Photokatsu! is so damn expensive

You know, I rarely buy digital goods using real money. Back in Team Fortress 2, I bought some keys and I never bought hats (if I recall correctly) because it was kinda annoying to look at your items with a “cannot be traded” tag. Plus, they’re digital goods and these items can be found via random drops anyways. The main reason why I spent real money on keys in the first place is I need them to trade for Steam games. TF2’s trading scene was big and I was able to get games for half the price and that’s also the reason why my Steam game library is big at 270 games.

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Have I finally found it? The place where I /sorta/ belong?

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It’s a busy month so I wasn’t able to write episode reviews and to show that I’m still alive (assuming you only check my activity here), here’s a picture of my desktop without the lights. Comfy af, if you ask me.

#MAGA — Make Aoi Great Always

Anyway, if you were following me for your schadenfreude, then this post will make you laugh at me. I’m not saying I’m truly pathetic… It’s just people find amusement in my sufferings.

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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

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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Random rant about something

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Let me treat this blog as a blog for once, so I’ll rant something that’s been bugging me for a while (even though I already know the answer to this).

It’s been more than a year since we started scanlating Aikatsu! doujinshi and I’m actually surprised how much we improved, like I became the group’s typesetter mainly because we’re understaffed and got more helping hands. I’ve improved after I did typesetting for a few doujinshi (I TS’d 80% of the doujins), and aside from that, my Japanese reading skills slightly improved. I can recognize a few kanji so there were times I can read sentences without looking up the kanji’s definition. I’m still far from perfect and I still need a checker to, well, check my translations.

Anyway, yeah, I’m a fansubber and I started around in 2007 but I only recently started scanlation.

Now for the actual rant.

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Aikatsu Stars! Reviews where? Some blogging, and Twitter Woes.

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That didn’t last long, huh?

With so many stuff to do (gaming, general browsing, translating, working as a part-time writer), it’s very hard to set aside other stuff like watching anime and writing reviews. And from the looks of it, I’m considering dropping doing episode reviews of Aikatsu Stars!.

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Anime & Fansubbing: My Online Life

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I’m drinking a bottle of Asahi Beer Super Dry as I’m writing this. Normally I don’t drink any form of alcoholic drinks because I get drunk easily (you don’t want to see me drunk), but I made an exception this time because, as you can see, I’m obsessed with anything Japanese. The beer is rather light on the alcohol content and it’s sometimes flavorless. Not drunk.

But anyway…

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