Archive for July, 2009

Summer 2009 First Impressions: Annoying Lolis and Alchoholic Lolicons

Posted in Anime with tags , , , , , , , on July 26, 2009 by djwhack03


Now that the summer anime season is well underway, I feel I’ve got a pretty good impression of whether I like each show or not. I’ve stuck to all the shows I mentioned in my preview, since I haven’t heard anything particularly good about any of the other shows this season. But it’s all good since it gives me time to catch up on old stuff.

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Thank You For 5400 Views!

Posted in Site Stuff with tags on July 17, 2009 by djwhack03


Today as I was checking my blog stats, I found that Hard Work and Guts has gotten over 5000 views to date. In fact, as of 11:55 am CST, it has exactly 5400 views. While most anime bloggers would make a flashy banner with their favorite characters thanking readers, I have no such artistic talent due to my preposterous levels of testosterone. So in exchange, here are some of my favorite official artworks that I’ve found around the internet related to my top posts, clicks, referrers, and search engine terms according to WordPress Stats. To start, here is some kick ass Gurren Lagann artwork.

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Manga of the Now: To Aru Kagaku no Choudenjibou (A Certain Scientific Railgun)

Posted in Manga, Of The Now with tags , on July 15, 2009 by djwhack03


This time’s manga of the now is something I picked up a while back completely on a whim. To Aru Kagaku no Choudenjibou (A Certain Scientific Railgun) is a spin off of To Aru Majutsu no Index, which focuses on Mikoto Misaka, one of the supporting characters in the main story. While I initially wasn’t a fan of Index, I really enjoyed Railgun, and it helped me develop an appreciation for its parent story.

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Sunrise is the New Gainax: The Sunrise Ending

Posted in Anime with tags , , , , on July 8, 2009 by djwhack03


I recently finished Sora Wo Kakeru Shoujo, and I confirmed something that had been bothering me for a while. The writers at Sunrise no longer know how to write a good ending. I’m not sure exactly how long they’ve suffered from this problem, 3 of their major shows in the past 3 years, Code Geass, Gundam 00, and most recently Sora o Kakeru Shoujo have all suffered from this problem. Their ending all had several common problems and themes which I call the “Sunrise Ending.”

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Clannad Kyou OVA: Overly Abridged

Posted in Anime, Episode Review with tags , on July 1, 2009 by djwhack03


As I mentioned many months ago, I was very excited about the release of the Kyou OVA for Clannad. As I mentioned earlier, she was the superior choice, amongst all the options Tomoya was presented with. So I ecstatically downloaded the episode and watched it. 23 minutes and 41 seconds later, I was done, so I stood up, grabbed a beer, and got to writing this review.

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