SPONGE BAWB!!

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ytHUb9U6i7I[/youtube]

As a once-avid fan of Spongebob, and one curious about Spongebob’s overseas popularity, this amuses me to no end.

(Also, take this to be my “not dead” post! Many things happened since October. I may begin occasionally posting things that are simpler to write about, like Japanese video games or conventions. Not often, just sometimes — and always with a theme.)

Animations from Cute to Cool

I enjoyed doing my past blog matsuri research for nice independent animations on the internet made by Japanese people. I should keep posting them from time to time. Here’s an adorable one I just saw, which is actually Taiwanese:

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Kishidan’s New Album (And My Favorite Kishidan Songs)

It’s still Music Month! I hope you’re all working on your J-Blog Matsuri entries. The deadline approaches!

Kishidan, another of my favorite six-man bands, is releasing a new album: Kisarazu Graffiti!

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4xh8dZGHKgc[/youtube]

It came out a few days ago. I want it so, so bad.

Kishidan is one of my favorite Japanese bands. Singing songs with themes ranging from camaraderie to love to just plain badassery, their classic style is fierce and unforgettable. Jump the cut and see some of my favorite songs/videos of theirs!

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Top 7 Japanese Independent Short Animations

Awesome!

Yes! My personal Top 7. Why 7? Because it’s lucky!

I’m a great fan of short things; short stories, short animations. They’re all opportunities to show a powerfully concise moving, touching, or just plain funny story. They require a special kind of skill to execute, and all the better when they’re visually unique!

I won’t say too much about each of these animations, or else I would be spoiling them. Needless to say, they mostly speak for themselves.

This is my entry to this month’s Japan Blog Matsuri, as hosted by Muza-chan. Thank you, Muza-chan! (Not familiar with the Matsuri? Well, you should read up on it. You should also check out this month’s other entries.)

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