October 31, 2006

PockyPalooza II: Electric Boogaloo is TONIGHT!

Halloween. A time for candy and costumes... and the Librarian and the Wonderduck will NOT disappoint!

Stay tuned for writeups on the Pocky... and COSTUMES!

UPDATE: We made it through about half the Pocky flavors. Writeups and pictures will be available probably 11/1/06.

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October 29, 2006

It's time to skewer...

...everybody's favorite incredibly cute anime series, Bottle Fairy.

And who better to do it than the legendary AMV creator Dokidoki?

Here lies HELLo FAIRY.

Steven, if you ever watch an AMV, make this be the one. Hey, it's got Max Headroom in it, how can it be bad?

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October 28, 2006

PockyPalooza II: Electric Boogaloo: The Lineup!

Here's the lineup of Glico products (and one Meiji product) for PockyPalooza II: Electric Boogaloo on Halloween (UPS willing... the order from Robert's is scheduled to arrive Halloween morning at the Duck U. Bookstore):

Pocky G
Men's Pocky
Almond Crush Pocky
Coconut Chocolate Pocky
Custard Fondu Mousse Pocky
Wheat Milk Chocolate Pocky
Pineapple Cream Pocky
Mild Chocolate Mousse Pocky
Strawberry Bits & Chocolate Pocky
Choco Custard Poare (A 'backwards Pocky', where the coating is on the INSIDE of the 'biscuit')
Caramel/Cocoa Pretz
Salad Pretz
Cheese Pretz
Meiji Chocobaby

Thanks to Vaucaunson's Duck for the Pretz, the Chocobaby, and the Coconut, Men's and Almond Crush Pocky!

Though I'm concerned about the Salad Pretz...

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October 25, 2006

PockyPalooza II: Electric Boogaloo

Thanks to the good graces of Vaucanson's Duck, who lives within walking distance of Little Tokyo in San Francisco, the next Anime Night will see the return of Pockypalooza.

Though, technically, it should probably be called Glicopalooza, since there will also be tastings of three different styles of Pretz, and something called Chocobaby, which looks like chocolate-covered tictacs.

I'm considering placing an order with Robert, as well, just to make it a full-fledged event.

Thanks, Vauc!!!

UPDATE: Order placed, PockyPalooza II: Electric Boogaloo is a GO!

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October 24, 2006

Anime Night: CardCaptor Sakura

So The Librarian and I are through 10 episodes of CCS now, and we're even MORE amused by the show than we had been. Again, I'm entirely sure that CLAMP knows exactly what they were doing, but here's some thoughts we've come up with regarding the show:

*Li is a preteen transsexual Hannibal Lechter-wannabe. "*long stare* A sharp blow right at the base of the neck, and OMIGODOMIGODOMIGODTHERE'SYUUKI OMIGODICOULDJUSTDIEOMIGOD..."

*(after Sakura swallows an entire loaf of bread in one bite) "She's going to be popular in a few years..."

*"DON'T hit pause. Just don't. Let it go." "But..." "Just don't."

*"So Tomoyo has a rubber AND catgirl fetish. Kinkyyyyyyy... yet strangely arousing."

*"Whoa. WOOD got back."

*...and WAAAAAAY too many times to note: "Bow-chikka-bow-bow!"

Seriously, seriously funny stuff, even if CLAMP didn't mean it... but they did. This is a great, GREAT show.

Yes, we're laughing at it, but it's more 'laughing WITH it,' because there's no doubt CLAMP intended this. It's a wonderful story, WONDERFUL characters (except Li Shioran... so far, I really don't much like him) but so far the best part is the (non-existant?) subtext.

If you've seen CCS, you know what I'm talking about.
If you haven't seen this yet, why not?

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October 19, 2006

Thank you, CLAMP, for teaching me how to love... again.

You may remember that recently I watched the pile of catgirl droppings known as Dokuro-chan. This experience, which left me wanting to claw my eyes out and left my eyes begging to be clawed out, scarred my anime-lovin' soul, leaving it a small, flinty cinder.

Then my friend The Librarian came over for Anime Night. After a pleasant hour of dinner 'n' conversation, we decided to pop open the 19-disc MegaStack of CardCaptor Sakura, and watched the first five episodes.

My soul is restored. I'll talk more about it down the line, after I've seen more than 1/14th of the series (70 episodes!), but so far there's been absolutely nothing about the show I can complain about... even the unintentional comedy is pure gold (though that might just be because of the shared sense of humor The Librarian and I have:

"...and they all die."
"The End."

You have NO idea how funny that exchange can be when it's well-timed, though that's hardly what I'm talking about when I say 'unintentional comedy'. I'm talking more about things like Tomoyo filming upskirt shots on Sakura as they're crawling through the Kinomoto house, though knowing CLAMP they knew exactly what they were doing).

Anyway... Boooooo, Dokuro-chan.

Hooooooray, Cardcaptor Sakura!!!

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October 18, 2006

I Love You Too.

"20061017.1535 We can skip Dokuro-chan (unless we're stupid, like Ubu Roi) and love Haibane Renmei and get the best of both worlds."

UPDATE: AAAAGH! AAAAGH! Yes, I meant Wonderduck, not Ubu Roi! AAAAGH!!! I'm the stupid one for botching up a joke like that! AAAAGH!"

I may be stupid, Steven, but at least I don't set up an easy joke and then pee it straight down my leg. *heh* more...

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October 16, 2006

Clubbed-To-Death-Angel Dokuro-Chan

Right, I admit that I said, after viewing the OP, that watching this show was "too horrible to contemplate."

But I watched it anyway.

That's about the worst thing I've ever inflicted on myself. My GOD, that was awful. Horrible. Terrible. EVIL.

As Steven DenBeste puts it, "I'm not nearly afraid enough of the Japanese."

I'm not even going to get into details. If I can sandpaper that chunk of memory out of my brain, I will. With a powersander.

Learn from my mistake: DO NOT WATCH THIS SHOW. EVER.

Eiken is better than this. And that made me want to pour battery acid in my eyes, then into my eyesockets after my eyes burned out.

Dokuro-chan is worse than that.

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October 10, 2006

The Wonderduck Award for Greatest AMV of ALL TIME!

An AMV, like any anime, is subjective. What I like may not be what you like. However, the AMV that is being given the Wonderduck Greatest AMV of ALL TIME! award is one of those rare things that everybody I've shown it to has liked (maybe 40 different people), and has a huge rating at AMV.org.

Friends, allow me to introduce the AMV of all AMVs: Odorikuruu.

I've seen many, many, MANY AMVs. Odorikuruu has been on my hard-drive for close to four years and was one of the first ones I ever saw... even though it wasn't on The Org for some time (back then, I used KazaaLite). To this day, I can click on the viddy at any time and just lose myself for four minutes in complete mindcandy. It's got a catchy tune ("Mamboleo" by Elissa), uses clips from 34 different anime (though some get a total screentime of one second), and is very tightly edited. It's very much a shame that the creator, Aokakesu, stopped making AMVs after this... or, at least, making them and listing them at The Org.

No, this isn't the 'Citizen Kane' of AMVs... but it may be 'The General' of them, and that's at least as good.

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October 02, 2006

How To Scare An Otaku.

My friend The Librarian sent me an e-mail today.

The e-mail contained a link. THIS link.

Click only if you won't miss your sanity.

Go ahead, I'll wait. When you're done, click below: more...

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