Friday, March 27, 2015

Texas.



It's been a while, and I've been alone
and you've been the only thing I've known
Born in the South, at home in the North
We could be anywhere you want

Now you're taking me down where you grew up
I wish I had known you when we were young
You figured me out, I know I've said it enough
but waiting is just too much



So cover my skin with your sunkissed light
There's a bonfire burning tonight
We could be all right
Evaline, Evaline, Evaline, Evaline



Picture it now, down the road
Oh just say the word and I'll go
Wherever you are, whatever the coast
You are the one I care for the most

Remember the night we slept on the roof?
I didn't sleep much to tell the truth
Now we're the sand caught in the tide
We laugh until we cry



Won't you cover my skin with your sunkissed light
There's a bonfire burning tonight
We could be all right
Evaline, Evaline, Evaline, Evaline



Pull me closer, hold me tighter
The nights are long but the stars are brighter
Pull me closer, hold me tighter
Take me down, take me down, take me down



Won't you cover my skin with your sunkissed light
There's a bonfire burning tonight
We could be all right
Evaline, Evaline, Evaline, Evaline...
Won't you cover my skin with your sunkissed light
Won't you cover my skin with your sunkissed light
Won't you cover my skin with your sunkissed light
Evaline, Evaline, Evaline, Evaline...

KanColle Anime Is Over, So Now What?



As I wait for my money to arrive so I can finish paying my bill and buy some clothes for Hana R on Pangya Wiki, I quietly reflect on what looks like the first season of KanColle. A second season is in development (can't be an April Fools Joke because it's not on April Fools Day and it was announced after the final scene in the anime), and it received sharp amounts of criticism for the scriptwriting, series direction and the choice of character.



First off, the real-life Admiral of this show, Kensuke Tanaka, is, like the main character Fubuki, a rookie when it comes to working in the anime business. If this was under the direction of Akiyuki Shinbo or Gen Urobuchi or even Mari Okada, we would see a far more convincing series based on experience and track record. Second, there is a reason Fubuki, a generic-based starter/destroyer, is the main character. If a well-known shipgirl like Kongou or Kaga or Tenryuu (who did not appear in the anime at all) or even Shimakaze was the main character, it would divide the fanbase further than it did.



That's why Junya Oota, a.k.a. ZUN of Team Shanghai Alice, does not want to do a Touhou Project anime, even though it would have a Naruto/ONE PIECE length with plenty of arcs and would have a Saimoe leverage stronger than Madoka and Saki combined. There's too many good characters in that series with strong, loyal followings to have it based around Reimu Hakurei and Marisa Kirisame, which would be the case by default. Fans will say, "Flandre should be the main!" or "What about Sakuya!" or "Patchouli's not the MC? Blasphemy!" and so on and so forth. Sooner or later, ZUN's gotta realize that making an anime of Touhou will keep the series relevant for a long time and it's already been around for a while.



But enough of that, let's talk about KanColle. Ah, Fubuki. I am starting to have a soft side for Fubuki, even though I prefer Shimakaze and Kongou. Indeed, those two were my badge art for what is currently my most recent Anime Expo staffed to date. But Fubuki has her charms. She refers the Admiral as "Commander," which is a far more intimate, more casual drop of formalities. It's almost like Fubuki treats the admiral like a big brother, and that's fine.



The anime did not improve Fubuki's popularity much; in fact, the fan support for the other characters also remained the same. In Kantai Collection (and this is coming from someone that can't play the game due to geoblock restrictions and having to win a lottery; get a global server going already!), admirals have their ship that they adore, and it affects them if it gets sunk while on event duty or doing some sortie mission because you can't get that ship back.

But it doesn't hurt to see the beauty of the ordinary. I see Fubuki as the Akari Akaza of KanColle. Ready salted, simple and delicious. She doesn't have to go over the top or what not to be awesome. To appreciate Fubuki is like appreciating a good bag of ready salted, kettle-cooked crisps or brown rice without anything placed on it. Or, a bowl of three scoops of vanilla ice cream without any toppings.



The way Fubuki was portrayed in the anime was noteworthy, except for one thing: her second remodel wasn't shown, just her first. Thus, my speculation is that the second season will introduce the second remodel with the black uniform with red trim and the green eyes. I am torn as to which Fubuki I like. Do I go for the first remodel? Or the second remodel?

It's a massive dilemma that will be resolved when the second season rolls around and the remodel is portrayed. I hope the eyes are just palette-swapped for Fubuki's Kai Ni. It's better that way. I don't like them in the style of Yamato, Yuudachi or the Big Seven NagaMutsu combo. So for now, the jury is still out. But it's temporary and unlike some gamers who are calling out the anime in general in an attempt to convince the 2ch Saimoe voters that the race is open now that Saki and Madoka are gone, I liked the KanColle anime and am eagerly awaiting the second season.


Dammit, Commander Izumi, stop staring at me and get back to work RIGHT NOW!

Anime Expo Decides To Go Younger And Inexperienced. Sigh!

All right, so, I've had a rough week this week. Not only did Pangya Global pull out the Hanbok Sets for the remodels on the day I receive my paycheck, but I received this email from Amy Miyamoto, who is the Registration and Exhibits Division Manager. See, I was wondering why I applied for staff in January, and I never received any e-mails or contacts. I had worked the Registration Department for my first three years at the con and wanted to come back for a fourth.

Jo-Ryan, We will respectfully decline your offer to join Registration.  You will remain [in] the open applicants to see if any other departments contact you.    Regards, Amy Miyamoto Registration & Exhibits Division ManagerSociety for the Promotion of Japanese Animation 1522 Brookhollow Dr, Suite 1, Santa Ana, CA 92705Anime Conji - AC | Anime Expo - AX | Project Anime – PA – Los Angeles & Tokyo     

Shortage of staffers...my ass.

While I did say in a follow-up that I intend to reapply next year, one thing that is important when working with experienced convention staffers like myself is that department managers need to be transparent and not withhold important information and conjecture/opinion regarding the direction of staffing a convention like AX. Otherwise, you end up with speculatory conclusions which may or may not be correct, and I don't like to do speculation in these circumstances but I am force to because Ms. Miyamoto did not disclose the exact reasons.

My speculation is as follows: Anime Expo is going younger to save costs regarding housing its staffers. They are going with inexperienced, unqualified newbies who have to pay part of their hotel room, which, unless pointed out, is the Radisson USC. As a veteran staff member, the hotel and perks are free, so long as the room is in good shape and I make a deposit. So by this, it would be more expensive for the penny-pinchers at SPJA to retain my services because I've served a string of cons. I was with them in Anaheim, I was with them in Long Beach. And I was with them when staff was housed at the Westin Bonaventure and the Radisson.

This is not meant to be an affront to SPJA or the convention, for the record. I had a great time staffing this con during my nine years. Good memories, it's forever a part of me, and everyone out there should get the chance to take part in it on Independence Day Weekend. Thank you, AX. But I strongly believe that Ms. Miyamoto or the others should have explained further the future direction of the convention's makeup in terms of staffers so that it will alllow me to make a decision as to whether or not I should do further business with them. I'll give them one more year for them to give me a chance, but if no department wants my services, I have no choice but to cut my ties by mutual agreement.

One of my personal beliefs is that I don't waste my time with people, organizations, groups, anyone who doesn't want my services. I wanted to do 10 years at AX and stop there, but if they wanted me to stop at nine, they could have just said so. They can give me a good reason, I'll consider it, and then my time staffing this con is history. Anyone that I know or work with, regardless of who it is, that doesn't come clean with me and leaves me out of the loop is essentially giving me a slap to the face, and that is something that businesses and companies should never do when communicating bad news.

End true story.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

We Live



Live, die
and we learn to find 
the things we live and die for.
Cause We Live and we die 
and we learn to find 
the things we live and die for.

I don't wanna be an ordinary man.
No I don't wanna be as neat as a new pin.
I don't care about just being safe and calm.
(Give it all up for a little li li life 
Give it all up for a little li li life)

And the time that we have inside it keeps on ticking, 
(Give it all up for a little li li life)
till the end
(Give it all up for a little li li life)
So it's time that we live our lives and celebrating.

Cause We Live and we die 
and we learn to find 
the things we live and die for.



I don't wanna say I didn't take the chance.
I don't wanna say I never learned the dance.
I wanna be someone, someone they show respect.
(Give it all up for a little li li life 
Give it all up for a little li li life)

And the time that we have inside it keeps on ticking.
(Give it all up for a little li li life)
till the end
(Give it all up for a little li li life)
So it's time that we live our lives and celebrating.

Cause We Live and we die 
and we learn to find 
the things we live and die for.
Cause We Live and we die 
and we learn to find 
the things we live and die for.



Life is all too short
To spend on doing boring things, 
And I want,
And I want,
I want to have fun.

Holding on to be the one I am 
Holding on to be the one I am
Holding on to be the one I am
Holding on to be the one, on to be the one
Holding on to be the one I am 
(Give it all up for a little li li life)
Holding on to be the one I am
(li li life)
Holding on to be the one I am
Holding on to be the one, on to be the one!

Cause We Live and we die 
and we learn to find 
the things we live and die for.
Cause We Live and we die 
and we learn to find 
the things we live and die for...

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

ISML 2015: Nomination Results

Nova Division

No.NameSeriesBallots
1Tokisaki KurumiDate A Live420
2YoshinoDate A Live261
3Nishikino MakiLove Live!254
4Miyazono KaoriShigatsu wa Kimi no Uso232
5Yukinoshita YukinoOreGairu223
6Yatogami TōkaDate A Live212
7Minami KotoriLove Live!211
8Yazawa NicoLove Live!195
9JibrilNo Game No Life180
10Kafū ChinoGochūmon wa Usagi Desu ka?171
11Ayase EliLove Live!171
12Sonoda UmiLove Live!161
13Tsutsukakushi TsukikoHentai Ōji to Warawanai Neko.157
14AkameAkame ga Kill!155
15Tina SproutBlack Bullet152
16Kuriyama MiraiKyōkai no Kanata151
17Shiba MiyukiMahōka Kōkō no Rettōsei148
18Tōjō NozomiLove Live!135
19Kōsaka HonokaLove Live!129
20AkatsukiLog Horizon124
21Latifa FleuranzaAmagi Brilliant Park123
22YayaMachine-Doll wa Kizutsukanai120
23Terminus EstSeirei Tsukai no Blade Dance119
24Kirishima TōkaTokyo Ghoul119
25Tachibana MarikaNisekoi118
26Hoshizora RinLove Live!117
27NoelSora no Method115
28Asseylum Vers AllusiaAldnoah.Zero114
29MineAkame ga Kill!113
30Fujimiya KaoriIsshūkan Friends.106
31Shiodome MiunaNagi no Asukara106
32Shichimiya SatoneChūnibyō demo Koi ga Shitai!104
33Tobiichi OrigamiDate A Live104
34Celty SturlusonDurarara!!100
35Tateyama AyanoMekakucity Actors98
36Shokuhō MisakiToaru Majutsu no Index98
37KurousagiMondaiji94
38Koizumi HanayoLove Live!93
39YonaAkatsuki no Yona92
40Miyauchi RengeNon Non Biyori91
No.NameSeriesBallots
41Misaki MeiAnother90
42Kanzaki TomoyoInō-Battle wa Nichijō-kei no Naka de89
43Stephanie DolaNo Game No Life89
44Miyamori AoiShirobako86
45Azuki AzusaHentai Ōji to Warawanai Neko.85
46EsdeathAkame ga Kill!84
47Yasuhara EmaShirobako84
48Kitashirakawa TamakoTamako Market84
49Suō AmaneGrisaia no Kajitsu82
50Tedeza RizeGochūmon wa Usagi Desu ka?81
51Seo YuzukiGekkan Shōjo Nozaki-kun79
52Kawai RitsuBokura wa Minna Kawai-sō78
53Kaname MadokaPuella Magi Madoka ☆ Magica78
54Izayoi MikuDate A Live77
55Kujō KarenKin'iro Mosaic77
56Chaika TrabantHitsugi no Chaika76
57Gasai YunoMirai Nikki76
58Mukaido ManakaNagi no Asukara76
59Himeragi YukinaStrike the Blood75
60Mikasa AckermanShingeki no Kyojin74
61Himeki ChifuyuInō-Battle wa Nichijō-kei no Naka de73
62Hiradaira ChisakiNagi no Asukara72
63Sakura KyōkoPuella Magi Madoka ☆ Magica71
64Hoto KokoaGochūmon wa Usagi Desu ka?67
65Kushikawa HatokoInō-Battle wa Nichijō-kei no Naka de67
66Tsunemori AkanePsycho-Pass66
67Saegusa MayumiMahōka Kōkō no Rettōsei62
68Enomoto TakaneMekakucity Actors62
69Inaba HimekoKokoro Connect61
70Yuigahama YuiOreGairu60
71Yonomori KobeniMikakunin de Shinkōkei59
72Asami LilithTrinity Seven59
AutoKirisaki ChitogeNisekoi-
AutoOnodera KosakiNisekoi-
AutoShiroNo Game No Life-
AutoAihara EnjuBlack Bullet-
AutoSakura ChiyoGekkan Shōjo Nozaki-kun-
AutoAsada ShinoSword Art Online-
AutoSento IsuzuAmagi Brilliant Park-
AutoKonno YūkiSword Art Online-

Stella Division

No.NameSeriesBallots
1Yūki AsunaSword Art Online492
2Shiina MashiroSakura-sō no Pet na Kanojo458
3ShanaShakugan no Shana441
4Aisaka TaigaToradora!342
5SaberFate Series332
6Takanashi RikkaChūnibyō Demo Koi ga Shitai!323
7Itsuka KotoriDate A Live299
8Chitanda EruHyōka291
9Tōsaka RinFate Series282
10Nakano AzusaK-ON!264
11KuroyukihimeAccel World248
12Yuzuriha InoriGuilty Crown242
13Makise KurisuSteins;Gate229
14Aoyama NanamiSakura-sō no Pet na Kanojo220
15Eucliwood HellscytheKore wa Zombie Desu ka?218
16Nagato YukiSuzumiya Haruhi no Yūutsu199
17Akemi HomuraPuella Magi Madoka ☆ Magica193
18Suzumiya HaruhiSuzumiya Haruhi no Yūutsu178
19Oshino ShinobuMonogatari Series177
20HoloSpice and Wolf177
21Aragaki AyaseOre no Imōto172
22Hirasawa YuiK-ON!161
23Furukawa NagisaCLANNAD159
24Illyasviel von EinzbernFate Series154
25Victorique de BloisGOSICK152
26Senjōgahara HitagiMonogatari Series149
27Nakamura YuriAngel Beats!138
28Kasugano SoraYosuga no Sora127
29Honma MeikoAnoHana127
30C.C.Code Geass125
31Momo Belia DevilukeTo LOVE-Ru122
32YuiSword Art Online120
33Konjiki no YamiTo LOVE-Ru119
34Yui-nyanAngel Beats!113
35Kanzaki H. AriaHidan no Aria113
36Charlotte DunoisIS 110
37Shirai KurokoToaru Majutsu no Index110
38Nibutani ShinkaChūnibyō Demo Koi ga Shitai!106
39Sakagami TomoyoCLANNAD102
40Kōsaka KirinoOre no Imōto98
No.NameSeriesBallots
41Fujibayashi KyōCLANNAD94
42Natsume RinLittle Busters!91
43Kashiwazaki SenaBoku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai89
44Shirakiin RirichiyoInu x Boku SS89
45Louise VallièreZero no Tsukaima87
46IkarosSora no Otoshimono85
47Last OrderToaru Majutsu no Index84
48Hasegawa KobatoBoku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai82
49Nōmi KudryavkaLittle Busters!73
50Tōwa ErioDenpa Onna to Seishun Otoko67
51Kinomoto SakuraCardcaptor Sakura67
52Hiiragi KagamiLucky ☆ Star67
53NyarlatholepHaiyore! Nyaruko-san66
54Kotobuki TsumugiK-ON!63
55Ryōgi ShikiKara no Kyōkai62
56Izumi KonataLucky ☆ Star61
57Kirigaya SuguhaSword Art Online61
58Sanzen'in NagiHayate no Gotoku!59
59Saten RuikoToaru Kagaku no Railgun59
60Sengoku NadekoMonogatari Series55
61Yūki MikanTo LOVE-Ru55
62Ichinose KotomiCLANNAD52
63Roromiya KarutaInu x Boku SS52
64Index L. ProhibitorumToaru Majutsu no Index51
65Haqua du Lot HerminiumKami nomi zu Shiru sekai50
66Mikazuki YozoraBoku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai48
67Iwasawa MasamiAngel Beats!47
68NymphSora no Otoshimono44
69SuigintōRozen Maiden43
70Laura BodewigIS 42
71Kuroi MatoBlack★Rock Shooter39
72Shiomiya ShioriKami nomi zo Shiru sekai38
73Kamio MisuzuAIR37
74Takamachi NanohaMahō Shōjo Lyrical Nanoha37
75Ibuki FūkoCLANNAD36
76Okazaki UshioCLANNAD36
77Furude RikaHigurashi no Naku Koro ni33
78Kirishima ShōkoBaka to Test to Shōkanjū32
79Ryūgū RenaHigurashi no Naku Koro ni32
80Matō SakuraFate Series27

Male Division

No.NameSeriesBallots
1SoraNo Game No Life211
2AcceleratorToaru Majutsu no Index158
3Hikigaya HachimanOreGairu147
4Kanie SeiyaAmagi Brilliant Park136
5Kaneki KenTokyo Ghoul131
6Araragi KoyomiMonogatari Series120
7Sakamaki IzayoiMondaiji118
8Itsuka ShidōDate A Live116
9Shiba TatsuyaMahōka Kōkō no Rettōsei109
10Kamijō TōmaToaru Majutsu no Index109
11Okabe RintarōSteins;Gate108
12Katsuragi KeimaKami nomi zo Shiru Sekai107
13Kaizuka InahoAldnoah.Zero105
14Mikoshiba MikotoGekkan Shōjo Nozaki-kun102
15Orihara IzayaDurarara!!99
16Okazaki TomoyaCLANNAD97
17Sakata GintokiGintama90
18ArcherFate Series82
19Heiwajima ShizuoDurarara!!77
20KyonSuzumiya Haruhi no Yūutsu75
21LeviShingeki no Kyojin73
22YatoNoragami71
23Slaine TroyardAldnoah.Zero65
24Otonashi YuzuruAngel Beats!63
25Kuroko TetsuyaKuroko no Basket61
26Kanda SorataSakura-sō no Pet na Kanojo60
27Nozaki UmetarōGekkan Shōjo Nozaki-kun58
28Shirogane KeiLog Horizon57
29Togashi YūtaChūnibyō demo Koi ga Shitai!56
30Mitsuka SōjiOre, Twintails ni Narimasu.56
31Satomi RentarōBlack Bullet55
32Ōma ShūGuilty Crown54
33Akasaka RyūnosukeSakura-sō no Pet na Kanojo53
34Takasu RyūjiToradora!53
35Andō JuraiInō-Battle wa Nichijō-kei no Naka de53
36Kōgami Shin'yaPsycho-Pass52
37GilgameshFate Series49
38Kazami YūjiGrisaia no Kajitsu48
39Ichijō RakuNisekoi48
40Emiya ShirōFate Series47
No.NameSeriesBallots
41Emiya KiritsuguFate Series47
42Kazehaya KamitoSeirei Tsukai no Blade Dance47
43Maō SadaoHataraku Maō-sama!45
44Nanase HarukaFree!44
45Natsume KyōsukeLittle Busters!42
46Edward ElricFullmetal Alchemist40
47Izumi Shin'ichiKiseijū40
48Akashi SeijūrōKuroko no Basket39
49Ayasaki HayateHayate no Gotoku!37
50Kaiki DeishūMonogatari Series37
51Matsuoka RinFree!36
52Usui TakumiKaichō wa Maid-sama!36
53MeliodasNanatsu no Taizai36
54TatsumiAkame ga Kill!35
55Tachibana MakotoFree!35
56Natsume TakashiNatsume Yūjin-chō35
57Handa SeishūBarakamon34
58Killua ZoldyckHunter x Hunter32
59Ciel PhantomhiveKuroshitsuji31
60Kisaragi ShintarōMekakucity Actors31
61Kida MasaomiDurarara!!30
62Natsu DragneelFairy Tail30
63Hori MasayukiGekkan Shōjo Nozaki-kun30
64Sugisaki KenSeitokai no Ichizon30
65L LawlietDeath Note29
66TomoeKamisama Hajimemashita28
67Kise RyōtaKuroko no Basket28
68Naoe RikiLittle Busters!28
69Kuroba KaitoDetective Conan27
70KaminaTengen Toppa Gurren Lagann27
71Kasuga ArataTrinity Seven27
72Son HakAkatsuki no Yona26
73Hyōdō IsseiHighschool DxD26
74Aikawa AyumuKore wa Zombie Desu ka?25
75GinkoMushishi25
76Sakai YūjiShakugan no Shana24
77Kano ShūyaMekakucity Actors24
78Sebastian MichaelisKuroshitsuji23
79HeiDarker than Black23
80Hinata ShōyōHaikyū!!