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3 Weeks Japan – Day 2

May 28, 2010

A trip to the sea 23/03

Today we take a trip away from Tokyo to the coastal Kamakura. Once capital of the entire nation, Kamakura is now a peaceful and quiet town enclosed by mountain slopes and the sea. It’s a picture perfect slow-paced small japanese town. Read the rest of this entry »

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All 50 Approved – Time – 15-11

May 21, 2010

This top 50 in all its eternal glory is just a momentary state of mind. Two months ago I came up with the idea of ranking my favourite anime. Easily impressed it wasn’t long before I had 50 shows I couldn’t leave out. I systematicaly divided the selection into two pools, one better one worse, and again and again. A fine tric for more intuitive ranking, because when you think about it, it’s comparing apples and oranges. The result is in favor of my more subjective favourites and that’s how it should be. But I also realise these are the shows that I value more or less depending on my mood. Even though my personal feelings might change in time, I don’t think this makes a momentary ranking less true.

Time. It is not by coincidence that it’s such a reoccurring theme in anime. It’s one of the points where live-action is limited. Anime characters can stay forever young, or they can age in seconds. Time skips are always great. Youth memories, time travel and futuristic scenery, they can add so much to the already timeless anime world.

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All 50 Approved – Design my world – 20-16

May 19, 2010

Every anime has been created from nothing; a blank paper and a pencil. The possibilities are endless, only limited by our own imagination. Reality is only a starting point for animating anything you can ever think of, because it makes no difference whether the sky is green or people can fly. Nonetheless every alternate world needs to have a certain familiarity, otherwise it would distract the viewer from the main story. As a result most anime take place in the world as we know it, only altered slightly when it is interesting for the story. Call me escapist, but I prefer it when they stear away as far as possible from reality. Flying islands, spider shaped castles and shuriken galaxies. They should exist.

Let’s enter the top 20…

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3 Weeks Japan – Day 1

May 13, 2010

Welcome to Tokyo 22/03

The most crucial thing for traveling Tokyo must be the Yamanote train line. Like a big transmutation circle it connects the most important places in town, with short intervals and a highly adventurous rush hour. Our gateway to the holy Yamanote is Ueno station, a 20 minute walk from our hotel. Next to the station is Ueno Park, the only large piece of greenery in this part of Tokyo. It’s also home to the national museum, the city zoo and some other museums and historic sites.

Search the sakura

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All 50 Approved – Teach me – 25-21

May 13, 2010

After all these years I’m not sure whether I like japan because of what it is, or because it’s an imposed feeling after consuming too much anime. Things like japanese history, food culture or religion are not really my cup of tea, but lots of series have awoken my interests in these things and even more obscure stuff like mahjong. Is it because the small hints at these things make me curious for more? Or is it because I feel a little frustrated when I miss the meaning of something out of ignorance?  I often put my episode on hold and dive in google or wikipedia for more information. Who ever said cartoons are not educational?
Number 25 is a perfect example of this; my next batch of favourite anime..

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3 Weeks Japan – Prologue

May 11, 2010

For this new big project I started translating the travel notes I gathered while traveling Japan last month. It’s my way to reflect and reminisce on my adventures in het land of the rising sun. A bunch of stories and pictures about a land full of opposites and contrasts. Views on history and technology, strange habits and uniformity, fashion and temples, gyaru and otaku. I hope you’ll enjoy it. Read the rest of this entry »

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B Gata H Kei is textbook shoujo

May 10, 2010

This weekend I started watching B Gata H Kei, a new series about a high school girl aiming to have 100 sex partners. You might conclude this will be another brainless ecchi show, but it’s actually quite refreshing. My verdict after the first 5 episodes would be that it’s engaging, surprisingly romantic and with a lot of great comedy. In fact, it’s a smart new concept: shoujo in ecchi disguise.

Don't be misled by the thong, look at the bubbles!

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