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Music / The Manimal's Yuletide J-Pop Advent Calendar 2020 Edition
« on: November 25, 2020, 08:00:42 AM »
It's back. In 2016 I did this and now I'll do it again. Everyday I'll share a different J-Pop song as a advent calendar of sorts. I'm starting now and going for 30 days until Christmas Eve.

As to not clog the front page I'll only make a new post every now and then so keep checking back every day for updates. Enjoy the tunes and hopefully you'll find some cool new to you stuff.

Let's get into it! Links for every song under my small write ups. 

Anime Talk / Fall 2020 Anime
« on: September 21, 2020, 10:38:57 AM »

Another season of anime, let's watch some new shows. This is the thread to talk about all things Fall 2020 anime.

I was saved from my 2 year loss of interest in viewing anime by Gundam and watching through classic shows but now I have been in watching part way and going to something else Hell. I think watching airing shows is what I want to do now. I must say nothing is exciting for me this season. But here are some I'll check out, and I'm sure I'll try more as well. 

Love Live! Nijigasaki High School Idol Club
The third generation of Love Live, a new show with new characters. I loved the original and I'm super attached to the Sunshine characters so this will be harder to accept a new cast. What I think the show needs to do is separate itself and be it's own thing. Love Live Sunshine was very similar to the original since it was about a group of characters inspired by the original school idol group Muse. The show was fairly mediocre unfortunately, it was just the characters like Yoshiko, Dia, Kanan and Riko that I liked. For this new generation I'm not crazy about the designs, I don't think they're as good as Muse and Aqours, but we'll see how this show is. I'll give it a chance and view it as it's own thing. It's worth noting the original & Sunshine had the same logo & "School Idol Project" subtitle and this one doesn't.

Iwa Kakeru!: Sport Climbing Girls
A gamer becomes a rock climber and goes against exaggerated opponents. Featuring some of the most fit anime girls ever seen. I'm getting a ping on my Keijo radar as this looks like a shameless sports series with some over the top elements that takes it's world seriously despite being ridiculous. I don't expect it to be nearly as good as Keijo or even the same but it is reminding me of that. Let's see how it is.

Higurashi no Naku Koro ni
A new adaptation of Higurashi. The 2006 anime is very well known so there's no surprise what it's about, but I haven't watched the original past the first episode. I'll give the new version a chance just because it's airing. I expect low production values and ugly art. Which honestly I find the artstyle of Higurashi to be poor anyway. The characters are very...glossy. We'll see how this turns out.

Adachi to Shimamura
This show could be really boring or a pleasant watch. It looks cute and colourful. I'm sure it will bring nice Slice of Life elements. Oh ya and Yuri. We'll see how it is. Expectations are low so it could be a pleasant surprise. 

Manga Art Gallery / The Manimal's New Art Thread
« on: September 10, 2020, 06:59:54 AM »
Recently I started drawing again a bit and I've found it fun.

I'm making a sort of Gundam team to go along with random High Grades I get. Sort of mismashing a bunch together and creating characters to go along with them. So here are some random drawings of the three characters I have so far. Farrah, Connie and Kessie. The latter is based on LingLing from BiSH. A lot of the poses and such are stiff, I'm getting back in the groove. Something is off but I'm having fun and figuring out the look for these characters

break Room / The Gunpla Thread
« on: June 12, 2020, 01:58:25 PM »

Gunpla, it's cool, it's fun, it's a good time. This is a thread to talk about Gundam models, making 'em, reviewing 'em, whatever. I'm going to share my builds and blog style posts about making them in this thread so if anyone else out there enjoys this fun hobby let's talk about it.

I got into the hobby at the beginning of the year and now I'm addicted, I can't stop, I love it, I'm having a great time. At first I'd never even seen an episode of Gundam and now I've watched the original and Zeta and the franchise has begun a new phase of revitalized interest in anime for me. I started with the 2004 HG Force Impulse Gundam because it looked like a basic kit and I've made about 16 or so since. I love it. The local hobby shop here stocks them and they get in some older kits which is nice. Now was really the perfect time to get into this hobby so that's a bright side to things. I just love making these things, so of course I had to make a thread to share my experiences with this hobby. and anyone else who makes Gunpla here go ahead and post away.

Anime Talk / Spring Season 2020 Discussion
« on: April 02, 2020, 08:04:04 AM »

Here is the general discussion thread for all things from the Spring season 2020.

break Room / My New Daily Podcast For April 2020
« on: April 01, 2020, 09:29:12 AM »
Kanttila FM

Listen Here!

I have dumb ideas, I try them. We see what happens. It's my intention to upload a short 10-15 minute podcast episode every day of this month. Whether it's just me or with other people we'll see, I intend to have a topic each episode. We'll see how it goes eh.

This is the first episode where I talk about BiSH.

Music / 2020 In Music
« on: January 01, 2020, 01:22:55 PM »

2020 music. The songs are released and we talk about them. A general discussion thread for everything 2020 in music.

MY ONGOING RANKING (Rated On My Enjoyment)

Rina Sawayama : Sawayama (9/10) 
Charli XCX : How I'm Feeling Now (8/10)                                           
Aimyon : Heard That There's Good Pasta (7.5/10) 
Haru Nemuri : LOVETHEISM EP (7.5/10)   
Ai Furihata : Moonrise (7.5/10)
chelmico : maze (7/10)
Bruce Springsteen : Letter To You (7/10)
PEDRO : Roman (7/10) 
You'll Melt More! : Surpriser (7/10)
the peggies : Anemone EP (7/10) 
BiSH : LETTERS EP (7/10)
Ac/Dc : Power Up (7/10)
Machine Gun Kelly : Tickets To My Downfall (7/10)
Anna Takeuchi : MATOUSIC (7/10)
Anly : Sweet Cruisin' (7/10)       
Fiona Apple : Fetch The Bolt Cutters (8/10)   
Carly Rae Jepsen : Dedicated Side B (7/10)
Yung Lean : Starz (7/10)
The Strokes : The New Abnormal (7/10)
Gacharic Spin : Gold Dash (7/10)   
Thundercat : It Is What It Is (7/10)
Hayley Williams : Pedals For Armor (7/10) 
tricot : Makkuro (7/10)
Suwa Nanaka : So Sweet Dolce (6/10)
Dua Lipa : Future Nostalgia (6/10)   
Tame Impala : The Slow Rush (6/10) 
Silent Siren : mix10th (5.5/10) 
DAOKO : anima (5.5./10)
iri : Sparkle (5.5/10)
SCANDAL : Kiss From The Darkness (5.5/10) 
REOL : Kinjitou (5/10)   
The Weeknd : After Hours (4/10)
Yaeji : What We Drew EP (3/10)       

Anime Talk / Winter Season 2020 Discussion
« on: January 01, 2020, 12:56:10 PM »

It's the season of the White Album and, I'm making another thread like this? Yes I am. This is the thread to discuss all anime of Winter 2020 as it airs. I've been out of things since Fall 2017, but there is no time to start again but the present. and something about a new decade and this and that sort of gets one going. So let's do it, Winter anime time.

Develop Your Story / Emerald Hill Comix
« on: October 31, 2019, 07:40:54 AM »
A mundane story of normal people getting by in a small Canadian city of faltering glory. Ellie Jakomäki a freshly out of college officer worker grows interested in Warren Wasko, the new owner of downtown comic store Emerald Hill Comix. This is a story of the small worlds of two characters coming together and the little pieces that give the city it's character.

Chapter 1 : COMEBACK

NOTES : This is a very rough draft, I haven't edited it yet, I'm just writing to write again and worrying about making it nice later! Enjoy!

"Now Main Street's whitewashed windows and vacant stores
Seems like there ain't nobody wants to come down here no more
They're closing down the textile mill across the railroad tracks
Foreman says these jobs are going boys and they ain't coming back"

-Bruce Springsteen

       "I threw them all away, I didn't need them", Warren spoke softly, flipping through the pages of the latest X-Men comic. It was the same played out story, given in monthly installations.
       "Then what do you need?", Ellie Jaakimaki asked, leaning over the glass counter. Her brown purse hung down her back and she lightly stomped her black wedge sneaker against the carpeted floor.
       "Enough business to keep the lights on”, Warren replied. “Are you going to buy anything, or are you going to just question me all day?" Warren calmly slid the comic he was reading back into it's plastic board.
       Ellie pouted as Warren turned around to place it in a box on the other side of the counter. She pulled at the strings of her black hoodie and shifted her position. "I'm just curious,” Ellie said. “I've been interested in the kind of person who runs a shop like this.”
       Ellie stood up, looking around at the small but densely packed store. Comic books were neatly organized all along the walls, with newsstands full of new issues and racks of backlog. A section of graphic novels filled bookshelves that made up the back wall.A set of stairs lead to an even busier basement packed with comic boxes. One could spend all day in the shop and not even see every item in the store.
       "You must have nothing better to do with your time. There is nothing interesting about me, and there is certainly nothing I intend on telling you," Warren said as he adjusted his posture on the stool and went back to the computer. He typed furiously on the keyboard as he updated his online stock. Afterall, was a Thursday: the day after new comics were released.
       Typically every week he received a new shipment, of which he and a part time employee, paid half by store credit, distributed the issues into bags for all the people who had subscribed to the store. A customer could state the titles they were interested in and have them saved every week, for an extra 10% off. Hardcore collectors would specify which covers they wanted for each comic. In a small community such as Copper Lake, it was easy to get to know the customers and what they wanted.
       A tall old man strolled in through the open door and approached the desk. "What do you got for me this week?" Ellie shifted away, taking a good look at the man before walking towards the graphic novels. She kept an ear open for the ensuing conversation.
       "Let's see, Harold," Warren said,spinning around to the box and pulling out a bag filled with 15 comic books. "You amassed quite a bit. I didn't catch you last week."
       "Ah yes, the weather has been quite poor so I didn't feel like walking over. Otherwise I'd never miss my weekly trip," the old man said, standing with his hands behind his back. He wore an old jacket and dress pants. A beanie on his head stuck up. He was a unique fixture of the downtown area.
       Ellie peered at him through a comic rack, noting his appearance and mannerisms in her head. He took out a coin purse filled with dollar bills and slowly counted his money out.
       "Have you heard the news about that there new Batman movie? They say it's going to be real dark and gritty this time," Harold spoke, smacking his lips with each sentence.
       "They say that every time. I've been let down enough by these superhero movies. They aren't for people like us anyway," Warren spoke dismissively. Naturally the comic store owner was wearing his iconic Batman t-shirt. He could be seen on almost any day of the week wearing the old faded shirt.
       "Yeah but this director, the young fella, Anthony Orb, he seems to know his stuff quite well."
       "They all drop the same lines. Talking about how they took inspiration from the same graphic novels. The Killing Joke, The Long Halloween, Year One. They talk about how they strive for an accurate representation of the character in the modern age, and every single time it's the same disappointment. Batman using guns, Batman killing people, and so on.”
    "This time could be different though, I hear they are going for a more realistic approach with less gizmos and gadgets."
       "You're older than me Harold, I'm surprised they keep fooling you this way. It's the same cycle every time and the same movie every time. Haven't you grown tired of this?"
       Harold shook his head and grabbed his bag of newly purchased comics, "No Warren. I keep my imagination alive. My inner child is always excited."
       Ellie grimaced at the last sentence as she peered over from the manga she was pretending to flip through as Harold left the store. She found the conversation oddly interesting, and wished to know more about Warren's stance. She ran a hand through her jet-black dyed hair, fixing the messy bun on top of her head and neatly fixing her bangs which sat thinly over her forehead.
       She strolled back to the counter with a waltz to her step, "So, don't like superhero movies much, huh?"
       "No I don't. They haven't made a good one since Superman in 1978." Warren's eyes never left the computer screen as he hunched over, typing madly.
       Ellie leaned on the counter with her chin in hand, "You're talking like a bitter old man. I reckon you aren't much older than me."
       With a little bit of eye shadow and lipstick Ellie appeared to be more mature than she was, however the curious girl was only in her early twenties.
       "Irrelevant information, are you going to buy anything?", Warren gave her a brief glare before his eyes went back to the screen. He grabbed a bottle of Iced Tea nearby and tossed his head back, finishing it off in a few big gulps. For a guy of his age Warren seemed to adopt the habits of a middle aged man, despite being only 25.
       "No, I guess I'll be on my way. But I'll be back." Ellie strolled off casually, looking behind her to see if Warren's gaze walked her out. But the man was fixated on his work once more. Leaving Ellie all the more interested in the character and his business.

       In Copper Lake the downtown area was mostly run down with new businesses coming and going at a fast rate. There was an effort to try and bring life back to the area with trendy restaurants, clothes shops and record stores. The success rate however tended to be rather low and compared to an areas of higher population like Toronto and Winnipeg there was waning interest in such niche stores.
       However the comic shop still survived, carried on by Warren Wasko who purchased the business in the last days of its original owner Timmy Shustack. Emerald City Comix was the one business that stayed afloat among the ever changing and every degrading downtown.
       A person could seldom walk down the streets without being asked for change or cigarettes atleast once. Landowners held waterlogged run down buildings with no intentions of repurposing them, leaving many areas vacant, boarded up and left to rot. The efforts to revitalize the downtown where mostly fruitless, however many still tried.

       The bell on the door chimed as Ellie entered Speedy’s Records. She looked over to the man behind the desk and shot finger guns at him, “Hey Stebie!”
       “Eh kid what’s happening huh.” The older gentleman sat back in his chair, with his plump form fitting uncomfortably in a red bowling shirt and black pants belted up his waist. The Italian’s greasy hair was slicked back and he wore sunglasses and a golf cap to cover up his bald spot.
       “Not much, not much, just came to flip through.” Ellie magnetized to the new release section. Typically the only spot of the store a regular would bother to look at as the other areas where unchanging.
       Below her two younger boys where looking through the countless dollar bins on the floor. “This is bunk man, I ain’t see no Hip Hop.” One of them whined, pulling his black beanie down over his face.
       “They only stock real music here Terry”, the nerdy looking kid replied, carrying a stack of records under his arm. Ellie looked down with a grin, must have been two high schoolers on their lunch break given the time of day. She remembered being their age and getting into records for the first time and how exciting it was to build a collection.
       These days it was harder to find anything she wanted. She flipped with the hope that the next reveal would be a gem. Everytime she built herself up for disappointment. 
       “Vinyl is making a comeback eh?” the beanie wearing kid spoke.
       “It’s been making a comeback for a decade now, if there is to be a comeback it already happened”, the owner blurted out from behind the desk.
       The kid looked up with his mouth open for a second and then turned back to the records. “Sounds like my Grandpa,” he muttered.
       “Well it’s certainly become more popular since I started collecting, I’d say it’s on the rise.” Ellie chimed in on the discussion causing the high schoolers to look up at her.
       “They always say that, but where is it rising to? It will always be a niche market, it just happens to have become trendy like the cassette tape.” Stevie retorted speaking primarily with his hands.
       “What’s a casset tape?”, the dumbfounded high schooler asked to nobody.
       “It’s what all your Disney movies are on dooey!”, his friend fired back.
       “Uh noooo that’s VHS you idiot!” the other replied smugly. “So, you admit to having a collection?” his friend replied even more self-satisfied.
       “What’s wrong with that?”, Ellie titled her head looking at the high schoolers confused. 
       “Oh…I don’t know…nothing I guess”, feeling intimidated the boys turned their backs to Ellie and flipped through the rest of bin silently. 
       Ellie glanced over at the racks and turned to look at the rest of the small store. It was filled with racks and bins of records but nothing caught her eye.
       “Nothing this time, I’ll catch ya later Stebie”, Ellie finger gunned on her way out to which Steve put his hands up and pretended to fall back.
       “Ah, I am dead”, he slumped over prompting a small giggle from the girl as she strolled out.

Ellie walked back to her car, looking to the crisp afternoon sky. A sun that wasn’t blocked by construction. In the city the buildings never stood overly tall, upon observing the entirety of the land from a mountain one could only pick out the old paper mills by the lake and a few apartment buildings as sticking out from the rest. 
       She liked the coziness the city brought, even though the downtown was getting rougher. And yet, businesses still hung onto life and she enjoyed visiting every week. Especially Emerald Hill Comix, a place with a pull and interest she could not deny.

Comics and other Gallery / The Manimal Draws Again
« on: May 21, 2019, 09:23:01 AM »
Melodramatic intro 

I kinda of stopped drawing in 2016 when I started making music and I completely stopped drawing at the beginning of 2018 when I started at the Pawn Shop. But now I've quit and it's time to change some things in my life and take this movement I have and use it for the betterment of myself, as was my idea when quitting. The world is full of distractions and truly nothing is eviler than the pull of the Internet and all it's mindless nonsense. What a bunch of junk it all is, I've realized how it has numbed my mind in ways when I look at it too much, but yesterday I zoned in on drawing again, listened to some CD's and felt that feeling once more. I have found how much better I feel when I draw, make music, listen to great music, watch good movies, read good comics and play engaging games rather than aimless browsing and other nonsense I do too much.

I want to make comics again like I did from age 4 up to 2016 and I'm going to do it. I've reignited my love for comics when I read The Dark Knight Returns last month and now I've been addicted to Batman comics. I've never read the classic comics from Batman, Superman and all them, and now I've found it's an untapped resource of divine work for me to get into. The Long Halloween + Dark Victory, Hush, The Court Of Owls, Year One, and it goes on, and I keep reading them. I haven't even got to anyone but Batman yet because it's so good. It's made me feel something I have not felt in so long. 

So it's time to stop talking. I'm going to be posting in here as often as I draw, which I aim to make more often to rebuild my skills and make me better than I ever have in my own context. I need to balance my hobbies, not just make music, not just do one thing. This is not a gallery for finished works or anything fancy, I'm just doing this for me. I'm just posting words, I do that you guys know that. I got words I post 'em.

So I copy catted a bit of the Huntress in Hush and sketched from some Gigs magazines on BAND-MAID and Silent Siren. I'm rusty but in the last drawing I felt something move. I was like whoa, I can do this again.


Music / The Manimal's Spicy Spotify Playlists
« on: March 20, 2019, 03:57:54 PM »
As a way of killing time on the job, I mean filling up the music section with my endless junk, I mean sharing some music I love once more, I will share some of my Spotify playlists. I'm not a playlist guy, if anything I make quicklists, but I made these because I felt like it and it kills time. If you want something new to listen to or whatever, or if I'm just justifying my putting too much effort into sequencing these because I'm the master of the cassette mixtape, whatever. It's time.

The Manimal's Spicy Spotify Playlists 

A collection of my favorite artists who's discographies I know very well. Basically like my mixtapes but expanded. It's my Best Of compilations.

The Golden Playlist Series

Elvis Presley
The Smiths
The Beatles
Bruce Springsteen 
Seiko Oomori
Utada Hikaru
Sonic Youth   


Kanttila's J-Pop Playlist (My Favorite J-Pop Artists + Songs On Spotify)
Best Ever Elvis Playlist (Mostly Slower + Obscure Songs)
Breaking New Gate (Rock + J-Pop)
2019 (Update As Stuff Comes Out)   

Yes, it goes on. 


Music / 2019 In Music
« on: January 16, 2019, 07:27:13 AM »
2019 music, we talk about the music that comes out in this year.

BAND-MAID have two new singles out today, "Bubble" and "Glory".

"Bubble" is a little crafty, the verses are full of interplay and little grooves. Saiki keeps the melody while the rest of the band does random things. Quite like Misa's bass playing here, she fills things in nicely. The pre-chorus and bridge are great. The who-oh-oh in the chorus is uncreative and a little cheesy, but I'm not too bothered. A very tame solo by Kanami's standards! "Smile" is the most pop song the band have done since "Love, Passion, Matador". Acoustics and strings, which fit very well. I really like this song it has a great melody and a steady feel. Akane drives it along and Saiki sounds excellent. I like that BAND-MAID is going in a different direction, I just hope they keep the heaviness. This song is a very solid purely J-Pop style track. 

If you think they are softening than "Glory" proves otherwise. This song has been out for a few months and I absolutely love it. The riff is fantastic and jams hard, the drums are excellent, it's an urgent fast paced song with a super catchy chorus. The guitar interplay is great. This song just kicks it, I fricking love this track it's such a power song. It's too short! "The whooole wide-o world!". The b-side "Hide-And-Seek" is pretty awesome. It seems the band did one softer single and one heavier. This song slams, and the second pre-chorus is awesome. Great chorus and fast vocal. Again, Saiki is just the best.

I'm really curious what the next album will be. "Bubble" and "Start Over" where softer releases and "Glory" while great is a few pegs down from what the band was pulling off on World Domination and feels a little less meaty. I hope we get some album songs like "CLANG" on the next album. I don't mind the softer sounds, the band really make them work and I like their first mini-album a lot which is more melodic. So we'll see what they do. I still really like "Start Over" and the hard rocking b-side "Screaming". 

BiSH have a new song "Small Fish" for some Fist Of The North Star 35th Anniversary album because Wack can't stop making them do tie in songs. It's fast paced but honestly not very impressive on first listen. The melody is boring and the vocals are fine but really it's so standard as a song. I hope BiSH stop doing tie-in songs for a bit and just release another album so we can hear the non-single tracks. I think most BiSH listeners are getting sick of everything being for an anime, game or drama.   

MR Pub / Chit Chat 2019
« on: January 01, 2019, 11:14:10 AM »
A new year, a new Chit Chat thread. Let's chit, let's chat and let's make way more pages than last year's 32. 

MR Pub / Happy New Years 2019, Resolutions & Absolutions
« on: January 01, 2019, 11:11:21 AM »
Welcome to 2019, what will it be this year?

Post whatever, the classic resolutions or whatever else.

For me 2018 was a year of coasting, but it was a very simple year and overall I learnt a lot about myself and the world. I dropped out of college end of 2017 and got a job the beginning of 2018. From here I've really just kind of went about my day to day. But then Kansas happened, which I've talked about many times. The first week of July was the most important week of my life in such a long time. A lot was unearthed for me and in this major life experience I came back...with intense melancholy. At my highest moment in so long, it had felt like my working had paid off! But the day I came home I was hit with this grayness that didn't lift until the last week of December. It was honestly the only remarkable week of my 2018, which is fine, atleast I had one amazing week.

I realized that you can have these high points but you will just go back to normal life, this is a reality that is obvious but you need to experience it! My life has not quite felt the same since KC, I felt the last half of 2018 was super coasting! But from all my experiences at my job and stuff I've come to really realize the value of my friends and family and realize how lucky I am in so many ways. I really realized how important the relationships I have with other people are. 

I did a few things that scared me in 2018. It took me forever to get to the point where I said, yes I'm going to Kansas. Thanks to the amazing show A Place Further Than The Universe, I came to this resolution firmly. That show was very important to motivating me, it went into my top 10 anime for sure. I have a lot about myself that I need to change in order to meet my "dreams". I have a lot of hindering qualities and I have limited myself and for no reason prevented myself from going anywhere. I have held myself back for way too long.

In 2019 I want to finally form a fricking band or atleast find people to jam with. I want to make a ton more music as always, but I need to take it out of my basement! I want to strengthen some of my friendships and maybe make some new ones. I made some important new friends this year and it helped me come to a lot of realizations about myself and the world. I want to try to keep turning a new page in 2019 and write my story where I left off the day I came home from KC. I won't make big statements, I'll just see how it goes.

2018 was my great coasting year. This year I imagine I'll go back to school and who knows what else might happen? I'll just wait and see. I'm 22, now's the time to get the most out of life I can and not look back in regret, not for the things I did, but for the things I didn't do. I regret heavily chances and opportunities I missed since 2014, oh my God do I ever have big regrets for what I haven't done, but I will learn and I will try to not pass up on things so easily. Time to be a little less of a loser maybe.

MR Pub / Merry Christmas MR
« on: December 24, 2018, 12:36:18 PM »
 :santa: The time has come to be merry. Merry Christmas to all ya's, have generally good times that you hope are generally good. Christmas snuck up on me this year, here before I knew it, but atleast I got some of my traditions in. As long as I listen to the Charlie Brown Christmas album atleast twice and watch a few of the same old things and have my cultural Christmas Eve Tims (sausage breakfast sandwich, timbits & double double of course) we're all good. :santa:   

Time to share one of my favorite new Christmas tunes/videos from PASSPO a few years ago. A perfect vibe for Christmas Eve which to me is as important as Christmas Day. Joulupukki be coming for you.



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