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Mai-Hime WIP [26 Jan 2007|03:27pm]
Another netflixed title, Mai-Hime is not off to a good start. So far it was breasts, breasts, breasts, and more breasts.

Did I mention breasts? Oh, and monsters. Monsters which steal bra and panties. I understand that anime is not supposed to make sense, but there are limits.

Animation is way too cheap for a big production. And the worst is, I hate when creators visibly cut corners. One thing is to have the animation basic. It can be artistic, even breath-taking (like in Fuujin Monogatari [link, link]). And another thing is this:

What is up with the el-cheapo 3D backgrounds? My laptop can ray-trace better! Cheepskates. And the face is a blob. Thanks for keeping the nose at least, losers. The screencap of the girl trying the bra for the first time above is a still art. If they animated the whole show like that, I might've liked it. But that was too hard for them.

Finally, the voicework tends to go down the toilet every time voices get raised. Which happens a lot, naturally.

I'm going to stick with the show for now, but it's very much on probation.

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Japanese fun [26 Jan 2007|06:52pm]
In the epilogue of Stellivia, I heard Ren to say: "何で片瀬さんもこんな朴念仁に。。。", which means approximately: "And why did Ms Katase [fell in love] with such bokunenjin..."

I only recognized the word because I ran into it before. It's fairly uncommon, and the only one of my dictionaries which lists it is Obunsha (you thought that "jin" in it were "人" too, didn't you).

It's so rare, that I can't tell if "bokunenjin" is a real life word, but I think that I ran into anime Japanese finally. Every native speaker I asked says that "the future" is "shorai", whereas in anime it's invariably "mirai". What I mean is, "mirai" is a word, you can find it in a dictionary. Warren was going to use it to name some component in Fedora build system at one point. But apparently it's not a real life word.

I heard a lot before that anime Japanese is not like the Japanese Japanese, but until now I caught no instances of it.

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