Monthly Archives: August 2012

What the heck is a Vocaloid?

I’ve crawled the internets enough to be familiar with the Vocaloid characters, which I’ve seen mostly through fan art and youtube clips featuring bouncing chibi versions doing caramelldansen.  I always assumed however, that they were simply characters from a manga or anime or video game.  My BF mentioned them to me in passing and realizing I didn’t know what they were, showed me this video:

My reaction:

I’m still not sure 100% what exactly the vocaloids are – from what my boyfriend can tell me they are copyright free idol characters that someone created, and there appears to be software you can buy that you can use to make songs and videos of them in.   The vocaloids are treated like real celebrities even though…they’re fake.   I don’t know who owns them or who puts on these amazing concerts, or how those vocaloids characters on stage are created – screens? Holograms? Projections? ROBOTS??

While this is beyond cool, I also find it extremely freaky.  It’s like someone took an anime plot and turned it into reality.  What’s next, gundams?  Are AIs going to take over the world a la Summer Wars?  Is this really a plot by another intelligent race of beings to infiltrate our society through music, the web and popular entertainment???

Until I figure all that out, I’ll probably just watch a couple more videos and marvel over it all, lol.

Star Trek “Call Me Maybe”

Remember the Star Wars version I posted a while back? Yeah, this is for the other side ;)

Wonder Woman Sings!

A couple years back I watched the first season of 1975 live-action Wonder Woman show (at the time I shared TV time with my younger brothers, so the show was removed from our netflix queue after the first season due to a lack of interest from them.  They were younger then, they would probably be more interested in it now, lol).  I LOVE Lynda Carter! She is one of the most beautiful actresses to grace the sliver screen in my opinion.  I also think she played the perfect Wonder Woman; confidant, feminine, charismatic and strong.  Wonder Woman has been one of my favorite DC characters since (am I the only one who likes the WonderWoman + Batman pairing?).  I originally meant this post to be about Wonder Woman art, but the google search returned too much on Ms. Carter and I got distracted, lol.

And guess what? Lynda Carter sings!!

*fangirl squee*

I think it’s about time I finished the rest of the show :)

 

Summer Wars: an epic movie


After having been told (a few hundred times) how great this movie was by my boyfriend, we finally managed to watch it together last night.  I’ve seen quite a few anime-esque movies before, namely those by Studio Ghibli or the movie versions of fav animes (like Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles: The Movie).  This was however the first feature-length movie I’ve watched with subs instead of dubs.  While I like to think I’ve been watching anime longer than my BF (I started when in 2004), I’ve watched most of those with dubs.  I like dubs.  He meanwhile is a sub snob and insisted we watch the movie in such.

(Actually he kind of led me to believe the movie was only in subs, than after we finished it lo and behold he tells me it’s available with dubs off Netflix and I’ve also found it Amazonfor $15. Love you honey <3 )

Anyway, back to the movie.  The setting and plot of the movie itself is actually pretty unique even for the typical Japanese movie.  The story revolves around a game named The World of Oz which is basically a virtual world where people spend as much of their time as they do in the real world, and control things such as their bank accounts, alarm systems, communication, shopping etc through Oz.  The hero is a math-minded, rather nerdy high school boy named Kenji Koiso who is tricked into coming to the family home of his beautiful and popular senpai and posing as her boyfriend.  Her family is large, slightly crazy and descended from the powerful samurai and ruled over by an even more powerful (yet lovable) grandmother.   When a rogue A.I starts taking over Oz and causing problems that affect the real world, Kenji and his friends, along with the crazy family, start planning a virtual war in order to save the real world before the A.I can destroy it.

While this was obviously a sci-fi thriller, it wasn’t set in a space-age setting.  In fact, the setting was an old Japanese mansion complete with all the rice paper walls and gardens.  Seeing the characters set up high-speed computers in the middle of the ancient Japanese finery was humorous and gave the whole movie a very unique feel.   The characters themselves felt very real without all the extra abnormal powers most anime characters get, which led to a very empathetic story.  They were normal people, even Kenji though he was supposed to be a math genius.   The World of Oz was very creative and seemed like a real possibility for an online world, adding a bit more to the realism of the movie’s concept.

Here’s the trailer in English:

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