February 18, 2012 Leave a comment
February 18, 2012 Leave a comment
Originally posted on アニメ:
Although a bit late, I recently finished watching Pandora Hearts (for some weird reason I only watch animes after they finish airing with some exceptions). I really enjoyed it, and it’s up there on my list of favourite animes.
Pandora Hearts is set in an older European world ruled by the Four Great Duke Houses. The main character, Oz Bezarius (I’ve seen it spelt Vessalius as well), is from one of these houses (evidently the Bezarius house). The first episode starts off with Oz fooling around and hiding from his servants as they frantically search for him to prepare for his coming of age ceremony, giving it a light and comedic mood. However, once at the ceremony he steps under a frozen clock, starting it again which fulfils some sort of prophecy. He is then attacked by three cloaked characters, who throw him into the “Abyss”, an alternate dimension which is home to life forms called “Chains”. There, he meets a Chain named Alice, whom he forms a contract with, sealed by a kiss. From here, the two main characters Oz and Alice begin their journey to find the mysteries of the Abyss and find out more about themselves. The plot draws heavily from the book “Alice in Wonderland”, with characters such as the Alice (evidently), the Cheshire Cat, and the Mad Hatter.The plot has a good balance of comedy, drama and action. Comedy sometimes appears when you least expect it to, but the story definitely won’t have you sulking in a bad mood. I liked the story a lot, however be warned, the ending doesn’t really give good closure – the characters don’t reach their main goals, and there are still many mysteries cloaked in darkness.
Both main characters are extremely childlike – Oz after remerging from the Abyss 10 years after his coming of age ceremony remains the age he was then while everyone else in his world had aged. Alice, also quite old in “worldly” time, has a childish appearance as well. Throughout the series, there’s plenty of character development, especially for Oz who experiences a sort of maturing through his experience and encounters with many other characters. He begins to understand more and value his life more as well, while still keeping his childlike behaviour. Alice, who takes on a tsundere character, is insanely powerful, being one of the most infamous and strongest Chains. Her childlike mindset brings comedic effect to the series, but is also an important characteristic – like a child, she sees many things simplistically, and as a Chain doesn’t understand many aspects of human thought. She has a strong interest in food, especially meat, and will often fall prey to food vendors while outside.Overall, many of the characters are extremely likeable – I even found myself having a hard time hating some of the evil characters.
Animation and Sound
The art in Pandora Hearts attempts to create many cool effects and objects to fawn over – and for the most part it succeeds. The design of the illegal contractor’s clock mark is amazing, and its cool looks could almost make up for the fact that you get pulled into the deepest level of the Abyss when in completes a revolution in my books. The characters are interestingly designed, obviously strongly influenced by European fashion from a couple centuries ago. The animation itself however isn’t something amazing – by no means is it bad, it’s just nothing special.While the animation is nothing special, the music definitely is. Most (if not all) the music is composed by Yuki Kajiura, including the opening them, Parallel Hearts. The theme at first doesn’t sound that good, but after a while it begins to build on you (I liked it so much I did a piano cover for it). The exceptional part is the series’ original soundtrack – everything from the song that’s a pretty big part of the plot (Lacie, sometimes called Melody) to the next episode preview song – it’s all amazing. The songs are beautifully composed, and are truly some of the most emotional OSTs of all time.
Overall Rating: 9/10
December 31, 2011 Leave a comment
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
The concert hall at the Syndey Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 36,000 times in 2011. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 13 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.
May 23, 2011 Leave a comment
The world’s first 3rd party App Store, Installer, has been successfully ported to iOS 4.3.3 and below by Infini-Dev Team according to a blog entry on their web site.
Installer was the original jailbreak App Store long before Cydia, Icy and Rock joined the scene, and is now being ported to more current versions of iOS with a version available for download right now. Ironically, the download is done via current jailbreak App Store kind, Cydia.
Yesterday we had success “porting” Installer to 4.3.3 and below.
Installer was worlds first 3rd party app store, Introduced by NullRiver, or later known as RipDev.
RipDev was awesome at Installers, they also made Icy, Hood, and other apps.
Icy is also ported by us, and released 1 month ago.
Installer’s inner workings are slightly different to those of Cydia which means current repositories will unfortunately not work with the new-old comer to the scene. What this means is until new repositories begin to come online, the store’s usefulness is limited.
Installer works with a different system than Cydia, that why you won’t be able to add a Cydia repo into installer.
As we speak we are working on a new community source for installer only, which means you will be able to install things via installer.
We could use help, you may help us by submitting apps that where hosted by installer, or apps that have the installer structure. Or by making app with a installer structure.
For those still eager to download and try Installer though, just follow these easy steps and you’ll be good to go in no time.
1.Jailbreak your iOS device (instructions here), but you did that already didn’t you?
2.Fire up Cydia and add the following repository: http://fr0stdev.co.cc/repo
3.Search for ‘Installer’ and install it
4.After a swift respring you should be golden
5.Once installed tapping the Installer icon should allow you to browse the apps already available, with new ones presumably being added.
For those who remember the early days of jailbreaking iPhones and iPod touches, Installer is a welcome walk down memory lane. The fact it’s actually useful is a real bonus!
April 27, 2011 Leave a comment
App Store developer FutureTap just revealed that they have received their first crash report from an iOS 5 device. This means that Apple is currently field-testing their next-generation mobile operating system that runs on the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch with applications from the iOS App Store. The application apparently crashed in iOS 5 due to the MKUserLocationBreadCrumb. Developer Will Strafach (Chronic) let us know that this API relates to the iOS maps and location functionality.
Just received the first iOS 5.0 crash report. MKUserLocationBreadCrumb sounds interesting.
This could possibly mean that Apple changed up some map and location APIs in iOS 5, causing issues with map-based applications built for current versions of iOS 4. iOS 5 is expected to take on some new cloud-based features and will be officially unveiled at Apple’s World Wide Developers Conference in early June. Apple is expected to release iOS 5 in September alongside the fifth-generation iPhone. Thanks, Peter Silie!
April 24, 2011 Leave a comment
BGR’s T-Mobile iPhone prototype leak from earlier today is not simply an iPhone 4 packed with guts that support the T-Mobile 3G network radios, but it also carries the A5 processor from the next-generation iPhone.
The ‘N94′ prototype build (above) is the exact iPhone build that we found carries an A5 or ‘S5L8940′ processor a few months ago.
…and the iPhone 5 (N94AP), has the same S5L8940 processor as the iPad.
That makes last week’s story pretty convenient…
Remember that ‘iPhone 4S’ we told you about? That’s the prototype iPhone with an A5 processor that game developers are using to prepare their iPhone 5 apps. That sounds a lot like this phone.
The only question now is if that is a prototype ’4S’ or ’5′.