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Evolution of Anime Fan Rooms

April 17, 2014 By: Nopy Category: Anime, Random Wonderings

The other day I made this tweet with the following image:

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It seemed to draw quite a bit of attention so I decided to write a post and ask the anime fans reading this to share any images you might have showing how your room has changed over the years. As with community projects I’ve done in the past, I invite anyone with a blog, webpage, social media account, etc. to share your experiences. Send me a link and I’ll make a list at the bottom of this post.

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Closing Shop

April 01, 2014 By: Nopy Category: Announcements

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Well, the past 6 years have been fun, but I think it’s finally time to close up shop and bring Nopy’s Blog to an end. Doing an MBA has been more work than I anticipated and after 3 months without an update, I think it’s clear that I simply don’t have the time to update the site anymore. Let me just say that it has been fun being part of the aniblogosphere. I learned how to embrace my passion for anime and figures, met a lot of other bloggers who shared the same feelings, and discovered a whole new side of anime fandom. I’d like to thank everyone who followed me on this journey; you know who you are. It wouldn’t have been the same without you.

The site will be up for another month as my deposit for hosting fees dries up. In the meantime, if there are any posts that you enjoyed on my site, I encourage you to save them now. I recommend starting with this particular category.

 

HAPPY APRIL FOOLS!

P.S. Look forward to this summer!

Nopy’s Top 10 Anime Girls of 2013

December 30, 2013 By: Nopy Category: Anime

Another year comes to a close and it is time again to list Nopy’s top 10 anime girls. This is the fourth year in a row that I’m making this post, so you guys should know the drill by now. Any girl in a series that aired this year and that I watched is eligible for my list. I try not to select girls that had a shot at the list in previous years. My criteria for selection is overall likability, meaning it could be anything from they look cool, have interesting personalities, make me laugh, or are just pure awesome. Here are my top 10 anime girls of 2013:

10. Ryuuko Matoi (Kill la Kill)

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Ryuuko just barely made it onto the list with the help of the last few episodes of Kill la Kill. With only one transformation, she was starting to get boring, but now that we know she and senketsu can change into different forms, it makes her so much cooler (not to say she wasn’t already cool). Her guts and determination to avenge her father make the battles worth watching and who could ignore that outfit.

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Summer 2013 Anime Wrap-up

October 06, 2013 By: Nopy Category: Anime

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Hishashiburi, minna!

I wasn’t able to get around to my Summer 2013 round-up post so it looks like now I’m doing a wrap-up post. For those wondering where I’ve been, doing an MBA is more work than I thought. I finished my finals for the first term on Friday and I have this weekend off before school begins again on Monday (yes, having a weekend now counts as “time off”). Its been a productive weekend with me being a shut-in by only going to 2 of the dozen or so networking/social events and spending the rest of my time playing Atelier Meruru and catching up on anime. These aren’t complete reviews, but as my professors all say, “you should be able to sum up everything into one sentence or a 30-second elevator pitch,” so these paragraphs will give you a good impression of how I saw each series.

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5 Year Anniversary

August 07, 2013 By: Nopy Category: Announcements

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Five years… that’s a long time for an anime blog to be on the internet; that’s how long Nopy’s Blog has been around now. I don’t have much to say for this year’s anniversary considering I’ve been out of the loop for a while. I’m finally starting to get back into the groove of going to school every day again and settling into my new home in Toronto. If anyone in Toronto wants to meet up to talk about anime or figures, let me know :)

Right now I have two Megami Magazines sitting in my drawer waiting to be reviewed along with a figure photo shoot I did before moving so you guys can expect those to be posted in a few weeks. If I can still remember what happened in all the anime from last season then I’ll be posting reviews for those as well. My next post will probably be the seasonal round-up though as we’re already halfway into the summer season.

As for how the blog is doing, I’m happy to say that the drop in traffic due to my absence has levelled off at 500+ views/day. Thank you all for continuing to support Nopy’s Blog despite me being busy with applications, moving, a recent computer failure, and getting adjusted to school again. Once I get back into the groove, you can expect to see more of me.

A Wild Nopy Appeared!

July 14, 2013 By: Nopy Category: Personal

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I have not been putting a lot of time into this blog over the last year or so. Long absences and erratic posting schedules have caused Nopy’s Blog to decline steadily. The source of these changes can be attributed to my efforts to get another degree, starting 1.5 years ago with packing my schedule with extracurricular activities and volunteer work. After many hours of work outside of work, studying, and writing, I am now winding down and relinquishing many of the responsibilities/commitments I’ve gained over the past year as I prepare to move to Toronto. The bad news is that I’ll probably be absent for a couple more weeks as I start packing and say my goodbyes, but the good news is that after that I’ll return to having only 1 major commitment (to school), much like the times when Nopy’s Blog was something to gloat about.

Now I do have a question for all you readers out there. I’ve been out of the loop for a while, but from my perspective, it seems anime blogging in general has undergone a major decline. I’ve removed more blogs on my blogroll than have added because many of them have disappeared. It could be that I’m just connected to the older generation of bloggers and haven’t had a chance to meet the newer generation, but I have not heard of many new up-and-coming blogs recently. Conversely, I’ve seen a growing number of social media personalities and 140-character anime reviews, perhaps a sign of changing times. I do have a Twitter account, but it has always been secondary to Nopy’s Blog, but I am wondering if that should change. So I ask you, consumers of anime thoughts and opinions, would you like to see more content on social media like Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, and so on, or would you like Nopy’s Blog to continue on the way it has?

Elements of a Popular Mahou Shoujo

July 04, 2013 By: Nopy Category: Anime

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Since the first airing of a mahou shoujo (magical girl) anime, Mahoutsukai Sally in 1966, the genre has had its up and downs with its most recent success being the Puella Magi Madoka Magica series. Originally intended for young female audiences, the mahou shoujo genre has evolved over the years to cater to both genders, and in some cases even have a larger male than female following. Some mahou shoujo have achieved unimaginable popularity around the world whereas others have fallen into obscurity, so what are the elements of a mahou shoujo series that makes it so appealing, particularly the fighting-focused ones?

There are several elements that are present in many mahou shoujo series that involve fighting: attractive appearances, a source of magic, an animal sidekick, transformations, character growth, and an adherence to ideals. These elements alone, however, do not constitute all of the parts needed to create a successful mahou shoujo series. Tokyo Mew Mew, for example, had many of these elements but many people probably haven’t even heard of it. To determine what really makes a good mahou shoujo series, lets examine three titles: Sailor Moon, Cardcaptor Sakura, and Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha.

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Traditional Games and Success in Anime

June 27, 2013 By: Nopy Category: Anime

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Sports anime used to be a mainstay of the anime industry with huge titles such as Slam Dunk, Captain Tsubasa, and Prince of Tennis. Nowadays you don’t see as many sports anime, but their influence lives on through anime based on what I would consider traditional games. When I talk about traditional games, I’m not so much referring to old games, but ones that you would expect seniors to play during their free time. Games such as go, mahjong, and karuta tend to have more aged players due to stereotypes, though a number of young people do gain interest in them. Despite the stereotypes associated with these games, they have spawned very popular anime such as Hikaru no Go, Saki, and Chihayafuru. What made them so popular, and can that be applied to any game?

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Princess of the Crystal by GSC

June 22, 2013 By: Nopy Category: Figures

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After being delayed for a bit, Good Smile Company’s Princess of the Crystal figure was finally released in June 2013. The Princess of the Crystal comes from the anime Mawaru Penguindrum, probably best known for leaving a lot of people scratching their heads. The figure is 1/8 scale, making it stand at about 19cm tall. It was sculpted by Iwanaga Sakurako and retails for 9800 yen.

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Kyouko Sakura by GSC

June 19, 2013 By: Nopy Category: Figures

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Kyouko Sakura is the last character from Puella Magi Madoka Magica to be given the figure treatment by Good Smile Company. This 1/8 scale figure of her was sculpted by Ken Kawanishi and was released in September of 2012 at a MSRP of 7800 yen. She is posed such that it looks like she has just jumped down from a ledge while holding a partially eaten taiyaki.

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