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Random Musings – CODE GEASS News Overload Edition

  • There was a crapton of CODE GEASS news and spoilers that came out today courtesy of upcoming issues of Newtype and Animage, both of which feature the show on their covers. As you can see on the right, one of the big stories is that Newtype gave an official announcement that CODE GEASS was getting a sequel. Admittedly this was something that most of us had already treated as a forgone conclusion ever since December, but it’s good finally to see it in print. I’m gonna stay away from talking about all the spoilers, but if you really want to know, you can read about them here (a big kudos goes out to poster Celiss Galvea). However, I will say that I was very intrigued by the fact that Show Spoiler ▼

  • In other news, I’m getting really excited about the Spring 2007 season. I’ve started to compile a list of upcoming anime, and several have already caught my eye – Darker than Black, RomeoXJuliet, Shakugan no ShanaKaze no Stigma, Hitohira, Idolmaster XENOGLOSSIA, and the list goes on… There are also things like KOTOKO singing the opening to Hayate no Gotoku! and UVERworld singing the opening to Chikyuu he… that make me even more interested in those shows. In any case, the final list is going to be quite long, so please look forward to the full Spring 2007 preview, coming in a couple of weeks.
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    March 7, 2007 at 10:13 pm Comments (33)

    FreezeFrame: We Are What We Eat

    Ever crave something, then get exactly what you wanted?

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    March 6, 2007 at 1:32 am Comments (35)

    FreezeFrame: All-Star Memorability


    If you’re like me, you waited the whole year for the NBA All Star Weekend to come around – and while Friday and Saturday’s festivities were quite entertaining, were left a bit disappointed at the actual All Star game. There were moments – just a few brief moments – of excitement, but otherwise, the pace and excitement fell back as quickly as it had picked up. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, no problem, you didn’t miss anything besides LeBron embarrass himself with a failed off-the-backboard dunk attempt.

    Anyways, I was bored to the point where I started thinking about the all stars in the current anime season. Yeah, the game was that bad.

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    February 20, 2007 at 1:47 am Comments (30)

    Byousoku 5 Centimeter – 01

    During one spring in elementary school, Shinohara Akari had told her friend Toono Takaki that sakura petals fall at a speed of five centimeters per second.

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    February 19, 2007 at 12:30 am Comments (54)

    FreezeFrame: Rationalizing Lunar Bunnies

    This would make a nice figure... o wait...

    Four years ago, I was into stuff like the South Park, Futurama, maybe some Friends and Seinfeld once in a while. Sure, I knew about anime – I grew up watching Ranma and Kimagure Orange Road – but if you told me that four years later I’d be speaking Japanese and saying stuff like “fight-o! da yo” or “sonna koto iu hito kirai desu!” I’d probably think you’re crazy and go back to watching Yu-Gi-Oh reruns on the WB.

    Ara ara, how people change.

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    February 10, 2007 at 10:19 pm Comments (28)

    BENNIE K – 1001 Nights PV

    While I usually don’t talk about music that’s not from an anime or a drama, BENNIE K is one of those groups I really enjoy to listening to – I would even call them one of my favorites. That being said, I actually wouldn’t have even realized BENNIE K was releasing another song if it wasn’t for the MTV PV schedule that listed the video multiple times starting yesterday. In any case, 1001 Nights is the pair’s latest song, and as the name suggests, it has an Arabian flair. The PV gave me a very bad feeling at the start because of the cheesy introduction narration in English (“In a time long ago, when magical carpets and powerful genies existed, an ordinary girl tries to enchant her king for 1001 nights…”), however the song then proceeded to impress me a lot, including all of YUKI‘s vocal parts and how CICO ended it. Both of them look stunning in this video, and it was helped out by some good CG and beautiful land and sky-scapes.

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    February 10, 2007 at 5:32 am Comments (4)

    FreezeFrame: Extreme Makeover Home-o Edition

    It's a Trap!!

    And so OtoBoku ended without much fanfare – nothing really happened besides a dance and some more blushed sighs of ecstasy – but it was consistently entertaining to the point that it left me satisfied, ending up in my “burn” pile rather than a reluctant trip to the recycle bin. As one that’s seen his fair share of hgame based animes, I knew I wasn’t in for much, but c’mon! It was the dazzling debut of the ultimate trap character! Couldn’t there have been some spectacular wardrobe malfunction in front of the whole school? Couldn’t Takako have abused her position of power to get…something extra? Since they’ve already contrived this crazy scenario with some estrogen-enhanced athletically-gifted academically-superior Pantene commercial-worthy guy reaching the upper echelon of an elite girl’s school worthy of Lobelia’s ranks (whew), why not take it all the way instead of just settling back into another typical sappy romance blushfest? Well, it didn’t turn out all that bad so I won’t complain – luckily we have another show to shift our focus to, one with no qualms about finishing what they started.

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    February 3, 2007 at 3:23 pm Comments (14)

    Random Musings – The New Server And Supporting Random Curiosity

    Since it went up about 24 hours ago, the new server has been working very well and I’ve been very happy with the results. We should hopefully now be able to avoid the downtime and poor loading that plagued the previous two weeks, at least for a long time to come. I really want to thank Mentar for helping us get the server and Maestro for spending so much of his valuable time helping set everything up. It’s because of Maestro that everything got transferred over relatively smoothly, so I’m really grateful. I also want to thank my friend Patrik for providing a spot to host images temporarily while we were going through that period. For those of you curious, Mentar was the one who suggested and helped us get a dedicated server out of Germany that was significantly cheaper than the American solutions we were looking at earlier. It should be more than enough to allow this site to grow several times over.

    That brings me to the second point of this entry. Instead of the $150 dollars I originally cited, the new server will cost 49 euros (~$63.28) a month. I’m delighted that it’s less expensive than I thought it’d be, but that’s still a hefty amount per month. Taking into considerations all the comments that everyone left when I talked about costs last time, the most reliable course of action was to add ads to the site. While I would have preferred to avoid them, the reality is that not everyone who wants to help out necessarily has the ability to send in a donation. I know this won’t make everyone happy – that includes myself – but I hope those of you who hate ads can try to overlook them. For those of you who love the site and still want to make a donation, I am indeed still holding a donation drive to help cover the costs since I’m not entirely sure how well the ads will do and since every little bit helps. I agree with all the people who said that asking for donations every month is a bad thing, so the goal of this drive will be to cover six months worth of costs. That’s a fairly lofty goal that I’m not sure we’ll meet, but that’s why we have the ads for support too. If you would like to make a donation, please visit AnimeBlogger’s Donation page .

    I’d like to once again thank everyone who visits the site. It’s because of you, the reader, that this site has been able to grow so much. There’s a lot to look forward to in the coming months, especially in the spring and fall seasons, so I hope that you’ll stay tuned.

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    January 29, 2007 at 1:37 am Comments (12)

    Server Move Complete

    The server move is now complete, although the DNS changes are still propagating out so some people will get sent to the old server. Those that do will see an error message about bad_httpd_conf. That’s normal, the old server isn’t setup to serve Random Curiosity any longer. (This was unavoidable.)

    I apologize for the move taking longer than we expected. We ran into problems with the DNS change, namely the old provider’s system glitched and wouldn’t remove the old DNS entries for several hours. (I had to submit a support ticket to finally get the old entries cleared out.) At one point both IP addresses (old and new servers) were being returned so you had about a 50% chance of getting the correct one. Now the authoritative DNS servers are all returning only the new server IP, but it will take a while for all of the DNS servers on the Internet to sync up. As I mentioned earlier the rule of thumb on this is up to 48 hours for changes to fully propagate. Most people will probably see the change sooner (much sooner), but some may take the full 48 hours.

    Comments have been turned back on so feel free to comment again. If you see any strangeness or something not working properly please let us know! We’ve tested the new setup and everything looks to be working but it’s always possible we missed something. :)

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    January 28, 2007 at 1:05 am Comments (25)

    Server Move In Progress

    Hey folks, just a quick note:
    The server move is in progress RIGHT now. All commenting will be turned off until it’s complete (shouldn’t take too long).

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    January 27, 2007 at 3:23 pm Comment (1)

    Random Musings – The Current Situation

    As you’ve probably noticed, this site has been hit pretty hard with traffic last and this week – more than it’s ever been. Since the new year started, the numbers have been rising steadily, and this Thursday alone got about 24,000 visits, 145,000 page loads, and 2.4 million hits. The main problems right now are resource/CPU usage and maximum connections per period of time – the latter is the reason the site is giving all those “Service Temporarily Unavailable” messages. I, along with our friendly network administrator Maestro, have been considering moving us to a dedicated solution, but this would cost a lot more per month than either of us can afford.

    The two obvious ways to generate the money needed to keep this site running are ads and donations. If we were to run ads, most likely you’d find them on the sidebar and maybe right above the comments box. If we were to ask for donations, it would have to be a monthly thing. I’m not quite sure yet what the target would be, but a safe estimate would be about $150 per month. Running ads might be the most surefire way of getting to that amount, but I hate to do it because it goes against everything I stand for – you may have noticed that there have never been any ads on this site for the year and a half that it’s been up. That being said, I’m also uncomfortable running a monthly donation drive because it would mean that you the readers would have to pay out of your own pockets, and I’m afraid we might not always get that amount.

    Neither solution is particularly to my liking, but this site cannot stay as it currently is, so we’ll have to do something. All in all, I’m incredibly frustrated right now because I really don’t want to have to deal with any of this – I just want to blog.

    Comments/Suggestions/Solutions are always welcome, especially if you voted “Other” in the poll.

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    January 13, 2007 at 2:49 pm Comments (73)

    Site Overload

    The site was horribly overloaded yesterday, which has caused all the downtime in the past ~20 hours. If you’re having trouble viewing a page, try refreshing until it appears again. Please bear with me as I try to figure out what my options are.
    We seem to be fully back online now, thanks to the help of Matthew and DH tech support. You might notice that the Recent Posts and the Poll on the sidebar are gone at the moment – I’m doing a little testing to see their impact on CPU load. Hopefully I’ll be able to re-enable them tomorrow.

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    January 5, 2007 at 5:14 pm Comments (14)

    Random Musings – The Big Winter Break II Edition

    Come this time of year, most anime series take a week or two break (last year was no different). To clear up any lingering schedule uncertainties that you may have, here is a table of what’s airing and what’s not for shows that I’m currently blogging.

    Series This Week (12/25 to 12/31) Next Week (1/1 to 1/7) Following Week (1/8 to 1/14)
    Pumpkin Scissors Episode 13 on Monday No Episode Episode 14 on Monday
    D.Gray-man Episode 13 on Tuesday No Episode Episode 14 on Tuesday
    DEATH NOTE Episode 12 on Tuesday No Episode Episode 13 on Tuesday
    Negima!? Episode 13 on Wednesday Episode 14 on Thursday Episode 15 on Wednesday
    Bleach No Episode Episode 109 on Thursday Episode 110 on Wednesday
    Soukou no Strain No Episode No Episode Episode 10 on Wednesday
    Kanon Episode 13 on Thursday Episode 14 on Thursday Episode 15 on Thursday
    CODE GEASS No Episode Episode 12 on Thursday Episode 13 on Thursday
    Ayakashi Ayashi No Episode Episode 13 on Saturday Episode 14 on Saturday

    Please make particular note that Negima!? and Bleach will be airing episodes on Thursday, January 4th. They are being preempted from their normal Wednesday spots on January 3rd by an Enka New Year’s Special and then the Japan vs. Mexico Boxing Grand Prix. Unfortunately, this means that that particular Thursday will be completely hellish for me since it’ll be four shows on one day (maybe even five if I end up watching Saint October). And on that note, you can probably expect the Winter 2007 Shows Preview to go up sometime later this week.

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    December 25, 2006 at 6:51 pm Comments (12)

    The Best of Anime 2006

    With the end of 2006 almost upon us, here’s a look back at some of the best series this year had to offer. Also included at the end are the final results to the Reader’s Choice Poll.

    Disclaimer: These are purely my personal opinion based on the shows that I saw in the past year. For a show to qualify for consideration, it had to have met the requirements I outlined in the Reader’s Choice Poll. There is also a big spoiler for those of you who haven’t seen Canvas2 and still plan to do so, but hopefully that’s not many people.

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    December 25, 2006 at 12:01 am Comments (91)

    Reader’s Choice – Favorite Anime 2006

    The end of the year is always a good time to reflect on what we’ve seen these past four or so seasons. I’m still in the process of writing up my opinions on the Best of Anime 2006, but I was wondering what everyone else thought. And so, listed below are 99 series that aired in the year 2006 (plus “Other” at the very bottom to make an even 100). I have my suspicions on how people will vote, but I’m very curious to see how this really turns out. Choose your favorite and the winner will get included in next week’s post!

    Disclaimer – The methodology that I chose was to include series that:

  • Started in Fall of 2005 but aired the majority of its episodes in 2006. Examples: Mai-Otome, Blood+.
  • Started in Winter, Spring, or Summer of 2006.
  • Started in Fall of 2006 and aired the majority of its episodes in 2006. Examples: Soukou no Strain counts because it airs the majority of its episodes in 2006, even if it doesn’t completely finish until February because of large breaks. However, CODE GEASS does not count because it will have only aired 11 episodes by the end of this year. GEASS fans will have to wait for the second poll coming later this week on favorite Fall 2006 series.
  • Even with these requirements, there were still a few minor/kiddie/unpopular shows that I didn’t include. If for some reason you felt that Sasami Mahou Shoujo Club was the best series this year, then you can always vote under “Other.”

    Note: This poll will close Wednesday, December 20th, 2006 at 11:59 PM.

    The Reader’s Choice Poll is after the jump.

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    December 17, 2006 at 11:59 pm Comments (194)

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