Saturday, February 28, 2009

Shakugan no Shana (灼眼のシャナ)

Shakugan no Shana (灼眼のシャナ, lit. Shana of the Burning Eyes), also known simply as Shana, is a series of Japanese light novels and related media works written by Japanese novelist Yashichiro Takahashi and illustrated by Noizi Ito centering around Yuji Sakai, an ordinary Japanese high school boy who inadvertently becomes involved in a perpetual war between forces of balance and imbalance in existence. In the process, he befriends the title character: a fighter for the balancing force, whom he takes to calling "Shana". The series incorporates science fiction, fantasy, and slice-of-life "school days" elements into its tale.

# Reference
Shana: Box Set(

Friday, February 27, 2009

Ballad of a Shinigami (しにがみのバラッド。)

Ballad of a Shinigami (しにがみのバラッド。 Shinigami no Baraddo.), subtitled momo: the god girl of death, is a Japanese light novel series written by K-Ske Hasegawa, with illustrations by Nanakusa. The first novel was released on June 10, 2003, and as of September 10, 2008, twelve volumes have been published by ASCII Media Works under their Dengeki Bunko label. The novels have been licensed by Seven Seas Entertainment for release in English with the first novel released in March 2008. The series revolves around Momo, a shinigami, and her familiar Daniel, a talking black cat, as they interfere with the world of the living.

# Reference
Ballad of a Shinigami, Vol.1(

Thursday, February 26, 2009

The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya (涼宮ハルヒの憂鬱)

The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya (涼宮ハルヒの憂鬱 Suzumiya Haruhi no Yūutsu) is the title of the 2006 television anime about a girl who, unbeknownst to her, possesses the power to change reality. The story is based on a series of novels, the first of which bears the same title. The anime adaptation, directed by Tatsuya Ishihara and produced by Kyoto Animation, shares the first novel's plotline, presented in six self-contained episodes, with seven episodes based on chapters from the second, third, fifth, and sixth novels woven amongst them. The ninth episode, "Someday in the Rain", was a new story written specifically for the anime by Nagaru Tanigawa, the author of the novels. The fourteen episode series premiered in Japan on April 2, 2006 and aired until July 2, 2006. Notably, these episodes were not originally broadcast in chronological order. A re-broadcast of the series will begin in April 2009.

# Reference
The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya: Complete Collection(

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Tsundere (ツンデレ)

Tsundere (ツンデレ) is a Japanese word for a character archetype which describes a person with a conceited, spiky, combative personality that suddenly becomes modest and loving when triggered by some sort of cause (such as being alone with someone). It can also describe a personality that is good-willed, but its attitude and actions often contradict its nature. Originally found in Japanese bishōjo games, the word is now part of the otaku moe phenomenon, reaching into other media such as anime, manga, novels, and even mass media.

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The Familiar of Zero (ゼロの使い魔)

The Familiar of Zero (ゼロの使い魔 Zero no Tsukaima) is a fantasy and comedy-oriented series of Japanese light novels written by Noboru Yamaguchi and illustrated by Eiji Usatsuka. The story features several characters from the second year class of a magic academy in a fictional magical world with the main characters being the inept mage Louise and her familiar from Earth, Saito Hiraga. The series has been adapted three times as an anime series. The first season aired in Japan between July and September 2006 produced by the animation studio J.C. Staff and directed by Yoshiaki Iwasaki.

# Reference
The Familiar of Zero: Box Set(

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Yandere (ヤンデレ)

Yandere (ヤンデレ) is a Japanese term for a personality that is initially extremely loving and gentle, then at one point becomes deranged or psychotic, often brutally so. Yandere is a combination of the two words yanderu (病んでる), meaning to be sick, and deredere (デレデレ), which is defined as exhausted or lovestruck. Much like the tsundere term, there is also the related noun yanderekko which refers to a girl with a yandere personality, much like how a meganekko is a girl with glasses.

# Reference

Yaru Koro ni; Re (犯る頃に;Re)

# Reference
犯る -> Criminal

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Fate Stay Night (フェイト/ステイナイト)

Fate/stay night (フェイト/ステイナイト Feito/sutei naito) is a Japanese eroge visual novel game created by Type-Moon, which was originally released on January 30, 2004, for the PC. It has been adapted into an anime television series, which was animated by Studio Deen and aired between January 6, 2006, through June 16, 2006.
The official announcement and teaser trailer of the anime were first shown at the Rondo Robe 2005 "-Gate to Date-" event in Japan on June 26, 2005, and a curtain-raiser DVD was released in Japan during November 2005. An all-ages version of Fate/stay night, titled Fate/stay night Réalta Nua, was released for the PlayStation 2 on April 19, 2007, and features the seiyū from the anime series. The series has been adapted into a manga series, which began serialization in the monthly Shōnen Ace magazine.

# Reference
Fate Stay Night Box Set(

Saturday, February 21, 2009

GOSICK (ゴシック)

Gosick (ゴシック goshikku) is a Japanese light novel series by Kazuki Sakuraba, published by Fujimi Shobo. Set in a fictional European country in 1924, a Japanese exchange student meets a mysterious, brilliant girl who only leaves the library to sleep. Her brother, a policeman, relies on her mind to solve difficult mysteries, several of which draw her away from the library. Tokyopop released the first novel in the series in English in April 2008. The series is published in German by Tokyopop since November 2006. A manga adaptation started serialization in the shōnen manga magazine Monthly Dragon Age on December 9, 2007.

# Reference
GOSICK Volume 1(

Friday, February 20, 2009

MAD Movie (MADムービー)

A MAD Movie (MADムービー Maddo Mūbī) is a Japanese fan-made video, much like an Anime Music Video. MAD can also describe the Japanese AMV community, although they can be anything from audio clips, edited pictures, to wholly original creations. MADs do not necessarily even need to be related to anime, though the more popular ones typically are. The term MAD (occasionally M@D) is thought to be a reference to the name of one of the original MADs, rather than an particular acronym for anything,

# Reference

Suzumiya Haruhi ga Naku Koro ni (涼宮ハルヒがなく頃に)

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Nico Nico Douga (ニコニコ動画)

Nico Nico Douga (ニコニコ動画 Niko Niko Dōga, lit. "Smiley videos") is a popular video sharing website in Japan managed by Niwango. Its nickname is "Niconico" or "Nico-dō", where "nikoniko" is the Japanese ideophone for smiling. Nico Nico Douga is the ninth most visited website in Japan. The site won the Japanese Good Design Award in 2007, and an Honorary Mention of the Digital Communities category at Prix Ars Electronica 2008.

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