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Posted by tai on Nov 24, 2008 under Administration

Finally, no more ranting on other people’s blogs. I swear I was suffering from withdrawal or something. Apparently there was a security hole in our PHP somewhere and someone from Brazil hacked us and tried to use our server for illegal purposes. Luckily, the database is unharmed and so restoring TsundereStorm was as easy as copying the wordpress files back in. If anyone notices any strange errors, please let me know (I know that Unicode characters are not showing up properly). Lucky for me I have text files of each post’s raw so I should be able to restore most of them like that. I’m going to be slowing down my posting as I’m working on v1.0 layout, and trust me, it’s going to be OH!own.


a new approach to online team collaborative projects
Posted by tai on Nov 19, 2008 under Discourse, Research, Special

Every person, group, company, territory, has a particular way of doing things. Most of us have our own system on how to handle things. Leaving post-it notes, keeping a PDA of daily to-do lists, putting an elastic band around our wrist, setting random alarms, and so forth, are all ways of getting things done, and help fight against forgetfulness and procrastination. Most likely we don’t even think twice about our personal procedures, but when different people with different methodology start collaborating with each other it is necessary to set guidelines on the exact procedures and protocols for all the tasks involved in the projects at hand.

I’m being hosted under BWYS, a scanlation group: They take Japanese manga (comics), translate it into English, and release it online. My friend is the leader of the group and since they would be animanga fans like I am, I joined their IRC channel for some social while closeting away on my computer. However, I was (and still am) much more into audio/video than illustration; I didn’t really have that much background in manga, especially compared to the members of BWYS who work with manga on a daily basis. But I knew Photoshop well and soon I started typesetting and editing for them, and with that I started learning the specific procedure we go through to prepare a raw file into a final release. Most members, having practiced this methodology for quite some time, don’t have much criticism on the system, but I being newer to the scene have a lot of thoughts on the system we use, from both general-workplace and scanlation viewpoints.
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gangs and the theatre club
Posted by tai on Nov 17, 2008 under Anime, Clannad, Discourse

Misae’s arc has now concluded and we move on to the next supporting character Yukine Miyazawa. All the moonwalk-characters in the ED have now been introduced to us, and I take this as a sign that After Story will return to the original characters; Tomoya and Nagisa most importantly. I personally am getting a bit weary of these two-episode mini-arcs that, albeit being touching nonetheless, don’t really fit into the grander scheme. But back on topic:

Yukine is a no-bias humanitarian figure who will never fail to care for anyone regardless of their history. She is reputable between both dominating clans, and is seen as a mothering figure. If you haven’t noticed already, one of the biggest themes in Clannad is the need and result of having a family. Tomoya moved out because he was having problems with his father, Nagisa had that incident where her parents reformed themselves for her sake, Kotomi is orphaned, Tomoyo was on the verge of having a broken family, and now we find out that Yukine is assuming a parent-like role for her brother and his entire gang. The theatre club is just a family within the student body as a substitute or supplement to their blood family; the members aren’t there for the theatre but for each other.

Likewise, with a gang, they aren’t there for the fights or parties, but for each other. It’s natural for different groups of people to have disputes with each other regardless of whether we call them “gangs” or not; the Theatre Club had a conflict with the Music Club over the issue of the teacher-supervisor. Gangs are generally comprised of male members, and males are generally less sensitive and easily aggravated, so they are more prone to physical solutions. Regardless, disputes, physical or not, are the main reason why people join hands and team up, and the way these disputes are resolved is what strengthens or weakens the bonds between the members. With Yukine’s brother in the hospital, Yukine is the keystone for her brother’s gang as a primary caregiver and role model, much like how Tomoya was the key member to the theatre club during its founding days.

Currently, the theatre club has no particular figure of dominance, and judging by the next episode preview when Yukine’s monarchist gang runs into leadership issues we will learn why an even-authority status is best in family relationships. It’s my bet that Tomoyo Sakagami will play a big part in this arc due to her experience with gangs and family problems, and that she and Yukine will be on anything but good terms with each other.


some ideas I have floating around
Posted by tai on Nov 17, 2008 under Administration

This is just a little update to remind myself and inform you of future upcoming changes and content.

First off, regarding this layout, as I had predicted it is slowly becoming more and more cramped. The second scrollbar on the right nav menu is an indication that I need to re-think my layout. I will still aim to have a classic-style fixed layout with tsundere win, but unclutter it by some magical solution I have not yet thought of. I am really liking layouts where I can put “headliners” and stuff (like Yukan and OH!), since that will help prevent my individual articles from being shadowed by my regulars. (and regulars from being shadowed by my administrative posts, scroll below for some Clannad >__>

Secondly, regarding Mouryou no Hako, I did state that it would be a weekly department and I wish I could follow up on that, but no subs have been released past episode 4. I could blog up to ep. 4 but for a series like this I would prefer to have some viewing margin just so I can better address issues and help steer the reader’s opinion in the right direction.

And lastly, here is a list of some stuff that I may be doing in the future:

  • Toradora – This is being heavily blogged but I am enjoying this series much more than I thought i would be. And no, it’s not just because of Rie × tsundere.
  • True Tears – I marathoned this last week and quite enjoyed it. I am thinking of posting a review and some commentary about its level-2 elements, which brings me to:
  • My “level” classification system, a personal dichotomy I use to categorize anime (and other media)
  • Some notes about scanlation methodology.
  • I may pick up an older series and blog about it on an episode-by-episode basis. I feel like I’m not watching enough this season…

shima katsuki = master
Posted by tai on Nov 12, 2008 under Anime, Clannad, Commentary

At first, there was nothing much about this episode that really piqued my blogging impulse, hence the delay on this post. However, upon developing this post, I found myself getting more and more engrossed in Misae and Shima’s history. It’s nice to see how important Shima is to Misae and why she’s still caught up over it this many years down the road; it’s even nicer to know exactly why everything happened.

So, I figured out who Shima really is and why things went down the road they did. Please take a look at the following quote:

I finally remembered. I’m not Shima Katsuki. That was the name of the person dearest to me. We spent much time together, and he left me with his last wish.
Shima Katsuki; Episode 06 12:17

So the Shima we see is only naming himself after the one dearest to him. So who is that real Shima?

Master. Master. My current master is not the same as you, but she’s a very kind person. But she makes me worry at times. Was I able to achieve the goal? Was I able to achieve the promise we made? Now, it’s been too long ago, and I can’t remember. But right now, I want to remain like this. Please allow me to be with her forever.
Shima Katsuki; Episode 06 21:17

So the master of the cat was the real Shima Katsuki. And about this promise the two made? We have to backtrack to the previous episode to answer that:

Listen well. This charm has a light in it .It’s a light that grants any one wish. You will take this and go to her. And you will grant her wish. Do you understand?
Master Shima; Episode 05 11:16

This is the quote that Master Shima told the cat. But how did this unknown person know Misae, and why did he want to grant her and only her wish?

It was back when I was in elementary school. I think you were going to the hospital to visit your mother. When you went, you cheered my up when you found me in the hospital’s courtyard. You don’t remember this? I was in a wheelchair with a cat on my lap.

I remember now. But I didn’t do anything. We only spoke for a bit.

That’s not true. You really cheered me up.

What exactly did I say?

Um… I forgot. But I really am grateful to you. That’s why I want to return the favour.
Shima and Misae; Episode 05 13:43

After acquiring a temporary human form, the cat got close enough to Misae to hear her wish, but the charm was empty. Since he couldn’t remain human forever, he continues now as a cat to fulfill his promise with the real Shima to grant Misae’s wish. And afterwards, Misae was forcing herself to disbelieve that the cat was the boy she loves, until Tomoya told her otherwise. Now that she knows and accepts this she can finally move forward to find happiness down another path.