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Any time I speak about the Japanese animated shows I watch I will put it in here.

Wreck-it Ralph is adorable while Skyfall perplexes

I’m not really sure how I feel about Skyfall yet. It was fun to watch, but some things didn’t really make sense to me.

I’ve also noticed that the Scotiabank theatre uses DLP projectors on some of their screens. It was a bit better than most, but the screen I watched on had some strange colour artifacts whenever the picture was dark or fast moving.

Wreck-it Ralph, however, I’ve seen twice now and I loved it. The snappiness is pretty heavy-handed at parts but that’s overshadowed by how gosh darned adorable it is.

The game references were there in full force and one might think that the movie would rely heavily on them, but Disney chose instead to use them as a backdrop to a fairly colourful, funny and probably textbook story of changing your stars.

This movie seemed very much like a Pixar flick despite being released by Disney and the level of detail in every object, character and backdrop makes it shine. The expressions, sounds and odd quirks made it a joy to watch. Twice even.

Now many friends seem to be keen to create costume versions of the racers from Sugar Rush. I can’t say I blame them. I might too if I have the time. How cool would it be to do a photo shoot at a go-kart track?

Anime North 2008

Anime North was even bigger this year than last if you can believe it. There were people from all over there and because I wore a Trent U t-shirt I met a few fellow Trent students there as well. I was also able to run into a few of the artists I’d seen on deviantArt in person.

I only went one day this year but that doesn’t mean I have fewer photos to share with you; in fact I have more. This can probably be attributed to the fact that I’ve moved into the world of digital SLR cameras with the Nikon D60. A “pro-sumer” camera, the Nikon D60 combines many of the features which make the D80 great with a light and easy to use package which I’m quite enjoying so far. Of course, the price is right too.


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Death Note Enthralling

Death Note - a screenshot from the 2nd Intro

What can I say? I just love this animation. From the dark introduction music in both the 1st and 2nd openings to the deliciously evil plot I just can’t stop watching this show.

Death Note follows Yagami Light, a high school senior who graduates to college during the course of the show.

Light finds himself disgusted with society and wishes to make a change. He feels he is surrounded by criminals and with his “strong sense of Justice” he wishes he could do away with them for the betterment of all.

As fortune would have it Light is presented with just this opportunity. Ryuk is a shinigami – which roughly means “death god”. Ryuk has become bored with the routine in shinigami society. In search of a little fun, Ryuk drops a Death Note in the human world.

Light is a brilliant character and the bulk of the show involves him outsmarting those who oppose his capitol punnishment of known criminals. This is where the show really shines because the ways light protects himself and the ways his enemies find out new ways to put him in danger are very complex and interesting indeed.

I take the most joy out of guessing what will happen next. You could say that Death Note is a very morbid murder mystery with a style that is extremely cool.

I love it!

Anime North 2007

It’s taken me most of a week to write this post but here we are. I’m posting all of my Anime North 2007 photos and as time allows I’ll add some captions. The event was huge this year and I wouldn’t be surprised if it had doubled in attendance.

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Some guy had his MP3 player and guitar plugged into a practice amp playing J-Rock in the dealer’s room. I thought it was a fun idea so I snapped a photo.

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I believe the lens of my camera has finally come out of alignment. I’ll have to purchase a Nikon D80 to replace my crappy consumer camera which has serviced me so well all these years.

Well that’s it, I had a great time. I hope everyone else did, too!

Cosplay Frogger:

Some convention-goers are a bit nuts when it comes to jaywalking on a 6-lane road near the airport. This video might not be from this year but it illustrates the point pretty well. Thankfully from what I’ve read on Cosplay.com no pedestrians were hit in the two accidents that happened this year. As well, at least on Sunday when the torrential downpour came, pedestrians weren’t at fault either.

Why is Bleach suddenly awful?

Bleach is an anime that has been one of my favourite shows to date. The episodes I’ve been watching recently threaten to make it the worst, however.

It seems that the manga has not caught up with writing new content until episode 110 and I’m still watching episodes in the early 70s. Let me tell you that around the time everything in Soul Society wraps up the story gets really, really awful!

It’s livable, I suppose but just about everything that defined Bleach as a series other than it’s characters are different. They go on a murder-mystery esque kick for a while until we figure out who a certain trio are an what they’re up to. Then we’re assaulted with a bad vampire story where the vampires are called Bounds (or bounto or something…)

I can’t wait to get back to the Bleach I know and love…

At least the ending theme is fun and not as annoying as “Happy People.”

Ichirin no hana is my favourite intro so far as well.

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