February 15, 2010

Starting: Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu

Three episodes in, and I'm enjoying it so far. Fairly standard unlikely-romance story... male lead bumps into impossibly-perfect female lead while the latter is doing something embarrassing, doesn't make a big deal about it, and cute romance blossoms. The "embarrassing thing" in this show is anime fandom, but at least so far, it's more of a prop than anything else (not to mention license for the show to do some thematic validation pandering to otaku, but oh well.) It could have been motorcycles or sumo and the show would still be cute.

Few more panty shots than... well, I'd be lying if I said "comfortable with", since goodness knows I'm inured to that sort of thing by now. But as usual, I wish they'd refrain from the little sister ones! Come on, guys, you've got plenty of attractive older characters to show off (and this show does, heh); could we skip the loli-service for once?

I don't have a deep reason to keep watching, but I enjoyed it enough to keep going for a few more episodes. (Well. It has maids... But that's not a deep reason!) From what I've heard, the writing took a downturn in the second season, but there's still plenty of episodes before I get that far!

Posted by: Avatar_exADV at 02:59 PM | Comments (5) | Add Comment
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1 Regarding copyright:
Sorry for the delay,  I dug through what is LITERALLY a foot-thick stack of paper and finally called my lawyer.  He explained to me it was a "finding" for our case and was being considered as a "published finding." I was confused, apparently. Supposedly this means that we could apply this finding to any case we brought on material we have copyrighted, but it would not count as precedent for other copyright holders.
I'm not certain of the ultimate fate of it, but we had some big guns on our side in the Copyright Office.  By the end we weren't dealing with phone answerers but people pretty high up on the food chain who clearly understood that there was going to be a lot of manga and anime being published in the USA in the future and it was an issue that needed attention.  I might add that we were never once treated in an inferior way just because we were "comics and cartoon dorks," which frankly surprised me.

As for Nogizaka, it's very good natured and cute but I found a little went a long way.

Posted by: Toren at February 24, 2010 09:32 PM (O0/8k)

2 Thanks! I really appreciate that you went to the effort.

I had doubts that it was an established precedent after reading Pournelle's discussions of copyright and fanfiction; if the production of derivative works automatically assigned the copyright to the original creator, then a few of the legal cases he mentions couldn't have been brought at all (mostly situations where fic authors were accusing the creators of SF serials of taking their ideas/work for additional episodes, coincidental or otherwise.) That's not to say that it shouldn't BE an established precedent, of course; it makes sense and would be easy on the paperwork.

I find Comiket fascinating. It's a huge copyright free-fire zone, but... not really, right? The whole thing is gray-market at best, a festival dedicated almost wholly to things which violate IP laws (and take the original work of nice people and do terrible, terrible things with it), and yet everyone generally plays within a set of commonly-understood rules without stepping on each others' toes. I don't know that you could pull that sort of thing off here, the legal culture's just too confrontational.

I also have my doubts that CR could waltz through a copyright case. Steven pointed out the unclean hands doctrine, but CR's history of violations isn't so much checkered as spattered.

Gotta agree about Nogizaka. I don't have a tremendous desire even to finish the last couple of episodes in S1, honestly. Too much other stuff I ought to be watching...

Posted by: Avatar_exADV at February 25, 2010 03:22 AM (mRjOr)

3 Well, see, there I was, minding my own business, reading comments about loli-panchira, and suddenly a copyright discussion broke out. Were the panchira copyrighted?

Posted by: dkallen99 at February 25, 2010 02:04 PM (1PFDl)

4 My bad.  I didn't have Avatar's email so I hijacked this post.

Posted by: Toren at February 25, 2010 05:22 PM (O0/8k)

5 Hijack away. I enjoy that kind of discussion more than panchira anyway.

Posted by: Avatar_exADV at February 25, 2010 06:52 PM (pWQz4)

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