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Status Update

Don’t you want to be a magical economist?

First impressions are over. Oh sure, there’s still Deadman Wonderland, Blue Exorcist and Moshidora to write about, but I’m bored of first impression posts now. So on with my obligatory seasonal status update post, in which I actually have interesting stuff to say in for once.

Blogging Plans

Blogging plans for this season are finalised and ready to go. I’m going to be covering Steins;Gate, Fireball Charming and [C]. Before the season started, I said I only planned on covering 2 shows per season, but my empress Drossel called out to me and Fireball only has 2 minute long episodes anyway, so that’s not much hassle to cover. Admittedly the two shows I’m covering, [C]  and Steins;Gate, are the two anime this season that have the biggest chances of self-destructing in spectacular fashion, but hopefully that will make it still fun to blog. That said, I would much prefer these anime to deliver for a change. I don’t want another Fractale or Magical Flying Panther on my hands. Still, it’s turned out to be a high quality season, even if the mecha genre is only noticeable again by its absence. Ah well, the final 2 Break Blade movies are coming out 27th May and 22nd of July so that should keep me going until Sunrise release their highly original new anime this summer. It has a fancy male character who forms a contract with a mystical girl to gain magical powers. Oh, and there’s rollerblading mecha.

Movies

My knowledge of movies is painfully lacking. I love them, but I just never got into the natural groove of watching them when they came on TV or going to the cinema to see them, except for social occasions. So I decided I was going to correct this and watch as many of the bloody things as I could over the next year. I’m going to be chronicling my journey too: Scamp watches stuff that’s not cartoons. It’s nowhere near as in depth or as carefully calculated as my posts on anime will be. This is mainly a personal thing to keep track of what I’ve learned. But if you can’t get enough of me or something, then by all means check it out. There’s a few short reviews up already.

London Expo

I’m going to London Expo wooh! My first time ever at a convention. Well, apart from that one convention I went to, saw a bunch of people playing Blaze Blue, setting out a twister mat and no sign of anime whatsoever, which I promptly left after 10 minutes. But yep, I’m going to be at the UK’s biggest convention, probably on Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th. I’m not going to be running a panel or anything like that, but I’d love to meet some folk I know from online there. I don’t know what I’m supposed to do at a convention for 2 days by myself. Also if you have a spare bed, I can cook for you. OK, just took a look at the hotel prices. Suddenly I’m no longer joking with that line, a place to sleep would be hugely appreciated.

Podcasting

No, I won’t be podcasting myself. Instead, I’m going to be making some super exciting guest appearances on some other anime podcasts over the next week or two. I’m appearing on the Bakacast at Project Haruhi and the Metaverse at Metanorn. At least, they said I would be. Unless my tongue falls out or they suddenly decide they don’t like me, both of which would be rather embarrassing. Do go listen to them when I’m on to listen to my smexy Irish accent.

1 Year Later

The Aniblog Tourney started exactly one year ago. The dust has long since settled on that tourney, but anime blogs are obviously still ongoing. To see how these blogs are still doing, I posted up a list on the tourney site detailing each blog that entered the tourney and whether they are still updating regularly today. Basically, most of the anime blogs are still alive and well, albeit plenty of them have moved about or changed owners or blogging styles and whatnot, with plenty of newcomers to fill the gaps vacated by the deceased.

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42 Comments

  1. Posted April 17, 2011 at 4:08 pm | Permalink

    Yep, I’m still updating. Sucks for you all.

    • Posted April 17, 2011 at 4:45 pm | Permalink

      Anywho Mr. Scamp, have you tried seeing if the London Expo has forums and if so, a ride and rooms board? That may be your best bet for finding a place to stay.

      • Scamp
        Posted April 17, 2011 at 8:03 pm | Permalink

        Cheers for the advice!

        …that said, I’m not sure if I want to bunk up with this guy, even if he is a fellow Death Note fan…

      • OHEMGEE
        Posted April 17, 2011 at 10:52 pm | Permalink

        Hey now, that’s a quality person right there D:<

      • Posted April 18, 2011 at 1:55 am | Permalink

        I’m sure he’d love for you to be his L for the weekend!

      • OHEMGEE
        Posted April 18, 2011 at 8:28 pm | Permalink

        You can always do a post about the experience.
        He looks interesting to say the least (:

  2. luffyluffy
    Posted April 17, 2011 at 4:52 pm | Permalink

    You’re going to ether fucking love conventions or hate them

    Avoid the Hetalia cosplayers and avoid hambeasts.

    • luffyluffy
      Posted April 17, 2011 at 5:01 pm | Permalink

      Oh yeah

      *squint*

    • Posted April 17, 2011 at 6:11 pm | Permalink

      The key I hear is finding a group of people to hang out with. It worked for me back when I did cons.

    • Scamp
      Posted April 17, 2011 at 8:09 pm | Permalink

      I need more UK anime friends ;_;

      • Posted April 18, 2011 at 12:05 am | Permalink

        It can’t be too hard. They can’t be all pedophiles or fans of pedophiles as use to be a problem in Ohio. If you make a point to go to panels, and they’re good, you will find people.

        Unless you’re unlikable and get a sex change as geek nannies hate real geek girls and will ruin them. Geek nannies are good to be aware of–they’re usually the girlfriend of someone in the group, claim they’re a geek, but more a typical girl and not really “into this stuff” and roll their eyes at how into it they are. Despite dating one boy, they try to posses all the boys in the group, and get really pissy if their boys try to hang out with someone they don’t approvae of. x100 if your a girl. They can really stress you out–either don’t let them, or get the hell away from them. Also avoid clingly couples for that reason. :P You will meet a lot of weird people. But you’ll meet good ones too.

        There’s a lot of tips and pointers and I shouldn’t go on. Try to meet as many different people as possible, unless you make a real connection with someone (and you’ll know) don’t let anyone monopolize your time. If you make the effort to, you’ll most likely make some great friends over the weekend. I’m still in contact with some of my con friends and that’s after the type of drama where I lost most of them–heck, I’m dating one of my con friends. You’ll be surprised what happens.

        But don’t get so drunk you forget everything. That’s kinda missing the point.

      • AkatsukigirlTy
        Posted April 18, 2011 at 12:10 pm | Permalink

        I’ll be at the convention, wanna be my friend? ;’D

  3. Posted April 17, 2011 at 5:04 pm | Permalink

    I’ll definitely be looking forward to your reviews as I have much expectations from C and Steins;Gate. I can only hope they don’t crash and burn like Occult Academy. >.>

  4. Posted April 17, 2011 at 5:44 pm | Permalink

    “It has a fancy male char­ac­ter who forms a con­tract with a mys­tical girl to gain magical powers. Oh, and there’s rollerblad­ing mecha.”

    The mecha saved it.

    • luffyluffy
      Posted April 17, 2011 at 6:34 pm | Permalink

      There sure is a lot of contracting going on.

      • Posted April 17, 2011 at 7:01 pm | Permalink

        Indeed. Come, would you like to make a contract with me? ;3

      • luffyluffy
        Posted April 17, 2011 at 10:08 pm | Permalink

        Nope, I’ve already lost it

  5. Posted April 17, 2011 at 7:42 pm | Permalink

    Let’s see how long this streak of you watching movies I’ve already seen goes on!

    • Scamp
      Posted April 17, 2011 at 8:11 pm | Permalink

      Movie neeeeeeeerd

  6. Posted April 17, 2011 at 10:09 pm | Permalink

    Yay! You’re finally blogging an anime that I will watch which is [c].

  7. OHEMGEE
    Posted April 17, 2011 at 10:53 pm | Permalink

    I’m not sure if I’ll follow C but at least I’m watching Steins;Gate and Fireball Charming : D
    It’ll be a fun season~

  8. Posted April 17, 2011 at 11:57 pm | Permalink

    How many supernatural creatures with creepy faces will we have offering up Faustian pacts this year?

    Also, good luck finding somewhere to stay for London Expo. Either make friends in London fast or prepare for one hell of a commute if you want to keep it cheap.

  9. Anonymous
    Posted April 18, 2011 at 12:50 am | Permalink

    That’s a decent list of things to do. Good luck with that.

    As an aside, upon rereading your blog post regarding cooking I realize I never commented on it. Your parents are quite simply stubborn idiots. A microwave is an amazing addition to the kitchen. Sure it’s mostly seen as that box that heats up instant food, but it can just as well be used to cook well and quickly. Example: Sprouts + slice of butter + some pepper in a plastic bag. Several minutes in the microwave and you’ve got deliciously steamed sprouts (unlike the disgusting crap that you get when you boil sprouts). Most can also be used as ovens these days so you can stuff a pizza in there and save 50% on the overpriced stuff that gets delivered (mind you, you’ll have to find a frozen pizza you love like chicken barbecue in my case).

    So my advice is, google and experiment with the microwave. It is as great as your stove.

  10. Posted April 18, 2011 at 2:58 am | Permalink

    Mmmm: Irish accent.

  11. Posted April 18, 2011 at 3:53 am | Permalink

    Can’t wait to have you on the podcast! Even thou I think I already heard you before on a random Sccsav watch session xD

    Good shows to blog! C looks like it will become really fun for most people.

  12. Posted April 18, 2011 at 7:46 am | Permalink

    It’s best to have friends who own a table in the artists’ alley so you can have a base instead of just wandering around. ^q^ It’s quite nice having a place where you can dump all your things and freeload and everything.

  13. Posted April 18, 2011 at 10:21 am | Permalink

    ooohhh movies~ *goes to check out*

    maybe i’ll listen to the podcasts just for the accent :D har de har.

  14. blogger
    Posted April 18, 2011 at 2:24 pm | Permalink

    …yeah, I’ll be looking at the movies website. I also will be listening to the podcasts.

    I’d also offer you a place to stay, but unfortunately, I’m of the age where I still live with my parents and the location’s two hours away from where I am.

  15. KBKarma
    Posted April 18, 2011 at 7:29 pm | Permalink

    What, you don’t go to Q-Con/Eirtakon/NomCon/BroCon? They’re closer to you (I presume you live in Dublin as well). Well, with the exception of Q-Con (Belfast) and BroCon (Limerick).

    I’m watching [C] and Fireball as well.

    • Scamp
      Posted April 22, 2011 at 4:37 pm | Permalink

      Ah yes, I think it was NomCon the one I saw a bunch of people playing Blaze Blue and setting up a twister mat with no anime in sight whatsoever

  16. Posted April 19, 2011 at 9:22 pm | Permalink

    Psst, hostels are a lot cheaper than hotels.

  17. Posted April 22, 2011 at 3:48 pm | Permalink

    Come to a german convention, then you can sleep in my bed.

    I hope you won’t mind sleeping in the room of a 16-year old with girly anime posters on her wall.

    • Scamp
      Posted April 22, 2011 at 4:35 pm | Permalink

      then you can sleep in my bed

      • Posted April 22, 2011 at 5:13 pm | Permalink

        Che. I will sleep on the floor, of course.
        Besides, my bed is to small for the two of us.
        xD

      • Posted April 22, 2011 at 5:14 pm | Permalink

        Since when can we insert pictues in the comments? That is awesome! Tell me how you did it!

      • Scamp
        Posted April 23, 2011 at 7:29 pm | Permalink

        You could always insert pictures, if you can html.

        Also I could have used a hell of a lot more inappropriate Ore no Imouto reaction face pictures to that comment. Like this one

      • Posted April 24, 2011 at 11:42 am | Permalink

        Naw, don’t use that one. ;)
        You don’t even know what I look like. After all, the only information you have about me is “16” and “girl” and “anime fan”.
        Oh the wonderful world of the internet!

  18. Posted April 22, 2011 at 4:07 pm | Permalink

    Holy shit you’re on podcasts. Can’t wait.

    DAT ACCENT.

  19. Posted April 23, 2011 at 12:00 am | Permalink

    Out of the shows you plan to blog this season, I’ve been watching and enjoying ‘C’, so I’ll look forward to your posts on that. And, as you know, I’ll also look forward to seeing you guys at the Expo!

  20. Posted April 24, 2011 at 4:22 am | Permalink

    Quick question: How the hell can you time manage your life so well? Seriously.

    Anyway, I have only been to one con (Anime North, last year), and it was a lot fun. My tips:

    1)- Bring money (cash)
    -You will want to buy stuff, there is a lot of stuff, and a lot of vendors might only take cash, but keep your budget in control, it’s easy to end up spending too much at a con.

    2)-Dress up
    You have two options, you can either dress up as a badass anime character, or stuff a pillow in your shirt, cause an allergic reaction to get a puffy nose, pour some oil on your hair, and don your geekiest glasses and up a typical anime fanatic.
    In either case, you will not only fit in better with the crowd, but you will also repel any would be theives (one costume through fear of violence, the other through fear of ughh, repulsive people.).

    Seriously speaking though, go have fun. I went with a friend, and met up (random encounter) with some other friends while there, and we had a blast, but going alone might not be too bad either. Especially if all you are doing is enjoying people cosplay and what not.
    Oh and, bring a camera, you will want to take pictures (make sure you ask first, but don’t be hesitant to ask!), I took 157, and I was only there for one day, and I had battery issues.

    • Posted April 24, 2011 at 4:24 am | Permalink

      become a typical anime fanatic*

      Sorry, I forgot to mention this, but I look forward to your appearances on them podcasts and what not.

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