Haruhi-chan? Better than expected – and beware the OP! Churuya-san? Meh.

The first episodes of the “official parodies” Suzumiya Haruhi-chan no Yuuutsu and Nyoro-n Churuya-san have been streamed on YouTube. Raw and officially subtitled versions of both videos are available, with no regional viewing restrictions (to my knowledge).

Another tired marketing ploy? A complete waste of time? More cheap fanboy baiting? Perhaps. But with a total running time of just seven minutes (eight if you throw in Haruhi-chan’s lively OP), there’s really no excuse for anyone to hold back from wasting some infinitesimally minuscule portion of their lives on what, for all we know, might turn out to be the only new SOS Dan-linked treat we’ll ever catch this year.

Besides, that darned OP is now bouncing about the inside of my cranium like a troupe of diseased leprechauns. I’d like you to suffer the same fate.

LINKS

Suzumiya Haruhi-chan no Yuuutsuepisode 1 (no English subs) / episode 1 (with English subs) / opening sequence (separate video file)

Nyoro-n Churuya-sanepisode 1 (no English subs) / episode 1 (with English subs)

Putting “Kotoba!” through its paces

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The best part about owning an iPod Touch (or an iPhone, for those lucky enough to live in places where it isn’t sold at an extortionate premium) is being able to download all those clever applications that keep marching onto the virtual shelves of the iTunes App Store. From war games to financial tools to the complete works of Shakespeare, there’s bound to be an app for almost any requirement somewhere in the App Store’s massive 20,000++ item catalogue. What’s more, some of the best apps are available at no cost to the user.

Today, we’re throwing the spotlight on a free dictionary app that students of the Japanese language will find useful: Pierre-Philippe di Costanzo’s Kotoba!.

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