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  • awsomejapan 9:42 pm on January 31, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Alitalia, , , , Infinite Stratos, Lancia, Lancia Stratos HF, , My little bit, Rallying   

    My little bit on “Infinite Stratos” 

    My little bit on “Infinite Stratos”. Infinite Stratos first started off as a light novel then into a manga, and know an anime. Infinite Stratos is engraved in stone to be a 12 episode anime (only 4 eps have been released)

    Lets have a look at the synopsys first:

    In the near future, a Japanese scientist engineers a powered exoskeleton called “Infinite Stratos” (IS). Possessing technology and combat capabilities far more advanced than any other weapon system, the IS threatens to destabilize the world. Faced with such an overpowering weapon, the nations of the world enact the “Alaska Treaty”, which states that IS will never be used for military combat and that existing IS technology must be equally distributed to all nations, to prevent any one nation for dominating the others. The introduction of the IS does however have a major effect on society. As IS can only be operated by women, the power balance between men and women is broken, with women coming to dominate society over men.

    Ten years after the first IS were introduced, the world has entered a new age of peace. The peace is shattered, however, by an unexpected discovery. A 15 year old Japanese boy, named Ichika Orimura, is discovered to be capable of operating an IS. Realizing the potential, Ichika is forced by the Japanese government to attend the prestigious Infinite Stratos Academy, an international academy where IS pilots from all over the world are trained. Thus his busy school life surrounded by girls begins.

    source: animenewsnetwork

    This anime has a very generic harem story line (but hay I love generic Chocó bars :)), based of the eps I have seen. The story has been presented in very classic harem genera kind of way (is it bad to be surrounded by hundreds of girls…hm hm…). The story may be 50/50 in the best of times; it makes up for this in the great animation quality in the battles scenes and for the cute anime character designs. And this in turn makes it a decent anime series to goggle your eyes at for 30 odd mins on.

    Of all the characters show at this early stage of this anime that I’m Likening quit a bit is Huang Lingyin. But my mind is still open at the moment, to see who my fav is. Houki Shinonono is lining up to quit a nice character

    I have decided that I will be getting volume one of this Manga and i will review it as well (soon….), in the review I will compare how similar the Manga is to the anime and how different it is. (If thats the case)

    A bit of Omake for my lovely/ pervy guys or..... girls @_@

    (Thats what i looked like when i first saw a bra [i thought it was a hat, LOL]… well kind like that but a bit more OMG faced)

    So the conclusion is that if you are into harem series (stuff like that) you are in luck (BINGO!) But if don’t, why don’t you just give it a try? (You may like it? Or maybe it will change the way you think of humanoid robotics?….)

    What do you thnk of the anime so far? comment below.

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    • ~shlong 10:10 pm on January 31, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      (^-^)/
      Good article, you’ve got the series spot on so far xD
      Out of all the harem anime atm, this is one of the better ones 😛
      I lol’d so hard at the bra scene x3
      Other than some /slight/ typos, it’s well written ^~^

    • Megane~San 5:52 pm on February 1, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      I’m still on edge about watching this anime..I might give it a chance but it depends on what I current animes I’m watching that I can wrap up

  • awsomejapan 3:44 pm on January 30, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , Matsumoto, Matsumoto Nagano, Middle school, Sekondi-Takoradi   

    “Honto ni Atta! Reibai Sensei” – New Anime! 

    The latest volume of Monthly Shounen Rival Mag has announced a new TV anime adaption of Matsumoto Hideyoshi’s 4-koma fantasy-comedy manga. “Honto ni Atta! Reibai Sensei” Has been granted the gate pass for Production. This new anime should be shown of this spring ( I can’t wait ^_^)

    This story based around a supernatural teacher called Juri Kibayashi. His only interests are of the Supernatural world. ( This anime is going to be so wacky and crazy, in a good way of course! :))

    Synopsis:
    Kibayashi Juri is an eccentric teacher of a junior high school. Her pupils get involved in the troubles caused by ghosts and yokai demons summoned by Juri. In a history class, Juri summons the spirit of Nobunaga into a calm girl Nitta Eri and makes her a spunky girl.

    Are you going to watch this anime? please tell me what you think in the comment box below.

    Source: 2ch and Scans of rival

     
    • Dawn 5:28 pm on January 30, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Your blog is always so cool and complete 😀 I wish I’d I actually had time to watch the animes you recommend ;c

    • Roghek 1:00 am on February 1, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      It looks very promising indeed.
      I’m always up for a laugh so I’ll probably give this one a shot.

    • Megane~San 5:54 pm on February 1, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      I love comedies so when this comes out I’m sure to watch it!,,Good Blog! 😀

      • awsomejapan 7:12 pm on February 1, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        Ya, i love comedies as well. This is not my blog, it is our blog!

  • Aethri 7:33 pm on January 25, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Games, , ,   

    Touhou: Basics and Beginnings 

    Still kicking? Really? You’ve been dead for months. Admittedly, so have I, but I’m not the frickin’ admin! And at least I can spell, and I’m the only other person who posts! Hmpf!

    *Gets off his high horse*

    Well now, back to humility, and my worst nightmare in more ways than one, Touhou. Let me explain why…

    Why is Touhou my worst nightmare?

    Okay, first off, I’m playing from Touhou 6: Embodiment of the Scarlet Devil onwards, and nothing before. Why? Because my computer can’t run the earlier games, but that shouldn’t matter too much. Also, as of now I’ve only played EoSD, so this will be entirely based on it. Fortunately, EoSD set the general formula for the later games. The Touhou Project (東方Project) is a series of vertical scrolling danmaku shooting games. If you don’t know, danmaku means “barrage”, and is the name for a genre of games that don’t really get outside Japan. Thanks to that, the first reason it is my worst nightmare was obtaining, patching and then figuring it out without a manual. Not as hard as it sounded, actually.

    The second reason is the difficulty. I simply cannot pass the Stage 3 Boss. To make it worse, I can just about reach her without continuing, with instantly locks you to the bad ending. Keep in mind, there are six stages, each with a midboss and endboss, unique spellcards for most of them, and pretty crazy dodging even when you aren’t facing a boss at times. And I’m playing on normal! There’s two more difficulty setting above that! Hat’s off to anyone who can reach the good ending on Lunatic.

    Well, How’s it Played?

    It’s simple to control, three buttons are needed for the main games, X, Z, the Arrow Keys and Shift. Before you go saying “That’s all the way across the keyboard“, remember that there is a Shift Key on the other side of the keyboard as well.

    Z – It’s your confirm key. You’ll be wanting it to select difficulty, characters, and the like. This is used to fire bullets in-game.

    X – It’s your cancel key. You’ll be wanting it to undo your previous selections. This is used to fire “bombs” in-game. In games without bombs, it performs the same function as Shift.

    Arrow Keys – They’re your selecting keys. You’ll be wanting them to select your selections. This is used to control motion in-game.

    ShiftThis is often called the “Focus” key. Using it makes your characters motion more precise, concentrates your shots and, in later games, shows your hitbox.

    Then there are your statistics. Not always so simple. You have your Score, Players, Bombs, Power and Graze. Notably, each one except graze can be increased by collecting special items, but they will only mentioned if they are the primary method of increasing the stat in question.

    Score is, obviously, the score you’ve amassed. It can be boosted by raising your Power, raising your Graze, or by collecting the blue items dropped by foes. During bosses, dealing sufficient damage to the boss without losing a life or using a bomb will cause them to give large bonuses to score, depending on the difficulty setting and spellcard.. Keeping in mind that you are a One Hitpoint Wonder in a game genre aptly translated as “Bullet Hell”, it’s trickier than it sound.

    Players are your lives. You start with three, and if you continue, you’re given three. One hit means losing one life. Simple as pie.

    Bombs are the player’s versions of later discussed Spellcards. Using one clears all bullets from the screen, grants you temporary invincibility, and deal devastating damage to bosses. You’re granted three each life, and they’re used to escape tricky situations. If your ninja-quick, there is a period shortly after being hit where if a bomb is triggered, you will be spared a life. But you have to be really fast.

    Power may sound as simple as “Players”, but it’s not. You gain power by catching red items dropped from enemies. The higher your power, the more bullets you shoot, or the more effective your shooting patterns are. This can be raised to about 120 points, at which point you enter “Full Power Mode”, which triggers some interesting gameplay effects. First, Power Items now function as Score Items, except their value starts low and increases exponentially. Second, if you pass a point towards the top of the screen, called the “Point of Collection“, all items on the playing field will be moved to you. But keep in mind, losing a life will set you back one Power Level, and Continuing will reset it to zero, although there will be 5 “Full Power Items” nearby, which do exactly what they say on the tin.

    Finally, the most obscure of the statistics, Graze. In all honesty, even though I know what it is and how it works, I still can’t gain enough of it to be any good. Basically, it’s a part of your score. By addition I mean it makes up most of your score if you’re in any sort of leaderboard. How do you gain it? By being as close to the bullets as you can. That’s right, this stat exists to bolster the scores of the people with enough balls to move as little as possible. Where I am, all the graze I gain is from when there’s not enough room to be far from a bullet, or when I nearly forget to dodge.

     

    Conclusions

    Simply put, Touhou is a simple game made to simply screw you over in the simplest way possible. It’s HARD. So why am I going to do a series on it? It’s FUN. That’s right. A genuinely fun Nintendo Hard game.

    Just for fun, here’s my gameplay on Lunatic difficulty. I just about reach the Stage Two boss. I’ll have to introduce you to the ⑨ sometime.


     
    • awsomejapan 11:06 pm on January 25, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Hey wait a minut, don’t diss the admin. Admittedly you have better grammer and spelling then me 😦 but anyway, i loved your interesting post on this game and your awsome youtube playthrough. One thing you could do for your future postes is add a header image (Makes it look better). Will be adding more post to the site and i’m trying to get some more posters. POST = 10/10 WITI MESSAGE = LOL.

      • Aethri 7:28 am on January 26, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        What would you put? Each game has a distinct image, the Touhou series as a whole doesn’t really have a logo.

        • awsomejapan 6:03 pm on January 30, 2011 Permalink

          i added a header image that looks like it would go well with the series! 🙂

  • Aethri 5:46 pm on January 24, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Vocaloid2-The Popular 

    Vocaloid is done, now we need the main bulk, the Vocaloid2 era that really made Vocaloid popular. This time I’m not going to cover the first, named Sweet Ann, because she never really left the ground unfortunately. So, we will start with the girl known as number “01”.

    Miku Hatsune, the World's Virtual Diva.

    If you know Vocaloid, you know Hatsune Miku, the second release of Vocaloid2, and the mascot of Vocaloid. She’s also known as “The World’s Virtual Diva”, despite only singing in Japanese (though it looks like she’ll be getting English software soon). She was released on 31st August 2007, and later her voice split into 6 “Appends”, each with a slightly different tone, and marked with the symbol “01”. This means she really is the jack-of-all-songs. However, she really doesn’t excel in anything, and her childish voice can be a major put off. Her voice works well with Luka’s, Rin’s, and Kaito, but tends to fail if done poorly with Len or Gakupo, and occasionally Meiko. Odds are, if another Vocaloid has sung it, she has too. The only exception I can think of is Meiko’s “Honey”. Also, she’s a serious flamewar magnet, since she finds a way to be shipped with almost every Vocaloid (I’ve seen Miku/Kaito, Miku/Luka, Miku/Len, Miku/Teto… The list goes on). Her original voice (a.k.a. Default Append) can be heard here.

    Rin and Len Kagamine's official boxart.

    Of course, what animesque thing is complete without a resident pair of siblings? Actually, it’s debatable whether the high voiced 14-year-old Japanese singers Kagamine Rin and Len are related or not, but it’s generally agreed they’re either twins or mirror imaged (“Kagamine” means “Mirrored Sound”). They’re both marked “02” , the female Rin on Right and male Len on Left (ignore the image) come from the same provider, so they work together brilliantly. They were released on 27th December 2007, and later had an update called “Act 2” released due to pronunciation problems. Since then, they’ve been announced to have individual “Appends” in the works, like Miku, though they only have 3 confirmed types so far. Len’s Append is set for release December this year! They’re generally paired together, though some use them to tie up the looser ends. Both Rin and Len are markedly more difficult to use than Miku, and Len is considered to be one of the most difficult Vocaloids to work with, since his voice is already modified slightly. They can be heard singing together here.

    Gakupo, the Dancing Samurai

    Next is Japanese singer Kamui Gakupo. Released on 31st July 2008, he’s known for having the softest male voice of the Japanese vocaloids (Which is only Len and Kaito, mind you). It was based off the international singer Gackt, and also included a program for vocal accompaniment and synthesizing phenom data. He can fit in almost anywhere Kaito can, and has what can be called the best voice quality of the Vocaloids. He can be heard singing here.

     

     

     

    Luka in all her glory.

    And, I’ll finish off on a Bilingual Vocaloid released on 30th January 2009, Megurine Luka. A lower female voicebank suited to moodier genres like Jazz and Opera. She works well with most Vocaloids, both English and Japanese. Her Japanese is nigh-perfect, but she’s a touch lacking in her English dictionary, and has a strong Japanese accent at all times (Not that I dislike it). There’s surprisingly and unfortunately little to say about her, since she’s technically still breaking into mainstream Vocaloids. But she’s having more luck that the brand new LILY, luckily. She can be heard singing in higher Japanese here, and lower Japanese with hints of English here.

    And for the art:

    That's everyone covered so far.

     

    And just for flavor:

    Gakupo's face made me lol... Not sure why.

     

     
  • Aethri 6:31 pm on January 23, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Vocaloid (With a hint of vanity) 

    What? Oppaidesu got an intro, I deserve one too! … But there’s not much to introduce. Anyway, meet Aethri, a misspelling of Aetheri that I just adopted because I thought it sounded better than Aetheri. Awesomejapan’s real life friend, a lover of all most things furry and anime. And here ends vanity (yeah, right…). Onward to Vocaloids!

    The Main Cast

    The main cast of Vocaloid. Starting from the teal haired girl, moving clockwise: Hatsune Miku, Meiko, KAITO, Rin Kagamine and Len Kagamine.

    What is Vocaloid? Well, it’s a singing voice synthesizer. There are both English Vocaloids and Japanese Vocaloids, as well as one bilingual Vocaloid, and another capable of singing in any language. They can be quite easy to work with, in the case of Hatsune Miku, or devilishly hard, in the cases of the Kagamine twins and SONIKA, but they all work more or less the same way. I’ll cover a “free version” of vocaloid, the fanmade UTAU’s later on. Unfortunately, there are no UTAU’s currently capable of singing in English.

    Ok, one thing to get down, each program sings in it’s own way, and has been attributed various traits by the fandom, which vary between intrepretations. I’ll be covering the most common ways of seeing them, as well as my personal views in this.

    The Insides of Vocaloid

    The program as it looks to a user.

    Ok, this will be in order of release! So if you want to go straight to the popular ones, skip Lola, Leon, Luka, Gakupo, and generally anyone not listed in that pic up there.

    Ok, lets start with the guy and girl who started the Vocaloids, the English singers Lola and Leon. They were released simultaneously on 14th January 2004. Lola specialises in Techno and Trance music, while Leon takes Soul as his genre. They’re relatively limited singing wise, don’t have any official art, and not much characterisation, so there’s not much to talk about unfortunately. They’re sometimes depicted as siblings, and can be heard singing together in this video.

    Meiko's Box Art

    Meiko's official box art.

    The next notable vocaloid to be released was the Japanese Meiko, one of the most mature voices in the bank to date, released on the 5th November 2004. A specialist of vocal effects and Choir singing, but she finds use in almost all genres. She was quickly assigned One Cup Ozeki sake as her character item, and is said to be often found in bars. She’s generally a well-balanced singer, but she is noted to contrast with the voices of Len and Rin (discussed later), and her voice quality is much higher than that of Lola. Her anime design was later carried on to be a tradition for later vocaloids. She can be heard singing in this video.

    YAY KAITO!

    KAITO's official box art.

    Last of the first era Vocaloids is the Japanese KAITO, an oddball amoung Vocaloids. He initially sold so little that he caused a loss, and it stayed that way until some time after the beginning of the second era of Vocaloid and the videos “A Request from Hatsune“* and it’s reply “An Answer to Hatsune“*. This video’s gave Kaito his character item, an ice cream, and got the fans to re-evaluate him, which means his distinct, soft and tender voice keep him securely in the top vocaloids. He doesn’t have a specialisation, and is capable of singing almost any song. He can be heard in this video.

    Thats it for the notable members of the first engine. I’ll give the second era a dusting eventually. The Vocaloid’s unfortunately left out were… Well, I only left out the English Miriam… Well, CIAO!

     

    *Translation: “Kaito, where are you? What are you doing?”

    **Translation: “Kaito, where are you? What are you doing?” “I’m eating ice cream! … Lets eat it together next time”

     
    • awsomejapan 1:50 am on November 12, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I like alot, will do a intro for you! 🙂 Keep up the good work.

  • awsomejapan 2:15 pm on January 23, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA, , Modules, , Sega, Singing,   

    A brand new project diva 2 DLC for Luka and Miku 

    (I’m back and still kicking!)

    The next DLC set for project diva 2 is set in stone to be released on January 27th on the Japanese PSN store! This DLC is celebrating the 2nd year of Vocaloiad Luka Meagurine (which is supposed to be on the 30th, but who cares). Please take a look see below for info and screenshots after the break.

    (More …)

     
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