Spoiler Warning: Hayate no Gotoku! spoilers ahead but who the hell is still reading this amirite? ;_;
Day 2 – our first full day in Japan!
What other way to celebrate this momentous occasion on our first full 24 hours than to visit the Disneyland of Anime; Akihabara! (‘Akiba’ will be used from here on because typing out the long name is a pain).
Akiba was exactly what I had imagined it after seeing it depicted in countless anime and manga for 10+ years as well as seeing snippets of real Akiba from live footage from news and travel videos. Akiba was one of the most fascinating places to visit out of my time in Japan.
It was towards the end of the Summer of 2016. I began drafting this post on the flight back home from Narita until I felt queasy after the plane reached its highest altitude, stopped and passed out in my cramped economy seat with my backpack full of fresh second hand manga volumes of Nisekoi and Hayate no Gotoku! Japanese snacks eating up my leg space. It wasn’t only because of the air sickness which put me off from writing, but it was also because I just couldn’t find the right words to summarise and describe my incredible experience – oh wait, I think I just did it…
On the 7th of August, 2016, I took the plunge to do the thing every anime and manga and Japanese culture fan would always ever dream of; traveling to Japan.
I had planned to post this on New Years Eve but because of ~things~ I had to delay it until now, happy belated 2017! Please treat this post as if it was the final day of 2016.
Another year another retrospective post to sum up things highlighting said year like clockwork just to make it feel like it was yet another productive year and not just a reason to update my blog after a long period of inactivity or anything. But who’d have thought I’d have cranked out two blog posts after so long?
To be frank I’m sick of 2016, 2016 has been an awful year and I don’t even need to explain why as everyone seems to have an idea.
That’s right, the Crunchyroll Anime Awards 2016 was fucking rigged by the alt-fujos. This year all of the usual best of, retrospective and look back on the year – most if not all have been regurgitating the same depressing and tragic news happening all over the world.
This post however isn’t going to be like that at all. Nuh-uh. This post is going to happy. 100% happy.
You might say, 100% Anne Happy. Remembering bad events that happened this year from the endless string of celebrity deaths to the death of Harambe to the death of the 30 young men and women slaughtered in Mayoiga and to the death of Harambe will always be clear as day because negative thoughts always stick to the mind. In this post we are going to look back on the under-reported moments of fun as I count down my personal Top 16 Best Moments in 2016 within the anime and manga and weeaboo realm. Why 16? Because screw doing Top 10s; taking the lower incremental numerical value of the year of the orbital movement of the Earth around the Sun sounds a lot cooler than the number ten.
I’ve had my dose of “misfortunate” anime that are all the rage nowadays; Madoka Magica, Gakkou Gurashi and Yuuki Yuuna to name a few. These shows are brutal in their own right but at least mercifully gives you some time to take a quick breather from all the anguish before shoving it all back down in your throat again twenty seconds later. Magical Girl Raising Project (Mahoiku from here on) is kind of like that but without the generous timeouts.
Warning: Your Name movie spoilers and 5 Centimeters Per Second flashbacks ahead, this (shit)post is intended for readers who have already seen the film.
Walking around the immense dry heat in Akihabara and various other places in Tokyo this summer (That’s right, I went to Japan! Blog posts coming soon…) I noticed the persistent promotion of Makoto Shinkai’s upcoming film “Kimi no Na wa.” (titled the English counterpart Your Name from here on) both in-stores and outdoors. In-store promotions would typically take up a respectable amount of aisle space reinforced with flashy sign boards advertising the film. Laid out throughout the aisle featured of promotional leaflets, reservation slips to go see the film and a bunch of related Shinkai goods including the novel edition of the film. Japanese stores seem to have an endless supply of portable DVD players I’d notice as there would always have one blaring out the PV on an endless loop on its tinny speakers (which is why I had the song Zen Zen Zense ingrained to the back of my mind throughout my trip in Japan).
The amount of butt clench through Athena’s dress in this chapter was unreal.
Let’s talk about phones!
Over the past two years I’ve been rocking the Samsung Galaxy S4; which is a great all-around high-end smartphone that can do any job fairly fast and consistent – at the time. However, as a fan of clean system UI design I was not a fan of Samsung’s TouchWiz skin they apply on top of the Android operating system. It’s ugly, clunky, and ridden with countless bloatware apps that are non-removable and even some non-disable-able (seriously I couldn’t even get rid of Samsung’s terrible calendar app). Because of the nature of Android it always gets system updates very late, or if anything at all. I would waste hours, installing apps that would customise the feel of the operating system such as Nova Launcher and configure them to customise the software aesthetics my phone so that it would look like stock Android, but low-level customisation can only go so far. Rooting my phone and flashing a custom ROM such as Cyanogenmod was another option, but one I always avoided as I am not familiar with that area and didn’t want to risk damaging my phone.
While going through the usual process of watching a tonne of anime at the start of a new season and then narrowing down my selection to a select few I’m interested in, Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso for some unknown reason was kept out of my radar back in Autumn last year. It was only until April (funnily enough) that my friend from university recommended it to me and I accidentally the entire forty-four chapter manga. I was hooked. It -that- good. Shigatsu is the first series in such a long time that has kept me this hooked and eager to find out what happens in the next chapter. As a result, this review is aimed at the series as a whole, while comparing the differences between the anime and manga.