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I wonder why there’s no manga on Chess


Last time I was at uni studying. There was some students playing chess on the desk in front of mine. I never learned how to play Chess, I asked myself why. It never interested me. As much as it is portrayed both in real life and in fiction as the most intellectual game ever, it always seemed very primitive to me. In the end, no matter how complicated it gets, the only strategy in Chess is predicting your opponent’s moves. No more no less. Sure there’s different tactics, like the stuff I just read on Wikipedia about the Indian Defense and whatever, but it’s still about predicting.

After that, I started to look up if there was a manga on chess. And there isn’t as far as I know. Sure there’s some with Chess elements, and a lot of manga use it to show some sort of intellectualism possessed by the characters like I said in the first paragraph, but there isn’t a pure Chess one. Like you know, the typical shounen manga about a young boy who has a hidden talent playing Chess called La Main de Déesse and how his father left him a king piece before disappearing, the boy now plays Chess in order to find the truth about his father’s disappearance. It’s because you can’t do such a manga with Chess, or maybe you could but it would be extremely difficult. You won’t be able to make the matches exciting, make the audience’s blood boil, or make the boy pull off crazy moves that would make the readers want to learn them and use them themselves while playing, because such moves simply doesn’t exist in Chess. You can’t do the Yu Gi Oh or Saki of Chess.

After that, one could think it’s because Chess isn’t popular in Japan enough, being overshadowed by Shougi. Everyone says Shougi is the equivalent of Chess but as I don’t know how to play both I can’t really confirm this. Anyway, even then there’s only a few manga on Shougi. The only one I know of is Shion no Ou. And the anime was awesome, though I never finished it. I should do that and also read the manga someday.

I feel like it’s the first time I wrote a post that could be so full of crap, I’m nervous just like Wendy wearing a mini skirt. It was fun though.

Each other’s spoiler safety


Maybe I’m too nice. Maybe I’m trying to look nice. But when discussing anime, I often avoid spoilers, not for my own person, but for the others that could see the discussion. These days on IRC, I keep asking people to use spoilers tags, not for me, but for others who maybe do mind getting spoiled. IT’s not because a show is twenty years old that you should spoil it either.

You can’t gauge the quality of an anime simply by the studio behind it…

Pic by saitom (NSFW)

I’m not a fan of how people like to check what studio will do what anime before it airs as a mean to gauge it’s quality? It’s a fact, any studio is capable of doing great stuff as well as the worst thing ever. Just look at JC Staff, a year ago I loathed them for making indecent shows like Ookami-san, Yumekui Merry and Hidan no Aria and now I’m praising them for Kimi to Boku. It’s not the studio itself that counts, it’s the staff.

Speaking of staff, there’s almost the same issue with directors. Saying a show is bad or good because of a director is stupid. Everything isn’t his fault. I’m pretty sure there’s cases of shows where the director is not allowed to do what he wants (By higher executives/Shogakukan or whatever)  and cases where you can clearly see the particular touch of the director.

Pic by フタゴモナド  (NSFW)

A few examples: Aoki Ei, the guy who directed the first movie of Kara no Kyoukai is the same guy who directed Girls Bravo (If you don’t know it, let’s just say it’s some B-rated harem show no one remembers that’s not good but not bad either, well at least from my memory, I’m pretty kind, I bet it’s much worse than what I remember). Kara no Kyoukai is one of my favorite anime ever. He’s also directing Fate/Zero, which everyone says it’s awesome (I dunno if it’s true as I don’t watch it for now). Maybe he just gained experience in 5 years but still, going from directing Girls Bravo to Fate/Zero… obviously the director isn’t the main factor in determining a show’s quality.

A good recent example of where I think the director had a definite influence is the Redline movie (Koike Takeshi). That’s definitely what they call an “author’s work” in cinema or whatever.  He almost did everything himself.
Another less known example is Yozakura Quartet’s OADs directed by Ryo-Timo, you can clearly see his touch if you’ve seen some of his previous works (his .gifs, Beck…)
Shinkai Makoto is another great example.

Feel free to say so if you agree/disagree.

Unrelated: I guess I’m not the only guy watching Pretty Rhythm Aurora Dream who also likes hot blooded stuff

Kamido episode 1

Pic by Ribonzu.

So I watched Kamisama Dolls’s first episode. The story was ab-

Hahaha who am I kidding? This isn’t going down like this. This isn’t an anime blog. (I sure hope so).
I sure sound arrogant when saying this while I’m not really.

The thing that got my attention is how it opens with university students at a party. I like this scene, not because of the scene itself (though main guy singing LINDA LINDA was awesome), but because of the current online anime community ( well at least the English speaking one).
Please, allow me to explain: I’d bet my lunch someone said while blogging this show or talking about it or whatever:
“University students! Drinking beer!! Since when have I seen this in anime?”

The first thing that comes to my mind is pitying the guy. My second thought is wondering if he/she was serious or only said it to sound cool, or both.
Long story short, my point is unless you’re an “anime fan” since less than five years ago or/and got brainwashed by things like “anime these days is moe crap”, you shouldn’t be saying things like this…
You should know that there isn’t only “moe” shows.
You should know that there isn’t only anime with high school students, etc etc.
And you should know you’re not forced to only watch airing shows.

Back to the show itself, I don’t have any problems with anything right now and I liked this first episode. Except for the little sister which I find annoying, and the story looks generic to me but I don’t have a problem with that if it’s done right. It’s funny how I don’t like most kids both in real life and anime. I bet she will die to put some shock on the main guy or will suffer a lot.

The only thing I honestly didn’t like is the fact that female character are so whiiiiiiiiiiiite…
The “dolls” in the title actually refers to female characters right.

I like the op & ed a lot by Ishikawa Chiaki. PETO BOTORU.
I guess what I just wrote could be called “my first impressions” about the show I guess. That’s what animeblogs do though. Urgh.
Just in case, I do not have some burning hate against anime blogs or anything, I just don’t like doing what someone else is doing already. Especially if they’re doing it wonderfully, like, RandomC in my opinion

Today…(actually wanted to publish this 3 days ago)

Unrelated pic by Mamuru NSFW

I turn on the tv, and woah 9/11 documentaries, talk shows, random crap, Everywhere. Well except on Nolife.
Cmon we’re the 10th!! (see title, I’m no time traveler) we’re not even the eleventh yet… Don’t they have anything more interesting to talk about? I dunno, I think there’s still stuff going down over at that Fukushima nuclear plant, or all these guys who still demonstrate in Syria everyday and still get killed everyday. Nope. No one gives a cent.

I actually wonder if they didn’t talk about 9/11 all week long because it was on a Sunday this year, and less people watch tv on Sunday so they had to spam us with it beforehand.

Artist: めたるか

By めたるか

I always wanted to do posts about artists I like but I don’t have Choux’s skills. So I thought I’d bet on originality. Never thought I’d start with this guy. Guess it’s because he doesn’t need much effort. And yes I’d rather just copy pasta his/her name than trust Googletrans as I don’t read moonrunes.

You know that K-on! tourist town in Japan which got K-on! furniture everywhere, including funny looking signboards? If not go read this. (The signboards in question are featured in the 2nd part of the article).

Well this artist here draws characters the same way. I actually wonder if he’s the one who designed the signs in the first place or if he’s just imitating them.