Don’t Disappear

This appeared in the D.C. II anime, and is a very sad, yet beautiful song. The song title literally means “Don’t Disappear”.

Will modify this post with the translation soon.

Some lines: “Here I am, right here / Hold my hand and never let go. / Hey, don’t disappear, I don’t want to forget you / Even when I am here because you are here / Hey, don’t disappear and leave me alone / I am thinking of you with all my heart”

Very touching.

Wow

Wow. Like wow. Never knew making music and doing a 5-person jam would sound this great. Awesome ensemble. Kudos to the people who made it.

On Visual Novels

The Bishoujo-ge market is dying. Just read about it at a post at Fuwanovel blog. The figures presented by nbkz, Producer at minori, one of Japan’s leading Visual Novel companies, gave quite a frank distribution of numbers. On how much it costs each VN, and what are the revenues. It’s quite saddening, actually… I don’t know much about marketing, sales, economics and things like those, but even then I feel that this is not good enough. Will Bishoujo-ge really die? Does that mean no more new epic creations like Ever17 will come to us?

I don’t live in Japan, yes. But still, it kind of feels bad how bad things are in terms of sales. At the place I live, people don’t even know what on earth Visual Novels are. Like, all they know about Japan is Bleach, Naruto, and Fairy Tail. And they feel uncomfortable if they do come to know about it.

I once had this friend who I tried, several times, to like anime and visual novels. All I got was “I have no time for those stupid Japanese things.” That did hurt since I was a kid then, and he’s a long-time friend of mine, but yes.

But the fact does remain that the Visual Novel market is a very niche market, where the figures actually matter.

I need to save up more.

Also, this is more like my random thoughts than a concrete blog post. Guess I’m lazy.

Random thoughts on osu!

Watching my little brother playing it beside me, and given I’m feeling a bit down right now, so I decided to write.

It is basically a rhythm game, where people make “beatmaps” and submit them for them to get approved and for other people to play. Basically, it’s like a community-driven freeware game, but donations are accepted. It’s about your reflexes, observational power, processing power and partly memory.

Basically there are three kind of  things, hit circle, spinner and circle. The experience is quite customizable. You can choose to play Easy, Normal, Hard or Insane difficulties.

I know this doesn’t even count as a description, so I’ll link a Youtube video as a demonstration:

This is by Cookiezi, one of the best players in the field. Awesome.

The thing to notice is that a kind of overlay beats are made here. That’s what inspired me to start playing it. Due to that, I am fine playing Normal difficulties (that one’s Insane, the highest difficulty).

It’s freely downloadable from: http://osu.ppy.sh

Oh well… Time to go wrap up some work.

 

Random quote on fansubbing

[10:01] <sm2345> but fagsubbing is like

[10:01] * sm2345 »» foobar2000 «» Remember11 サウンドコレクション (2004) – 03 – Chaining-B- «» 0:08/3:14 [//////////] «» 320 kbps mp3 «« MP3
[10:01] <sm2345> which often makes you
[10:01] * sm2345 »» foobar2000 «» Remember11 サウンドコレクション (2004) – 01 – Anxiety «» 0:01/2:47 [//////////] «» 320 kbps mp3 «« MP3
[10:01] <sm2345> and also important among staff members is:
[10:01] * sm2345 »» foobar2000 «» Remember11 サウンドコレクション (2004) – 15 – Communication «» 0:01/2:51 [//////////] «» 320 kbps mp3 «« MP3
[10:02] <sm2345> you need to ensure that while keeping your own:
[10:02] * sm2345 »» foobar2000 «» Remember11 サウンドコレクション (2004) – 14 – Self «» 0:02/3:08 [//////////] «» 320 kbps mp3 «« MP3
[10:02] <sm2345> some of them might be:
[10:02] * sm2345 »» foobar2000 «» Remember11 サウンドコレクション (2004) – 13 – Trickstar «» 0:01/2:52 [//////////] «» 320 kbps mp3 «« MP3
[10:02] <sm2345> but, you need to keep your:
[10:02] * sm2345 »» foobar2000 «» Remember11 サウンドコレクション (2004) – 14 – Will -Theme- «» 0:01/3:03 [//////////] «» 320 kbps mp3 «« MP3
[10:02] <sm2345> remembering that you are
[10:02] * sm2345 »» foobar2000 «» Remember11 サウンドコレクション (2004) – 13 – Nucleus «» 0:01/3:08 [//////////] «» 320 kbps mp3 «« MP3
[10:02] <sm2345> of the group
[10:03] <sm2345> don’t let
[10:03] * sm2345 »» foobar2000 «» Remember11 サウンドコレクション (2004) – 04 – Fear and lnsanity «» 0:02/3:02 [//////////] «» 320 kbps mp3 «« MP3
[10:03] <sm2345> or
[10:03] * sm2345 »» foobar2000 «» Remember11 サウンドコレクション (2004) – 06 – Delusive consciousness «» 0:01/2:28 [//////////] «» 320 kbps mp3 «« MP3
[10:03] <sm2345> get the better of you
[10:03] <sm2345> it may lead to
[10:03] * sm2345 »» foobar2000 «» Remember11 サウンドコレクション (2004) – 15 – Catharsis «» 0:01/2:42 [//////////] «» 320 kbps mp3 «« MP3
[10:03] <sm2345> just be your:
[10:03] * sm2345 »» foobar2000 «» Remember11 サウンドコレクション (2004) – 14 – Self «» 0:01/3:08 [//////////] «» 320 kbps mp3 «« MP3

Exams Ended

So well, they ended yesterday. And so did my third year. Now we have a 2 months break before classes begin in July for my fourth and final year of undergraduate study.

In that sense, this would be the last proper holiday I get in my undergrad course. Need to make best use of it, instead of idling away. So, I’ve decided to make a checklist of things to do:

  • Learn 32-bit assembly properly, using the tutorials at Open Security Training.
  • Learn Japanese to pass the N3 in July.
  • Practice for a good score in the GRE and TOEFL in June.
  • Practice programming as to be competent enough in entering various programming contests.

Too abstract, all of these. But let’s see. Have the fansubbing part as well.