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The Death of “Kawaii”

March 30, 2011 By: Nopy Category: Other Stuff, Random Wonderings

When you visit any online anime community, you will see a lot of Japanese terms being thrown around such as moe, ecchi, shounen, shoujo, yuri, and yaoi. Sometimes terms are used incorrectly or their meaning has been twisted but those have become the norm for English-speakers, some examples include hentai and otaku. All of these terms have been around for a long time, but when I look at them, I notice that something which was found in almost every anime discussion has practically died. What I am referring to is the term “kawaii”.

Puchiko from Di Gi Charat

OK, maybe it isn’t actually dead, but it certainly isn’t anywhere near as popular as it used to be, at least from my experience.


Good Smile Company’s Marketing Tactics

March 28, 2011 By: Nopy Category: Other Stuff

Those of you nendoroid collectors will probably already know of the Miku Support version nendoroid that Good Smile Company (GSC) is releasing soon. It’s basically a remake of the original Miku nendoroid with an extra face, flag, and pompoms included.

What I find more interesting are not the extras, but how GSC is marketing and selling this new nendoroid. According to the product description, the Miku Support ver. was created to help with relief efforts in Japan after the massive earthquake and tsunami. How exactly will selling a nendoroid help with relief efforts? Well, GSC claims that 1000 yen from every nendoroid sold will go to the Japan Red Cross. Not to mention, the new Miku will be sold for 3000 yen, a bit less than most nendoroids.

That sounds like a pretty good deal right? Not only do get a discounted Miku, you’ll feel good knowing that some of your money is going to help people in need. It also paints GSC in a positive light, forfeiting a portion of their profits in order to help others, but is that really what’s going on?


My History with Anime

February 22, 2011 By: Nopy Category: Announcements, Other Stuff, Personal

I would like to propose a project. If you are reading this, there is a 99% chance that you watch anime, and I know that many of you have your own blogs. Since we all enjoy the same thing, I thought it would be nice for everyone to share their history regarding when/how they discovered anime, how it has become a part of their lives, and how they think it has changed since then. It can be as detailed or as short as you want, and it can be about anything anime-related such as: your favourite series, why you watch anime, difficulties in getting anime, collecting anime goodies, anime conventions, cosplaying, and drawing.

If you have a blog, simply write about your history with anime and send me the link. I will add your link to the list below and a new project page I created with links to everyone participating. If you have a banner you would like displayed, send that in too. In return, I simply ask for you to spread the word and link back to this post. If you don’t have a blog and would like to participate, worry not. Simply email me with your screen name and history, and I will create a page for you. I will also add links to any profile pages you may have (ie: Twitter, Youtube, MyAnimeList, MyFigureCollection). I look forward to reading everyone’s posts.

The list so far:

@fkeroge’s History with Anime

2-D Teleidoscope’s History with Anime

Arctic Kitsune’s History with Anime

Arianna Sterling’s History with Anime

Aya’s History with Anime

Bobbierob’s History with Anime

Cutfilm Tovent’s History with Anime

Ephemeral Dreamer’s History with Anime

Fabienne’s History with Anime

Fabrice Requin’s History with Anime

Falling Cirno’s History with Anime

Fangzhao’s History with Anime

Foxy Lady Ayame and Neko’s History with Anime

Hoshiko’s History with Anime

Janette’s History with Anime

Justin’s History with Anime

Kai’s History with Anime

Kuuki’s History with Anime

Lovelyduckie’s History with Anime

Meltedpoo’s History with Anime

Miette-chan’s History with Anime

MkMiku’s History with Anime

Persocom’s History with Anime

Quentin Lau’s History with Anime

Radiant’s History with Anime

Rilkar’s History with Anime

Ritsu’s History with Anime

Riyoga’s History with Anime

Seinime’s History with Anime

Tsurugiarashix’s History with Anime

Tuan Vo’s History with Anime

Valence’s History with Anime

Ydolon’s History with Anime

Yi’s History with Anime

Yuribou’s History with Anime

Zyl’s History with Anime


Nopy’s History With Anime:

If you’re a regular visitor to my blog, you’ll know that I love anime, but what got me started with this addiction? Like many anime fans my age in North America, my first encounter with anime was the original Dragon Ball series which aired for a short while in the mid 90’s before being cancelled due to poor ratings. Shortly after, Sailor Moon hit the airwaves and took the cartoon world by storm. I remember seeing newspaper articles describing the Sailor Moon phenomenon and finding Sailor Moon merchandise in every asian and toy store in the city. I was also swept along with the Sailor Moon craze. That cartoon (I didn’t know what anime was at the time) had everything: pretty characters, neat powers (at least to a kid), plenty of action, a bit of controversy, and a good story. In fact, I liked Sailor Moon so much that I spent whatever loose change I could find on the ground on Sailor Moon stickers, cards, temporary tattoos, and posters (loose change bought you a lot back then).


A Taste of Animethon 2011

February 13, 2011 By: Nopy Category: Anime, Other Stuff

Animethon is an annual anime convention held in Edmonton, Alberta. It’s marketed as the longest-running anime convention in Canada and usually takes place in August. For those who can’t wait a whole 12 months between Animethons, there’s also a sort of mini-convention called A Taste of Animethon (ATOA). This is held halfway between Animethons and is a scaled-down 1 day version of the actual event. As regular attendees will know, Animethon always takes place at Grant MacEwan University (formerly College, formerly Community College), and this year it was held yesterday, February 12.


Save The Internet, Canada

January 27, 2011 By: Nopy Category: Other Stuff

Know this: if I disappear from the online community, it’s because refuse to pay more for internet access than people in third-world countries.

I know this is out of the ordinary, but it is of great importance to me. This post is a message to all of my Canadian readers, who, according to my site stats for this month, make up the 2nd largest group of visitors.

If you haven’t already heard, the Canadian Radio-television Telecummunications Commission (CRTC) has decided to give the ISP oligopoly the ability to charge customers up to $2/GB of bandwidth usage beyond the 25GB cap per month. When you consider that Canada already has one of the highest internet fees in the world, it’s ludicrous that a government body set up to protect consumer interests would do something like this. Add to the fact that the major ISPs have decreased bandwidth usage caps recently, and it feels like we’ve been left to the wolves.

So what would compel the CRTC to make such a decision? The arguments being made are: Canada is a vast country and needs lots of money to support the infrastructure, and the current lines are being congested by heavy internet users. Sure, Canada is the second-largest country in the world, but every schoolchild knows that 85% of the population lives within 300km of the Canada-U.S. border, a significantly smaller area than ISPs make it out to be. Secondly, the infrastructure to support the internet was built and is maintained using taxpayer money. It doesn’t make sense that we have to pay for something that private corporations use and they in turn charge us to gain access to it. I’m not going to go through all of them, but plenty of counter-arguments and issues have been presented in the last few days:

If you do not want to have the honour of paying the highest cellphone fees in the world AND the highest internet fees in the world, then I implore you to take action and speak out against this injustice. The Anti UBB site has a list of actions that you can take to do your part. I am currently preparing letters to send to Industry Canada as well as my local MP. I also encourage everyone to sign this petition to have the CRTC’s decision reversed. Let your voice be heard!


First Snow

October 25, 2010 By: Nopy Category: Other Stuff

I woke up this morning to find the first snow of the season falling outside. Snow is my favourite  type of precipitation so I was happy to see that it has finally arrived. Most people think of my home as a frozen wasteland, but I like to think of it as a winter wonderland. Where else would you get to have snowball fights for 6 months of the year and still have all the benefits of a big city?

Aniblog Tourney Voting Begins

April 19, 2010 By: Nopy Category: Other Stuff

In case you haven’t already heard, voting for the first ever Aniblog Tourney begins today. The tourney pits 96 anime blogs against each other and lets blog readers vote for their favourite blogs in one-on-one matches.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem like yours truly made it onto the list of 96, but you should still check it out. There’s a lot of interesting blogs there and I’m sure any anime fan/otaku will find at least one that they like.

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My Collections

February 17, 2010 By: Nopy Category: Other Stuff

Over the past few years, I’ve read a lot of blogs about anime figures and figure collecting. One thing that I’ve noticed over this period is that a lot of the people who collect figures seem to enjoy collecting other stuff too (myself included). So today I thought I’d share with everyone all the stuff that I collect and maybe find some more people that collect the same things. First I’ll start with the obvious stuff:


Unless this is your first time here, you’ll know that I’ve been collecting figures for a while. I bought my first figure back in August of 2007 – a 1/8 scale PVC figure of Haruhi by Max Factory. I later found it it was a bootleg, but managed to get a hold of an authentic one a couple months later. The detail that was put into the sculpt and painting really impressed me and that was what got me started on buying more figures. I got my first nendoroid soon after that, Light Yagami from Death Note, and once again I was really impressed with the detail. Currently, over a third of my figures are nendoroids. Pictures of my figure collection are below. Some of my newer figures aren’t displayed because I haven’t opened them yet.


Beckii Cruel’s 15 Minutes of Fame

January 25, 2010 By: Nopy Category: Other Stuff

Some of you may remember a certain Youtube girl by the name of Magibon which swept otaku communities by storm with her big eyes and love of Japan two years ago. Sadly, her less than attractive looks in real life were revealed on Japanese tv sometime later and her time in the limelight was up. The shock from seeing Magibon’s true form may have stopped some people from watching Youtube girls, but apparently not for long.

With Magibon out of the picture, otaku needed a new white girl to idolize; that’s where Beckii Cruel comes in. Beckii is a teen from the UK who also loves Japan, but instead of uploading videos of her looking into the camera, she came to fame by dancing. You can see her Youtube videos here if you’re interested. Being relatively cute and liked by otaku from all over the interwebs, it was only a matter of time before she made her way to Japan like Magibon did. Beckii has even managed to ink a deal to have a DVD made (titled “This is Beckii Cruel”), and I got some screenshots below.


4 Month Loot

December 30, 2009 By: Nopy Category: Other Stuff

Well, after nearly 4 months working out of town, I finally finished my work and returned home last week. Of course, not being able to open anything that was delivered during those 4 months, it started building up and became a nice Christmas gift from me to me :)


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