Log in

Blue Moon Posts
[Most Recent Entries] [Calendar View] [Friends]

Below are the 6 most recent journal entries recorded in DocWatson's LiveJournal:

Friday, August 6th, 2010
2:32 am
My signature
  • Introduction to Anime Resources (ver. 1.3.4a) (download (MediaFire / DepositFiles / RapidShare) / browse v.1.3.1; Microsoft Word, 80 KB); last updated 14 January 2014.

  • Catalog Check Update and Supplement—a list of anime which was released in North America on VHS and whether it has been re-released on Laserdisc and/or DVD/HD DVD/Blu-ray Disc; last updated 9 March 2011.

  • Japanese Pronunciation Guide

  • Reverse image search for anime and manga—how to identify the source of that image you got from some site three years ago; last updated 14 January 2014.

  • "Shelf Life Catalog v.2"—an Anime News Network thread listing all of the anime reviewed by the Shelf Life column since December 2002; last updated 12 May 2015.

    NSFW:Read moreCollapse )
  • Monday, June 3rd, 2013
    9:59 pm
    Anti-bootleg resources for anime, manga, and related goods
    (Updated 28 February 2016)

    Here's my list of anti-bootleg resources:

    General guides:

  • The Pirate Anime FAQ: A Guide To Unlicensed Anime and Manga Related Goods—Otaku News
  • Bootlegs—Anime-Wiki.org
  • Bootleg FAQ—JazzMess.com (via the Wayback Machine)
  • Anime Corner Frequently Asked Questions: "5. Are the products on the Anime Corner Store site bootlegs or the real thing?"—Robert's Anime Corner Store bootleg mini-FAQ (especially useful for CDs)
  • Bootleg FAQs—Australian Anime Shopping Guide (via the Wayback Machine)

    On CDs:

  • Chudah's Corner - Reference: Bootleg {CD} Info (via the Wayback Machine)
  • ANIMEfringe Cover Story: "Made in Taiwan: Son May CDs versus Original Japanese CDs" (via the Wayback Machine)

    On plushies:

  • Buying Authentic Japanese UFO Catcher Plush on eBay—an eBay buying guide
  • Bootleg Plush Toys Gallery Update May 14—UFO BBS4 (via the Wayback Machine)

    On action figures:

  • Guide to Anime PVC figures on Ebay—An eBay UK blog (via the Wayback Machine)
  • "Anatomy of a Bootleg 101"—[Zero-Type] Forums thread
  • Counterfeit & Bootleg Anime Figures: How to Tell Fakes From the Genuine Licensed Products—Nuts for Anime Figures (via the Wayback Machine)


  • Anime Fans Against Bootlegs—Facebook
  • Knockoffs & Bootlegs—a photo blog on the topic
  • Spotting Bootlegs—A long Anime News Network thread

    Information (on what has been licensed):

  • U.S. Anime Release Dates / Unreleased License / Forum Resource Links Thread, The Fandom Post
  • Anime License List (1997–2011)—Mania.com/Anime on DVD (via the Wayback Machine)
  • Ledoux, Trish, and Doug Ranney. Fred Patten, ed. (1997). The Complete Anime Guide: Japanese Animation Film Directory & Resource Guide, 2nd Edition. Issaquah, Wash: Tiger Mountain Press. ISBN 9780964954250. WorldCat. Chapter Three "Video Directory" lists all anime home video titles available in America 1 January 2005 through 1 January 2007.
  • AnimeMania—Anime and Manga Commercially Available In English [in North America] (through November 2006)
  • Sunday, May 5th, 2013
    7:40 pm
    Reverse image search for anime and manga
    When attempting to identify an anime- or manga-related image, try the browser add-on Image Search Options, for both Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome, which searches a wide variety of image sites and search engines (a number of which are helpful on their own). The sites searched include:

    * Specialized anime/manga reverse image search engine.
    General image tool/(reverse) image search engine.

    1 Searches mostly Japanese anime/manga line drawing sites, especially bulletin boards.
    2 Useful, but does not work with older browsers. Be sure to persevere past the first page of results.
    3 Searches mostly anime/manga image sites (see the home page for the list).
    4 AKA "Regex Search"—extracts exif information.
    5 Good for both anime and still images. Home site of the Image Search Options add-on.
    6 Works, but is not generally applicable for anime and manga, though it occasionally has answers the specialized search engines lack.

    What Image Search Options does is to launch a search in each of selected search engines/sites in a separate tab of the user's browser. I recommend unselecting Cydral, GazoPa, and "Regex Search" (unless you're really interested in technical details), and installing the Google Images modification detailed on its homepages.

    Other useful sites include:
    • The Doujinshi & Manga Lexicon's Image Search (the site is not a glossary, but actually a comprehensive dōjinshi and manga database)
    • The Overbooru (a master list of anime/manga/game image sites)
    • DLsite—page down for the English links (DLsite is a large, Japanese- and English-language pay-per-download site for the sale of dōjin and some (legal) professional products)
    • IQDB's 3D site search (for real people—idols, cosplay, and Asian models)

    IMHO SauceNAO is the place to start for identifying anime. If SauceNAO doesn't have the correct answer, and the image has a border or other extraneous parts, try cropping the image. After a search, it shows a small thumbnail of the image on the top left. Just click the thumbnail and it will take you to a new page. From there highlight what section of the image you want cropped and click modified search.

    If SauceNAO still doesn't have the correct answer, then click its provided links to Google Images' Search by Image and/or IQDB, and then IQDB's search link to TinEye. If none of those yield what you seek, try Ascii2D, and The Doujinshi & Manga Lexicon if the image seems to be from some type of manga. (N.B.: Of the sites searched by IQDB, Anime-Pictures and The Anime Gallery require users to log in to view images that are rated "ero"/"explicit"; and The Doujinshi & Manga Lexicon's images are mostly covers.) If you can't find it any other way—especially if it's a 3D CGI image—DLsite features a tag-based site search engine with a huge number of options to customize searches (click the "Advanced Search" option in the upper right of its English top pages), though the results are products and their thumbnails, not individual images, and slogging through them is often time consuming.

    Note that if you are searching for one part of an image (e.g., one character's face from a collage of faces from different series), then what you need to do is limit your search by cropping the picture to exactly what you want to find, either in the image itself, or by using SauceNAO's cropping feature. Also, higher resolution and more complete images are better, as are those that are closest to the original.

    Note also that Xamayon, the creator of both the Image Search Options add-on and SauceNAO, is looking for feedback, generally responds to E-mail, and planned (as of April 2013) to update both Image Search Options and SauceNAO's database within the next two or three months, spare time permitting. Unfortunately, this has yet to happen.

    Additionally, of the two *boorus with which I am familiar, Gelbooru is better for searching because
    • it regularly downloads everything that Danbooru has
    • it allows non-premium users to both
      • use three search terms (whereas Danbooru allows only two); and
      • to display results that include the loli tag

    while Danbooru
    • provides information on individual artists
    • lays out its tags in the most logical manner—in separate headings for "copyrights" (titles, etc.), characters, artist, and (general) tags

    Both use color-coded tags, as is the usual practice, at least among *boorus.

    For verifying an image actually is from a particular series, I like to start with aniSearch.de, because while it is (mostly) in German (there is an English language option, but this is only good for menu items), it's a good place for sample screenshots; its character pages are also good. E.g., Case Closed and its characters (click the "thumbs" option; each of the character images is clickable, and the links lead to individual pages). The Anime News Network Encyclopedia, on the other hand, tends to have more information on series, is easier to update (and thus seems to be updated more often), allows for more than one official Web site link, and is natively in English.

    To access Ascii2D, answer the question "あなたは18才以上ですか?" ("Do you 18 years old or older?"), click "はい" ("hai"—"yes").

    To use Baidu image search: from www.baidu.com:

    • Click "图 片" (the sixth option from left).
    • At the resulting image.baidu.com, click the icon inside the search box.
    • In the popup search box, either
      • Paste the URL of the image; or
      • Click the unselected option "从本地上传" to browse your computer's files and upload the image you want.

    The search will start automatically. However, Baidu may be of limited utility, as it (per Chinese law) censors its content, and also uses a proprietary "DNA copyright recognition" technology to screen out potential copyright violations.

    (Since I originally wrote those directions, Baidu Images has been updated, and no longer works with my browser, but the directions are the same.)

    As for Yandex, there is an English-language version, Yandex Images (images.yandex.com), but its help and filters and advanced search options pages do not mention a reverse image search option, either sourcing from a user's computer or from a URL.

    However, the Russian-language version does have a reverse image search option.

    • Go to either the homepage or the reverse image search page.
    • In the search box, either paste the URL of the image; or
      • Click the icon in the search box, and
      • Click the button in the popdown menu (labeled "еще можно
        Загрузить картинку
        или перетащить её сюда") to browse your computer's files and upload the image you want.

    Also, if you use Yandex, you may want to change the settings to allow for adult images.

    (Comparing Yandex Images to Google Images (search term: [kitten]), I actually like Yandex's layout better, at least as it appears in my antiquated browser.)
    Friday, July 27th, 2012
    9:01 pm
    Japanese Pronunciation Guide
    This is a simplified guide to help read and pronounce revised Hepburn romanization. It's copied from the Icarus Publishing's pronunciation guide, which is the most complete I've found, and modified to include macrons and proper capitalization.

    There are five main vowels in Japanese:

    A: ah as in "father"
    I: ee as in "eat"
    U: oo as in "boot", but without puckering your lips
    E: eh as in "pet"
    O: oh as in "toe", but without puckering your lips

    Those vowels, in conjunction with other consonants or by themselves, form syllables. Japanese syllables are said in equal lengths and tone, and are generally shorter compared to English vowels. Also, mouth movements should be restrained. Avoid moving the corners of your mouth as much as possible.

    Vowels with macrons and two of the same vowels (Aa, Ii, Ū, Ō) create the same sound but are spoken at twice the length. Ei is the equivalent of Ee (for example, as in "sensei" ("teacher"/"master"). The vowel combination ai is similar to the long i as in "idol". Ee is pronounced eh - eh, not ee as "eat", and Oo is pronounced oh - oh, not oo as in "boot".

    Consonants are written phonetically with few exceptions. Tsu sounds like a cross between the sounds ch- and sue, but without puckering your lips. Fu is pronounced like "who", without puckering, and with the front teeth close to the lower lip. The R sound is pronounced similarly to an L sound, but without much force, and with the tongue flicking, not rolling, against the roof of your mouth instead of your teeth.

    Compound consonants such as ky-, ny-, my-, ry-, etc., are not individual syllables, as Y is not a vowel. For example, kyu should be pronounced like cu in "cute", not "kee-yoo" or "kai-yoo".

    The syllables shi, ku, bu, pu, and su may be pronounced with de-emphasis of the vowel, especially when they are the last syllable of a word. For example, dōshita ("what's wrong?") may be pronounced doh - SH - ta.

    The special consonant n/m is pronounced like ng in "song". For example, konbanwa ("good evening") should be pronounced kohn - bahn - wa.

    Double consonants often signify an extremely short silence (called a glottal stop), a pause between the previous syllable and the next. For example, the word gakkō ("school") should be pronounced gah - [pause] - koh.
    Thursday, January 12th, 2012
    7:04 pm
    Fan convention survival
    Here are some resources on how to survive at a fan convention:

    Arisia Survival Guide and Packing List—a collaborative manual for/from the Boston SF con

    Science Fiction Convention Survival Kit for Neofans/Newbies—written before cell phones became common, this is still a great resource

    Anime Convention Articles and Guides at AnimeCons.com—various useful how-to guides

    Five Things They Never Tell You About Attending Conventions

    Rostler's Rules [of Costuming] (The "No Peanut Butter" Rule)—the do's and don't's

    • A post by SciFiGrl47 in the Anime Boston forums thread "how much money should a first time anime boston timer bring?" (30 November 2011):

    I don't think there's an "answer" to this question. There's only some criteria to consider:

    1. What do you plan to do?

    Are you at con just to go to panels and events? Are you not interested in the dealer's room or AA? Are you determined to win something at the charity auction? Will you bring your own food or eat out, and if so, where? Have you promised to bring back something for anyone else, or planning on finding a gift for a friend? How are you getting to AB? Where are you parking? Remember to factor in things like gas, tolls, tips, and a few dollars in case you desperately need that Dunkies run first thing in the morning.

    2. What can you afford?

    If any con, or any trip, is important to you, consider opening a savings account at your bank, or at a different bank. If you're the sort that spends freely, or impulsively, then it's sometimes helpful to have an account that you can't access at an ATM or online. If you start saving now, you could have a nest egg in place by the time the New England con season kicks off. If you don't, you need to balance what you WANT with what you can AFFORD. If you don't have the money, and don't have any way to pay for it, don't do it. Really.

    3. In a worst case scenario, how are you getting home/eating/staying safe?

    Please, PLEASE consider this. If you're a Boston resident, make sure you've got T fare, or cab fare, and keep it away from your spending money. If you're from outside of the area, don't assume that someone else will be able to get you home. There is nothing worse than realizing that everyone in the car has no money, and there's no gas in the car. Don't be that person. Keep twenty bucks as emergency funds, and as tempting as it is, don't spend it unless you've got no choice. Even though you plan on bringing your own food, have some cash in case your snacks are lost, tossed, or inadequate. You know what's not fun? Trying to do a full day of con with an empty belly. Stress, excitement and lack of food lead to fainting otaku, and nothing's less fun than holding up everyone in your party as you wait for the ambulance. Because we will call the ambulance.

    Build a budget using these questions as a guideline. Be realistic, be practical, and study everything we've got available ahead of time. Use the schedule and the forums to plan your trip. For both money and fun, it'll be better the more planning you manage to do ahead of time. 8)


    And what not to do/be:

    "Retail: The Wrath of Cat Piss Man" by Paul T. Riddell

    "Otaku soup" 1 and 2.

    Last updated 29 May 2015.
    Tuesday, August 17th, 2010
    6:36 am
    About LiveJournal.com