The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, novels and timeline

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I watched all the episodes of the ever popular The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya almost a year ago. After going through the series the first time (I watched the fansubs in the original TV broadcast order by the way), I liked it a lot but I don’t think I loved it. Surprisingly, almost a year later, I got a sudden new interest in the series, probably mostly due to my 4 day attendance at Anime Expo this year. TMoHS was everywhere at AX, not just the autograph session and concert, but all over the shops as well. After getting a full dose of Haruhi-ism while I was there, I decided to watch the series a second time. Turns out I loved it more than I did the first time (I should’ve known that all good anime series’ should be watched at least twice to be fully appreciated). I then decided to try and find translations of the light novels. Luckily, thanks to the dedication of Baka-Tsuki, finding them wasn’t nearly as hard as I thought. And now that I’ve read the majority of them, I have an even greater appreciation for the series…

UPDATE: A 2010 revised version of the timeline is now available here

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Pokemon Battle Revolution tournament at Game Stop!

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Yesterday I attended the Pokemon Battle Revolution tournament that was being held by Game Stop stores across the USA. It seemed a bit disorganized at first…apparently all Game Stops were supposed to be having it, but two of the three closest to me did not have it (for ridiculous reasons, like not being able to get the key to their Wiis). I attended the one in Canoga Park, California, located in the Topanga mall. Although I didn’t win, it was still fun. It’s been years since I went to a Pokemon tournament so it’s nice to see that there are still a lot of dedicated Poke-fans like me ^^

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Blood+: the halfway mark review

Blood+
I started watching Blood+ back in March, when it began airing on Adult Swim. After watching the first few episodes dubbed (and writing a post about my initial impressions of the series) I decided to download the fansubs so I could see the Japanese version and get through the episodes faster. And now, after watching about half the series (26 out of 50 episodes), I have to say that’s it’s definitely one of the better series’ to come out in recent years…

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Inuyasha ch. 512 – 514 review

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*images courtesy of MakiMaki*
Volume 52, chapter 512 The Right Wish, chapter 513 The Jewel’s Dark Will, chapter 514 Crisis

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Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kai eps 1 to 2 review

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The second series of Higurashi no Naku Koro ni finally begins! It’s been over 9 months since I finished watching the first series so my memories of some of the details are a bit foggy, but I remember the main events and gist of the story well enough. What started off as a seemingly average anime with stereotypical characters quickly turned into one of the most complex, intricate, and suspenseful horror/mystery series’ I’ve ever seen. The original Higurashi series won me over after the first few episodes, and although Higurashi Kai is starting off a little slow, I’m sure more suspense and mystery aren’t far behind…

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AnimeYume.com – celebrating 5 years!

5 years of AnimeYume.com!
AnimeYume.com’s 5th anniversary was actually a while ago, June 30th to be exact, but I was away at AX. Now I’ve finally found the time to do a proper announcement ^_^

Wow, I can’t believe I’ve been running a web site for 5 years. I regret that within the past year I haven’t been able to update the main AnimeYume.com site as much as I’d like, but thankfully I made the blog site you see here to make up for it =) There’s still a lot I want to add to AnimeYume, particularly new anime sections of more recent series’ I’ve watched and also perhaps a more updated layout/design for the site. But these things will have to wait until I have more time in my busy life. For now, doing posts here on the blog is all I can handle. But as I’ve said many times before, the main AnimeYume.com site will still remain open and I’ll continue to do updates on it when I can. I wouldn’t have nearly as much motivation to work on both AnimeYume and Mainichi Anime Yume if it wasn’t for the support and kind feedback of visitors like you! ^_^ Thank you so much, and although my life is going to become even busier since I’ll be going away to college soon, I’ll still try and find time to work on the site! =)

Game review: Pokemon Battle Revolution

Pokemon Battle Revolution
Pokemon Battle Revolution, the first Pokemon game for the Nintendo Wii and also the first ever Wii game that can communicate with the Nintendo DS. In addition, PBR also has online capabilities, allowing you to battle with people over the Internet like in Pokemon Diamond & Pearl. Although PBR is lacking some of the features that the old N64 and Game Cube games had, it has enough new features to make it a great buy for any Pokemon fan.

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Inuyasha ch. 510 – 511 review

*images courtesy of MakiMaki*
Volume 52, chapter 510 Hell, chapter 511 Kagome’s Spiritual Power

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Anime Expo ’07 coverage plus photos & videos!

Haruhi!
I finally got around to posting my coverage, photos, and video clips of my four-day stay at Anime Expo 2007. I wrote about everything I did at the con, things I liked about it and things I disliked about it. My photo/video collection isn’t as impressive as most but it’s something. Well, you can check out all my Anime Expo ’07 stuff here. Let me know what you think! =)

I have to work tomorrow and Saturday but hopefully after that I’ll have time to catch up on my Inuyasha chapter reviews and other posts so check back soon!