Myspace article from Bloomberg

This Bloomberg Businessweek article is not directly related to anime but I still want to share it with all of you:

The Rise and Inglorious Fall of Myspace

Anyone who is interested in internet business should see this article, which has good history and solid analysis. The age of .com bubble is long gone, and internet is now a large, well-consolidated sector. Social network or not, people from industrial moguls (e.g. Murdoch) to individual investors (e.g. YOU) need to take internet more cautiously. Of course, big websites (think Facebook, Youtube) are fundamentally different from the likes of Bank of America, Shell or General Motors, but nowadays their potential to crunch (and create) incredible amount of wealth is no less than that of any traditional business. Continue reading

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Destin Histoire: Gosick Review

On air in the first six months of 2011, Gosick finally wrapped up in early July with the grand finale of its 24th episode. After just a few episodes in the start, you would quickly realize that it is one of those “mainstream”, “family” animes with a story enjoyable by almost anybody. Frankly speaking, there is nothing too innovative about Gosick: conservative character design, predictable story development and all the detective mystery cliches you’ve seen in Detective Conan for a dozen of times (which is understandable considering the ginormous length of latter). However, even fully realizing the problems mentioned above, I still kept on watching Gosick till the end, and sincerely feel it is destined to be marked as a classic among the titles of 2011 (probably winning several awards, that is to say).

You have no choice but to get this rosy (albeit blue) feeling about Gosick from the very start

Although not rendered in the “ultra-detailed” animation style, which is observed in numerous animes in recent years, the world of Gosick nevertheless has the charm of its own. Continue reading

Cash, credit, craziness: C – The Money of Soul and Possibility Control

Since all C -The Money of Soul and Possibility Control episodes start with alphabet c, I decide to compile three c-words in the title of this review. As a matter of fact, cash, credit and craziness pretty much sums up the entire anime, in case you wonder. A 11 episode anime, C aired from April to June, 2011. At least on the official website for the anime, it is claimed that it deals with a mighty interesting topic: finance, which is a discipline sounding like totally mysterious or full of bull-waste to the general population. Just kidding here, no disrespect intended.

When the world is full of Midas currency, we all know Ben Bernanke has traded 15 years of his future for the godawesome Quantitative Easing X. (he was an Harvard professor with no public post in the reality before the deal, now he ends up being Fed boss, sympathy)

I have seen certain reviews lashing on this anime, criticizing its shaky setting, underdeveloped characters, and failure to make a coherent theory behind the main plot. Personally I feel none of these criticisms is true if one could get over C‘s flawed story telling. Continue reading

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

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?