New Youtube 2012 Review

Alright, I really have to get this off my chest. Warning, I complain A LOT in this review. Your thoughts and opinions on the new Youtube are welcome as well.:)

So we all know that Youtube changed its design in December of 2011. Was the change for the better or for the worse? In my opinion, this is the worst new design I’ve ever seen in my life. Who ever thought this was a great idea for a new layout should be fired. Here’re my thoughts on this…

– They now have a 1000 text limit on the description of your channel. I liked the fact that I could have an unlimited text description of your channel on the old design. Now I have to decide what I want to remove from my old info even though I want ALL of it on there. -_-

– On my profile page, It won’t display my Age, Name, Hometown, etc. It does have the “show” button for this information when you edit your channel but it still won’t “show” up when I hit “apply”! I liked that on the old profile page, all that important information was bolded and well organized and it actually showed up. They also got rid of the Favorite Movies, Music, Books, etc. Why get rid of that? It helps to share more info about that person!

– The comments on a users profile page was one of the more difficult things to figure out. I found that you have to go to the “feed” tab on the top under your username. Sigh, really? It was so much more convenient before having all that on one page. Why separate it? There’s no freaking point! It just makes it more difficult for us to work with. -_-

– On the home page, I keep missing people’s new videos because all the new shit that gets posted makes all the older videos drop down to the bottom and as a result, it gets lost in the mess of the inbox. This is a great downfall especially for people who are subscribed to Youtubers in different time zones. At least on the old layout, peoples videos were bunched together in their own inbox. You could never miss a new video from them because their videos were bunched together! Why didn’t they just keep a similar layout to the old homepage? Mixing up all the new videos makes it very hard to keep up (not to mention find) with everyone’s new videos. It’s quite an annoyance really and I hate missing new videos from my favorite Youtubers!

I’m guessing their “so called solution” to this problem was to create a “pin me up” on our homepage but you can only select 10 of your favorites. Oh my god, seriously? ONLY 10!??!11 What if I have MORE THAN 10!?!?!?! Even so, I don’t want to go through the trouble with having to click on 10 of my favorite Youtubers just to see which videos I missed. I’d rather have it just the way it was before when everybody had their OWN inbox. The worst idea youtube could’ve ever come with was to mix everybody’s new videos together!

– Another thing that really sucks is that they completely removed the subscriptions and subscribers box on people’s profile page! I know they moved the subscriptions box to our own homepage but nobody else can see it but you! Not to mention I can’t even see on my own homepage who’s subscribed to me. What the hell?! How the heck are we gonna know who’s subscribed to who now? I loved that feature because I used that to find channels similar to the ones I love. This really just draws the line and it pisses me off how awful this new layout is.

They’re sadly going to force everybody to switch over to the new profile page in March. I hate the fact that they force people to switch over to something they don’t like. Why not allow their users decide on which profile layout they want? But will they ever let us do that? At this point, probably not since they don’t ever seem to listen to us.

Youtube seems to update their look every year so hopefully come December this year, they’ll realize how god awful this new look is and improve it for the better.

Asobit City Closes its Doors in Akihabara

 According to the Akiba Souken website (in 2009), Asobit City, an anime store filled with manga, figures, and anime, will be closing its doors. The store will be replaced by JeansMate 24 which opened on 12/11/2011 and will be open for 24 hours a day. The clothes store will have 5 floors consisting of Akiba character goods, Tokyo apparel souvenirs, men’s wear, etc.

My thoughts: I’m slightly saddened by Asobit City closing down. I visited the store back in May of 2009 (while on my way to Super Potato) and I thankfully took video of the store while I was there. I will at some point, dig the video out of my vault of Japan vids and release it to youtube.  But anyway, at the same time of being sad that it’s gone, I’m also quite interested in JeanMate’s choice of merchandise even though it does seem to be a bit random for a clothes store to be in the heart of the electronics city.  I plan to go back to Tokyo very soon and this store will definitely be on my list of places to visit.

Sources: (Japanese)

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New Banner for the New Year

Happy New Year everybody! So it’s been 2 days in to the new year and I decided I should put up an actual banner. I’ve been meaning to put one up for awhile now but haven’t had time to do so until now. I took the background photo while I was in Japan, Summer 2009. And I couldn’t decide if I wanted to add a couple of anime characters on the banner or leave them out entirely. But I think it looks alright for right now. Do you guys think I should leave the characters up or should I not?

2011 Comes to a Close

So with 2011 coming to a close in a few short hours here on the east coast of the US, I decided I should do one last blog for the year. Anyways, We got some great new anime and manga titles as well as new titles being released in the States. Let’s take a look back at what anime was released this year. Overall, 2011 was a pretty decent year for the anime community I think.

My top 10:

1. A-Channel
2. Bakuman 1-2
3. Blue Exorcist
4. Hoshizora he Kakaru Hashi
5.  Hunter x Hunter 2011
6. Pokemon BW
7. Puella Magi Madoka Magica
8. Ika Musume/Squid Girl
9.  Suite Precure
10. Toriko

Outside of anime, a ton of shows I used watch when I was a kid finally are getting released to DVD. I’ve been buying as much of them as I can to support the releases so they can continue bringing them to us. I’ve bought all the Nick releases from Shout! that’s out thus far as well as a few other titles from them that got released this year. I don’t think I bought any games besides Sonic Generations and a couple of DS games so I can’t really say my thoughts on the gaming community. Anyway, what are your thoughts of 2011 in terms of anime, manga, and video gaming media? Good, bad? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

PS: Happy New Year to you all and stay safe!:)

’90’s vs 00’s kids drama

Sorry long rant but I have to get this off my chest.

Lately, I’ve been noticing so much drama going on between the ‘90’s kids and 00’s kids. The debate going on now is ‘90’s kids are claiming their decade to be the best and bashing the 00’s kids. The other thing is, the 00’s kids are claiming themselves to be ‘90’s kids simply because they were born in the late 90’s. Now, I was born in the late 80’s, ’88 to be exact but I certainly don’t claim myself to be an 80’s kid just because I was born in the 80’s. Why, you may ask? Well to put it simply, I was only conscious of the decade for about year and half. I just don’t remember anything from the 80’s because I was too young. However, I fondly remember nearly everything from 1991-onward.

I hate to break it to yah but if you’re a kid born in the mid 90’s, you’re 00’s kid. If you can truly “claim” yourself to be a 90’s kid, tell me how many of these you remember from the 90’s…

In the 90’s:
– The majority of the population didn’t have internet much less a home computer until about 1996.

– Google had just launched in 1998.

– Pokemon games and the TV show first came to the States in 1998.

– ‘90’s kids had video game systems such as the original Nintendo Entertainment System, SNES, Sega Genesis, Sega CD, Game Gear, N64, Original Gameboy, Game Boy Color, Dreamcast, and Playstation 1 which are all now extinct.

– 90’s Kids went to DZ: Discovery Zone before Chuck E Cheese bought them over.

– ‘90’s kids played computer games from Humongous Entertainment (known for Putt-Putt, Fatty Bear, Freddie Fish, Spy Fox, Pajama Sam, etc), Backyard Baseball/Sports, Catz & Dogz 1-4, Sims, Zoo Tycoon, Roller Coaster Tycoon

– Anime and manga started to take off in ’98.

– You remember owning gigapets such as Tamagotchi, Pocket Pikachu, Pocket Pikachu Color, Nano Kitty.

– Sonic the Hedgehog made his debut in 1991 and was an immediate hit. Sonic also had his own Comics in the early 90’s (which are still publishing now) and plush toys (made by Caltoy), etc.

– Many classic Disney movies aired in the 90’s such as The Lion King, Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, Toy Story, Pocahontas, Angels in the Outfield, The Santa Clause, etc. I remember seeing all these in theaters the day they came out.

– Every animated movie and cartoon was hand drawn and used traditional cell animation (with the exception of Toy Story) in the 90’s. Now-a-days, it’s a rare treat to see animation done traditionally.

– Your childhood heroes/idols were Mary-Kate & Ashley Olsen, Michael Jordan, Cal Ripken Jr., Tim Allen, Lindsay Lohan, Michael Jackson, first gen Power Rangers, Bill Cosby, Fresh Prince, Sonic the Hedgehog, Mario, etc (If these aren’t your heroes, feel free to tell me which ones were).

– You listened to Boy bands and Girl bands for example Spice Girls, N*Sync, Backstreet Boys, Dream Street, BBMak, ’98 Degrees, Hanson, TLC, etc.

– East Coast, US 90’s kids remember the Blizzard of ’96.

– You remember watching TV blocks such as Toon Disney, The Disney Afternoon, SNICK, Toonami, etc.

– You remember 9/11 and became politically aware of what was going on.

– You played with toys such as Kitty/Puppy Surprise, Lite Brite, Sockem Boppers, Skip It, Tyco Kitty Kitty Kittens, Crazy Bones, Disney action figures (Aladdin, Lion King, etc), Littlest Pet Shop, Battle Ship, Hoppin Poppin Spaceballs, Arcadia Duck Hunt, Hot Potatoes, etc.

– Your presidents were George HW Bush, Bill Clinton, and George W Bush.

– You remember most of the old Board Game commercials and remember buying, Don’t Wake Daddy, Battle Ship, Guess Who, Trouble, Mouse Trap, etc.

– You remember eating these candies/foods: Runts, Disney Wonder Ball, Trix Pops, Fruit Stripes (gum), Amazin’ Fruit, Dunkaroos, ring pops, Fruit String Thing, etc.

– People watched all their movies in theaters, VHS, or on TV. they also went to Block Buster to rent their favorite movie. They also had to sit through the previews in our movies and there was no skip to menu option.

– Cell phones were large as today’s house phones (maybe even bigger). Only parents and rich kids were able to afford a cell phones.

I could list many more memories but I’m obviously not gonna list every single thing. These are the major things that I remember from the ‘90’s.

In the 00’s:

– The Internet: AIM, Skype, myspace, facebook, Google, Google+, etc.

–  Youtube just launched in 2006. Nearly 10 years after the launch of Google.

–  Apple devices such as iPod’s, iPod Touch, iPad, AirMac

-iPhone was the first phone ever to allow you to video call and surf the web in the palm of your hands. Smart Phones then became a big hit after the iPhone was released.

– Your presidents were George W. Bush and Barack Obama (the first black president).

– A lot of your TV shows in the early 00’s were what was left over from the 90’s and some new shows. You remember; The Angry Beavers, The Fairly Odd Parents, Spongebob, The Wild Thornberry’s, Lilo & Stitch the Series, Rugrats, Danny Phantom, Avatar: The Last Airbender, Phineas and Ferb, Adventure Time, Amazing World of Gumball, Kenan & Kel, The Amanda Show, Hannah Montannah, Drake & Josh, iCarly, etc.

– You remember 9/11.

– You listen(ed) to these music artists: Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez (for the younger kids), J-Lo, Kelly Clarkson, Owl City, All Time Low, Lady Gaga, etc.

– Your childhood heroes/idols are Robert Patterson, Hannah Montana, Mario, Sonic the Hedgehog, Phineas and Ferb, etc. (If these aren’t your heroes, feel free to tell me which ones were)

– You can now record your favorite TV shows through DVR, skip the commercials and pause whenever you please.

–  You remember when HD TV was a new thing in the mid 00’s.

– You remember when Blu-Ray DVD’s won over HD DVD’s.

– Your video game systems are The Gamecube, Nintendo Wii, Wii U, PS2 and PS3, Xbox, Xbox Kinect, Gameboy Advanced, GBA SP, Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi, Nintendo 3DS.

See how big the difference is? The 90’s was still in its baby stages of video gaming and the computer tech revolution. Not to mention our presidents were completely different. When I was 10, I remember when everyone was amazed when Google was first launched and nearly every kid was obsessed with Sonic, Pokemon, and/or Dragon Ball Z.

Today, really young kids have their own cell phone. I still find it strange to see a kid walking around with these high-tech and expensive phones, iPads, laptops, etc. When I was a kid, we were never allowed to have a cell phone. Much less expensive items. I don’t remember getting one until I was in about 8th grade which was around 2003.

Whenever we have today’s generation of kids come over to our house, we always have out our old video game systems. (we still have a Game Gear, SNES, Genesis, and N64). When they see them, the typical exclamations I get are usually, “Woah!” or “Wow! What the heck is this?!” Like it’s some kind of new technology. However, when they see the graphics, they’re sorely disappointed and lose interest quickly. Which really bugs the hell out of me (graphics aren’t everything in a game kiddos!). I did have a couple kids over who actually enjoyed the old graphics and the difficult game play though.

What I don’t get is when kids born in 1996-1999 are “claiming” themselves to be 90’s kids simply because they were born in that decade. Now, here’s my question to you kids who are doing this same thing now. Can you honestly say that you remember the majority of the things I remembered from the 90’s as seen above? Did you scream at the top of your lungs when you got Sonic 2, a Kitty/Puppy Surprise, or a Nintendo 64 for Christmas?

To end this rant, I just want to say this to everybody. Be proud of the decade and generation you are born in (I know I’m proud to be a ‘90’s kid). It’s fine to wish you were born in a different decade but don’t try to pretend you grew up in said decade just because you were born in it. Also, claiming that your decade was better than somebody else’s is invalid. Every decade had/has its ups and downs.

If you’re a kid today, remember that you can’t go back into the past. So enjoy and capture every moment of your childhood while you still can. And a message to the ‘90’s kids, Unfortunately, we aren’t kids anymore but we sure had one hell of a childhood!

Last edited: 11/4/2011.

Upcoming Anime DVD Releases for Fall/Winter 2011

Title Price Release Date
Dragon Ball Z 4 Movie Pack 1 $16.99 USD 11/1/2011
Dragon Ball Z Level 1.1 Blu-Ray $29.99 USD 11/8/2011
Bakuman DVD 1 $22.49 USD 11/22/2011
Fairy  Tail Part 1 Blu-Ray $27.99 USD 11/22/2011
Star Driver Part 1 DVD/Blu-Ray $34.99 USD 11/22/2011
Chaos;Head: The Complete Series $51.99 USD 11/29/2011
One Piece Collection 3 $19.99 USD 11/29/2011
Birdy The Mighty Decode $62.99 USD 12/6/2011
Devil May Cry Complete S.A.V.E DVD $26.99 USD 12/6/2011
Devil May Cry Complete S.A.V.E Blu-Ray $31.39 USD 12/6/2011
Dragon Ball Z 4 Movie Pack 2 $26.99 USD 12/6/2011
Rozen Maiden Complete Collection $44.99 USD 12/6/2011
Dragon Ball Z Level 1.2 Blu-Ray $31.49 USD 12/13/2011
Kino’s Journey Complete $31.49 USD 12/13/2011
Kekkaishi Set 3 $31.99 USD 12/13/2011
Yu Yu Hakusho Eizou Hakusho OVA $16.99 USD 12/13/2011
Heaven’s Lost Property Season 1 $59.99 USD 12/20/2011
Rosario Vampire Season 1 $53.99 USD 12/20/2011
Rosario Vampire Season 2 $53.99 USD 12/20/2011
D.Gray-Man Season 1 S.A.V.E $26.99 USD 12/27/2011
Eden of the East Complete Blu-Ray $44.99 USD 12/27/2011
Guyver Complete S.A.V.E $26.99 USD 12/27/2011
Heroic Age Complete S.A.V.E $26.99 USD 12/27/2011
Himawari Too Season 2 $44.99 USD 12/27/2011
Slayers Seasons 4&5 Blu-Ray $62.99 USD 12/27/2011

Looks like it’s pretty much just a lot of re-releases of series this Holiday season. I’m a bit disappointed I have to say.
Is there anything that ya’ll are looking forward to?

Chibi Devil Anime Announced

According to the next month’s issue of Ciao magazine, Chibi Devil! will be getting a TV anime this fall. The show will be airing on October 10, 2011 on Japan’s NHK channel.

Thoughts: Looks like I’m adding another show to my fall watch list! I remember reading the series when it first came out in Ciao magazine back in 2008 and I own the first 2 volumes in Japanese. This is certainly exciting news since not many series in Ciao magazine get animated.