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Thursday, April 01, 2010

& New Endeavors

A ways back, RaptorIIC, one of the modders back from the StarCraft era, came to me with an idea. He was considering starting an anime blogging site with some of his friends, and wondered if I'd be interested. The basic idea is that bloggers write summaries of episodes of certain series (the ones they're watching) each time a new episode comes out; readers then read the summaries and discuss each episode via the posts' comments. In the past I've mentioned two such sites that I follow: Random Curiosity (henceforth known as RC) and T.H.A.T. Anime Blog (although the latter is mainly for a second set of opinions on new season series, in addition to RC).

I gave it some serious consideration, and mentioned it to a number of my friends online, though I don't think I ever mentioned it on this blog. However, nothing ever became of the idea, and for quite a while nobody thought about it again.

However, now that RC is closing its doors, the idea has come up again, and more seriously than before. To make a long story short, we decided to give it a shot, and just applied to AnimeBlogger (the host of RC, and I believe at one time the host of THAT). As is typical for AnimeBlogger (as mentioned in their FAQ), it's taking a few days to get the new blog all set up.

However, despite this being inspired by the closure of RC, our blog is a bit more of a niche market. That is, our blog will specialize in ecchi and hentai series.

Coming up with a name wasn't exactly trivial. We wanted something halfway tasteful, yet still had a halfway appropriate meaning. "Q & H" was immediately rejected for being too cheesy. Ultimately we decided on Zettai Ryouiki [from WWWJDIC: "絶対領域: exposed skin between top of knee-high socks and hemline of skirt (lit: absolute territory)"].

As you might know, this is right in time for the spring anime season, which begins next week. Obviously we won't know exactly what we're going to cover until we can actually see an episode or two of the new series, but here are a couple that look like good candidates for blogging (the information and pictures are ripped from RC's and THAT's season previews from a few weeks ago; note thus that any first-person statements are not mine):

B Gata H Kei | B型H系
Information Links: ANN Encyclopedia, AnimeNfo, AniDB, MyAnimeList, syoboi
Adapted from a 4-koma manga serialized in Weekly Young Jump, B Gata H Kei (B-type H-style) targets an older audience with a story about a beautiful high school girl named Yamada, whose sex-ridden mind wants to sleep with 100 different guys. Despite her beauty, she’s actually a virgin because she’s too worried about being ridiculed by good-looking and experienced sex partners to lose it. One day, she mistakenly believes that a plain and homely guy named Kosuda Takashi intentionally saved her from falling over in a bookstore. Sensing that he’s a good yet sexually-inexperienced man like she’s been looking for, she decides to use him as her first and craziness ensues.

Ecchi fans rejoice, as the seinen manga turned OVA is getting its own TV series. Studio Feel is producing this retelling as well, and it will be broadcast on AT-X (and only AT-X). I don’t think I’ll ever quite understand the Japanese fantasy/fetish over incest, but kiss x sis revolves around that idea with stepsiblings unrelated by blood. This is probably the most risqué/borderline hentai series in this season’s lineup, involving a middle school boy named Suminoe Keita, whose high school twin stepsisters, Ako and Riko, are passionately in love with him and will seduce and violate him every chance they get. Keita however doesn’t want any involvement with them in that way and tries to focus on getting into the same high school, even though their parents encourage a potential relationship. The girls completely drive the explicit fan-service here, with Ako being a closet pervert and Riko calm and assertive, but there is some plot involving their childhoods to tie things together in a meaningful way. This still doesn’t change the fact that sexual scenarios are foremost, so unsuspecting viewers beware.

Information Links: ANN Encyclopedia, AnimeNfo, AniDB, MyAnimeList, syoboi
I gather Ikkitousen doesn’t need too much introduction, seeing as XTREME XECUTOR marks the fourth season of the series, but the story here is loosely based on the classic Chinese novel Romance of the Three Kingdoms. That’s what they advertise it as anyway, but anyone who’s actually watched the show will probably tell you it’s an overflowing fan-service affair with busty girls from rival schools fighting one another and getting their clothes torn off like there’s no tomorrow.

On the downside, being an anime blogger will require a lot less laziness from me, as I'll have to blog each episode as it comes out (once a week, for however many series). And everybody knows I hate obligations.

I'll let you know when the blog is online.

Oh, and entirely coincidentally, Anime News Network currently has an ad theme that seems very relevant to this announcement. The relevant slice of the theme:

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