Anifile - Sacred Seven

What do you think Code Geass is lacking? Not enough robots? Not enough action? Not enough Pizza Hut? Mystical stones, perhaps? Well, look no further than the alternative anime - Sacred Seven.

Anifile - Ro-Kyu-Bu!

Basketball in grade school where only one of the 'fab' five know how to play with a high school coach; expect goofy hijinx aplenty in one of the less serious series of summer with Ro-Kyu-Bu.


Anifile - BLADE

The final Marvel/MADHOUSE anime ends on a low-key note with vampires taking the helm. It's the turn of half-vampire half-human hunter BLADE to wield his...blade! Yeah.


MasaPlays: Portal 2 - Part 1

Masako takes the leap into Let's Plays with his foray into the puzzle game where sweet treats are the reward after a hard day's "testing". It's Portal 2! DISCLAIMER: Portal 2 is the property of Valve Software. Please support the official release; because it's awesome! :)


Anifile - Deadman Wonderland

Take Battle Royale, Project A-KO plus a dash of Akira and you get one of Spring's hottest series which has had the most requests for Masako to review - Deadman Wonderland!


Life's turned another corner.

I like to think that life has always been in generally OK for me. I have loads of friends online, an intelligent and supportive fanbase and a career which is also my hobby; not many people get to have that and I consider myself pretty lucky and am grateful each and every day.

Some of you may be thinking why I'm talking about this now. It's simply because I want to. Things have happened in the last couple of months which have really defined where my life may head; for the better, I assure you. My latest stints of work have been really stimulating allowing me to express myself creatively and gain a lot of technical know-how very quickly. Editing is clearly where my career will go at this point in time and I'm determined to make it happen. However, it's meant that I've had to make some sacrifices alongside the acquisitions. What those consist of are for another day.

In general, life's good. I've got an epic two weeks of cons coming up at the end of July, quite a few meet-ups with the UK posse at various events which I always look forward to; not to mention the aforementioned work status picking up. Despite this, there has been something missing which I wish to share with you.

When I was big (which was pretty much my ENTIRE childhood), I got messed around emotionally by girls. I was so naive and got mocked accordingly. I did have a couple of friends who were girls, but my popularity in school was middling. My size/height meant I wasn't a punching bag but I never really got noticed; because of that I never really acknowledged the whole dating thing. Throughout college and most of university, I had the mindset of 'How can you miss something you've never had?' Of course in uni I had friends and I did have a crush on someone, but that got dashed pretty quickly and I was broken. When, as you all know, I lost the weight, my confidence went up and I felt that I could have a chance at a relationship. However, it wasn't an instant thing. Granted, my social confidence was higher and I DID have an online relationship going in the middle of last year for a couple of months; but that went nowhere and looking back on it, it wasn't really a relationship you could build on. I then had the foundations of another one during the end of last year but that ended before it even began in all honesty; however with both instances, I'm still cool with them and we're still buds. Even after the weight loss, I wasn't much closer. This got me sort of despondent.

However, things changed very recently. Last weekend was London MCM, a con I was looking forward to because TONS of my friends were going and I could spend 3/4 days with them talking about anime, fun stuff and Nando's...lots of Nando's (It's the abridger's restaurant of choice, don't you know!). Throughout that weekend I really got to know the people I first met at Alcon last year, touched base with at LAC a few months previously and feel even more at ease with them.

Then I spotted someone; someone who up till then I had only exchanged brief snippets of conversation at previous meetups. We got talking a little more and I then started to feel something towards her which filled me with happiness. Throughout that weekend, we discovered we had TONS in common and had similar tastes in humour, music and outlooks on life. I was so happy. When Sunday came along and our final group dinner ended, me and her parted company. We promised to get in touch and meet up again soon. There was a brief spark whilst saying good bye which left me giddy. We've been out twice since then and my feelings have only grown. I never thought this would happen to me. I feel complete; at ease. Not that I wasn't content before then, but my outlook on life has become mellower. It's early days, but I so want this to work. If it does, life will be 100% jubilant!

In the words of a catchy commercial, "I, am MoreThan Freeman. Thank you, for listening."


Anifile - C [Control]

Money makes the world go round. Money is also the basis of killer battles where you fight for every single dime you have. C [Control] is the anime which makes financial prudence exciting.


Anifile - Hanasaku Iroha

An anime in a hot spring. Nope, not like the typical. Watch the coming of age of a city girl who has to bring herself back from the depths of despair from the wrath of a bitter grandmother. Hanasaku Iroha is potentially a season winner.


Anifile - Hen Zemi

Fruit flies...in weird places. Passing gas...in bathtubs. Some people find this attractive. I don't - but the people in this anime do. Be prepared for something pretty disturbing in Hen Zemi.


Anifile - Blue Exorcist

How would you react if you were the son of Satan? Amazed or horrified? Well, allow this anime to take that weight off your shoulders and kick back with some classic shounen in Blue Exorcist.


Anifile - Steins;Gate

Now this is a time machine I can get behind - microwaves and text messages. What a novel idea, but can it carry over an entire series? Masako wraps his head around the complicated world of Steins;Gate.


Anifile - Toriko

Cooking may not be the manliest of pasttimes, but only Japan can turn the activity on its head and make it extremely masculine. Add fighting, searching for the ultimate goal and wacky characters and you got a winning recipe.


Anifile - Kia Asamiya Month: His Latest Work

To end Kia Asamiya month, let's summarise the other works that the man has done up to now including his latest work, which involves sexy girls, cars and technical college. Interesting.


Anifile - X-Men

Marvel and Madhouse go at it again with the third collaborative piece to date. This time, the mutants turn Japanese in their quest to find a lost kindred spirit. Masako reviews X-Men: The Anime.


Anifile - Kia Asamiya Month: Nadesico

And now, one of Asamiya's greatest works. Masako's favourite anime ever and probably one of the best parodies of the mecha genre, it became a success of its own accord.


Anifile - Kia Asamiya Month: Silent Möbius

Asamiya is a keen action fan and Silent Mobius has that in spades! Cops, paranormal entities and one of the most complete universes in his repetoire, this series shouldn't be overlooked.


Anifile - Kia Asamiya Month: Steam Detectives

One of Asamiya's lesser known stories, Steam Detectives encapsulates the steampunk movement which began in earnest in the late 90s.


Anifile - Kia Asamiya Month: Introduction

It's April and it's Kia Asamiya month on Anifile! Masako showcases the works of one of his favourite manga-ka.


Anifile - Madoka Magica

To round off the Winter 2011 lineup, Masako has the review that so many of you have requested for. So here are his first impressions on the magical girl show which turns the very concept on its head! It's Puella Magi Madoka Magica.


More like a peck on the cheek...

So I just got back from 2 job interviews today and I had some time in Covent Garden between said sessions. Now I would usually go to Muffinski's for my froyo fix, but I thought I would give the place I had been shunning for ages a try and see whether it justified my reluctance. The place in question is SNOG.

For those unfamiliar, SNOG is the most successful brand on frozen yogurt chains in the UK with 5 permanent 'Snog Shops' set in the London area and an outlet in Dubai of all places! So the reason why I have been quite scathing of this place is due to its ingredient it lauds as healthy - agave nectar. Agave nectar is a plant-derived ingredient used as an alternative to sugar sorta like honey. However, it may have a low-glycemic index but its fructose content is astronomical meaning that your liver can't process most of the calories from it and converts it to fat plus failing to satiate your appetite. When I discovered this, I avoided these like the plague. However, I thought I couldn't keep ignoring this place and would add these to my froyo reviews.

The decor is certainly very...pink; and white. It's quite a simple design and yet quite chic. I certainly didn't feel like my eyes were being insulted. I took to looking at the menu and was asked quite a few times by the server about whether I was gonna order something. I felt a little rushed like I was annoying her - but of course, she didn't blatantly say that. That's unprofessional.

The flavour of yogurt is quite varied with three constants: Natural, Green Tea and Blueberry with the addition of seasonal flavours (in this case, Spiced Apple). The sizes come in Little (125 cal), Classic (187 cal), Big (312 cal) or Massive (561cal). I like that last one - only social etiquette kept me from getting that one! The prices are not that bad - they start at £2.95 for a Little with nothing on it and go all the way to £9.90 for a Massive with 3 toppings. I went for a Big Blueberry at £4.30.

When I looked at this, I was eagerly ready to dig in. This is my control flavour with the topping blended in - how could I lose? Well...it's not all that rosy. The initial taste is very good. It is quite creamy with a slightly coarse note to it which is almost perfect for me - it feels like it has substance which differs it from ice cream. The flavour is tart and tangy but not as in your face like Frae or Itsu, much less the latter. So for the first few seconds I was pleased; however that didn't last. After a few seconds, the flavour vanishes as does the texture. It's like it never happened. So you dig in for some more...and more...and more. It's about now that I experience the agave nectar's fructose foe enacting its wrath. Making me want to eat more and feel unsatiated. I polished it off (this is like 12oz of froyo here!) and felt I could go for another if money allowed it but I thought better of it.

It was nice to try it again as I was a fan of the franchise to begin with before I found its dark secret they don't like to tell you. Granted, I didn't get a sugar rush and energy crash (the low-GI claim holds true in that regard) but a good dessert should make you feel content and pleased for a good while afterwards. This didn't. Its initial hit is good, but it's fleeting. I would much rather go back to Muffinski's and pocket the change. Conclusion - don't be fooled by the health claims of SNOG's agave nectar and go for a more straightforward variety.


Spring 2011 Anifile List

After some careful pondering, I have come up with the main 6 shows I'll be reviewing. I've listened to your requests and have come up with a list that reflects what you guys want to see and what I want to review personally so a nice mix of the two:

4/25: X-Men
5/2: Ao No Exorcist
5/9: Steins;Gate
5/16: Toriko
5/23: Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko
5/30: Hanasaku Iroha

If I have time, I will also do two reviews with these tentative dates:

6/6: Lotte no Omocha OR Hen Zemi [I got requests for both of these -_-]
6/13: C - The Money of Soul

However, before all this I will be showing throughout the whole of April the works of Kia Asamiya in the aptly named KIA ASAMIYA MONTH! The dates for these videos will be as follows:

4/3: Introduction to Kia Asamiya
4/9: Steam Detectives
4/16: Silent Mobius
4/23: Martian Successor Nadesico
4/30: Asamiya's Other Work

Finally, after 23 episodes I am reluctantly saying farewell to my titlecard artist AngelBless. Due to real life commitments, her final titlecard will be for my Puella Magi Madoka Magica review next week. I thank her so much for her efforts since the show's debut. Hopefully we'll be working on projects in the future. :)

But with a goodbye, we have a hello! I welcome GuidingChaos as my new titlecard artist. Her first card will be for the Introduction to Kia Asamiya Month. So Anifile is going from strength to strength and I thank you all for the support you've given me up to now and hope to continue giving in the shows to come. Catch ya later!


Anifile - FREEZING

Mankind's only hope for survivial against aliens are steroid-ridden hot girls with weedy guys as sidekicks. Freezing thrusts its ample chest into the fray for all to see.


Anifile - Spring Review Recommendations

Spring is about to makes its entrance into 2011 [FINALLY!] and I'm about to plot out my main 6 reviews for the season of anime that is about to hit our screens. At the end of the previous season of Anifile I got tons of requests for shows which made the cut [just] for the winter lineup. I like listening to your feedback and so I thought I would ask you all for your recommendations for shows you would like me to review. I already have some shows that I will aim to review such as:

  • X-Men [I've reviewed Iron Man and Wolverine already from the Marvel/Madhouse posse so why not?]
  • Moshidora [This series has had a lot of praise from publications such as The Economist]
  • Steins;Gate [A microwave time machine?! Yes please!]
  • Toriko [A chef who travels around the world for the best ingredients and recipes - that's a new one for me!]

I am intending to review 6 shows, especially since the show selection this season is pretty generic. Tons of slice of life shows, a worrying amount of sexually-driven series and of course the usual merch-driven franchises. Maybes for me are:

  • Hanasaku Iroha [A young teen moves out to a hot spring and starts life anew. Little safe, but the animation is gorgeous.]
  • Appleseed XIII [I'm a sucker for Shirow - any revival of a show of this ilk is something I wanna get behind.]

And of course I wanna review at least 1 anime that is horrible. Well, I say wanna. I feel I should review one.

So yeah - feel free to suggest a show! If you want a full rundown, here's a very spiffy list from the guys at Chart Driver.


Anifile - Raiders of Galaxy

After so many shoddy anime-esque Korean knockoffs, Josephi Lai and friends...decided to do more. Witness more hilariously bad 'action' in the even more obscure 'Raiders of Galaxy'. Doesn't he know how to use the word 'the'?


Naruto Abridged - Now on Blip, Ad-Free

In preparation for Episode 27's release on Monday - I have uploaded all of the previous 26 episodes onto Blip - ad-free. All the episodes are in one place for you to catch up on or remind yourself of the series you thought was once gone. I shall explain why it's been so sporadic lately.

Over the last year, things have been pretty hectic for both me and vegeta3986. We've had a pretty wacked-up real life to deal with in terms of work and changing circumstance. Sadly it meant that our time to get together was limited and that it turn made thinking about working on episodes, let alone the movie, very impractical. Sure, we could get on with personal projects but collabs were out of reach for the moment.

Fortunately, we've been able to get online more often and have some good times which spawned Episode 27 and hopefully a less sparse release schedule. Episode 28 should be much faster out and written by myself. =D

So yeah, go to http://ntas.blip.tv to catch up on Naruto Abridged and tune in to Vegeta's YouTube channel for Episode 27 and a special video...whose side are you on?

Anifile - Yumekui Merry

One day, Yumeji found out he had the power to look into peoples' dreams. Then he comes across a powerful entity from said dreams which just so happens to resemble a tweenage girl...how convenient.


Feburary Update: Vids Aplenty...

I went to see The King's Speech on Friday and I must say that it was a very good film. It was sensitively portrayed and it kept me engaged throughout the entire run time - not once did I feel bored. I was compelled by the overall presentation and I so hope that Colin Firth gets the Best Actor gong.

Anyways, I've been planning plenty of videos of the next couple of months including the rest of this season of Anifile (Yumekui Merry on 2/28 and GOSICK 3/7 plus two specials the 2 weeks after that) plus a series of videos dedicated to one of my favourite manga-ka, Kia Asamiya. These'll be short videos but should provide a glimpse into why he is one of my influences. This should then lead in to the Spring 2011 lineup. If you know what's coming in this lineup, feel free to suggest shows you want me to cover. I'm aiming to do 6 minimum but may go to 8 depending on my schedule so please be aware of that.

On top of that, I am currently working on the 27th episode of Naruto: The Abridged Series (yes, it's still going) as well as the inital steps of Kampfer 7. The movie for the former is happening, but it's not edited by me like the series is. So yeah, that's the state of play with all my videos/projects. Of course, should I get freelance work this would of course be pushed back. Also, the con around my birthday in my previous post is sadly gonna have to wait to another year - it was gonna be New York Comic Con but other commitments must take precedence I'm afraid.

Final note - I like Bejeweled. That is all.


Anifile: Rio - Rainbow Gate

Time for some pachinko-based anime action with some attractive players and a Pokemon like desire to the very best...like no one ever was.


Froyo Review: Not That Great, I'm A-frae-d

So, yeah this wasn't a frozen yogurt I tried today but one I had on my way to London Anime Con a couple of
weeks ago. Allow me to supply you with my findings!

This has been a place I've heard of so many times and intended to go there on New Year's Eve, walked all the way over there (a mile and a half!) and it was SHUT! So this time I went with no holidays to stop me and no time restrictions. This place is called FRAE and is one of the franchises opening up in London. It has a slick website so I thought it would super duper swanky inside but actually it turned out to be quite homely.

So once I got there, I was greeted to a small seating area inside a somewhat cold space with one other customer having her treat. The guy at the till wasn't there when I got there which wasn't that attentive but hey I'm here for the product not the person.

The portions sizes are quite skewed with a Small (83 cal), Medium (100 cal) and Large (134 cal) so I thought I'd get a large one (heh heh, large one.) with BLACKBERRIES this time round to be different. If you can't tell from the picture, the prices aren't that great to what I've seen at other places. More on the expensive side and froyo is relatively expensive to ice cream but totally worth it.

So the taste test - that's where it fell down. Frozen yogurt for me has to be either smooth and creamy or coarse and tangy (Itsu's offering is the best for the latter). This was smoothish and kinda bland. It didn't have that creamy texture I was looking for and felt let down. I did get a fair lot - a large portion for only 134 calories?! Dayum...but despite the messed up sizes, it really didn't do anything for me and for £5.10 that annoyed me; especially after all the aggravation it took me to get there.

So yeah, I went to Muffinski's today and got my usual fayre - so good! Seriously - Covent Garden, Muffinski's. Go there. Give Frae a try if you're in the area, but stick with a small but this isn't the froyo haunt for me I'm a-FRAE-d. XD


MasaBlog Rebooted!

Greetings, all. Since I've been using the blog more often and you friendly lot are visiting a lot more - I thought I would give it a little spruce-up. The old layout was OK (I'm a fan of gradients!) but the tiling effect really ruined the overall look...plus I've been wanting to make a banner for the longest time. Text up there doesn't seem right at all.

So yeah, the content's the same as before but it should be a lot neater to look at and clearer for you to read. Plus, an interesting little tidbit for you all who read this post - I'm planning to do something special for my 25th birthday on the 15th October...I won't say what it is but I'll give you a clue about what I'm thinking of...it involves a con in America around the time of my birthday. Which one? Take a guess! =D


Anifiles I may have missed

In each season of Anifile, I tend to limit myself to 6-8 anime. If I were to review more, the workload would be excessive especially when I've got freelance work going on as well plus I would get bogged down in one lineup whilst a new one is starting up.

So for those asking about shows I've past over for full reviews, here are some of the other shows from this Winter season; all rated with the CONTINUE or CANCEL measure:

HOUROU MUSUKO - A series concerning Nitori and Takatsuki who feel like they were born in the wrong body and yearn to live life as the opposite sex. This is a very heartfelt tale which we know is destined to be riddled with judgement from different parties. However, it does so in a very tactful and sensitive light, not to mention with stunning visuals that I've not seen in an anime up to now. It certainly captured my interest and I didn't have the heart to poke fun at it in any way. CONTINUE - SOLID. Hugely underrated.

MADOKA MAGICA - I got tons of requests for this show and normally this is something I wouldn't go for. I got burned by Moetan and Milky Holmes to know better. Yet when I peered into the story proper, I was pleasantly surprised. The characters are charming and really care for each other which I want to support them which is paramount in a show like this. Also, the fight scenes are SO TRIPPY!! I mean, Shiki trippy right here, probably even more! My faith has been restored. CONTINUE. Speaking as a non-fan of magical girl shows, this is something to keep an eye on.

CARDFIGHT!! VANGUARD - *Yawn* Another fickle attempt to sell merchandise with a tenative story. If you've seen Yu-Gi-Oh, there's no need to follow this and my interest is very low. Also, the fact that the creator of Yu-Gi-Oh R (panned by most fans) and Duel Masters (poor series) teamed up on this is a sign that this series is doomed to either obscurity or ridicule. CANCEL.

LEVEL E - Simply put, you NEED to see this show. If you've been put off by the amount of highschool harem anime in this season's lineup, this will be a breath of fresh air. The comedy is well executed whilst retaining its integrity superbly. The fact that aliens live amongst humans and the humans don't know it reminds me of the Men in Black movie in how there's an entire infrastructure going on right under our very noses and we have no clue and yet it's so familiar in attitude it's ironically normal. CONTINUE - SOLID. Fun fact: The manga was made in 1995 - WHY THE HELL DID IT TAKE THIS LONG TO GET A SERIES?!

FRACTALE - This was going to be on my list, but Kore wa Zombie Desu Ka bumped it off. I am literally kicking myself as I type this out. Why did I do that? This show has so many intricate plot twists and engaging characters despite the relatively lacklustre first episode. Even then, the interaction in that episode helped me really connect with Phyrne and Nessa which carried me into the next outings. The scenery is breathtakingly gorgeous and a delight for the eyes, especially in 720p! CONTINUE. The slow first episode may put some off, but hang in there - it's worth it!

BEELZEBUB - I heard so much hype for this I gave the first coupla episodes a go and I have to say I was left wanting. Some of the humour for me kind of past me by and it seemed like it was putting a lot of effort into making me laugh...perhaps too much effort? It reminds me of Zatch Bell a little bit as well as Urusei Yatsura in how Baby Beel acts (much like Lum's younger brother, Ten). It's certainly not a bad anime, not at all. It's very well put together and it does have its moments but for me, it wasn't a lingering hit. CONTINUE - TENATIVE

ONII-CHAN NO KOTO... - OK. This series can die in a big fire!! The fact that Nao is so into her brother but then totally denies it but not really is not only inconsistent, it comes off as eye-poppingly arrogant and brattish. The colour palette is far too colourful for the subject matter and even putting the incest factor aside, Nao isn't a looker and shame on her brother Shusuke for not flat out saying "WTF?!" at the first instance...but no, he's into gawping at her in her the nuddy. Offensive, crass and not in the least bit charming. Go watch B Gata H Kei instead - that has some kind of twisted humour whereas THIS has NONE. CANCEL - WITH A PASSION. Onii-chan no Koto: Incest - The Game for all the Family!

I hope that satsifies your curiosity for some of the other series from the winter roundup. Some I regret not giving the full treatment and others I'm glad I didn't have to go near too much. Onii-chan would've been good rage material, but that would've been too obvious. I'll allow you to go rage it at yourself...if you like that sort of thing. In which case, *evil eyes*.

So until next post, catch ya later! v^^


Why I've been so fussy about fanservice

Lots of you have been curious, and in some cases incensed, about why I dislike fanservice so much in anime. Since it's been such a touchy subject for y'all, I thought I'd explain why I bring it up so often and have up to now marked down a show.

After reviewing anime regularly for a year now, I have understood that fanservice is intrinsic to modern anime. My issue with it is when it becomes gratuitious; when its presence is clunkily inserted with no rhyme or reason - it's just there. Why is this? Well, simple. Sex sells. Or more specifically - moe. The tropes that have become commonplace in recent years such as panty shots and rampant jiggles appeal to Japanese audiences and the otaku demographic. Couple this with the moe factor, the shrines/trinkets in otakus' abodes as well as the sheer number of sexually active series out there these days and you're left with little ambiguity as to where the studio's loyalties lie.

Also, remember that we're not the intended audience for anime. It may come over to western shores much quicker than it used to and in some cases at the same time, but the first people that get to see it as Japanese and Japanese tastes and customs must be addressed first and foremost. I have been placing western principles on material that wasn't initially meant for my culture's tastes and sensibilites so I have been overly harsh. However, this doesn't mean that I will forgive animators/writers for using it in places when they have no need to.

When you take what I've said above into account, you can spot when fanservice on the sexual level overstays its welcome more pragmatically. For example, I've just reviewed Freezing after tons of requests. This was most likely to provoke a reaction in me due to the content of the show which is quite sexually charged. Having known this, I stepped back and went into the show understanding that this show is R-rated so some instances of nudity could be overlooked as it's more adult in presentation. Once I did this, I could see when the unnecessary shots (such as random panty shots and lingering shots of the chest) appeared amongst the usual fayre in 16+ shows be they asian, western or otherwise. This review that will be screened in the next month will showcase how Anifile will adapt so you'll get my full opinion of Freezing then - but for now, I think it's good. Much better than I expected albeit brutal in some places.

I hope that explains why I've been so touchy about this trait in anime these days. Bill 156 is seeking to address this, but I'd rather anime clean up its own act without the need of legislation to do it. Freezing is for more mature audiences so its sexual content is less of an issue; what gets me is when shows like Kore wa Zombie Desu Ka resort to it when it's meant for younger teens, but hey this is Japan, not America. In Japan, violence is more controversial than sex whereas in America it's the other way around in terms of media content. This is intriguing since I'm in the middle of all this being British and pretty much desensitised to both sex and violence. XD


A Change of Measure

For those of you that watch Anifile, you know that I take the first episode of a show and go into it in detail and then summarise the next couple of episodes afterwards stating whether things generally move on or not. Then I round it off with a score out of ten. I've come to realise that this may be a little too final for what Anifile is all about. First impressions.

So instead, I propose a new means of evaluation using two simple measures - Continue or Chuck. Of course if I were to say continue or chuck and not explain why, that would be equally final. This measure will be embellished with a reason as to why it deserves the result. More often than not I would rate a show with a 'Continue' and then enhance it further by stating whether it's a solid continue or a wait and see. Only in rare circumstances would I grade a show with 'Chuck'; those would go to shows that show no sign of growth and either degrade or detract the viewer. The only shows I can think of that I've reviewed already that I would say to 'chuck' would be Kore Wa Zombie Desu Ka and Asobi ni Ikuyo. The vast majority would get a 'continue' - some with a strong vote of confidence; others with a more hesitant tone.

I like to listen to what you guys have to say and cater the content I produce based on what you find more valuable and rounded. Scores are for more complete things. Measures are more appropriate for what I do - guides for you to base an opinion.

In other news, Otakon is looking more likely for me. Money isn't an issue as I can plan for it now, but what to do around it is still up in the air - I mean, whilst I'm in America, I should go somewhere else as it would be cheaper than two transatlantic trips in quick succession. Where I go remains to be seen. In any case, Otakon is most likely, so here's my list of cons I hope to at least attend this year as of now:-

Dimension Jump XVI (8-10 April) Birmingham
London MCM Expo (May 27-29) ExCeL, London
London Film and Comic Con (July 8-10) Earls Court, London
Otakon 2011 (July 29-31) Baltimore, MD
Ayacon 2011 (August 19-21) Coventry, England
Alcon 2011 (September) Leicester, England
London MCM Expo (October 28-30) ExCeL, London

Oh yeah, I got a copy of Bejeweled 3 from a very generous fan. Thank you so much. ^^ I'll be rocking those jewels later for sure.


Anifile - Infinite Stratos

In a world where women rule the roost, one boy bucks the system and proves himself worthy of fighting alongside them. Obviously, we gotta throw in some highschool, coming-of-age antics but this should be fun!


Hangnails hurt~

Well, the title is a bit of a mis-noma. Granted, I did have a hangnail on my finger last night which woke me up more than once which resulted in me resorting to scissors to ease the pain (to the nail not the finger itself! XD)...but that's now sorted on the most part.

No - the post today concerns me in general. I'm currently in a good place right now in terms of my wellbeing and psychical health - I've never been fitter. Today I did 25 pushups; 25 more than I knew I could do only 3 weeks ago! I am experimental with my food which has introduced me to the wonders of mustard and vanilla syrup (separately of course) as well as other stuff. However, my mind has been pulled back and forth lately in terms of what I'm going through and what I'm going to go through. I'm not depressed or anything - just confused. Why I feel this I can't put my finger on, but it's just - there.

This may not be much of a post but it's something I wanted to put out there to give me some kind of sense of perspective, if you know what I mean.

As for other things, Otakon is coming up in the next few months and I'm seriously considering going. It's something I can do financially which is most unusual but there are a couple of things I need to sort out before I go ahead with it properly but it should be fine. ^^ Most likely it would involve about whether I would go somewhere else like to another con or something to save on two transatlantic trips.

Oh yeah, I talked with vegeta3986 for the first time in a few months and we've decided to press on with episode 27 whilst serstoic works on the movie. =)


Anifile - Kore Wa Zombie Desu Ka?

A high school student cut down in his prime by a serial killer is brought back to life as the walking undead! Awesome, right? Well, throw in some magical warriors and blood contracts for good measure and we got something eye-raising.


Anifile - Wolverine

The second in the Madhouse/Marvel teamups, Wolverine is all about the slashy-slashy fisticuffs that we all know and treasure from the legendary X-Men franchise. Can this nostalgia translate to a Japanese production?


How I Lost 200 Pounds

A lot of people have asked me how I lost weight...this is because I used to be big. I touched on it in an earlier video but I thought I'd go into how I lost the weight in greater detail and also explain how I try and maintain the weight once I reached my goal. This isn't a quick fix gimmick - just simple tips that you can easily live by.
DISCLAIMER: I am not a doctor. Before embarking on any lifestyle change, please consult a professional in the field of nutrition or medicine for advice and guidance.