this was one of the first animes i watched online in japanese

SHIRO’S BIRTHDAY LIVESTREAM!! With Josh Keaton!

now that the stream’s over, here’s a recap on what happened!

What we’ve learned!
-Josh actually styled his hair like Shiro’s for the stream. It was amazing.
-If josh were a tree he’d be a japanese cherry blossom tree. Shiro would be a plumeria (whatever that one is)
-Shiro’s hairstyle is definitely something he does himself. There’s no way it just happens. lol
-voicing Shiro losing his cool was a highlight for Josh!
-Josh wasn’t sure what to expect with Shiro’s character when he first took on the job, only that he was excited because he grew up watching Voltron as a child.
-Besides Shiro, who would Josh pick to be? He said a cross between Lance and Pidge.
-Josh’s favorite lines as Shiro have been “Form Voltron!” and “Go, be great.” among others that are very inspirational.
-When asked about dealing with any difficulties recording, Josh said it wasn’t difficult but doing ADR can be tricky since he likes to do it on the fly.
-Josh gives tips and advice for those who want to try getting into voice acting!
-To get into Shiro’s voice, Josh likes to do forty push-ups before recording and he does some other elements of physicality, such as keeping excellent posture, to get into Shiro’s character.
-One of Josh’s favorite memories about Voltron is the announcement at Wondercon, it always makes him smile.
-He was then given some art that was posted online, and offered cupcakes.

Overall, it was a super short stream, but fun nonetheless, further details below the cut!

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chinatsuhiyama  asked:

hello, i was wondering what resources you're using to learn japanese? are you learning it yourself online or from a teacher? i'm just interested bc i want to learn as well. thank you <3

hello! ah i’m so excited you’re learning japanese too! i’ve only just started learning (literally about 3 days ago, i’m self-teaching) so it’s a lot of trial and error right now, but this is what i’m using so far:

  • guidetojapanese.org -  this is what i started with and i found it nice and straightforward. i personally think the order that this site teaches you in is the one to go for, even if you don’t learn from this site specifically.
  • hiragana and katakana charts from tofugu.com - this site is full of masterposts of japanese resources and i find their hiragana/katakana mnemonic charts really helpful in remembering the characters, although there are dozens of different chart types to choose from if mnemonic devices aren’t your thing ^-^

the lovely @suplanguages recommended the following to me:

  • wanikani.com - for learning kanji, the difficult part. looks amazing, especially if you need help with radicals and stroke order. you have to pay after the first three levels i believe, but if you’re committed to learning, i’m sure this is one of the best kanji learning tools out there.
  • https://www.nhk.or.jp/lesson/english/ - okay i guarantee this is where i’m gonna do all my speaking/listening learning. completely free with plenty of lessons and resources (and cute illustrations!) - inc. a whole textbook and audio lessons. i cannot WAIT to use this!
  • crunchynihongo.com - simple japanese lessons and masterposts, as well as reading practice which i think is such a great addition!
  • learnjapanesebod on youtube - i’ve already watched a few of his videos and i really like the way he explains everything. there’s a lesson for pretty much everything, even anime-specific vocab lol, so i’m looking forward to going through them all.

i hope this helps, i know it’s not a lot because i’m very new to this too but let’s do our best! ganbatte! ♡


ps i am kind of fangirling rn because i ADORE oikawa as well (haikyuu!! is one of my fave animes) and what you’re in england as well?! this is so rare ;-; anyway i’ve followed you over on my anime blog @spiritedarray ♡ thank you so much for the ask!

nmeskel  asked:

Hi guys. Love the blog! I was wondering if you guys have ever watched Deadliest Warrior on Spike TV, and if you have, what are your thoughts on it? I was interested at first, but it got way too ridiculous real quick, particularly when they tried to prove a baseball bat was better than nunchaku.

That’s the show which convinced my brother a Samurai would defeat a Viking in single combat, then he tried to use it as evidence to prove it.

He was a fourth degree black belt and in college at the time. So, no excuse.

Deadliest Warrior is entertainment in the same vein as the nature shows that stack animals against each other in CGI battle to see who would win. It has no relationship to reality or any real value as it fails to take into account important details like context, experience fighting on foreign soil, and, you know, metallurgy. It is just there to entertain you.

The katana they used in that episode was one of the modern, high quality steel blades, possibly one of the ones tempered with liquid nitrogen that supposedly cut through car engines. Real katanas made from Japanese steel are vanishingly rare, worth somewhere around a million dollars or more, degrade very quickly, and are forged from low quality iron, which is the main reason why the katana is folded so many times during the forging process.

The Vikings had better armor, armor and weapons made from a higher quality of metal, shields, and more experience raiding on foreign soil against an unknown enemy.

Who would you put money on?

Deadliest Warrior doesn’t take much into account when plotting out their fights, and they don’t really do a good job delving into history for its category. While some history programs are exceptional in their discussion, the Deadliest Warrior isn’t history. Hell, Human Weapon’s premise was dumb but still it was generic but more accurate. Programs like this are there to sensationalize and entertain, not educate.

-Michi

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A Synopsis of Le Mouvment Final, the Sailor Stars musical

Here is my mostly comprehensive synopsis of Le Mouvement Final, the final Sailor Moon revival musical that opened in Tokyo on September 8th, 2017. This synopsis is full of spoilers. And pictures. You have been warned. 

Also, I apologize for errors and omissions. I took notes for this one, but it’s a tad hard to take comprehensive notes in the dark. 

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Yuri on Ice BD choreography commentary translation - Volume 1

Since I did all the rest I figured I might as well translate the voiceover commentary in the choreography footage too. As this was not very long, I translated the complete script, it’s not partiaI (I actually wrote down all the Japanese and translated it). The commentary is by Kenji Miyamoto & Mitsurou Kubo.

Notes:
-It’s two people talking, not a written interview, so expect them to hop from one subject to another within the same sentence… Even if it sounds a bit unconnected at times, that’s how they said it.
-I still arranged it a little to make it easier to understand as written material, by removing lots of “ehm” “uuhm” “you know” “yes” (I especially removed all instances where someone says “yes” in the middle of the other speaking) and fumbled words.
-”tn” in square brackets are translator’s notes.
-Amusingly enough both their initials are KM/MK, but I used the surname initials so M is Miyamoto and K is Kubo.
-I put (LOL) when they’re laughing because otherwise some lines might sound serious while they’re actually joking.

***VERY IMPORTANT***
Do NOT use this translation for subtitles, in ANY way.
I don’t support the upload of bonuses contained in BDs/DVDs, as they are meant to be (as the word says) bonuses for the people who spent money to purchase them. If you like a series so much that you absolutely need to watch the bonus contents, please buy the BDs/DVDs.

Actually, one of the reasons I am translating all the content (booklet, commentary etc) is to encourage people to purchase the BDs/DVDs. I know many hesitate because they are expensive and they are only in Japanese, but you have the subs online and now you have translations for all the contents too, so it’s not like you will “not be able to enjoy the contents at all because of the language barrier”. The best way to support the series and help in the possible creation of a 2nd season (or a sequel in any form) is to buy the discs.


Miyamoto: Hello, I’m the choreographer Kenji Miyamoto.
Kubo: Hello, I’m the original planner Mitsurou Kubo. Thank you for today.
M: Thank you~.
K: Thank you for coming. Well then, this is Victor Nikiforov’s free skating, “Aria (Hanarezu ni Soba ni Ite)”. So, regarding the choreography, what did you pay attention to when you created it, Kenji-sensei?
M: Yes. Regarding Victor, I created the choreography trying to make his throat and chin look beautiful, like in the stone statues you see in museums.
K: So basically, it’s important to have a clear image when you create a choreography, isn’t it?
M: Yes. When you want to show something, you have to make it so that it comes forward.
K: So that it comes forward.
M: Yes. If you try to express too many things it will just get confusing, so I always try to show the points I want to convey as much as possible.
K: Ok. Regarding this choreography, well, it’s not really the choreography itself, but I would like to explain the reason Kenji-sensei’s clothing style is a bit unfashionable. If the right & left arms and legs don’t look different in some way there is a high chance that they’ll get mixed up when creating the animations, so we asked him to make them look somewhat different, and that’s why he’s like, showing only one sock, using different gloves, and so on.
M: Exactly. And it just happens that I was wearing striped socks that day (LOL). If I think about it now it’s quite embarrassing (LOL).
K: He’s also changing outfits a few times, and this is because from time to time we would like, retake the sequence, or ask him to skate again a part we didn’t have enough material for, and such.
M: This outfit [tn: the white shirt] was used to check how to depict the fabric fluttering because of the wind.
K: Though it was just in the beginning, right? (LOL.) But yeah, Victor’s skating in episode 1 is really, you know, the animated scene was really amazing, but actually “Hanarezu ni Soba ni Ite” is also the first program that was choreographed.
M: Yes. At the time there wasn’t a clear image for it, but I received lots of input from sensei, so…
K: Yeah, we requested the choreography when the story wasn’t completely decided yet, and I was kind of worried that we had made Kenji-sensei uneasy, but he came up with such nice steps.
M: Well, indeed, I did make it so that you could get level 4. In the program I used deep edges, choctaw, bracket, rocker, counter and all kinds of steps, so if you use it in a tournament you might actually get a good score. I mean, you will get a good score.
K: You do?
M: Yes.
K: See, we can feel at ease because we know that Kenji-sensei will think about all these things too when he creates the choreographies… Ah, this is my camera (LOL). [tn: when Miyamoto looks like he’s skating toward the screen]
M: This is when Kubo-sensei asked me to bring out a man’s sex appeal…
K: Yes, that’s right… (LOL)
M: That was really embarrassing (LOL).
K: I was gripping the camera and going “haaaaah” inside (LOL).
M: I see (LOL).
K: But I think that anyone who watches the final footage that was created for the broadcast will understand right away that Victor is a great skater, I mean, we could get a convincing sequence that conveys that. Thank you very much, Kenji-sensei.
M: Well, I’m not Victor, so it was really hard to skate that (LOL).
K: (LOL). Ok, so this was Victor Nikiforov’s free skating, “Aria (Hanarezu ni Soba ni Ite)”.

K: Ok, next up is Yuuri Katsuki’s short program, “Ai ni Tsuite ~Eros~”. Regarding this short program, in the anime it’s said that he’s skating it picturing a katsudon, but actually that’s something I added afterwards, so I never told anything about katsudon to Kenji-sensei when we requested the choreography. How did you create it?
M: I created it expressing the passionate feelings that a person straightforwardly directs to the thing they like.
K: Since it’s eros it’s about sex appeal, so we wanted athlete Katsuki to skate it with plenty of sex appeal. When we were creating the image, you know, I believe there are many child skaters who use sexy choreographies, and I heard that when Kenji-sensei teaches children how to perform the choreographies he tells them to imagine having honey on their hands and such, so I thought, “oh, it’s possible to compare it to food”, and that’s how I came up with katsudon.
M: I see (LOL). It happens pretty often that I teach athletes using expressions such as “like when soft ice cream melts”.
K: As a result, I received quite a lot of comments like “what a naughty katsudon”, so I was really happy to have done it, even though the impression might change at some point. Also, I think you have already noticed from the footage, but here we are shooting the sequence without using the full rink. I think it takes a lot of stamina to skate this using the full size of the rink, doesn’t it?
M: Yes, normally it would take about 3-4 strokes to reach top speed, but here I’m using 1-2 strokes, so if you were to do the same using the full rink I think it would require lots of power and skating skills (LOL).
K: But really, I mean, since we have recorded this footage as a bonus, I really would like some people to try and actually skate it in real life (LOL).
M: That’s right (LOL). I also would like to ask my students to try their hands at it (LOL).
K: (LOL). But yeah, this Kenji-sensei… The footage is made by putting together parts recorded at the Edogawa rink and at the Chiba rink, but isn’t your body shape a little different from part to part? You look like you’re getting a lot thinner… Is it fatigue?
M: No well, that’s because here you were saying, what was that…
K: “Do your best Kenji”? (LOL)
M: You said “do your best Kenji” and so I was doing my best moving around as much as I could (LOL).
K: Thank you (LOL). Ok, this was nice. Thank you. So, this was Yuuri Katsuki’s short program, “Ai ni Tsuite ~Eros~”. Thank you, Kenji-sensei.
M: Thank you.
K&M: See you~.
K: I’m waving my hands (LOL).
M: Waving them a lot (LOL).


Just a final note in case you’re wondering: Yes I am planning to translate all contents of future volumes (from 2 to 6) as well. I’ll be very very happy if at least a few people decide to buy the discs thanks to the translations.

So, my brother translated anime tastes to alcohol tastes

He’s a manager at a specs, so I provided the description of various anime fans and he compared them to the different types of alcohol drinkers. See if you can find yourself!

Hiatus Survivors. The kind of people who stick with a show or manga through years of hiatuses, or back-to-back breaks, like Hunter x Hunter or Fairy Tail

= The people who come in twice every day, usually before and after work, buy a pint (often cheap rum or vodka), pay and leave. Very friendly, keep to themselves. Probably seen some shit.

Entry Level Anime. Naruto, Bleach, Fma. We all start somewhere.

= Bud light. I feel this one is self explanatory XD Those people who come to parties and make a beeline for the beer cooler while their friends get totally plastered on heavier drinks.

Ghibli Movies. May not have a whole lot of knowledge about anime, but mention Howl’s Moving Castle and their eyes light up. Or long-time fans who started with Ghibli, and always hold a special place for it in their hearts.

= Sweet liquor. Think Bailey’s Irish Cream.The sweetness reflects the interactions you’ll have with these kindly souls.

Sports Anime. Heavily emotionally invested in their fictional team, will absolutely refer to every single member as their son. They can survive for years in a desert on nothing but a single look between their ship.

= Boxed Vodka. Need their fix, will settle on just about anything to get it. They have transcended social boundaries. Probably also drinking to forget.

Popular Anime Junkies. For example Attack on Titan, Sword Art Online, etc. The hordes of people who show up at the convention that year dressed as Kirito. 

= Bourbon drinkers. They’re following the Bourbon Boom. The name alone sells it for them, and they can get very elitist despite having little actual knowledge.

Mechas. We’re talking Gundam, Neon Genesis Evangelion, Aldnoah.zero, etc. Love the intense emotional development that comes with these shows, as well as the extremely awesome fight scenes involving two giant robots hitting eachother.

= Sweet Whiskey. You don’t really like the taste of alcohol, but you want to get pumped up.

Romance Novelers. The people who love anything with a romantic plot. Usually heavily invested in school-life shoujos. Play dating games.

= Dessert wines. The people who like sweet drinks. “Where’s the wine that’s basically chocolate?” to quote one woman. Not to be underestimated. Although they act like easygoing suburban moms, they can drink a lesser person into a coma.

Bodyhorror and Psychological Anime. Fans who like a little gore and mental trauma to go with their existential crises. 

= Everclear. Scotch whiskey. They need the strong stuff. Drink like they’re trying to die, but in a classy kind of way. Love to get fucked up.

Anime Elitists. If isn’t subs, you better watch out. Or better yet, REAL fans watch it in the original Japanese. They also think that manga only/ anime only is the way to go. Will probably shame you for liking certain genres, or for being a fan of entry level animes.

= Wine Snobs. You know the ones. Like to feel superior about their extensive knowledge of where the grapes were grown, what year its from, the ability to sense an “oaky undertaste”. Avoid at all costs.

The Classics. Sailor Moon, Astro Boy, Akira. The animation may be aged, but it will always hold beauty in your eyes. An absolute sucker for those old color palettes. Atrocious voice acting does not phase you.

= Gin and tonic. A straightforward alcohol classic, no frills needed. You just can’t go wrong.

Spaceship Anime. Cowboy Bebop, Space Dandy, Outlaw Star. They just love a good romp through space in a beat up but awesome spacecraft. A side order of emotional trauma and philosophical debate is always welcome.

= Rum. They probably first tried it because it sounded cool. It’s the alcohol of pirates, right?? Good luck out drinking them.

Casual Viewers. They like an anime or two, but you’ll never catch them mixed up in fandom drama. They’re pretty chill. Probably a fan of the classics.

= The suburban couple who only came in because they’re entertaining guests. Will joke and laugh with the associate helping them. Don’t know anything about alcohol.

Creepy Dudes With Hygiene Issues. Get way to close to girls at conventions and make them uncomfortable. Probably also an anime elitist. Usually found talking very loudly at an unwilling victim. Can not or will not read body language. Likely to have body odor and a fedora. At every convention.

= Mojito flavored energy drinks. Yes, they exist. They are exactly as gross as they sound.

Special Mention: Jo Jo’s Bizarre Adventure. You guys get your own listing.

= The tequila with the worm in it. I don’t understand your tastes, but I respect and am slightly intimidated by you. 

Top Anime List for the 2015-2016 Anime Season

Noragami Aragoto: If you’re a fan of the first season like me then this has to be one of the animes on your watch list. If you haven’t seen this one before I highly suggest you watch the first season as you will not be disappointed.

Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Comedy wa Machigatteiru. Zoku: If you haven’t seen the second season it’s well worth watching. They changed up the art style a bit in this one, but in a good way.

Plastic Memories: This one’s a lot better then some people have given it credit for. Sure it’s not the best anime I have seen, but it’s defiantly worth a watch through.

Toshi Asterisk: This one’s from the same people who brought you Sword Art Online and that means chances are if you enjoy that sort of thing you will get more of the same here.

Hidan no Aria AA: After the long wait (almost five years), fans of Hidden no Aria will be happy to know that the second season is already upon us.

Terra Formars: Revenge: The first one wasn’t bad so I would be lying if I said I am not planning on watching this one too just to see how things go. If you enjoyed the first one you might as well give this one a shot.

Baby Steps 2nd Season: I have to say for a sport anime this one is more then tolerable and has a great cast of characters that will keep you interested.

These are just some of the animes I think you should watch from the 2015-2016 season. As always I will be posting up detailed reviews as I finish some of my favorites so be on the lookout for that. I hope everyone had a happy and safe Thanksgiving!

anonymous asked:

What is the best way to start learning Japanese on your own?

I don’t think I know the best way, and I’m not sure there even IS a best way—when you first start, you’re actually mostly learning how to STUDY Japanese, so really anything will do as long as it gets you in the habit of studying Japanese. Try out some stuff and see what you like!

…But that advice is super vague, so here’s some stuff you can try today:

I find that I learn the most when I have a structured teaching thing (like online lessons, or a grammar book, or something) AND a real-life practice thing (a novel or song or show or website or whatever aimed at native speakers). That way, the practice thing helps you apply the stuff you learn from the teaching thing, and the teaching thing answers questions you have from the practice thing.

If you don’t have either of those things yet, here are links to some free online ones you can use for now:

When I say “you can use these for now” I mean right now. Right now this instant. The rest of this post is about how to use your practice thing. Let’s DO THISSSS:

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Maddie Reviews DMMD - Episode 1

(PLEASE READ: Before I get anyone in my ask box yelling at me, please recognize that I speak in sarcasm. I loved the first episode. I might say things in this review that makes it seem like I did not. I might say things that seem like insults, complaining, and general negativity. This is for comedic effect. If you don’t find that funny, that’s fine. But please, take everything I say with a grain of salt. You have been warned. I do not want to see any asks assuming the contrary! Thank you.)

Well, it’s here ladies and gentlemen! The long-awaited animated series crafted after that one game about online games, turf wars, horrible fashion sense, and ever-present homosexuality. So let’s dive right in, shall we?

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Because fandom should be celebrated. #OnlyForArashi

A while ago, I asked the following question on my Twitter account

State something that you’ve done because of Arashi and not for any other fandom. 

Here are some of the responses which I got: 

  • I learned to appreciate concerts backdrops, especially animated ones that I aspire making ones in the future XD
  • Spent TONS of money on overseas merchandise, it never ends!
  • Spending over $1,000 on goods and merchandise 
  • Woke up really early for pre-orders, and spent so much money
  • Made a complete idiot of myself knocking down the coin tower down in VSA booth at Fuji festival
  • stayed outside the Kyocera dome in freezing autumn weather to listen to Arashi sing for the LOVE tour
  • Made apple roll cake, tiramisu, pasta for Arashi anniv and bday 
  • Bought hard-disk so i can save Arashi variety show and concert and make/play Aiba board game with my family
  • Buy all types of releases, fly to Japan to watch their concert, buy all items of their goodies concert
  • Made cake for member birthday, try (some) Aiba silly experiment, learn Japanese, etc. 
  • Traveled 6 hours from home to attend an Arashi event despite us taking Thesis back then and one time I went alone to a place I dunno for a gathering  and stayed up so late watching their concert
  • Went to Japan for Arafes with 2 friends, no ticket, just sitting outside, probably most outrageous thing in my life
  • I first started learning Japanese
  • Stay up all night to watch their TV shows/appearance, dramas, performances, con leaks, etc  
  • every two years or so, i’ll buy an external hard drive   
  • I learned Japanese just to know what they say
  • I sub short video of them, have special hard disk just for them and only willing to buy their goods only 
  • i bought two of the same concerts just for the extras and small changes
  • I went to a real karaoke place in japan and actually sang Arashi songs
  • Writing a fanfic about them 
  • Memorize all their songs! Hehe
  • subscribing to a paid japanese course
  • I had phone conversations with my friend EVERYDAY lasting for at least an hour just talking about news on arashi
  • Queuing for hours for concert goods in a heavy rainfall >_<
  • Buy every magazine with them on cover. Buy All their CDs and DVDs. Wait for the pre-order and buy without a clue about the song.
  • Subbing 
  • Spent last weekend holed up in a hotel room with my friends to watch all the Arashi videos. four hour train ride both ways totally worth it.

  • Decorated my dorm room’s walls with lyrics of Nino’s solo songs. 
  • Held concert screenings with all the fans 
  • Visit fandom or fan community to check about them everyday, thank them for making my day more fun.
  • Listening to all of their music over and over everyday, laughing alone while watching their variety
  • Spent more than $100 in one place. Learned how to order things online.

Reblog and tell us what you’ve done #OnlyForArashi !

“We want to be a group that make the people who support us proud to call themselves our fans.” - Sakurai Sho

royal-mortician  asked:

[1/3] I hope I don't piss anyone off by saying this, but here's what I think may happen with Crystal, please don't think this means I think it will be bad, I'm super excited and looking forward to it! I just think that it may turn out to be a lot more moe and fanservicey then we (fans that don't watch much modern anime) are used to, and pander a lot more than the original to the adult male fanbase. Why do I think that? For a few reasons. First one's closely tied to what Hayao Miyazaki has said

[2/3] about modern anime- that it’s an industry full of otakus, people who hate people. Have you seen the ad for the Figurarts doll, the one Kotono Mitsuishi voices? Did you notice how cutesy and moe she sounds in it? So I just think that maybe it’d be good to be prepared that this may just be what the new anime will be shifting towards a little bit. I’m a bit saddened by it, because it’s a lot like MLP, Pretty Cure, and many other young girl franchises- the original, indended-for fans
[3/3] are getting pushed out of their own fandom by the adult male crowd, since they’re almost (almost) the main target audience for magical girl animes these days. I’ll still watch Crystal and enjoy the hell out of it. I just don’t expect it will be, as the original, very through and through a girl power fantasy. Sorry this is so long, and hope I didn’t offend :)

I understand how you feel and I don’t think you’re alone in your concerns, but I completely disagree.

Firstly, Crystal is an online broadcast which is aimed at a completely different audience to other modern anime. Miyazaki’s problem was that otakus are the only people who buy anime DVDs and thus support the industry, so they’re the ones who get pandered to. Premium NND kind of bypasses that problem, a little. It’s more discrete and affordable than anime DVDs so appeals to people who might not otherwise buy them, not to mention it helps cut down on production costs. Miyazaki was talking chiefly about his distaste for “anime made by otakus for otakus”. It’s clear to everyone that otakus are not making Crystal. Naoko is behind it; Osabu is behind it; the writers and designers associated with it who have spoken about Crystal in events/interviews clearly understand exactly what Sailor Moon is, and who it is for. Not all modern anime is aimed at adult men/otakus, and Crystal has always been established to be aimed at the original show’s demographic - young girls, who are now women.

Secondly, I didn’t notice that Mitsuishi was any different to her 90s Usagi voice in that ad. Her Usagi has always been very loud, cutesy, naive, and over-the-top.
Rather, I have never seen a modern anime so aggressively marketed towards grown women as I have with Sailor Moon Crystal and the new SM merchandise. The vast majority of the new products being released are almost exclusively aimed at women. The Moon Stick Proplica ad featured a grown woman holding it and gazing at it happily; not a child (or a man). If the new anime were going to be pandering to otaku we would see a completely different kind of merchandising, but there’s nary an oppai mousepad to be found. The only pieces of recent merchandise that I think appeal more to otaku are the Figuarts and Figuarts ZERO models, as anime figures have always been more popular with otaku (in Japan, where the stigma is strongest and social pressure dissuades casual fans - not the case elsewhere); but it’s important to note that both sets of figures are styled after the original 90s series, not Crystal.

Which brings me to my third point; I disagree that the original 90s anime was “through and through a girl power fantasy”. I think, to be honest, that’s looking at it through rose-coloured glasses. I love the original anime a lot; it, particularly the dub, was my first introduction to Sailor Moon. But there was a tremendous amount of fanservice and pandering in the original anime. I think since most of us grew up with it we just kind of forget and gloss over it, or assume innocence/some kind of mystical culture barrier; but there’s a lot of male gaze, like there was for a lot of anime in the 90s. There are heaps of up-skirt-shots (some even detailed to indicate labia). Some of the transformation sequences are sexualised for no real reason (Usagi’s disguise/moon power sequence in particular). Usagi’s personality is completely different compared to her manga counterpart; while manga!Usagi grows more experienced and comfortable as a girl becoming a woman, anime!Usagi is consistently stripped of any sexual or romantic development, portraying her as an eternally naive and “pure” young girl, which is the essence of “moe” pandering. That doesn’t make this version a bad character, but the difference between her personality in the two canons is quite severe.

Basically I don’t think anyone has any reason to worry that Crystal will be moe otaku bait. They have made it abundantly clear exactly who they are targeting with this series; grown Japanese women. At the very worst it would be on par with the original anime, but probably better.

Edit: I forgot to mention something I felt was very important/reassuring, which is how heavily Naoko’s original editor Osano (“Osabu”) is involved in Crystal. I feel like if anyone was capable of making sure Naoko’s vision made it through to the new anime, it would be him (short of Naoko herself).

cuteheartz  asked:

Listen, you don't have enough information about what is going on. One episode wasn't leaked. TWENTY episodes were leaked. My friends and I know more about this scandal than you do, clearly. The origin of these leaked videos is not from Japan, but from China. You can find more about what is going on on my account.

ok so i’m gonna divide this into two things

1. “The episodes were leaked/stolen!”

Let me make this absolutely clear:

Episodes 1-3 of Hetalia: The World Twinkle were aired early and legally online via Docomo’s Anime Store. (x from the Docomo site itself) (x from the official anime twitter). 

You can’t call them leaked or stolen if the episodes are already released for the public eye. And let me also point this out, there are only THREE episodes that were recorded/screenshotted, not TWENTY. How do I know this? 

- I made a post weeks ago outlining what the first three episodes will be, according to what I’ve read (x) was shown at the World Twinkle pre-screening event on June 13th

- Reading my post from weeks ago, you’ll see that only three episodes are listed: Nekotalia, Nordic, and Military Ration. The only anime screenshots we’ve seen thus far are of: Nekotalia, Nordic, and Military Ration

Search that Weibo user’s account all you want, heck, scour Weibo entirely and I will guarantee you 100% you will not find a screenshot of any episode over Episode 3. There are not 20 episodes leaked.

Now, I’ll address the Docomo Stream info itself, which will be important in regards to the “origin” thing. In order to enter Docomo’s stream, you need two things:

1. An IP address in Japan 

- It isn’t difficult to change your own IP address to a Japanese one. There are a bunch of programs out there that allows you to change it to the country you want (ex. I myself use a program that swaps my IP to Japanese in order to play Touken Ranbu) So someone living in China could easily go view the stream if they wanted to. OR, another possibility is that the person who recorded the stream actually lives or is visiting in Japan, and uploaded it to Weibo (The Chinese Site). 

2. A paid membership on their website

- If the Chinese user recorded the stream, then it obviously means that they paid for their membership on Docomo’s site. You cannot view that stream otherwise without a membership. The fact that they got in means that they paid for that stream. They didn’t steal it, nor was it leaked. THEY PAID FOR IT.

2. “Himaruya is losing money!”

As a foreigner watching early clips overseas, you will no impact on sales Studio DEEN and Himaruya makes or loses, so please don’t tell people to stop watching the episodes. 

Like I said in my reblog, unless they are paying for streams on sites like Docomo with a proxy, foreigners have no other way of viewing World Twinkle themselves that will directly benefit Studio Deen and Himaurya at the moment.

How will watching the recorded episodes after July 3rd be any different? It’s still the same thing, someone on a stream records it and makes it available to everyone else. There are no differences from Docomo’s stream/Chinese weibo user and that. That’s how it’s always been for anime. That’s how it was for Beautiful World, and that’s how it’ll be for World Twinkle.

Though if you’re really eager watch World Twinkle in a way that directly benefits Himaruya and Studio DEEN, then go wait a year for Funimation to sub the show, bring over on DVD, and purchase it. But until then, this is the only way people online and outside of Japan will be able to watch World Twinkle.

**I’ll conclude with telling you something about the Japanese anime industry: the success of an anime is mostly determined by the amount of DVD/Blu-Ray sales it makes, this along with it’s merchandise, CDs, etc

Foreigners probably won’t want to purchase DVD/Blue-Ray’s of animes they can’t understand because it’s RAW, but what foreigners are able to do is buy stuff like merchandise, manga, etc.

The episodes are giving people exposure to the show. There are tons of people excited again over Hetalia coming back too, which means more people would be hyped and more likely to purchase the stuff they’re interested in like stuff hetalia merchandise, manga volumes, and even the subbed DVD when it releases. The fact that all these people are excited about Hetalia again generates Studio DEEN and Himaruya overseas publicity and revenue. 

Let people have their fun.