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Preview: Rikuzentakata: Book One of the Mecha Monogatari

Posted by Doug on May 17, 2010

And now, a preview of my upcoming novel.

Originally, I was writing under the working title of The Mecha Monogatari: Twilight of the Fierce God, but having written thirty thousand words of the narrative, that title just doesn’t seem right, so now, I have changed the working title to Rikuzentakata: Book One of the Mecha Monogatari.  Inspired by mecha anime like Gundam, Evangelion, Full Metal Panic, and the like, Rikuzentakata follows a young mecha pilot named Enokido Harumi during her first few days of real combat, culminating in a stand against Japan’s attackers around a small town in southern Iwate prefecture, the titular Rikuzentakata.

Everything in this preview is subject to change before the finalized novel; most likely I will need to tweak some of the more specific bits to make them all match up.  In any case, without further ado, on to the preview:

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Wednesday Wallpaper

Posted by Doug on May 12, 2010

Yōko Littner, from Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann

Yōko Littner

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On the Subject of Writing

Posted by Doug on May 11, 2010

I’ve been working on my novel (working title: The Mecha Monogatari: Twilight of the Fierce God) since April 22, a mere twenty days, but I’ve been making respectable progress, I think.  Writing a novel with a length in the tens of thousands of words, seems like a pretty daunting task, and it is.  But ever since completing the National Novel Writing Month challenge in November 2009 (which resulted in my first more-or-less complete novel, Hecatonchires), I knew I could do it.  After all, I wrote fifty-seven thousand words in twenty-three days.  All I needed to do was have a concrete goal.

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Wednesday Wallpaper

Posted by Doug on May 5, 2010

Akiyama Mio, Tainaka Ritsu, Kotobuki Tsumugi, and Hirasawa Yui from K-ON!

K-ON!

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Katanagatari, “Hakutō Hari”

Posted by Doug on April 29, 2010

Katanagatari Katanagatari

Katanagatari Katanagatari

Nanami’s back!  Yay!…whoa, wait, what just happened?

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Wednesday Wallpaper

Posted by Doug on April 28, 2010

Himeji Mizuki, from Baka to Test to Shōkanjū

Himeji Mizuki

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Video Games Are Not Art?

Posted by Doug on April 24, 2010

Roger Ebert thinks that not only are video games not art, but they are not even capable to rising to the status of art.

The TL; DR version of Ebert’s argument goes a little like this: you can “win” a video game, thus it is a game and not art; and that there is no true masterwork of video games on the same level as the great masterworks of painting, or sculpture, or music, or cinema, and thus it is not art; and most importantly, Ebert himself has decided it is not art, and thus it is not art.

My personal opinion is twofold: first, that art is purely subjective, and any definition of art would be arbitrary; and second, that Ebert is completely wrong. I can’t really define art, but do know some of its features. Art is designed to evoke an emotional response, and art provokes deep contemplation.

Shadow of the Colossus and Metal Gear Solid 4. These are definitely games, but they stand out in my mind as art.

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Wednesday Wallpaper

Posted by Doug on April 21, 2010

Kirara, from Samurai 7

Kirara

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Every Anime I Can Remember Reviewed! Update V

Posted by Doug on April 20, 2010

Inexorably, more anime come to mind, and so, I review: Inuyasha, Please Teacher, Mezzo DSA, Sora no Woto, Bleach, and Training with Hinako!

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Wednesday Wallpaper

Posted by Doug on April 14, 2010

Rei Ayanami, from Neon Genesis Evangelion

Rei Ayanami

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