It breaks my heart to blame a loli trio like the naughty Kojikan girlies for anything, but I don't have much of a choice. After seeing this on Canned Dogs (yep, old news) and watching a couple of YouTube vids, it's pretty obvious that the Kodomo no Jikan ED is not entirely original. If you were ever drunk enough to listen to The Offspring, you'll notice that their song "One Fine Day" bears a little bit too much resemblance to the Kodomo no Jikan ED theme. And ironically enough, it fits the animation like a strawberry-flavoured condom. Here, listen and see it for yourself.
Of course, no self-pleasured self-respected otaku gives a fluffy shit about all this. All they want to see is moar pix with the Kojikan lolis. So of course, we abide.
And the Pedobear Seal of Approval goes to...
Update: Both YouTube videos linked above have been removed, but there's also a direct comparison clip between the two songs. Thanks frozenpandaman for the link.
Japan is putting more and more effort into stopping the online rampage of illegal anime distribution. Just a few days ago, this very issue was the subject of a formal request issued by Japan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), to the government of the United States no less. The news was picked up by ANN, revealing a bit more about what was discussed during the Japan-U.S. Trade Forum held on October 18:
"[Japan's statement] included a request for the United States to help stop the unauthorized reproduction and distribution of Japanese animation online. Specifically, the formal statement mentions the spread of Japanese animation and other materials on video-sharing sites and peer-to-peer file-sharing networks.
(...) Despite frequent requests to remove unauthorized material from sites with user-submitted videos, the ministry says the fundamental problem remains unresolved for the foreseeable future. The ministry also says that the high legal costs and complex procedures of copyright infringement cases against peer-to-peer file-sharing are issues."
What to do when you're overwhelmed by all the new animes premiering these days, not to mention the ones that have already aired this year? Well, I'm sure lots of naughty things come to mind, but here's another one: how about take a peep into the future, and see some of the new shows lined up for 2008. You surely know some of them by now, but there are also a few that seem to have only been announced this month. So, here goes:
"Serious" websites usually post their downtime notices before it happens, but since this wasn't a case of planned downtime (and we're rarely sober enough to be serious), a late warning is fine, too. That said, after several days of blackout for our website(s), the crisis is still not over, so you may be denied access to our loli content until somebody at Customer Support moves his lazy ass and fixes the problem. I hate it when it's out of my hands!... Unless there's a loli holding it in hers.
And we celebrate THQ for their applaudable initiative. Here on this fine October day, the game publisher (who is better known for bringing Relic's strategy games to the retail light) has just released a somewhat different kind of "strategy" game. One in which you strategically manipulate a little girl, "to save a family of endangered bald eagles" (and one-eyed snakes?). The PC game - titled Julie Saves the Eagles - is based on the newest American Girl character Julie Albright, "a fun-loving girl growing up in San Francisco in the 1970s". Uhh... wait a sec, wouldn't that make a her rather old by now? Ah well, they have a couple more games with little girls planned for the months ahead, one also for the Nintendo DS, so if Western lolis are your thing, go get them: they're cheap! The games, I mean.
I never thought this day will come. Actually, I knew it would, I just didn't want for it to happen. Japanese pop culture, including music, anime and manga, has, in the last few years, been increasing like a pile of Persian dead. And when some things get hyped, it is obvious that the internetz *will* host them, one way or the other. Mostly, illegal versions. Up until now, Japanese anime producers had an unwritten deal with the fan-subbing groups - they would keep their eyes closed at the free, yet unauthorized online distribution, until the respective show was licensed. In the same line of events, the fan-subbers would stop their work if the show got licensed. Up until now, only American distributors were known to take legal action against such things, but it seems that, sadly, Japan is starting to do the same.
So what is exactly happening? First and foremost, Japan has revised its laws about downloading stuff via the almighty internetz. From what we understand, so far it was somewhat legal to own such stuff only for personal use, but from now on, that will not suffice anymore. Officials are trying to "fix" this, oh yes they are. A bit later, after just a few days, Gonzo sent a kind note to Shinsen-Subs (one of the better fun-subbing groups out there), asking them to GTFO and stop subbing their not yet licenced Romeo X Juliet. Or else.
Ok so this is the first time EVER that a Japanese producer takes such an action against fan-subs. Can someone please expain to me what the fuck is going on here? Romeo X Juliet? I need that subbed DAMN IT! NOW!
Thanks Anime UK News for ruining my day with this news, I'm now a sad pedo-panda.
For one reason or another, KimiKiss Pure Rouge was one of my most wanted shows this autumn, even though I knew jack shit (give or take) about this school anime by J.C. Staff, and about Enterbrain's game that spawned it. I was, however, fairly well acquainted with its characters - which is to be expected, considering that I've been drooling all over those KimiKiss lolis for... quite some time now.
As expected, the show looks like your average romantic-school-comedy, but it certainly doesn't go below average. In fact, there's something about KimiKiss which makes it quite a turn-on, without offering any palpable fanservice. Or... maybe just a little. With plenty of kiddy-flashbacks to pave the way for a groin-warming heart-warming story, no doubt.
The first character we get to meet is Pedobear. No? Oh, sorry, some screens got mixed up. So, the first character is (...)
Are you waking around with your bare feet? No problem, we can fix it. Not we, exactly, but Viz Media and T.U.K. Shoes, who seem to have teamed up for yet another wacky idea - Bleach street shoes.
These babies will be available in a limited edition, and will be purchasable only through VIZ Media's online store, which you little pedos can reach here. Not too cheap, nor too expensive, the shoes will hit a retail price of 65 USD, and can already be pre-ordered from the said site. They will be delivered to customers somewhere in February. Next year, obviously.
So if you love your Bleach and you need a new pair of shoes, you know where to go now. And you can also find the full press release over at ComiPress.
Not so far in the past, my pedo comrade informed you about the Japanese TV stations (Toukai and Saitama) that stopped airing Higurashi, due to certain violent behavior (that, for any sane person, did not have anything to do either with this show, either with School Days). Now, we are facing yet another problem - the Saitama network just cancelled the broadcast of none other than the King of Loli Kings, the only one reason for us to browse the anime torrents this year (that, and the random loli porn we can sometimes manage to grab from there), Kodomo no Jikan. Apparently, they kinda not agree with what's happening in the show (ah well, it is about a *very* young girl who wants to get raped by her teacher), so they just cancelled it, even after the producers censored some of the content. No worries though, the show will (hopefully) be aired by the other Japanese television companies.
Fuck you, Saitama. How could you cancel such a thing?