Jumpland streams anime TODAY!

24 11 2008

Today is the day I mentioned in a post before, the day Shueisha’s website Jumpland will stream three specials that were shown at the Jump Super Anime Tour earlier this year. The three anime specials that will be streamed on the website for free is Dragon Ball with new, original story by the bird-mountain Akira Toriyama himself (Akira’s family name “Toriyama” means bird-mountain) starring Son Goku and the others as well as a new character, Vegeta’s younger brother, a Tegami Beach special that I don’t know anything about, really, and a One Piece special (yeah, enough with the “specials” already) that is based on the manga pilot chapter that goes by the same name as this special, “Romance Dawn.”

You can, as I will as soon as I publish this post and get all this off my mind, watch the anime specials on Jumpland’s website. When I checked out the One Piece special (I haven’t watched it yet, though) it was with Japanese audio and English subtitles; the subtitles, however, may be removed in the Japanese version and the other languages may even have other language audio, I don’t really know. Before you can watch any of the specials (at least if you choose to watch them on Jumpland, and not download it from somewhere else) you will first need to download and install the official Jumpland Manga Browser which you can get here. If you don’t trust to download from my blog, head on over the official website at http://www.jumpland.com/ and click the button that says “Download Browser,” you will still get the same file and the correct program. You can also use this program to watch other anime shows and read manga chapter for free on the Jumpland website, once you’ve downloaded and installed it.

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Hideo Kojima gave me a handshake!

22 11 2008

It’s true! I mean it! Hideo Kojima and I shook hands! *shiver*

So, I have finally gotten the images my friend TehShien took for me during the signing I stood in a line in cold, snowy Stockholm, waiting two hours for and I can finally make this post, even though it now was several hours it happened. Anyway, so I got to Webhallen and stood in line at about 11:30 AM and it was then quite long, but not at all as long as I had expected. After waiting for almost an hour in line it started moving, little by little. Just before that my friend (mentioned above) came with his slow camera, as he described it himself, and took this picture of maybe half the line – it doesn’t cover it all.

I'm the one to left. More than that you will probably never see of me.

I'm the one on the far left. Don't you just love my hair?

As said before, a while after my friend showed up and took the picture above the line started moving (forward, thank god) and we just had to wait about an hour more! During that hour, though, we both made several new friends (people in a line like this tend to get quite social with the ones around them – that goes for me as well) and also met an old friend of mine that I had so far only known through MSN, or Windows Live, and Hissatsu.se – teh interwebz, you know.
When we finally got to enter the warmth of Webhallen after the two or three hours wait outside in the cold we got in line, and guess who we met there? Of course, it was …

Who is Hideo Kojima's personal bodyguard? But of course, it's Snake himself!

Who else than Snake himself is most fit to be Hideo Kojima's personal bodyguard?

When we got close to the desk where Hideo Kojima was sitting, signing copies of Metal Gear Solid 4 and other games of the Metal Gear series that fans brought with them for signing, I realized you had to purchase the game before getting into the line. Great. That’s just great! I had to leave the line when it was supposed to be my turn and I got away from there without a signed copy of Metal Gear Solid 4 or even a hello from Hideo Kojima whom I was standing right next to at the moment. I figured then it was no big deal, I just had to buy a copy of the game and walk up to him again. Was I right? No, for once in my life I was completely wrong. The stupid bodyguard (not Snake, one of the others) wouldn’t let me get my game signed. That’s even better than great! But then, after trying to explain what had happened, the guy that had seen me when he let a bunch of us to get our copies signed said, “oh, I recognize you,” and let me in. Yes! Luck was smiling at me today – not anymore – like it did that time I was four years old and won a trip to Legoland in Denmark (although, I’m not sure I would consider that “luck” if it happened me today)! I carefully opened the game package when I was back in line and carefully pulled out the cover paper (you know what I mean, right? The thing with the game title and everything on!) and let Kojima-san sign it for me. AND THEN WE SHOOK HANDS!! When they let me out of the line again I had my signed copy of the game and I had shook hands with Hideo Kojima! I was shaking. I tried to say thank you in Japanese when I got the autograph, but I just couldn’t. TehShien did, but he only managed to stutter it. BUT HE GOT AN “ARIGATO” BACK, THE BASTARD! (I’m playfully overreacting, just so you know. *hides bloody knife*). Here is a picture or two of the autograph I got and then I’ll just add some videos, if we caught any good ones. Hopefully I caught Kojima-san on picture, but I’m not certain I did …

Here's the autograph, folks!

Here's the autograph, folks!

And here's a bright close-up!

And here's a bright close-up!

The video is bad and the sound is annoyingly loud (it’s not like you hear anything interesting), but at least you get to see Hideo Kojima several times, signing Metal Gear games. If you wonder what someone says about half way into the video, it’s my friend (the one who took the pictures and recorded this video) who says, “it has bad graphic quality, this thing,” in Swedish.





Mirror’s Edge

22 11 2008

DICE has done it again, and this time it’s Mirror’s Edge!

Mirror’s Edge is to me, after playing the training, the prologue and the first chapter, one of the most awesome games ever! This goes up at the top together with the Fable games and Tales of Symphonia, and that’s high! You have to check out this game, Mirror’s Edge is just filled with wonderful graphics, nice gameplay, great story (so far I haven’t really found out anything, though) and horrible flash sequences – but it’s worth it!

If you shoot me, I'll kick you!

If you shoot me, I kick you!

Did you know that …

… DICE was founded and currently has it’s headquarters here in Sweden?
… I suck at making game reviews?





Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion

22 11 2008

I will write about my day in yet a bit later, I’m sorry. After I got my signed copy of Metal Gear Solid 4 I also purchased Mirror’s Edge and Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (Game of the Year Edition with both expansions) for my Xbox 360, and the latter mentioned is the game I will talk about now.

Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion is a boring game. So far. I do not feel comfortable with the controls and the camera view should not even be discussed; however, I have only played a little bit and maybe it will become more comfortable after playing for a while. Since I haven’t played that much yet I do not have anything else to tell you but the things I have already said and that it’s very dark … too dark. And by “too dark” I mean it’s too freaking dark – I can’t see a thing, even with my torch lit! Anyway, now I’m gonna test Mirror’s Edge, and this game can’t be disappointing. Even if you say it is, I’m not listening. Mirror’s Edge will pwn, I have already decided that. I will forever keep my faith for Mirror’s Edge and Faith.





Welcome to the New Xbox Experience

22 11 2008

HELL YEAH!

I recently got home from meeting Hideo Kojima and getting his autograph at Webhallen in Stockholm and guess what’s going on with my Xbox 360? (Of course you do, you’ve all read the title. Right?) I booted my wonderful Xbox 360 console and an update is available. I download it and WOO-HOOOO!! The New Xbox Experience is here, and with it a completely new, fresh dashboard! I haven’t checked it more than what was announced at E3 earlier this year and my Xbox 360 (actually it is my TV screen) currently shows the text “Welcome to the New Xbox Experience!” As soon as I have posted this I will check it out and I will probably spend hours just exploring all the new features as well as creating my own avatar (you know, that new Xbox Mii thing). Now I can’t wait anymore, so I’ll just add some tags and press ‘publish’ and later I will be back with my post about how the earlier mentioned event was and also include some pictures of Hideo Kojima (if I got any good, it was my friend who took the pictures and I still haven’t got them) and my new signed copy of Metal Gear Solid 4 for the Playstation 3 that I do not own yet. Christmas gift, maybe? Gee, I kinda wished my parents were reading this blog …





Winter has finally come!

22 11 2008

There wasn’t any winter last year, no snow at all. But now, this year, it’s different! It has snowed to times already, not too long ago, but both times the snow just disappeared immediately the night after, but not this time. The snow is actually here and my theory about snow being officially something you only find in history books is shattered, or at least for this year. Anyway, now I’m going out to roll around in the snow and make snow angels!





Dattebayo stops fansubbing Naruto for real

22 11 2008

January 15 Naruto.com, Hulu, Crunchyroll and Joost will officially begin streaming the Naruto Shippuuden anime, and that’s why Dattebayo has now said that they will stop fansubbing the show; however, they will continue to fansub other shows.

Interactii talks to Anime News Network about this:
“But like any symbiosis, you have to know when its time to move on. That time has come. Viz and Crunchyroll have gotten their acts together and are trying something new, with one of the most popular shows in anime today. I, and the rest of the staff, know that if we continue to subtitle it, they will have to ask us to stop. That’s something they probably don’t want to have to do, because it will most likely make all of you very mad at them. That’s something they really don’t deserve.”

The members of team 7 have different opinions about this.

The members of team 7 have different opinions about this, it seems.