Archive for June, 2009

Magic the Gathering: Alara the Natural

Sunday, June 28th, 2009

In the Shards of Alara expansion block of Magic the Gathering, the story is that the world of Alara broke into five isolated “shards” or worlds, each missing two of the five colors of magic that made up the universe. The evil dragon wizard Nicol Bolas planned to destroy these shards and use the energy to achieve immortality.

At least, that’s what Wizards of the Coast tells us.


All in the family

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

Having been decisively turned to the shrine maiden side after finishing the Shrine of the Morning Mist anime, I decided to check out the manga to get more shrine maiden goodness.


Love in Space: Economic Downturn Edition

Sunday, June 14th, 2009

I don’t normally blog about my living situation, but this recent occurrence will definitely have an impact on my blogging and my personal art projects.

When my parents got their green cards (USA permanent resident visa) and settled down in Chicago, I was too old to automatically receive my own green card as their son. I managed to migrate to the USA nevertheless, by earning a worker’s visa, and have been living and working peacefully in Seattle with that visa for almost three years now. Last year, with the assistance of the lawyer who processed my parents’ immigration and the company I work for, I finally managed to apply for a green card of my own.

You think this green card is expensive?



Friday, June 12th, 2009

Wandaba Style, an anime about a boy scientist who recruits a team of aspiring idol singers to travel to the moon, is largely a waste of time.

But the significance of Wandaba Style is that it is what has introduced the Western world to the artist known as Goto-P. It is unfortunate that a work severely lacking in literary merit would serve as the introduction of such a great artist.

Goto-P is an essential part of a balanced moe diet.

We here in the United States must either check out Clannad Another Story or wait until the translation of Narcissu Side 2nd if we want to experience a story worthy of Goto-P’s artwork.

Narcissu Side 2nd is a visual novel where the player takes on the role of a sickly girl named Setsumi as she comes to terms with her mortality or something.

Name: Setsumi. Gender: Female. Blood type: O. Bracelet color (identification bracelet used by hospitals to mark their patients): Blue. Age: 19 (although the official site also says 15, and that she looks like a middle schooler even at age 22).

Goto-P, and his artbooks such as Nagomi Hiyori, are highly regarded by myself, Stripey, Shin, Samukun, and other bloggers whose tastes in anime girls tend more toward highly underage-looking screen names start with “S”, because of his choice of subject matter. Goto-P depicts nostalgic and carefree scenes with young female child characters, in his own words “wonderful days remembered through all eternity.” His soft coloring style gives his pictures a relaxing feeling.


Orange Planet

Saturday, June 6th, 2009

Just a little something to show that I’ve been working hard on Love in Space as usual, and not slacking off and watching Shrine of the Morning Mist or something like that.



Twincast (T. Hashimoto Alternate Art Ver.)

Monday, June 1st, 2009

The original art by Christopher Moeller, from the Saviors of Kamigawa expansion of Magic the Gathering.

The alternate art versions, by Takashi Hashimoto.