Genshiken VS Kaiji?

2 Nov 2008 In: moto neta

Genshiken being a manga about otakus means that there are countless netas from manga/anime/games. Some of them I get, some of them I don’t. But reading Genshiken manga again this morning brought me to the picture on the left. Vol 2 Page 75, when Sasahara said that Madarame got the rare Kujian trading card, a very distinct sound effect was used. The “ざわ” (zawa) of Kaiji fame. I am not an expert in Japanese, so I can’t say that Kaiji is the first manga to have used ざわ as a sound effect for suspense. But the ざわ used in Genshiken is in a very specific font, that made me quite sure that it is a parody of the Kaiji ざわ. Genshiken started in 2002, and Kaiji 1996. The timing is correct too.

Just 1 column, really makes me appreciate how much thought and effort was put into the making of Genshiken. So sad that the second season of the anime failed to come to a satisfactory ending like the manga…

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Rance is popular or generic?

27 Oct 2008 In: random

While surfing Komica2, A thread shows a picture of the main character from 魔王と踊れ!2~change of the world~ . Someone replied saying that the thumbnail looks like Rance. More funny was that someone posted another picture of another eroge character that looks just like Rance.

I guess that Rance does look quite generic. But for the second picture, even the story seems like a rip-off… The armor, the sowrd… I guess the cloak is a different color, but it really looks like a Rance Doujin Game… D: Read the rest of this entry »

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Hikaru no Go- Games origin

27 Oct 2008 In: moto neta

Hikaru no Go is one of my favourite manga (but I have too many favourites…). In Japan, apparently the number of kids/people who play Go increased significantly after the manga was released. I call it a conspiracy. Like Prince of Tennis, Slam Dunk, Eye Shield 21, and Captain Tsubasa, Hikaru no Go is probably one of those sports manga that is brainwashing the kids in Japan to do things other than reading manga. Considering Shounen Jump is the best-selling manga magazine out there, maybe the Japanese government has a secret contract with Jump that requires the magazine to publish at least one brain-washing, good-for-the-kids’-body-and-mind type manga in every issue…

Okay, maybe not… But Hikaru no Go did a great job promoting Go, even outside of Japan. I still remember that when I was in high school (English boarding school), some local Go club people came and gave a short presentation on Go, showed a few episodes of Hikaru no Go (emphasizing and apologizing for the cussing words fansubbers used), and generated enough interest that a Go club was formed by me and some upper and lower-third form boys. Of course I knew about Hikaru no Go loooong before the presentation. Too bad the club disintegrated when our supervising teacher moved away. Those were some good times. Read the rest of this entry »

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One piece- Going Merry

25 Oct 2008 In: moto neta

I think what I have here is a very good 3D model (courtesy to James/Stompy, check for other views) of the Going Merry, and I assume that if you are interested in this post, you are familiar with the first ship Luffy and Co sailed on in One Piece.

When I was the moderator for Yelu’s manga discussion board (now dormant), I used to ask 1 question/day for members to earn points. The Going Merry question was one of the S-rank questions, and I started out by searching for the answer myself. Read the rest of this entry »

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The snake shape on Edward’s jacket is one of the most recognizable symbols from FMA, not only does it appear on Edward’s red jacket, the author also used it on the back cover of tankobon, the start of chapters, and many other places. So I started to wonder about the meaning of such a symbol.

When I first saw the snake, my first association was the World Health Organization(>_>). Sidetracking, the logo for WHO was decided at the 1948’s first conference of the organization. The flag of the World Health Organization is identical to the UN flag, with a Rod of Asclepius added. The rod of Asclepius is an ancient Greek symbol associated with astrology, and with healing the sick through medicine. It consists of a serpent entwined around a staff. According to Greek mythology, Asclepius was said to have learned the art of healing from Chiron. He is customarily represented as a surgeon on the ship Argo. Asclepius was so skilled in the medical arts that he was reputed to have brought patients back from the dead. For this, he was punished and placed in the heavens as the constellation Ophiuchus (meaning “serpent-bearer”). (thanks wikipedia…)

“Brought patients back from the dead”,sounds familiar? That’s why my first thought was that the Elric brother’s trying to bring their mother back from the dead, and also healing Edward’s arm and Alphonse’s body. So I thought the rod of Rod of Asclepius is a very good inspiration for Edward’s symbol. Especially when the Rod of Asclepius can be seen and understood easily by everyone. That’s what I thought at first… Read the rest of this entry »

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About this blog

Neta <ネタ>
Neta means things, goods.

【Era】 Edo Times~
【Type】 Reverse expression

Explanation:

Neta in Japanese means the "goods to survive". It is the reverse of "rice seeds" (米の種). Seeds in Japanese is "tane", and the reverse of it is "neta". There are other reverse expression in Japanese such as "moku"(もく) meaning tobacco in the edo times (because smoke from tobacco is like clouds- kumo). Personally, I don't really understand the reverse expression thing, but I guess it is kinda fun and confusing?

So neta is the livelihood of every profession, such as rice is to rice stores, fish to sushi, punch line to comedians, and evidence to police.

Moto neta(元ネタ) is something like "the origin of the neta". In this blog, I will try to theorize and speculate the many netas in the ACG world (anime, comics and games), so its just useless information...