Ξ June 1st, 2011 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Randomness, The Anime Annals |
Okay, I just finished replacing the “Removed due to blah blah blah” YouTube videos in the below post (regarding the Spring 2011 Anime Season); what a pain. Normally I just leave them as dead, but those black blocks are so damned annoying and ruining my feng shui
I think from now on I’ll just replace them immediately with duplicate videos of the same quality (I hope). These Control Freaks are really annoying me. NOBODY’S MAKING ANY MONEY, CLAIMING OWNERSHIP, OR TRADING FOR ILLICIT CONTRABAND! We’re just sharing, right? No harm in that, at all. In fact, it used to be considered a good thing to share, before this selfish, greedy, and self-centered epoch was entered (probably in the late ’70s – early ’80s). I used to tape songs from record albums onto cassette and share them with my friends, cleverly leaving one or two songs off to provoke them into buying the whole album (emph. on “BUYING”; Control Freaks take note). The idea is to get the listener/viewer into BUYING the product! How stupid do you have to be not to get that?
Oh well. If they don’t want exposure to an ever-widening potential audience, it’s their loss. I’m just trying to turn Visitors on to some things they likely haven’t yet seen but might like to experience. I’m trying to support an industry that I love so that it will continue to grow and give us more wonderful stories to share. And buy. But I feel like I’m overstating the obvious here
I plan on eventually writing up a Deep Post on downloading anime and its changing face due to official streaming sites, but since that’s a very slippery slope it’ll take some time and thought, both of which are scarce at the moment. But it shall be done
Meanwhile, since I’m still feeling a bit spiteful, here’s a handful of goodies for you
“They” pulled the cute Nichijou (aka My Ordinary Life) OPening from YouTube, so I looked around for a replacement and while I was searching found a very cute music video of the full song. It kept a smile on my face the entire time! AND IT’S STILL THERE!
…I’d better not go outside LOL
Cute Japanese girls doing cute things… it never gets old. In 2D it’s quite nice, but in 3D it’s just YUMMY
Here’s another HQ version of the actual OP used in the show, this one has subtitles too! Enjoy the usual brilliant animation and quirky characters courtesy of Kyoto Animation; music by Hyadain:
This next pair is for Kholdstare. Well, it’s for you too (of course!), but we both really love this show, so I’m hoping to spread the “love infection” to those who might miss it otherwise. (Sorry for the sick analogy LOL) At the time of writing up the post below, I couldn’t find a good version of “Secret Base”, the lovely EnDing theme from my favorite show this season, Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae o Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai. There hasn’t been an anime in a while that has pulled and tugged at the heartstrings like this wonderful show has mine, and it’s hard to describe why, aside from just saying that it’s dramatically riveting and very effective. For my details, please see the post below this one, and if a fan of dramatic, reflective, and moving shows, be sure not miss this!
Speaking of music videos, here’s a subtitled and full version of “Secret Base”, performed by (I think) the show’s seiyuu, Ai Kayano, Haruka Tomatsu, and Saori Hayami, but credits for this version show the artist to be ZONE. It may be a case of the trio doing the actual ED and ZONE doing the video. In either case, it’s awesome. FYI, the video recreates the younger days of the show’s main characters as they played on, in, and around their “secret base”.
(EDIT: Wellll… “They” pulled this one from YouTube as well, so here’s another video to replace it using the same song, with subtitles. This doesn’t help my spitefulness in any way, but. It’s kind of a random AMV, but it uses characters from many favorite shows so… it’ll do )
Do you remember? What it was like to be that young and idealistic, when everything was still new and exciting, when exploration was a daily part of life? When you made friends, broke apart, and reunited after many years? When an integral part of your group left all too soon, and the memories of the time gone by, ten years gone, remain as vitally (if not literally) alive as if a beautiful ghost? Remember…
Many have mentioned the (apparently) cliched settings and environments of School Life and wonder why the protagonists are largely teens. I suspect that it’s because since so many viewers can remember and relate to those days, they can relate to how life was at that time. It’s also a more fitting “lab” for the characters to interact in, rather than, say, a boring workplace. I can easily recall and relate to the school settings and the experiences learned from ” my ordinary life”. Before we became jaded, cynical, and entangled in “adult life”. I’m trying not to be
The last show that had a video removed was Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko, so I replaced it in the post below this one with a substitute AMV appropriately titled “Take Cover”. Not much to it; it basically serves as a character introduction of sorts, and hopefully an enticement for you to check it out. (For a better description, please see the post below this one.) Cute little Erio wraps herself up in a futon, so yeah, the title’s quite apropos. Also, her 39-year old “mom” (unclear at this point), Meme, is seen in her full moe glory
It’s SO difficult to find an OP/ED for this relatively-new show yet, so I’ll put another AMV here for your consumption. The visuals focus on Erio Touwa, who along with Ano Hana‘s Menma is probably the most moe girl of the season; she’s absolutely adorable and worthy of that “need to protect” gene in the moe DNA. Not really my kind of music (a bit too much pop/dance stuff, but it is catchy). YMMV It does serve as a nice depiction of the main characters and animation, including scenes from the ED. Hopefully soon I’ll find the originals to share.
Studio SHAFT and director Akiyuki Shinbo deliver yet another quality work here; a typical SHAFT blend of surrealism, reality, and fantasy to keep the Viewer guessing as to what exactly is going on. MAKE ME DIZZY; I LOVE IT! Plus, as is typical of SHAFT, cute character designs and legs. Lots of legs. Which is fine, ‘cos I’m a fan
See, it’s good to share
And it’s very good to support the anime industry (and Japan!) by buying the products and merchandise from the shows we love
Thanks for Visiting, and please feel free to leave a comment if you wish; all are welcome! Well, except from haters LOL