| o/’ Heathcliiiffff….it’s me, I’m Kathy I’ve come ‘ome. Put the kettle on ‘ave a luvverly cuppa tea, Ey! o/’

The other half and I were enjoying a session of piano duettage yesterday courtesy of Josh from Josh’s anime sheet music, when it occurred to us that his version of Sentimental Generation (The opening to School Rumble Nigakki) reminded us a lot of traditional Cockney piano music, as re-popularised by comedian Bill Bailey.

For those of you unlucky enough not to be familiar with Cockney music, let me explain.

Cockney refers to the accent from people who live in or in the vicinity of London. Strictly, it referred to people within earshot of the Bow Bells (On St. Mary of Bow church, Cheapside), but now the accent is far more widespread and it is basically “London accent”. Now, in addition to Cockney music, London has also gifted the world with Cockney rhyming slang, possibly the most complex and illogical set of colloquialisms in the entire universe.

Cockney piano music is basically characterised by a tempo of about 120-150 bpm and a basic rhythm where quaver chords alternate between hands and words are sung over the top. Inbetween song parts there are various trills and flourishes, such as the “Cockney intro” and “Full pearly king” as named by Bill Bailey. For those of you truly unfortunate enough not to know of the genius cockney comedian Bill Bailey, and those of you that arealready familiar with him, a good basing in Cockney music may be found in this clip from “Bewilderness”, and this extra track from the same tour “Cockney medley

The basic rhythm of the left hand of “Sentimental Generation” is classic Cockney rhythm with the left hand playing the sung part on top and it is absolutely hilarious. Especially the part:

o/’ Kizutsukiyasui sedai dakedo/ Sen-ti-men-cha-ru! COCKNEY Generation! (Do do do do do do…Hey!) o/’ (followed by full cockney intro).

Good job Josh ^_^. Not sure if you meant it to be that way or not, but I approve of the result!

I think I’ll go crawl back into my hole now…

Yay, last night I bought a new domain to install wordpress on and fiddle around with the template. Unfortunately, I’ve found that WordPress, for all its wisdom, can import posts and comments from virtually any blogging system except itself O_o. You would have thought that they would have expected people to start out on wordpress.com and then transfer to other servers, but noooo. Apparently the next version will have import/export tools to preserve my comments, so I’ll probably fiddle around on wordpress.com till then.

When it does come out though, Yuri to Boushi to Hon no Tabibito will be moving to http://www.yuribou.net/blog, just for people’s preinformation. Hopefully I will be adding a fiction archive and other yummy things to the front page. Unfortunately that means me learning html, finally, so the designing may take a while ^_^;;

Anyways, time for some opinions on the new summer season so far, since I’ve only really commented on Tsuyokiss.

Just watched the 1st episode of Gothic Lolita Faptime show last night, and it wasn’t bad. However, the assistant police woman who teams up with the main character – Chelsea Muir – reminds me badly of Domino from Shakugan no Shana (for those that have seen it). Do japanese women of that age really have that squeaky voices O_o. Also that hairstyle of hers does not fit with her moe moe voice. I’m hoping for a subtext between her and Angelica in an “Sempai!! Kakoiiiiiii!!”, Sakaki/Kaorin kind of fashion. I loved the German WWII style hand grenades ^_^

Zero no Tsukaima so far fails to impress. Yes it looks like its based on Harry Potter, but I don’t hold much love for JK Rowling either (Though I love a lot of other magic school stories such as “The Worst Witch”) The only good thing about it is Louise’s token “URUSAI” about 2 or 3 times an episode to remind you that it is the same seiyuu as Shana.

The male lead is so typical it hurts (Oh look at my principles, aren’t they so moral.) and there’s a Rei clone that doesn’t do anything. I do kinda like the chichi onna relationship with Kirche though, it reminds me of Haruka (Mai HiME) and her bubuzuke onna. Headmaster is also win, and Sierra is moe.

School Rumble Nigakki continues to be awesome, despite all the reports to the contrary, and Tenma’s party episode (15) was damn good. Eri continues to be the best character and completely unaware that she really fancies Hige and would like to ride him senseless (though probably with some kind of leather catsuit on…and a bullwhip) The Yakumo/Harima storyline continues to be hilarious, and Ichijou rocks as always. Not so sure about Lala’s new hairstyle though…

Strawberry Panic continues to decline into a pool of gratuitous yuri. Although I’m not complaining, I’m still feeling extremely sorry for Yaya-chan. Well, at least she copped a feel, that’s better than nothing, although she should have gone for the rape area straight away (cause everyone knows that girls in anime instantly orgasm when someone touches their naughty bits). I still watch the show avidly for signs of a Tamao/Shizuma catfight though.

The OP sequence to NHK ni Youkoso reminds me kinda of Paniponi Dash ^_^. However, the ending reminds me of Ren and Stimpy or Spongebob, so thats not a good thing. I see that it could go either way at the moment, and the main male lead is…interesting…to say the least. At least its not actually about the NHK. That would be boring.

Unfortunately I have yet to enjoy Muteki Kanban Musume (which I hear is silly) and Binbou Shimei Monogatari (which I hear is moe), but it does seem that Doremi have taken it on themselves to fansub ALL ANIME EVAR this season, so hats off to them. I only have one request – Please sub Tonagura!

Please look forward to http://www.yuribou.net ^_^

I, being extremely slow on the uptake, discovered yesterday that School Rumble had been licensed a while back by Media Factory, and this is the reason why Wannabefansubs has presumably stopped subbing it. I, being the fool that I am, just thought that they were just extremely slow at bringing out episode 10 (well, it’s not like WF are the most efficient group in the world ^_^).

Then I went to their site, which is currently down after a DDoS attack (I think), with just a message from their webmaster complaining about the members of the group and how they know nothing. So it is possible that Wannabe may bring out episodes in the future. It’s not like they are a big group that are liable to be tracked down and killed for it ^_^.

Having been licensed, I now have to stoop to downloading fansubs by a group that calls itself “Your-Mom” which I have been trying to avoid doing for ages, just because no other groups are doing fansubs for School Rumble at all. I have always wondered about this; why a great series like School Rumble only attracted two fansub groups for the first season (not including speed subbers), one a one man job (Dash fansubs) and the other Wannabe Fansubs, who weren’t quite up to Dash’s standard, but did a passable job.

I wonder why more small groups have not stepped in to shoulder the job of translating the rest of Nigakki?

In my humble opinion, School Rumble Nigakki is one of the unsung heroes of this season. While it continues to get more and more sketch show-like, all of the characters continue to be funny (though needs more Eri) and each episode is always sad to see the back of. I was pleased to see that there was even an Japanese/English pun in Episode 10 (I wonder how many Japanese people got it ^_^;;) – Imadori = Now Bird. Well, I laughed.

It may not be an anime masterpiece, but it is so consistenly great to watch, that I would watch it even if it went to a fourth season.

Which is why I’m so sad to see it licensed. Presumably Media Factory have bought the licenses to all future seasons of the program as well, if they exist, and so from now on I will have megas troubles getting good quality fansubs of one of my favourite shows. Meanwhile, slowly, Media Factory will be bringing out DVDs at a rate of probably one every quarter starting from the beginning of season 1. Can you see the root of the problem?

Now, I’m not criticising Your-Mom fansubs…well, actually I am. Although I have infinite respect for fansub groups and the work they do for the anime community, I just can’t help but wish that the series was picked up by a better one. When the group makes mistakes that even I can pick up, then I know that I should be suspicious.

For instance, in Episode 10, Akira says that she is thin because she eats a lot of “Nattou and Hijiki” which means “Fermented soy beans and seaweed”, not, as the fansubs translate it as “beans and vegetables”. Also, Eri tells Tenma her weight and Tenma exclaims that its “10 kilograms different to hers”. I assume from her despondency that she means Eri is 10 kilos lighter not 10 kilos heavier as the fansubs translate it as. Surely common sense.

I apologise for that minor nag. I really do appreciate Your-Mom fansubs for subbing the series, and I will continue watching and supporting their subs. However, I will secretly be wishing for Wannabe’s return. And hoping that Your-Mom will change their signature scene >_<.

SCHOOL RUMBLE 4 EVER

(I’m beginning to wish my pictures were archived in a database for easy retrieval by character and type like danbooru -_-) Fluff post today, revising for tomorrow’s final exam. Perhaps serious-ish post tomorrow…if you’re lucky.

1 – Haruka Suzumiya and Haruhi Suzumiya (Mother and daughter)

Emo-lover Takayuki Narumi (Kimi ga Nozomu Eien) gets bored of Mitsuki throwing things at him and goes back to Haruka for one last night of passion. Unfortunately, Haruka gets knocked up, blackmails Takayuki for 100 million yen, sets up her own publishing company and becomes rich. Unfortunately, dabbling in research for new forms of nuclear fusion results in her baby being endowed with super god like powers. She names her Haruhi.

2. Tamaki Suou and Mikoto Suou (Brother and sister)

Tamaki lives it up as president of the Ouran High School host club, but little does he know that the person he sees in his twisted childhood memories is not his fiancee to be, but his long lost sister Mikoto, lovechild to his father before he got rich and married his mother. When Tamaki gets older, he meets Mikoto on a school field trip and immediately falls in love with her. Mikoto punches him in the solar plexus.

3. Kazuma Azuma and Hazuki Azuma (Same person in different universes)

Luckily, they cut out the episode of Yami to Boushi to Hon no Tabibito where Hazuki visits the alternate universe where she is born a boy in in the back streets of Izu with an uncanny ability to make bread.

4. Teletha Testarossa and Fate Testarossa (Mother and daughter)

Having saved the world in Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha A’s, Fate marries Nanoha aboard the Asura on her 16th birthday and settles down with her on Earth. In an accident involving discovering unsavoury new uses for Bardische and Raging Heart in closed bedroom environments, Fate gets pregnant and has a baby which she named Tessa (in a fit of madness). However, during a routine job, the baby was lost through a dimensional dislocation and landed in 20th century America where she was brought up, her latent magical powers being mistaken for technological knowledge. Currently she lives blissfully unaware that she could just say the word and transform into a mahou shoujo in a omega-kawaii bunny suit.

5. Akane Higurashi and Higurashi no naku koro ni (err…)

Erm. Actually, no.

I now unashamedly love School Rumble. I have to admit, in the first season, the first few episodes took a while to get into, but once I got into it, it just kept getting better and better.

Second season? OP and ED took a while to get used to, but now they're in my head at least every other day. Survival game episode? YES! Who hasn't ever wanted to do that in their own school? Eri and Yakumo dancing? YES! Basketball game? RATHER GOOD. The only thing wrong with this season is a distinct lack of Eri. More Eri is required. In fact, more Eri/Yakumo is required ^_^.

Anyway, the point of this post was really to gush over Lala/Satsuki in Episode 9. Lala has never been my favourite character in School Rumble…in fact I've always thought her voice acting has been a bit over done. Also, she kinda reminds me of the Pedro storyline in Excel Saga. Anyways, I would have put her as the least likely character to go out to comfort Satsuki after Asou was a MEGA-BAKA.

However, it worked. So we see a gentle deredere side to Lala-chan after all, and the Ichijou/Lala fans (like me) can't help but be a little disappointed at the turn of events. I can't be disheartened though, because Lala/Satsuki is just too darned cute.

At the end of the episode, Ichijou says "I'm happy that Lala-chan slept with such a cute underclassman" (or something like that) and Lala goes into deredere mode. Meanwhile, Satsuki, having found that girls eat carpet far better than boys can ever hope to do dumps Asou with Miko-chin and walks off into the night to have rampant hot dildo sex with Lala in a ricefield.

And people wonder why I like this show ^_^

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Emergency post!

Now lets get this straight: I am a massive fan of School Rumble, and will probably continue to be even when it runs to 5 seasons and all the characters graduate, Eri finally gets over Harima and Harima and Imouto-san get together. Throughout the entire first season and despite most of the main cast being female, there were no shoujo-ai overtones at all.

Which is fine, of course. I don't need subtextual yuri in order to enjoy a show (really, I don't!!!) But then I watched Nigakki episode 6 ^_^

Imouto-san Eri-chan GETTO!!!

Now everyone who hates shoujo-ai (and people like me) will probably be the first to comment that obviously these two are not interested in each other, I mean, Eri fancies Harima for chrissakes O_o…and Imouto-san's tastes are unknown as yet, and will probably never be.

BUT

The scene was fantastic! I've always been a fan of dance scenes, though in anime they are done quite frugally shall we say (in order to preserve the amount of actual animating they need to do). Also, Yakumo is the best character ever, though pretty much any character voiced by moe-moe-Mamiko Noto is going to be cute as hell.

I myself am looking forward with a vague hope that someone might write a Eri/Yakumo fanfiction or two, since love rivalry leads to yuri huggles has always been a favourite storyline between yuri authors. (Take for example Kris/Ichino fanfiction from Battle Athletes Victory or Motoko/Kanako from Love Hina)

So take note all would be School Rumble fanfic authors: I want good well formatted Eri/Yakumo fanfiction. Do it and you might get a cookie

"Really I love you Sawachika-senpai" <nosebleeds out of frame>

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