聖地巡礼[seichi junrei]

May 26, 2008 at 6:39 am (otaku word)

 There’s no need to explain this term now since a lot of anime fans actually do this. But I wonder if foreign anime fans who come to Japan to do this know how this action shall be called. Yes, if you really really love the anime, would you like to travel some points where the anime used as a background if the infomation is clear. I know not only my friends but even foreign tourists who happen to be anime fans visit some spots where their favorite anime actually used.

 I have a fujoshi friend who is crazy about the otome game, 遙かなる時空の中で[Haruka naru toki no naka de]. The stage closely resembles for the old Kyoto[京都]. Although most tourists visit 金閣寺[kinkakuji], she (or other fangirls) visit other points where the game actually used like 船丘山[funaokayama]. To her surprise, at those spots, you could buy some goods of the game. So this means a lot of fangirls do the same thing as her.

 Come to think of it, when I went to Korea, I visited Nami Island where the famous soap opera, Winter Sonata used as a filming place. I am not a fan, but I had to go there for some reason. Now that non-otaku people visit such places, no wonder anime fans do the same thing. So to visit the same places as anime (or movie, TV drama whatever) used as a background shall be called 聖地巡礼[seichi junrei]. 聖地[seichi] means a holy place, and 巡礼[junrei] means pilgrimage.

 When my friend, Windbell came to Tokyo a while ago all the way from Singapore, he did 聖地巡礼 for 秒速5センチメートル[byousoku go senchi metoru] in Shinjuku[新宿]. I think this should be easy for me to do since I am working in Tokyo. Maybe at best I could do my 聖地巡礼 for School Days in 神奈川[Kanagawa]. But now it’s not possible since I have no time…

 Now that I mention this term, I know I should do it and upload some interesting photos. However as I have said, I have no time to do it. If I had a chance, I would definitely give it a try. And my ideal 聖地巡礼 is for The Melancholy of Suzumiya Haruhi in Hyougo[兵庫].

  

 

 OMG, I feel like cosplaying out there. Above photos are from this site. And I shall leave some links for other 聖地巡礼. No English site is available, but I think you can enjoy seeing some photos.

 Lucky Star.

 Air.

  So, where would you like to go for 聖地巡礼

 

 

 

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ツンデレcomparative [tsundere comparative]

May 19, 2008 at 2:59 pm (BL, doujin(同人), otaku word)

 There’s no need to explain ツンデレ[tsundere] now, but like xxデレ[xx-dere] has a lot of types, there are some different types even on tsundere depending upon her temper. So today, I shall focus on some classification for this.

 This is something like a comparative form in English, in other words, it should be decided depending upon how cold and sweet she is to you.

a. ツンテレ[tsuntere]: Don’t mispronounce it as tsunDere. This テレ means 照れ[tere] which is a noun form of 照れる[tereru]. 照れる means to be shy. Literally it means cold-and-shy. Caught on, haven’t you? This type of girl is cold to you like tsundere, but she is too shy to be perfectly cold. Furthermore, she often blushes at you in spite of being cold. So we can easily tell she tries to be stronger in order to hide her shyness.  

b. ツンアホ[tsun’aho]: You can also say ツンバカ[tsunbaka] or ツンドジ[tsundoji]. アホ, バカ, and ドジ mean the same thing, stupid or an idiot. Even though she is so cold to you, she seems to be clumsy. She would goof up or mess things up, so eventually she can’t be cool in front of you. Because she actually cares about you so much, whatever she does doesn’t go well. You would see how clumsy she actually is. I think Louise in Zero no tsukaima could be this type.

c. ツンドラ[tsundora]: I already mentioned this a long time ago, however this time is different. If she is too cold and cool to show her dere-side, she would be this. Like tundra, the way she treats you is like a blizzard! Maybe C.C in Code Geass could be.

d. ツンギレ[tsungire]: ギレ[gire] stems from a verb, キレる[kireru] which means to get mad. Nah, it’s cold-and mad?? What’s that? If she keeps being cold and you don’t know why, watch out, it might lead to her breakdown. You have to figure out her feeling before she gets mad! Find out her dere-side no matter how hard she is! Don’t leave her alone! lol

 So I would like to place like below,

 ツンアホ<ツンテレ<ツンデレ<ツンドラ<ツンギレ

 Then I might add ダンデレ and クーデレbetween ツンデレ and ツンドラ if possible. And the superlative is ヤンデレ

 Oh, speaking of C.C., I went to eat ramen with her. There’s almost no dere-side in her! 😄 Read the rest of this entry »

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The classification for 攻め[seme] and 受け[uke] Ⅱ

May 11, 2008 at 2:32 pm (BL, doujin(同人), otaku word)

 I have introduced various xx萌え[-moe] and xxデレ[-dere] so far. Like otakus love to come up with crazynew terms, fujoshis(BL fangirls) are also creating brand-new terms. I already explained some classification for top[seme] and bottom[uke] in my previous post, but darn it, I’ve got to list them out in order to update. While I was not aware, they created some new types.

a. 女王様受け[jo’ousama-uke]: This type of uke should be very beautiful and strong. Sometimes even commanding. Unlike オレ様受け, he has to be elegant, not so rude. I think Wolfram in Kyou kara maou counts.

b. ノンケ攻め[nonke-zeme]: ノンケ[nonke] means straight orientation. This type of seme is straight in the beginning. But he would be tempted by uke as the story goes on, and eventually become gay. Come to think of it, in ぼくのぴこ[My Pico] the protagonist salaryman gets into Piko, not knowing he is actually a boy.

c. 姫受け[hime-uke]: [hime] means a princess. This type of uke is surrounded by several semes(more than two tops). I can’t think of a better example. Maybe Shibuya Yuuri? He can be paired up with Gunter or Conlad…but he ends up being uke.

d. 平凡受け[heibon-uke]: 平凡[heibon] means ordinary or common. So this type of uke has nothing special.

e. 無邪気攻め[mujaki-zeme]: 無邪気[mujaki] means innocent and pure. If such an innocent uke-looking boy is seme, he would be. Shimizu Keiichi in Kin’iro no Corda could be.

f. 健気攻め[kenage-zeme]: 健気[kenage] means tough-minded. This type of seme is amazingly tough-minded so that you might be touched. No matter how cold the seme is, the uke follows him. Similar to ワンコ攻め[wanko-zeme].

g. ホモ百合[homoyuri]: In となりの801ちゃん[My neighbor Yaoi-chan] which follows fujoshis’ culture, this is mentioned. Literally it means gay-and-lesbian. This pairing consists of two ukes, in other words, both of the two are bottoms.  Mostly they nestle and flirt with each other like lesbian. I was wondering why they made this. The answer is in the film…below is a part of the conversation;

A: あたし、誘い受け襲い受けのせいで、世の中の80%の男が受けに見えてしょうがないの![In fact, about 80% of all the men seem to be uke because of sasoi-uke or osoi-uke.]

B: 大丈夫、ホモ百合を使うのよ。 [Don’t worry. Use homoyuri, so you can make a pairing without seme.]

h. サンド[sando]: A bottom for two tops.

 Below is all about genres of BL.

i. ML: Stands for Men’s Love. Technically, BL caters to minors. If a pairing consists of two adults, it should be ML. Well, I don’t think all the fujoshis care about this, though.

j. ロボやおい[robo yaoi]: If either of the two is a robot, it should be this. Whichever the robot becomes, it should have a heart. I mean, it can talk, laugh, cry, angry, whatever like a human being. The only one mistery is how they do it. Well, maybe やおい穴 can clear everything. Speaking of ロボやおい, I can definitely think of Fullmetal Archemist

k. 匂い系[nioi-kei]: 匂い[nioi] means smell. Yes, it smells like BL. Even though the story is not BL, it has a scent of BL…For example, Water Boys, Ouran High-School Host Club, Hanazakari no Kimitachi e, Prince of Tennis or something like that.

l. 健全[kenzen]: It means sound. In short, there’s no sex scene. In other words, you can say NL[Normal Love].

m. 微裏[biura]: I guess this could be an abbreviation of 微妙に裏[bimyou ni ura]. In short, it’s slightly porno. But not too much. At best, it should be only kissing. Not more than that.

 That’s all I can think of now. I think there will be more in the future because fujoshis’ delusion never ends.

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つるぺったん[tsurupettan]

May 8, 2008 at 3:14 pm (doujin(同人), otaku word)

 This post contains some pornographic contexts. Viewers’ understanding is required. Read the rest of this entry »

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ケモショタ[kemoshota]

May 5, 2008 at 2:53 am (BL, doujin(同人), otaku word)

 If you happen to be a shota fan, you might be sure of this genre of shota. Well as you can see above image, kemoshota is a hybrid of an animal(dog, cat, lion, wolf etc.) and a shota-looking boy. It is an abbreviation form of ケモノショタ[kemono shota]. ケモノ means an animal…and if you love this, you would be a ケモナー[kemona-].

 There are technically five types of ケモショタ.

a. A humanized animal(you can say 擬人化[gijinka]). Like above image, it’s like a hybrid of a young boy and an animal. In real life, a musical, Cats can count. This is a fundamental form of ケモショタ.

b. Obviously a human part and an animal part of his body should be separated. Like a merman or Centaur. But this is absolutely less popular.

c. Even though it is totally an animal, it speaks or walks like a human being. For example, Rakushun in Twelve Kingdoms or all the characters in Keroro Gunsou. Deep kemoshota fans love this.

d. A dressed shota-looking boy as an animal. If he wears cats’ ears or doll, it could count as a kemoshota. Some people might count the Suzaku in a cat doll. But actually this is less recognisable as ケモショタ.  

e. If the animal has a shota-looking or is merely childish, it could be. Shamisen in the Melancholy of Suzumiya Haruhi doesn’t count because the way it speaks is too old.

 Although shota fans are everywhere, kemoshota fans are not so. Even in doujin comic markets, there’s not much kemoshota stands though there are kemoshota fans on the net. Umm, this is because they are too shy to come out of the closet? Also in BL circles, this kind of genre exists as ケモホモ[kemohomo]. Ugh, I don’t want to think about it. orz 

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ダメエリート [dame elite]

May 1, 2008 at 2:55 pm (BL, doujin(同人), otaku word)

  

 This is something relates to ヘタレ I have already explained here. ヘタレ is such a hopless guy (mostly) who is reluctant to do something.  But in this genre, there is another classification as a matter of fact…that is ダメエリート[dame elite]. ダメ[dame] means no good. In general, such suckers are called ダメ男[dameo]. エリート[erito] means elite. So literally this is a mixture of ダメ男 and エリート. Wait, I need to learn about elite more…I shall find it out in my dictionary. orz Elite means a small group who are powerful or important because they have money, knowledge, special skills etc…Yes, this is it.

 To get to the point, ダメエリート means a clumsy and hopeless guy even though he is a well-born, or a guy who doesn’t do good in the great company. You can simply picture a hetare guy in the elite group. Just hetare guys are everywhere, but how did this ダメエリート start? How come such a hopless could become one of the elite group in the first place?  At any rate, this type of guys are awkwardly pathetic so that there’s almost no salvation. But even that, he tries to make it better…and goof up again. Although any other characters in the story are all smart, he is the only one hopeless. Comparing to just a hetare, dame elite is more awkward. But that’s why this could turn girls who want to help him on somehow…I assume.

 Besides, ダメエリート doesn’t even necessarily mean a hopless worker in the great company, but a sucker in the great family. Even though he was born in the great family, he is a hopeless…Yes, this is ダメエリート, too. I think this could be easily found in anime or manga. Two major ones are Himura Kenshin in Rurou ni Kenshin and Tenka in Houshin Engi. But I can definitely think of Zetsubou-sensei! Though he comes from the great Itoshiki Family, he is in despair. His brother is a doctor, and sister is a master of flower arrangement…but zetsubou-sensei actually goofs around when he stays at his hometown, and plays with some girls…Anyone else? I am so sorry to say like this, but come to think of it, what about Lelouch in Code Geass? He is actually the son of Britannia Emperor, isn’t he? But he abandoned Britannia and started a new life as an ordibary student. Well, I know he is not a hopeless, though. Oh Arima’s father in His and Her Circumstance could be. He is a delinquent guy though he is well-born…Yes in this way, there is a deep story beside a ダメエリート.

 In BL circles, this ダメエリート is quite popular as well, especially when the story takes place between two salarymen(リーマンもの). Mostly a 鬼畜眼鏡 is to be a seme and a ダメエリート is to be a uke, or a ダメエリート後輩[kouhai] is to be a seme and his 先輩[sempai] is to be a uke.

 Jesus.    

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