I love Nicovideos.

Insomnia sucks and no pressing anime to blog about so you get a few K-ON! parodies and an assortment of other videos.

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Studio 4°C, Part 2: Genius Party Beyond

Genius Party Beyond

After Genius Party, I also had this on the shelf, but I was reluctant to watch it right away. It turns out my decision wasn’t such a bad idea. Had I seen Genius Party Beyond immediately after the first, I would have been sorely disappointed (I wrote extensively on Genius Party just a short while back–if you haven’t read it, please do as I would like any feedback). I’m still disappointed, but I suppose not as much. Like the first anthology, it’s visually stunning, but unfortunately, it’s more style than substance.

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That mushroom is an akuma!

This post might not fit so neatly in with the rest of this blog, but I couldn’t resist. The creativity I find on Nico Nico Douga can surprise me at times, like those remixes of anime to resemble some silly Kirby song or Super Mario World being turned into a 16-bit composer of anime tunes. The video below, however, probably has my favorite gimmick: these guys came up with a game within Super Mario 64 where you attempt to collect 8 red coins while being chased by a 1-up mushroom. Considering that the mushroom is somewhat faster than Mario’s running speed and can phase through matter, it’s not as easy as one might think… anyway, this is my favorite clip of their six part series, but if you don’t have an account at Nico Nico Douga, someone was nice enough to upload them onto Youtube, which I’ve embedded below. Things are always being lost in translation, but I think these clips show that there are times when human beings understand each other regardless of culture and language.

Code Geass Sucks

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It’s been a while now since the series ended, but on reflection I think the many failures of Sunrise’s 50 episode long Pizza Hut commercial deserve another look. The mistakes the show made are in a lot of ways representative of larger problems in modern TV anime (although honestly I can’t think of any other series with such gratuitous product placement). Obviously anyone who expected a giant robot series to take the genre anywhere it hasn’t been already was fooling themselves, but what makes Geass interesting is that it was actually a rather ambitious show in its own way (not that its ambition did it any good).

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