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2011 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Syndey Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 8,300 times in 2011. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 3 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

[12 Days of Anime] Day 12 – Halfey’s Most Influential Anime Girls of All Time (Part II)

As promised last year, this is the continuation post for the most influential anime girls of all time. This time subjects are being assessed more on the historical value, memorable factor and not just the changes they brought or the fans they drawn. Due to this, many old series has been recapped and internet has been utilized to its fullest for related research works. People were interrogated interviewed, sweat broken, blood spilled and tears dropped, all done in order to bring you only the best. And now here I present you:

1. Sakura Kinomoto (Card Captor Sakura and Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicles)
Sakura Kinomoto
Who doesn’t know the name Sakura, one of the most used name for females in Japan. Upon hearing that name a true anime fan would be sparked by the image of one magical cute anime loli, despite many other female anime characters share the same name. Thanks to her appearance, Sakura has turned many man into lolicon since the Cardcapto Sakura series hit the aired broadcasts. Her more mature appearance in the newer series, Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicles only popularized her more. Thus, this grants Sakura as one of the most influential anime girls of all time.

2. Chii (Chobits)
Chi (Chobits)
If you think Mahoromatic is one of the most influential anime girls of all time, perhaps you might need to know about Chii as well. Other than Sakura Kinomoto, Chii is another CLAMP’s masterpiece. Believe it or not, Chii once awarded “The Most Feminine Anime Characters” sometime ago and on top of that, she’s just a personal computer in a form of a human girl. If you think that’s not convincing enough, just look in many imageboards on the net, where you’ll see tons of her fanart and derivative images. This should be enough to justify Chi as one of the most influential anime girls of all time.

3. Kuroko Shirai (To Aru Kagaku no Railgun)
Kuroko is perhaps the most annoying female anime characters ever created. Not just annoying, she’s a lesbo too, making it hard to get rid of her image be it from a lover’s or a hater’s head. She is hot, ‘strong’ (in a sense that she can kick the bad guy’s ass) and again, annoying. However if we only consider the ‘influence’ part, there’s no mistake that she has what it takes to make herself unforgettable. That said it is just right to consider Kuroko as one of the most influential anime girls of all time.

4. Naru Narusegawa (Love Hina)
Naru Narusegawa
One of very few first notable tsundere girls, the anime that strikes the world and managed to settle in almost everywhere, creating a foundation for future anime? While the anime itself regarded as phenomenal and legendary, the anime-crazy guys wouldn’t care much if it’s not because of Rei. She indeed started the trend of appearance of cold and emotionless anime girls in many anime that follows after that. In fact it wouldn’t be too exaggerated to say that she is the big sister of all emotionless anime girls in the future. Since many anime-crazy guys would approve this, Rei is hereby declared as one of the most influential anime girls of all time.

5. Lina Inverse (Slayers)
Perhaps the most popular anime girls in the late 90’s. Many people tried to relate her with the ‘tsundere’ archetype but she is more reasonable than most typical tsundere although she may become extremely unreasonable at times. Even as a female lead, she’s not super perfect. She maybe a bit tomboyish but she still has acute side. With this Lina Inverse is granted the position as one of the most influential anime girls of all time.

6. Azusa Nakano (K-ON!)
If you think Mio Akiyama is the only “most popular” girl from the anime K-ON!, then you are wrong. Anybody will never be a true K-ON fan if they missed to spot on Azusa. Her influence is just too great that although everybody knows her name is Azusa, people are more comfortable calling her Azu-nyan. And the most important thing is, she is damn cute too. And as the only person with the right mind in the anime (maybe?) she has the very right to be placed here as one of the most influential anime girls of all time.

7. Yuki Nagato (Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuutsu)
How Yuki appeared in The Disappearance of Haru...
Yuki is the proof that big breasted girls with super cute big eyes are not always the more popular. Just take a look at her, more people worship her than Mikuru Asahina. She knows exactly where to act ‘manly’ and where to act womanly, as well as where to act bossy whenever it is necessary. She can a good companion, a good teacher, a good ‘servant’, a good girlfriend and a good knight or whatever it is if that’s what you asked her for. With a combination of strength and beauty she will remain in many anime-crazy guys’ heart for a very long time.

8. Black Rock Shooter (Black Rock Shooter)
Black Rock Shooter
If you think Miku Hatsune doesn’t have a personality to be listed here, then how about we give her one, and make her an anime? There, we have Black Rock Shooter. She maybe a derivative art from Miku but just like the green-haired Vocaloid, this black-haired beauty can stand on her own even without a personality. It is also alright to say that she represents what a true form anime art is, a true ‘clean’ character with no association with anything like software or anime. That is enough to justify that she is one of the most influential anime girls of all time, although her existence predates her ‘anime’ part.

9. Usagi Tsukino (Sailor Moon)
Sailor Moon (character)
It is relatively safe to say that everybody knows Sailor Moon. It is not the first mahou shoujo anime and course not the last. This is the anime where Usagi Tsukino, the Sailor Moon herself made her legendary appearance. After her time almost anybody who is no anime fans would think of her when they saw any blonde anime girl in sailor uniform. She maybe not that important (in terms of contributing to the plot) in the anime itself but the fact that she became the iconic female anime character is a proof that she is very influential and there’s nothing to argue about it.

10. Nanoha Takamachi (Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha)
Nanoha Takamachi
The anime itself is a rarity among magical girls series. If fact it is rare for a mahou shoujo anime to be as serious as this anime. Meet Nanoha Takamachi, a way ‘sexier’ loli than Sakura Kinomoto. Nanoha in the anime maybe not as good as her enemy, Fate Testarossa when it comes to getting emotional attention but despite that there’s no denying that her presence in anime history is very memorable. 

You know, getting old anime these days is still a pain especially in a non-anime-friendly nation like my country. Internet is not the best option because the seed is almost non-existent due to the fact that most of them has been licensed. Scarcity of anime is still here although the anime boom has started since 1995 with the arrival of Evangelion. I might have missed some great characters too like the already ‘classic’ Belldandy (Ah! My Goddess!) or even my beloved Mami-san (Madoka Magica) but ‘vacancies are limited’. Well, I’ve decided to make this into annual post anyway so you may expect to see your favorite character in the list next year. Happy new orbit everybody! \(^o^\)\(^o^)/(/^o^)/

[12 Days of Anime] Day 11 – You & Me, Yuri & Moe

Original character

I am straight as bone, both inside and outside. I just can’t imagine liking yuri anime. Maybe I could if I tried but I treat both male and female equally even if they’re 2D. That means if I were to like yuri that means in order to be fair to both genders I’d have to like yaoi too, but no, there’s no way I’d do that. The same goes to moe. I see many people today are misguided about the term. The fact is moe is valid for both male and female. However the way anime makers producing anime these days has resulting in fans believing moe is associated only with female. They forgot moe is also valid for non-character/appearance. Moe is also applicable for situations. That said I can’t accept it if the anime exists only for the sole purpose of moe or yuri exhibition. I can only accept it if moe and yuri only present as the element in the anime but not as the main subject.

Actually I’m already quite lenient towards both yuri and moe. Well maybe because of the accident I had in August, where I nearly lost my life that I now no longer hostile towards the above. If you follow my posts anywhere on the net (particularly in Google+) you’d happen to see some girl x girl pics too as well as how I already give +1 to posts containing images from a certain moe anime I used to hate so much. However, just to be on the safe side, I wouldn’t say the hate is completely gone and instead I’d say the hate is still there. It’s something that is born with me. It’s an orientation. Just like how you can’t force a gay to turn straight, you also can’t force me to love something that I hate. And I chose to be vocal on that instead of being silent because this is something that I want to share. If you could tell me “DON’T LIKE IT, DON’T WATCH!” then I can also say if you don’t like what you read here then stop reading any further.

Just so you know my hatred ends there. If I hate a certain anime it doesn’t mean I hate its fans too. Even if you found me hating some fans chances are they are the fans who hate me just because I don’t like what they watch. Now the matter is between you and me. We can coexist and approve each other if both of us choose for it. However coexistence and each others approval would remain a wishful thinking if one of us use the dominant position to tell everybody that it’s a winning position. No it is not. This is not about democracy. Politics does not apply to how anime is being good or bad. The fans have no say in it either. If you rely on fans to judge an anime being good/bad than you’re no different than those stupid reality TV shows that put their bet on the audience in determining the next entertainer.

[12 Days of Anime] Day 10 – My anime design principle

Hatsune Miku

I am not a good artist and neither a good designer. However from a ‘real’ audience point of view, I know honestly what I like and it is not something that what others told me to like or what to hate. If I were to design my own anime characters I’d follow these design principle:

“Design and decoration must seduce, shape, and more importantly, evoke an emotional response.”

That’s it, it must be able to ‘seduce’, something lovely to the eyes, pleasing to look at. Anything that’s opposite to this would be deemed as ugly. How do I measure it? Well for me if the look alone is enough to seduce without the help of the plot/story to support it then it’s won already. I’d take keion for example, where there are cases where people fall in love with the characters even without/before watching the anime. Miku Hatsune, the Vocaloid doesn’t even have a fixed personality to begin with, other than being a 16 year-old girl as touted by the developer/creator, still managed to become a world-class “pop star”. Her derivative, known as Black Rock Shooter is also doing very well. Not to mention the female characters from the bullet-hell shooting game Touhou Project (all of them) also have thousands of fans worldwide. If you ask me to show the example of “ugly” character then I have not much to say as I normally don’t watch/follow what I hate. After all isn’t that what fans have always told the ‘haters’? I mean the popular saying “If you don’t like it, don’t watch!” However stumbling upon hateable stuff in inevitable or impossible. That said, I hate the design of Panty & Stocking (the anime). In fact I think most people like it because it has the anime to support the design. I don’t think the some people who love it now would love it if it was from some American cartoon that carries different name/title and different story.

Of course design alone is not enough if we’re talking about anime in general. That’s why I always insist that anime has to have proper plot/storyline to accompany the characters. After all characters are designed for the sake of the plot, not the other way round, where you could design a character to look like in any way you wanted it to be solely based on the plot given to you but there’s no way telling what kind of plot from a character design alone. This is what I meant by “emotional response”. For me the genuine emotional response can only be triggered by the story. It doesn’t matter how bad the drawing is. It also doesn’t matter how bad the animation is. If it is enough to evoke an emotional response in you than it already won half of the battle. I maybe biased in this and I could be wrong too but again the one who is being entertained here is me and this is why how the character look and in what story they’re in is important to me. Otherwise I would not find them that entertaining. For any anime to entertain me, it has to do the above without fail. With that said, I do admit that my No. 1 favorite character, Mami-san (and the rest of Madoka Magica characters) is badly drawn and I even criticized it in my post here. Also I never liked SHAFT anime studio to begin with but the story and my emotional response towards it saved Madoka Magica from being dropped/hated in my watchlist. Yes I am extremely picky but regardless how picky I am it doesn’t concern anybody.

Français : Chibi de Miku Hatsune.

[12 Days of Anime] Day 9–Wishlist


Of course Mami-san would always be the top in my wishlist (^_^)



Mami-san with ‘real’ clothing and ‘real’ hair. DO WANT! (>_<)


Nendomura (^_^)


I participated in a WordPress theme design contest back then in hope that I’d win this Moemura figma but I was out of luck (T_T)


It wasn’t until 11/11/11 (the “Pocky Day”) that I realized how I loved this character so much. Although Kyouko is maybe quite tomboyish (I’m not complaining) but her being fond of Pocky seems to be her cute side to me (^_^)





Of course it’s incomplete without Nendo Kyouko as well (^_^)




Nendo mahou shoujo together (^_^)


Kuroneko, one of my all-time favorite characters (^_^)



I can see her pantsu!


Sorry but I can’t help to share this that has seized my eyes and won’t give them back (>_<)


Haven’t watched Fate/Zero because it didn’t interest me much, until I saw this bike!


My only complain would be, where’s the head/signal/brake lamp?


The real-life, working version. Too bad it’s not for sale. Not that I have the money to afford it anyway (>_<)


Ohana in swimsuit! Somehow this looks sexier than in the anime (^_^)




Last but not least, Nako-san in swimsuit too! I wish she could wear a ‘normal’ swimsuit instead of sports swimsuit like this but I guess this is also good enough. It’s not always for us to see Nako-san in swimsuit after all Smile




Now I hope they’ll make a Mermaid Nako-san as well.

[12 Days of Anime] Day 8 – Cosplay: Inori Yuzuriha of Guilty Crown by MIYUKO

I have not much to say about this cosplay. Just enjoy the pics (and fap to MIYUKO’s half-bare breast!)

My only  ‘complaint’ would be….. I’m not sure if I should point this out but if compared to the anime, Inori had the area below her belly button more revealed, a little bit further down to the bikini line. Believe me I’ve seen some Chinese cosplayers more daring than her. Well I’m not really ‘blaming’ Miyuko though as this is perhaps one of the sexiest cosplays she ever done (the other one is the Princess of the Crystal of Mawaru Penguindrum). I don’t really like the shiny fabric and the ‘striking’, sparkling accessories she used here but there’s no way to tell it’s ‘wrong’ because in the anime itself it’s hard to tell what kind of fabric being used to make Inori’s battle costume. At least the design is right.