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calm, pastoral ambience
Posted by tai on Apr 3, 2009 under Audio, Commentary, Featured, Special

You have most likely heard of the popular Korean MMORPG Ragnarok Online, and many of you have probably played it at some point or another. I would like to bring attention to the sequel of that game, Ragnarok Online 2. Also produced by Gravity, Ragnarok Online 2 was to be another of their flagship games. It features the world of Ragnarok in full 3d, with new monsters, multiple playable races, but most importantly for this review, an OST composed by Yoko Kanno. She composed about 90 tracks for this game, which was first released to the public in 2006 in the Korean closed beta.

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RO² Prontera 2

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The place where wishes come true

This entry covers the closing episodes of Clannad After Story. I will probably do one last shorter entry for my overall thoughts and opinions, but first I need to set the story straight. I’ll give you a forewarning that this entry is extremely long. A PDF version is being prepared.
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give me a NORMAL smile, i'm trying to take a photo!
Posted by tai on Mar 20, 2009 under Commentary, Only an Otaku

This is a new mini-department I’m starting. It’s for situations that just scream “otaku!!”
I won’t be ripping stuff off the web; I’ll use my own photos, creations, illustrations, experiences, etc.

I ordered this custom Nokia 7310 last week. It’s a Europe-only promotion so I’m having my UK friend bring it back to me during his summer break.

Kyou Fujibayashi + Ryou Fujibayashi + pantsu + bed = win

Kyou Fujibayashi + Ryou Fujibayashi + pantsu + bed + phone = win

It ships with some additional backplates, so I can swap a more “normal” one on for more professional situations. If you’d like to give it a try, this is the website where you can create and order your own custom designs: http://83.150.66.193/Campaigns/UK/build.html

While on the topic of Clannad, I have finished drafting a giant entry explaining my interpretation of the plot and sequence of the entire Clannad TV series. After I watch the special and get some feedback from my friends, I will post it in both web and PDF formats. As it stands now it’s a massive 3,500 word seven-page entry.

Any suggestions as to what strap, what background, what ringtones, etc. I should put on the phone?


clannad after story 14-16
Posted by tai on Mar 16, 2009 under Anime, Clannad, Discourse

I just recently got a solid connection to the net, so at last I can start catching up on all the anime I’ve missed the past two months. Obviously, the first thing I started catching up on was Clannad.

Clannad has taken quite a big turn from the standard visual novel genre, as I watch on it seems to be shifting towards those Korean dramas where peoples’ lives grow and fade intermittently. The characters and we, the audience, are caught between emotions. The coinciding uncertainty as to whether one should smile or cry is a very hazy emotion, yet Clannad is able to capture it spot on.

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However, as accurately as Clannad captures these emotions, I find it harder and harder to sympathize with the characters—the transition from love story to life story is leaving me behind in my youth. Unrequited love is something I am familiar with (and surely most others, too) and in the situations they presented to me my mind jumped through my past experiences and absorbed itself into the Clannad world. But as the story progresses from unrequited love to mutual love, from mutual love to marriage, and from marriage to family, the situation drifts farther away and I no longer have a vantage point from which I can get a clear, close view of the situation. It’s not necessarily a bad thing, but Clannad’s cohesion with my own life that was so eminent in the former parts slides ahead of me. It seems like these closing episodes will be something I will learn to understand over time, as I progress forward in my own life and gain the experiences necessary to make the connection. As it stands now, Okazaki & Co. have grown up ahead of me and show me how much more I have to go through.
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a step-by-step photoshop image guide
Posted by tai on Jan 14, 2009 under Special

In the process of collecting 1.07GB (1270 files) of high-quality animanga scans, wallpapers, and drawings, you come across a lot of junk. I don’t save the things I don’t like, but I’ve seen enough to be able to distinguish a Bad Wallpaper from a decent one. After a quick study, I discovered some common formulae used in the creation of a Bad Wallpaper, and now I present to you a step-by-step guided tutorial on how not to make an animanga wallpaper. Afterwards I’ll treat you to a (somewhat more decent) wallpaper I made for myself. So let’s get that Photoshop open and start cranking. (or just scroll to the bottom if you just want to see/download mine, cheapskate~)
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