Monthly Archives: January 2012

Starship Operators ~ A Political Space Soap Opera

Starship Operators title screen

It’s been a while since I’ve posted a review, so now it’s time to switch gears and blast off into space with Starship Operators, a drama, military, political space opera!

For the 73rd class of cadets of the Defense University of the small planet Kibi, a cruise on the fleet’s new starship Amaterasu is a fitting last moment before graduation. As they return to their home planet, however, they are shocked to hear news of a declaration of war by the aggressive Kingdom against Kibi. When their planetary government surrenders without a struggle, the cadets decide to launch their own war, aboard the Amaterasu. To gain funding as a self-government, they make a deal with a galactic news network – and find themselves the stars of their own reality show.

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Happy Lunar New Year!

Lunar New Year

Gong xi fa cai! It’s the New Lunar Year today so it’s cause enough for an obligatory holiday post. So enjoy your red envelopes, firecrackers, and festive food!

On a different note, I’ve been busy lately since I’ve just gotten back to college and has had to sort out quite a lot, neglecting my poor blog in the process. Regular posting will probably be back late this week when I finally finish sorting out my work and school schedule.

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All this would truly become Ephemeral should SOPA & PIPA pass

If you haven’t heard by now, there is a great protest in the United States against SOPA and PIPA in which, if passed, the government would have unprecedented power to shut down any sites that are found to have copyrighted materials. This even includes anime, not only just videos or screenshots, but any relevant media. Blogs found to have even screenshots of copyrighted materials (anime) would be shut down and blocked, which fits my blog. And so I have joined the protest against SOPA and PIPA. Ephemeral Dreams will be blacked out from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM EST on January 18, 2012. More information about SOPA and PIPA can be found through the “Stop Censorship” ribbon in the upper right. If you still don’t understand the full extent of what would happen should this legislation pass, here’s a very good informative article.

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Blog Carnival Wrap-up ~ A Parade to Wrap Up the Night!

Fuji Choko is such a great artist.

The merry carnival finally ends today, and to commemorate the past week of great ramble and hubbub, we shall have a parade to wrap up this one long, fun night!

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Nisemonogatari 02 ~ Eroticism and Smut (May Be Mildly NSFW)

Kanbaru.

Ok, so this is a first for me in which I write about something rather not quite so safe for work: eroticism and smut. To be put simply, the latest episode of Nisemonogatari was chock-full of smut and eroticism.

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Katawa Shoujo ~ Coping and Living With Our Disabilities

Katawa Shoujo cast

If you haven’t heard by now, there is this visual novel that has swept the anime Western community into quite a big storm. What makes this visual novel unique and different from all the other generic, typical visual novels is that the heroines are young girls with disabilities. Katawa Shoujo, five years in making and began on a 4chan thread, allows you to interact with five different girls and unlock their “routes,” where you attempt to solidify a romantic relationship with them. We have Emi Ibaraki, an energetic girl with both legs amputated, Hanako Ikezawa, a shy girl with extensive burn marks on her body, Lilly Satou, a blind elegant girl, Rin Tezuka, the philosophical girl born without arms, and Shizune Hakamichi, a deaf ambitious girl. In addition to the main cast, we also have a supporting character who is crucial to Shizune’s route, Shiina Mikado, a hyperactive sign language interpreter girl. Now today, we have a guest and fellow blogger joining me for this special (albeit longer than usual) collaboration post about our first impressions and thoughts on this visual novel, Foshizzel from Metanorn!

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Blog Carnival ~ Earning That Coveted Perfect Score

A merry carnival begins!

When I last looked on my MAL (MyAnimeList) list, it turned out that, out of my 284 completed anime, there were only 7 anime that have earned the coveted 10/10 score from me, which is an astonishing 2.4% success rate for a perfect score. du5k from One Minute of Dusk has put together an anime blog carnival, where a group of bloggers contribute to a topic, discuss about it on the posts, and write a round-up post at the end of the carnival. This anime blog carnival starts today, on January 9th, and will end on January 15th.

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