Another Miku concert I almost missed.

Now now, Miku.. I say another one, but really, I missed one I wasn’t able to watch to begin with anyway. Your people didn’t want others to record the show. And there was no livestream. Stop looking like a copyrighted series that I’m currently watching.

Aside from acting like a faggot just now, there’s another Hatsune Miku concert going on. HATSUNE MIKU LIVE PARTY from Singapore happens this Friday at 19:00, for us west coasters in the US that ends up as 3am. To be honest, I’m not entirely sure if it’s going to be any different. Perhaps the setlist will have a few new songs. It’s interesting to note that I have another Vocaloid related post right behind this one, highlighting the composer NantokaP (kiichi). Maybe I’ll have my wish granted. This I’m sure won’t happen because I’ve checked the view counts on nicovideo and they’re paltry compared to the songs that make the live concert setlists.

So is there a reason to watch this one? It’s already cheaper than the previous livestream. I remember paying around $18 USD last time, and now it’s $11. The cost of a lunch from where ever. I think I can skip food to watch a lithe Miku dance in front of me with the support of a damn good live band. If it’s the same guys as seen from the AX2011 and the original 39s-Giving Day showing, then you can bet your ass (or other equally valuable asset) I’m watching it.

Besides, I already laid down the 11 quid to watch the livestream. Can’t go back now.

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I’ll also take this time to reference the image above. It’s a Hatsune Miku drawn in the style that has been used in Denpa Onna to Seishuun Otoko and more recently Boku ha Tomodachi ga Sukunai. If you’ve crawled danbooru for a while and other anime related imageboards, you’ll probably know the artist Buriki. I first took note of the artist when I found his Touhou fanart — most notably the one where Nitori and Cirno do a hit-and-run skirt flip on Sakuya. (Since when is a skirt flip not hit-and-run? If you’re not running away, it’s just revealing girls’ panties. Oh, technicalities.) It’s been thanks to the adaptations of his art that there’s a noticeable difference in character art.

Lips. They’re drawing lips on the characters. Normally they’re drawn only when there’s a need to draw attention to the lips, or it’s a close-up. Even then, a lot of anime simply don’t draw the lips. Sometimes a character is lucky enough for it to be a focal point of their design (e.g. Mamimi from FLCL). It seems a little silly to give some praise for such a minor detail. However small it is, people took note to realize these character designs looked significantly different from the modern crop of anime. So to that, I salute the original artist and character designers for both series.

Sometimes I can’t tell if my standards are falling, or it’s just me getting hooked on an art gimmick. Maybe it’s both.

UPDATE: I misreported the time as 3pm PST, when it’s actually 3am for those in PST. The concert starts at 19:00 this Friday (11/11) in Singapore. It has been corrected in the post.

Another Miku concert I almost missed.

Three shows, one post. (DenpaOnna/Gintama/Steins;gate)

These three shows I have pictured above — Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko, Gintama, and Steins;Gate — have a couple of things in common.

Talking heads is one, and is the biggest time eater. The amount of action we’re given is practically zero, save for Gintama. You could say Denpa Onna and Steins;Gate have no other recourse — the action of those shows have to be character centric and information reveals. Steins;Gate has it the worst since its the closest to being an exposition festival. I’ve since gotten acclimated to the typical anime style deluge of information, but sometimes you just gotta break it up and go watch a Kung Fu movie to see some action spring up out of nowhere.

They all have one anchor character I enjoy. Cute & Spicy Ryuushi, Straight Man Shinpachi, and .. Kurisu are characters that keep me coming to watch their antics. Ryuushi would bonk me for calling her that, Shinpachi would take a jab at my inability to call Ryuushi by her proper name, and Kurisu would spout some internet meme applicable to the situation and then act embarrassed. Great characters, and great voice acting. I can’t help but admit that the seiyuu alone can force me to watch an anime.

The next thing they have in common are camera angles. SHAFT can’t help but experiment with their angles — it’s a hit-or-miss kind of thing. Fortunately, it’s not so bad that it becomes obnoxious. Gintama exploits super dramatic angles when needed. Steins;Gate needs to keep thing interesting with angle work to propel a certain mood. It’s uncommon for these shows to use a simple and head on camera angle, and when they do, it’s often used at a meta-like level, understanding the expectations of the viewer. I’m probably over thinking it. Makes me wonder what would happen if an anime utilized Western sitcom-like camera direction.

Them camera angles. For some reason I’m a sucker for it.

Three shows, one post. (DenpaOnna/Gintama/Steins;gate)