamui Kirito who MIGHT have been interesting if he didn’t have to compete with Douchey McVampire and they had an additional 12 episodes. As much as I hate Makishima, at least he had good schemes. Kirito kind of just does things the directors thought would be cool and then justify later. He gets some people blown up (there’s a new Dominator gun in S2 but just a new mode in the movie) and does Bad Gatchaman Crowds. He isn’t mentioned at all in the movie if I remember correctly.
  • Akane’s grandma dies and evil vampire conviently forgets that the best scene of s1 was Akane watching someone she loved die already. He isn’t good at having motivations for killing people (much like the writers for S2, heyooo) and I blame it on the puppies.
  • Even though he shows up repeatedly in the opening (I seriously wrote two posts analysing the opening alright) , Kogami isn’t in S2 other than hallucinations had by Akane in times of crisis. Akane doesn’t smoke but she lights cigarettes so that she can have the scent of him with her and that’s hella adorable though.

Shimotsuki

Akane needs to mess this face up

So there you go. No need to watch S2. There’s one good scene. Here, I’ll even link it for you. It’s the ear scene. Something called the ear scene is the best part of Psycho-Pass 2. Don’t waste your time on this season.

NOW my thoughts on the movie itself. If you’ve gotten this far and you haven’t seen the movie, stop reading so you can go enjoy it in all of it’s beautiful glory.

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Love Live! The School Idol Movie Final Impressions

I don’t have much to say here because, well, blogging is hard enough for me as it is lately. That’s why I’m going to make this as short and sweet as possible.

  • Felt too long. It should have ended on Sunny Day Song instead of what it did. The last song wasn’t particularly good. Certainly not strong enough to end their part of the franchise on.

  • Rinpana is a boring ship.
  • Honoka is the worst. I may like Maki the least but goddamn Honoka is just the worst Main Character kind of character.She’s downright insufferable and because this movie focuses on her so much, I just ended up disliking her more than ever before.

  • I assumed that it was just Honoka imagining her self to comfort herself (both when she was actually lost and then just emotionally so) but she actually had the mic so was it actually time travelling Honoka or what??And also future Honoka looks super homeless so yikes.

  • Third years had the best song and performance. It was fun and cute and everything I could want from Love Live. The second years was bleh because the second years themselves are bleh (except Umi).The first years was pretty good too, far better than the 2nds, and I teared up when Rin started because even though Rin had a centric song before it was bad and this is the finale so seeing her lead made me really happy.

The most impressive thing the Love Live movie did was offer something that I haven’t really seen in anime like this before. There’s a billion anime about following your dreams and pursuing your goals but there’s not really any about… stopping.

Not giving up on your passion, per say, but accomplishing your goal and knowing that you have to stop or give up. Especially where they have to make the choice to do so rather than not having a say (like Go! Princess Precure).

I can’t imagine Chihaya from Chihayafuru going through a final arc where they give up karuta, you know?

Anyways, the movie was fine. It would have been better if it hadn’t come out in Canada so long after the announcement of the split (when it came out in the States would have been bice) but I guess I’m glad I could see it at all in a theatre.

Though I don’t have the strong emotional attachment to Love Live that some of my friends do, I still think enjoy it a great deal and this was a great send off.

Hopefully Sunshine can stand on its own now.