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Cameron Ohara

Particulate Matters – Air Pollution in Fukuoka

The dusty earth of Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar is not as far away as you may think. In fact, I live in it every spring.

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From about March to May every year, Fukuoka (and other neighbouring prefectures and countries) are blasted with winds from the east. These winds carry over what’s known as “yellow sand” from Kazakhstan, Mongolia and China.  With this wind and sand also comes Particulate Matter 2.5, turning blue skies grey and causing health problems in humans and other animals.

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Daily forecasts for PM2.5 (as it is referred to in Japanese) can be found easily in the news. The term comes from the size of the particulate matter, as it is 2.5 micrometers or less in size.

And it is the size which makes it most deadly. Because this matter is so small, it can enter deeper into the lungs than other pollutants, causing lung cancer and other respiratory diseases.

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For safety I bought special masks to help filter out some of this debris. It’s not a perfect solution, but it does cut down on how much I inhale everyday.

This is just an anecdote, but I’ve heard that inhaling PM2.5 is just as bad as smoking tobacco.  If this is true, it means you smokers out there are smoking twice as much as you thought.

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Pervert Man

Below, the movie title in English reads “Ordinary Man.”
However, the Japanese reads, “Pervert Man.”

As one of my best buds said, “The translator for this is a genius.”

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“Ordinary Man” = “Pervert Man”

lollollollollollollollollollollollollollol

edit: The tags for this post include “pervert” and “hentai” – leave a comment if you were looking for porn when you found this!

SKY PIGS 1.1 – Hunger Lives at 24 Sussex

The Prime Minister is hungry… again!!

The full moon has come, making the Prime Minister ravenous with hunger. It’s up to the Sky Cops, Marjorie and Louis, to gather the necessary Canadian foods to satiate the Prime Minster… before it’s too late!

There have been a few hiccups in completing SKY PIGS 2, so I decided to do a ‘short’ episode while I wait for things to settle. If you haven’t seen SKY PIGS the Pilot, check it out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z2dOwD__uCw

Also viewable at: http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/656790

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Composing a shot – wut the crap am I talking about?

Marj and Louis

There was a time I drew backgrounds and then uploaded them for people to see online… but backgrounds can be so boring by themselves.  That’s when I realized that they are ‘boring’ because they’re only half of the picture!  The characters are the  other half.

I really like this shot of Marjorie and Louis, peering down into the den of the Prime Minister.  Now I should point out that I have no formal training in film making, but I did want to talk about some of the choices I made in building this shot.

1) The shot is (what I might call) bottom heavy – meaning that both Marj and Louis, as well as the cave and sign are mostly on the bottom half of the frame.  I feel like this emphasizes the gravity of not only them, but the cave as well.

2) Their shadowed faces contrast with the bright sky – giving the illusion of a heavy darkness that rests where they look.  But although the sky is bright, it is only so by comparison.  In fact, there are black clouds and whirl above them.

Hahahaha, OK so the more I write about this the more I realize I don’t know what the crap I’m talking about.  To be honest, a lot of the work I do in animation is intuitive rather than conscious.  I make decisions based on what feels right for the scene and the overall tone I want to establish for the episode.  To any film students out there who might want their 2 cents in – go fer it!

Show, don’t tell – the illustration of character

Show, don't tell - the illustration of character

Show, don’t tell – the illustration of character

I’ve gotten a lot of advice regarding the importance of SHOWING your audience information, rather than telling it.  I guess I first heard about this from the folks at Red Letter Media (I’m a huge fan!), and I have to agree that SHOWING is way better than TELLING.  Not only is it more interesting and accessible to the viewer, it’s also more fun for the creator (in my opinion anyway).

Stay tuned for SKY PIGS!  There’s more coming soon!

Easter in Japan? (NSFW)

Some cool chick here in Japan asked me, “Yo dude – what’s with those chocolate bunnies at Easter?  My dad told me you guys like used to eat real rabbits, but now they’re made out of chocolate and shit like that.”

Having no idea myself where the Easter Bunny came from, I flashed back to stories I heard of my mother’s German uncle coming to her house and cooking her pet rabbit.

“Duuude, like prolly!”  I said back to her.

But then I looked it up.

And Wikipedia told me that hares (who have like a million babies at a time) and eggs were fertility symbols in the Vernal Equinox of Northern Europe.  The Vernal Equinox is in spring.  Easter is in spring.

There you go. (link)

By the way, there are also fertility symbols in Japan, namely

GIANT STEEL PENISES.*

"Kanamara Matsuri 2007 (phallus festival)-crop" by Saya M. - Flickr. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons - http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Kanamara_Matsuri_2007_(phallus_festival)-crop.jpg#/media/File:Kanamara_Matsuri_2007_(phallus_festival)-crop.jpg

“Kanamara Matsuri 2007 (phallus festival)-crop” by Saya M. – Flickr. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons – http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Kanamara_Matsuri_2007_(phallus_festival)-crop.jpg#/media/File:Kanamara_Matsuri_2007_(phallus_festival)-crop.jpg

*All right, let me rephrase that. The Kanamara Matsuri is a festival in Kawasaki, Japan that sometimes coincides with Easter (both are the 1st Sunday in April this year).  And while I can’t find anything that says these penises are actually meant to be a symbol of fertility, the festival is apparently based off of an Ainu legend.

This Huffington Post article sums it up:

Penis statues, candles, lollipops and masks are just some of the novelty goods you’ll come across during the festival. The penis dates back to a Japanese myth that involving a blacksmith, a demon and a young woman. It’s said that the demon tried to woo the young woman but when she refused its advances, it figured that if it can’t have her, no man could and possessed her vagina.

Yeah, it took over her vagina and gave it teeth. The young woman tried to move on her with life, get married and start a family but the demon wasn’t done tormenting her. When her first two fiancées tried to have sex with her, the demon bit off their penises.

Well, the young woman needed help, so she turned to a local blacksmith who came up with a plan. He was going to de-teeth her vagina with a steel penis. The young woman went along with the plan and when the demon went to bite down on the steel phallus, it shattered its teeth. As a result, the demon fled and left the young woman to carry on with her life. Or so the story goes. -(link)

Cool fact!  The festival has apparently become a means to raise money to research HIV! Check it oot!

(side note: some of the links on the Wikipedia page for this festival are whack… surprise surprise)

Animation Cast #2 – the best place to take a shit

Yay!  It feels so good to talk about the things you love – and I love animation. *burp*

What’s your favourite cartoon or anime?  Drop me a line and I’ll talk about it on the cast.  Yep!

Contact
cameron(dot)ohara00(at)gmail(dot)com

@cameronoharaluv

Links
The Swapper – http://facepalmgames.com/the-swapper/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Swapper
Song of the Sea – http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1865505/

2Snacks – http://twobestfriendsplay.wikia.com/wiki/2Snacks
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFNJrEtaD4fDe_cH6WQE9sg
Two Best Sisters Play – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9WYZVmdw9gw
Super Best Friends Play – http://superbestfriendsplay.com/
Tokyo Ghoul – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tokyo_Ghoul

Animation Cast #1

Have you ever noticed that there are about a billion podcasts for video gaming…

But perhaps zero for animation??

(So I skewed the numbers a little, but my point remains!)

Let’s just say, it’s a dirty job, but someone’s gotta do it.  Introducing the Animation Cast – episode 1!  I’m starting with a short program today because it’s the first episode, but stay tuned for more!

(Click here for audio only)

“Chotto matte, Oniisann” – new comedy in Japan

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It’s March in Japan…. and you’re bored because there’s not a whole lot going on.

(aside from…

the tail end of plum blossom viewing
the Doll Festival
White Day
Spring Equinox Day
Elementary school graduation ceremonies
Middle school graduation ceremonies
High school graduation ceremonies
University graduation ceremonies
Welcome parties for new employees
St. Patrick’s Day
Cherry blossom viewings
Sumo tournaments in Osaka
Sake no Jin sake fair in Niigata
AnimeJapan tradeshow in Tokyo
AANNNNNNNNd
Spring holidays…)

ANYWAY my point is that you’re bored and there’s nothing to do at home but mope about it…

(aside from…

reading manga
playing Wii-U
playing PS4
playing 3DS
eating Japanese potato chips
having a nabe party
making origami
practicing judo
making a YouTube video about being in Japan
turning off the lights and watching people silently from your window
challenging your friends to a raw onion eating contest
drinking yourself stupid on affordable alcohol
…)

But who wants to do ANY of these things when you could be catching up with the latest TV crazes.  Introducing Atsugiri Jason (厚切りジェイソン)!

And if that wasn’t enough for you, why not check out 8.6 Second Bazookaa (8.6秒バズーカー)!

Rassungorerai

-亀

SKY PIGS – Louis and the Fish (GIF)

Louis and the fish

Louis the Bear puts the moves on Lady Fish and gets the cold shoulder… And the strangest thing is he can’t even figure out why!

SKY PIGS 2 coming soon!

Click here for SKY PIGS 1:

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