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A Wild Nopy Appeared!

July 14, 2013 By: Nopy Category: Personal


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?

Nopy Answers The Ultimate Anime Questionnaire

August 20, 2012 By: Nopy Category: Personal

A couple of weeks ago, Yumeka put together the Ultimate Anime Questionnaire. She did not elaborate on what made it ultimate, but it’s rather comprehensive and I thought it would be fun to answer all of the questions. You can see her original post here and if you’re a big anime fan, you should try answering the questionnaire too.



Nopy’s Anime Bucket List

August 08, 2012 By: Nopy Category: Anime, Personal

As I get older, it seems that time is slowly slipping away and I have less of it to spend on things I enjoy. In all likelihood, there will come a time when it will no longer be feasible for me to continue watching anime every day. I may start my own company, raise a family, or just end up struggling through life trying to make ends meet. Whatever happens in the future is anyone’s guess, but if I do abandon anime for some reason, there are a few things that I hope I would’ve done by then.

@fkeroge from AOIA has started an Anime Bucket List and here is my contribution:



A Vexing Problem and A Look Back at Figure Collecting

May 22, 2011 By: Nopy Category: Figures, Personal

Yesterday I was overjoyed when I found out that a company by the name of Kurushima was releasing a Ruri Hoshino figure, and not just any Ruri figure, but one of her before she became a captain. If any of you don’t know who Ruri is, all you have to do is take a look at my banner, gravatar, or any of my profile pics. She has been the unofficial mascot of Nopy’s Blog since its inception and is my favourite character of all time. Unfortunately, the anime she comes from, Martian Successor Nadesico, is from the mid-90’s, so good figures of the younger Ruri are almost non-existent. Most of the ones I’ve seen of her are garage kits from over a decade ago.

With that in mind, it was only natural that I would purchase this figure of Ruri returning from the bakery in a polka dot dress without a second thought, even with the hefty price tag of 14200 yen. However, I am now faced with a dilemma. A day after this figure of Ruri was put up for preorder, another figure showed up on the front pages of my favourite online figure stores.


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).


Japan Trip – Week 4

December 24, 2010 By: Nopy Category: Personal

As I promised, I would get all of the pics from my trip to Japan last June up before Christmas, so here is one humongous mega-post on my 4th and final week in Japan. This was by far my favourite week since we covered almost everything related to anime and visited some very cool places this week.


Japan Trip – Week 3

October 24, 2010 By: Nopy Category: Personal

Today I decided to take a break from studying and continue posting pictures from my trip to Japan, which was 4 months ago now. Don’t worry though, I’ll get them all up before Christmas :)

Picking up where I left off last time, the day after seeing the incomp…*cough* battle-damaged gundam in Shizuoka, my friends and I headed to Ikaho for a relaxing day at the hotsprings.

Ikaho is a small town in the mountains so there are no trains that run directly there; you have to take the train to Shibukawa and then take a bus to Ikaho. All of the bus routes and maps were in Japanese though, so we had to ask a bus driver which bus to take (luckily he understood English). A few hours after leaving Tokyo, we made it to Ikaho in one piece and were greeted with the above sign. Personally, I found it strange that they used the American flag for the English section rather than the British flag. Whenever I’ve travelled to Europe and other parts of Asia, they’ve always used the British flag.


Japan Trip – Week 2 (Part 2)

September 20, 2010 By: Nopy Category: Personal

This post has a ton of pictures and little content, so brace yourselves.

I had nearly forgotten to post more pics from my Japan trip in June, but here they are. This post covers the second half of the second week I spend in Japan.


Japan Trip – Week 2 (Part 1)

August 30, 2010 By: Nopy Category: Personal

Since I did a lot of stuff during the second week of my trip, I’m going to cover it in two parts. The first part will be covering the places I visited in Kyoto, and the next will cover Osaka. So picking up where I left off, after spending an entire day shopping in Akihabara, we got up early the next morning to take our first ride on the Shinkansen (aka bullet train).

Unfortunately, the JR Pass only allows you to go on the Hikari and Kodama trains (the slow ones), and not the faster Nozomi trains. The ride wasn’t too bad, it lasted for a few hours and there was plenty of legroom. The only downside was that I was sitting near the front of a car right next to the washrooms so when someone walked by and the automatic doors opened, I’d get hit with a horrible stench. We arrived at Kyoto station around lunchtime and took a local train to Tanbaguchi station near our hotel. It was too early to check in yet so we just dropped off our bags and went out to do a bit of exploring. Lucky for us, there are maps everywhere in four languages: Japanese, English, Korean, and Chinese.


Japan Trip – Week 1

August 12, 2010 By: Nopy Category: Personal

While I’m waiting to hear what people would like to see more of on my blog, I figured that I’d finally get around to posting some pics from my Japan trip in June. Well, here they are (the first week anyways).

Somehow I managed to pack everything I needed for a month in this little piece of luggage, and I put that in a larger piece of luggage. Obviously, I was expecting to bring a LOT of stuff back home (and I did). By the end of the trip, both of these bags were full, along with a backpack that I brought as a carry-on.

I flew Air Canada direct from Calgary to Vancouver. While AC is known for not having the best of service, I managed to get tickets for half the price that other airlines were offering because of a special promotion. Here was the first meal of the flight. The rice was horrible, but the chicken and dessert were pretty good.

It seems that AC has implemented something new since the last time I flew with them: special lights to help you adjust to the new timezone. When it’s time to sleep, the lights change colour from white to orange to blue to violet before finally turning off (to simulate a sunset). When it’s time to get up, they do the same thing but with slightly different colours in reverse order. The pic below is of a “sunrise” on the plane. As a note, since we were flying west, the sun was actually up for the entire flight.


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