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Random / Re: Senosis is Teh Awesome
« on: July 24, 2008, 06:22:40 PM »
Seno no imouto desu

Anime & Manga / Top TEN Anime
« on: July 24, 2008, 05:10:31 PM »
Post your list of your top ten favourite anime.
I only included TV and OVA anime since I consider film to be quite a different category.

In no particular order, a blend of favourites and 'best of's:

Neon Genesis Evangelion
Honey & Clover
The Melancholy of Suzumiya Haruhi
Cardcaptor Sakura
Digimon 01 & 02
Fullmetal Alchemist
Rurouni Kenshin OVAs
Dennou Coil

*I'm pretty sure Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann will join the list when I'm done

Tsubasa: RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE / Re: Love <3 predictions
« on: July 24, 2008, 03:52:33 PM »
KuroFay? Sorry, I can't stand Yaoi :<

Another couple that could've been is Yuuko and Clow. But unfortunately, Clow is dead :(

KuroFay has all the hallmark signs from CLAMP that they are canon- for me the only reason to doubt it is that Tsubasa is... technically shounen, running in a shounen magazine. Normally those wouldn't have main supporting characters gay together. KuroTomoyo is feasable-ish, except that Tomoyo has eyes only for Sakura as far as I'm concerned.

I have the same problem with ClowYuuko... Clow has so many lovers already! Nadeshiko, Kaho Mizuki-sensei, Yue, that water-mage from Hong Kong...

Random / Senosis is Teh Awesome
« on: July 24, 2008, 06:47:08 AM »
Senosis is awesome. Discuss.


Studio / Re: Otakon 2008
« on: July 24, 2008, 06:13:58 AM »
I want to go but I can't cause my nii nii(SenoWaffle) wont take me   :worried:

AWWWWW. C'mon Seno, take her to Otakon! :cheerleader:

Anime & Manga / What do you think of scanlations & fansubs?
« on: July 24, 2008, 02:37:34 AM »
Scanning manga for distribution and recording anime for distribution are both violating copyrights. Translating anime or manga and distributing your translation is also violating copyrights, whether the work is licensed in the language you are translating to or not. Put two and two together and you have scanlation and fansubbing.

I am assuming that most people here care about the well-being of the animanga industry in Japan, and would not want to see their favourite mangaka/animation studios being paid less than they deserve for the time, effort, and creativity they put into their brand of storytelling. I love CLAMP as much as JK Rowling and I would NEVER consider bootlegging JKR, regardless of how rich she is. Yet I do for CLAMP.

If you're here, you're clearly reading scanlations. What is your personal 'fair use rationale' for breaking these people's copyrights? Have you ever thought about it?

I'm here and I consider myself to be contributing to the online-English-language animanga community. Originally my 'fair use rationale' for fansubs was the difference in translation quality, but this is not always the case anymore. Speed-subs/speed-scans are nothing more than bootlegs, but yes, I do download them depending on the series. For TRC/HOLiC, I download raws and read trans on LJ, which I think is a lot better than downloading speed-scanlations.

Licensed manga and anime have improved a fair bit over the years, but it is still not up to par. Buying licensed manga means paying three times as much as the Japanese pay, half-assed designed book covers/logos, unprofessional typesetting, lower quality ink and paper (MUCH lower if TokyoPop), and often mediocre translations with noticeably bad re-drawing and cloning on the artwork. And this would come months, months after the Japanese publishing.

So my 'fair use rationale', or my beef with the current licensing industry is
1. Time
2. Quality
3. Professionalism
4. Cost

When they get these things straight, as it looks like they will for the 2009 CLAMP/Dark Horse Mangettes, I will unquestioningly buy licensed English-language manga. Scanlation sometimes gets those things better than the licensed versions- the only problem is that they're by-fans-for-fans and not authorized by the copyright holder.

So. I am not paying 3x more, for so so so much less.

xxxHOLiC / Who is Watanuki's #1?
« on: July 24, 2008, 12:00:46 AM »
Sister fangirl-thread. Who do you think will end up with Watanuki?

Although it runs in Young Magazine which I imagine would prefer straight relationships...

Doumeki :lol:

Tsubasa: RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE / Love <3 predictions
« on: July 23, 2008, 11:58:43 PM »
Heh, fangirl thread!

OK, so what are your Tsubasa OTPs, and which pairings will actually happen in the end...

SxS is pretty obvious, so yes, I support KuroFye.


xxxHOLiC / xxxHOLiC > Tsubasa
« on: July 23, 2008, 09:07:35 PM »
In my opinion, xxxHOLiC is definitely superior to Tsubasa. As I've said before, I feel Tsubasa is a collection of cheap knockoffs of CLAMP past characters + action.

xxxHOLiC actually has something different and innovative going on with its art, being a modern interpretation of ukiyo-e. This leads it to be more beautiful and the clothes are more interesting, in my opinion. Because they are all original, Yuuko, Watanuki, Doumeki & co are a lot more interesting to me than all this Syaoran/F!Syaoran nonsense.

But that's just me.

Entertainment / Re: Hana Yori Dango
« on: July 22, 2008, 11:04:52 PM »
So much for the rest of the board being work appropriate.

Language, please.

The word 'sex' in print is work safe, if thats what you mean

Random / Re: Attention Minna!
« on: July 22, 2008, 08:19:51 PM »

Random / Re: 100
« on: July 22, 2008, 03:24:42 AM »
Time well wasted

Entertainment / Re: Japanese Music
« on: July 22, 2008, 12:00:05 AM »
I dislike American music period.

Dunno why.

When this happened to me, I found that it was because I was sick to death of hearing songs about love (especially when you can understand the lyrics). I know, there are songs that are not about love in Western English-language music but at that point in my life I only listened to popular music radio. This was in the last few years of the cassette.

Random / Re: OM NOM NOM NOM
« on: July 21, 2008, 07:52:49 PM »
You can tell by the length of the scroll bar

Random / Re: Attention everyone!
« on: July 21, 2008, 06:37:06 AM »
You can't smite yourself.

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