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So yeah, one month after an explosive nomination round that left hundreds of fanboys lamenting about their girls not making the cut, the ISML2010 preliminaries has now begun. It essentially takes less than a minute to vote, so I encourage you to come join the festival and show some support for your favorite girls! For those of you uncontent with just voting and want to understand the extremely tricky and complicated preliminary system that nobody entirely gets, visit the ISML FAQ and 2010 Charter.

Mmm ISML. I can already taste the yummy despair and RAGE in the air.

 

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Durarara ep04 functions as a background/history lesson episode centering on Celty’s past, dutifully narrated by everyone’s favorite closet pervert and underground physician, Shinra!

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At first glance, Katanagatari doesn’t seem to be very plot-centric, instead only valuing action as its first priority. However, it turns out that Katangatari is, in fact, still not very plot-centric, but neither does it have the action to boot! And despite all that, it still manages to be entertaining! What gives?

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About time we have our first event!

Sorry we couldn’t get the posters in color; the school’s copy machine only spits out black-and-white copies.

Anyways, yes the Anime Club is now organizing its first ever Treasure Hunt event! As said in the above, the hunt officially starts on Febuary 1st at the beginning of lunch and lasts until Febuary 8th at the end of lunch (for a total of 7 days + 40 minutes). The riddles involved are, of course, anime related to some degree, and while it says on the poster that solving them requires “extensive anime knowledge”, it’s quite obviously a lie, to be honest. Though I was the one who put that. In any case, if you’re at the level where you know what Bakemonogatari is, then you should be pretty much good to go. Lastly, about the prize: I assure you there definitely is one, but I’d rather you not expect to receive any life-sized Gundams or anything like that.

…Assuming you’re capable of finding the “treasure” itself, that is.


(Also, there is an extremely perfunctory fictional background plot that concerns this whole event (did I just blow your mind?): A certain Mr. Tlahuizcalpantecuhtli had actually commissioned us to search for an ancient relic that just happens to be within the vicinity of this school. He’d given us a riddle dug up from some cave outside San Gabriel, and it is through this that we’ll begin our hunt. The riddle, of course, is the one that will be posted up on Febuary 1st.)

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Episode 16 presents a quick finish to the quick Konori-centric arc, in addition to some free milk and breast jokes, a mysterious phone call, and a *gasp* tame Kuroko!

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An epic evil!Kamiyan laugh, ample vending machine / trashcan tossing, and a faceoff between Shizuo and Simon. Life doesn’t get any better than this.

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If you plan on going to AX2010 for more than 2 days, you would want to consider registering soon, as the price of 4-day tickets will raise by the end of this month. Then again, there’s always the option of waiting to see what guests will show up first before deciding whether it’s worth your time (by the way, my eyes still bleed every time I see that I’d missed Minori, Seki, Kotoko, and ABe for previous years. Damnit.)

Also, as some of you have probably heard, there has been various issues in the AX organization’s internal management recently, basically amounting into a mass exodus/walk-out of much of the bitter senior staff over a new, apparently quite a mismatched, CEO. And if there is a shitstorm blowing at their HQ right now, they sure aren’t letting it show through the website (some of their recent site-update comments appear quite jovial actually). I don’t know nearly enough business/corporate complications to comment on who’s the Bad Guy or what; you’ll find ample more information in the ANN discussion and AX’s forums. What I do know is that although such a conflict will inevitably affect AX2010 to some degree, I’m willing to believe it’s no Doomsday. Hopefully the situation will get better as the flames die down over time.

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