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Looks like this is going to be the sepecial fan gift Hikki’s throwing…

January 31, 2010 3 comments

Las Vegas Version

Okay, so as the days and hours are coming for Hikki’s concert, as I recall seeing from her San Francisco stop, Hikk’s throwing rubber foam baseballs. She’s even mentioning it herself on her blog, and right now all I can just say is wow.. it is a nice memorabilia to catch. It has even got Kuma in on the action… so I’ll be waiting with anticipation until she sings in NYC!

Ublog has been a great twitter feed to keep up with Hikki’s concert gossip.. so yes next week and counting!

Categories: Singers

NYC BookOff moving….

January 23, 2010 7 comments

Just as I reported on Asahiya several months back, I noticed this about BookOff.. they are moving…  This is news that would be of interest to people who frequent New York’s BookOff or visits. I blogged about this bookstore a while ago. This news of course, is better news than Asahiya’s closing several months back. I saw this news as I was in BookOff today, and tweeted about it, got some responses.. If you can’t read from the photo above…

animemiz: Oh my big news… on March 20, NYC BookOff is going to be closed for relocation to 45th betw. 5th and 6th to reopen estimate on April 17

So here are some thoughts.. I have been at this location since I was in High school, so I have seen them move thingss around, add and remove things. I have mixed feelings about this place moving. Some people may or not agree. I will try to list them out.

Mostly because I love bookstores, new or used this is also my family’s favorite used bookstore, to go and hang around for 3-4 hours. Plenty of New Yorkers would say it would be the Strand having top honors as being the Used bookstore, but BookOff has a niche. I usually end up batting my family off away from the English books/cds, but then go slightly nuts on my own for what I like. This is a bookstore that takes dvds, cds, books, games.. and review it for sale on the spot. This can probably mean… huge money losses for you, but one thing is good about this place is that once you bring it to them, that your bookshelf has blank spots in it. Still this is a used bookstore, so there is always the temptation to go and stock up on more books to buy.

Pros about BookOff Moving

  • Bigger location means more products space, or places to just browse through books, games, cds, dvds, magazines, stationary..
  • A fresh new look to the business

Cons about BookOff’s Move

  • The time that there is no BookOff to visit is kinda bad.. I am use to 365/7 schedule… so probably will have some widrawal symptoms.
  • Familiar spot is no more.
  • New Yorkers and visitors alike would have to get use to the new location, otherwise they’ll miss out on this Japanese Used super giant.
  • No more close proximity to the libraries, and familiar Japanese food/grocery sites.

Possibilities of BookOff’s Move

  • More air circulation – summer and winter it gets so crowded some times, that the air grows stale, especially on the second floor.
  • Cell phone reception is already crappy at the location of BookOff, so perhaps better cell phone reception?
  • Availability of a restroom facility? Since there is currently none at the BookOff location. There use to be, but that was a while ago.
  • Well I know that my bookstore hopping route is going to be changing slightly. This can be a bad or good thing, but one thing… up for speculations.. since it is probably not going to be like a rectangle path anymore from NYC Kinokuniya.

So what to do you think of my thoughts? Hmm.. I am going to have to process this some more.  Should look at my used Soymilk Desserts.. that I found for about $5 cheaper than at NYC Kinokuniya.. ;p

Categories: Features

Criticism on blogging and panels.>_<

January 18, 2010 2 comments

Actually this entire post came out from my other post on Manga reviewing tips. I was busy compiling the tweets together, when I spent an hour just peering through the tweets. By the time I was able to put out the other post. I realize that the criticism aspect I was cutting and pasting, was way more off tangent than what I was even reporting on the first place. So now  the time has past, and since I believe that twitter is pretty much a tangible medium, I figure I’ll record it here as well.

This is a discussion regarding about negative aspects of blogging panels/RT at anime conventions, which I hope will improve more and more with the various bloggers and interests. I feel kinda obligated to post on this, since this was the only blogging panel that I was found myself briefly at. In my recollection there are two other anime blogging panels I have missed. The Anime Next 2009 and the New York Anime Festival 2008.

For the 2009 NYAF blogging panel, I didn’t know most people on the panel. I realized afterward, that a majority of these bloggers on this panel were podcasters, which is a medium I wasn’t as familiar with. I had prior conversation with other bloggers, and the tone was a matter of fact attitude. Would this panel succeed or not?  Ever since I started to attend conventions since 2006, I have been trying to go to various writing panels, but because of timing and hours I have never attended any of them. There is also just way too many bloggers on the internet.

Blogging is a medium where it is knocking down the traditional journalism perspective and that is a grain of salt for a lot of people. But I have made friends outside of these panels. So there is a community and niche in who enjoys what. Deb, Emi, and mbeasi made interesting points here.

Deb: @MagicalEmi that’s kind of my worry too. 😉 bloggers enjoy each other’s company, but i don’t think we have “fans” per se to warrant a panel

MagicalEmi:  @debaoki I think a panel w/ you guys would be 1 person saying something, and everyone nodding and agreeing

Deb: @MagicalEmi we did a blogger panel at NYAF, and i thought it was kind of… well, self-serving.

They needed a panel.. so it turned into a Round Table. That should have gone around like a hot potato instead.  Ahh well it did, but let’s just say that some people talked more.

For those who would be interested in seeing or remembering a video of this panel, here’s Moritheil’s video covering.

MagicalEmi: @debaoki y’all seem to have similar opinions, no one here (that I can see) seems to disagree enough to spark a lively debate/discussion

MagicalEmi: @debaoki Yah that might make it more interesting, and less preaching to the choir XD

mbeasi: @debaoki @MagicalEmi Well, I thought the real problem with that panel is that there was almost no discussion of *blogging*.

MagicalEmi: @mbeasi I’d be more interested in the technical aspect ^^ What blogging platform they use, templates, maintaining update schedules, etc

mbeasi: @MagicalEmi I actually think the technical aspect is not too far removed from the rest. One informs the other, in a lot of respects.

For bloggers knowing technical skills is an advantage. Now if you can meld writers and techies. That would be a great thing to have, otherwise pay someone else for that skill set then.

Deb: @mbeasi @magicalemi the problem is when we, as bloggers, start thinking we are “celebrities” of some sort. we are not.

Deb: @MagicalEmi @mbeasi yep. too much of that last blogger panel was about ‘who are you & what’s your otaku cred?’

Deb: @mbeasi well, that’s kinda why i was thinking it’d be better to just have a blogger/press mixer instead of a panel.

Deb: @mbeasi @magicalemi but that comes from not realizing who your potential audience for such a panel might be.

Deb: @mbeasi @magicalemi if it was promoted as a blogger panel by bloggers for bloggers, then the focus/questions would be different.

Deb: @mbeasi @magicalemi instead, the panel was more positioned as “meet the people that you read! they are cool!” — which made it chatter-y.

Deb: @mbeasi @johannadc @magicalemi yes — and that’s why such a panel needs to be more focused in that way than just “meet popular bloggers”

Deb: @palmie @mbeasi yep. blogging works best when you are giving as well as getting comments – you become part of the discussion.

I am going to conclude with this vein with a possible panel that Edsizemore and Moritheil might do in the future. So let’s see how the next convention blogging panel will go or not.

Would there be one?

Also bias on this post is that it is talking in regards to the East Coast bloggers. There are times where I do wish that I was able to go over to the West coast to meet the west coast bloggers, but since it is not possible at this moment. Shall have to see in the future then.

Categories: Twitter

Manga Reviewing Tip List.. via Twitter… Part 2

January 17, 2010 2 comments

Well this is so soon after my first posting on it, with how fast Twitter moved. The tip list increased…. since this is great as a reminder for self, and maybe others.. I decided to continue to put off that one more draft until a little bit…and… the list has so far gotten up to about 19 tips..  ^_^

So let’s go again..

Deb: manga reviewing tip #9 fr. @LostPhrack: read outside your comfort zone to widen your horizons, consider why you like/don’t like diff. things

Deb: manga reviewing tip #10 fr. @hermanos: “be able to talk about what works and what doesn’t in the art, and (hopefully) explain why.”

There is seems to be some discrepancy in the numbering of 10.. so taking the liberty to just correct and alter this numbering. Then it corrects itself in the tweets.

Deb: manga reviewing tip #11 fr @ProfessorBlind: “a good review scratches an itch. Something about the title must motivate you almost an involuntary response.” (This tip had two tweets – Tweet 1, Tweet 2)

Deb: manga reviewing tip #12: if a first volume doesn’t move you, try waiting for the second before reviewing. it might change your mind.

Deb: manga reviewing tip #13 fr. @hisuiRT “the best reviews look at manga in pieces (as single volumes) & holistically (as a series) you should mention all of the indivual pieces & how they work alone as well as a whole.” (This tip also had two tweets –Tweet 1, Tweet 2)

Deb: manga reviewing tip #14 fr. @jeridel: “reviews that are entertaining, & read characters/stories as metaphors are the most memorable.”

Deb: manga reviewing tip #15 fr. @michaelpinto “don’t be afraid to think big and reference art history, classic literature & asian studies”

Deb: manga reviewing tip #16 fr @BradleyCMeek (kinda) “learn to write by reading all kinds of books. take writing classes to hone your skills”

Deb: manga reviewing tip #17 fr. @Quarteni “include info about the creator, their past titles or similar titles & the intended audience in US/JP”

Deb: manga reviewing tip #18: if you use a grading/number scale, establish what each grade/score means, so you can apply it consistently. [Then there was a corollary] If you give everything a high grade, then you’ve rendered your grading system meaningless.

Deb: manga reviewing tip #19 fr @agdeeds “Don’t write assuming I’m a return reader. It doesn’t help me decide about what you’re reviewing now.”

Yep, so with these wisdom and collaborate learning.. it is great to think about what further discussion can come of this list.

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Manga Reviewing Tip List.. via Twitter…

January 16, 2010 4 comments

As I read through other people’s tweets, one of my regular tweet follower is About.com’s Manga Guide Deb Aoki among other manga blogger tweeters (yuricon, magicalemi, ed, per, tiamat’s etc.)

Recently Deb posted on Twitter, an umbrella and discussion posing on what tips are there.  So the focus, of that grain of thought is audience and seeing who is receptive to what you are talking about.

Right now I figure it would be better to list down what Deb Aoki and other relevant tweets actually said, before it gets lost in the crush that is Twitter-verse. This brings to my mind on how tangible new media is, so there should be feedback and discussion on what is tangible like Twitter tweets. Slight warning since I believe the main conversation began a while ago, so I will be listing tweets out of order, but in a relatively readable, recordable format.

I agree with this tweet by @mbeasi earlier, since I usually do the same thing.

Mbeasi: @manga_critic @debaoki @danielle_leigh1 I think the reason having so many sites/reviewers covering the same books is valuable is that…

Mbeasi: @manga_critic @debaoki @danielle_leigh1 there is so much range in style & focus. That’s why I’ll read 5-10 reviews of the same book, y’know?

This part of dialogue began or continued the vein of what Deb’s purpose is as an editor/reader.

Deb: @mbeasi @manga_critic @danielle_leigh now that i’m editing other ppl’s reviews, i ended up asking myself, ‘what makes a review good?’

Deb: @mbeasi @manga_critic @danielle_leigh i find i enjoy reading reviews by writers who inject some personality, unique POV in their prose.

Deb: RT @johannadc “I summed mine up in How to Review post: http://bit.ly/5qfvl7
(I think this is relevant to @edsizemore, since it is from Comics Worth to be Read)

This is a list of what Deb compiled, and with some suggestions from the rest of us tweeters.

Deb: manga reviewing tip #1: “Did you like it or not? I should have some idea whether it’s worth buying or not after reading your review”

Deb: manga reviewing tip #2: “grab my attention in the first 1-2 paragraphs & give me a reason to keep reading, or I’ll just click away.”

Deb: manga reviewing tip #3: “write like you’re having fun, not writing a term paper.”

Deb: manga reviewing tip #4: “yes, by all means tell me what the story is about — but can you skip the rehash of the entire book?”

Then a pause, while Deb calls for others to chime in.

Deb: i gave 4 “manga reviewing tips” earlier today. anyone else want to share theirs? (to find ’em, search for “manga reviewing tip”) via Twitter Search.

Then back to the list….

Deb: manga reviewing tip #5 from @animevice: you are giving your informed opinion, not coming to a scientific conclusion everyone must agree with.

Deb: manga reviewing tip #6 from @aicnanime: “you don’t need to talk to it, but know manga’s context; its home anthology specifically.”

Deb: manga reviewing tip #7 from @animemiz: “Suggest read-alikes in your review. What type of reader are you?”

Deb: manga reviewing tip #8: remember that not all of your readers may be aware of Japanese/geek lingo, acronyms & in-jokes

So yes this is a continuing list mentions this –

Edsizemore: @debaoki Seriously Deb, you need to put these all together as a post and expand on each a little more. This is too good to leave to twitter.

Before it gets too late, I’ll leave this with Edsizemore’s amusing tweets on the machine that is Twitter.

Edsizemore: @debaoki You could have fooled us. I would hate for all this wisdom to get lost in the twitter archives.

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Utada Hikaru 2010 concert updates.. citing from Hawaii concert..

January 15, 2010 3 comments

Well still up… and thinking of a lot of updates.  Wrote some thoughts up on xanga, and I kinda want to write an update on my outings this week. Well I know I brought some more things as I met up with Moy, and a scanner will be reeeeal handy right about now. >_<

Before I go into a tangent back to the main thought. These are summary thoughts from ublog. That also has a twitter, which I jumped at the follow..

Utada in the Flesh Concert, mostly these are thoughts, as other places seemingly already had their concert times already. She is moving from the west coast to the east.

Citing from this entry. Utada concerts are quickly selling out, or have been sold out since last year. That I am very glad about. I still think she should have gotten a Madison Square Garden concert, but my opinion against what Utada company thinks.

Her Dirty Desire remix cd hits on iTunes is going for about $8.91 and has nine different remixes of this song. Now I can only think back to when my friend, Antonio sang it in Karoke, wondering if he got this remix or not. I am kinda spazzing out, two upon seeing Moy’s update on Twitter, and I RT.

OMG!! RT @1moy: reading all the tweets @UBlog has me hyped bout Utada’s concert in feb in NYC. Yay for a mix of english & japanese songs 😀

Similar to all concert venues, no camera pictures. Still saw this picture helpfully taken by @monchalee via here:

Also been seeing her set list for her concert, and a mixture of Japanese and English. Wondering if this set list will be consistent or will she change according to the various cities. So far it was cited as 17 songs, with 10 English songs. She sang for the Hawaii concert, and this is an incomplete and out of order list. (Edited with Mark’s comment – 2:42 EST)

  • Simple and Clean
  • Passion
  • Boku wa Kuma
  • Apple and Cinnamon
  • You Make Me Want to Be a Man
  • Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence
  • On and On
  • Me Muero
  • Dirty Desire
  • Come Back to Me
  • Stay Gold
  • Sakura Drops
  • Devil Inside
  • Kremilin Dusk
  • Automatic
  • Can You Keep A Secret?
  • First Love

I am going to be going to her New York event, and oh my god my exciting is probably going to be very very very high!!!!!!!!!!

As I found out,  a fellow Hikki fan I met last year, did this Youtube clip. So this is my way of psyching myself up for the event!

Categories: Singers Tags:

Eastern Standard Time Flashback

January 8, 2010 Leave a comment

Recently I was mentally cataloging of what I have in terms of my books.. most of which are all lost in the small black hole that I call crates and boxes in my mom’s apartment. I recently saw this book at Bookoff and selling for $7.

It would be this book Eastern Standard Time: A Guide to Asian Influence on American Culture From Astro Boy to Zen Buddhism by Jeff Yang et al. What a mouthful, and of course this book is out of print. I guess you can say this is one of my first books on Asian cultures. I recall purchasing this book from Barnes & Noble from Manhattan Mall before they closed, and restructured the mall.

Let’s see back in 1997, I was around 11 or 12 and my identity was shaping somewhat. When I purchased this book. I recalled how I was intrigued I was, and this was a birthday present as well.

I realized that the culture I grew up with, was finally going to be read by English speakers. I could wipe out this book to my friends who didn’t know what I was talking about, and reference it. Of course the book spoke on not just anime, as what the cover was speaking about. For a while I treasured this book.. until my next anime relevant book purchase I made on Helen Mc Carthy’s Hayao Miyazaki: Master of Japanese Animation.

Categories: Books

Self-thoughts and Goals for animemiz’s scribblings.. 2010- Look a new decade!

January 2, 2010 3 comments

I should have done this yesterday.. I should have done this yesterday.. gad day late… >_< But yeah went to a Mitsuwa in Edgwater, New Jersey yesterday- 3rd year running run for my sample of freshly pounded mochi.. and is now 12:58am.. so as I see what yuricon retweeted on Twitter.. it is a palindromic 0102 2010… (I have not heard of palindromes in a long time, but they’re cute..)

Goals of animemiz.. comparing this with last year and last year’s track.. while yes this has became even less of an anime blog, and I hope to expand my horizons, without sounding redundant, and burning out.

Summing up last year…

  • I posted specific book reviews that don’t fit the criteria of my growing external review sites.
  • I also posted a great deal of news I found interested in posting from the Google reader blogs I follow on Japan.
  • Also specifically post or back log post on events I cover in my real life.
  • Started series posts that I lost some slight steam on, need to pick up or revamp.
  • Guest post on places like Kairu’s blog.
  • Posted comments on blogs, and that is a yes and no situation. While I do post some comments… it may take some time for me to process ideas, and it is not helping with Google Reader or Twitter getting overwhelmingly larger in my mind.
  • Oh I frequently use the emoticon >_< to signify a feeling of kyaaa or a reaction. of omg.

At times, I find myself at a lost to what to blog specifically here, or become too busy or overwhelmed to post.

Probably areas to maybe improve on..

  • Work on training computer skills to pursue the idea of moving this blog onto a domain.
  • Try to be more disciplined in what interest I have. Ultimately I try to wear too many hats, and spread myself way too thin on areas.
  • Promote self- more better.
  • Finish drafts in ever growing draft pile.
  • Cross ref between flickr, twitter etc some more…

All these are actually depended on how much free time I have… and how much I feel that my writing will not suck or is a work in progress.

Categories: Personal
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