January 2009

Here is a trailer for the Heartbeat Drummers of Japan DVD. It doesn’t quite capture the magic of KODO live but it comes close. Definitely go see them if you get a chance to do so. Do not ask questions, just go. Linkie to the One Earth North American Tour is here: One Earth

addendum: here is a longer and better trailer to watch:

I fell in love with Takio drumming after seeing KODO perform while I was in college:

(SOYA2009 is a cosplay convention held in Ngee Ann Polytechnic in Singapore, SOYA2009 Loads of pictures of the costumes at this site.)
Ooooohhhhh, KODO is performing locally on the North American Tour. This became a must see!

found this little generator to make anime girl mascots

Download here

Founded by Shin

Made by KH

This will be a fun thingy to play with 🙂

ahhhhh, the fantasies ….

Charlie’s Angels as they should have been…

From TokyoCooney’s YouTube blog Life in Tokyo

Life in Tokyo #59: Baseball

the look on Cooney’s face after the insane cheering japanese fan says it all:

All we seem to around here anymore are ice storms. Whatever happened to good ol’ blizzards?

The latest managed to leave 3/4 of an inch of ice of my front and rear windows and encased the rest of my car in 1/4 of an inch of ice. Took me three hours to clean it off again.

And the street dept. ever so helpfully blocked my driveway with huge chunks of ice when they plowed through. Sigh.

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I have been watching the Linebarrels of Iron anime series at crunchyroll. Crunchyroll has gone legit and removed all the fansub torrents so Linebarrels is a licensed anime directly from Sunrise.

The plot is not to farfetched, 13 year old high schooler is injured by a giant robot falling from the sky. The robot uses its “powers” to revive or save Kouichi and he becomes a Factor who can pilot the mecha. Kouichi was a bullied weakling who immediately begins to use his newfound power to even the score and has to learn limits and maturity.

Pretty standard stuff for mecha anime. Kouichi’s personality conflicts over the damage he causes as he rampages as a “hero of justice” force him to rexamine his definition of a hero.

I like the mecha designs in this. Not quite as spidery as the designs in Neon Genesis and not as blocky as tranditional Gundam designs.

They also have blended computer animation into the production process quite seamlessly, things have come a long way from the primitive animation used in the racing scenes of Initial D and the constantly repeated loops of D Generation Eve.

Overall, its a good series, not groundbreaking. You can catch it for free at crunchyroll so its well worth the time to view.

Finally got a chance today to got outside and practise (play with) my new Nikon L18 camera.

played with the macro mode and took this really nice shot of snow flakes on a bush.

the L18 is considered an entry level camera but it produces some excellent results. The Depth of Field in this really stands out for a little cheapo camera.

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Currently searching a new blog that covers the Gundam Robot world. I want to build mecha like this one. 

addendum: that did not take long to find thanks to Danny Choo. I found Fudoushin quickly enough. That should cover the info I want. He has a huge blogroll section too.
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I have been absolutely enamored of Danny Choo’s blog lately at dannychoo.com.

Especially good is his Week in Tokyo picture blogs. Danny is an otaku and web designer who runs a web company in Tokyo. He does a picture blog of daily life which is absolutely fascinating stuff. The pictures of Tokyo blow me away.

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