I just had to do it…
After waiting for weeks dying to see another Kyoto Animation’s Key adaptions after Clannad ~After Story~ was finished weeks ago, I finally received my Air TV Boxset… which I had to wait because it wasn’t released until late April.
You might be wondering, why would you watch something that is 5 years old… Well, if you haven’t know about the history of Kyoto Animation and Key… thats the reason because basically they revolutionize how Visual Novels are adapted to TV because they are faithful to the original source material which others didn’t care about. Thats why Toei’s Kanon was largely forgotten due to it’s poor animation in 2002… Also, I became interested after watching Kanon 2006 remake in late December and wanting to watch Air ever since.
Now for the unboxing pics…
While browsing the internet, I found sheet music for Don’t be “lazy” at josh’s anime music collection (also I mentioned this on Twitter)… Although I can play piano, I’m still rusty since I haven’t played for awhile, so I always put the midi files into Garageband to see how it sounds like for real (not some crappy midi synthesizer)…
Don’t be “lazy” sounds just as awesome on the piano… and we know how insanely popular this song is… but I also want to share how it would sound like on the piano (screencast below):
If you really have the urge to play Don’t be “lazy” for weeks, just follow the link to the sheet music: http://bit.ly/16o0Zu
So what you think about K-ON’s music. Do you like it or not? ¶
I have been reading the Top 5 overrated anime thread at AnimeSuki Forums, and now coming to the realization of people listing anime they don’t like “overrated” without any real justification which is the most of the people who list overrated anime with no reason or a reason which is not justified enough.
Let’s say calling any anime series “overrated” is overrated because simply, it’s just another way to say you hate the series you watched… Why not just say dislike or hate instead of using overrated?
Why am I calling anime series “overrated” overrated… I feel that most fans are missing the point of calling a series overrated just the reason for not liking it. Overrated means something is overhyped, overcredited, and usually very popular. It’s just like calling a series like “Clannad” with a small fanbase overrated just because you don’t like that genre or not in your taste… it’s completely asinine. However, calling a series like Bleach or Naruto overrated due to it’s popular and very high fanbase is justified. (maybe not Haruhi since it’s overhyped…)
Before posting your list of overrated anime… think to yourself first… Are you doing it because you hate/dislike a series that have a small fanbase and is regarded as a masterpiece by most due to it’s good storyline, character development, animation, etc? or you watched a popular series which is highly rated and you don’t think it’s that good (in a case of Naruto). ¶
After reading a blog post about anime elitism… how about now? Does Anime Elitism still exists in the year 2009?
Unfortunately yes… it still exist at the same level… Why? It gotten worse…
What is Elitism?
Dictionary Def: a person who believes that a system or society should be ruled or dominated by an elite. (from the Oxford American Dictionary)
The term anime elitist is similar to any kind of elitist… They are just as bad… labeling anime they don’t seem to be in the line of taste and call it “overrated”, especially anime that needs a lot more understanding like most serious and deeper stories like ef series, any of Key’s anime adaptation, etc. I am starting to feel that people are simply calling anime overrated because they seem to have a strong dislike or it’s not within their taste which in my opinion isn’t justified unless there is a very good reason.
Overrated anime is supposed to be in the line of being overhyped and overcredited, which mainly applies to shows like Naruto and Bleach, which have very high popularity, but the content is not.
Also, anime elitist seems to bash dubs and saying that the original voices are superior and complain about any changes. While most people won’t mind, they seem to overblown the poor quality of dubs due to the bad perception of 4KIDs dubs which they don’t dub anime anymore. Although the perception of dubs are poorly perceived, some series that have dubs have decent ones.
Content, Storyline, Character Development, and etc matters… no matter of which Genre.
No genre is inferior to the other. It’s common belief that many people say that harem genre is inferior to something like mecha… but you got to understand that every genre have a amount of well acclaimed series because of the content, animation, etc opposed to a poorly done one in the same genre. It usually depends on production values, where the content originally came from, and also the production. Without one of them, the series most likely won’t be well perceived.
Fandom and Elitism… do they mix?
Are you always annoyed by Haruhiists, Naruto and Bleach fans saying that their anime is superior than your favorite anime… If so, you are not alone. There always a lot of people who complain about these rabid fanboys/fangirls due to the fact they want you to accept it. Unfortunately, in the end, it ends up having a negative effect on the fandom… Even well done anime can be labeled as overrated due to the fact of the rabid fanboys/fangirls of a very popular series and their annoyance.
Why do I mention Haruhiism… If you haven’t read several posts about them complaining and bashing about Kyoto Animation doing anything other than Haruhi Season 2 (for example: Kanon and Clannad), you most likely know why..
Don’t get me wrong, I do like Haruhi, but sometimes the rapid fanboys/fangirls of the series can be annoying.
In the end, elitism is never a good thing because it hurts your creditability and also your reputation. Anime is something that all fans of anime should enjoy and fans should spend more time enjoying and have friendly discussion rather than bashing each other’s anime without any good justification.
So, what is your opinion on anime elitism? Do you think it’s annoying or not?[poll id=”3″]Poll closes on May 8, 2009 at 11:59 PM EDT ¶
Since the poll is pretty much finish, I decided to close it a bit early.
The results weren’t surprising at all. Most of the readers voted Don’t say “lazy” as their favorite K-ON! album song while 1 person voted for Cagayake GIRLS and one person don’t know what is K-ON! is.
Next poll will be posted this Saturday. ¶
Like with both seasons of Clannad, TBS seems to shaft the animation and only show it in 4:3 which make the animation rather disappointing … After Clannad went widescreen several weeks later, the results were awesome.
With K-ON!, it’s no exception… the animation improved tenfolds in Widescreen compared to 4:3. Comparison shots below:
After messing with the theme files for WicketPixie 1.1.2 for one hour in Espresso trying to make the banner view correctly, make it XHTML Transitional valid, and some various tweaks, it’s finally here just in time for Spring.
New Features in the Anime Blog:
TweetThis: You will be able to share any of the anime posts posted here on Twitter, providing you have a twitter account. Make sure you follow this blog’s Twitter account for the latest anime updates
New look: No more white boxes on the side, now seamlessly integrates with the sidebar. Also, there are new buttons to subscribe to this blog and go to this blog’s Twitter account.
Other internal changes: There are changes under the hood that only I can use, including the ability to edit posts directly without going through a list of posts, customizable home page (disabled since I want to use the default WordPress layout), and various customization options without editing the code.
Otherwise, there isn’t that much drastic changes in the theme. I’m hoping to work on a new banner soon so it would be rotating. The WicketPixie theme is still in beta, so if there is something buggy, please contact me ASAP so I can try to fix it. ¶