So here’s some gratitutious smut in awaiting Season 2 of Kuroko’s Basketball. 😛
But I’m really overwhelmed with university projects and exams which all end by the first week of May or so. To make up for it, I promise that I’ll give a review on the hottest two anime of the year: Magi and Psycho-Pass. (I heard there’s loads of mind-fuck in Psycho-Pass but hey, it’s Urobuchi who directed Madoka and Fate Zero, what do you expect? XD) I’m thinking that if I have the time, I may go into some introductions of seiyuus, the seiyuu work culture, the anime industry as well as the politics behind what gets screen-lit and what not.
Also, I’m thinking of analysing the sociological implications and the power relations between ruler and subordinate, king and citizen in Magi as well. I’m not doing as much hard commentary as I had liked (and also, I’m not sure if that’s what you guys want) so do tell me what kind of commentary or reviews or posts that you are interested in and if it’s in the interest of this blog to do so, I’ll gladly comply. 🙂
Harem, I mean Haven. 😛
News source here.
I wonder whether Akashi will make an appearance though? He does after all, appear pretty late in the manga. 😀 Let’s hope!
A teaser made by Kyoto Animation has been made about 4 swimmers which from a BL scale of 1 to Kuroko no Basugay, is probably closer to the latter. The title is not “Ore to Omae No Sa O Oshiete Yaru Yo (I’ll teach you the difference between you and I)”; it’s just a tagline.
I’m really anticipating the anime if it’s going to be released. It looks really well animated; I just hope it doesn’t have a sucky plotline like K.
So erm… I’m not sure how many of you guys watched Toaru Majitsu no Index (A Certain Magical Index) which IMO, there’s a little too much objectification of women and nudity and pantsu shots but apparently, there’s a release of an Accelerator Dakimakura. Which strikes me as odd because Toaru’s fanbase has been predominantly male… well… I suppose Accelerator’s brash, violent nature appeals to a certain group of individuals I guess. To each his/her own.
Preorders can be made here by 2013/03/07 and hey; it ships beyond Japan! It’s around 9000yen which is slightly cheaper than the average dakimakura. So if you wanna get your hands on it now, it’s a great time to do so.
For those who are not sure about who Accelerator is… well here you go:
||下記6種の味が全種楽しめる「全部入り」セットです♪ ・黒子(ミルクアーモンド味) ・火神(ストロベリーマカダミア味) ・黄瀬(バナナマカダミア味) ・緑間(メロンマカダミア味) ・青峰(ブルーベリーマカダミア味) ・紫原、赤司(ラズベリーマカダミア味)
More commodities wrapped in Kuroko no Basuke wrappers that makes you believe that these ordinary chocolates are somehow connected or related to your favourite Kuroko no Basuke characters! Come on, I love KnB and all the rest of it, but the overt commercialisation is getting a little too much. Isn’t the perfume enough already?
For more information:
Kuroko: Milk Almond
Kagami: Strawberry Macadamia
Kise: Banana Macadamia
Midorima: Melon Macadamia
Aomine: Blueberry Macadamia
Murasakibara and Akashi: Raspberry Macadamia
I have no idea why Kuroko’s almonds… Anyways, 6 bars cost around 1260yen which is around 15 plus dollars or so. You may order it from this particular site.
This blog has been a little quiet lately because this season is unfortunately, more or less relatively BL free (someone please prove me wrong! XD) and the Kuroko no Basuke fandom and news are relatively more or less cooling down right now. Of course, any news on the Kuroko no Basuke OVA will be distributed here first so do stay updated.
On labelling posts as NSFW:
I’ve read through each and every single comment and I understand the reasons for labelling certain posts as NSFW. However, I have decided not to do so for the very obvious reason: BL is NSFW to begin with in the first place. Let’s face it guys, even if I were to upload a relatively mild photo of Kuroko and Kagami kissing, it’s still pretty objectionable to be caught with that material in the workplace. Heck, even I would raise eyebrows if I saw my employees surfing a site with this:
And we’re just talking about Magi which is around “lukewarm” on the BL thermometer. So no, no labeling of NSFW because BL is already a category in general that is not safe for work and if you choose to explore a blog that states explicitly so during work, that’s your decision. I know that some of you have blogs or sites dedicated to BL as well and you have NSFW labels just like many other blogs. However, there are also many BL blogs which choose not to do so and I’m one of them. I have explained my reasoning and I hope that you can at least respect that and how I manage my blog.
On setting up a mini BL store of sorts:
I’ve received some great feedback through email and comments so I really do appreciate that! It’s still an idea that I’m mulling about and something that I’m definitely interested in pursuing. Do give me a while to formulate the request forms and all the administration to go with it.
I’ve decided to stop watching Magi as of now because personally, I feel that the enjoyment level of Magi depreciates when you watch each episode per week. (Unlike say, K or Kuroko no Basuke). I had a great blast watching Magi episodes within one sitting and I think that I will blog about Magi once the season ends. I’ll tell you what I’m crazy about:
Tonari no Kaibutsu Kun is the most enjoyable shoujo anime that I have watched since Kaichou wa Maid Sama. It was well-crafted, the gender power relations are about as egalitarian as it can get and the comedy is spot on. I die of laughter every single time I watch an episode and I WILL blog on this at a later date so keep your eyes out! Anything is better than that ridiculous Sukitte ii na yo. 😄
Special thanks to <a href=”http://fyeahsuzalulu.tumblr.com/”So this arrived to me in the middle of ethnographics lecture last week! This doujinshi is just as every much as well drawn and erotic as I expected.
As I will be going to Japan in the later part of the year, I’m thinking of how do I do better and serve the BL community to the best of my abilities. And I have decided to run a mini yaoi selling service; basically BL goods that Fudanshi Haven would personally recommend at almost no profit at all. You just need to pay for the transport fee, mailing fee and miscellaneous fees. 😀 Sounds good? I don’t do personal shopping for anyone at this moment unless you ask really nicely and it’s at my convenience but what I will be doing is to basically buy yaoi merchandise and doujinshi which I really believe in and which I really want to build up a base and demand for in other countries and also to please the fans from other countries who do not have access to Japan exclusive goods.
So are there anyone who’s interested in this doujinshi? 😀 I need a rough number so I can buy enough stock and distribute it when the time comes. 😄
Here’s some preludes to what you’ll be getting: ^_^
This is a lovely one-shot OVA original love story between a merman (Izaki) and a high school student (Shima). The animation is one of its kind, the storyline touching and well-developed and the whole episode is extremely artistic, well-executed and beautiful to say the least. Note that I don’t usually describe anime as “beautiful” and I usually reserve that for artworks or paintings but this episode is so delicately drawn that the choice of adjective is justified.
This is the second episode in the Kono Dashi series directed by the indie director Yamamoto Soubi. The first episode is called Kono Danshi, Uchuujin to Tatakaemasu (This Boy Can Fight With Aliens) though while well-executed, does not have as much shounen-ai interactions as the second episode.
I’m not going to provide any spoilers but I want to draw attention to a particular trope that is used within the storyline which is mermaid/merman trope. There is a specific reference in the episode to Hans Christian Andersen and it’s not a coincidence because Andersen’s The Little Mermaid represents a specific love that most people don’t recognise have traces of homosexuality.
The Little Mermaid was originally written as a love letter by Hans Christian Andersen to Edvard Collin. Andersen, upon hearing of Collin’s engagement to a young woman, proclaimed his love to him. He told him ”I long for you as though you were a beautiful Calabrian girl.” Edvard Collin turned Andersen down, disgusted. Andersen then wrote The Little Mermaid to symbolize his inability to have Collin just as a mermaid cannot be with a human. He sent it to Collin in 1936 and it goes down in history as one of the most profound love letters ever written. Hence, The Little Mermaid, as it was originally written, did not have a happy ending. The prince fell in love with another lady and the Little Mermaid jumped into the sea and transformed into sea foam. Hence the use of mermaids is always used to connote the tragedy of the incompatibility of love, or love that can never be realised such as in Puella Magi Madoka Magica and in Kono Danshi, Ningyo Hiroimashita perhaps? 😛
Because this OVA is obscure and needs more people to watch and know about this, I’m going to direct you straight to the streaming link over here.
Guy initate, girl stands in passive awe awaiting the kiss. Sickening.
Some time ago, one of my friends expressed great surprise when I professed to have watched Kaichou wa Maid-sama and actually liked it. After all, most guys are not really into watching shoujo anime even if it uphold themes of patriarchical oppression where it’s always the girl who swoons over the guy, the male individual who saves the day and the guy who initiates all of the romance and the kissing. I really liked Kaichou wa Maid-sama because it attempts to portray a more egalitarian relationship where the female protagonist is actually not a pathetic, spineless weeping willow and in certain cases, rescued the male protagonist in certain instances.
How can someone not give in to an arrogant jerk like him?
I can’t say the same for shows such as Kimi ni Todoke and apparently, Sukitte ii na yo. It’s so pathetic. In shoujo manga such as these, the female character is always a classic reject, a sad bullied individual who needs the help of the **most popular guy in school** to raise the social status of the befallen girl. Sometimes, I wonder whether does the female protagonist actually fall in love with the character, or the social class elevation that he represents. It’s also no wonder that females portrayed in this manner are pathetic, ugly, downtrodden until the salvation in the form of a ultra popular boyfriend comes along. I hate it. It pervades this ridiculous fantasy for women (and some men) that somehow, being in love, or being in a romantic relationship somehow fixes your life in a spontaneous, natural fashion. It’s always about being broken and getting someone else to fix up your mess. Whereas in Kaichou wa Maid-sama, these two individuals started out having strong character, two complete individuals who just so happen to fall in love with each other.
But of course, I’m sure there are women out there who find such fantasies enjoyable and interesting, who are very comfortable with the idea of a man rescuing them on a white horse. Many women I know are very comfortable with the idea of patriarchal oppression so I’m not surprised at all to find out that Sukitte Ii Na Yo is a minor hit among many Western viewers.
Some news about this movie:
1. Anime director Sato Keiichi who directed Tiger and Bunny, will co-direct the movie with Otani Kentaro, who’s also a well known director, especially of the live-movie adaptation of Nana.
2. The story has a new original storyline which takes place 130 years after the timeline within the manga.
3. Your black butler will be played by the iconic ikemen Mizushima Hiro:
He used to be a successful actor, then he became an award-winning fiction author and resigned from his company to focus on his writing. This role in Kuroshitsuji breaks a 3 year acting hiatus for him. Here’s a video of him speaking in surprisingly good English:
Looks like a good anime adaptation. Kuroshitsuji isn’t something that requires terribly nuanced acting so I don’t see how bad this can go. I’m more concerned on the original storyline and whether it’ll be as intriguing as some other anime movies on the market: Tiger and Bunny 2nd Movie for instance.