An interesting article on internet anime “pirating”

I have stumbled across this interesting piece of article yesterday. Thought it’ll be cool to share:

http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2011/02/why-anime-fans-pirate-the-shows-they-love.ars

To be perfectly frank, I believe that no “anime fan” (real or semi-real or fake) out there could honestly claim they have no experience undermining the integrity of this delicate little concept called “intellectual property”. Personally I am very interested in discussions on this topic, be it built around anime or the more mainstream music, movie and software industries. I won’t go into details here today though, or it runs the risk of growing into a 10,000 word essay which would spell certain doom for me at work tomorrow…

As a matter of fact, I almost created a new category in this blog named “legal and compliance” about a minute ago. Yet on second thought it’s most likely to be an eyesore and never clicked upon, so never mind : P Continue reading

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765’s Second Try: The IDOLM@STER (2011)

(warning: sarcasm is detected in the article below, fans beware)

“Are you ready? I am ready…” (from op song Ready!!) Ready to jump the fray of entertainment business and make a bunch of girls with interesting characters (yes, interesting is the meticulously chosen word) into super idols that’ll feed you tens of millions of yen per event? If your answer is yes, congrats, please watch The IDOLM@STER and be done with the idea, NOW.

The currently airing (at EP8) The IDOLM@STER anime is the newest addition to the multi-product franchise started with a 2005 game by Namco. The game received huge popularity and branched out everywhere, even Ace Combat 6 (also produced and published by Namco) featured special Im@s paint schemes for fighter jets, which is an idea so awesome it is one step away from total nuts. The awesomeness doesn’t stop here though. When Namco’s “game inspired” anime Idolm@ster Xenoglossia came out it redefined the meaning of poor product management. It doesn’t take an MBA to see what’s wrong here: you simply do not suddenly throw teenage girl idols originally designed to be everyday people into cockpit of an over-the-top robot fighting machine and protect Tokyo, not if you aren’t making Sakura Wars, anyways. In conclusion, fans alienated, seiyuus (voice actors) quit, brand value lost. So does the newest venture on air, The IDOLM@STER, live up to the tradition of the original game?

The building that homes 765 Production (2nd floor only) gives us an image definition for upstart company

Having never played the game on which the story is based, I personally find the anime acceptable. Continue reading

Guns and Angel: Angel Beats!

Stuck in a world after death, faced with a deadly “angel”, armed with an array of high standard weapons created out of thin air… I forgive you for thinking “hardcore fantasy Matrix-style action” according to what I gave you above, but reality of Angel Beats! is approximately 250 miles away from that description. There are indeed satisfying action scenes involving lots of guns and ammunition, yet mostly Angel Beats! is a story about fulfilling wishes and the subsequent acceptance of death, and tons following tons following tons of typical Japanese/East Asian kind of nostalgia over life in high school.

How awesome is waking up in a huge high school beside a girl aiming down a CheyTac M-200 Intervention?

Aired between April and June, 2010, Angel Beats! received high popularity and recommendation from the Bureau of Culture. Continue reading

Gosick ending

After being diverted for a couple of weeks, I finally realized that Gosick has finished airing on its final episode (24). Congrats to BONES Inc. and their hard work. I might review Gosick — not as anime on air but as a finished title though.

At this moment all I can do is to hope that there are no irresponsible deaths befalling main characters in the final couple of episodes. Should I lol at the previous sentence since WW2 is gonna happen?

Expecting Reiko: Natsume Yuujinchou Season 3 (夏目友人帳参)

Currently at episode 8, the third season of Natsume Yuujinchou (referred to as NatsuYuu) inherits essentially everything from the previous two: nature-filled countryside scenery, casually paced story, short-lived (and usually half-hearted) suspense and the ever so plushy Nyanko sensei. And there are few elements added in case you wonder. I am quite sure that it is impossible for NatsuYuu 3 to impress everyone, so what is the source of its extraordinary popularity, as shown by the ranking at NEC BIGLOBE’s アニメワン, a major PC/mobile anime broadcast service provider in Japan? (#1 as of August 27, 2011)

You are constantly reminded of the reason why Nyanko sensei is your fav character

Fan audiences of NatsuYuu often refer to the series as “healing”. Continue reading

Summer of anime

Hi! Welcome to Vancouver Anime Fan blog! I guess this welcome message is both for you (aka the visitor) and me (aka the blogger), since we are all new here more or less, hehe.

Vancouver’s summer is sunny, bright, not too hot (most of the time) and full of green. Just the right time for anime! People might disagree with me and say that the vibrant warmth should be enjoyed under the sun, instead of imprisoned in your messy nest staring at TV/computer screen while a back sore is slowly developing… (turning) All right thx a plenty for sharing your opinion, time for some anime. (walks away)

Despite the abundance of outdoor activities, summer is no less than a battle season for animes. The number of anime titles on air is at a peak in comparison to other seasons of the year. Please refer to the following website (in Japanese) for a list of airing anime titles:

http://anime.biglobe.ne.jp/ranking/title/total/onair/

The animes I am personally following are Natsume Yuujinchou season 3 (夏目友人帳 参), Idol Master (アイドルマスタ), Gosick and Hanasaku Iroha (花咲くいろは). I will post episode reviews and synopsis on this blog regularly.After all, the existence of Vancouver Anime Fan is to share my anime watching experience with other fans out there (in other words, you).

What I plan for this blog is waaaaaay more than the above. I shall  review older anime titles (which in all likeliness are those i just found the time/opportunity to watch),  dig a little history about anime, talk about the industry, and write about the hottest anime spots in Vancouver! Please be warned that the list is not exhaustive…

Anyways, I hope whoever reads the blog shall find it informative, interesting and helpful. I believe that small and “non-mainstream” (should I say geek-ish?) as it is, the anime community in North America is no less dedicated and enthusiastic than in any other parts of the world. The keywords are share and communicate… share… communicate… I am blogging, you see? : )

So that’s it for my very first blog here. From Vancouver Anime Fan: enjoy your summer, and enjoy your anime!

(…plz enjoy your summer like Natsume and Nyanko-sensei!)