Under Your Radar: Love Live! School Idol Project

We’re Living in the Now (Bokura wa Ima no Naka de) by μ’s

Our honest feelings bring us together
We’re serious, but inexperienced; our hearts clash
Even so, we want to achieve big dreams
It’s right here, and it’s only just begun

(We know)
It won’t be all fun and games; we’ll face challenges
(We know)
That those hardships are part of our future
(We’re going)
If we come together, we’ll all become stronger
(For sure) We’ll keep changing (We’ll be stars!)

If we can do our best with what we love
A new (place) will be our goal
If we can all believe in what we love
We can (embrace) out hearts’ fluttering and move forward

(Throw away your fear) With your best smile
(Fly higher and higher) We’re living in the now

Waiting for the light to shine on us

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Love Live Promo Art

This week’s Under Your Radar is Love Live! School Idol Project. Love Live! is a large multimedia production by Dengeki G’s Magazine (which is run by Kadokawa), music label Lantis (which is a subsidiary of Namco Bandai), and anime studio Sunrise (which is mostly known for Gundam, but Love Live! is handled by its eighth studio, whose other notable works include the anime adaptations of Accel World and Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere; it is also a subsidiary of Namco Bandai).

Being a multimedia project, parts of the franchise include short stories, a manga, fan-voted music videos (which determine things like the song’s lead singer and the names of the idol groups and sub-groups), other music CDs, an anime and even live performances, without even getting into miscellaneous merchandise. Of those, the manga and short stories are the only ones that cannot be accessed by English-speaking audiences (and only the anime can be viewed legally). As a result, this review will focus on the anime. Continue reading

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Atman all the Way

Quick Logo From Josh (Recieved Size)As you may already be aware, I have a musician and an artist working with me on Turtles all the Way for now, though all of us are presently stumped. Under normal circumstances, I would have no idea how to describe the musician’s level of musical skill to the followers of this blog, due to my complete lack of knowledge of music-related things.

But it seems I don’t have to.

Under Your Radar: Oreimo

You’re a fake. You see, my sister would never wake me up, cook breakfast, or do my laundry. In fact, she completely looks down on me and treats me like an idiot, or outright ignores me! She doesn’t listen to a word I say! There’s no way she’d come into my room like this to wake me up! Basically, what I’m trying to say is that there’s no way me little sister could be this cu-*wakes up*

Kirino and Kyosuke, if you couldn’t tell.

After another long hiatus, this week’s Under Your Radar is the light novel series Oreimo (which is the short version of its Japanese title, which is Ore no Imōto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai, which translates into “My Little Sister Can’t Be This Cute”), which has received multiple anime and manga adaptations, as well as two visual novels for PSP. This series actually has a pretty large fanbase, but is looked down upon from the outside of said fanbase due to the title. Honestly, based on the title, there are a large amount of people who have never even watched/read it that think it’s about incest. It’s not. Continue reading

Under Your Radar: Neptunia

Up, Up, Down, Down… whatever. Secret code entered.

You may be wondering why I’m late with this week’s Under Your Radar entry. That’s because I legitimately forgot. Seriously.

In any case, this week’s entry is on Neptunia, a PS3 series about moeified game consoles and companies fighting in console wars. The games in the series are known in English as Hyperdimension Neptunia and Hyperdimension Neptunia mk2. In Japan, they’re known as Chōjigen Game Neptune (Super Dimension Game Neptune), Chōjigen Game Neptune mk2 (Super Dimension Game Neptune mk2) and a third game came out there recently named Kami Jigen Game Neptune V (God Dimension Game Neptune V – the “V” stands for “Victory”). An anime was announced on the day of said third game’s release, and a manga has been running for a while now (though only two chapters were scanlated – I’d do it myself if I could find the RAWs). The protagonist is based off of the Sega Neptune, a system that never came to be. Continue reading

You See, A Lot of Things Happened…

A lot of stuff has happened. I simply don’t post about it as often.

I’ve been making loads upon loads of progress on many fronts, including whittling down my enormous backlog list of anime and manga, and working on my novel, as well as Turtles all the Way and playing a few games I’d not yet gotten to finishing.

But, before I get into that, I may as well acknowledge that I’ve seen both the updates on the Ouya and the announcement of the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset. The thing is that the Ouya has slowly become less and less attractive over time – I’d rather take my chances with Nintendo or Sony if they’re going to be that open (will still most likely port to it, if it doesn’t cost me too much and there’s a market). As for the Rift, in my honest opinion, it needs accurate motion control to go with it, or that immersion it gives you will come at the cost of not being able to control most things all that well, or will need the immersion-breaking use of a controller. I know controllers can sometimes not be immersion breaking, as can any control method, but virtual reality outright demands a better immersion standard due to the point of virtual reality being that you are the character.

Still, with both of these coming out at the same time, I am now eliminating the Ouya section. It and the Rift will be placed under “Other Systems” until they prove their worth. Continue reading

Subverting Expectations

Something major people have to deal with in writing is people’s expectations. If you’re good at managing people’s expectations, it can make the difference between having a novel idea and being cookie-cutter. And you, of course, don’t want to be called cookie-cutter unless you’re really, really good at writing cookie-cutter stories, like a certain manga I’ve brought up previously. It could well be the difference between having an Oreimo (short for “My Little Sister Can’t Be This Cute“) and an Ochinko (short for “I Don’t Like You At All, Big Brother!!“) on your hands. Continue reading

Under Your Radar: Negima! Magister Negi Magi

A question that has been bothering me lately is what exactly I should include for these Under Your Radar segments. Should I exclude things that sold well in their market? But what if that’s a niche market? What about something that got a lot of attention within that niche market recently for one reason or another? What of the things that sell horribly due to misconceptions?

I have found my personal answer, and I’m sure that anyone familiar with this series I’m covering this time will have a pretty good idea what it is.

And, with this I announce that, after its long, 3-week absence, the Under Your Radar segments will be returning as a weekly event, every Saturday at noon (if time permits).

So let’s get started. Continue reading