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Zephyr's Compass

A blog about writing, photography, and everything in between.

Graphic Novel Preview: Titanium Rain

August 12th, 2012

Before going to Comic Con the first time last October, I’ll admit I was one of those people that wasn’t overly that intrigued with things like comics or English versions of the graphic novels. But, that all changed when I spotted this beauty on sale over at the Archaia booth. And well, let’s just say that this book made me realize what I was missing. Also picked up a few comic books from some new and upcoming artists, but that’s a topic for another day. Check out some previews and the premise after the break!

Summer Slices of Life: Kokoro Connect, TARI TARI

August 9th, 2012

Going into the summer anime season, the expectations weren’t quite that high. It’s no surprise considering the greatness of the previous spring season, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t shows worth watching this time around. So today, I’ll talk about a few of my favorites from the season in Kokoro Connect and TARI TARI. The interesting link? They’re both of the slice-of-life variety.

Site Issues

August 3rd, 2012

UPDATE (8/8/12): New theme implemented, some HTML issues and problems with picture viewing on browsers other than Google Chrome also fixed. leetNEET and Random Curiosity post pages have been updated.

New posts to resume in the coming days.

Some issues cropped up with the old theme, so doing some random maintenance at the moment. Sadly this means there won’t be new articles for a few days…

Mysteries Abound: Gosick, UN-GO, and Hyouka.

July 25th, 2012

Since the beginning of the 2011 anime season, there has been a notable influx of series labeled under the mystery genre. Starting with Gosick in the Winter (and Spring) of that season, UN-GO in the Fall, and now with the currently airing Hyouka—it’s definitely an intriguing trend, especially for someone who grew up loving to read mysteries. And you know what’s even more interesting? How each series gives the genre its own special twist to give viewers an enjoyable experience. At least, it was for me. So today, I’ll talk little about each of the aforementioned series, what twist they made to the genre, and why they’re all worth watching.

Just another quick update…

July 23rd, 2012

EDIT2K-ON! Movie post is up.

EDIT1Blast From The Past: Eureka Seven is up.

No worries, I’m still here. I know it’s been a few days since my last article, but in between shuffling research meetings with the professor… covering 2 shows, a manga, writing up a long post for my Blast From The Past column, and writing up another long post on the K-ON! movie for Random Curiosity… and meeting up with old high school buddies, I haven’t really had the time to write extra posts in the last few days.

But stay tuned. With everything except the K-ON! post done, I reckon you’ll be seeing a new article (or maybe even “articles”) by the end of the week. Until then, feel free to look around the site. Lot to see, lot to read.

If anything, my Blast From The Past’ll be posted on RC sometime on Tuesday (Posted! ~ see above) and my K-ON! post sometime around the afternoon Wednesday (Posted! ~ see above).

I’ll update this post accordingly with links as they go up.  Links are up. :P

 

Visual Novel Special: Hatoful Boyfriend

July 18th, 2012

Figured I’d mix things around today and put a post from a fellow writer at Random Curiosity, Zanibas. A kind of impressions post on the visual novel Hatoful Boyfriend. Maybe you’ve heard of this rumored post before, as it was meant to be a post for April Fool’s a few months back. Maybe not. Either way, due to certain circumstances, the release of the post never made it for April Fool’s, and has been in the void for a bit. But today, Hateful Boyfriend makes its triumphant debut!

Quick theory and things to note regarding Eureka Seven: AO.

July 14th, 2012

Going past the mid-point of E7:AO now, viewers were given the best episode to date in this past week’s episode 13. Filled with revelations, the prevailing question has become: How does Astral Ocean link to the original E7? If at all? And well, after discussing a bit with Guardian Enzo (http://www.lostinanime.com/) and fellow RC writer SaberMochi, I figured I’d share a theory I thought up recently as a result, as well as some interesting questions/points. More after the break…

**SPOILER WARNING FOR ORIGINAL E7 AND ALL EPS OF E7:AO UP UNTIL EPISODE 13.