The other day I was rewatching The Garden of Words and noticed something significant that I left out of my original post. As with every viewer, I can only analyze a story from my existing beliefs, understandings, and knowledge. That said, it is difficult at times to observe, interpret, and understand everything from a Japanese viewpoint when I was raised in Canada and taught western culture and literature. Therefore, I hope that this addendum will help others who grew up in a similar environment as me to better appreciate the beauty of The Garden of Words.
It’s good to be able to have time to go to another anime convention. After missing the big 20th anniversary of Animethon last year, I was happy to be able to attend this year.
If you haven’t seen my previous posts on Animethon, here are some quick facts:
- It’s a 3-day convention held annually in Edmonton, Alberta.
- It’s the oldest anime convention in Canada that’s still going.
- It’s the largest anime convention in Western Canada.
One of the nice things about Animethon is that it’s probably the most over-looked anime convention by big companies, making it large while still maintaining a close-knit community feel. I think it’s largely due to Edmonton’s lack of global recognition compared to Calgary and Vancouver, but that’s not a discussion for this blog.
Happy Birthday, Nopy’s Blog!
Its been exactly six years since the day I started Nopy’s Blog and that means its time to look back on another year on the interwebs. Unlike previous years, there has been little activity on here. In fact, if you scroll down the front page, you’ll see that my 5 year anniversary post is still there, which says a lot.
Unfortunately, real life has me in a stranglehold. I thought the summer break from school would give me some free time, but schoolwork still haunts me and I don’t think I’ve left work before or at quitting time since I started. Oh how I miss the days when I just had to worry about putting in 40 hours a week and which figure to order next.
In terms of blog traffic, Nopy’s Blog is far from its height when it received 1500 views per day. Last year it was averaging 500, and now it’s down to around 350. I feel like one of those old bloggers that keeps talking about making more updates, but then eventually disappears from the internet and is completely forgotten. Well, hopefully that doesn’t happen, especially considering I scheduled my classes this upcoming semester so that I have 4-day and 3-day weekends.
In other news, I got myself a little anniversary present, which you can see above. It’s a Sailor Moon Star Locket, which was sold by Bandai in the mid-90’s. What’s special about this locket is that it plays music when you open it, just like the one Sailor Moon has. While the original price for one of these was around $10, they now go for $400-$600 depending on the condition. While not as expensive as my Sailor Moon Gold Card, it’s still not something you just buy on a whim.
As far as I know, there are the following releases: Japan (1992), Korea (1995), and Europe (1992/1995). The Japanese ones say “Bandai 1992 Made in Japan” on the back, the Korean ones say “Bandai Asia 1995″, and the European ones say “Bandai 199x Made in China”. The one I have is the 1995 Korean release. There’s also a special pink version of the locket, which is worth somewhere between $3,000 and $4,000.
Anyways, people have been telling me that the second year of the MBA program is easier than the first so fingers crossed that this post won’t still be on the front page next year and I’ll have time to review all the backlogged goodies I have.
It has been a month since the summer season started so it’s time to do another round-up. With one exception, I’m only providing commentary on the new series (a whopping 27 this time), which excludes sequels, remakes, spin-offs, etc. If you aren’t familiar with my round-ups, this is where I offer my initial thoughts on new anime based on the first 1-5 episodes, followed by my recommendation and whether I thought it was worth watching.
On to the next speed-post, we have Megami Magazine Volume 161, issued back in October 2013. Some of you may be asking, “but Nopy, where’s volume 159 and 160?” Well, due to a little mix-up and me moving to Toronto, I didn’t realize that I hadn’t gotten 159 and 160 until a few months later. By that point, both volumes were already sold out so there’s nothing I can do about it now.
Back to volume 161 though, the cover features the two lolis of the Monogatari series: Mayoi and Shinobu. It’s a refreshing change from the usual sexy covers that Megami Magazine usually employs, and it’s a treat for Monogatari fans. As with the previous Megami post, this will be shorter in order to give me time to catch up with my backlog. Posters will have the titles of the anime they’re from underneath, followed with a brief overview of all of them at the very end.
This has been the longest break from Megami Magazine that Nopy’s Blog has ever taken, so to make up for it I will be making several Megami posts in the coming weeks. In order to do so and not kill myself though, these will be condensed. Rather than have commentary for each poster, I will just post the previews and have an overall summary at the end. Don’t worry though, I’ll still identify which series each poster comes from in case something interests you.
To start things off, we have Megami Magazine Volume 158, otherwise known as the July 2013 issue which was released last year. The cover features Girls und Panzer, which I’m sure some of you still remember.
While I hear that Girls und Panzer was a good series, I have yet to see it. At least I can enjoy the nice posters that come out for it. As with all of my Megami posts, any risqué images are not displayed directly on the page, but if you want to see them, just click on the links.
The summer hasn’t officially started, which means it’s still spring and there’s time to do another anime season round-up! Here I offer my thoughts on the anime airing this season and whether I’m watching them or not. I’ve left out sequels since it wouldn’t make sense to start a series in the middle of the story. Keep in mind that my opinions are from the point of view of a mid-20’s male who’s been watching anime since the mid 90’s so there are some biases.
For my regular readers who are wondering why this is so late, I have legitimate excuses: my program stuffed 16+ courses into 8 months so my final exams didn’t begin until everyone was done theirs; I had to attend a conference for a week after finals; I went to NYC for a week after the conference; I had to pack up and move back home for the summer, and I just settled back in to work. Enough about me though, let’s talk anime.
The other day I made this tweet with the following image:
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.
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!
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)
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.