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  • polymetrica 11:12 pm on January 4, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , Kiyohara Hiro, , NISIOISIN, , Takamichi, Yasuda Akira/Akiman   

    【Loot】Various Spoils from 2010 

    What better way to end a hiatus AND ring in a new year than with a loot post?

    This post is a continuation of the previous loot post and includes all items I have acquired since then.

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    • kyouray 9:17 am on January 5, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      I wondered some days ago if you had forgotten this blog :p
      You should watch NieA_7 anime.

    • Yi 6:36 pm on January 5, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      For a second there, I thought it was Soutaiseiriron (相対性理論), but Souaiseiriron is just as awesome.

      So many lovely items, especially all those art books! I’m jealous. ^ ^

      • polymetrica 8:22 pm on January 5, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        Yeah, while I was typing up Souaiseiriron I was thinking that at least one person would definitely misread it as Soutaiseiriron. Actually been looking for Soutaiseiriron albums at Book Off for centuries but they’ve never appeared, unfortunately. Thanks for reading and commenting!!

    • Domomo 2:07 am on January 11, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Oh thanks for reminding me I need to buy and read brave story

    • slykick 11:36 pm on July 6, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Wow nice loot! Btw where does the cover image for that Kikan S magazine come from? It looks really similar to Takeshi Obata’s work.

  • polymetrica 11:15 pm on December 13, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Faust, Nasu Kinoko, NISIOISIN, ,   

    【Fiction Anthology】Faust Vol.1 

    This post is very long. I am really sorry.

    Faust is an literary “magazine” originally published by Kodansha to feature popular young writers and their works. Although it’s referred to as a magazine and has a sporadic publishing schedule and is numbered by volumes, it’s packaged like a novel but has both continuing installments and short stories for literary prose and also includes manga, illustrations, essays, columns, and interviews as well. The stories are frequently accompanied by illustrations from well-known artists, which makes the stories akin to light novels, despite the content not always necessarily being “light”. It can be described somewhat as a literary version of Robot Super Color Comic.

    This is the first English volume released by Del Rey and translated by Andrew Cunningham, Paul Johnson, and Nancy Tsai. The English version doesn’t feature the same contents as the original Japanese Faust Vol.1, and instead is a compilation of stories chosen across various editions of the original Faust. It’s packaged as a regular trade paperback, and features a specially commissioned cover illustration by take of Zaregoto fame. The stories are put at the front of the book where it’s read left-to-right, and the manga is at the “back” , where you have to flip and read right-to-left.

    The contents of Faust Vol.1 (ENG) are as follows
    (arranged by order of appearance with English translated titles):

    1. Introduction by OTA Katsushi, translation by Paul Johnson
    Fiction & Essays
    2. xxxHOLiC: ANOTHERHOLiC: Landolt-Ring Aerosol – story by NISIOISIN, illustration by CLAMP, translation by Andrew Cunningham
    3. Outlandos d’Amour – story by KADONO Kouhei, illustrations by UEDA Hajime, translation by A.Cunningham
    4. Drill Hole in My Brain – story and illustrations by MAIJO Otaro, translation by A.Cunningham
    5. F-sensei’s Pocket – story by Otsuichi, illustrations by OBATA Takeshi, translation by A.Cunningham
    6. The Garden of Sinners: A View from Above – story by NASU Kinoko, illustrations by TAKEUCHI Takashi, translation by P.Johnson
    7. H People: An Evolving World – column by WATANABE Kozy, illustrations by TAGRO, translation by P.Johnson
    8. Yabai de Show – column by SEIRYOUIN Ryusui, translation by P.Johnson
    9. Yuuya Satou’s Counseling Session – column by SATOU Yuuya, illustrations by SASAI Icco, translation by P.Johnson
    10. Tatsuhiko Takimoto’s Guru Guru Counseling Session – column by TAKIMOTO Tatsuhiko, illustrations by HASHII Chizu, translation by P.Johnson
    11. Approaching Twenty Years of Otaku – column and illustration by MORIKAWA Kaichirou, translation by P.Johnson
    Other Prose
    12. The Garden of Sinners: An Interview with Kinoko Nasu and Takashi Takeuchi – interview by OTA Katsushi, translation by P.Johnson
    13. From Japan to the World, From the World to Japan – essay by SHIINA Yukari, translation by P.Johnson
    14. Tsukikusa – take, translation by P.Johnson
    15. Nikko Dance Party – VOFAN, translation by Nancy Tsai
    16. Maple Tree Viewing – YAMASAKI Moheji, translation by P.Johnson
    17. After School: 7th Class – manga by KOUGA Yun, story by NISIOISIN, translation by P.Johnson

    Really Long Opinion: Was quite excited when I first got the book and started reading it, and had very high expectations for it due to the huge names, but to be honest, I was pretty disappointed by the stories I was really interested in, despite trying my best to appreciate the authors’ works and trying to like it.

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    • kyouray 3:37 pm on December 15, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      meh. Your long but interesting review and the cover by take made me order the two volumes.
      I think Kara no Kyoukai may be hard for some people to read because of the pedantic style and the feeling of meaningless as you say. However this style belongs to the charm’s work and the next chapters aren’t as “heavy” as the first according to the movies. I’m still waiting for Del Rey releases…

      • polymetrica 4:33 pm on December 15, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Wow, I’m really surprised that this review actually made you decide to buy them! Reading the post again it seems a little negative, but nonetheless, thanks a lot for reading and even making a decision through this.
        Oh..I see…I really hope that the movies and the rest of the novel aren’t as full of whatever as what I read in Faust, because that is just not for me. Hopefully Del Rey actually publishes Kara no Kyoukai soon! Seems like they’ve been planning it for who knows how many years.

    • Mana 3:32 pm on June 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Wow, thanks! I’m really interested in this. I hadn’t heard of it before, but I’ll be on the lookout for it!

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