Archive for the ‘Weird and Wacky’ category

Hatsune Miku + Carameldansen + Nendoroid = Cuteness Overkill

March 22, 2008

If you don’t know Carameldansen (Caramel Dancing), you must be an anime fan living under a pebble.

If you don’t know Hatsune Miku, you must be an anime fan living under a rock.

If you don’t know Nendoroid, you must be an anime fan living under a boulder.

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No kidding, these must be the three newest fads in anime fandom. And when you combine the three (Carameldansen + Hatsune Miku + Nendoriod) together, and throw in a fan with plenty of time and brilliance at creating animation, you get this vid below.

This must be one of the the cutest vid (called “Kurutto, Odotte, Hatsune Miku”) I have ever seen. Don’t let the slow song fool you, it gets better as it goes along, and the best part is right at the end. I almost died from the cuteness overload… ^^;;

I salute the creator for his effort, time and dedication to do it, as it must have taken a hell of a time.

Even the hand actions of Miku (and the rest of her cast) look amazingly real. It’s really one heck of an animation, one of the best Miku video ever. I wish I could create something like this.

Bonus points for using nendoroids too. They look outrageously cute animated. It’s so tempting to get the Miku GSC Nendoroid now… -.-

For the uninitiated, the original Carameldansen video + Original Hatsune Miku Leek Video.

Original Carameldansen Video:

Original Hatsune Miku Leek Video:

Love the songs. Love the leek even more. =p

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Another awesome anime bento – this time of Ge Ge Ge no Kitaro

March 8, 2008

Another yummy-licious anime bento. It must be so blissful to have bentos that looks as cute as this everyday for lunch.

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Suzumiya Haruhi Custom Nike Sneakers – The ultimate anime footwear ^^

March 3, 2008

There’s no lengths to what a Haruhi fan (with loads of spare change) would do. Just take a look at this…

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Isn’t it just coolness beyond cool. And totally anime-tastic at that. ^_^

This is actually a custom sneaker specially commissioned by a Haruhi fan who wanted something different. Thus, he got a custom sneaker artist to come up with this pair of Nike Dunks incorporating his favourite anime.

Not only does it look really cool, it’s the only one of its kind in the world. You can’t buy it. If I ever wanted something to represent my favorite anime, this would be quite near to it. It sure beats all the multitude of generic cospa items out there. =p

Here’s more pictures…

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Great shoes. Now I just need to convince myself to fork out the cash for my own… -_-;;

Kodomo no Jikan – Loli gone too far?

February 27, 2008

Loli has never been as blatant as Kodomo no Jikan. Seriously. Take a look at this if you’re unconvinced.

kodomo no jikan

WTF!?

I count myself as a fairly open-minded person.

Hentai is fine, yuri is alrite, yaoi doesn’t bother me, and loli (or rori in Japanese) is awfully innocent, sweet and cute when done correctly.

Think Ichigo Mashimaro.

But Kodomo no Jikan is in a league of its own. There isn’t any reason to animate it, they could have left the manga (it was based on the original manga) as it is – a fun, though subversive piece of work. Manga-wise, Kodomo no Jikan is just a tiny insignificant drop in the sea of eroge out there.

But with it being animated, as with most shows, it has shot into the limelight (as anime adaptations of obscure usually does).

However, in this instance, it seems like Kodomo no Jikan is not the underground, subversive manga that it was, and has now become a full-fledged loli symbol. When you think of loli, it pops to mind. and eeky loli at that.

And with the range of merchandise surrounding it, some as distasteful (in my personal opinion) as the mousepad above (which cost a whopping SGD78 too), it seems to suggest that there is a market for such items. Frankly, it’s disturbing to me.

I’m not the paragon of virtue advocating clean, sanitized anime (I do enjoy Ikkitousen), but Kodomo no Jikan is pure exploitation.

It’s animes like this that give anime an absolutely bad name, further propagating the stereotype of otakus being weirdos.

I seriously wish they will can it. It’s not entertainment anymore.

But as with such things, the opposite could happen and there’ll be a season 2.

I can’t imagine the merchandise.

The Cute, The Yummy and The Creative – Anime Bento

February 25, 2008

If you have ever lived in Japan for a short period, or watched any anime that features high-school life, the concept of Bento (or lunchboxes) would not be foreign at all.

And the bento is not simply a throw-away lunch pack, but contains some of the most creative food artistry I have ever seen.

Case in point, this Totoro Bento looks gorgeous, and absolutely yummylicious. (And it took the poor mother 2 hours to put together)

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Awesome, isn’t it. This just take the cake for the most beautiful and realistic anime bento.

And if you want more pictures of anime bento, the Japanese anime magazine Animage occasionally features an anime bento based on a major anime of the season.

Some of them are really wild and creative and I’ll scan in some to show you guys for sure.

In the meantime, if anyone you have attempted to make any anime bento, do share the results with me. :)

Hentai on Animax! Unbelievable? Believe it.

February 20, 2008

I was bored and surfing around today, when for no apparent reason, entered a search for “Animax” on youtube.

And lo and behold, something caught my eye.

[ LOLLIPOP ANIMAX ] Huh?

which was accompanied by the following youtube tags:

[ lollipop animax anime asian school girls hentai lolicon sex hot porn porno xxx ] Huh? Huh?

As most definitely, my curiosity was piqued. So I clicked on the video, and was brought to a screen where I had to sign up to view the video, saying that it contains content viewable for above 18s only. >_>

And the video is as follows.

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o_o wow. Animax grows up. It’s more Eromax, lol. ^^

If you do not already know, Animax (www.animax-asia.com) is the cable channel broadcasting anime straight from Japan 24/7.

I guess it can be considered my dream channel and one of the perfectly legal ways in which to get your weekly anime fix… since it airs anime and anime only.

But while watching the channel, I always had the impression it was very clean and sanitized….so seeing ecchi on it…なんかへんね。。。

And obviously, I had to dig further, and here’s what Wikipedia had to say.

“Animax Latin America announced a renewal in its image and projection from August 2007, as well as the premiere of a new programming block (named Lollipop) where adult-oriented series will be destinated to, including hentai (beginning with Immoral Sisters).

Wow, they are really showing Hentai on Animax. But alas, it was for Animax Latin America, and not here in Asia.

Which does made sense when you think of it. It would like something fantastically out of the ordinary if they can show Hentai.

It’s just not possible, not now, not later, not forever. period. Especially here in conservative Asia.I can imagine all the parents would immediately create a huge uproar.

But anyway, Animax Lollipop was some interesting discovery for me today.

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And since I’m hovering close to the topic of legitimate anime watching, I would like to say that for your legal anime fix in Singapore, either import the R1 or R2 DVDs, or watch anime on TV, with Arts Central and Animax both offering a good line-up.

But never, never, never, ever, ever, ever buy anything from Xedo, if you consider yourself a fan.

(I just had to say it; they’re been bashed to death, so one more bash to seal the coffin.)

R.I.P Xedo. *evil laugh*

Japanese otakus are seriously a freaky bunch…and please don’t call anime fans otakus.

February 17, 2008

After seeing the type of businesses that have sprung up recently to cater to the taste of Japanese otakus (and to suck their wallet dry of money), they must be a pretty pervert and subversive species.

Just check out this article on Danny Choo’s blog whereby you can pay to visit a mock-up version of a young girl and get her to play janken with you (at an additional cost of course.)

http://www.dannychoo.com/blog_entry/eng/1359/Japanese+Girls+Bedroom/

There’s a normal course, message course and deluxe course, and even a girls course for those into yuri.

It’s articles like this that seriously gives otakus a bad (and sick) image… and for an anime fan who just like anime (like yours truly), I’m also usually labelled as an otaku…which has since ceased to be amusing and instead become something of an annoyance. Can I hope that one day, anime fans are not called otakus, but just anime fans? Seems like that’s akin to telling a cow to stop mooing.

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BUT at least otakus are into living girls…but not so the following guy who’s into plastic representations of girls.

This guy has like tons of sex dolls in his room. not one, not two, not three, but tons.

Hell, the story was carried by Reuters no less. He needs a mental therapist.

http://blogs.putalocura.com/mundorarito/index.php/2008/02/12/coleccionista-de-sex-dolls/

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Guess there’s a reason why Japanese’s birth rate has been falling drastically.

Maybe Japan’s eroge and bishoujo game maker should take a leaf out of Edison’s Chen’s book…and release a game called “Tokimeki Edison”.

His scandal is truly an eroge game come to life.

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