Okay so I haven’t picked out a rotation for this, but for the people who read this blog regularly, you know the deal already. I’m going to pick out some posts I thought were good and not so good and give my opinion. And I’m probably going to pick up some hate today, but it’s all good.
So on with the fun.
With all the hub-bub and reviews of the new Anime Network player, a geek by any other name had one of the freshest comments I’ve seen. That the TOS for the player states that you have to 18 to use it. While I understand that it’s a bunch of legal mumbo jumbo to protect ADV from liability, I have to agree with her. With the demographics for anime skewing younger, making it against the rules to use the player does seem a bit silly.
And on the silly side of things, Furu Anime Panikku had another fun blog post about whether he would really use the merchandise that he bought. Granted, the stuff he has kind of makes me jealous. Although I really want a TERRA satchel. That’s all I want. And I would so use it. Why? Why can’t I have that?
And on the why side of things, I came across a couple of pedantic posts that might interest the more culturally inclined. Reverse Theives did one on the differences between popular anime in Japan and popular anime in America. Fair warning, skip the intro. It’s really dry reading, and come on, we watch ANIME. I think we realize that there are cultural differences. Also I think the later part is a bit skewed toward the traditional college age anime fan, rather than what has been really popular in anime. Unless you think Pokemon had a dark side? Perhaps that lost episode about the team Rocket bloodbath.
The Anime Blog had an interesting post on what Christmas means in Japan. The only problem is that it starts with a tongue-in-cheek rendition of what Christmas means in America. I could do an entire blog post about how the counterculture seems to be invading my nerdspace. But I’ll leave it at this – I like Christmas in America. I like the crass commercialism of it. I like Christmas lights. I like the madness at the mall as I dash through the crowds trying to find the perfect present. I like the idea of sticking a dead tree in my living room and stringing lights and tinsel on it. I even like tinny renditions of Carols through department store speakers. So leave my holiday alone and go pick on Easter or something.
Last but certainly not least, That’s Not Kanon had a thought-provoking post about how people associate themselves with particular anime characters. Seriously, I’d love to be Alex Rowe, hell I’d settle for Takuto Kanashiro (from Argentosoma), but I’d probably have to settle for being Krillen.
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