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I must warn you, however, there’s still a few bugs and kinks to work out.
From now on, my posts will be done through there.
Woo! MeganeDanshi.com is live! Check it out!
I must warn you, however, there’s still a few bugs and kinks to work out.
From now on, my posts will be done through there.
Merry Christmas everyone! I wanted to do another desktop background for ya’ll, but I couldn’t decide which character to use. Then, lo’ , a friend of mine gave me a present: Lego Harry Potter 1-4 and a Professor Stein keychain. Alas, inspiration! So this year’s theme is Soul Eater’s Dr./ Professor Franken Stein.
Then, as crazy as it sounds, I was telling another friend of mine about my stroke of brilliance. He replied with, “oh, well, I actually got you a Stein keychain too…” Turns out it’s a different one than these two, so I’ll have 3 by the end of Monday. Yay!
If you’re curious: I have them dangling off my purse, as I broke the zipper pull once upon a long time ago, and I bought the [top one] to replace it. Then I got the second and just clipped it in. The third will be joining them as well.
So I hope everyone has had a fantastic Christmas. I got a sushi making kit and sushi setting for two, as well as a book to teach myself Japanese. There was also a really nifty sweater and a Black Bean Mameshiba.
So, here it is at last. Please feel free to download it and use it as your background! Merry Christmas!!
Ichinose Kaoru, the author of Megane Danshi Shinsetsu, and Shin Kawamaru, author of Megane Danshi Club, gets it. I’m glad I’m not the only one. These manga are like the distilled essence of what I’m trying to get across in starting this blog (though it seems to have evolved over the months): guys with glasses are straight up sexy. Yep. Truth. FYI: Megane Danshi literally means “guys who wear glasses.”
Shinsetsu is about two high school students who have grown up together (via living next door and their mom’s being close), but appear to be in two different worlds. And as the official description states: “The guy gets glasses, but the girl is the one who’s starting to see clearly.” There’s only one chapter out as of now, but I will definitely be following along as it goes. The first chapter is the basic introduction of the two main characters, but quickly jumps into how she already might be falling for him. For me, that seems to be a little too soon, as I like a good story where feelings start to slowly unfold. But, I am willing to see where this is going to head from here.
The megane danshi in this story is Kouta. At first he appears to be a jerk, but toward the end of the chapter, that persona fades from him a bit. He recently gets glasses, because he can’t see the board, and now all of the girls in school think he’s gorgeous. If you ask me, he kind of resemble Kyouya… right? I suppose that’s ok.
As for Megane Danshi Club, I can’t get the story straight on it. I’m finding a couple of different titles for the same manga cover, two different covers for the same name, and I still can’t tell what kind of story it is. The description says that it’s about a photography club that is secretly a Megane Danshi Club, and they take pictures of guys who wear glasses. Now, I don’t know if this is a fan girl thing, or yaoi, or both, or even if it’s rated PG or X. My research on it hasn’t turned up anything, in fact, I’m surprised I even found the author’s name. I can’t find any scans of it, in English or Japanese, no reviews, no wiki posts, nothing.
If anyone has any info on this manga, I’d appreciate it!
Do you like sob stories? How about a sub story, within a sob story, within a sob story? If your answer is ‘yes,’ then Clannad is for you. Sure, on the cover it looks like a routine “feel-good following of highschool friends” anime like Azumanga Daioh. It’s not.
Clannad is actually broken into two sections: the main 24 episodes and a 22-episode After Story. Really, they make up a 46-episode complete anime, as separate arcs.
The story follows Tomoya Okazaki, a senior and a “delinquent,” and the students he ends up surrounding himself with, starting with Nagisa Furukawa. In fact, the main plot of the first arc revolves around Nagisa coming out of her shell and starting up the drama club with Tomoya’s help. Nagisa missed her actual senior year, due to a recurring illness, so she’s actually repeating. Tomoya, with delinquent in quotes, cuts class a lot, but rarely does he actually make trouble for anyone, even himself. Honestly, his character is just like putting a rat poison label on a jar of artificial sweetener, it’s not exactly sugar, but it’s definitely not rat poison either.
Within the first arc are mini-arcs, in which Tomoya and Nagisa reach out to a couple of different students and help them to make friends and complete desired goals. Then tragic things happen or are revealed. Really, it’s like a buzz kill. It’s like rescuing a puppy from a fire in order for it to get hit by a car a few short days later. Seriously, watch this anime with a box of tissues.
Now, I’m not really going to get into the After Story. Frankly, I didn’t watch it, but you don’t really need to. See, here’s what happened:
Within the anime are a few clips about an alternate story that has (seemingly) nothing to do with the main story at all. There’s a robot and a girl, and they’re all alone in the world they’re in. The story is referenced by Nagisa way late in the first arc, and Tomoya claims that the story sounds vaguely familiar. When the main anime arc ends, the only question that doesn’t get answered is where that story came from and what it has to do with the main plot. So, I did what any curious person does: I googled it. I ended up reading an entire synopsis, with a box of tissues, only to discover at the end that it was the “After Story” arc. Now that I know what happens, it’s kind of pointless to watch it, especially with the circumstances that unfold. It follows Nagisa and Tomoya into the future and the events that surround Tomoya in dealing with yet more tragedy.
Don’t believe me? If you don’t mind the SPOILERS BELOW, then keep reading.
Tomoya past/present: His mother died when he was a child, sending his father into a permanent alcoholic and gambling binge. Tomoya attends the school that he does on a basketball scholarship. A fight with his father in which his father got physical, put Tomoya permanently on the bench. He can no longer lift his right arm above his shoulder. Tomoya cuts class frequently, labeling him as a delinquent, and subsequently, easily blamed for anything that goes amiss at the school.
Nagisa: This isn’t discovered until literally the last quarter of the first arc. Nagisa’s picturesque family as a dark secret, which is kept locked in the shed behind their house. As revealed to Tomoya by Nagisa’s father, both he and his wife had their dream jobs: he was an actor and she was a teacher. Nagisa is plagued by a recurring illness, which hit her pretty hard as a child one winter day. Nagisa’s parents left her home alone for 2 hours while they went to their jobs, and her father rushed home as soon as he could. He found her passed out in front of the house, in the snow, close to death. Her parents gave up their jobs to open a bakery and be home with Nagisa, keeping that secret from her. She suspects there’s something hidden in her childhood that she should apologize for, even though it wasn’t her fault.
Fuuko Ibiki: One of the first side characters that Tomoya and Nagisa help is Fuuko, rumored to be a ghost student. Her older sister, a former art teacher, is getting married at the school, and Fuuko creates star fish out of wood as wedding invitations for all the students. Tomoya and Nagisa discover Fuuko was in an accident on her way to school and currently resides in a hospital, in a coma. She is the spirit of her real self, trying to get things together for the wedding. But slowly, the students at the school don’t remember her, and can’t see her anymore. Come the day of the wedding, even Tomoya and Nagisa start forgetting she exists. But everyone suddenly remembers about the wedding and show up for a beautiful day. The following day, Tomoya and Nagisa, along with everyone else, have completely forgotten about Fuuko.
Kotomi Ichinose: She’s a brilliant student who isolates herself in the library everyday and devours book after book. Tomoya tries to get her out of her shell and be more sociable. Then, when she witnesses the wreckage of a bus accident (even though no one got hurt), she has a psychotic break and barricades herself in her house. Tomoya tries to help, only to discover that her parents both died in a plane accident over the ocean on their way to America to give a lecture. She received this news on her birthday.
Tomoya and Nagisa in After Story: They get married and have their first child, a daughter. Nagisa falls ill again and dies. Tomoya goes into a depression, forcing Nagisa’a parents to raise his daughter. After five years, a talk with his grandmother gives him enough strength to live again, and he gets his daughter back. He discovers that she has the same recurring illness as Nagisa, and she soon dies too. Tomoya has a psychotic break and ends up in the alternate reality as the robot from the story. Then he wakes up and Nagisa and his daughter are both alive again. But the damage it did to my psyche is done. Now it feels like a “oh yeah, we messed up. Just kidding.”
So that’s it the SPOILERS END HERE.
It was a good anime, but you’l find yourself going “NO WAY” in a stream of tears at the end of every mini arc, and definitely for sure several times during the After Story. Definitely keep those tissues handy.
And one last note, let the episode play into the closing credits. The Dango Family song is worth a listen as a running joke in the anime itself.
spoilers abound. you have been warned.
First there was Yakushi (Kabuto, from Naruto), and now another Megane Danshi has surfaced with a “Ya” name. Yashiro Yukihito is a side character in Skip Beat. He plays main character Ren’s personal assistant/ manager, but more-so than that, he’s the center of the comic relief in the series.
As Ren’s manager, he’s got his schedule planned out a year in advanced. He’s also able to get Ren to all of his appointments without being late due to his ability to fiercely stare down fans to get them to move.
Though he’s not my favorite character in Skip Beat, he seems to be a bit of the glue that holds the main characters together. Yashiro’s intuition is spot on, as he’s the first to notice the blossoming relationship between Kyoko and Ren, even if Ren frequently denies it. He’s also the one that arranges “meetings” between the two.
His comic relief comes in the form of a very bizarre power – breaking electronics. No, really, it is a super power. Just by holding a cell phone in his bare hands (just like the picture on the right) he renders the object completely unusable. By threatening to touch his cell phone without gloves on, he coerces Ren to answer questions.
Honestly, that’s pretty much it to his character. He’s really only a minor character who acts as a conscience to Ren, a liaison between Ren and Kyoko to mastermind their relationship, and provides the majority of the comic relief. With all that responsibility, you think he’d appear more often, right?
I bought a new bento box that matches my Usagi chopsticks. I think it fits perfectly with a nice fall themed bento: salmon, rice with pumpkin seeds, and a shiitake-carrot udon soup with a pomegranate, raspberry, and green tea Jello. Sounds awesome right? Looks and tastes even better.
But I must say: I am not a chef. In fact, when I even talk about cooking, my family runs for cover and sets the smoke alarms. I can’t cook, but somehow Japanese food seems to turn out alright. When I put together a bento, it’s generally just Japanese inspired. Afterall, I’m cooking on a college graduate budget here. And I can’t say I cook traditional bento either: I don’t have time to make myself such a spectacular lunch in the morning. Usually, I just make it as a dinner and display it as prettily as I can in a bento style. Alright, now enough talk, it’s food time!
1. The Salmon
This is a personal favorite of mine. Whenever I cook Salmon, there’s only two seasonings I put on it: Soy Sauce and Italian seasoning. Yep, that’s right. My brother’s Japanese fiance loved it when I made it for her, and that should be approval enough. Pretty simple: Set the oven to 375, lay the salmon (I use 1 filet, because I only cook for myself) out on the baking sheet, and coat it on both sides with soy sauce and a liberal shake of Italian seasoning. Cook for 6 minutes, and it
2. Pumkin Seed Rice
I washed and rinsed the rice (I use Botan Calrose Rice), then soaked it for an hour or so, as per JustBento. Then, I just popped it in my rice cooker. Once cooled, I balled it up with pumpkin seeds and cut a face out of nori (seaweed) to make a jack o’lantern. I wet my hands and shake the excess before I form the ball. The moisture does make the pumpkin seeds a little slimy, so I had to push a couple that fell off the sides into the middle of the ball.
3. The Udon Soup
I had a package of instant Udon noodle mix, much like it’s Ramen counterparts. I made it as per the directions. I also quartered and sauteed some Shiitake mushrooms for the soup and to tuck around the salmon. The carrots were cut using special cutters (much like mini cookie cutters) to cut the sliced carrots into star/leaf shapes.
4. V8 V-Fusion (Raspberry and Green Tea) Jello with Pomegranate Seeds
I wanted to do a dessert with pomegranate, my favorite fall fruit, and thought embedding it in Jello would be a good idea. The only problem is, I hate Jello. But, then I found a box of Jello’s “Mixchief,” which allows for the maker to use any juice. I picked the aforementioned V8 V-Fusion: a pretty red color, raspberry to mesh well with the pomegranate, and green tea. So much better, taste and nutrition wise, than straight Jello. I made it as directed, and poured it over pomegranate seeds in a small dish. To tip it out, I had to let it the dish itself soak for a few minutes in hot water and edge it out with a butter knife.
Woo Hoo! Fifty Posts! This blog, which I opened the first week of April 2011, just 6 short months ago, is doing so much better than I could have ever anticipated. I’m clocking between 100-200 hits a day, and to me, that’s impressive!
Thank You Everyone!
I was trying to rack my brains for what I could do for a 50th post special, and I wanted it to be something pretty awesome. It dawned on me while I was staring at my desktop screen during the thinking session. Quite awhile ago, I was looking for a desktop background, and I wasn’t happy with any of the ones I found. Then I remembered that I’m a graphic designer and made my own. Ha! You can see it here on the right. It’s based around the part in episode 24 of Ouran Highschool Host Club when Kyoya has his epiphany. Right after, Tamaki remarks with, “Wow. Your face, it looks evil. So you’re finally showing your true colors.” The blooming flower painting represents the mural he ended up painting on the wall of his thoughts above the framed “canvas” that he was given in life to “paint the perfect picture.”
So I’ve created a thank you present for everyone who visits the site: a megane danshi desktop background. I’ve included Jade Curtiss (from Tales of the Abyss) and Kabuto Yakushi (from Naruto) along with Kyoya. It features my old tag line for the site “for the love of boys with glasses,” and has the same tea stain ring and ink splatters. It’s 1600 x 1200. To download it, click the image to the right, and it should appear in full screen for you to right-click and “save as.”
I feel like a kid in candy store, with the promise of as much candy as I could possibly eat for free. Problem is, I don’t know where to turn first! I know it’s just an analogy, but the candy store I’m speaking of here is Crunchyroll, a pay by month, all you can watch anime (and drama!) site that’s trusted amongst anime goers. My friend Racheal sent me a “48-hour access pass,” because she can gift those as a paying member. Now I’m staring at a list huge list of anime, most of which I’ve never heard of, and I don’t know which to watch first.
On the downside, it doesn’t have any of the anime that I’ve started watching and haven’t finished yet: Samurai Champloo, Outlaw Star, and Clannad. But! It does have a large selection of other anime that seem really interesting.
SKET Dance is the first one I came across, which piqued my interest for the fact that it appears to be an Ouran knockoff. I watched the preview video, and it is focused around the stereotypical trio, two guys and a girl. This trio has their own club that is focused on helping people with their problems, hence the Ouran knockoff part. Also, it does have their own megane danshi (Kyoya, anyone?), a character who appears to be technologically minded. It seems to be an awfully predictable anime, but the 4.5 star rating (with over 700 votes) means I might just give it a watch.
When I’m looking for an anime, one of the tributes that makes me more likely to watch is the length. I’m more likely to watch a quick 12 episode anime over one that is still going. I keep up with Naruto, and that’s enough of a long-runner for me. Eleven episode Usagi Drop, rated 5 stars by over 900 people, is a new anime about a 30-year old single man who ends up raising a little girl. The watercolor styled animation is beautiful, but unfortunately, there’s no English subtitles. I was really looking forward to watching it too.
But, I think I might start with The Place Promised in Our Early Days. It’s an award winning movie, only available on Crunchyroll until October 22nd. It centers around three teens who grew up together, and keeping the promise they made to each other despite a war torn world. Unknown promise? Mysterious place? Beautiful cover with violins involved? Yeah, this is a winner. I’ve never seen a Makoto Shinkai movie, but I’m excited to get my first taste. I’ll let ya’ll know how it is. If it turns out to be anything like the end of Full Metal Achemist, though, I’m going to be miserable for a few days.
I think I’m going to get a membership. There’s just too much I want to watch! Anyone have a suggestion for a good anime on Crunchyroll? Characters with glasses are a guaranteed watch!
spoilers abound. you have been warned.
No. Really. HUGE spoilers here. I read and am completely up-to-date on the Naruto Shippuden manga. So, if you’re strictly an anime watcher, you won’t get to this part for awhile. Tobi has been a mysterious figure since his first appearance. The most popular speculation are Obito and who he actually claims to be, Madara Uchiha.
First, I’ll explain the “Obito is Tobi,” or OiT, theory. It’s pretty self explanatory. People who champion this notion do, in fact, believe that the main antagonist of the Naruto series, Tobi, is none other than a side character from Kakashi’s past, Obito Uchiha. Tobi started off as a goofball member of Akatsuki, a group bent on retrieving all nine of the tailed beasts to resurrect the “ten tails.” Eventually, he became the last man standing in the group and revealed himself as Madara Uchiha.
Now, this is bizarre, because Madara was friends, and eventually enemies, with the first Hokage who was rumored to have destroyed him. That was like, over a hundred years ago, so speculation started to swirl on how he could still be alive so long.
As far as Obito goes, he was a former team mate of Kakashi’s who was very much like Naruto. He valued friendship and the safety of team members over the success of the mission. Obito and Kakashi’s third team member, Rin, was kidnapped during a mission, and the pair ended up saving her. In doing so, however, Obito was crushed by a giant boulder. Before he died, he had Rin, a medical ninja, transplant one of his Uchiha eyes into Kakashi (who had previously suffered an eye injury) as a thank you for going along with him to save Rin.
To sum things up, both Madara and Obito are dead. In fact, every member of the Uchiha clan is presumed dead at this point except for Sasuke. Sasuke’s elder brother, Itachi, wiped out all the members of the Uchiha clan, except Sasuke, several years prior to the start of part 1 on orders of the third Hokage. Itachi later dies in battle with his younger brother. But, even after Tobi reveals himself as Madara, the OiT theorists have remained ever vigilant. Here’s why:
1. Obito and Madara are both Uchihas, a clan of people who are able to wield an eye power called the Sharingan. Tobi is also a Sharingan user, as seen through the one eye hole of his mask.
2. When Obito died, he had given his left eye to Kakashi. Tobi has a single eye hole in his mask, over his right eye.
3. Both have similar spikey haircuts, and Tobi appears to be too young, and his hair far too short, to be the wild Madara.
4. Their names are very similar.
As convincing as this is, there’s a problem. Obito was just like Naruto, ultimately good and valued friendship. What could have possibly happened, if Tobi is Obito, to have turned him into the picture of pure evil?
And, another hole in the works, during Tobi’s fight with Konan, his mask breaks and though you don’t see his whole face, he is shown to have both eyes. Both Sharingan eyes. So is he really Madara then? And here comes the major spoilers: according to the newest chapter of the Naruto Shippuden manga, perhaps not. Unless, of course, there’s other unforeseen circumstances at work here that we are unaware of yet at the present.
Kabuto finally reveals his trump card, the body in the casket that made Tobi nervous, Madara Uchiha’s body. It is made clear that it is, in fact, Madara, and he is unmistakably dead.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with the Naruto plot line from the past couple of months, here’s a short recap. All the major ninja villages have banned together to form the joint shinobi army against the forces of Tobi and Orochimaru infested Kabuto (it’s a tender subject. Look for my other posts on Kabuto). Kabuto has perfected the Impure World Ressurection Jutsu that allows the user to utilize dead bodies with all their powers. The bodies are back “alive,” but they have no control over their actions and are bent to the will of the Jutsu user. Madara is being used under this Jutsu.
So if that’s the real Madara, then who the !@$% is Tobi?! Sure, the OiT theorists are probably celebrating right now, but I’m not convinced for the reasons I’ve already mentioned. Then what’s going on? Your guess is as good as mine, and I invite you to share your thoughts. But, here’s what I’m leaning toward. Tobi is probably someone related to Madara, such as a son we don’t know about, or his younger brother Izuna. Maybe Madara wasn’t the strongest son after all. Again, this is just a guess here. It could be something completely out of left field here for all we know.
Now that the real Madara has stood up, I can’t wait for Tobi to be completely unmasked.
Forget what I said before about Lara Croft and Peach in regards to my cosplay for Halloween this year. I have stumbled on the most epic idea: Nyan Cat. Damn straight. It’s good for a warmer option, because it involves pants and a long sleeve shirt, and I have an indoor/outdoor Halloween party to go to the weekend before, plus taking my niece out trick or treating on Halloween.
If you don’t know what Nyan Cat is, then I suggest you google (Haha, I’ve always wanted a reason to “let me google that for you!”) or youtube it for all it’s glory. It is hilariously awesome and extraordinarily catchy. Plus who doesn’t love cats, poptarts, and rainbows?
Well, I was skyping with a friend of mine, and as our conversation began to lull, he started playing Nyan Cat. That was two nights ago and I’ve had the song stuck in my head since then. So I start googling cool things people have done with Nyan Cat. I stumbled upon other people’s ‘cardboard’ Nyan Cat cosplays and thought, I could do much better than that. May the Nyan Cat cosplay commence!
I’ve sketched my costume quickly, and without a tablet, in Photoshop to give ya’ll an idea. It starts with a base of a gray long sleeved shirt, leggings, gloves, and boots. Then, a most colorful rainbow fabric will be attached either under the back of the dress or as a cape to flow to the ground. I’d wear a tan dress or tunic style shirt which will be “frosted” (probably with paint, but I haven’t fully decided yet) and sprinkled. Then, add the gray cat ears, tail, a little rouge, and there you have it! Nyan Cat!
I’ve also contemplated borrowing my mom’s iphone to attach underneath the top of the dress and have ‘Non-stop Nyan Cat’ on. I would probably drive people nuts, but it would be awesome. This makes me wish I had a smartphone to do stupid stuff like this with. Hahaha.
I’m so excited for this. I can’t wait to post pictures!
Anyone else have cool costume ideas that you’re doing this year?
Edit 9/25/11: I’m going to to do it. I found Nyan Cat on iTunes… and mini ipod speakers…. it’s on.