A Week in Kumamoto 8: Madoka

Woohoo, I’m catching up with my blog! All right, now I’m totally serious: One month has passed, and the major events has passed as well so all that is left are like two minor events a week. So the amount of words should decrease by now. At least, I think I’ll be writing less words as well because I simply lack the time to write every single small detail despite not minding to write such long articles. Not just so that others know what I’m doing, but it also works as some kind of diary for me as well. As some other people mentioned, I could even turn this in some kind of book with the amount of words I’ve been typing! So school’s keeping me more and more busy, but let’s see what I can tell you besides that.

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Chrouya

Dutch student Japanologist, and founder of Mandoran. Likes everything about Modern Japan, including anime, manga, visual novels, bowling and gaming. Frequently found as translator or translation checker of fansub groups. His portfolio can be found on his dropbox website. Follow his actions on Twitter or send him a message at chrouya@gmail.com .

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The 26th Japanese Public Speaking Contest

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Yes, this event was more than half a year ago, but as I stated already, I’m cleaning up all posts that are overdue so that I’ll have a clean conscience about my blog. I will pretty much spam my blog with multiple posts a day until my depart. Back on topic: Every year, the Embassy of Japan in the Netherlands hosts this event called the Japanese Public Speaking Contest in Den Haag. It’ll be the second time participating in this event, but the first time I had no clue how this contest actually worked. This time, however, I put much effort in it; I even got assistance from a lot of Japanese native teachers at my university and we even had some practise beforehand.

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Dutch student Japanologist, and founder of Mandoran. Likes everything about Modern Japan, including anime, manga, visual novels, bowling and gaming. Frequently found as translator or translation checker of fansub groups. His portfolio can be found on his dropbox website. Follow his actions on Twitter or send him a message at chrouya@gmail.com .

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[Dropped Review] Zero no Tsukaima Final

I dropped this review due to a writer’s block, and now I just felt like putting all the scraps on my blog. This review is just unfinished, and my memory is too muddled to make anything out of it right now, but if you ask me the question right now if I’d recommend watching the Zero no Tsukaima series? I believe that the light novels are better, but they’re not at the point of this season yet. Also, the writer has actually passed away last year, so sadly this is the best ending they could find for the anime…the light novel is stalled into eternity. This season was quite interesting for bringing in the Elemental Siblings as you can read at around volume 13, and yes that’s really far into the story. But it seems the elf arc is completely original and that was actually one of the moments that felt really well designed into the cropped story too. Character development is something I find important, and that’s definitely visible after four seasons.

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Also known as Zero’s Familiar…I find it amazing how this series survived this long. Maybe it’s because of the magic, obviously pun intended. I mean, I can remember making fun of the first season by calling it an anime adaptation of Harry Potter…But I’m not sure if I can still say that. Saito is obviously no magician, and Louise’s level of tsundere is unmatched. While Harry Potter has a talking hat, Saito wields a talking sword, or in fact, a soul that gets implemented in whatever device he uses. Not to mention Zero no Tsukaima has elves. I like elves. Especially in this last season. The plot has gone down a lot of paths, and some were better than the others…

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Dutch student Japanologist, and founder of Mandoran. Likes everything about Modern Japan, including anime, manga, visual novels, bowling and gaming. Frequently found as translator or translation checker of fansub groups. His portfolio can be found on his dropbox website. Follow his actions on Twitter or send him a message at chrouya@gmail.com .

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[Dropped Review] Katawa Shōjo

I dropped this review because I had a writer’s block and I partially felt like this post didn’t belong on my blog, but now I want to get rid of everything I have written before. Not the mention that I actually mention the media of Visual Novels in my “About Me” page, so I should just put up with all the criticism (if any). That said, this review is a year old and my opinion might already have expired by now, but I hope it still gives some enlightenment on the matter.

Have you ever heard of Visual Novels? If you don’t, and you don’t happen to mind reading about sensitive matters, you should at least try Katawa Shōjo. Maybe just to get you into this strange media called Visual Novels. I can quite recommend it, even if its quite criticized for its mediocre writing style and its controversy about the naming of the game.

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Dutch student Japanologist, and founder of Mandoran. Likes everything about Modern Japan, including anime, manga, visual novels, bowling and gaming. Frequently found as translator or translation checker of fansub groups. His portfolio can be found on his dropbox website. Follow his actions on Twitter or send him a message at chrouya@gmail.com .

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[Doki] Dog Days’ 13


My notes are based on the following release.

And another job well done. I’m really glad I got to work with this awesome group, they really keep me motivated to TLC stuff, even though it might take some time here and there. While I enjoyed Dog Days —the first season— more than this season, I cannot say I disliked watching this. It’s a light and happy anime, so it’s quite nice if you perhaps watched some horror movie before. As I’m quite the linguist, I also transcribed some Flonyard script while I was at it.

I’m not sure yet what I’m working on just yet next season, but you’ll hear it very soon. But first, I’m going to watch some anime myself!

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Dutch student Japanologist, and founder of Mandoran. Likes everything about Modern Japan, including anime, manga, visual novels, bowling and gaming. Frequently found as translator or translation checker of fansub groups. His portfolio can be found on his dropbox website. Follow his actions on Twitter or send him a message at chrouya@gmail.com .

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