The Girl Who Leapt Through Time

Just finished watching The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (Toki o kakeru shôjo, 時をかける少女) a 2006 animated feature film. Since I have been writing on Facebook that I am watching this show, I’ve decided to give some remarks about it.
Overall, I did enjoy the show.
Main premise of the story is that the protagonist, Makoto Konno learns “time leap” or time travel resulting from certain incident, utilizing the ability for petty advantages in her daily life, while she learns that her action may have negative implication to people around her. Latter part of the story involves her trying to fix up consequences she has created by utilizing her ability to time travel.
Story
Relatively straightforward story.
The story is sequel to 1983 film of same name, however do not have any dependencies other than protagonist of the film being aunt of the one in this title.
The show illustrates relatively small area of social and spatial interaction; involving less than ten characters within small city, and does not have so much of depth.
Graphic and Art
“Flat” and bright. I think it pretty good though.
I liked character designs, although it is nothing special.
The way “trial and error” type of time leap (scenes without “traveling” sequence) reminded me of the movie Next.
Voice
Voice actors and actress of this show is mostly comprises ones from non-voice acting professions. Considering voice acting is new for most of these casts, I think they were appropriate, and sounded just fine. I have been feeling negative about many titles utilizing live action actors in a apparent greed of management; for added media coverage; while not considering their capacity of voice acting, which was often the case with Miyazaki’s work, for example. So I’m pleased this one worked way better than many titles with similar settings out there.
Sound/Music
Theme song was pretty good.
Good they mastered in 5.1ch audio.

Policy Revision of mixi Starting Aug. 18

Looks like mixi‘s becoming anonymous social network site. There’s new policies effective August 18, among many other policy changes, they are adding following to the item 16 of the prohibited actions clause.

(16) Disclosure of a contact information of third-party or a self, which can be used to identify individual, including address, phone number, E-mail address, to the part of site that is viewable by public.

Notice by this, they are prohibiting disclosure of contact information about yourself. So, when did mixi become my babysitte

Mt. Rainier Hiking

Yesterday, I went out to Mr. Rainier, for the day hike, and it was great!
There were 8 of us, including myself; Hitomi, Elias, Eugene, Carlos, Chris, Hiromi, and Lucas taking great loop starting Paradise, called Skyline trail, which is about 5 miles with about 1400 feet of elevation gain.
There were some small creeks to cross, snow to to walk on (and falling couple time, going down on those are crazy!)
Climbing up used up a lot of stamina, and down part used more of muscle.
Overall, I really enjoyed whole experience and also reminded that I need more exercise!
Today, every part of my body is sore, but it was well worth!
Checking on a little guide booklet tells me that this trail is strenuous. Where can I find a license plate frame or a t-shirt that says “I survived the Skyline Trail!”
Many thanks to Hitomi and Elias for planning this, and for a ride!

In Japan, Twittering by Candidates are Illegal During Their Election Campaign

Yes, you heard it right, in Japan, their cabinet council determined that twittering by candidates during their election campaign illegal under Japanese Public Election Law, which classifies twittering as “election campaign by texts or graphic.”

This sounds really insane, but it is already illegal for candidates to even update blogs during their election campaign.

Why? Because their law is so outdated that the law pretty much allows only limited method of election campaign. What are they? They are posters at the designated board, limited number of fliers and postcards, use of cars with speaker to announce their name, etc.

Other than that, they are pretty much restricted to do anything to promote themselves. They have this kind of regulation, because apparently, having those allowed grants them unfair advantages over other candidates.

So, no, if you are living in Japan and happen to get voting rights in Japan, don’t expect to find useful information on the net.