Sunday, October 19, 2014

We Make History.



To me, South Korea is at the center of the gaming universe. They have professional teams that treat online gaming as a sport, and late last night, I saw that put to work in the form of a team of Koreans named Samsung White, who schooled the Star Horn Royal Club in the League Of Legends World Championship Final at Seoul World Cup Stadium before a crowd of 40,000, Imagine Dragons and all. What I like about Korean gamers is their pace and high difficulty level. Their matches are quick, no-nonsense precision games similar to the hurry-up offense in football or the direct football you see at soccer matches.

It's the uptempo, high-paced style of Samsung White that has made them the kings of League of Legends, although to be honest, it's a game that I don't like to play, since I have another online game that I invest more of my money on: Pangya. Hours after Samsung White delivered another all-world performance in Seoul, I had made my own personal history by becoming a World Pro in Pangya, reaching the World Pro E rank after one year, three months and 19 days in.

For me, this was a bright spot in what had been a difficult week of everything not going according to plan. I reserve the right not to go into the details, but it was rough and this was one of a few things that did go right for me. I remember my old friend, MS_Aries, who used to be a part of the game before she left the game a few months ago. I spent the last 80 days playing games against my alternate account, got a lot of caddies trained and now I am closing in on fully training another caddie, the Big Red Papel.

I think this is a point in my Pangya journey where I can hit cruise control. Now that I have reached what I feel is one of the most prestigious of ranks (although entering the Master ranks would also be nice), I can spend the next year walking up the World Pro ranks because most of the heavy lifting is pretty much done. But there may be a part of me that decides to make a quiet push for the Master ranks. I'm not gonna worry about that at this point.

In any case, I, like the boys Samsung White, made history and hit a milestone as an online game. Things can only get better from here.


2channel Anime Saimoe 2014: Third Round Results, Match Day 8



Nブロック代表暫定結果
1位 155票 辻垣内智葉@咲-Saki- 全国編 '
2位 79票 比企谷小町@やはり俺の青春ラブコメはまちがっている。




Tブロック代表暫定結果
1位 149票 御坂美琴@とある科学の超電磁砲S
2位 89票 結城明日奈(アスナ)@ソードアート・オンライン Extra Edition

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Every Breaking Wave



Every breaking wave on the shore
Tells the next one "there'll be one more"
Every gambler knows that to lose
Is what you're really there for

Summer I was fearless
Now I speak into an answerphone
Like every fallen leaf on the breeze
Winter wouldn't leave it alone, alone


If you go
If you go your way and I go mine
Are we so
Are we so helpless against the tide?
Baby, every dog on the street
Knows that we're in love with defeat
Are we ready to be swept off our feet
And stop chasing every breaking wave?



Every sailor knows that the sea
Is a friend made enemy
Every shipwrecked soul knows what it is
To live without intimacy

I thought I heard the captain's voice
But it's hard to listen while you preach
Like every broken wave on the shore
This is as far as I could reach



If you go
If you go your way and I go mine
Are we so
Are we so helpless against the tide?
Baby, every dog on the street
Knows that we're in love with defeat
Are we ready to be swept off our feet
And stop chasing every breaking wave?

The sea knows where all the rocks
Are drowning is an ocean
You know where my heart is
The same place that yours has been
We know that we fear the wind
And it's all we have before we begin
Before we begin


If you go
If you go your way and I go mine
Are we so
Are we so helpless against the tide?
Baby, every dog on the street
Knows that we're in love with defeat
Are we ready to be swept off our feet
And stop chasing every breaking wave?


2channel Anime Saimoe 2014: Is Mikoto Misaka the real deal?


2channel Anime Saimoe 2014: Is Mikoto Misaka the real deal?

By Jo-Ryan Salazar
The Bedlam on Baltic Avenue
October 18, 2014


Mikoto Misaka is no stranger to success in the Saimoe circuit. Already a previous Saimoe Leader of the Free World after winning the International Saimoe League Heavenly Tiara years ago, Misaka has built a strong following in China and is aiming to secure a double of sorts by upsetting the Saki and Madoka Magica block to win the Saimoe Prime Minister's office.

"I have created an informational site: whynotoneesama.jp," said Kuroko Shirai, Mikoto self-professed younger sister and love interest. "I may not be contending in the race for the prize with Awai [Oohoshi] in the way, but what I can tell you is that onee-sama has a chance to make history and bring back the fire that this tournament has been lacking the past few years. It's possible.

"Voters need to believe in alternatives to the same old politics that have slowed Japan down. I want Academy City to be the center of the Saimoe universe. It's happened before with onee-sama being the Leader Of The Free World. It can happen again with onee-sama being named the next Saimoe Prime Minister. It can happen again."

"Personally, I don't pay much attention to the race for this office because the same two parties are running up the results," said Touma Kamijou, a close confidante of Misaka. "But I do think Biribiri has a great chance to give the cause a new sense of purpose, a new sense of belonging. A victory for Biribiri is a complete game-changer for Japan, and I won't be surprised if she shocks the nation this year."

As for Misaka herself, she tunes out all the different forms of hype and pomp that comes with being a candidate not of the Saki or Madoka Magica Parties.

"I will be targeted by voters of those two parties, no question," Misaka said in an interview at lunch. "However, I have faith that people will realize that Saki and Madoka aren't the be-all, end-all to all of Japan's problems. People remember me for my victory over Homura Akemi a number of years ago and I know that if I face her, it's going to be a battle.

"My mission is to take on the best and give them a good fight because as an outsider, you are knocking on the door and you want to beat it down the best you can. I have plans to help improve my country but I want to convince the voters that I do have a case."

2channel Anime Saimoe 2014: Third Round Results, Match Day 7



Mブロック代表暫定結果
1位 194票 松実玄@咲-Saki- 全国編
2位 83票 蒼星石@ローゼンメイデン



Sブロック代表暫定結果
1位 215票 清水谷竜華@咲-Saki- 全国編
2位 60票 小泉花陽@ラブライブ!

Kotori Itsuka: Seventh Saimoe Leader Of The Free World


Saimoe Leader Of The Free World. That is the honor bestowed on she who wears this crown that I wear today, the International Saimoe League Tiara. I've heard about the role a leader must take to galvanize the power, the energy, the drive of all the nations, all the persuasions, all the nationalities, all the differences...all towards a common goal. Testarossa. Katsura. Akiyama. Misaka. Tachibana. Gokou. Those are the ones who came before me who earned the right to be the world's choice to lead the way. Now, it is my turn.

To all my supporters, there is only one word that sums up my emotions after winning the Tiara and the rights to being the Saimoe Leader of the Free World: FINALLY! After so many months in thw wilderness, so many months of being left to wonder why the Date A Live Party has been ignored as a beacon of hope for the world, the time has come for the message to be sent out.

It is our time. We matter. We are here to help you. And we are here to be by your side every step of the way.

Like many campaigns for new aspiring faces, our campaign started from scratch. We had teams of people spread our message of change and reform to the Saimoe movement across all platforms: from email to social media to internet forms like the ISML forums and Animesuki. Over time, our cause grew and grew and people started to believe in us.

But every movement is going to have its share of doubters and detractors and unsavory people who want to discredit our stance of how we see the world. We never won a necklace, and I was not a Division winner. But I was never a qutter and I believe in fighting to the end. You never gave up on me. So when the time came for you to decide whether to repeat history and go back to the same old politics from two years ago, you decided enough was enough.

I had the pleasure of meeting many Kurdish rebels who are sacrificing their lives against the forces of evil that plunder though their land. I saw the smile on their faces and it gave them the drive to fight the good fight, just like you did on Election Day.

I had the pleasure of holding talks with many foreign leaders about the best ways to approach foreign policy and how to build bridges, not destroy them.

I had the pleasure of networking with many valiant competitors in the race to be the Saimoe Leader Of The Free World. I've learned a lot about them, and my respect for their legacy and their contributions to the Saimoe Movement are irreproachable.

I've climbed mountains, walked over valleys, attended a football match or two, trekked through deserts, motorbiked through jungles, visited every corner of the world when I could because I am a spirit that can be anywhere, anytime, so long as I have the energy and desire to be there. I've been to locations that cannot be accessed by the common man due to repression and oppression.

And as I gradually accepted the world and its faults, I accept the burden, the responsibility of being the Saimoe Leader Of The Free World and the Champion of the International Saimoe League. This is a role I have trained my mind and body for, ever since I took lead of Ratatoskr. I'm not here to just be a spokesperson or to be the solution to all of the problems the world faces. I am here to help in any way I can and to assure you that the Date A Live Party means well in promoting love and solidarity as the answer.

I believe that in order to heal the world's problems, its people must learn to love and tolerate those who do not share with their ideals and their aspirations and their ways to live. Love. Tolerance. Acceptance. No one should be excluded because they do not fit the profile. Exclusion and elitism are not the driving forces behind our party and our interpretation of the Saimoe movement.

The love you have for the people you support, whether it's me or Tohka Yatogami or Kurumi Tokisaki or Yoshino or Origami Tobiiichi or even someone outside of our party is important. But what's more important is the love you have for those that are not dearest to you. If you make that strong as well, you will have captured their demons and purified them to that they are yours to love and cherish. We don't play favorites in our party. Because of this, people from around the world have joined in the chorus and chanted our party name, "DATE A LIVE! DATE A LIVE!" all over.

There are many people I want to thank for their love and dedication to what we stand for. I want to thank Kurumi, Touka, Yoshino and Origami for a great campaign and for their support.

And I want to thank Shidou for his dedication to our cause and for vouching all of us. Shidou, to me, is my rock and the best ally I could ever have. He is my big brother, and has been a great advisor in how I should lead all the nations from this point on until a new Saimoe Leader Of The Free World is chosen. So thank you, Shidou Itsuka.

Most importantly, this victory is for you, and I want to thank you all for being with me on this journey. You spread the message, you embraced it and used it as your wings to fly into the world and share what we hope to be a lasting legacy in Saimoe. Sure, there are those who I have not won their vote, but I extend both my hands to them because I believe in humble in victory, and Mashiro Shiina ran a fantastic race. I consider her my equal, and it would not surprise me if she won the next election.

The road ahead is going to be tough. Every other party will be aiming for us, waiting for us to falter and fail in our mission to encourage love, tolerance, and acceptance. We've already been through a tough road before. This time, we will be more resilient, more vigilent than ever, because this year, in this election we made history.

We made history. We got over the hump. And we're going to do it all over against next year so look out for us. Thank you, world! Thank you, everyone! Thank you, ISML! Have a wonderful afternoon and evening! Take care of yourselves! Date A Live FOREVER!!!


-Kotori Itsuka
7th Saimoe Leader Of The Free World
2014 International Saimoe League Champion
Raizen High School
7 October 2014