Genkina hito’s Christmas in Japan

Hello dear readers.



I have been very slack writing posts for the blog because I have been working on various project and exploring Tokyo. I finally made it to Japan. Some days I become blasé about certain things but then I remember that I am on the other side of the planet and in a country I have always been interested in. It’s amazing. I have gotten used to commuting in and around Tokyo and following train etiquette, I use chopsticks without having to think about things, and I am picking up Japanese words at a fair clip.

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Genkina hito’s Anime Question Challenge

Following on from Lynn’s questions I am now answering a series of other questions from Beats Lars who is an insightful aniblogger with good taste. I don’t normally do these things but since the questions are all connected to anime and I love anime then that’s cool. He sent some question so I sent him some questions for him to answer in return. Here are my answers (warning, this is long and rambling):


  1. Favorite anime series.

Kino no Tabi. I had to think about this. For less than a minute. I watch a lot of anime but revisit few. I was addicted to Cowboy Bebop and Neon Genesis Evagelion when they first aired and bought CDs and DVDs but haven’t watched them in nearly a decade. Not so with Kino no Tabi. I watch it every so often. At thirteen episodes it’s easy to devour but I love it for more reasons than just that.

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Kino no Tabi Character Designer Working on One Off Anime OVA?

As reported by Anime News Network, the official website for the anime One Off has revealed staff, story, images and trailer.


The story focusses on Haruno Shiozaki, a second-year high school student who lives with her parents at their remote country boarding house in the highlands. She finds life boring and longs to live in the city. Her only joy is brought to her by her motorcycle, a Honda Giorno. This will all change after a fateful meeting at the boarding  house.

I’m a big fan of Kino’s Journey so when I read that the original character designs for Kouhaku Kuroboshi designs for One OffOne Off come from Kouhaku Kuroboshi who designed Kino’s Journey I was excited. When I say big fan of Kino’s Journey I mean MAJOR. I have the series, movies, desktop wallpaper etc. I can see a bit of it in the illustration so I was eager to watch the tailer. After viewing the trailer I found the whole pulling her pants down thing disheartening. Kino is better than that. I hope this doesn’t devolve into fan-service.

Leading the production is Junichi Sato who has handled gentle slice of life properties as diverse as Aria the Natural, Gegege no Kitarō, Princess Tutu and Slayers Premium. I have little to no idea of Aria but I hear it’s a great anime to relax to because the atmosphere and stories are so gentle. Which may translate into fluff put out to please otaku and pander to their desires. Other major names include Masashi Suzuki (Tactics and Hell Girl) who is handling scripts, Shigeru Kimiya (Master Keaton) acting as chief director and character designs coming from Atsuko Watanabe (GA: Geijutsuka Art Design Class). Production is by TYO Animations (Tamayura).

Interestingly vehicle manufacturer Honda is providing support including sponsoring the OAV and showcasing a specially painted motorcycle at the Osaka and Tokyo Motorcycle Show one of which was revealed by Honda via Twitter.

Vehicle Manufacturer show off a Honda Motorcycle Connected to One Off

Staff: Junichi Sato (Director), Masashi Suzuki (Series Composition, Script), Atsuko Watanabe (Character Design), Kouhaku Kuroboshi (Kino’s Jouney)

Studio: TYO Animation

Release: 2012


Displaying AMV’s through Vodpod

So when I started this whole AMV of the week strand I was utilising the interactivity and connectivity of web 2.0 services – you know, display YouTube videos on the blog. I didn’t count on YouTube blocking some of them (those fiends!).

I first noticed it around Christmas when trying to play Silent Hill 2 and Soredemo videos I had embedded in my Winter Music post. Then I forgot about it.

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