Archive for April, 2010


Posted in Japan with tags , , , on April 21, 2010 by kumoriha

I hate spring. Bugs, allergies, and heat. Not to mention summer afterwards. Hate hate hate spring.

In Japan, however, it’s the season of sakura, or cherry blossoms, which last only a few weeks. Of course, there are different times in different areas, so the whole flower-viewing, or 花見(hanami) season is a couple of months. Graduation is also around this time, meaning a lot of tears, sadness, and perhaps anime-like romances. That being said, it’s no surprise that songs like Sakura no Ame and Sayonara Memories are now a big hit. Very pretty.

It makes me think about graduation in America, which seems to have a lot less atmosphere. Still, I’m going to be sad when I won’t be able to see some of my friends anymore (the others, I’ll be glad to not see). I heard somewhere that friends from high school are friends for life. Well, we’ll see.

Sayonara Memories covered by vip Tenchou:

Note: Tenchou is a guy.

Random Japanese Word of the Day:
お疲れ様でした(otsukaresama deshita) – literally “you must have been tired”; the connotation is “Good work” and such. Often shortened to just “otsukaresama” or “otsukare.” Informally, there’s also “otsu” which is sometimes represented by the kanji 乙(otsu).



Posted in Light Novel with tags , on April 20, 2010 by kumoriha

I really wish the success was some really big, but unfortunately it wasn’t. Okay well, it was pretty big to me.
But Yesasia does carry copies of Hantsuki volume one. Ordered volume one and two last night.

Today is Anegasaki Nene’s birthday. Who’s Nene, you ask. Have we all completely forgotten about Love Plus?
No, never. Especially with Love Plus+ looming around the corner…

Ah, I just remembered what this post was supposed to be about. I found this awesome program to help me learn languages.
It’s called Anki, and it’s a flashcard program. Once you download it, there’s already a database of flashcards that you can download and drill yourself. You can choose the difficulty of each card once it comes up, and the review schedule will be scheduled so. The interface is quite sleek, and it looks very nice. Has mainly Japanese cards, but I saw some Chinese ones and others as well. You can construct your own sets too.

Random Japanese Word of the Day:
めちゃくちゃ(mechakucha) – messy, disorganized, can be used as an intensifier too.

Weekly Vocaloid Rankings #133

Posted in Nico Nico Douga with tags , , on April 19, 2010 by kumoriha

Nico Nico Douga.
I should probably post up a picture tutorial of how to register. When I have time.
Man, this week is crazy. Old songs coming back up to top 30 from nowhere. magnet is back, so I’m happy. And everything else is just going up.
Hatsune Miku no Bousou finally completed…after a few years.

Watched CLANNAD over the weekend. It was beautiful. I’d read the manga before, but the anime was on a completely different scale. I got teary a couple of times during the most emotional moments. Really touching. And Tomoya’s a good male protagonist, unlike other idiots.
Now, to play the visual novel. Looking forward to an experience better than the blandness of se.きらら.

Random Japanese Word of the Day:
無視(mushi) – to ignore or pretend you didn’t see/notice something. The kanji means “without seeing” so there you go.

Light Novels

Posted in Light Novel with tags on April 16, 2010 by kumoriha

So lately, due to my joining of internet colorless gang Dollars, fellow Dollars member suggested that I should read light novels to improve. So I thought, “Okay, why not? If a fujoshi can do it, let’s follow that path.” Perhaps not the best line of thought, but oh well.
The light novel that was “easy” that she suggested was Hanbun no Tsuki ga Noboru Sora (I think…). Unfortunately, I can find no copies online, any downloads, or any place to order. If anyone knows where I can order light novels, please tell me.
I did manage to find Durarara!! online, and let me tell you–I’m moving at a pace of 1 page per 15 minutes. This is pretty crazy. But I still want to work through it…

Anyway, while I was watching the latest episode, I noticed Mikado typing “ROMります.” My understanding of that is either “brb” or “afk.” Wandering Japanese people, I’m counting on you to tell me.

Running leap off a cliff onto the bandwagon

Posted in Nico Nico Douga with tags , , on April 15, 2010 by kumoriha

Looks like there’s another version of magnet now, this time by nayuta and ゆも(yumo), or nayumo. Their version has preeeetty explicit yuri suggestion, so obviously it went straight to first place. The end is great though.

Random Japanese Word of the Day:
裏切り(uragiri) – betrayal, treachery

K-On!! Episode 2

Posted in Anime with tags on April 14, 2010 by kumoriha

I don’t really care what happens in this episode. The only thing that’s important is Mio’s ponytail.

Moe moe kyuuuun~ Yeah. This all started with Haruhi…
Anyway, I need to get back to work. 30 emails popped up in one day…argh.

Random Japanese Word of the Day:
うざい(uzai) – mostly used as “annoying.” Often contracted to うぜえええええ(uzeeeee….).

Weekly Vocaloid Rankings #132

Posted in Nico Nico Douga with tags , on April 13, 2010 by kumoriha

Nico Nico Douga.
Youtube versions:

New episode of Arakawa Under the Bridge. But I have to do homework…

Random Japanese Word of the Day:
エッチ(ecchi) – Refers to anything perverted, sexually stimulating, etc. Comes from “H” which I’m sure you know what that stands for.