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A Collection of Makoto Shinkai Shorts And an English Fan Site

Well, I'm quite flattered that Fledge thinks my obsessions are working looking into. So, I will return with even more Makoto Shinkai visuals!

But first, I need to announce the Makoto Shinkai English Fan Forum And Site. It's not super active yet, and there hasn't been any major discussion of Shinkai's work yet, but hopefully, I can get some time to resolve that issue. It's been open for several months now, and I only found it from Daike's Shinkai Fan Site a couple of months ago.

Now let's go back in time for what I would call his pre-breakout days. These were the shorts Shinkai made before he quit his then day job to work on Voices of a Distant Star:

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Neko no Shuukai - A Shinkai Short?

I know Shinkai's visual tendencies lately has been to not focus too much on realism in his films1 but the preview of his supposed latest short named Neko no Shuukai is something different:

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If this is truly Makoto Shinkai's work, then I'd have to say that I'm quite pleased that he's actually branching out. I'm just having a hard time believing that it's his, even if the character designs and background match his style.

UPDATE: Looks like a few other bloggers say that it's his work. Huh.

  • 1. He mentions this on an interview on the Five Centimeters Per Second DVD. This actually might be why I found 5 CM Per Second so much more visually striking than The Place Promised in Our Early Days
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New Someday's Dreamers anime

[img_assist|nid=2179|title=|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=320|height=240] I got wind that a new series of Someday's Dreamers has been greenlit for production and showed later in the summer season (via the AnimeNfo forums). Seems like one new anime series to definitely put on my watch list. Hopefully, it'll be as good as the first series.

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Recent Twelve Kingdoms Interest?

Looks like there's been some recent resurge of interest in The Twelve Kingdoms recently. Maybe it's the new volume of the novel series coming out or the 90 page story released in a Japanese magazine that sparking it, but the attention still being put on this series isn't too bad for a now 6-years-old TV series.

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"One More Time, One More Chance" Guitar Tab

Well, time to sharpen those guitar playing skills. Found this on Youtube looking for the guitar tab for the main theme used for Byousoku 5 Centimeter:

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Quick Impressions: Denno Coil

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Sometimes, I wonder how the Japanese are able to show what are considered "children's anime" which can deal with very serious topics. How do they allow shows that put their viewers through such an emotional roller coaster that are said to be aimed at elementary school students? And why don't I see or hear about this in many modern American animations, unlike the American classics (recall something like Bambi, for example)? I don't hear of anything that runs like Full Moon wo Sagashite in America today, but I have found another example of an emotionally tiring series in Denno Coil

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Lucky Star Episode 22 Moments

After a little hiatus away from anime, I picked up on episode 221 of Lucky Star. A few scenes caught my attention.

First of all, about the MLB World Series:

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And on Konata questioning her father on how he would like to die:

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Low-brow humor...

Guchuko apparently has the ability to store things in her pants1. The stuff that she takes out of them simply... well...

Well, there's corn.

And then, there's this:
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And... Exhibit #2:
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... No comment.

Why am I watching this again?

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Mahou Shoujo Tai Alice - Licensed?

[img_assist|nid=2162|title=|desc=|link=node|align=left|width=141|height=200]Big thanks to Steven for the heads up!

By the looks of it, Media Blasters has acquired Mahou Shoujo Tai! This series is also called Tweeny Witches1, which will most likely be the official title as released in the U.S.

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...Walked 40 miles in the snow both ways...

Some of my local peers who are anime fans have been lodging complaints about the "new generation" of anime fans. This came to me as a bit odd at first, as my tastes rarely fell in line with most anime fans I met, online or off, which is why I started doing anime blogging instead of complaining about it or trying to change what I thought was "wrong" in these new fans. Something that a friend posted on the local anime forum that seemed to summarize well what many of them were really saying:

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