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Guest Post: Top 5 Under the Radar Animes to Binge On

May 25, 2016 By: Nopy Category: Anime

Anime tends to be a niche market in and of itself, but there are still series that people don’t hear about that they absolutely should check out. Just because a series isn’t given much attention doesn’t mean that there’s any reason to ignore it. Here is a list that’s going to take your anime experience even further into the depths that even top lists of the year won’t necessarily reach.

Top 5 Under the Radar Animes to Binge On

 

From giant robots to love stories, there’s a whole lot of great stuff that gets passed up even by the most keyed-in of anime lovers. If you haven’t seen these great series, it’s time to get to binging!

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A Planetarian Anime? Someone Pinch me

April 01, 2016 By: Nopy Category: Anime

 

As most of my regular readers know, I’m a big fan of Key’s works (Kanon, AIR, Clannad, etc.) so when they announced a Planetarian anime movie adaptation, I was ecstatic… but then I realized it was April Fools. But wait, Key has made real announcements before on April Fools so there was a glimmer of hope that it was real. Now that April Fools is over in Japan and Key’s website has reverted back to normal, we can confirm that Planetarian is going ahead!

There aren’t many details about the anime yet other than that it’s being produced by David Production (Inu x Boku SS, Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure). There is a countdown timer on the official website for April 15, on which more details of the anime will come.

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For those of you who aren’t familiar with Planetarian, it is one of Key’s older visual novels about a “junker” in a post-apocalyptic world that finds a planetarium in an abandoned city. Surprisingly, inside the planetarium is a fully functioning robot attendant named Yumemi. She had been tapping into an old military power line to maintain her systems and only operates once per year. Unaware of what has happened to the world, she treats the junker as a guest to the planetarium and plans to show him the starry sky. Unfortunately, the planetarium’s projector has long since stopped functioning so the junker tries to repair it for Yumemi. The story is about finding a moment of peace after decades of fighting and seeing something beautiful in an ugly world.

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Planetarian was actually the first visual novel I ever completed, although Key calls it a “kinetic novel” since you don’t do anything other than read it. I found it to be much more of a tear-jerker than Key’s other works, so be warned. It is definitely a beautiful story though and I highly recommend it.

More Gundams in Edmonton

March 27, 2016 By: Nopy Category: Anime

Continuing on from my previous post comparing scenes from episodes 23 and 24 of Mobile Suit Gundam Iron-Blooded Orphans with real-life Edmonton, here is a look at the places shown in episode 25. While many of the backgrounds stay true to what Edmonton actually looks like, there are a few minor differences which I will point out below.

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At the start of the episode, Mika and Ein are still battling it out at the intersection of 109 Street and Jasper Avenue.

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Observations in Boku Dake ga Inai Machi – An Explanation of Light, Colour, and Becoming a Hero

March 26, 2016 By: Nopy Category: Anime

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I’m sure many of you have already heard about how good Boku Dake ga Inai Machi (a.k.a. “Erased”) is, but have you ever stopped to consider all of the different meanings hidden behind each characters’ words and actions? Boku Dake ga Inai Machi is jam-packed with them and is the latest anime that I think is worthy of another Observations post. If you haven’t seen Boku Dake ga Inai Machi yet, please note that there are plenty of spoilers below.

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Gundams in Edmonton!?

March 20, 2016 By: Nopy Category: Anime

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The first season of Mobile Suit Gundam – Iron-Blooded Orphans is soon coming to an end, with an epic battle in the Arbrau capital of Edmonton starting in episode 24. For those of you who have not heard of Edmonton, it is a real city; the capital of Alberta, Canada and known as the “Gateway to the North”. Of course, having been born and raised in Edmonton, I’m am very excited to see how the Gundams of the future will tear up my city. If you’re interested in visiting Edmonton some day for a Gundam pilgrimage, I’ve highlighted some of the areas shown in the anime below.

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Sky Journey AMV

January 03, 2016 By: Nopy Category: AMVs

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It took longer than I thought it would, but I’ve finally finished my 3rd AMV. As the title implies, I went for a journey through the sky, hence the train at the beginning. It starts off with the crack of dawn before moving through the day and into the evening before finishing up with the starry night sky.

You can download the AMV from http://www.animemusicvideos.org/video/200053 or watch it below:

Some of the obstacles I faced making this AMV were: relearning video editing software, finding clips that fit, and of course the ever-elusive “free time”. Halfway through making the AMV, I thought to myself that I should’ve picked a song with a faster tempo, but it was all or nothing at that point. I’m also still figuring out how to do special effects right now so there’s nothing really fancy going on in this AMV, just some cross-dissolve and my first attempt at masking.

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Nopybot Productions: Project Start!

November 08, 2015 By: Nopy Category: Announcements

Some of you may be wondering where I disappeared off to after saying that I would come back to blogging. Well, the truth is that I got sidetracked with another project: Nopybot Productions.

Very few people know this, but 11 years ago I tried my hand at making AMVs. At the time I had no special software and my computer hard drive barely had enough space for several anime series. The result was that I could only use whatever anime I was watching at the time and had to split and merge clips with Avisplit and hope it matched the music. You can see the fruits of my labour below. The first clip is the very first AMV I made back in 2004 and the second clip was made a while later.

At the time I thought this was way too much work for what it was worth. It was also before the days of Youtube so the only way I could share my work was through animemusicvideos.org and hoping people would randomly view and rank my videos. I decided back then not to touch AMVs again until it became much easier to make something good.

Fast-forward more than a decade and nowadays I have software that can make professional movies, and more anime and hard drive space than I know what to do with. I have been spending the past few month learning about all the software available and putting together my 3rd AMV. It’s hard to say when my 3rd AMV will be out, but when I’m done I’ll post it here and officially launch Nopybot Productions.

7 Year Anniversary

August 08, 2015 By: Nopy Category: Announcements

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This is a day late, but Nopy’s Blog is now 7 years old!

Although posts have been rather sporadic for a number of reasons, I’m still happy that I’ve been able to keep it up for so long. Considering most anime blogs don’t make it to 2 years, I guess that makes Nopy’s Blog an old geezer now?

Summer 2015 Anime Round-up

July 26, 2015 By: Nopy Category: Anime

summer2015Its been a long time since I’ve done a round-up, but here we are again with another anime season and with 3-4 weeks behind us, it’s time to sort through the good and bad. As usual, I won’t be covering sequels or spin-offs, though I am introducing ratings for each show from 1 to 5. For those who want a quick recommendation, go with Charlotte, Gakkou Gurashi, or Gate.

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Anime Conventions to Check Out in Las Vegas

July 01, 2015 By: Nopy Category: Anime

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The Japanese have been influential on many fronts, and the one thing that seems to have taken the world by storm is anime. The diverse art form has been distributed via all media forms, extending fandom across the continents, especially in North America. Although the majority of Americans don’t tend to respond well to foreign films and TV, anime has successfully penetrated American entertainment and pop culture with the Dragon Ball franchise, Pokemon, Spirited Away, and a host of other Japanese-inspired cartoons. The worldwide phenomenon is now being revered in annual conventions, so if you’re an anime fan that would like to partake in some cosplay while checking out the latest trends in the industry, Las Vegas is the city to be at.

Over the past couple of decades, the gambling capital has diversified their image from solely being an entertainment for casino goers. The truth is that that millions of people still make the trip over to Sin City to experience the liveliness of the gaming floors, which Intercasino describes as having a festive and lively atmospheres that usually keep the patrons awake gaming for hours. But
with all the Las Vegas conventions that celebrate and reveal the innovations across the industries, the city adds a few more reasons why a Vegas trip is definitely worth the time and money for many people, including anime fans.

Below is an overview of anime conventions held in Las Vegas:

Otakon Vegas
Originating in Baltimore, Maryland, Otakon is America’s largest East Asian pop culture expo which expanded to a new location last year. The Vegas convention is more intimate than the Baltimore event, but conveniently held in the Planet Hollywood Resort along the Strip, right in the middle of all the excitement. Otakon takes place around mid January.

LVL Up Expo
If you’re an avid gamer, you’ll love this exhibition. Held on May 30 and 31 this year, LVL Up Expo is an annual event that showcases the latest technology in anime video games. Using various gaming platforms, exhibitors interact with event participants with exciting competitions, such as the popular Pokemon All-Stars Gym Leader Challenge and PC/Console tournaments like Ultimate Street Fighter, Mario Kart, and Mortal Kombat.

Sabakon
This Labor Day weekend, Sabakon will open its doors to all ages at the Alexis Park Resort where attendees can express themselves artistically through costume and participate in lots of activities. They also have a Sabanetics Tech Show that allows you to play 3D virtual reality games as well as other interactive technology. The fun never stops at this convention.

Note: This is a guest post.

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