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Happy Birthday Hatsune Miku!

Happy Birthday Hatsune Miku! It's August 31st and that means two things. One, August is almost over and we're moving into September. Two, it's Miku's birthday. (Also my brother's!) On the chance you don't know Miku, she's a Vocaloid and essentially a virtual idol. Vocaloid is the name of a software used to create music using the manipulation of voice-banks. While Miku is not the first of her kind, she is the most well known. For more information simply ask Google, or discover Vocaloid music and videos on YouTube! Please enjoy celebrating with Miku and have a nice day! Let's celebrate Project Diva style! Don't forget a nice song along the way!

Is the Smash Leak Good or Bad?

For all of those in the loop with Nintendo related games and updates or Smash Bros. in general, you might have heard about the leak that's been appearing around the internet. You can view all the details of the leak on  Kotaku . I don't really support leaking or want to spread the pictures any further, so I am not going to post them on my blog. I would like to start off saying that, with the recent video release of Shulk, many people will believe that the leak is true. However, despite this evidence, I still do not think we should jump to conclusions just yet. First of all, there has been no sort of confirmation from Nintendo about the leak. They are the ones who are producing the game, and if they haven't said that whats been posted is true, then how are we supposed to know? Furthermore, I'd like to examine the effects of the leak.  So while a lot of people are looking at this new information with happiness and excitement, others are somewhat displeased w

It's Not Always Black and White

It's not always black and white, But your heart always knows what's right. It's not about win or lose, it's the path you choose. We can hear these lyrics in the English opening of Pokémon Black and White . While these lyrics may not seem like much, they can be applied to a certain way of thinking. Sometimes, it's easy to view the world in black and white. It's easy to judge and categorize, grouping people into sides of good or evil. We see things as good or bad, right or wrong, order or chaos.  While some of these generalizations may be true, it's not good to see things this way. The truth to the matter is that there is really no right or wrong side. Everything and everyone are mixed. We need both to create a balance, as without order there cannot be chaos. Alone they lead to ruin. A world full of only chaos would be a disaster, and a world full of only order would never progress. Ryuuko and Satsuki So of course we can bring these w

Fall Anime Watchlist 2014

Hello everyone! I feel that Shooting Star Dreamer is lacking in terms of recent anime, aside from the Naruto and Cardfight!! Vanguard posts. I would like to focus on the new, instead of limiting myself to a variety of older series. Therefore, I've created another watchlist, a little differently than my Winter one. I intend to at least attempt to watch most of these series, but it shouldn't be too hard because they seem to be the type I like. Just a forewarning, I won't be doing any sort of review on these anime. Instead, I'll just be giving my thoughts throughout the season, and analyzing different traits within each. If you're looking for reviews, sorry! (Every now and then I review something.) So I've decided to pick up a few titles in the Fall. They are displayed on the graphic above, but I've decided to give a little list here as well. Just click on the picture to see the trailer and click the name for more information about each anime. Also if

Get Hype! It's Anime Time!

Anime can invoke many different feelings in the hearts of it's viewers. Sometimes anime make us sad enough to cry. Other times, we might shed tears out of happiness. When it comes to comedy, we laugh and have a good time watching the hilarious animated stunts. With action, we get goosebumps and chills overtakes our body. While the different emotions are positive and negative, let's focus on the positive ones for today. We hear a lot of upbeat and fast paced songs when it comes to anime. They invoke positive feelings in the listener, and give us a "never give up" attitude. Music impacts our emotions deeply. Readers, What Kind of Music Makes You Feel Alive? There are many songs that give that incredible feeling in my body. When paired with nice animation, the effect is even greater. So today, I would like to share some of the greatest songs that make me feel "hype." If you're feeling down, these tunes are sure to bring you up. 

How Do You Watch?

I've recently come to realization that not everyone watches things the same way. I'm sure this is obvious to most, but with anime there's a few different connotations surrounding the way someone watches. People tend to view certain series in a negative light, such as Ecchi or Card Games. They're labeled as being overused or lacking a complex plot. Some feel that true otakus watch a certain amount of anime, and if you don't do this you're not a real one. There's a vast variety of opinions when it comes to what you watch and how you watch. For me, I've never been a heavy anime watcher. The only reason I've picked up so many series on my list is due to the vast amount of anime that would air on Funimation. Ever since Funimation disappeared, my anime views have dropped significantly. By watching on TV, I would get a wide variety of anime, which had it's ups and downs. For one, I became knowledgeable of many series, but was it worth putting up wi

Do You Play Pokémon? Get Involved Now!

Have you been an avid Pokémon fan since childhood? If so, have you ever been involved in competitive play? Yes, there are online tournaments and such, but I'm talking about leagues and events in real life. If you haven't, keep reading. If you have, still take a glimpse. While you may or may not know, the Pokémon World Tournament took place last weekend. Pokémon fans from all around the world arrived at Washington D.C. in order to play the game they love the most. They come from all over world and aren't your normal run of the mill trainers. How did they get there? What story lies behind their feats? As a competitor myself, I'm not going to say hurry and participate before you grow old; as you're never too old for games. Instead, I'd like to share my experience as a fan who discovered the joy of Pokémon tournaments. Rewind the time back by four years or so. I was a 9th grader in high school, trying to find my way in a population of 3000. The school was

Anime Is Acceptance

Anime is full of so many characters. Some we like, some we dislike. However, in order to watch anime, we have to interact with a many different types of people. This sort of interaction teaches us about ourselves and what we find important. While we categorize characters into certain types, there are no two characters that are completely alike. Everyone differs somehow even if it's small. Sort of like real life.  So I've been thinking about my convention experiences and the personalities I witnessed. None of them were problematic, contrary to what I expected. In fact, most of the people there were nicer than the ones you see in everyday life. The thought then came into my head, what if anime was the cause of this? The fact that I've witnessed such a variety of characters and plots has made me very accepting. I've been on vacation for almost a week now, and have been desperately searching for writing ideas. I decided to visit a restaurant nearby, one that come

Useful Advice for Anime Convention Attendees

A lot of people like to take a leap of faith into the unknown. The same goes for many otaku who are attending conventions for the first time. While it's a good idea to explore and learn, I think that it's also necessary to be prepared for anything. So if you're a newbie when it comes to conventions or an expert, I have a few words of advice for you. Stick around you might learn something! I attended my first anime convention a few years ago. I discovered it pretty close to the actual date and decided to go with a group of friends at the spur of the moment. Unfortunately, I was forced to pay a lot more for a weekend pass. Fifty-five dollars doesn't sound like much, but every bit takes away from my spending money. So in a crazy rush, we made it to the hotel connected to the convention center. We arrived sloppily and disorganized. Later, things escalated quickly as I tried to catch up with the my group. After searching and texting I eventually found them, but I had

Anime Desktop Layout August 2014

Hey guys! So college is over and I took a few days off to improve myself in some ways. I would like to do a post on an anime series I just finished, but you can look forward to that next time. For now, I'm going to show you a bit of my customization I've worked on. If you remember, I used to do posts like this awhile ago, but was forced to stop due to computer issues. I'm working with Windows 8 now, and getting used to it slowly. However, by taking advantage of  Rainmeter , I was able to create the desktop layout as seen above.  When I design anything, it's usually inspired by some sort of song or feeling. Since we're still in summer time, I kind of wanted to stick to that theme. I decided to use a lot of blues to give a nice cool feeling, (the heat is killing me!) and any form of water to follow that. I tried to do a lot of things that were somewhat complex, but they ended up a mess. So I decided to go for a minimalist approach. Sometimes less is more right?

Let's Share: Other Writers and More

I spend a lot of time on my blog writing editorials and my own thoughts, but I like to help others out as well. A recent comment brought this to my attention again. I know I've somewhat dropped the Let's Share series a bit, but I want to pick it up again. So today instead of blogging about anime or video games, I'm going to share a few people that I think you guys should check out! The list will be in the following format: Name and Website - What do they do? -  Why should you check them out? - Check these people out! Mihoshi - http://futaridehitori.blogspot.com/ Anime Blogger, Japanese Translator  I found her blog by chance when looking for song lyrics. Outside of translation posts, she has a few that are very inspiring with a mature outlook of the world. Even if you don't really care for Japanese music or need translations, I still recommend checking her blog out! ------------------------------------------------------------- Re

Summer Anime Wallpaper Pack

Hello everyone! Hopefully you are enjoying your summer! In order to spread the summer love around I've created a pack of wallpapers filled with anime pictures. The zip file will be split up into three folders, one with summer themed anime wallpapers, the other a folder for scenic pictures, and the last is a folder filled with yutaka. Again, I know that a lot of people don't wish to download random packs without seeing what's inside first, so here's a link to all of the images. I tried my best not to include anything questionable, though there might be a few swimsuits. Overall, there's nothing too revealing or unsafe. I'm still trying to find a nice wallpaper for my next desktop theme. If you're a person who loves customization, stay tuned. Until then, I'll see you guys later~ Click here to see the images! Click here to download the zip file! If you want to find the image's source, please click here.