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To Aru Kasoku no Sekai (English sub) #accel_world

My first experiment with aegisub, a software for subtitling. I’m a complete n00b here, so I have no idea how to do those fancy animated subtitle. All I could do was experimenting with the karaoke feature, since it is built-in to the program.

Youtube version:

Once I competed the subtitle using aegisub, there was the challenge on how to create a hard-sub on the video. Aegisub standard output is .ass file. It allows you to export it to .srt, but you lose all the formatting, fonts, karaoke, and color, so that is useless. I thought of using handbrake, but handbrake only supports .srt for its subtitle input. After digging around further, finally I stumbled upon a program called avidemux. Actually, I was somewhat familiar with this program in the past for transcoding videos. Lo and behold, it has a filter to apply a .ass subtitle file on a video. Alas, it is Windows only, but it works. 🙂

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Posted by on March 13, 2013 in anime, music video


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Accel World Ep 24 Censorship #accel_world

I posted before about censorship in Accel World ep 4. But let’s face it, what people are more curious about is probably this, from the final episode.

Now that the final volume of the DVD/Blu-ray is already out, here it is, the uncensored version.

Well, there you go. 😀 It’s not a big deal, but the bloom that they did on the broadcast version did feel a bit overkill, taking over almost half of the screen, and to cover basically nothing. I mean it’s not like they drew the girls’ nipples or something.

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Posted by on March 9, 2013 in anime, censorship


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To Aru Kasoku no Sekai #accel_world

Been watching To Aru Kagaku no Railgun, and I fell in love with the first ending song, Dear My Friend -まだ見ぬ未来へ- by Elisa. The song is sublime, and the lyrics is great too. Well, seems like a perfect fit for Accel World. So I made an alternate OP for Accel World using the song. ^_^


Posted by on March 4, 2013 in anime, music video


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Cuticle Detective Inaba AMV #cdinaba

I was searching for some anime to fill my watch list while waiting for season 2 of Accel World, and I happened to see this anime on Hulu. Cuticle Detective Inaba. It’s hilarious! 😀 It’s pure silliness. We have Inaba, a cross between human and wolf. He used to work as a detective dog for the police, but now he’s an independent detective searching for his long lost brother. He is a hair fetish, and he can find out details of criminals just by chewing on their hairs. Together, he has two assistants. One is a cross dresser that has a disturbed affection towards him, and second is a normal cat-lover student. His old detective partner frequently asked him to solve various police cases. The series started with a mafia goat making counterfeit money. Yeah, don’t think too much about the details, just enjoy the ride.

This anime is so hilarious that I immediately decided to make an AMV of it, using a fun eurobeat track, Hanky Panky by Bubbles. It’s a short AMV as I just did this overnight, but enjoy! ^_^

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Posted by on February 15, 2013 in anime, music video


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SAO x Accel World AMV 02 – Love, Past and Future #accel_world #SAO

Time for another Eurobeat AMV, classic Eurobeat! So old school that I made the AMV with 4:3 aspect ratio. 😀 Despite the number 02, this is actually the first SAO AMV that I uploaded to the net. I used the classic Eurobeat track called Love by Lisa Johnson. I tried to portray the love couples from Sword Art Online (Kirito x Asuna) and Accel World (Haruyuki x Kuroyukihime) as love from the past and the future. Hope people enjoy it. ^_^

As usual, one from dailymotion and one from youtube, in case one is blocked/deleted.

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Posted by on February 9, 2013 in anime, music video


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Accel World EX02 Impression #accel_world

I have been playing the second Accel World game, Kasoku no Chouten, and subsequently, been watching the second OVA too, EX02. After watching it for like five times or so, I think it’s time to give my impression.

Just like the first OVA, EX01, these Accel World OVAs’ stories are original, ie. they are not part of the novel, although unlike the game, they follow the original timeline. EX02, titled Vacation, is pretty much the onsen episode of Accel World. Yes, apparently it is standard for any anime/manga to have an onsen episode, where most, if not all the characters, are relaxing in an onsen somewhere. The premise of EX02 is that Haruyuki needed to pass his physical examination so he can continue participating in the territorial battles of Brain Burst, so he went into a diet/exercise program, led by Chiyuri and Fuuko. As with any onsen episode, cutesy encounters and fan services ensued.

In the beginning, we actually see Sky Raker in battle for the first time, complete with her wheel chair. Just because she’s on a wheelchair, doesn’t mean she’s incapable of fighting. In fact, she’s pretty deadly, dodging bullets and killed another player in one slice.

After the exhausting territorial battle, Chiyu is criticizing Haru’s appetite, that he immediately prepared a pizza and ate it after the battle.

We also got a glimpse of Kuroyukihime’s inferiority complex, seeing her friend Megumi having a fuller set of breasts. ^_^ And if you go to pixiv, a fan art of the scene is already made showing the full breasts.

Kuroyukihime told Haru that if he didn’t pass the physical exam, he won’t be able to join the territorial battle. Haru, of course, didn’t want that to happen, so Chiyu offered her service to whip Haru into shape. First program is swimming, complete with Niko and Pad joining in to cheer for “oniichan.” Of course, swimming pool means swim suits, and some fan service shots are necessary. Now, I also noticed that Taku had two girls with him. What a playboy. 😀

Haru continued his extensive exercise and diet with Chiyu and Taku, but he didn’t get very far. Fuuko chimed in and suggested a visit to the onsen where burst linkers go.

Interestingly enough, Ash roller was there too.

And of course, a compulsory scene where the main character blushed (yes, they had Silver Crow blushed) seeing his girlfriend’s beautiful body, just like when Haru was in the swimming pool.

But enough of the avatars. Fans don’t want to see the avatars in the onsen.

Rin made a cameo. Of course, they didn’t actually mention her name, and they didn’t even have her talk, but by now, one can put two and two together and guess who she is.

Meanwhile, Namco took the opportunity for some shameless product placement. Haru came by a Tekken Tag Tournament 2 arcade cabinet. He even said it, “Tekken!” Namco did the same product placement in episode 21 of the series too, but they didn’t have anybody saying the name. Haru was reminded of the time his dad showing him the game while he was little. At the same time, Fuuko inquired Chiyu about Haru’s weight problem and what might be the cause.

Meanwhile, Kuroyukihime was dozing off and had a dream about Haruyuki becoming Alibaba, I mean he became tall and slim, and decided to not be involved with Kuroyukihime anymore as he had other girls clamoring over him (yeah, like he is not already). It made Kuroyukihime shed a tear and anxious. Aaawww.

While enjoying a relaxing bath, Haru was trying to remember some events of his parents fighting with each other. This scene, along with the Tekken and Chiyu + Fuuko’s discussion scenes are actually very important for Haru’s character background, something that was completely skipped in the series. In the anime, we only know that Haru lives with his mother. That’s it. No other details were disclosed. In the first novel, it was explained how Haru became overweight and bullied. His parents were divorced, and Haru’s mother is a career woman, thus she was not home most of the time, leaving Haru eating unhealthy food and playing video games.

And finally we reached the climax moment of a typical onsen episode, where the main female and male characters are happened to be together in the bath by “accident.” Kuroyukihime entered the bath, not knowing Haru was already there. Haru turned red and tried to leave, but Kuroyukihime stopped him after she was reminded of her dream. Kuroyukihime then told Haru about her anxiety, how she was afraid that they won’t be able to accelerate once they are adults and about their relationship. Haru reaffirmed her that he is dedicated to Kuroyukihime’s wish, that he will continue to fight. Kuroyukihime confessed to Haru once again, that she loves him regardless of his appearance. Haru turned completely red and passed out. ^_^

Finally, the diet paid off, as Haru managed to pass the exam while looking like a zombie.

The OVA ended with another territorial battle, with Chiyu complaining about Haru’s body turning back to the way it was so quickly. Kuroyukihime then ordered the team to start the battle. I noticed that other than the main characters, the other duel avatars are pretty bland looking. As if they are too lazy to design something unique. Heck, they have two of the same one, just different color and one has a horn. Compare them to Ash Roller. This is also true in the game. Kinda disappointing and a bit jarring, seeing a nicely designed duel avatars like Black Lotus, and then some generic simple opponents.

Well, there you go. Accel World EX02, a cutesy OVA. Even though it doesn’t have any significant battles, I really love it. It explained Haru’s background story, something that was skipped in the series. It also showed the cutesy shyness between Haru and Kuroyukihime. Makes me craving for more! MOAR! I mean really, I have watched this like at least five times. It is okay to hold off my addiction, but it is not a long term solution! Need season 2! I guess I’ll continue playing the game for now. Hopefully something would be mentioned when I see Reki Kawahara. ^_^ Amazingly, he is going to be a guest at Sakura-con. Gotta pay tribute to the creator of my addiction.


Posted by on February 8, 2013 in anime, impression


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Karaoke Sub

Ever wonder how the fansubbers do those fancy karaoke subs? Me too. By chance, I actually found somebody subbing one of my AMVs! LOL.

Here’s the original:

Well, from that person’s video title, he/she mentioned Aegisub. Lo and behold, it’s a program specifically made for creating subtitles. It’s available for PC and Mac. I’ll be playing around with this program. Making subtitles manually on iMovie/Final Cut is really time consuming. We’ll see if I learn it good enough to create those fancy subtitles. 😀

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Posted by on January 14, 2013 in anime, music video


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Accel World AMV 23 – BB Breaker #accel_world

Welcome to 2013! And to celebrate, a new Accel World AMV! It’s been a while since I’m fairly busy and depressed in real life, but I managed to do another Accel World AMV. I used the ED song of Code: Breaker, Shiroi Karasu, sung by Kenichi Suzumura. He is the seiyuu of Toki in Code: Breaker. Interestingly enough, he’s also the seiyuu of Ash Roller in Accel World!

And Dailymotion version in case Youtube blocked/deleted the video.

Enjoy! ^_^

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Posted by on January 14, 2013 in anime, music video


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Year’s End Reflection Part 02

Well, it’s the end of 2012, might as well wrap up my supposedly year’s end “reflection.” Yes, I was going to post more reflections, but ended up being too lazy until it’s, well, just mere hours from new year. 😛

As I have mentioned so many times, Accel World pretty much filled 2012 for me. Not only it brought back my interest into anime, it also made me do AMVs. I started with iMovie as it’s pre-installed on my Mac, and it’s very easy to use. Really, iMovie IMO is THE killer app on the Mac. However, as I progressed, I noticed many of the limitations, mainly the limit on how short a clip can be inserted into the project, the restrictions in titles and fonts, etc. I also started to learn how to sync clips to the music, and to actually think about the lyrics and the meaning in correlation to the clips that I used. As time progresses, I also learn more special effects, like transparency, split screen, etc. It can be seen on the Accel World AMV I made below, using Hikaru no Go’s OP, Get Over by dream. This is also the time I transitioned from iMovie to Final Cut Pro X, as the titles I used were still the simplistic iMovie titles. Kudos to Apple in making Final Cut Pro X more affordable so lay people can actually buy and use this pro software.

I also started mixing my favorite music genre, Eurobeat, in my AMV. The faster tempo and the higher energy of the genre really make Eurobeat a great music for AMV, although the lyrics are usually nonsensical love related theme, which makes it harder to find a good match for an AMV.

The last AMV I made in conjunction to the ending of the Accel World anime is probably my best attempt in making a quick AMV, focusing mostly on synced scenes with the Eurobeat track rather than special effects. Amazingly, it garnered 5000+ views with 20+ likes! Thank you! ^_^

Alas, after Accel World ended, my spirit in making AMVs also went downhill (plus real life stress keep piling up). I hope I can continue in making AMVs.
Well, in time before the new year (at the time of typing). Pretty much 2012 is the year of Accel World for me. Waiting for the second game and the second OVA. I really really wish for the second season!

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Posted by on December 31, 2012 in anime, music video, reflection


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Year’s End Reflection Part 01

Still waiting for Accel World Season 2… so I’m just going to do a reflection of 2012.
First of all, thank goodness the world didn’t end. If it did, the chance of seeing Accel World Season 2 dropped to zero. So yeah. 😀
My 2012 was illustrated heavily with, what else, Accel World! Looking at my past posts, I had quite a gap between Steve Job’s death and the iPad 3, I meant the “was new iPad” announcement. But then Accel World came into my world, and that’s what I was blogging most of the time.

Experiencing such an awesome anime also made me want to start making AMVs of, well, Accel World (duh, what else). The first one I did was simply using clips from the first arc, cut and spliced using iMovie with the first opening theme song, Chase the World by May’n. I checked Youtube’s stats today, and I was surprised it garnered 11000 views. LOL. Sure, it’s not much, but still I was quite amazed that my sloppily done first time AMV garnered that much interests (80 likes!). I didn’t even use RAW clips so the AMV was filled with subtitles. Well, I’m happy, and thank you for those that viewed and liked it. I will try to make another AMV if I have time.

A way to do a reflection is to simply read my own tweets on twitter. Good thing Twitter now allows you to request an archive about all your tweets. Early on in 2012, I was enjoying:
-my Galaxy Nexus
-Kamen Rider Fourze

And I was bitching about:
-10bit MKVs
-tech companies
-Gundam Age
-Saint Seiya Omega

Until Accel World came, and all I was tweeting about were about Accel World. I even signed up for Hulu Plus just so I can watch Accel World before waiting for the fansubbers.
So yeah, 2012 didn’t start until Accel World. I just can’t stop liking this anime. I’m truly addicted. Can’t wait for the second game, can’t wait the second OVA, and cant wait for another season! SAO is great, but I need moar of Accel World!


Posted by on December 23, 2012 in anime, music video, reflection


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