Aikatsu Stars! Episode 27 Review: An Open Door

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I had trouble understanding 60% of the dialogue, but I think I got the general gist of the story. Yeah, I’m still not good at understanding Japanese, but hey, watching anime raw and translating doujinshi is a way for me to learn. Am I getting good at it? I dunno. I mean, I can understand most of the dialogue, but I stumble when a character uses archaic words or words not commonly used.

Thankfully the visual and audio cues gave me the needed context. Most of the time.

With that said, my review may end up being short, and, uh…

Also see: SHiN @ Discord-katsu!

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The harem anime genre and horrible male characters

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We released the BD version of the Juuden-chan specials, and I was reminded how great this anime was.

I literally (or figuratively) grew up with anime. My first recorded memory was me getting up on a warm afternoon, ran to the next room, grabbed a chair, reached for the TV, turned on the knob to channel 12 and saw the opening sequence of Voltes V. It’s kinda amusing to think my first ever memory was me getting up just in time for some super robot anime.

Throughout my childhood, I was watching shounen and mecha anime all the time and I never saw slice of life anime or even harem anime when I was younger. I tend to favor mecha anime more because I love science fiction as a kid and funnily enough, it was mecha that introduced me to romance anime in the form of Vision of Escaflowne, an anime I consider my favorite of all time.

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There were romance-themed anime like Sailor Moon, Fushigi Yuugi, etc., but I didn’t like the stories. It was Vision of Escaflowne that got me interested in romance. Van Fanel was a great guy with a troubled past and carrying the burden of his fallen kingdom Fanelia, but I know he deserves the heroine Kanzaki Hitomi. I was actually an Allen Schezar x Hitomi fan and I was all giddy when the two kissed, but in the end, Allen considered Hitomi as a younger sister, so… I gave up.

Once I got older and got exposed to nudity thanks to Project A-ko, and had access to bittorrent and internet, I had the freedom to watch anime whenever I want. I was young back then and to satisfy my sexual urges as a youth, I watched anime catered to those needs. Here comes the harem genre.

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SHiN @ Discord-katsu!

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There is a 99.99999% chance some of you don’t know who I am and what I generally do. Well, I’m no e-celeb, but, uh, I dunno, after translating a handful of doujins and anime, Lazy Lily and meself should be recognizable… That’s assuming you read our stuff past the doujin cover.

But, whatever! If you hate my opinions and think I’m a delusional twat, or like me for sexual or asexual reasons, or want to talk random stuff like anime and video games in real time, I created a Discord server for that.

I once said that I abandoned/threw away my past self and wanted start all over again, so I thought doing this is the most logical next step. So yeah!

Chat with us @ https://discord.gg/uwzwR9U

— SHiN @ Lazy Lily Fansubs

Macross Delta: Polygonal Love

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This is not an actual review. I’m gonna share my thoughts after watching Macross Delta not too recently ago.

I watched Macross: Do You Remember Love?, Macross Plus, Macross Zero, Macross Frontier and Macross Delta, so you could say I’m a fan of the series. I did try watching Macross 7 once, but I stopped after the anime starts recycling scenes from the very first episode. I mean, what? Gundam Wing didn’t do that, so I doubted the quality of Macross 7.

Anyway, I’m here to talk about the romance side of the series, my favorite part of the show… aside from the mechs.

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Aikatsu Stars! Episode 26 Review: New and Improved?

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Aikatsu Stars! tried a lot of things to make them stand out like putting male idols, more drama, dubstep music, and so on. Something tells me these changes were also a part of an experiment to see how the fans adapt. It turns out some of them were bad ideas and will probably be scrapped.

There were couple of instances of this happening in OG Aikatsu! like the friendship “will be put to the test” thing mentioned by Aoi, Orihime and Ran. What happened to it? Scrapped in favor of a more wholesome and drama-free approach. Dream Academy was supposed to be a rival school and in the end the school became buddy-buddies with Starlight. Maybe because they don’t want the fans avoiding buying the DreAca cards, or something.

We’re now at the 2nd half of the series and we get to see the new OP and ED themes. The changes are too early to tell, but judging by the OP and ED, Aikatsu Stars! is bringing back some elements from OG Aikatsu!.

That’s what I think at least. On to the review.

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Time to Upgrade PC?

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This is sort of a complete version of my tweets back at Twitter.

So my PC, the one I assembled in, uh, 2010-2011, I think, is still running strong and the only real upgrade I added to it was a used R9 280x video card. Ever since, I used the PC to encode all of the anime stuff we translated and sometimes I helped other groups with their encoding. I’m also using the PC as my personal device for gaming and general computer stuff.

The machine I fondly named Hiira—Kiriya Aoi has served me well without fail over the years, but a part of me thinks I should upgrade or start a new build.

If I go with the upgrade path, all I needed to add is a better video card for my gaming needs, more hard drive space and finally upgrade my 8 GB RAM to 16 GB (mobo’s max is 16 GB). I will probably buy a DAC to improve the audio quality and replace some of the busted fans I haven’t replaced in 3 years.

If I go with the new build path, I have to buy everything (except the hard drives) like a new case, new motherboard, new CPU, etc. The reason why I need to make a new build because I want to do it properly this time (actual wire management), and future-proof my machine for the eventual 4K world. I’m not quitting fansubbing for a while and when I do go back, I need to have a machine ready that is capable of rendering and encoding 4K material.

But in reality, I’ll probably stick to upgrading parts. In case you didn’t know, the reason why I got this machine was because people donated. I would have quit fansubbing a long time ago if wasn’t for this PC.

— SHiN @ Lazy Lily Fansubs

Aikatsu! Photo on Stage!! Mobile Game – The first few months

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Been meaning to make a review-first-impressions-like post for the mobile app game Aikatsu! Photo on Stage!! or Photokatsu! for short, but I decided to put it on hold until I gathered enough cards and experience of my time with the game.

I’m gonna talk about my impressions with the game and also talk about some other stuff that had happened. So yeah.

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Aikatsu Stars! Episodes 24-25 Review Marathon

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Oh hey, another review marathon because I was a bit busy last week. What did I do? Well, we, in case you didn’t know, I manage two websites and we recently translated a doujin.

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Give it a read when you have the time and if you’re an Akari x Sumire fan, you’re gonna love this one. Lewd warning, though.

Now then, I’m not gonna spoil everything, so don’t expect me to post delicious screenshots of a certain supporting character from episode 25. And as usual, I’m gonna be brief and direct with these reviews.

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