Archive for April, 2009

The Amps of K-ON!

Posted in Anime, Episode Review with tags , on April 25, 2009 by djwhack03

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While K-ON! has proven to be a typical moe show in every sense of the word, one aspect of it that continues to surprise me is the product placement. An article on Sankaku Complex a while back showed that the tea sets used by the characters are all expensive, brand name goods. The fact that the instruments they use are also brand name has sent otaku into a guitar buying frenzy although most of them will probably never learn how to play, and most of them are probably not left handed. In episode 4, I also noticed that all the amps they use are also brand name. I find this very surprising as product placement in anime was nonexistent until very recently. I remember the shitstorm around Code Geass when it was revealed that Pizza Hut would be prominently displayed.

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The most surprising part about K-ON!’s product placement is the variety. Being able to get permission from Fender, Gibson, Yamaha, KORG, Marshall, Peavey, and VOX to use their products in their show must not have been easy to do. For example, Metalocalypse only gets product placement from Gibson, Line 6, and KRANK, and they’re made by an American studio. The fact that a Japanese studio was able to get permission from so many American companies is very surprising. It seems to be paying off for Fender to say the least, as they’ve already mentioned K-ON! on their Japanese blog. I doubt Gibson will see much of an increase in sales from K-ON! due to their higher price tag, especially in Japan, and Yui being overshadowed by the much more popular and superior Mio.

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That’s all for now. I doubt I will write episode reviews for a while, as I’ve already said everything I want to say about them for the most part, except for Cross Game, which is surprisingly good. Exams are looming around the corner for me, so I will probably be busy with those as well. Until next time.

K-ON! OP&ED: Girls of Rock N’ Roll

Posted in Music with tags on April 20, 2009 by djwhack03

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Just got the OP and ED CDs for K-ON! (available in 320 kbps mp3s at your friendly neighborhood Nipponsei) and while I wasn’t blown away by either, I was completely satisfied with both of them.

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Hayate no Gotoku S2: ZA WARUDO!!

Posted in Anime, Episode Review on April 19, 2009 by djwhack03

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So it seems like fans complaints about the lack of references in the new Hayate no Gotoku have been heard, and here we’re treated to out first blatant anime reference. For those who never saw Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure or go on 4chan, Za Warudo is Engrish for “The World,” the move used by Dio Brando to stop time, which is approptiate for the pre commercial break cliffhanger. It’s disappointing that the animators didn’t take the joke one step further and invert the colors, but it was a pleasant surprise.

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Naturally, when returning from the break, they have to start with Dio’s line for when the time stop wears off. I’m hoping that the number of references continues to increase as the series progresses. There are some signs that they’re starting to get into the groove of the original series with a Street Fighter reference in the next episode preview. So this episode gave me some much needed hope for the rest of the season.

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Spring 2009 Continued: Manly Men Edition

Posted in Anime, Episode Review with tags , , , , , , on April 18, 2009 by djwhack03

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So it’s been another week of anime. Besides keeping up with the shows I already talked about a couple weeks back, I’ve picked up a couple new ones, most prominently Sengoku BASARA. So are you ready, guys?

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Clannad Kyou OVA: The Superior Choice

Posted in Anime with tags on April 12, 2009 by djwhack03

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A recent post on Moetron announced that the final volume of Clannad After Story will include an OVA that covers Kyou’s story of the visual novel. I’m glad they did this as she was one two characters. the other being Tomoyo, that I actually liked. This was because unlike the rest of the cast, Kyou and Tomoyo weren’t f-ing retards.

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K-ON! Ep 2 Guitar Quality

Posted in Anime, Episode Review with tags , on April 10, 2009 by djwhack03

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I was checking out the latest episode of K-ON! last night, and I noticed this major error in their guitar branding. For those of you out there who don’t know about guitars, there is no such thing as a Fender Les Paul Standard. Fender doesn’t even make a Les Paul shape guitar. This mishap really pissed me off when I first saw it due to my love of guitars, and I thought it might be a feeble attempt to put in false Fender product placement. However, this seems to be a temporary thing as a bit later in the episode…

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The guitar is magically a Gibson again. I guess some underpaid and overworked animator must have just made a simple error. This will most likely be edited for the DVD release, so I’m cool again. Expect a full episode review along with other episode reviews this Sunday or Monday. Have a good weekend readers.

Spring 2009: First Episodes and First Impressions

Posted in Anime with tags , , , , on April 6, 2009 by djwhack03

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This past weekend, a whole bunch of new episodes of various anime came out. For the most part, my expectations were met, and I’ll probably stick with these shows for at least another episode or two. Let’s roll them out.

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