I’m back! (and with actual site updates!)


Well, I’m all moved into my new apartment, my computer and Internet are hooked up, I took my Japanese placement test, and now I’m just waiting for my university’s fall semester to start towards the end of September. Since I’m all finished with my summer classes and I’m currently not working anymore, I’ve got about a month of free time with nothing to do but watch anime and work on the site. I can’t remember the last time I had an actual vacation like this! ^^ To start things off, I did some major (and long overdue) work on the main AnimeYume.com site, and a lot more is on the way…

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Off to college…(to study Japanese!)

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Tomorrow I’m leaving home to start a new chapter in my life; I’m going to be spending the next two years at the University of California Irvine, working towards my B.A. in Japanese Language and Literature. This summer I finished up the last few credits I needed at my community college so I could transfer to UCI this fall. I’m really excited to say the least, not just because this will be my first time living on my own while going to school, but I also can’t wait to start taking Japanese classes again…

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AMV Medley!

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I’m not really a huge fan of AMVs – I only like them when they’re exceptional, either really funny or really well made, and I don’t have any interest in watching mediocre AMVs. Over the years, through Anime Music Videos.org and brief viewings at cons, I’ve managed to find only a handful I thought were really worthy. But recently I’ve been in an “AMV mood” and felt like watching some of my favorites again and sharing them here on the blog (luckily they all seem to be available on YouTube too). So here are 6 of my all time favorite AMVs. Read on, and let me know if you think they’re as good as I do…

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Inuyasha ch. 515 – 517 review

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*images courtesy of MakiMaki and Freelance-Manga*
Volume 52, chapter 515 Borrowed Body, chapter 516 Magatsuhi, chapter 517 Magatsuhi’s Main Body

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The end of Death Note – where does the evil truly lie?

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I’m kind of late in writing my thoughts on the end of Death Note…I know everyone’s blogged about it already and even though my thoughts about the series haven’t changed very much since my halfway mark review of it, I just had to give my personal input about the ending of this amazing series…

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The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya novels and timeline complete!

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I finally read through all of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya light novels. I have to say, they’re excellent, and the dedicated translation work of Baka-Tsuki is great too. I also updated “The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya Chronological Timeline of Events” that I wrote a while back, complete with short summaries of later events that haven’t happened in the anime. Volume 9 was really exciting, though I was a bit confused about the two alternate scenarios (anyone know what that’s about? ~_^) Anyway, I’m eagerly anticipating Volume 10 as well as the new anime season. Once the new season airs, I’ll record the appropriate episode numbers on my timeline. And once again, if anyone want so add anything or point out any errors in my timeline, please let me know =)

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

Is anime deep or just entertainment (or both)?

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Since this interesting topic has come up on Anime Nano, I felt like putting my thoughts in too. The debate of whether “anime is deep or just entertainment” is a complex one. What is “deep” and what is “entertaining” can have different meanings to different people. But from what I’ve seen, and from what most people would define as “deep” and “entertaining,” I believe that some anime try to evoke a sense of depth in their audience while some are pretty much only focused on the entertainment factor. The term “anime” covers too wide a range of genres, stories, and perspectives to have just one adjective (“deep” or “entertaining” in this case) to describe the entire entity. It’s like saying “movies are deep/entertaining” or “books are deep/entertaining”; the word encompasses too many themes to narrow it down to such a broad description. There are so many different anime series, saying that “anime” in general is such and such is just too vague…

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