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About a month ago, I was wary about the degeneration of my physical strength when I gone out of breath after 5 second of sprinting. Yea, you heard that right, 5 fucking second. Not being able to believe that I have become so weak, I tried playing a game of basketball with my friends and holy shit! My whole body ached and I couldn’t even stand straight after 1 min of casual play. It’s so scary that I forced myself to train every single day since 1 week ago. Now my body is back to an ok condition where I can at least sprint non stop for 1min plus. I also can play basketball non stop for 35mins at least.Not too good but  it’s a result akin to what my stamina used to be.

However, those results of sprinting and basketball are just  deceptions of recovered strength. When you start using a more accurate and undeniable metric to test your strength,  you will know the horror of how weak you actually are.

About one week ago, I started to jog around my house for 10 minutes. Being the first session, it’s of course difficult and tiring . However, for the subsequent jogs, I started to increase the time to 12 min then add a min to it every single passing day. So I have been jogging for 15mins a day since three days ago. The subsequent jogging sessions were a breeze compared to the first run and that made me believe that I have regained my strength. Then a horrible thing happened.

I used 20minutes to finish a 2.4km run.

Thunder claps and the earth shaken. What the frigging hell happen? 20 minutes for 2.4km is the result of the weakest among the weakest who walk for the whole run! So how the hell did an average 60kg guy who can run 2.4km within 13mins without training 2 years ago degraded to such extend? It’s not like 13 mins is a fantastic result but compare that to 20mins? What the hell is that?

It’s so shocking to find yourself so slow when you thought that you are quite fast with your pace. So when I found out that I used 20mins for a run, I pretty much gave up because I know I am doing it wrong. Having past experience, 1 whole week of training should make a difference, so when the result is not apparent, it just means that you are wasting your energy. So now instead of training recklessly, I decided to take the approach of watching more sport anime to motivate myself to train like how they do. If not, then I can just go to sleep everyday while dreaming that I could actually run very fast . Watching a lot of anime should help in facilitating such dream because dreams are no more than faint and fantastic reflections of our waking experience.

In other words, anime solves everything, including global warming.

Cheers!

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First , some history of mine where I talk about my anime convention experience.

Singapore do have lots of smaller fan made conventions such as Cosfest and EOY which I never attend  because their main attractions are cosplay,  which to be frank, is something I kinda dislike about the anime community. However 2008 came and we finally got our first official anime convention. AFA 2008 is actually the best event since its inception because they are just starting up and so they try a lot of things out without catering to any crowd of people. During the event, the thing I liked the most is that we have a panel room where we actually hosts Japanese industry guests like Koji Morimoto, Eiko Tanika and Kunio Okawara.

Too bad, I was pretty ignorance back then and missed up the chances of attending most of their panels to hear wonderful stories about their works. I do however luckily attended Eiko Tanika’s panel and managed to listen to interesting anecdotes about Studio 4°C and animation studio in general. That one panel that is so educational and interesting, it pretty much became the freshest and biggest event I remember for AFA08. I can still remember the things Eiko Tanika said even if it’s 2 years ago when I know nothing about anime and that should sum up exactly how much of an impression it left me with . To be frank, even May’N’s concert doesn’t leave such a vivid mark in my mind.

I also attended another panel of Imaginary Friends which isn’t as interesting as Studio 4°C one but it did leave quite an impression for me where I felt like listening to more of such experience. With that, the thing I really anticipate for subsequent AFA is actually the panels and interview of industry guest.

There is also a live screening of Genius Party Beyond apparently but I failed to attend it because I didn’t know they are screening it.

Then AFA09 came. I just started IWICSYI and if you read the pre 2010 post, it isn’t hard to conclude that I am someone who don’t know what the hell I am talking about. I am still in the stage where I am not exposed to enough ideas and opinions about anime to formulate my own stand so I just went on and attended AFA09 he experience while taking everything at face value. It’s after the recent announcement of AFA10 that I notice that the seed has been planted since AFA09 and now the convention will most likely spiral into something that I don’t particularly like.

First thing first, during AFA09, the panel room was removed and the only worthwhile Japanese guest is actually Mamoru Hosada. With that, it means that there are no more industry insider panels, no more aspiring experience sharing from individual and lesser interviews and talks that I look forward to the most in an anime convention. There are no live screening of special anime too.

Another disturbing trend is that there are a huge amount of focus on cosplay and otakuish trends like moe seiyuu and maid cafe. 3/4 of our guests are made up of seiyuu, cosplayer and moe related guest like Danny Choo. There are also lots of booth with moe merchandising .Sure, there are still studio booths like Production IG and such but they are just some pathetic exhibition with no host attending to it. Worse still, no attendees even go near there. I know that because my friends and I camped near there to read manga because other areas are too fucking crowded to even walk. I also pretty much stand there for hours, looking and having nostalgia trip when I watch the interesting trailers of Production IG’s work being shown. I came to know of the existence of this crazy Mamoru Oshii project called Tachiguishi Retsuden where Shouji Kawamori and Kenji Kawai starred in due to the trailers.

Moe areas/booth and events like the Maid Cafe, K-on live dubbing and cosplay skids are well received though. People have made it clear that they are willing to fork up triple of the entrance fee to attend them. These moe related events garner a lot of hype even before the convention starts.Sure, Mamoru Hosada’s talk did garner quite a crowd in the end but it is definitely not as heated as the K-on live dubbing or the cosplay skids . Not to mention,  I never heard of anyone getting excited about Mamoru Hosada before and after the event . It’s also pretty clear that K-on is pretty much the big thing here and from the things people do and like, it isn’t hard to notice that fans here are geared towards the moe fandom.

Then the final blow came when people are getting real high with the elaborated youtube video of Hatsune Miku . I should have notice something weird from that but it never crosses my mind that I am looking at something that I will hate in later part of my life.

So now the seed has been planted. It’s clear and obvious now that people want moe and cosplay. Large amount of people also couldn’t care much about animators since they are willing to fork up more money for AFA09 than in AFA08 even when there is a lack of industry insiders. People hyped up moe stuff, affiliated blogs that promotes AFA are mostly moe oriented. People are buying more dolls and figurines than dvds. People talk more about K-on and moe series than they talk about Aoi Bungaku. So in the end, what’s the result? A total event all relating to moe and cosplay.

Look at the fucking guest lists! There are no more animators coming down. All of them are frigging moe seiyuu and cosplayers. The concert wasn’t too bad but the only thing that has a hint of manliness is JAM project. Not to mention, not only do you have a Maid Cafe, you also have a fucking Butler cafe now. What has the world come down to? What the fuck is this shit? Why are they catering to the moe crowd now? Why the fuck are they leaning so towards cosplay? How the hell can they not bring anime insiders to educate about the process of making anime? Why are there no more panels for people to share their experience and discuss interesting anime topics?!

There is one thing that they did right though and that’s live programming of special anime that no one has seen yet. Too bad, it’s Gundam OO movie and The Disappearance of Haurhi Suzumiya. Out of the vast amount of stuff such as King of Thorn, Colourful, Redline, Mardock Scramble, Uchuu Show e Youkoso , Karigurashi no Arrietty , Lopus=Garous and such, they just have to fucking screen Haruhi and Gundam OO.

I hate to say this but it is obvious that the state of the anime community here has definitely became moe oriented. People are buying merchandises like moe dolls and figurine than dvds with actual contents. People are more interested with the latest niche moe trend and series than the next landmark series to hit the mainstream. People are more interesting with the glamorous side of seiyuu and singers than the real production staff behind it. People are getting into anime now with K-on rather than Eden of the East.

Oh, and I forgot to mention that Gundam was pretty huge here as well and it constitutes another half of the anime community  other than moe and cosplay, all thanks to the vast amount of toys it has. Most of the fans are in for the gunpla and character design than the actual show itself though.

Of course, the guest and event lists aren’t finalised yet but I don’t believe that there will be any major change when it is only 19 days away from the event.

It’s funny that I am the minority now because I don’t watch much niche moe show.

To be honest, I never know what the hell Halloween is or care about it because if you want to talk about the special day relating to ghost, we pretty much have 1 whole month of “7th month” where parents scare the shit out of their children by telling them spooky mystical tales on how ghost will do nasty things to them if they disrespect the deceased or stay out late at night during the 7th month of lunar calendar. That of course is the Chinese way of imparting good values through scare tactics but damn hell does it works. Due to all those scary stories, I am always wary during the 7th month and live life in distress and anxiety because I am a fucking coward.

I however also learned the deeper meaning behind it and the good virtue it imparts. The 7th month originated from a story about a filial son finding out that her dead mom is a hungry ghost in hell. To free her from the suffering, he tried to feed her but failed. Buddha told the son that he needs the power of other luohan to succeed. After some hardship and rituals, his mom finally got freed and reincarnated during the seventh month. With that, people celebrate the “7th month” where they believe that the hell gate will open and ghost will gain freedom from hell during July to remember the importance of showing our respect to the deceased and the filial piety shown by the son. That of course is the simplified version of the story where I skipped lot of crucial plot points.

Sure , even though it may look idiotic or delusional with our vibrant concerts and grand ceremonies to celebrate with our deceased one just because of some bullshit religious story that may or may not be factual, the thoughts and messages behind it are true and sincere.

So as you can see, with such a cultural and big event like the “7th month”, no one in the past really care about Halloween because it really isn’t a part of our life. To be frank, it isn’t until recent years when all those obnoxious teen shout and getting all annoyingly excited about Halloween that I actually recognise its existence. However, before I know it, the “7th month” is pretty much gone in the mind of teenagers as table has turned and Halloween became the big ghost event while the “7th month” is chucked aside where only the older generation cares about it now. Most of the teenagers pretty much forgot all the great values imparted by the “7th month”. They are swept by the Halloween wave because Halloween supplies them with more fun and parties to widen their social circle (nicer terms of finding more sex partner) while “7th month” is dull and uncool. It’s all about fun nowadays and less about the value behind the special day.

It’s ok if teenagers understand and appreciate Halloween while partying but that’s definitely not the case. We just don’t have the culture of Halloween here and it is definitely not an integral part of our life like how “7th month” is. Most of us don’t know the epic lore of Halloween, nor do we know the implicit meaning behind it. People are celebrating it because it is cool and everyone is doing it.  People are celebrating it because nightclub and pub promote special events that are fun and exciting for teenagers with raging hormones. Now it’s more like some fashion parade using the name of Halloween to promote and motivate horny teens to party and look at weirdly dressed chick than a traditional holiday. That to me is insulting, insincere and really shows how shallow most teenagers are.

With that and being a traditional Chinese man who uphold great moral and cultural values like sex after marriage and receiving red packets with a smile , I can’t help but be disappointed with shallow teenagers again. I can now only pop in some Japanese cartoon to comfort my bitter soul.

I am tired of people complaining about our local manga publisher where lots of people made lost of unfair claims and panned it unnecessary. So to relieve some of these anger , I will try to refute some of these complains but first thing first , I will agree that Chuangyi’s paper quality is inferior to the Taiwan counterpart.

Complain number 1 : Comics Titles

People always complain about how Chuangyi has lesser title than Taiwan Companies while neglecting the fact that there are 5 and more companies publishing manga there while we only have one Chuangyi . Not to mention , the Taiwan companies are more well established and started off earlier so they have early dated manga which most likely won’t sell anymore like Madbull 34 , Houto no Ken and Orange Road while Chuangyi was too late for the game. Not to mention , Chuangyi has to deal with English manga as well so even though it is a fact that Chuangyi carries lesser titles , I think this argument is unfair. This is my personal peeves but I will like to poinnt out that those who complain about this wanted less then stellar work like Lucky Star and those Kodokawa visual novels adaptation manga which no one should even care about in the first place. These people neglected great license such as Blade Of Immortal , Vagabond ,H2 and many others.

However the complain about the limitation of new titles is valid but you need to understand the risk of publishing new titles. Not to mention , they need to calculate whether this title will make any profit when the same new titles are carried by Taiwan company as well . I will reckon that Taiwan can publish new titles like how they do is due to an established fanbase where you know , people buy comics , lots of them . That’s not saying that we locals don’t buy them but do eradicate this limitation of new titles , all we need to do is actually showing our support . Chuangyi has lots of channel for you do give recommendation and such.

Complain 2 : Translation
Funny how people complain about this when you can never know whether a translation is correct or not unless you have the Japanese one . The awkward sentence structure might not be a translation error but actually an error from the Japanese counterpart . Let me assure you , the Japanese make errors as well . That’s not saying that Chuangyi doesn’t make any mistakes , they made a lot as well . Detective Loki is almost unreadable. Flame of Recca was bad as well but surprise surprise , the Hongkong and Taiwan versions have similar problem. I blame it on the early establishment.

Now , people always use the Taiwan version to make comparison ,but then how will they know that it is not the Taiwan company’s error? Oh , because the grass is always greener on the other side and local company always suck ass . Go to Taiwan and people complain about their translation when compared to Hongkong or else where. Go to USA and people complain about how Scanlations have better translation .

Now , I do agree that some of the Taiwan version flows better in translation but on the other hand , some of our local translation flow better as well . Also , let me assure you the Taiwan companies have their fair share of errors as well , lots of them actually . I put Eden; the endless world on halt because the translation was horrendous . It doesn’t make any sense most of the time! Though it might be the author’s mistakes but it is quite impossible to have errors for every 5 page or so . Well , it was a difficult comic to translate so I have no complains.

I am still able to follow like 4/6 of the ongoing titles I have so I am ok with that.

Nearly forgot to mention one point , Chuangyi has their own localisation , same goes with Taiwan Companies and all this is just preferance choice , it is really unfair to complain about it just because you prefer the Taiwan’s one.

Complain 3 : Price

You go to Taiwan and can eat a bowl of noodles with $2 but you need $3 in Singapore . Come on , go complain about that then . Though Taiwan comics are more expensive here due to import fees . Now people say that they are willing to fork out 50cent more for Taiwan company but they forget that the 50cent will compile for every volume you buy . The reason they forget about this must be because they are always reading comics that got axed early on due to sucking too much.

Complain 4: Speed
For Taiwan company , I have been waiting for 7 billion needles for god knows when even though it sucks and also , they are late for GTO Shonan 14 days . Same goes for some of the Chuangyi titles. Both have same speed issue for different titles . It’s funny how people are willing to go to such extend of complaining about a slower release when it was just like a few weeks late . Man , must be cheapo that only follow one title so they can’t read other comics before the new one is released.

Well , all in all , to get the good from both of them , you just need to balance your collection from both different publishers.

Today , my cousin came to my house to ask me some maths questions because everyone knows that I am a smartass . Come on , primary school maths? For some one in a tertiary level in studies? You must be kidding me! I didn’t know how to do because my maths sucks ass ! Oh fuck! How? Someone with a 3.98 gpa in a tertiary level of studies didn’t know how to do primary school maths? Am I going to embarrass myself in front of my 12 years old cousin who didn’t even realise that I am his cousin? Man can’t do that , definitely can’t do that . Lucky for me , I went to a Microsoft Imagine Cup Award Ceremony and they taught us great stuff like solving your problems by creating software . So I went to google and search for the answer keys .

Here are some great links:
prischoolmaths.blogspot.com

1800-teacher.com/vbulletin/forums/archive/index.php?t-708.html

Ok, I got lazy but you actually just need to type in the questions on google and it will most likely appears because  everyone and their fathers are most likely doing the same set of psle ten years series for primary 6 homework .  Now you know why Singapore wanted everyone to take PSLE , no , it is not to have a world recognised standard , it is for me to slack off and google the answers. It is all just to cater for me .

That’s a great question! NAPFA ( National Physical Fitness Award) , you will wonder why the need for the second “A” , shouldn’t it be NPFA?

In 1600 B.C. the Phoenician alphabet’s letter had a linear form that served as the base for some later forms. Its name must have corresponded closely to the Hebrew or Arabic aleph.

When the Ancient Greeks adopted the alphabet, they had no use for the glottal stop that the letter had denoted in Phoenician and other Semitic languages, so they used the sign to represent the vowel /a/, and kept its name with a minor change (alpha). In the earliest Greek inscriptions after the Greek Dark Ages, dating to the 8th century BC, the letter rests upon its side, but in the Greek alphabet of later times it generally resembles the modern capital letter, although many local varieties can be distinguished by the shortening of one leg, or by the angle at which the cross line is set.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A

What does that mean? Actually , it means  how the fuck do I know why the need to add an extra A !? If NA is the fixed abbreviation for National , then why the hell  isn’t NBA  NABA instead?

So in order to pass NAPFA, we should first understand why the need to add the second “A” because before overcoming your enemy , you must first understand them.

http://singaporeseen.stomp.com.sg/stomp/sgseen/in_the_heartlands/345174/thanks_for_giving_up_seat_for_my_pregnant_wife_stomper_says.html

STOMPer sharperner is grateful towards this gentleman who gave up his seat for his pregnant wife, even though his friends laughed at him for doing so.

The STOMPer said:

“I was taking bus service 56 back home with my pregnant wife.

“The bus was crowded.

“This kind gentleman gave up his seat for my heavily pregnant wife.

“His friends laughed at him but he remained cool.

“May god bless this kind gentleman for his chivalrous act.

That is our snakey there and man! His friends are pretty bastard eh? Laugh at his kindness act like some evil Satan reincarnation . They are so evil , if you say that they aren’t serial killers I won’t believe you . Haizz , teenagers nowadays , so evil and stupid . Stupid  asshole teenagers.

Oh and his bastard friend(s) is me of course.

Singapore is really a quiet and conservative country , we seldom have any tabloid news that causes lots of wave . That’s why when there is one big fucking tabloid happening like some highly acclaimed director having an affair , people sensationalize the hell out of  it and make a hill out of a mole . The funny thing is that before this scandal , everyone gave praise for this director . There isn’t any criticism for him generally. However when shit happened , everyone took the chance to take him down and attack him at all cost . People started to nitpick every single issue and make him look like a Satan reincarnation. Why did this happen? That’s because we have too much time in our hand and  our views are narrow as fuck  thanks to our peaceful time .

Hence to eradicate this narrow views , I had devised a cure for it – watch more anime . If you don’t know yet , anime viewers have the broadest mindset as we are exposed to lots of taboo subject such as bondage , lesbian , gay and incest . We watched so much of those , we are desensitized by it .We had also seen so much emotional drama about betrayal and emoness , something like affair look so minor . To be frank , we won’t even care if some political figure have an affair because we had already seen a fictional simulation via some sick ass doujin .

Not to mention , we are so preoccupied by our dakimura , we can’t be arse enough to care about some director having an affair . The only director we care are people like Shinichiro Watanabe and Nakamura  Ryosuke and even if they have an affair , we won’t care as they are people who make tv , not educator that teaches us not to have an affair . Even if their anime shared with us some educational moral values while they are having affair , it doesn’t matter as those values still stand if it is totally unrelated with having an affair .

So does anime helped to make the world a better place ? Sure hell it does as it make us mind our own business because we are too preoccupied by our hobby .

To end off , I will like to say that even though I don’t really like the director’s work due to his often deus ex machina shitty ending pulled out from someone ass and ate it back and pull it out again for every subsequent movie he made , I still have respect for him as it remain a fact that he sort of paved a path of film making in Singapore and all his award for his merit are still rightly deserved. Let’s not forget and deny all his good just because of a mistake he made.

PS: I never know that having an affair have anything to do with feminism . I guess feminist just love to dug any hole when they get the chance to stir some muddy shitstorm out of it even if that hole has little to no relation with their views. I always believe that feminist should start their activities within their own gender  to eradicate the sexism issue rather than attacking the other gender. Hey , all your fellow female are the one who love  Twilight ,the tale of wanting to be protected you know? We men are more of being apathetic rather than being true sexist . At least I am the apathetic one because I am a real man .

In the past , I really hated my country , however when I grew up , I come to accept and think that Singapore is really quite a wonderful country to live in. I treated that hate as ignorance , as a mistake of the youth . However , a recent insignificant event reminded me on why I hated my country in the past . I don’t hate my country because of the government or the system they implement , I hated my country because of the people living in here . The absurdities people,  especially retarded teens churn out here were really blood boiling . In school looking at people’s lack of common sense yet being arrogance sadden me , not that I should care about them but the amount of stupidity bother me and that says a lot . Enters a local forum and you see lots of shit , enters a neighbourhood school and you see the same amount of shit again .

Not to mention ,the trend of “paikia” or pseudo gangster is growing really strong . Kids nowadays have sex when they are barely 14 and smoke when they are barely 12 . They also give lots of ridiculous comments about gangs and shit while acting big . Why they do that? Because to them , those are cool and stylish . In other words, those absurdities are fashion for them . Something along this line of nonsense being treated as a definition for cool just show how blood boiling they can be at times.

I am not a moralist ,neither am I a really sane nor intelligent person to place my judgement on them  but the fact that teenagers are getting more and more absurd remain as a fact and it is jarring and offensive .

Maybe the reason why I am happy with my country now is because I have escaped from the hell of stupidity and entered the ruin of stupidity , a lot better than hell though non-blood boiling ignorance still remain. The difference between blood boiling ignorance and non blood boiling one is that the latter will learn one day and is actually a part of growing up while the former is just stupidity without any cure . I am still in the latter group and I know that lots of people are still in this stage because of the lack of experience so all is good and inoffensive .

Hope that one day , I can escape to the haven where offensive stupidity cease to exist or at least , it cease to exist within my sight .

If you are interested in knowing why I am not adding more useless dump into the internet shithole these few day , I actually entered a dreamland for two days and was forced back to reality just now . After that , I understand that anime is a dangerous hobby because it actually encourages you to escape from reality  . Even someone as manly and strong like me was deluded by the heat and passion of an anime convention .It is utterly demoralising after knowing the fact that  these 2 day are just a short-lived fantasy .

In the end , I am not any better than all those obese and over enthusiastic loser afterall huh ? Whatever , at least I got a chance to take a photo with my favourite cosplayer – Itasu from Eden of the East.

Obviously , I am the handsome one right?

IWICSYI

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