Sword Art Online Season II First Impressions

Hey guys, here are my impressions on episode one of SAO II: Gun Gale Online. Not much happened in the first episode but I wanted to do a video anyway since there was quite a bit of hype surrounding season … Continue reading

Sword Art Online: Extra Edition Review

Hello everyone, I hope your new year is going well so far and today I’m super excited to review a  bonus episode of SAO that came out on New Year’s Eve. When I first watch SAO two years ago… I … Continue reading

Judgmental Otakus, The Rant…

Keep Calm and Watch Anime

So… have you ever experienced this?

Me: I really like “insert favourite anime here” \*v*/

Other Person: Ugh, why do you like THAT anime, it’s so stupid o_0

Me: But *insert favourite anime character here* is really awesome ._.””

Other Person: Ugh no. That anime is stupid. You’re stupid. =__=

Okay, maybe it doesn’t go down as melodramatic as this but it seriously does happen., and I’ve been in this awkward position. Casue seriously, how do you even respond to that? It’s like you’re judged by the fact that you like the colour blue while your “friend” likes the colour red. Why does my opinion even matter to you? If I want to fangirl over Eren and Attack in Titan just isn’t your cup of tea, don’t look at me like I’m a complete idiot. I will fangirl who I want to. I feel like there are a few circumstances where you might find yourself being judged for you like, or if not judged, at least given a few weird glances or eye-rolls.

1) Controversial Anime – and by controversial, I don’t mean an anime that addresses issues like abortion or euthanasia or any of that dark stuff. I’m talking about anime where the fandom is split RIGHT. DOWN. THE MIDDLE. Take Sword Art Online for example, that seems to be a big one since the anime finished in 2012 and still, you see Kiritos, Kiritos EVERYWHERE at conventions. There are some fans that absolutely love love love the series despite its flaws (cause let’s face it, every anime has flaws); then there are the fans who ONLY like the first part or ONLY the second part and an argument  friendly discussion ensues on some comment section when after fifty raging cap locks comments and then some off topic mentions of a cat video or something about religion, you decide that SAO is just GOOD and you leave it at that cause obviously you won’t convince that other internet stranger to change their mind even though you wasted two hours of your life trying to convince them otherwise.

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UtaPri 1000%2) Niche – Niche is actually a pretty wide department of selections, it can refer to a series that just has a strange plot premise and completely throws weird wild cards at you or it can refer to a series that’s directly targeted to a small specific viewership that already has a solid mini fanbase that will love the series no matter what. Otome is kinda like this – the main point of the stories is the romance elements. As an otome fan, you EXPECT there to be at least four guys chasing after one girl and you EXPECT the plot to follow or somewhat resemble the games you’ve already finishes and SORTA EXPECT the heroine to have a personality. In cases like Alice in the Country of Hearts or Haruka in Uta no Prince-sama, she’s great, she’s got her own goals and values – in other cases like Amnesia, when the heroine’s name is, well, you know, HEROINE and SHE HAS AMNESIA, she’s… not as great. Usually if you’re into niche genres or niche anime, only your fellow fangirls or fanboys will understand why you feel the need to collect twenty rubber straps of that ONE character while other people just look at you like you’ve gone insane.

BigFourShonenAnime3) What the People deem, “OVERRATED” – Most of us have probably been in this situation. Whether you follow the Big Four (One Piece, Naruto, Bleach, Fairy Tail) which have HUMONGOUS WORLDWIDE FANBASES or you follow something that just rages intensely over tumblr and facebook due to the anime’s recent release like Free! or Attack on Titan. There are going to be a few people who just rain on your fandom parade by saying, “It’s so overrated, it’s not even good.” – but let me ask you this – how is THE ANIME BAD if A LOT of people are watching it? There’s a grain of truth in every rumour and even every overrated fandom. I think my friend Haley put it best when she said, “I don’t think you should not watch an anime just because it’s overrated.” Simple statement, lot’s of meaning.

I guess the point I’m trying to make it is – WATCH WHAT YOU WANT. IF YOU LIKE IT, SCREW WHAT OTHER PEOPLE THINK.

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If you wanna watch a series about chocolate rivers with giant titans and singing turquoise-haired girls ALLLLLL IN ONE ANIME, GO AND DO IT – granted if they ever make something like that. But you know what I mean! At the end of the day, do what you want to do because you don’t want to lose out on a really great anime just because everyone tells you NOT to watch it and you don’t want to end up watching something you hate just cause EVERYONE tells you you’re not a “real” otaku if you haven’t seen it. Fangirl or fanboy over what you want. I’m 5 foot and relatively small, I’ve totally stood up to a six foot guy about why he should give Free! a try. Stand up for what you like, defend your favourite anime (don’t get into physical fights of course) but make your anime –pinions known to others and if your current anime friends don’t like what you want, sooner or later, other anime viewers who happen to appreciate the same stuff that you do will come along.

Well, that was a really long rant but I got out what I wanted to say. I hope you guys never come across judgmental otakus and even if you do, don’t let it get you down cause they have no right to dictate how much you love or don’t love an anime. I hope you guys liked this post, thanks for reading and special thanks to my friend Haley for that moment of inspiration for this rant.

if you want regular updates, you know how to follow.  Till next time!

– Cloudy

 

Log Horizon Episode 1-2 Rant

THANK THE GOOD GODS OF ANIME for giving us a video game themed series that has some depth and characters who are actually three-dimensional with individual personalities and their own histories. From what we can discern from the first two … Continue reading

FanExpo Canada 2013 Photography Part 2

Since I don’t edit much of my convention cosplay photography, the only difficult part is actually choosing the ones that go up on the site. Don’t worry though, no one was cut out! Here’s part 2 of the photographs taken on Saturday and Sunday. Saturday was INSANE! I’ve never seen so many people crammed into a convention centre before!

All these photographs are completely eating up my media space on the site but it’s totally worth it! I hope you guys like your photos. Check out “Behind the Lens” for more of my work and I am available for cosplay photoshoots or any other events that require a photographer. I’m usually back and forth between Toronto and Kingston. Just shoot me an email to littlecloudcuriosity@gmail.com if you need me!

To the girl who cosplayed as Nanami Haruka from my favourite anime- Uta no Prince-Sama, YOU ARE AWESOME!! You totally made my weekend and I would love to do a photo shoot of you! Please email me if you’re interested!

Also, I can’t believe someone actually cosplayed as Haru from Free! (I wonder if he jumped into the fountain outside for a swim…)

Star Wars Photo Shoot! (A compilation of photographs) Most epic gathering of cosplayers I have ever seen By the way, anyone spot Waldo in the photographs?

Additional photos of cosplayers and panelists that my dad took with his camera! (Yu Asakawa is so pretty in person!)

This is the last of the cosplay and general convention photography. Special panel reviews + photography will come soon. Please check my latest Cloudy Says post for the list of posts/features coming soon!

– Cloudy

What are you pondering today?

Composer Spotlight – Yuki Kaijura

11743Hi everyone! I hope you’re all well. I know I’ve been doing a lot of anime reviews focusing on the summer season new series so I’m going to try and put out some different otaku related content. Today I’m going to be introducing one of my favourite music composers – Yuki Kaijura.

Kaijura’s done solo albums, written insert music for anime, game music, anime score music and even produced albums. What made me really look into her biography was the anime soundtracks that I became addicted to after the anime. The soundtrack is such a significant factor in the anime because it sets the mood, it reinforces the emotions of the story and it overall strengthens the dramatic punch of the plot.

“She is me, and I am her. Our existence is both the same and different. Alice. That was the name we were given. Alice.”

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The first time I heard Kajiura’s music is in the Pandora Hearts soundtrack. The manga is one of my top favourites because the story is Alice in Wonderland-themed but the entire plot makes many twists and turns. The music is suspenseful, it’s dark but also hauntingly beautiful. My favourite song has to be Lacie. It’s so tragic and sad but also evokes a sense of nostalgia…

“If someone tells me it’s wrong to hope, I will tell them they’re wrong every time. I could tell them that countless times” – Madoka Kaname

The next two series are Puella Magi Madoka Magica and Sword Art Online. I watched both of them in the same year just as SAO was finishing its second season. Kaijura’s worked with Kalafina on multiple albums, one of which is called “After Eden” which was released in 2011. The track list included the insert song from Madoka, called “Magia.”

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“That sword… is the dream all warriors, past, present, and future hold as their deaths approach. A sad, exalted dream. She carries their will as her pride, bidding them to remain steadfast in their loyalty. Now, the undefeated king sings aloud the name of the miracle she holds in her hand. It’s name is…” “Excalibur!” – Irisviel von Einzbern and Saber

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fate-zero-ost1-lHave you guys seen Fate/Zero? Fate/Zero is the prequel to Fate Stay Night and tells the story of the fourth Holy Grail War in Fuyuki city. The score for Fate/Zero is both dynamic and forceful to illustrate the violence of the battles and filled with heartbreaking sentiment to reflect the sorrows that come with war as well as the stories of Heroic Spirits. Take the song, “The Beginning of the End,” there is something so forlorn about the tone, but still, you can hear a spell of hope that occurs within the sadness and you can’t help but feel a strong sense of determination and resolve at the conclusion of the song.

“A person is very strong when he seeks to protect something.” – Heathcliff

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Sword.Art.Online.full.1341607In Sword Art Online, Kaijura’s most recent work, I actually hear pieces of Fate/Zero and Puella Magi Madoka Magica styled into the anime’s score. Listen to “Survive the Swordland,” “We Have to Defeat it,” and “Luminous Sword” and you’ll get a sense of what I mean.

Aside from three of my favourite anime soundtracks that she’s worked on, she’s also worked on the closing theme and insert songs for Mobile Suit Gundam Seed and Destiny, songs for the whole .hack series, Baccano!, Black Butler (both season), Loveless, Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicles the Movie: Princess in Birdcage Kingdom and the list goes on.

“The best soundtrack music by-passes your mind and goes straight to your soul. It sort of trips something in your brain, you know you’re being transported.” – Cameron Crowe (Jerry Maguire, Almost Famous)

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I hope you guys enjoyed this feature. If you did, make sure you hit like and follow for me stuff that’s coming every day! Let me know in the comment what your favourite soundtracks are and whether or not you love Kaijura’s work as well! Thank you guys so much for reading and I will talk to you guys soon! Take care!

– Cloudy

What are you pondering today?

ANIME NORTH 2013!!!

Here are some photos that I took of the awesome cosplays I spotted at Anime North 2013! It was a pretty amazing three days and I don’t think I’m ready to return to the real world yet… there aren’t enough people with cat ears…

Can you name all the characters? 😉

– Cloudy

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Gosick Episode 1 Recap & Review

Hi everyone! Today I started watching Gosick! The anime is adapted from the original light novel by Kazuki Sakuraba. The picture to your left is my own copy of the first volume of the Japanese manga. The series takes place … Continue reading