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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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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.

  

  

12 Days of Anime: 03 – The World is Pitch Black

Ah, the sting. The sting unique to watching something with so much promise squander and waste it. It feels like Yatterman Night, the surprise darling of winter 2015. At first.

How could it not be with such a fantastic first episode? I was caught off guard. Surely Tatsunoko Production couldn’t make magic happen again like they did witch Gatchaman Crowds, could they? But with this episode, it seemed like maybe they would.

They set us up for the fall then hit us with it hard, all the while presenting an interesting post-apocolyptic world that I was excited to learn more about.

But as episodes went on… it was clear the first episode was a fluke. The first few episodes were good and let’s be clear, I did enjoy them at the time. However once the show started to get stale, it got stale fast. Jokes got repetitive and focus was on all the most uninteresting places and characters.

I never finished the series because it just got too boring but from what I’ve heard it doesn’t seem like I’ve missed very much at all. Which is a shame considering how amazing the first episode was at the time.

This takes the place of the Charlotte and Classroom Crisis selections I had for 12 Days because Charlotte is dumb and I have nothing good to say about Classroom Crisis anymore. At least Yatterman Night managed to wow, even if only for awhile.

Fang-tan’s Top 10: Momoiro Clover Z Songs

Since I’m not able to go to Anime Expo this year while chucklefucks who haven’t ever listened to the pre-Z Momoclo indies or know about Akari or don’t even know why goddamn KISS is there in the first place get to see my beloved idol group in person, I’m trying not to be bitter. I’m trying very, very hard.

Especially since I don’t believe in any one person being a true fan having more worth than a casual fan. I should be happy about all the people who haven’t listened to Momoclo who will get to experience their concert and their amazing, exciting live performances. And if they dislike Momoclo even after that while I’m stuck here being drunk and sad, I’ll just break their worthless legs.

But while you lowlifes enjoy your wonderful concert, I figured I could do some post about Momoclo to soothe my broken mononofu heart.

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Legend of Korra Final Impressions

I'm not crying, I swear

I can’t believe it’s over. I can’t believe almost everything else was wrapped up in a satisfying way. I can’t believe that a show that started off so terribly and seemed to only get worse, some how got so amazing.  I can’t believe it ended that way. And I can’t believe how happy I am.

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Mekakucity Actors Final Impressions

It’s hard to believe it’s already over. Spring went by quickly but it feels like Mekakucity Actors was over in no time. Maybe because it’s the first show in a long time where I’d wake up early on Saturdays (if I didn’t have work) so as soon as it was uploaded on CR, I was ready?

And you know, now that’s its over I’m gonna miss having something to be excited about but I don’t know if I’ll necessarily miss this show. I really liked it and as a fan of the series, I thought it wasn’t half bad. I just can’t help but feel that it was lacking something.

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Spring 2014 Final Impression

(featuring: Akuma no Riddle, Isshuukan Friends, Love Live, Soredemo Sekai wa Utsukushii)

I’ve been real busy moving and with side projects that I didn’t have time to do this right away. And then instead of doing this, I rushed to watch Akuma no Riddle. But for real moving has taken a huge toll on me and I feel like a miserable sack and it’s kind of reflected here, huh. Well enjoy the word vomit.

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