The cutest couple in the anime kingdom

March 19, 2006

I'm currently watching Tactics, and I have to say sometimes I have to wonder about whether I should continue watching it. It's filled with enough bishies to keep me interested 🙂 but there are just so many 'filler' episodes where the gang goes and kills some ghost etc. It gets tiresome.

Tactics is about a ghost hunter, Kantarou, who makes a living writing ghost stories and hunting ghosts by the side. One day, he released an Onikui Tengu whom he names Haruka. With that promising start, it was dissapointing for them to go on a "ghost of the week" form of story telling. After episode 5 or so, I was starting to wonder where in the world was the arc ever going to appear. Then… then … we meet Sugino, a white tengu.

Yes, he's a bishie – voiced by the same seiyuu who does Son Goku of Gensomaden Saiyuki btw – but honestly, he robs the show from even the gorgeous Haruka because … he's married to a green demon (that looks like a soft toy) called Muu-chan! I still remember Haruka and Kantarou's initial reaction when Sugino asks, "Isn't it obvious that we're married?"

And I thought to myself: "NO!"

Sugino is a devoted husband. Unfortunately Muu is a bit of a player. ;P She often wanders off from home to be with Kantarou, whom she seems to have a thing for!

There's one episode where Sugino challenges Kantarou to a duel to determine who loves Muu most. Hahaha. What a rip-roaring episode that was.

Yes, Sugino and Muu-chan are the reason why I watch Tactics. What a cute couple!!

Fansubbing, the Malaysian perspective

March 19, 2006

Well, what better way to start this blog than to write about how I usually get my anime. 😉 So, this blog has an interesting discussion about fansubs. It's based mostly on an American perspective.
What's my stand on fansubbing? I rely on it. For the Malaysian fan, this is probably one of the only way to get recent anime. It's also probably one of the most reliable ways to get decent quality anime!

Here's out situation:

1. I envy the Americans – they have channels like Adult Swim. We don't have that. We have Channel 15 on Astro which shows anime on such a small screen – it's actually some kind of 'interactive channel' – that you don't enjoy what you watch. (Not with a million mindless smses scrolling at the side of the screen to distract you! There's ANIMAX but for some odd reason we don't have it here. Almost every South East Asian country has it except us. Why?? I wonder if it's this prudish misconception some Malaysians have that equates anime with prOn.

2. Americans have legal DVD anime. We don't have that. In fact, I'd say 99% of our anime are pirated. Rather than feed the pirates – whose money is allegedly used to fuel gang activities – I'd rather download the fansubs. At least I'm not profiting anyone. I think.
3. Usually these pirated anime have atrocious subtitles. Fansubs have much better subtitles.

Which is why I greeted the latest news of Bleach being licensed by VIZ with dismay. I think almost all Malaysian fans had the same reaction. There will be no way we can watch Bleach if the fansubbers stop their work. The only way for most of us is to import the DVD from the US (damn expensive!!) or for us to rely on Hong Kong pirated DVDs. So, it's bleak.

It's probably unethical to say that I'm glad that some fansub groups are going to continue fansubbing Bleach. I'm just glad to be able to enjoy Bleachwith understandable subtitles. 😉