I’m compiling a list of cultural differences and clichés that you may need to learn to accept before you can begin to enjoy anime for their stories and what-not.
Honorifics. -san, -kun, -chan, -sama, -dono, etc. at the end of virtually every spoken name.
High-pitch voices. Particularly young female characters are generally voiced by grown women talking in their highest possible pitch, usually by constricting their vocal chords with the lower back of their tongues. Women typically also voice young male characters.
Don’t call me by my first name. Only close friends do that.
A bleeding nose is a sign of sexual arousal.
Fan-service. Frivolous panty shots and sexualization of young girls directly translates to higher ratings and sales of plastic figures.
The final two episodes of Puella has been aired and subbed. I just finished watching them. Sankaku Complex had this to say:
“The final episode of Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica has belatedly aired, to universal acclaim – with some fans going so far as to call it the “best anime ever,” and the vast majority recognising it as “godly” in more ways than one.”
“Rarely has an anime ended to such universal praise.”
As someone who watches a substantial amount of anime every week I seldom come across something that truly surprises me. Back in January most of the series I were following were ending to make way for a new season of animes. I downloaded the first episode of Puella Magi Madoka Magica presuming it was of the typical magical girl genre. I didn’t think too much of the first couple of episodes other than it seemed kind of weird.
The anime starts out within a dream of the protagonist, Madoka Kaname, a young and timid eight grader. She watches woefully as a dark haired girl fight a mysterious dark force and eventually be struck down. Madoka asks if someone [weak] like herself can really make a difference. As obligatory in these kinds of animes a small rabbit/dog/creature, named Kyuubey, asserts she most definitely can. All she needs is to make a contract with him to become a Puella Magi.
Puella Magi is the name shared by the magical girls chosen by Kyuubey to fight witches, or evil spirits that terrorize normal humans and lead them to terrible fates such a suicide. By becoming a Puella Magi, Kyuubey will grant you a single wish. In turn you must dedicate your life to fight witches. As the viewer, you’re posed with the question of that one wish. What would it be and would you sacrifice your life for it?
The anime takes a weird angle whenever these witches make an appearance. Instead of typical animation Puella incorporates paper craft, with hand-drawn doodles and cutouts to paint the backdrop for the sinister and irregular world of witches.
Now that I’ve laid down the basics of the anime I want to address why this is actually worth your attention. Beyond the third episode the show takes a turn for the dark and brutal. The cutesy exterior in the first episode can only be described as a clever façade as this anime is far from pink and cute.
Last Friday I developed an itch. After watching a range of YouTube videos about programming languages I was reminded of the fact that I’ve never written a lexer. I’ve known the basic theory of lexers for years but I’ve never actually written one, despite coming across challenges in my work that could benefit from even the simplest lexical analysis. I decided to write a library that I could use in Cuterm to evaluate simple math expressions as well as in Novelty for conditional expressions.
So what is a lexer? Given an arbitrary string of characters a lexer produces a string of tokens:
This is by far the single greatest improvement to the game and I’m dead serious. Not having to listen to that untalented back street boys wanna-be japanese boy band alone would be worth the price. I played SFIV for over 350 hours in total. I. hate. that. song.
2. Quick play
The net code of Street fighter IV was really good compared to most online fighting games, but the match making was the worst. Finding players was easy, but successfully connecting to one was nothing short of hard … Continue Reading