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Music Monday

August 30, 2010, by , posted in Music

As someone who doesn’t really watch anime, my knowledge of such music is extremely limited. So this post will be related to Japanese dramas instead. I’m kind of shallow, so I tend to follow dramas with members from the boybands I like.

A drama I recently watched is Orthros no Inu (2009), starring Nishikido Ryo (NEWS) and Takizawa Hideaki (Tackey and Tsubasa).

This is the opening song, Hikari Hitotsu, by Takizawa Hideaki.

Anyway, about the drama… Takizawa Hideaki plays a dark introvert born with the hand of God, that is, the ability to cure people by touching them. Conversely, Nishikido Ryo plays a kind-hearted teacher cursed with the hand of the Devil, the power to kill upon contact. What will happen when they meet? Throw in some politicians, police and drug traffickers and it’s pretty exciting. At least, I think so, anyway. :)

Music Monday

August 22, 2010, by , posted in Music

Trawling through youtube to come up with a “decent” addition to the Music Monday, I wondered what I was actually looking for. Apart from posting the obvious clip, I decided to search for a clip that I liked from an anime. And here it is:

Upon watching that clip I suddenly found another clip that was a cover of that song.Usually, I immediately exit those but this was kinda good. Among the OP, ED and insert songs of recent anime there are an increasing number of musical covers. This means that there are a lot of covers that are really bad, though there are a surprising few gems. I assume that the main cause of this is the advent and wide availability of high-speed internet and the wide-spread distribution of digital cameras. Though the majority of these “covers” come from everybody’s favourite website for procrastination, youtube.

Music Monday

August 16, 2010, by , posted in Music

Unsurprisingly, this week’s Music Monday will be all about Blazblue because that is all that’s on my mind. Particularly with the recent release of the new version.

While I am not particularly fond of the opening songs, that would be the most fitting here.

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Sake Factory Tour

August 14, 2010, by , posted in Out and About

Did you know that Australia has a sake brewery? And did you know that its located in Penrith? And did you also know that they offer guided tours around the factory? Well we did. And we decided to take that tour.

Penriff Station

Go Shu Sake Factory

So you probably knew that sake is made using rice, right? (Hence why its sometimes called rice wine.) Well did you know that they use polished rice in sake? Rice has several layers to it, and the most purest sake is made from the core of the rice. To get to that core, the rice undergoes a polishing process that strips away layer upon layer of each rice grain. The remaining rice is used to make sake, whilst the debris created during polishing is used for skin care products (as they are rich in vitamins).

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They had tons of rice! Literally!

Special sake making machines

The Go-Shu Sake Brewery is only a few decades old, which is relatively young compared to the sake factories of Japan, some of which are centuries old. But being the only local sake brewery in Australia, their products are sold in over 100 Japanese restaurants and establishments throughout Sydney alone.

Listening attentively.

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The Go-Shu Brewery is also very environmentally friendly. Most of their waste products are either turned into skin care products, used to water the plum trees outside or driven down the road to feed cows. Apparently alcohol and sake helps build appetite, so those are some hungry hungry cows.

Bottling machine.

Lots of sake in those silos.

If you’d like to learn more about sake and the sake brewery process, or just looking for an interesting day out, we highly suggest taking the tour. Otherwise, they have a visitor center where you can buy sake and skin care products for cheap! And why wouldn’t you? Sake is good for the skin, good for the appetite and best served with good company!

Sake!

For more info, check out their website.

6 Things About SMASH!

August 10, 2010, by , posted in Out and About

1. More than 2500 people like anime and want to go to a convention it seems. Unfortunately, Town Hall doesn’t let you have more than that, so lots of people ended up getting turned away at the door. Pretty bad oversight and there were alot of angry and disappointed people who couldn’t get in. Inside the convention there were still problems, particularly during the cosplay comp, where the main hall ended up reaching  capacity and you couldn’t enter unless you were either a) In cosplay or b) a Vendor. Not really a problem for us, but people were getting very annoyed.

With that said, Town Hall was much more welcoming than it has been in the past. Air conditioning was a god-send for the whole venue which is a change from the one huge fan that was used in the olden day. Despite that though, I’m kind of glad we’re moving away from Town Hall and going onto somewhere else.

2. 15 years on, Evangelion is still popular. Who would’ve thought? SMASH’s international guests were pretty awesome this year and probably the highlight of the convention. Everyone seemed to love Yuko Miyamura, but I’ll always have a soft spot for Tiffany Grant and Matt Greenfield. I watched Evangelion in dub as a child, and for me, that’s the best way to watch it. It’ll be interesting to see if SMASH can better their guest list next year.

3. Wtf is up with the Free <insert action here> stuff? Geez. I thought that went out years ago.

4. The Maid Cafe was weird. Sausage rolls and pies? Not exactly the stuff I’d expect from a Maid Cafe. And there was also a lack of food/drinks vendors with massive lines. That was largely due to Town Hall’s restrictions, which is probably even better reason to leave that place behind.

5. If you weren’t interested in the cosplay or you weren’t an artist, you could get bored real quick. You could do your shopping and see everything you needed to see within an hour or two. There wasn’t anything I’d consider new to SMASH this year, and if you’ve been to as many conventions as we have, that’s a bad thing. Even pictochat sucked.

6. But hey, at least the club stall looked nice.