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musings of the enigmatic

May 27, 2008

“novel characters errata” introduction

Filed under: Novel Errata — thenightsshadow @ 10:59 am

Honestly, I don’t think I’ll get away with posting chapters without first posting the characters. Obviously, for the sake of blogging and the fact that one character can make a post tl;dr, I have to split them up, giving them their own post. That’d be…13 main character posts, 5 side character posts, and 10 weapon posts. Yeah, even the weapons are characters; I’ll have to get down to that at another point.

I’ll be also using this section to talk about the novel’s terminology. I plan to tell the story from a perspective that’s familiar using terminology that isn’t. (I mean, it’s kind of obvious if I call the chapters Quesha [KE-sha] and the books Barlque [ba~REL-ku-eh].)

So, let’s see…character posts, terminology posts…I guess I could add attack, spell, and ki schematics if ever I need to come up with something.

Yeah, that’s what I have planned for this section. Occasionally, one of the characters may do a post. I’ll let you know who’s the one doing so. For now, I’m signing off.

May 23, 2008

“novel samples”: Chapter 2 Excerpt

Filed under: Novel Samples — thenightsshadow @ 11:35 pm

This part of Chapter 2 follows a winding down from the battle in the previous chapter and some understanding as to who Vargus really is. The excerpt begins a bit over halfway into Kiria’s diary entry, and ends at around when she’s finished writing it. This won’t be a long read, so please comment on areas where I can improve.

If you’re confused with names, I’ll be revealing more about them once I have time.

(more…)

May 15, 2008

“anime hoedown”: male protagonists

Filed under: Hoedown — thenightsshadow @ 11:20 pm

When I think protagonists some wussies come to mind,
Keitaro, Shinji, Keiichi are chronically inclined,
Too often I wish I could break their plot-connected armor,
And take their place in harem shows to show girls I’m a charmer.

Think you could do better? Post your versions here!

May 7, 2008

“what if” introduction

Filed under: What if? — thenightsshadow @ 10:19 pm

What if? That’s the title of this section.
Now, I haven’t introduced much of myself yet, but I am a musician. Maybe this is because of that fact, but I like to question “what if the entire OP was animated?” before it happens, should it do so. In other words, the question I’m asking to myself would be what the OP would look like if the entire song was animated. That’s the “what if” here.

My lack of knowledge of Japanese helps here, because it allows me to be creative. In fact, it’s something I recommend we all try, blogger and reader alike. Even if you don’t write fanfiction/fiction/novels, poems, or scripts, you can still benefit from a little mind-jogging.

Yeah, that’s it. There’s not much else to this section other than this. I look forward to reading your versions of the full OP animation.

May 6, 2008

“what do you think”: on anime titles

Filed under: What do you think? — thenightsshadow @ 11:11 pm

My question on “What do you think” has something to do with anime names.

Anime Titles are quite numerous and have varied effects on the anime itself. For example, Pumpkin Scissors was an anime that some people watched merely because of its Engrish title. Another one, called Love Hina, was so rampantly popular it became known as an abbreviated version of its title (LH). However, that’s not my point. While anime titles are this effectual, what is their function, and are they intended to be used this way?

Some people, in regards to my asking of a memorable anime, can name the anime’s title almost immediately. What you may not know is that this is actually uncommon. Most people, when confronted with the remembrance of an anime that is quite close to them, do not remember the titles. They remember characters, or perhaps the episode that made it memorable to them, but only occasionally will someone be able to name the anime’s title.

So, here’s my question. What do you think of anime titles? What makes them effectual at linking the the entirety of the anime together? Does the awkwardness or smooth-flowing name make it harder or easier respectively to discuss about it?

May 5, 2008

“novel samples” introduction

Filed under: Novel Samples — thenightsshadow @ 3:35 am

From time to time, I see a bunch of people with good writing praised on local fanfiction websites, but it doesn’t seem like the majority of the people want to do anything with their writing past just writing them up. To me, it seems like a wasted opportunity. I feel that if you can write even slightly decently, you can make novels, you can port them to the Japanese media, and you can make an anime out of it. Oh wait, that’s what I’ve been planning to do.

Anyways, those that know I’m writing a novel also know I’m writing the novel as the basis for the anime I want to produce. There are a lot of obstacles to overcome in that journey, and I’m aware of that. However, I have to tackle them one a time to keep myself sane. This is one such obstacle.

You see, all that has been written about this book, so far, has been from what I’ve seen in dreams. I’m a weird author in that I rarely draw inspiration from anything else other than what I see in the metaphysical. This has the unfortunate side-effect of making my writing…shall we say, not at it’s best?

My plan with this is to write chapters as they come, and eventually, I’ll have enough to piece together to finish it. I hope you’ll comment on the writing, and help me improve.

“musings of the enigmatic” introduction

Filed under: Enigmatic Muse — thenightsshadow @ 1:56 am

Have you ever wondered why this blog is called “Musings of the Enigmatic”? And why the change from “anime blog of a mere shadow”? Well, there’s a few reasons.

Firstly, “anime blog of a mere shadow”, for some odd reason, just immediately made me lose interest. I made four posts, published two of them, and then promptly stopped. If I recall correctly, that’s around April 2nd, 2006.
Huh, that was a long time ago…

Anyways, I wanted to change the name and the theme so that it would fit best with my viewpoint of anime. (This task would prove to be quite hard, as I’m now legally colorblind, compared to two years ago when I wasn’t.) However, I would also need to stick to my RL strengths, which, admittedly, are all over the place. So, I had the idea to blog via sections. Each section would be treated a different way, while still sticking to the anime theme.

And the name change? Well, all things considered, that was a cakewalk compared to the other stuff. The lowercase font is meant to demonstrate the supposed nonchalant nature of blogging in general, while the “Musings” in the title are meant to demonstrate that my mind is sort of thinking hard and deeply about each post. This, as you’ll find, may not be always true, but I try.

But the “Enigmatic” part’s a bit difficult to explain. In fact, I don’t think I could explain it without using a lot of words that I’m not familiar with yet. So, we’ll just leave it as is. For now, it represents my “Enigmatic” past and the background to all my posts.

Now, to those of you in the know, I’ve been in the process of writing a novel since around 2005, and while I’m actually not as far along as I’d like due to over tasking myself and not staying focused, the characters are all set, and ready to go.

So, I’d like to use this section to get their viewpoints in on quite a number of things related to anime. This is a win-win situation for both me, the blogger, and you, the reader: You’ll obtain a different approach, or perhaps, be given some new insight to a subject that you care about; while I can practice writing each character’s dialog style. If you want, you could ask things related to the novel itself, or about writing in general, and one of them will gladly answer it for you. All I require is that the questions stay in the comment section so the questions are organized.

Once all the character’s names are revealed, you can then request questions from them by just addressing the character in your comment.
I look forward to hearing your questions.

Okay, I changed my mind. There’s a follow-up post to this one, and the link to the post is here.

May 4, 2008

“anime hoedown” introduction

Filed under: Hoedown — thenightsshadow @ 2:15 pm

This section will be called “Anime Hoedown”. Basically, it’s a way to keep my thoughts in the post without making it too obvious, as times may call for it.

So what’s a hoedown? The hoedown referred to here is from the now-retired television show Whose Line Is It Anyway?, where four comedians would stand up, have a topic suggested, and then basically make up lyrics up on the spot in the form of AABB (rhyme scheme) and have it fit the topic. Some weren’t that great, admittedly, but it was always interesting to see them create them out of nowhere.

Now, I’m not a comedian, so I doubt I’ll be intentionally funny, but I’ll basically do a hoedown every time a topic I’m familiar with (I mean, don’t go suggesting anime titles, like “Astro Boy”, because I probably haven’t seen it, but try for more general topics. If you want, you can drop me a line on the Animeblogger channel on IRC (#AnimeBlogger on irc.irchighway.net). I’m thenightsshadow there.) If a suitable topic is asked for enough times, I’ll do the hoedown as quickly as possible.

Oh, and one last thing. You have to give me seven days inbetween hoedowns, should it really kick up a notch.

May 2, 2008

“opening theme grading” introduction

Filed under: Opening Themes — thenightsshadow @ 12:00 am

This section will be called “Opening Theme Grading”. For those who had seen my blog before I remade it, this was the main section and what I considered my specialty. Opening Themes (referred hereafter as OP) are the garnish of anime for some (as a presentation addition, but not to be consumed), and the salt of anime (as a flavor tool to liven the anime’s taste) for others. What this means is that companies can utilize OPs to allow many different series (such as Druaga no Ou) to get a different perspective towards the anime.

However, as has already been iterated by other bloggers, OPs are part of the anime business that is surrounded with controversy. This aspect I do not wish to focus on, as I do not wish to make any statement one way or the other as long as it could be misconstrued as a political statement. The purpose of this section would be to judge OPs as to their worth to the anime they are paired with through an arbitrary-free grading where bias is mainly removed.

This will be my template for the grading OPs.
- Relationship to the Finished Series (/20)
- Lyrical Choice and Tonation (/40)
- Visual Art and Animation Quality (/15)
- Reader’s Bias (/15)
- Author’s Bias (/10)

There is already a set of criteria that have been set. However, should an OP be so great or be utterly full of fail to exceed the highest or lowest point of the criteria respectively, not only will the criteria be changed to reflect that, the scores of all OPs done beforehand would be adjusted accordingly.

May 1, 2008

“what do you think” introduction

Filed under: What do you think? — thenightsshadow @ 1:15 pm

This section will be called “What do you think?” While normally, blogs are meant to display an author’s opinion and have people reading it comment on the material, I want to make the experience two-way. I doubt that many anime bloggers have gone through an entire season without questions of sorts, and with this section, I want to put those questions in the open.

While some questions asked are trivial (Why does Suzu from Nagasarete Airantou act so childishly compared to the rest of the cast?), some are interesting (What’s the true meaning behind the name Lelouch and how it’s spelled in Kanji?), some are thought-provoking (If it’s true that Shinji could have possibly been properly raised from the perspective of Gendo, and yet to us Shinji definitely wasn’t, what are the ramifications for us parents that try our best to raise our children, without realizing that we might be in truth neglecting our children for our work or our social life?), and some are downright stupid (Duhr, why did YuTuBe take down Narootoe?).

Some people don’t know which of these categories it falls under if they are the ones asking the question. I am one such person. So, occasionally, I will ask a question and hopefully I’ll get a proper answer from you, the readers.

I would like to say it’ll be a monthly feature, but we all know how timelines go and all. So, while it should be around a month, don’t be surprised if it doesn’t show up.

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