Old Fart Who Loves Japanese Pop Culture 日本の大衆文化を愛する中年

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Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Akihabara@Deep new animated series

Nickelodeon To Partner With NHK On Domo-Kun Series And Develop Polygon Pictures Project, Akihabara

TOKYO, March 23, 2006 – Nickelodeon announced today the Networks’ first-ever Japanese development projects for original content. The new projects include a development and acquisitions deal with the Domo Production Committee*, affiliates of Japan's largest broadcaster NHK, as well as a development deal with Polygon Pictures, a leading Japanese 3-D animation house. Nickelodeon and NHK’s affiliate, Domo Production Committee, will co-develop and produce, a 26 episode, 2-minute short series based on NHK’s popular Domo-kun character. The deal also includes an advance acquisition of the series by Nicktoons Network in the US, marking the first time a Japanese produced series will air on a Nickelodeon Network in the US. The series premiere on Nicktoons Network US will be announced at a later date. Also announced today, Nickelodeon and Polygon Pictures have agreed to co-develop a new animated series based on the Japanese graphic novel, Akihabara@Deep.

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Akihabara@DEEP Fan Sub Group Comparisons

Fan Sub Group Comparisons

TV-Nihon has done an amazing job, even though they just started releasing episodes of Akihabara@DEEP in the past few weeks they have already caught up to Love Song and with this episode passed them.

But this speed has costs. The video quality of Episode 7 is just OK and the way it is encoded refused to play in one of my DVD players. It plays fine on the computer so if that’s how you watch dramas it won’t be an issue for you. But to play in a stand alone player it may or may not work. Love Song releases have always played fine in my DVD player. While the large file size of Love Song releases don’t have the HQ look of similar file size releases it is much better then the TV-Nihon release. The lack of picture quality from both groups may be due more to the quality of the raws that both groups have available to them.

Love Song gets the advantage for video quality they also took the time to translate the credits on the computer board at the start of the show. This and other little things like it along with a better picture will have me downloading the Love Song releases no matter when they are released.

I love this show and always want to see the next episode as soon as I can so I’ll download whichever group releases first. But the Love Song releases are the ones that I plan on keeping and burning to DVD so I can watch them again.

Thanks to both groups for subbing this series it is one of my favorites. TV-Nihon please keep up the fast pace so I can get my next Akira fix. Love Song please keep up the high quality job you've done with this series so far.

Bit Torrents for the Love Song releases can be downloaded here.
Bit Torrents for the TV-Nihon releases can be downloaded here.

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Monday, October 30, 2006

Akihabara@deep Search 7 Akiba of the Dead

Repel The Otaku Zombie

The TV-Nihon group has a Halloween treat for everyone, they released Search 7 a spooky episode in keeping with the spirit of the holiday. The trouble-shooters have trouble themselves this time out. First they run out of money, the water is turned off and the toilet stops working.

It seems that the trouble-shooters actually spend more money resolving the cases then they are paid to solve them. After some advice from the Yui AI it’s decided in order to raise money each member will develop a plan that depends on their strengths as individuals.

Akira is up first with a cosplay cooking show but the food that she makes is grey sickening stuff. Daruma, Box and Tiakia’s idea’s are quickly shot down as infeasible. Finally Page unveils a plan that he and Izumu teamed up on. Izumu will cosplay as a school girl little sister complete with uniform. The entire group decides that they are saved, even Akira concedes that Izumu is more mo-e in her school uniform and school issue bathing suit. But there is a problem Izumu can only last three minutes in the moe form before she reverts to her true otaku nature.

That’s when thee real trouble begins. Daruma turns into a zombie, and the whole Akihabara area has been overrun with zombies. Can the trouble-shooters defend Akihabara and defeat the zombies. Laughter ensues.

Download the bit torrent for this episode here.

Screen shots below cover the first 15 minutes of the show and don't really have any spoilers that the shows title doesn't already reveal.

Ajita and Sati

Box works on Yakumo Tsukamoto and Naru

Izumu Having a little snack

The @DEEP Headquarters

Pull up your Underwear

Akira makes money for the group

High Cost Cosplay

Oh no Izumu
Yui AI

Save Us! Yui-san

Akira-chan's cooking mo-e
3 Cosplay Cooks Akira and Hippo Hippo

Akira is so mo-e Mo-e!

Akibakei Host Cafe

Maid Cafe

Akiba Host Club

Izumu in School Girl Cosplay

Cosplay as the little Sister

Izumu in School Swimsuit


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Sunday, October 29, 2006

Death Note The Anime

Death Note the very popular manga which finished it's publication with it's 108th chapter, this past spring. The first episode of the TV show aired in Japan on 10/3/06. These screen shots are from the first episode where we are introduced to Light Yagami and the shinigami Ryuuku and the rules of the death note are explained.
This very popular anime is being fan subbed by at least 8 different fan sub groups that I know of, with the screen captures below taken from Episode One of the Toriyama`s World release. I also have releases by Live Evil and I'll post screen captures in a few days of one of their releases. Bit Torrents for many different groups releases can be downloaded here.
The Manga was also adapted into a very popular live action movie this summer part one was released in Japan on 6/17/06 and shot to number one in box office sales in the first week Da Vinci Code in the top spot. Part 2 of the movie will be released in Japan on 11/3/06.
The opening theme song is by the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
The Live action cast include
Matsuyama Kenichi as L he has appeared in many Japanese dramas most popular was Gokusen
Fujiwara Tatsuya as Light Yagami most notable Japanese drama appearance in Shinsengumi
Toda Erika as Misa Amane has starred in Galcir , Nobuta wo Produce and Engine

Interesting indeed.
From Wikipedia
The Death Note Rules
Before the series began, Ryuk wrote instructions in English inside his Death Note, because he believed that English is the most widely used language in the world.

1) The human whose name is written in this note shall die.
2) This note will not take effect unless the writer has the subject's face in their mind when writing his/her name. Therefore, people sharing the same name will not be affected.
3) If the cause of death is written within 40 seconds of writing the subject's name, it will happen.
4) If the cause of death is not specified, the subject will simply die of a heart attack.
5) After writing the cause of death, the details of the death should be written in the next 6 minutes and 40 seconds.

YouTube Sample of the Opening

YouTube Sample of the closing

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Saturday, October 28, 2006

Akihabara@Deep Search 6 Female Announcer vs Otaku

Stop the Media Propaganda
@Deep is called in to protect a female announcer who pisses off the Akihabara otaku when she ridicules them on air. @Deep is one of her targets, but then after death threats she is forced to hire the Akihabara troubleshooters.
These screen captures are from the Love Song release. The bit torrents for the first six episodes can be downloaded here at D-Addicts more info on the series can be found at the drama wiki.
There are no spoilers the following screen captures are from the first seven minutes of the show.

Not Moe Enough then look here

Box, Page, and Taiko

Page Leader

Box Designer

Daruma Cosplayer

Taiko Audio Wizard

Akira the Combat Maid

Izumu Program Troubleshooter

Daruma Appears as Alan Tracy of the Thunderbirds

Akira and the Boys in @Deep

Kuno Hot Idol Announcer

Screenshots for Search 3 and Search 4 have already been posted, Screen captures of Search 1 and 2 will be posted soon. Cast List Daruma cosplaying Maetel from Galaxy Express 999

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