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Music Monday

October 24, 2010, by , posted in Music

So with Marvel vs Capcom 3 coming in Q1 next year I thought it would be nice to revisit some things of what made this game so great. Having grown up playing heaps of XvSF, MvSF and MvC, the soundtrack always seems to bring back fond memories. So here is a list of some of my favourite tracks from the VS series.

Starting off with a song fit for an anime club.

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Music Monday

October 18, 2010, by , posted in Music

We’re quickly approaching the end of semester two, where we find ourselves inevitably drawn more and more into a manic frenzy of activity involving assignments, work and other things.

So here’s a song with some frenzied maniac singing away. DAMEDAMEDAMEDAMEDAME- this is otherwise known as the 7th opening theme of the long running Crayon Shin-Chan anime, the story of which revolves around a psychotic innocent five year old who likes to troll play with everyone.

Challenge Accepted: Spoonful

October 16, 2010, by , posted in Blog

Background:

During lunch, j0kk raised the point that most foods and meals can be eaten using a spoon, as the traditional cutlery set for a Filo is a spoon and fork. Filos will use a spoon and fork for almost any meal, even a steak. It was at this point the conversation devolved into a debate as to whether there was any food that could now be eaten using a spoon.

Objective:

Find a food or meal that cannot be eaten using a spoon.

Challenge:

To attempt to eat

Music Monday

October 11, 2010, by , posted in Music

The year 2000 came with a bang. A new century, a new decade, a new age. The future was here, and it was bright, and we were the generation to make it ours. But as the years rolled by, nothing really changed. We didn’t get our flying cars or our holograms or anything particularly fancy. Everything was the same. Nothing ever changed.

When the kids sing of the future, maybe kids don’t need their masters.

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FLCL Review

October 10, 2010, by , posted in Review

The early 2000s were an interesting period for anime. On the back of Evangelion, the anime scene was starting to slowly grow in Australia. Madman started to release a bunch of different anime series on DVD, with names like Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040, Martian Successor Nadesico and RahXephon. To keep up with all these series (on our severely limited budgets), my circle of friends would pick a series to buy and then share the DVDs amongst ourselves. A lot of anime back then was either those sci-fi psychological thrillers or harem, slapstick comedies, and it was all starting to seem similar and boring. Then one afternoon, a friend dropped off the first DVD of FLCL for me to watch.

Woah. That was something different.

It has been 10 years since FLCL was first released and time hasn’t touched it all. In the very first episode, you have Vespas, Rickenbacker Bass Guitars, school girls, aliens, giant robots, cats, big fights and a love triangle all wrapped up in a school days/coming of age anime. Attempting to describe what goes on in FLCL would do it a disservice. It’ll seem too whacky, hyperactive, over-the-top and just plain strange. And sure, a lot of people who watch it will take it for its face value and have that opinion, which is a shame. Despite all the exaggerations and excess, the series is a coming-of-age story at heart and it never loses sight of that. In fact, its probably the best coming-of-age anime there is.

The soundtrack to FLCL is amazing, rivaling that of Yoko Kanno’s work on Cowboy Bebop (and pretty much any other series she works on). The majority of the music for the series comes from the Japanese J-rock band, the pillows, who have a special spot in the playlists of all those who have watched the series. Their songs compliment the anime perfectly, adding the emphasis on the slow, nostalgic moments and adding brilliance to the high, emotional moments.

But probably the best aspect of FLCL is its pacing. Most people remember it for the wild, whacky action that happens at a million miles a minute that can keep even those of us with the worst ADD entertained for hours. But these scenes are contrasted with slow (almost snail) scenes that really bring out the emotions of the characters. When you watch it first, you’ll remember the crazy moments. When you watch it again, you’ll remember the subtle moments.

And that’s what’s truly great about FLCL. Even if its only 6 episodes long, you’ll find yourself rewatching it over and over again to find the little nuances of the series. After about the third re-watching, I knew FLCL was probably my favourite anime, and it still is.