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Otaku Rants

Unlimited TYPE-MOON Works

Panel Title: Unlimited TYPE-MOON Works (SC-13) Presenter: Philip Peng (Keripo) Location: Sakura-con 2015, Panel 4 (4C-4) Time: Sunday, April 5th 2015, at 1:45PM – 2:30PM Description: Finished watching this season’s Fate/stay night and craving for more? Or ever wondered why there are so many different Sabers and where they did they all come from? And who is this Nasu guy anyway? Join us for a whirlwind tour of TYPE-MOON’s anime adaptations, games, books, visual novels, and spin-offs. Kara no Kyoukai, Tsukihime, Fate, Mahou Tsukai no Yoru, and everything else to do with the Nasuverse. Downloads – Unlimited TYPE-MOON Works V2.pptx …

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Maid Cafes in the USA

Yesterday, a friend of mine living in New York linked me to a new maid cafe (website here) opening in downtown Chinatown. While I’ve been to Japanese maid cafes in my previous travels, I’ve yet to visit a permanent one in the US. Which got me thinking, why? And yet, I also knew the answer; Japanese-style maid cafes cannot be successful businesses in the US. And here’s my long rant about why. Cute maids at the newly opened Maid Cafe NY

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The World of Hatsune Miku

This is an essay I wrote while in university, titled “The World of Hatsune Miku – A brief overview of the VOCALOID phenomena”. The complete PDF version of this can be found here. Published under CC BY-NC-SA. Just under 6 years ago, while wandering around the somewhat unknown video-sharing website called YouTube, I came across an interesting 3D animated music video: The first YouTube reprint of the 3DPV for Miku Miku ni Shite Ageru? / “【初音ミク】3DみくみくPV” It caught my interest because not only was the 3DCG pretty impressive (this was still during the time when Flash animations were still popular) …

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A Look At Top Anime, Now and Then

This was a weekly discussion topic post I made for my language studies class, EALC 169: Advanced Japanese Popular Culture (i.e. the anime studies and analysis class). The original topic was the discussion of the book, Beautiful Fighting Girl by Tamaki Saito. The following is a rant comparing the top voted animes of 1997 and 2011 and how Saito’s “beautiful fighting girl” theory fits in (or doesn’t) today.

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