Seiyuu > (Automatically) Voice Actors… why?

April 29, 2007 at 1:19 am | Posted in anime, rants, voice actors | 4 Comments

DATTEBAYO! JAPANESE IS MUSHIRO!!!

So of all the Japanese vs. English dubbed arguments… the seiyuu vs. English VAs aruments must involve the most hardcore “weaboos” showing their ignorancy among them.

As I’ve seen, some automatically label a seiyuu BETTER than their English counterpart… some even label them better without hearing the English voice first hand, and not even knowing anything about the seiyuu they’re talking about… automatically say they’re more “professional”. All I ask is… why? Is it because they’re… Japanese? That makes them automatically “professional”? Sure, there are quite a select handful of seiyuu that really are professional, but so are a select few of English voice actors. In every “Sub vs. Dub” topic I see on web forums, those same people always post “I like to watch anime subbed better because the Japanese voice actors are more professional”.

Now, just because it’s the original voice actor, and because it’s Japanese – these people always come to the conclusion that the original seiyuu are much more professional than English voice actors. Well sorry, but I believe that’s not true. As there are a handful of professional seiyuu, there are a handful of unprofessional ones also. Now, these seiyuu, like English voice actors, work hard to gain their profession and when they eventually get a role as a character, most of them – *GASP* are not really “OMFG AMAZING” material at all on their first try, despite them being somewhere near decent. English voice actors go through the same thing, and eventually (with hard work) become good at their profession, just like seiyuu. Yet despite this truth from the heart, these types of people love these newbie seiyuu more than newbie English voice actors. There is one factor that everyone must understand when comparing two voice talent (which are foreign to the other and vise-versa) – understanding. It’s very hard to comprehend the emotion of something that’s conveyed in a language you don’t understand, in this case – Japanese. With the different uses of onomatopoeia and different stereotypical tones and accents for characters that match the description, it’s really hard to just get it compared to languages you’re already used to. So, to the anime fans that know diddly-squat about Japanese, please be open-minded while comparing a Japanese seiyuu to their English equivalent. Because common sense tells us that you can’t easily decide if a seiyuu is professional or not (unless by popular belief, or if she’s Aya Hirano). You may like them better, but no conclusion of who’s more professional will ever be accurately portrayed through your mind. And hopefully, we all know that the voice actors over here, that dub and help us understand what our favorite characters are saying much more clearer, take voice acting just as seriously as the seiyuu over at Japan.

And, to the anime fans that just frikken hate English voice actors… Sorry that they’re speaking in your native language, really.

Even otaku have to show some decency…

Word on the street is… Genshiken Second Season?

April 28, 2007 at 6:22 am | Posted in anime, genshiken, otaku lifestyle | Leave a comment

Genshiken

According to the official website, there’s a second season of Genshiken that will air on Fall 2007. Chika Ogiue will be joining the club too (you know, that yaoi girl?).

You know what this means? More “adventures” with a bunch of loveable otaku. I love it.

Anime Review – ハヤテのごとく Hayate no Gotoku! / Hayate The Combat Butler! 02

April 27, 2007 at 4:33 am | Posted in anime, hayate the combat butler, manga, One Piece | Leave a comment

Episode 02 ~ “A New Start with Nagi Sanzenin’s Mansion” 三千院ナギの屋敷と、新たなる旅立ち

Stupid, Un-Comprehensive Summary:

Don't EVER punch Mr. Santa Claus
“Remember… you punched me in the last episode!”

Hayate is found sleeping in the clouds as he sees Santa Claus. Santa asks if he’s done with with life. Hayate says Santa saying thatas if he is dead… Santa says he is dead. Hayate shrugs it off and says he doesn’t care because he doesn’t have any family to grieve for him and no house. A kidnapper trying to act as if he was a tragic hero? Santa says even though it was in his mind, he punched Santa in the last episode. And even though he never succeeded, what he was trying to do was criminal. Hayate starts to beg for forgiveness.

Continue Reading Anime Review – ハヤテのごとく Hayate no Gotoku! / Hayate The Combat Butler! 02…

Anime Review – らき☆すた/Lucky ☆ Star – 01 – 02

April 22, 2007 at 2:41 am | Posted in anime, kyoto animation, lucky star | 5 Comments

Lucky Star

OP: “Motteke! Sailor Fuku” by Aya Hirano, Emiri Katou, Kaori Fukuhara & Aya Endo
Ending lol

Aya... err... Konata running

“Why aren’t you in any sports teams, Kona-chan? You’re so athletic!”
“…I’ll miss my prime time anime.”

Eh, I’ve seen some pretty harsh reviews on Lucky ☆ Star on some other anime blogs. But to tell you the truth, I don’t think it’s that bad. Sure, the first two episodes weren’t exactly exciting or anything amazing. My opinion is that only strong otaku, such as myself (not that I’m obsessed or anything…), or people with a strong love for cute characters (… Such as myself…) should watch this anime.

Actually, I think that the reason why Lucky ☆ Star seems to get some backlash by some anime fans because Kyoto Animation is being too faithful to the 4-koma, and too faithful with some of their anime adaptions in general. I’d really like to see alot of differences between the anime and the 4-koma in this case (maybe the series expanding on the 4-Koma strips? Like expanding some of them into a whole 25 minutes? That would be hard though. :3)… it would surely be a different feeling from the other series produced by KyoAni. Another reason would be the hype it put out due to some joke scanlations of the 4-Koma… leading to the disappointed to the anime fans that the series isn’t what they’d thought it be. But meh, I like it just the way it is currently. Cute characters, sort of funny, something to pass the time, and giving me new outlooks on life… and the opening is really catchy (motte ike saigo ni wara chau no wa atashi no hazu~! ^^ Oh god… I’m turning into a weaboo :<).

So...
Which side IS the head?

“Which side is the head of a chocolate cornet? A burning question that has riddled me since the begining of time this very minute…”

lol Adult games

“lawl The otaku has been cornered.”

It's an idol!

“OH NOEZ! It’s a provoked loli! Run for the hills!”

Anime Review – ながされて藍蘭島 / Nagasarete Airantou (Trying to catch up…)

April 19, 2007 at 2:44 am | Posted in anime, nagasarete airantou | 1 Comment

I have a life too, ya’ know. 😦

Nagasarete Airantou

OP: “Days” by Yui Horie
ED: “Say Cheese” by Yui Horie

Yes, you heard it here. It’s a harem. Nagasarete isn’t really unique, but it’s a fun little harem to say the least. The characters seem likeable enough and its “WTF” moments, even though not extremely funny, is funny and entertaining enough to amuse me. Ayane’s voice is, however, annoying enough to make me want to slam my face onto my screen. It being a romance anime seems to add on to the flavor for me as well. It doesn’t win any awards, but who says something has to be “OMFG SUPAA AWESOME” for you to enjoy it? As I said, it’s a fun series and I will definately blog it (after episode three, that is).

Final Fantasy XII – What Love Story?

April 18, 2007 at 10:49 pm | Posted in final fantasy, Video Games | 1 Comment

Raise your hand if you liked the love story in Final Fantasy X. Don’t be shy, I won’t make fun of you.

Now, if you didn’t like it, then you’ll be excited to know that this next installment in the series (not counting the online game, FF XI) has a much darker, political story. In this game, it’s not about stabbing the man who stole your woman, it’s about stabbing a man who took away your homeland’s freedom.

Of course, nobody like spoilers, so I’ll be talking about the gameplay instead. Continue Reading Final Fantasy XII – What Love Story?…

New Staff

April 18, 2007 at 3:52 am | Posted in new staff, off-topic | 2 Comments

I have just been appointed a position on the blog, so the next time you see a post that has nothing to do with anything Japanese, then you can expect it to have been made by me.

The current blog owner apparently can’t keep up with the scourge of all things American, so that’s why I now have a hobby. (Mikoto Edit: stfu nub. :<)

xXStevenLexX

Edit : I still don’t approve of the borderline hentai quiz. >.<

New shoutbox

April 17, 2007 at 12:51 am | Posted in off-topic, the otaku spot | 1 Comment

OMFG I MADE A NEW SHOUTBOX.

Feel free to give a shout on my shoutbox, and maybe even chat with some other people. 😉

Located at the bottom of the sidebar, of course.

Ace Attorney 3: Trials and Tribulations has been confirmed

April 15, 2007 at 7:14 pm | Posted in gyakuten saiban, phoenix wright, Video Games | Leave a comment

Opinions: YES YES YES.

Mia’s “OBJECTION!” sounds a bit iffy though. And we shall only hope that Godot retains his name. 🙂

Mikoto’s "Don’ts" on AMVs

April 15, 2007 at 2:13 am | Posted in amvs, anime | Leave a comment

1. Music that has nothing to do with the AMV at hand
This should not even be explained. No one wants to watch an AMV that’s, for example, about Flonne from Disgaea yet has “Rewrite” as the song from Fullmetal Alchemist.

2. Distracting Subtitles – Piracy Alert
Using scenes from fansubs for your AMVs shows unprofessionalism and unrelated to the quality of the AMV: shows how cheap you are by not buying the DVDs of the series you made the AMV about if it’s a license release (mainly targeted toward mainstream titles such as Naruto, Pokemon, etc.). The subtitles are also very, very disracting, esspecially when there are clips from an opening played together with the AMV’s song, the subtitles being very out of place (making it look very tacky) and colorful karoke typesetting makes it very hard to concentrate on the video at hand.

To put it short: Subtitles in AMVs suck, even if the AMV’s good when putting that aside. Raws or DVD rips, please.

3. Two or more themes in an AMV
I’ve seen happen alot in AMVs focusing on shippings and pairings. They focus on at least two anime pairings in one AMV. Now, it’s not bad, it’s just not fair to the people who don’t really like one or more of the multiple pairings in your AMV. And it’s also very annoying to see, for example, scenes of “Edward Elric x Winry” one minute, than “Kyon x Itsuki” the next, and alternating. It’s like wanting to read a book about apples yet getting random information on oranges every five pages.

Stick to at least one theme for more efficency please. Only do it when you could actually pull it off, thanks.

4. At least 5 minutes a scene, please – or else GTFO of Windows Movie Maker
Constantly alternating between scenes at an accelerated rate is annoying. Unless you’re trying to what the TMoHS opening does at 0:41, don’t switch between scenes like that. It hurts the eyes.

5. If you’re going to use pirated video rips, at least don’t use HK subs. Which is more distracting
Nuff’ said.

6. Use one piece of music please
We don’t need clones of the song montages of the dub Pokemon movie endings, thank you very much.

7. Original titles are better than just naming it after the song you’re using
Using original titles made by yourself for your AMVs instead of naming it after the song you’re using in the background or naming it (Insert series/character name) AMV is better, in my opinion. It shows your creativity, as well as showing your creativity as an AMV maker in the actual AMV. If the title’s crappy, than who cares, at least you tried your best naming it unlike the other lazy bums that name it after the background music.

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