Vote in the Anime Blog Awards

Even though you people unwisely failed to nominate me for an award I’m not up for anything, you can still go vote for your favorite bloggers at the Anime Blog Awards.

Anime Blog Awards

First up is the people’s choice awards where everyone can vote, no matter who you are.

There is also a “blogger’s choice” as well, which you may vote in if you have your own anime blog.  You can get to those votes by clicking on each category link.

Voting will go on until May 15th, and winners will be announced June 1st, with the winner garnering a dating sim game featuring trap Impz as the main heroine the anime blogging world’s unending adulation.

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Anime DVD and Manga Releases for April 29 – May 5

Anime DVDs

Witchblade DVD Volume 6April 29, 2008
Buso Renkin – DVD Set 1
Champion Joe
Death Note – Volume 4
Kujibiki Unbalance – Volume 1
Witchblade – Volume 6

Manga

Air Gear Manga Volume 8April 29, 2008
Air Gear – Volume 8
Alive – Volume 4
Aventura – Volume 2
Dororo – Volume 1
Hell Girl – Volume 2
Kitchen Princess – Volume 6
Nodame Cantabile – Volume 13
Puri Puri – Volume 5

April 30, 2008
After School Nightmare – Volume 7
A.I. Revolution – Volume 3
Black Sun, Silver Moon – Volume 5
Cipher – Volume 11
Devil Kings Basara – Volume 1
Dorothea – Volume 1
Gon – Volume 4
I Hate You More than Anyone – Volume 4
Oh My Goddess! – Volume 29
Presents – Volume 3
Tears of a Lamb – Volume 2
TRAIN+TRAIN – Volume 6
Variante – Volume 3

Evangelion 1.0: You Are (Not) Alone – Anime Review

The Essentials

Evangelion 1.0: You Are (Not) AloneName: Evangelion 1.0: You Are (Not) Alone, Evangelion New Theatrical Version: Prephase
Genre: Science Fiction, Action
Episodes: N/A
Released: September 1, 2007
Based On: Remake of Neon Genesis Evangelion TV series
Director: Hideaki Anno
Produced By: Khara
US Distribution: N/A

Major Japanese Cast

Shinji Ikari: Megumi Ogata
Rei Ayanami: Megumi Hayashibara
Misato Katsuragi: Kotono Mitsuishi
Gendou Ikari: Fumihiko Tachiki
Ritsuko Akagi: Yuriko Yamaguchi
Kouzou Fuyutsuki: Motomu Kiyokawa
Maya Ibuki: Miki Nagasawa
Kaworu: Akira Ishida

Major English Cast

N/A

Score

Animation: 9/10 (x 4 = 36 pts)
Story: 9/10 (x 4 = 36 pts)
Music: 8/10 (x 4 = 32 pts)
Coherence/Story Arc: N/A
English Dubs: N/A
Gut Score: 9/10 (x 5 = 45 pts)

Total: 149/170 (87.6%)

Review

Evangelion 1.0: You Are (Not) Alone is the first of four movies in the Rebuild of Evangelion project.  Evangelion 1.0 is about a boy, Shinji Akari, who is guilted by his father and commander of NERV, Gendou, into piloting a giant mecha that Gendou created called Evangelion.  The purpose of the Evangelions are to defeat strange alien attackers called angels whom threaten the existence of mankind.

Shinji must battle with himself, and his caretaker Misato, in trying to figure out why exactly he is there at NERV and whether he wishes to remain there and pilot the Evangelions, while also dealing with both his estranged father as well as Rei, the other Evangelion pilot who is largely unable to pilot her mecha due to injuries during a test on her Evangelion unit.

Meanwhile, Gendo and the organization that oversees NERV, SEELE, appear to know much more about the angels, what they are, and where they come from than they lead others to believe.  This is all in the name of achieving the mystically named Human Instrumentality Project, which is the ultimate goal of SEELE.

The animation for the Evangelions and angels – especially the final angel in this movie – are spectacular, though the style of the movie tends towards having duller and darker colors, so the movie isn’t as bright as it could be.   Meanwhile, the story seems to hold up pretty well and still leaves a lot to look forward to in the 3 sequels that are to follow.

There is still a lot of mysteries in the motivations of many of the characters, which is to be expected in the first part of four of a series, but from what we know about the characters, their motivations seem realistic and well done.

There are two primary negatives with this movie I thought, however.

First was that if you’ve seen the TV series, then you aren’t going to get a lot of new material by watching this.  While you are teased at the end by possible new events occurring in the 2nd movie, there is little new in this movie except maybe a bit here and there.  The main thing one gains by watching this is modern animation quality and redone Operation Yashima sequence.

The second negative was the fact that the music is basically what it was in the TV series.  I guess if there was anything the creators of the movies could afford to change, it was the music, but maybe it too is too iconic to make too many changes to.  There are some added tracks to the soundtrack, though (I think).

Overall, if you’re new to the Evangelion franchise, I think this is an excellent introduction.  If you’ve already seen the TV series, then this movie may be worth a watch for the improvements in animation quality, but don’t expect to see a lot new.

First Watched: April 2008
Do I Own: No
Do I Recommend: Yes

Maid Guy – Episode 03

It’s Maid Guy Episode 3, and Naeka, who has decided to walk “the path of the sword,” is suddenly thrown into confusion after getting a love letter. Kogarashi decides to act as cupid, but how successful is he going to be?

And remember: The relation between my service and your status is unrelated.

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Josh's Anime Blog Podcast Episode 70

Josh's Anime Blog Podcast Episode 70Josh’s Anime Blog Podcast Episode #70 is now online! In this podcast, I review the OVA Voices of a Distant Star.

This week’s Podcast Stats:
Time: 16:21
Download Size: 11.2 MB

Opening theme:
“The WORLD” by Nightmare
First opening theme to Death Note

Ending theme:
“Through The Years And Far Away” by Low
Ending theme to Voices of a Distant Star

You can listen to my podcasts in the following ways:

Flash Player: [audio:http://www.joshsanimeblog.com/podcast/JABPEpisode70.mp3%5D

Directly: http://www.joshsanimeblog.com/podcast/JABPEpisode70.mp3

You can also download or add my podcast-only RSS feed to your favorite reader or add my podcast using iTunes.

Enjoy!

Nijuu Mensou no Musume – Episode 02

It’s Nijuu Mensou no Musume Episode 2, and 20 Faces and his buddies return to their hideout, only to be found out by the police and have to escape. They travel to China where 20 Faces attempts to pull off another heist.

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Well wasn't that nice…

Well, so I upgraded to WordPress 2.5.1 last night (or attempted to). On my first attempt, my uploads were taking so painfully long (I think it took something like 2 to 3 hours. Not sure what the issue was) that I decided to stick a DVD into the computer and watch it in bed, and ended up zonking out.

That resulted in my getting up and being faced with a nice PHP error on my webpage. So I re-download the update, re-upload it (only took about 5 minutes this time!) and at least I’m not getting PHP errors anymore. However, I did notice that had to go in and fix some things that I had fixed before:

  1. The gallery stylesheets. Why in the world do they embed them in the middle of the page? Not only is it bad coding, but I have to go into the wp-includes/media.php file and take them out so they don’t overwrite MY styles for the gallery.
  2. Change the gallery defaults to 0 columns (so it won’t stick in dumb code to force column size) and image size (switching from tumbnail to medium)
  3. Changed max attachment width (on the attachment pages when you click on an image) from 500 to 900.
  4. Well, it seems they’ve (sort-of) fixed the order-by problem (my mac uploads images out of order, so I typically have to order them by post_name first – as that’s the filename), but now when I do orderbyid=”post_name”, instead of doing it in order, it’s now doing it in reverse order. That required going in and editing all of my posts where I used orderby=”post_name” (thanks guys!). Why they assume that the default order should be descending, I have no clue.
    • On a side note, I had to fix a few things there which hopefully have been fixed since. That includes doing things so I could even upload multiple images on my mac, and then having to go in and change WP’s query so that orderby actually worked.
  5. All of my galleries suddenly had a scrollbar at the bottom which I hadn’t seen before.  This was caused by one thing in my CSS, but I’m not sure why it was there now and not before.
  6. As for whether it’s fixed so the mac actually uploads files in the right order – well, we’ll see when I do that next time I guess.

I can at least live with the first 3, given that those were changes to pages who were uploaded, but #1 is just plain dumb, and all 3 should probably be settable in the admin area.  I don’t want to go in and change actual php files every time there is an upgrade, just because I want to do things differently than the default, and with the 2nd point, I don’t want to have to remember putting in the same gallery attributes every damn time I add one when I do them all the same way.  Let me set the default so I don’t have to worry about it.

At least I don’t feel as bad, as someone else was down a better part of yesterday as well (though for different reasons).

While I’m at it, I’d still like the categories to be on the sidebar next to the post box (ideally above “Related” – and why is that there anyway?).  It’s kind of annoying to have to scroll halfway down the page to set the categories, and the box is rather…short as it is (one can only see 6 categories at a time).

In any case, that’s my raging rampage for the day.

Special A – Episode 03

It’s Special A Episode 3. Hikari still has to do one command that Kei orders her to do due to losing the bet in the last episode, but he only asks Hikari to do something simple: make a bento. But is it really that easy?

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Maid Guy – Episode 02

It’s Maid Guy Episode 2. Naeka is bad at math. Naeka has big breasts. Fubuki, Naeka, and her friends don’t think this is a coincidence and try to do something about it. But this time Maid Guy might be the one who comes to the rescue.

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