The WordPress.com 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.
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.
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.
Of course Mami-san would always be the top in my wishlist (^_^)
Mami-san with ‘real’ clothing and ‘real’ hair. DO WANT! (>_<)
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
Now I hope they’ll make a Mermaid Nako-san as well.
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.