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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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Kanon Wakeshima Guest at Animethon 20

June 14, 2013 By: Nopy Category: Announcements

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As tomorrow is my last day on the board of directors for ASAPA, the organization that runs Animethon, I figure I’d do one last thing to help out: spreading the word about Animethon 20′s latest guest, Kanon Wakeshima.

The announcement was made earlier today through the Animethon 20 website and social media. Kanon is probably best known among anime fans for her song “still doll” which was used as the ending theme for Vampire Knight. Even though I have never seen Vampire Knight, I have heard her music numerous times and I think she’s a wonderful artist. Any hardcore Kanon fans among you may want to book your tickets to Animethon 20 now if you want to get an autograph or see her perform live. Other guests include Capella, DJ Shimamura, Christopher Sabat, Patrick Seitz, Twinfools and Nova, Lucas Gilbertson, Carol-Anne Day, and The 404′s. Animethon 20 will take place August 9-11, 2013 at the Grant MacEwan downtown campus in Edmonton, AB, Canada.

Unfortunately, I will not be able to see Kanon myself as I am moving to Toronto a few weeks before the convention. I hope some of you do go though. Not only will you get to see Kanon, but you will also be attending the oldest *cough* and best *cough* anime convention in Canada and visiting Nopy’s hometown :)

Observations in The Garden of Words – An Explanation of Shoes, Rain, and Love

June 04, 2013 By: Nopy Category: Anime

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Since the release of Makoto Shinkai’s latest film, The Garden of Words, the general reaction to it has been positive with unanimous agreement that it is a visually stimulating work of art. Unfortunately, there also seems to be a number of people who think that The Garden of Words is lacking in story, character development, and closure. I have to disagree with those people as I found the 45 minute film to be bursting with hidden meanings that address all of those things. In fact, I think The Garden of Words is Shinkai’s most thought-out and deliberate film and I will discuss why by offering some of my interpretations.

I have structured this post to cover aspects in roughly the same order that they make a significant appearance in the film. It may seem awkward with the way they’re connected, but it helps to highlight just how much is going on in the background.

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Megami Magazine Vol. 157

May 30, 2013 By: Nopy Category: Megami Magazine

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Tsukiko Tsutsukakushi from Hentai Ouji to Warawanai Neko is featured prominently on the cover of Megami Magazine volume 157 (June 2013). While Tsukiko looks cute in the anime, I think she looks cuter in Kantoku’s original illustrations of her, as shown here. There also happens to be a nendoroid petit in the same pose as on the cover. In order to get this nendoroid you will need to order a copy of Megami Magazine Goods+ August 2013. For those not familiar with the Goods+ line, it’s separate from the main Megami Magazine and rather than focusing on posters, it includes random goodies like figures. Keep in mind though that a Goods+ volume costs twice as much as a regular Megami Magazine. Those looking for other Henneko goodies might want to check out the goodies section after the posters below. As always, any super ecchi content is censored by the text links.

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Megami Magazine Vol. 156

May 28, 2013 By: Nopy Category: Megami Magazine

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The 156th volume (May 2013) of Megami Magazine has a nice mix of posters from the winter and spring anime seasons. The front cover features the main girls from Girls and Panzer in their beach attire. Girls and Panzer seems to be the featured series in this volume with a related freebie and being placed on the large poster. More on that can be seen at the end of this post. To start things off, below you will find the pin-up posters included in this volume. As usual, any super ecchi ones are censored and can be viewed by clicking on the links.

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