My First Official Vlog Is Up!!!1

Hurr it be:

Also, I’ve finally put something up for sale on eBay. It’s a cable/DSL wired router that I got from my stepdad a couple months ago. You can find it at I’m really excited about selling some of my old things that are around the house so that I can buy Ben’s car off of him!! I plan on selling my Magic: The Gathering blue/black Fairy deck on eBay as well as several magazines, books, and a TV and VCR. I want to see how the router does first before I put up all my stuff on eBay.

Well, I’m going to warm up my hands so I’ll see you tasty little tulips later. Bye!


Do You Enjoy Watching Anime?

I do. Unfortunatly, not a lot of people do, and these people watch more anime than I do.

They are the anime critics and reviewers. It’s their self-appointed job to weed out the pink from the stink. It seems like a good idea, right? People want to know which series to buy and which ones not to buy.

I think I said it best when I posted this comment on Ogiue Maniax’s blog:

I think that most anime reviewers look down on a lot of titles, similar to what movie critics do for most comedies. Can’t anime simply be enjoyable? So what if it’s the same high school romantic comedy format we’ve all seen a bazillion times!

Just like every movie doesn’t have to be as good as Titanic to still be good, anime doesn’t have to be as good as, say, Cowboy Bebop to be worth watching. If that’s how some of you feel, then I’d recommend that you find a new hobby or continue to watch the same old thing over and over again.

I’ll say it, I love romantic-comedies. Sure, a lot of them are cesspools of fan-service, aliens, harems, magicians, mythical creatures, shinigami, angels, demons, maids, guns, robots, and all that jazz. But that doesn’t take away the enjoyment I get when I watch them.

The reason I like rom-coms so much is because they don’t take themselves seriously like a lot of “good anime” do. Sure, it may have a compelling plot, an interesting character, and/or an amazing plot twist, but “serious anime” like Gundam is so full of itself and there’s too much crap to remember.

I like an anime that has a smaller roster of characters that are easily distinguishable and have names that I may recognize them by instead of just “the guy with the spiky blonde hair” or “the chick with the short blue hair”.

Love Hina is an excellent example. Where it “lacks” in plot, it makes up for it with character development. You know who Narusegawa, Keitaro, Su, Mutsumi, Shinobu, Kitsune, Motoko (my favorite!), and Kanako are. Sure, there’s a lot of comic violence as Keitaro is punched to the moon and back and enough panty shots to make even a gay man blush. However, the characters are well fleshed-out and they seem like they could leap out of your manga or computer screen at any moment.

I’m sure that a lot of you didn’t like what I said, but I’m just putting in my two cents for what they’re worth. Just loosen up, guys!

I plan on doing better anime reviews when I get my camera, which should be sometime next week or even later on today. I have a lot of series to work with and will be taking suggestions for series reviews as well.

Well, I’m going to watch some Salaryman Kintaro so I’ll leave you guys with this video that I’ve been listening to (ehh?!) nonstop since I got off work:

Some of you eagle-eared listeners out there might recognize this as one of the songs from Three Ninjas Kick Back! It’s called Nan Arayo (I Know) and it’s by Seo Tai-ji. It plays during the scene where they tour Japan. Strange, no? Here’s an alternate music video to the original song, played by the SAME BAND:


Paris Hilton's Vagina Bites Mailman!

So I got some spam in my Gmail this morning. The title read, “Paris Hilton’s vagina bites mailman!” I didn’t open it because who knows what viruses lurk inside, but I thought the title was catchy.

It’s been awhile since I was awake in the morning and not 11-noonish. I kinda like it since I have more time to do things.

Speaking of which, I plan on writing the rough draft of my first light novel today. I have so many story ideas floating around, I don’t know which one I’ll pick. I plan on selling copies of it on eBay once it’s edited and formatted. I think I’ll charge $5 and go from there.  I’m shooting for around 140 pages; not that long, but long enough for you to get into the story. Once I get my camera, I plan on reading my light novel and posting the videos on YouTube and Revver.

I was browsing Seth Godin’s blog and read his entry about how blog ads are like online tip jars. Here’s a link to it. It made me think twice about not clicking on ads when there’s good content to be had. I’m going to make it a little goal for me to click on an ad for every site that I go to that offers great content and see if the quality improves.

Well, I’m going to get something to eat and start writing. See-ya!


Why Do I Fear My Passion?

Hello everyone. My name is Andy and I love modern Japanese culture. I love anime and manga. I love the Japanese language. I want to learn Japanese at BGSU so that I can work in Japan utilizing my skills in English and in Japanese to at least make a decent enough income to pay my regular expenses with enough wiggle room to cover any unforeseen expenses.

This is my passion. This is what I want to do. I don’t want to only do this for the rest of my life, but I still want to do it.

My passions change as I learn and experience new things. Years back, when I graduated high school, I was interested in computers. I wanted to present my content to the world and help others bring their own content before the world. This was my passion. As I was learning more about computers, I began to lose interest in it because I thought the material was too difficult. It also didn’t help that I was juggling a full-time job at McDonald’s to cover my expenses as well. Before, I was always paying attention to whatever the teachers were discussing and asking my classmates questions about material I didn’t understand. Afterwards, I just browsed,, etc. Keep in mind that this was before YouTube was even heard of.

I learned that although I like computers, they are not my passion. I do like what they are capable of. They give me the power to make my opinions known to the entire world. Without them, it would be pretty hard for me to do that.

I have enjoyed television, specifically animation, for as long as I can remember. I went from cartoons to anime around the late 90s when Toonami was in its stride. Oh yes! DBZ and Pokemon were some of the big ones wayyy back when. I didn’t start to become hooked on anime until Eriopolis and I watched Excel Saga.

Before that, I just liked DragonBall-Z; I didn’t think of myself as watching anime. Excel Saga changed all that. It opened my eyes to the wide world of anime. I didn’t get a lot of the jokes until after I watched several series and brushed up on my anime knowledge, but I could tell that it had a certain aura about it. As I watched other series, I began to put the pieces together and realized that I was really interested in the Japanese culture.

My cousins lived in Japan for several years back in the early 90s. I remember my cousins sending me chopsticks from Japan, and I’m not talking about the cheap-o bamboo ones that you get at a Chinese restaurant. The big thing about Japan that excited me as a wee lad was a small Lego boat that my cousin sent me. The instructions and little booklet of the different sets was in Japanese. Although I couldn’t read a thing, it seemed to both satisfy and starve my inner seeker of knowledge.

At my very core, I am a seeker of knowledge. Nothing gives me more of a high than learning something new every day. However, I have a unique taste in knowledge. I’m not interested in common, pedestrian knowledge unless it will benefit me. This was a big reason that I didn’t pay attention much in class. I thought, “Everyone else is learning the same thing. That’s boring! I wanna learn something different.” I often read different chapters of the textbooks, not to get ahead in class, but to do something that no one else in class was doing.

Today, I talked with a mother and her daughter about BGSU at work. I told them that I was planning on majoring in Creative Writing and minoring in Management Information Systems. I said that I heard about an Asian Studies program there without making it seem like I was interested in it. The daughter replied that her roommate was in it and planning on being a written documents translator of Japanese. I felt more relaxed about the situation and said that I might check that out.

What do I do wrong in the above paragraph? I denied my passion. I was too embarrassed to say that I’m majoring in Asian Studies instead of Creative Writing. Why? Because I fear ridicule. I don’t want to draw any negative attention to myself. I don’t want the people around me to know that I love anime and manga, I don’t have a religion (I Believe In A Thing Called Love), and I think Barack Obama is a better candidate than John McCain and NOT related to Osama Bin Laden. Obama, Osama; it’s an easy slip of the tongue, amirite?

I would like to improve my confidence and live on purpose. I would like to tell someone without a shred of fear in my voice, “My name is Andy and I love modern Japanese culture. I love anime and manga. I love the Japanese language. I want to learn Japanese at BGSU so that I can work in Japan utilizing my skills in English and in Japanese to at least make a decent enough income to pay my regular expenses with enough wiggle room to cover any unforeseen expenses.”

My name is Andy, and I love to learn.


The Mental Ramifications of Insanity Videos

Sorry it took me so long to post something. I’ve been working on trying to top my previous post, so here goes.

Thousands of years ago…ok, maybe a couple months ago…I found a video on YouTube dubbed UN Owen [Nico Original]. I called it Insanity. You guys tell me what you think of it.


After this video, I made it a twisted goal of mine to find as many of this videos as I could and show them to my friends and see what happens. I believe that “Insanity” is the correct word for all of these videos:

Before Insanity, there was…McRoll’d:

NicoRoll, while it may appear to be similar to McRoll, is in fact moAr related to Insanity:

I still remember my first INSANCANDY:

And now, for some Insancandy Mountain:

Because candy is integral to insanity, who out there likes caramel? How about dancing? What if I told you that there’s a song that combines your love for caramel and dancing? Here’s a small helping of videos featuring the song Caramelldansen (Swedish for, you guessed it, Caramel Dance).

Caramelldansen – Deidara and Tobi:

Caramelldansen – Gaara and Lee:

Okay, I’d better stop putting up YouTube videos because it’ll kill everyone’s bandwidth. Good-night everyone and remember:



P.S: It’s been 70 days since has been up and 42 days since has been up. I should really get a counter widget or something so I don’t have to post this all the time. I’ll work on that…

You Wanted MoAr!! You Got MoAr!!! Here's MoAr Eights And Aces Vids!!!!1

Hey guys, it’s TheAndySan hurr with a brief update.

Jon and I went to Eights and Aces‘ recent practice session and made some new vids. Here are the vids from Eights and Aces‘ July 5th 2008 practice session. Enjoy!

Eights and Aces – Practice Session 7-05-2008 – Low

Eights and Aces – Practice Session 7-05-2008 – Perfect Situation

Eights and Aces – Practice Session 7-05-2008 – Pork and Beans

Eights and Aces – Practice Session 7-05-2008 – Closing Time

Eights and Aces – Practice Session 7-05-2008 – Cumbersome

Eights and Aces – Practice Session 7-05-2008 – Wankfest 2008


P.S: It’s been 46 days since has been up and 18 days since has been up. I’m going to be retooling so it might take a bit before I update it again. Stay tuned!

Finally! Eights and Aces Videos!

Here are some vids from Eights and Aces’ weekly practice sessions. Enjoy!

Eights and Aces – Practice Session 6-09-2008 – Camera Test

Eights and Aces – Practice Session 6-09-2008 – Low

Eights and Aces – Practice Session 6-09-2008 – Low & Perfect Situation & Cumbersome & Brain Stew

Eights and Aces – Practice Session 6-16-2008 – Low & Cumbersome & Perfect Situation & Pork and Beans

Eights and Aces – Practice Session 6-23-2008 – Heart Turned Black


TheAndySan's Anime Review #2 – Bamboo Blade

Hey guys, it’s TheAndySan hurr with a long-awaited anime review!!

My review is not on Bleach or The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, but on an excellent little number called Bamboo Blade! Here is the slog of it on YouTube:

If you don’t have sufficient Internets or don’t want to hear my gay-ass voice, read on below:

Have you ever wished you could be in a Japanese high school? Yeah, you and me both, although the homework would kill me!! How about in a Japanese high school kendo club? Not sure? Well, it’s time to spin Bamboo Blade in your DVD player!

Bamboo Blade begins as the story of Muroe High School’s kendo club, instructed by Toraji Ishida, a hopelessly poor and unlucky fellow with a short-temper to boot, and his only member and captain of the kendo club, Kirino Chiba, a girl who’s energetic and always positive. When Ishida-sensai is challenged by his sempai who runs two kendo clubs at two different schools, Kenzaburō Ishibashi, he becomes determined to gather a 5-woman kendo team to defeat Ishibashi-sensai and win free Tokyo-style sushi for a year.

Muroe High School’s kendo club consists of:
Toraji Ishida – the down-on-his-luck instructor
The 5-women team
The 2-man team

The 5-woman team consists of:
Tamaki “Tama-chan” Kawazoe – the shy child prodigy
Kirino Chiba – the insanely positive captain
Miyako “Miya-Miya” Miyazaki – the cute girl with a dark side
Sayako “Sayo-chan” Kuwahara – the eccentric random girl
Satori “Satorin” Azuma – the talented but clumsy girl

The 2-man team is:
Yūji Nakata – a sincere and talented guy who looks out for Tama-chan
Danjūrō “Dan” Eiga – a small and slow guy who is Miya-Miya’s boyfriend

Story: 8/10
Although Bamboo Blade uses the ol’ Japanese high school premise, it’s much more than that. The story really captures what it’s like to be in a kendo club, alibiet with some out-of-the-norm occurances. It’s told with loving care and doesn’t go for excessive amounts of fanservice, not that there isn’t fanservice; it’s subtly tucked in without having it in the spotlight. I give it an 8/10 for an excellent take on a cookie-cutter subgenre.

Animation & Music: both 7/10
The animation quality definitely gets the job done, and it especially shines during the critical action scenes. The music is pretty catchy too. I’m totally diggin’ the ending theme’s dance-funk feel. I give both the animation and the music a 7/10 for a good, but not mind-blowing, job.

Characters: 10/10
This is where Bamboo Blade shines its brightest. The character development is top-notch and makes this anime definitely re-watchable. 10/10, no question.

Enjoyment: 10/10
I haven’t thuroughly enjoyed an anime from beginning to end like this since Love Hina! And the ending makes you beg for more when a second season is hinted at. 10/10 for pure enjoyment.

Overall: 8.4/10
Bamboo Blade is a breath of fresh air among the cookie-cutter high-school subgenre of anime. The characters develop nicely, the animation and music is satisfactory, and I would watch this again in a heartbeat.

Well, I’m gonna go chizzill with E & The Gang so I’ll see yooz guyz laterz! Bye!


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