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Badge Design Competition

May 14, 2012, by , posted in Art, Events

Feeling creative? Want to contribute and give something back to the club?

Anime@UTS is looking for designs for badges to be sold at SMASH! 2012! They can feature anything – from fanart to original art, quotes, pictures and memes. Whatever you think that others would find interesting!

Just remember: whatever you submit to us, no matter who has influenced it, has it to be your own creation, and not directly copied from official sources. (If you’re making fanart by redrawing something from official art, this is fine as long as it’s not traced. Try to give it your own flair!)

If your badge design is chosen, your badge will help the club financially (fund events, new merchandise ideas, etc) and there will be various prizes for best designs. Plus we’d be happy to promote you at our stall at SMASH!  if you also do art professionally. :)

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Music Monday – Cutting and Stiching Something Up

, by , posted in Features, Music

Work, music, life, music, sleep, work, sleep…less. With a brain that is burned out and frozen in thought I am here for your entertainment. Simple explanation has no place here… but sadly this intro can only be so long (wall of text is always off putting, but I have not learned my lesson). So please, listen to something that will hopefully take you back, and not make me the only one who knows the song Gekkouka by Janne Da Arc. It’s an OP for Black Jack… You should know what it is… Hopefully… Geez starting to feel old again… D:

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Picture It – Miku Sells!

May 9, 2012, by , posted in Art

Not satisfied with conquering the world of voice synthesising software and the wallets of otaku worldwide with her teal awesomeness, art of Hatsune Miku has begun appearing in the unlikeliest of places! Shall we take a look?

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Music Monday – Samurai 7

May 7, 2012, by , posted in Music

Samurai 7 is one of those few anime series that I really, really liked but have not been able to finish watching, mostly due to the lack of episodes in my laptop (or DVDs in my DVD collection… or money in my wallet with which to buy said DVDs.)

You may be asking, ‘how can you like an anime that you haven’t watched’? Well, I have seen some episodes, at least the first three, when they were available on Youtube back in 2006-07. And even if I had not, I can still like it if I know the plot, either by spoiling yourself… or, you know, that little, almost insignificant fact that it’s based on one of the greatest and most influential films ever made.

Then, there’s the music. I can’t say I remember much of the soundtrack, but I certainly remember the opening. “Unlimited” by Nanase Aikawa is one song that I will (most probably) never forget. More due to the memories connected to the song than the song itself, but I still love “Unlimited” despite the memories, which I believe is saying something.

If you’re into Samurai and swords and mecha with a pretty cool opening, then you should check out Samurai 7. If you’re not, then you should still check it out (and unlike me, actually finish it). And while you’re at it, do check Seven Samurai by Akira Kurosawa.

Analyse This: Shoujo Manga

May 4, 2012, by , posted in Features, History

Princess Knight by Osamu Tezuka and Mistress Fortune by Arina Tanemura

The shoujo demographic contains females generally younger than 18. Shoujo manga has a reputation for being over melodramatic, sugary sweet and suffocating their characters in flowers. Shoujo anime is much the same, albeit without as many flowers or sparkles.

Shoujo manga is actually quite varied. The only thing that has remained utterly constant in shoujo manga is the need for romance, preferably with a side dish of angst and the big eyes. Fantasy, action, psychological and horror works have been successful but this demographic has always largely thrived upon romance and ‘slice of life’.

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