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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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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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Drakengard 3 Final Impressions

I have never played any games in the Drakengard series prior to this and I certainly have no plan to after this. This game was really, really cool for certain reasons but I doubt I could stomach a game with even worse gameplay than this had.

That being said, I’m really glad I did play this. I would have ignored it entirely but the trailer with This Silence is Mine won me over so hard that I excited about this game for months. So even though this game was frustrating, tedious and a chore a lot of the time, I still think the end result was totally worth the headache.

Spoilers ahead, I guess?

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Mekakucity Actors 1-5 Impressions + Observations

So really this post could have waited but I get so hyped up after each episode (so much that I wait until the day before episode six to post this huh) and notice a bunch of really neat things about the show that I love. I’m glad they’re putting effort into the show even if there are some things I don’t like.

I guess some of this will be stuff I’ve said before and will undoubtedly repeat when I do my final impressions. Still, up to this point there’s been some really cool things happening that have been pretty subtle. So I’ll just go over some of the obvious ones now and when the next few episodes cause me to flip out, maybe they’ll get a post too.

That all being said: there are some big big big spoilers that could potentially ruin the rest of the series for you if you’re new to Kagepro in this post and it’s mostly intended a post for people who have prior knowledge of the series.
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Miraculous Ladybug: Recent News and Thoughts

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You know, when I put the current poll up it was only because of the Wakfu kickstarter. In jest I added the Miraculous Ladybug bit because we’ve been waiting a long, long time for our French Toei cartoon, right? Well, never would I in a million years have guessed that the poll spoke true and it’s prophecy would ring out across the land. Sirening the end of an era of waiting, bringing forth a new world of darkness and despair.

Our French Toei cartoon is dead.

Well, the cartoon isn’t dead. It’s not really a… ‘cartoon’ cartoon any more. It’s entirely CG. News was scarce for a long time. Zagtoon flip flopped around and it was unclear what the future of the series was, as the series was pushed back farther and farther from the original posting of that wonderous pv around the end of 2012. Now it has recently come up that the series will be airing soon but as completely CG. This is, apparently, due to budget and they could not afford otherwise. I seem to recall the series was rumoured to have an unusually large budget though? So I wonder if that’s really the case. I saw an article about the series mention that they wanted to appeal to children of the world and since it IS airing on Disney over here, I imagine that had a big thing to do with it. There was mention of keeping Toei’s style (I can’t recall if that’s the best wording to use) and direction but from the CG teaser, that didn’t seem overly abundant.

You may be asking yourself, what is Miraculous Ladybug? It is a french multi-media series that started as a comic about a girl named Marionette Cheng who lives in Paris and after coming across a pair of magical earrings that gives her the power of luck and allows her to transform into a superhero. The PV was super cute and made even better with the addition of Toei’s signature style.

What is Toei? Really? Toei Animation is a company that known for, in recent years and related to the style of the show, Precure, Saint Seiya and my personal favourite, Kyousougiga. Among countless other shows that I’m sure you know and love.

The result was an absolute dream. A beautiful looking French magical girl show that was planned to simulcast across the world. I believe that part still holds true. I’m very disappointed as I know many others are. These things happen I guess.

If this ends up being false (which seems highly unlikely at this point, let’s be real) I’d be beyond happy.  Will I still watch the series? Eh. Probably. To be honest, I’ll still PV it and it’ll still probably be really good. I just think they might have shot themselves in the foot with the CG being more appealing to children of the world thing. Kids today could use a flashy superhero/magical girl cartoon. I might be biased. I try to look at it from another point of view but it’s so difficult after such a long wait and such a disappointing result.

The original translation of this news came from here with some evidence from here and the fact that the site for the show/Zagtoon no longer lists it as a mix of CG and 2D but solely CG that was changed when they released as CG teaser for the show.