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Twelve Days: A Partridge in a Pear Tree

Or: I do use Raspberyl as my avatar, after all

If you are wondering why I appear to have decapitated the lovely Flonne, see the post scriptum

If you are reading this I rather presume you won’t be doing so on the day it is published. If you are, I can only assume it a well deserved break from all the food, wine, and plotting to violently evict the invading relatives. Anyway, I shall be quick as the Queen will be on shortly and we mustn’t miss the Queen.

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by | December 25, 2013 · 8:45 am

Twelve Days: Two Turtle Doves

Or: A Hat, Coat, and Dark Glasses Required

I could crop it, yes.

Film festivals either exude glamour and celebrity status, or are humble little affairs designed to promote some little niche genre or medium. Edinburgh holds a celebrated film festival every year, and as I now live just above the city, I thought I might as well take advantage of that aspect of the city’s culture.

I do not mean to suggest I attended the Edinburgh International Film Festival, only that I decided to attend a film festival that happened to be held in Edinburgh. Though, I admit the ambiguity has been delightfully useful in real life conversation.

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by | December 24, 2013 · 8:45 am

Twelve Days: Three French Hens

Or: Frequent Shopper Points are Dangerous

Photographing glossy magazines/books with nothing but a camera phone is surprisingly difficult thanks to large splodges of light; so you get something 'arty' instead.

Adorning the cover of Manga Time Kirara’s November 2013 edition is the eponymous leading lady of Shoulder-a-Coffin Kuro. She is portrayed holding a spyglass in what appears to be a clock tower. The magazine also includes, amongst other lesser-known series, a chapter of Yuyushiki. A chapter in which the motherly Yoriko Matsumoto features prominently, and the purple-haired Yukari performs quite the impressive Shaft Head Tilt™.

In the Occident, Kuro is published by Yen Press with three volumes released at time of writing. Satoko Kiyuduki, author and artist to Kuro, has published four volumes in total. The fourth includes stunning pieces of art, and appears to take a more involved look at Kuro’s past and curse. I’ve probably been spoilt; likely not by much, however, as I can’t read or speak Japanese beyond asking where the wine section is.

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by | December 23, 2013 · 8:45 am

Twelve Days: Four Colly Birds

Or: Where did all these CDs come from?

I am led to believe The Idolmaster was originally an arcade game. It is now an absurdly large franchise comprising all manner of (likely expensive) things. I do not profess to be an expert, or even well acquainted, with much of it. I did watch the 2011 anime adaptation earlier this year, however. I enjoyed it an awful lot, much to my own surprise.

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by | December 22, 2013 · 8:45 am

Twelve Days: Five Gold Rings

Or: Ion Cannon Do Not Work in Hyperspace

Spelling errors aside, I like his watch

This should have been about Girls und Panzer, but then Space Battleship Yamato 2199 came and blew it out of the water.

Space Battleship Yamato 2199 is a space opera of grand proportions. A remake of Leiji Matsumoto’s 1974 series Space Battleship Yamato, it follows the eponymous ship on a desperate voyage across three galaxies to save our beseiged planet.

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by | December 21, 2013 · 8:45 am

Twelve Days: Six Geese-a-Laying

Or: Of Grey Wolves and Golden Fairies

Golden Fairy, Grey Wolf, and Genius. Nice dress, too.

Outside of comedy, my father is quite content to simply watch a series or film once and never revisit it. In drama you know plot’s end. In science fiction you know how the shining empire falls to the rag-tag band of heroes. In a murder mystery you know whodunnit and why. Yet with comedy, the jokes may be appreciated once more.

To an extent, I agree. Yet, at the same time, I stand apart from this sentiment. A drama may be appreciated again for the characters, for the plot itself, despite knowing how it reaches its end. Science fiction may be enjoyed for its grand scale, its characters, and its battles. Equally, a good murder mystery may be appreciated for its chess pieces, and by seeing all the clues one missed the first time fall into place.

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by | December 20, 2013 · 8:45 am

Twelve Days: Seven Swans-a-Swimming

Or: Dancing Ducks and Clever Corvids

An Author and His Duck

Once upon a time, there was a man who died. The man tried to keep spinning a story even after his death, but the story just wouldn’t move along. The man lost patience and called a duck into the story.

Or so narrates the narrator of Princess Tutu at the beginning of its final episode. As a series, it is a bit of an oddity in terms of both presentation and plot. I do not intend to suggest it bad, however, in fact, to my mind, it’s fairly brilliant.

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by | December 19, 2013 · 8:45 am

Twelve Days: Eight Maids-a-Milking

Or: On Queerats and Monarchy

From the New World is the commonly known name of Dvořák’s ninth symphony. It is also the name of a novel by Yusuke Kishi. The anime adaptation of the latter aired between September of last year and March of this. Yes, it did use Dvořák’s ninth.

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by | December 18, 2013 · 8:45 am

Twelve Days: Nine Ladies Dancing

Or: The End of the Second Era

Yes, I'm using a screenshot of Sae and Natsume for Hiro and Sae's graduation OVA. I see no problem with this.

At the end of the first era, we bore witness to the exiting of Arisawa. Arisawa is a third year whom we meet by coincidence when revising for her university entrance exams late one night. We see her again once said exams are taken and passed. The third time is at her graduation. She is seen off with a congratulations and a high-five. Arisawa’s exit is confident and forward-facing.

The second era ends with the exiting of Sae and Hiro. This exit is neither as confident, nor as forward-facing. There are tears, there is uncertainty, there is melancholy.

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by | December 17, 2013 · 8:45 am

Twelve Days: Ten Lords-a-Leaping

Or: On Late Discoveries

Not the picture I wanted, but there's a major lack of anything Ichiroh! floating around. So it was either this, or dodgy phone camera photographs.

On the whole, the fellows at Yen Press are fairly decent chaps. They have recently completed their occidental publication of all Haruhi Suzumiya light novels written to date. Book Girl[1] is silly but fun, and is set to similarly conclude it’s main story early in the new year. Nor can we forget their publication of Spice and Wolf[2]A Bride’s StoryBunny DropKobatoOlymposInu x Boku SS[3]Thermae Romae, or Yotsuba.

Aside those mentioned above lies a style of manga one would not immediately assume anyone in their right mind would publish on this side of the world. Yet they have, and I’m immensely happy they do.

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by | December 16, 2013 · 8:45 am