Read about:

Archive for the ‘Japan’ Category

I Just Didn’t Do It!


I managed to see one of the two movies I wrote about in my other blog. In particular, I saw the first one. I didn’t get to see the second one because I had underdressed for the day and it was very chilly in the theatre. I was shivering and shivering so I decided to head home and get warmed up. Apparently the Princess Cinema’s heater doesn’t work so well. Duly noted. Read the rest of this entry »

Fall 2010 Anime Picks: Amagami SS


The Girls of Amagami SS (Rihoko, Tsukasa, Sae, Kaoru, Haruka, Ai)

I’ve been holding off on doing this one because Amagami SS isn’t technically a Fall 2010 series; it started in Spring 2010 and is continuing its run this season. But I still like this show enough to give it a nod and, unlike many other shows, you don’t necessarily have to start at the beginning to enjoy it because of its particular format. Read the rest of this entry »

Generations of Anime


I’ve been going to Anime North every year for the past 10 or so years. In that time, I’ve seen anime fandom in Canada shift a considerable amount and I’ve observed three distinct “generations” of anime fan. These generations are delineated by major paradigm shifts in the fandom.

For today’s post, I’m going to describe these three generations that I’ve observed and explain their characteristics and the gaps that exist between them. This is not to say that these are clear-cut categories and there may be some people who fall between them. They are also based on nothing more reliable than my own observations as a fan of anime for over a decade. Read the rest of this entry »

Japan Stories: Bullet Train Break Down


It has been well over a year since my first trip to Japan and I realize that I haven’t written down any of my stories about it. There are many highlights in my memories of the trip and this is one that really sticks out for me. The “bullet train” (新幹線, romanized shinkansen) may have a reputation for being super reliable, but the first day that I needed to use it to get from Tokyo to Fukushima prefecture, there was a bit of an incident.

Read the rest of this entry »

Fall 2010 Anime Picks: There’s No Way My Little Sister Is This Cute!


There are a couple of different ways to translate the title of this cute up-and-comer from the Fall 2010 anime season. Since the title is super long, I’m going to abbreviate it similarly to how I did KamiNozo and call it OreImo. However you find it and whatever it has been translated to, it is one of my top recommendations for this season. Read the rest of this entry »

Fall 2010 Anime Picks: Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt


The Fall 2010 anime season has come with a couple of very odd shows and Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt might prove to be the weirdest of the bunch. It is also not entirely what you might think it is.

Panty and Stocking are angels who have been kicked out of Heaven for behaving badly. They are put to work in Daten City, a city on the fault line between Heaven and Hell, by Reverend Garterbelt. Their job? To exorcize the “Ghosts” that occasionally terrorize the city and collect the “Heaven” coins that they drop to gain readmission to Heaven. They are joined by a small green, Invader-Zim-esque dog Chuck and get around the city in their pink Humvee, “See-Through”. Read the rest of this entry »

Fall 2010 Anime Picks: The World God Only Knows


In my other blog (which at some point was a podcast), I wrote about a particular moment in a very recent anime series that made me really appreciate that I’d taken up learning Japanese. I mentioned there that I’d be writing about the shows in the new season that I like… and then forgot about it. Well, I’ve finally seen enough of the new season that I can start writing about some of the stuff that I’ve been following. Read the rest of this entry »

Radiant CMS in Japanese

(Japan, Programming)

Recently, I started a project to translate Radiant CMS into Japanese.  I started with Keith Bingman’s Radiant fork and added a Japanese message bundle.  Since then, Hirotaka Mizutani has been offering his help with the translation as well.