Find me another series where witches on broomsticks dogfight mecha; where super robot King Lear fights spirit summon Macbeth in a contest of Shakespearean tragedies… with Shakespeare participating.
Dec 19 2012
Nov 27 2012
I recently re-read Kare Kano, for the 4th time in my life — all 21 volumes of it.
I remembered the plotline. I remembered the characters. Yet I couldn’t help but feel mesmerized once more. It shocked me that every time I read this beloved series, I encountered a different experience, felt a different emotion bloom.
It wasn’t story inconsistency. It was a change in the appreciation and understanding of life.
Took me a long time to return here. I simply didn’t feel good each time I looked upon that dashboard.
It wasn’t that I regretted stopping blogging (could be in denial though; I could never tell with myself <_<). But I certainly did recognize the fact that as an ‘animesque blog’, this place had ran out of its value when I had started to force myself to write.
There was no point to writing if one didn’t enjoy every moment of it. Read the rest of this entry »
Apr 26 2012
Sikorsky really isn’t the best illustrator, but he gets better.
I wasn’t particularly impressed by Campione! when my friend first dragged me onto the project, its first chapter opening up like a typical harem romance-comedy and the second featuring a classic shounen contemporary-fantasy battle. But I was promised GAR enough to slay gods and the mythology to come along, so I kept with it, and for once I was taught not to judge a book by its opening chapters either. It’s still a harem series, but when author Taketsuki Jou decides to fight blasphemy with blasphemy, lead by a male comparable with the demigod heroes of Greece and a heroine that manipulates everyone (especially her teammates) under her fingertips, this becomes quite the creative endeavor into mythology — of Heretic Gods.
Fans of mythology, of superpowered GAR leads, of a harem that just might actually work? Well this is the story for you.
Apr 07 2012
I mentioned in my last post that I’ve been working on a light novel project and that it was close to being made available for open beta. Well, above is the synopsis, and it’s ready now. Actually been ready for a week after I revived the Projects page.
Avalon Beyond the Eclipse
It’s a scifi/fantasy drama, in a setting I spent a lot of time building that would hopefully be one that truly melds magic and technology, and my themes were definitely somewhat inspired by the series that really left an impression on me: The Twelve Kingdoms, and Crest/Banner of the Stars. Just add some more shoujo elements courtesy of things like Hakushaku no Yousei and this is my production~!
It’s actually quite an amazing series~ (and definitely one of the most original action rom-coms I’ve seen; planned for Summer[?] animation). Although due to the lack of staff I’ve doubled up as a translator as well… no better way to reinforce my rarely used Chinese skills~ I’ll put together a review after vol 1 finish translation.
I finally brought up enough courage to log in again…
It’s been a while, and I deeply apologize for those who still follow me for my sudden death and long-time disappearance. Some life issues happened, plus I was a little… traumatized (too strong) by a certain experience with anibloggers during Otakon and wanted nothing to do with aniblogging for a while. I think I may be recovering…
Nevertheless, given my personal and career commitments nowadays, it simply isn’t possible for me to blog anime anymore — Major Arcana as an anime blog is forever dead.
Good thing I never made it to be an anime blog. I think that’s part of where I went wrong was when I pretended to use this place as an anime blog.
In fact Major Arcana originally started up as a project/personal blog, and I fully intend to return it to its roots. I might still write about anime-related stuff every once a while, and definitely try to squeeze time for light novels again (Because almost nobody writes about light novels!!! Does the anifandom read anything without pictures!?!? Honestly the lack of translations for exceptional light novels, especially outside the seinen sector like Hakushaku to Yousei or Saiunkoku Monogatari is one of the greatest tragedies of anifandom!!! /rant). But honestly, there are more than enough people aniblogging as it is.
Far too many… and they don’t need me to squeeze in, and I never did like crowds…
As for projects go, well using Major Arcana as a VNRPG project blog was a chapter of my college that won’t return. But, after I stopped blogging last year, I finally realized what part of me I had to shelve for one-and-half years to make this blog work. My specialty has never been about building my own personality, a skill rather needed for bloggers. Nope, I’d much rather go back to the creation process, work on settings and characters— besides, there are few things that allow one to appreciate others’ stories more than writing some yourself.
In 2011, for the first time in my life, I managed to finish NaNoWriMo.
It’s been going through revisions upon revisions of editing ever since, thanks to my friends whom I (forcibly) drafted~
So there you have it. My love of light novels fully extends to writing them… and that’s where I’ll be taking this blog down again.
But for those who followed me to talk about anime, well I guess this is a (belated) goodbye! \o/ Hope to catch you every so while, still around the sphere.
Jul 12 2011
Somehow, I tend go missing for a while and then finish editing posts in batches xD
In many ways, Moshidora could be seen as a fictionalized, dramatized management textbook that started off with pure technicality and eventually brought audience sympathy to the screen. Many of its characters were never given proper depth, and for much of the series it felt more like an academic case study than a story. It’s hardly surprising (in fact I expected it), as the name dictates that the entire theme was centered around a single book. But just as its own Marketing went, it accomplished this goal wonderfully. My only regret is that I didn’t have the chance to watch it years ago— because management skills often come into play way before you expect it.
Ducker’s Management is definitely not just for ‘businessmen in suits’… Read the rest of this entry »
Jul 11 2011
Cultural shock always interests me— assuming I’m not the one experiencing it xD
Experiencing the different mannerisms of faraway cultures can be bewildering, especially when one has no clue how to interpret or respond to what is obviously an extremely serious gesture. Ikoku Meiro comes as one of the only anime I’ve seen which shows this in full impact, as Yune’s perfectly postured Dogeza left Claude completely off balance and, in his case, utterly outraged. It’s not really surprising either— the Dogeza, or any form of prostrations that’s so deeply set into traditional Asian mannerisms, had always been misunderstood by westerners not accommodated to the culture. Read the rest of this entry »