Everything posted by Rimu
I have a question for you fellows who happen to be studying Japanese language like me.
I have a friend (I'm not lying, it really is for a firend) who has interest in learning Japanese from scratch, like I'm doing.
I would like to recommend him books for beginners. However, I can't recommend him the books I used so far, which are the books from Marugoto series:
The problem with them? They're focused in group activities and losing your fear of communicating with native Japanese people. Thus, their focus isn't grammar or extensive vocabulary, but conversation techniques.
And my friend's focus, like mine, doesn't seem to be communication, but reading and listening comprehension.
As much as Marugot ocan teach him some grammar and vocabulary, I would rather recommend some books more suitable for self-learning. Something that isn't so kanji-phobic as the Marugoto series.
Strange. Japanese guys tend to make gijinkas of so many bizarre concepts:
OS Systems (OS-Tans)
Military Ships (Kantai Collection)
Videogame consoles (Neptunia)
Soda cans (Akikan!)
Lovercraft Monsters (Haiyore! Nyarko-san)
Yet, they never made anything with the concept of musical styles.
Since musical styles usually come with a fashion trend associated to them, their gijinkas would be considerably easy to do, and it would be easy to find a gijinka you can relate to.
And the possibilities are endless. A good Pixiv artist would have a field day with them.
and so on. It sounds much more interesting than anthropomorphizing railway stations, pepper species or salmon fillets.
As someone who enjoys drawing, I relate so much to this:
The title says all. I enjoy these songs enough to want to sing together, but the language barrier impedes me. I wonder if some English native speaker who can help me with the lyrics of these songs. And there's this next one, which I had to upload in Youtube as an unlisted video, because it can't be found at any video streaming site, and I risk facing a strike from Youtube. It's in Japanese, which makes identifying the lyrics 500x harder. Junko Ohashi - Arabian Night （ 大橋純子 － アラビアン・ナイト ） My listening comprehension only took me as far as the 1st line: アラブの 町へ 旅する 魔法の 絨毯 飛び立つ ARABU no machi he tabisuru, mahou no juutan tobitatsu (Flying on a magic carpet, going to an Arabian city) I appreciate any help. Sorry if I'm posting on the wrong section.
Yes. Kemono Friends is as good as people say. The art is indeed clumsy, the cast consists of nothing but animals anthropomorphized into cute girls and this might turn people off as it did to me initially.
But the way the story was told, and the way the interactions between the characters were portrayed, were somehing totally different from any anime I watched before.
It doesn't appeal to meaningless violence or sexualization (there are the penguin girls, who are sexualized and their design clash a little with the other girls, but they are as well-characterized as everybody else, so I give them a pass).
It also receives props for the fact that I didn't find any of the characters dislikable.
I could write a lot about how refreshing my experience with the anime was, but I don't have the skills to point all the qualities the show displayed.
It takes a little to get used to, but I recommend it, if you're curious about what the fuss is about (like I was).
Another Kobayashi fanart. A wedding dress for Saikawa.
Still incomplete, though. Gonna work more on it when I feel more inspiration:
As an enthusiast of the Japanese language, I really find interesting their point of view about foreign cultures, and how they wish for things that are common in other cultures (things as simple like hugs), but rare or inexistant in their society.
A video about why Japanese (and south-Koreans, who suffer a similar problem) are well known for being terrible at English.
The reason is why their teachers themselves aren't prepared to teach English. Their society as a whole still doesn't see a need of globalizing, hence they don't train people to use English language in a practical way.
Advantages and disadvantages of speaking English in their opinion.
"What do Japanese envy about foreigners?"
"Foreign babies look like little angels, Japanese babies look like little sumo fighters." Really.
Remember to turn on the "Closed Caption" option in order to understand the last video.
I'm actually glad I learned English from proper English teachers from all around the world during my early age. The foreign language education in Vietnam is terrible, then recently they started forcing kids to learn Japanese, Mandarin and Russian too. I bet the teachers don't even know how to communicate in those languages...
You see, 60% of the population can't speak English, and 30% doesn't speak really well, they can only say things like "Hello, how are you, I'm fine thanks" and etc, sometimes weird stuffs like "mother dog bitch" lol. Luckily I currently study in a French school so the education is much more logical and better, I also managed to learn French and a bit of Spanish. Plus weeaboo vocabulary from the internet.
I saw this topic in a forum and I actually got a kind of addiction to it. Thinking about words that avoid using this so ubiquitous symbol in USA and UK lingo is surprisingly fun, and isn't actually that much difficult. And you guys, what do you think? Do you think you can start and go on chatting with this constraint? Talk about anything you want, as long as it avoids that infamous fifth glyph (and as of now you guys know which glyph I’m talking about). Conditions and violations: * I just want to say that you must avoid substituting that 5th glyph for a similar symbol as 3, or €, I think you got it. * Or just plain omitting it from words that should obviously contain it (int_rn_t, Squirtl). You know, implicit or not, it still could count as a violation.
I just noticed... Chloe from We Bare Bears and Otako from Oshiete Galko-chan look so much like each other it's hard to believe that it's just a coincidence
This is the first time that talking about depression made me actually laugh:
I wonder how an RPG character would be cured from these status, though.
Google Translate never ceases amusing us. お年玉 (otoshidama) should mean "New Year's Gift".
Google Translate version:
It's not like I actually use Google Translate to translating purposes.
I just happen to type the text in the field so that I can use Rikaichan (a Firefox extension that shows translations of Japanese words just by hovering the mouse over them), which always gives the correct translation.
Rikaichan only works inside Firefox, though. Hence the need of typing the text somewhere online.
Thoughts, chatting, haikus, random insanity, talking about how bad you want to fuck your waifus (or how bad you want your husbandos to fuck you, why not, I don't know your position about this topic), your opinion about global warming, showing things you find amusing. Do anything you want. I must say that my first post got small modifications about conditions.
You show such a strong admiration for fictional girls. Although, I find Nipponic Animation girls just as hot as you do, too My avatar shows Uiharu Kazari from Toaru Kagaku no Railgun drawn as Akari Akaza (Akarin) from YuruYuri. My sig shows Rimu Mikogami from Kirumin. I’m afraid to say I’m as guilty as you
I can’t point why, but I’m liking that MACINTOSH PLUS – リサフランク(LISA FRANK) song in an unironic way. I think I’m going nuts. I know, it’s just Diana Ross with slow-down, but It's such a soothing song, but full of distortions, but nostalgic and familiar, but intriguing and trippy. "sigh" summarizing it is just way too hard. /music plays
I assume that most of you guys are familiar with the most famous Commodore64 video game soundtrack, the main theme from Monty on the Run, from the compositor Rob Hubbard (yes, this is another post about obscure video game soundtracks).
It's often described as the best C64 soundtrack (Tim Follin's Ghouls and Ghosts intro theme notwithstanding) ,clocking at absurds 6 minutes, and impressive enough to be chosen as the BGM from the end-game castle section of I Wanna Be The Guy:
What you guys might not know is that the complexity seen in Monty on the Run theme can be seen in many other soundtracks composed by Rob Hubbard. I'll show my favorite ones:
Crazy Comets theme:
Well, the shapes of the wave sounds don't lie. The variety of special effects coming one after another as the song runs is unreasonable. It makes clear that Rob Hubbard experimented A LOT during the creation song .
Special attention goes to the slap bass line that starts at 0:41, which will set up the groovy feeling of the song:
International Karate theme:
The variety of sounds is less intense in this song (but still abundant), which makes the contrast between the sound effects even more evident.
The song is far slow and more soothing than the previous ones. Well, until 4:07, though. Then the pacing changes completely for an action-oriented soundtrack.
The highlight goes to the section at 7:35, which plays only the percussion notes. It shows perfectly how much variety of sounds one can include in a single sound channel for the sake of making a song more interesting to hear.
And, now, my favorite one of the batch. Nemesis the Warlock:
Describe it would take too long, hence I'll just let you guys take your own conclusions. From 4:10 onwards it starts sounding more like a Sega Genesis track than anything else.
It's worth mentioning that you can see that all these soundtracks were made with only 3 sound channels, composed for a chipsound that, despite all its features, simply can't play 2 notes simultaneously, and yet they sound so complex and rich.
That's it. I hope you guys enjoyed this demonstration of how Rob Hubbard is much more than just the composer of the Monty on the Run soundtrack.