Random Curiosity

Inukami! – 21

Summary:
The animals and Inukami peer out in fear from the woods.

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August 31, 2006 at 8:44 pm Comments (16)

ZEGAPAIN – 22

Summary:
With Shima rapidly losing his arm, Shizuno take the controls from Minato and gets to work saving him.

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August 31, 2006 at 6:18 pm Comments (25)

School Rumble Ni Gakki – 20

Summary:
This act starts out with Karen’s brother, Kousuke pestering a very tired Karen while she is brushing her teeth.

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August 31, 2006 at 3:04 am Comments (14)

NANA – 21

Summary:
Hachi is very nervous to be inside Takumi’s car.

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August 30, 2006 at 7:09 pm Comments (16)

Ouran High School Host Club – 22

Summary:
At the Kasanoda dojo, 2 lines of gangsters greet the young leader of the yakuza – Kasanoda Ritsu, Ouran High School first year D class – to go to school, shouting things like “Good morning young master, have a good day at school.”

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August 29, 2006 at 9:05 pm Comments (32)

Well, I suppose it is time for my introduction…

Well, since some of the other new contributors for this blog have posted their introductions, I guess it is time for me to post mine. For the moment I will be in charge of providing summaries of the series School Rumble Ni Gakki for all of you out in the blogosphere. I likely won’t have very detailed descriptions on the air dates of them, as I sort of can parse through raw anime episodes, and have a general sense of what is going on, but not exactly specifics. Might as well provide a slight bit of background information about myself, just so you can tell where I am coming from, currently a college student, much like our lead Omni here, and in a degree for Computer Systems Engineering. My 3 loves in the world are Computers, Linux, and Anime. Yes, I am very much a Linux geek, though I have no problem at all watching the episodes, actually my environment is a bit more uniform than Windows is, but I won’t open up that can of worms. I can be very opinionated in things that I am passionate about, but also for the most part am neutral about most things. A bit about my viewing habits, my favorite genres are comedy and romance, so I may pick series that coincide with my viewing preferences. Likely what I will be doing, at least for school rumble, is the following:

– Will be putting out a sort of general summary from a raw that I can get a hold of, likely not many specifics, but I will do my best to make sense of it.

– After a subtitled version comes out, update the summary to be more specific in the happenings of the episode

I will be known as Judge on this blog, it is one of my nicknames, though the name that I use for most things online is the handle JDGBOLT, partially because it is what I started with, and partially out of necessity, as Judge would likely be a common handle, and I dislike having numbers in my name. My primary email address is jdgbolt@*nospam*gmail.com, and I can also be reached that way with google talk, though should it become too much of a hassle, I may go offline, but I am usually online for the most part. So feel free to contact me if you have any questions of comments, or just feel like chatting. Hope to get along with all of you individuals and that you will at least accept what I have to say. Well, here is hoping to a great time blogging about anime!

Judge

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August 29, 2006 at 1:56 pm Comments (30)

Introduction Post

Hi everyone, if you have noticed the last Blood+ update posted by Omni, you might have noticed that I’m the new guy who wrote the overtly long summary as a sample for Omni’s reference.

From today onwards, I will be part of Omni’s team in delivering your weekly dose of Inukami! summaries. Hopefully my future write-ups on these summaries would be of a pleasant read for everyone, besides aiding everyone in catching up to the latest update of the series.

Generally, my blogging style would be highly similar compared to our big boss over here, Omni. My pace won’t be as fast as him though, but i would try my best to update as soon as I can. Hopefully as time passes by I would be able to catch up on the pace and deliver quality updates in a timelier manner.

All thanks to Omni for giving me the pleasure to blog at this wonderful site.

Kenn1911

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August 29, 2006 at 1:05 pm Comments (22)

New Girl on the Blog

Hi everyone! As you all should know, Omni is back and is going to continue blogging despite his school schedule. We’re all happy that he’s back, but he would like some help, and that’s what I’m here for. As of right now, I will be blogging Honey & Clover, so I hope I can do a good job for all the H&C fans out there! Sadly, I’m not fluent enough in Japanese to be able to give you blogs on raws, and because of this I’ll have to rely on subs. I will try to my hardest to get the subs as fast as I can and watch them so I can give you guys a summary. I’m sort of new on this whole blogging thing but I will do my best and I hope you will all enjoy it.

-Naakay

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August 29, 2006 at 12:34 pm Comments (31)

Blood+ – 46

Summary:
In the distant past, Saya and Hagi were sitting on a train when she asked him if he still remembered the incident that happened at the zoo, and whether all these things were caused by her blood.

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August 29, 2006 at 4:07 am Comments (51)

Strawberry Panic! – 22

Summary:
Kaname corners Hikari in the woods again, but this time Hikari calls Kaname cowardly.

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August 28, 2006 at 9:56 pm Comments (80)

Utawarerumono – 22

Summary:
Hauenkua leads a group to attack Hakuoro’s castle.

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August 28, 2006 at 6:29 pm Comments (76)

Zero no Tsukaima – 09

Summary:
Under the influence of the potion, Louise doesn’t even want Saito to leave her side to do the laundry because she thinks he’s going to see another girl.

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August 27, 2006 at 3:35 pm Comments (39)

Random Musings – KimiNozo Haruka

Really quick news item:
There was an announcement on the official Age Soft website about the decision to make another Kimi ga Nozomu Eien anime. This time it’s apparently going to be the “Haruka Route.” The reason I say “was” is because the announcement image (seen at right) was up on their site for reportedly only three hours before it was replaced by the Mitsuki birthday image that’s currently up. There’s no other news about it at this point, though I am hearing a lot of people wondering why they’re doing more KimiNozo before they animate MuvLuv.
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August 27, 2006 at 2:55 pm Comments (30)

Random Curiosity v4.0

Welcome to Random Curiosity version 4.0!

This site is now powered by Wordpress 2.0.4, and the theme has been changed to Water, created by The Undersigned. This is a much more minimalist theme than the previous Boredom! , but I rather like it. Some of you may recognize that the header image is Louise Françoise de La Baume Le Blanc de La Vallière from Zero no Tsukaima – specifically, it’s an image from the second novel.

But I’m sure the question on everyone’s minds is what I’m doing transforming this site after I went on my “Break.” The answer is simple: I’ve been incredibly bored. The first week of school has been relatively uneventful and so I’ve been sitting around twiddling my thumbs for most of this time. I did manage to finish Xenosaga III, and that’s partially what motivated me to work on this. That game had such a great ending that I really wanted to blog about it, but I felt like I couldn’t because I had put this site on hiatus. In retrospect, my mistake was probably thinking that it was better not to write anything at all rather than to cut back on the writing.

Anyway, I am back now, but in a limited form: I am both cutting back on what I write about and how much I write. In other words, less series and shorter entries, though it depends on the show and how much free time I have on any given day (for example I doubt my Blood+ entries will get any shorter). Some shows may just get screencaps along with a few summary points and my initial thoughts. I can’t say yet what shows I’ll still be writing about and what I won’t be; it’ll all depend on how my schedule for these next few weeks works out. In addition, I won’t be making up for everything that I missed – think of it as me literally having taken a break/vacation for the past week. And the warning here is that as the months progress, entries may or may not become sparse. Basically there are no guarantees for anything like there was before. I still really don’t know how much time I’ll need to be spending on my classes and my research work yet, but it’s probably going to be a lot. Still, the point is that I have free time right now that’s completely going to waste, and I hate sitting idly with nothing to do.

I also realized that it would probably be best for the site and my readers if I didn’t do this alone anymore. So, if you’ve wanted to write about anime and you think you have the time & motivation, then consider this an opportunity to blog on a site that has an established readership in the tens of thousands. I’m going to be a bit lenient on language skill, so if you really are a good writer with a lot of time & motivation, I won’t necessarily ask you to write about raw anime. Interested? Send me an email (see the Contact Me page). Please include a sample entry on the series of your choice: no screencaps needed, just a write-up – you could follow my format and do a summary + thoughts, or you could do something creative. Surprise me. :)

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August 27, 2006 at 12:01 am Comments (157)

Random Curiosity – 1056 (END…?)

Back when I had surgery in mid-June, I had taken a few days off from blogging even after I had gotten back from the hospital. During those days, I thought a lot about what I was doing and the future of this site. It was a struggle about whether or not continuing to write was worth the time and effort.
Taking my personal life out of the equation for a second, I have to explain that for me, running a site like this has had its ups and downs. On one hand, I love introducing people to the latest and greatest bleeding-edge stuff. I’ve always said that my favorite times of the year are at the beginnings and ends of seasons. Finales are exciting because they are the culmination of so much time and emotion invested into a series, but even more exciting for me is exploring new shows and then being able to share my thoughts with a community of people. And aside from anime, I also love talking about the newest music videos or whatever crazy thing the Japanese variety shows are airing.
On the other hand, however, blogging does take a lot of time. The advice I always give to new bloggers is to not write summaries unless you’re really really motivated because there’s nothing that will kill your interest faster in blogging than that. For me personally, I didn’t mind so much because I was both highly motivated and I had plenty of time to kill. But just like everything else, there were times when I hated writing summaries (such as almost every week of Fate/stay night) and times when I just couldn’t write them fast enough because of how much I wanted to tell people what happened (the latter half of Mai-Otome is a good example of this).
However, I’m at a point now that I don’t have quite as much motivation and I definitely don’t have much time. In those days after I had my surgery, I had decided not to stop and instead to continue blogging until I went back to school. Well, today is finally that day – the first day of my final year of college. I have a lot of work ahead of me, especially since I’m going to be applying for graduate school soon. Still, that alone wouldn’t have stopped me. The truth is that I really just feel like I need to take a break from blogging. I’ve felt this way for a while now and the school factor is what made that day today.
Does this mean that I’m quitting for good? Probably not. I’ve been blogging for some four years now (not all on this site), and so I can say with almost 100% certainty that I’ll be back to doing it again eventually. But how long that “eventually” turns out to be, I don’t know. It could be a week, it could be a month, or it could be a year. I also don’t know if I’ll come back to this site, some new anime site, or even a site on a completely different topic.
What I do know is that Random Curiosity is the most successful site I’ve ever created. To put it in numbers, I’ve written 1056 posts which have gotten a total of 19,680 comments. This site averages about 18,800 visits/51,000 page views per day, and during this past July, it logged around 147,000 unique visitors, amounting to over 300GB of bandwidth used during that period. It’s thanks to Maestro that this site exists with AnimeBlogger‘s free hosting, and it’s thanks to the support of the community and thanks to readers like you that this site became this popular.
In closing, I have to say that while writing this entry, I felt the urge to scrap the entire post and rethink all of this at least three times. But for now, I really am going to take a break. And so, to each and every one of you who reads and relies on this site, I’m sorry. Who knows, maybe I’ll find myself longing to blog again when next season starts or maybe even sooner, but there’s no way I can guarantee that.
All I can say now is つづく…? (To Be Continued…?)

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August 21, 2006 at 3:41 am Comments (385)

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