Download the Ping Pong OST v2 Bundle + Extra [FLAC and 320 kbps]

In response to various and very legitimate criticisms of my previous torrents, here is a revised v2 bundle of the audio with the Extra soundtrack files included as well. Album art, tagging, and everything has been included now. This is the soundtrack for Ping Pong: The Animation, ready for download.

FAQs:

  • Where are the Japanese track titles? These ARE the Japanese track titles. The box set comes completely with English titles, except for Track 39 on Disc 1, Te no Hira wo Tai You ni.
  • Did you actually purchase the whole box set? Yeah, it was awesome.
  • How much did the box set cost? Can I still buy it? Yes, you can still buy it. It was about 300 dollars.
  • What is the encoding and quality on the mp3 files? The mp3 files are encoded with FLACSquisher with quality mode set to 320 kbps. Average bit rate is around 300 kbps.

FLAC Torrent:

320 kbps (really!) mp3 Torrent:

And as always, the YouTube playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLpA14iy5pxO2WX8ywWUemYMDf9RROdX58

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Ping Pong: The Animation EXTRA OST! [320 kbps] with download

UPDATE! Please check out version 2 of this torrent here: https://finewhiningandbreathing.wordpress.com/2014/08/28/ping-pong-the-animation-ost-v2-bundle/

 

The Ping Pong box set comes with an EXTRA ost, so here it is:

320 kbps MP3 Torrent: http://www.nyaa.se/?page=view&tid=593410

320 kbps MP3 DDL, with metadata tags*: http://www.mediafire.com/download/l34qr4j86ogk2cg/Ping+Pong+Extended+OST.7z

*Contributed by a kind user on /a/

Ping Pong: The Animation OST [320 kbps], with download links

UPDATE! Please check out version 2 of this torrent here: https://finewhiningandbreathing.wordpress.com/2014/08/28/ping-pong-the-animation-ost-v2-bundle/

My Ping Pong: The Animation box set just came in today, and I’m uploading all the files to youtube.

By the way, if you enjoyed Ping Pong, please feel free to look at my analysis of ithttp://wp.me/p4y3Dh-4H

YouTube playlist:

http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLpA14iy5pxO2WX8ywWUemYMDf9RROdX58

Download links:

FLAC Torrent:

320 kbps MP3 Torrent:

Why “The Stanley Parable” Sucks and the Problem of Engineer Philosophy

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For a game that claims to be about free choice and determinism, The Stanley Parable sure fails on every account to engage in a meaningful philosophical dialogue. It makes me sad to see such a potentially compelling narrative medium wasted on a boring, pretentious, and unambitious storyline. The game is cute and a little funny, but that’s all it ever ends up being. It tries very hard to be deep and clever and philosophical, but the writing makes it pretty clear that the author hasn’t read a single hard book in his life. What good is “intellectual humor” written by a non-intellectual?

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Unsurprisingly, “Gone Home” Sucks

Good news, friends: If you were one of those people who thought that “Gone Home” was an awful pile of indie game garbage, you are not alone. Despite what every brainwashed reviewer on IGN and Reddit will tell you, you are actually the ones with good taste. Congratulations! To the rest of you, I can only express my condolences. You have been misled, completely exploited for your money.

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Gen Urobuchi Alludes to Madoka Magica Sequel During Talk Event Held at Anime Expo 2014

http://otakumode.com/news/53b9c799a480470f3c003a04/Gen-Urobuchi-Alludes-to-Madoka-Magica-Sequel-During-Talk-Event-Held-at-Anime-Expo-2014

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Minipost: The MadokaSucks.com domain is now in my hands, and by the way Madoka still sucks

You can try it for yourself: http://madokasucks.com. I also revised the blog post a bit to make it more readable. I doubt that very many people will be typing “Madoka Sucks” or “MadokaSucks.com” into their browser anytime soon, but maybe I can get a laugh out of this someday.

I also took a look at the existing results for “Madoka Sucks”, and they’re okay. Most of the search results are too generous with the show and are pretty poorly written. It sure feels good to be the best.

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Ping Pong: On Heroism and the False Sense of Enlightenment

A friend of mine wrote a very interesting post about Ping Pong: the Animation. He has a good analysis, but I disagree with some of his points.

It’s true that Dragon and Smile never realized their enlightenment completely by themselves, but a large part of the anime is meant to illustrate that complete isolation and self-denial is foolish. Buddhism is famous for the idea of the Middle Way, something balanced between the extremes of pure materialism and pure asceticism. Gautama Buddha himself famously advocated against the self-starving, hermetic asceticism that characterized some South Asian philosophies.

Smile and Dragon both locked themselves up into tight corners. They did not go on a journey to the mountaintops to understand the universe. They instead chose to stay by themselves and never improve. It was not that case that Peco was “forcing” them to become enlightened; all Peco did was create the circumstances and environmental factors that would allow Smile and Dragon to become enlightened on their own.

For example, Dragon becomes enlightened when the Hero of Ping Pong shines a bright light into the dark bathroom stall. In this scene, the hero extends his arm but quickly pulls it back, forcing Dragon to grow wings on his own, NOT by holding the Hero’s hand. Similarly, Smile becomes enlightened when he jumps up to hit an impossibly high ping pong ball; although it is true that Peco was the one who caused the ball to fly that high, Smile himself was the one who shed his robotic armor to reach it.

Moreover, Buddhist themes of anti-materialism are very present in the show. Peco is in an unenlightened state when he eats too much candy and smokes too much tobacco (Buddhism vs Hedonism). Dragon is unenlightened when he focuses so much on family obligations that he loses sight of his individuality (Buddhism vs Filial Piety). Kong is unenlightened when he was so arrogant that he did not even want to help people on the Japanese high school tea (Buddhism vs Hubris). These are all material delusions that the characters overcome.

But Buddhism is not so extreme as to advocate complete anti-materialism. Smile was so removed from the pleasures of human existence that he forgot what it means to live. That’s why Smile must be awakened at the end of the show by pushing his body to such an extreme physical limit that the red blood in his veins shakes off his metal armor.

Yes, the characters did not enlighten themselves in a vacuum. But it is foolish to think that enlightenment-in-a-vacuum is even possible. If a man walks to a mountain by himself, and the sights from that mountaintop cause him to become enlightened, do we say that the mountain enlightened the man? If a woman looks at a flying bird, and her pondering about the bird causes her to become enlightened, do we say that the bird enlightened the woman? If a student meditates under a tree, and the meditation causes him to become enlightened, do we give responsibility of the enlightenment to the tree — or to the meditation? Of course not. These are only environmental things that can stimulate a path to enlightenment that still comes — ultimately — from within.

The Daily Life of Autistic Cat

I know, I don’t have time for this: Ping Pong The Animation finished airing last season, and I need to start reviewing on animes that are about to air this week. But my fellow bloggers, who believe that Ping Pong The Animation is the best anime and claimed to be enlightened, insisted me and others to watch the show to become enlightened as well. (You can check their blogs by clicking the links at the right column of this blog homepage). We have had good amount of discussions, but I still do not think they are as enlightened as they claim. I do agree Ping Pong is a really good anime that you should all watch at least once in your lifetime, and probably the best anime in the recent years, but I feel that Ping Pong gives a false sense of enlightenment to the most people.  (The following review will…

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Do you remember your first anime? Part I: Monkeys, Vampires, and Superheroes

I had almost completely forgotten my old days of anime-watching. As a child, I had been a pretty big fan of the Dragon Ball manga. And now that I think about it, it was because I had a fascination with personal training, superheroes, and metamorphosis.

Goku’s adventures were so vivid and wonderful, and I loved the scenes that depicted his adjusting to life a “normal person”, namely taking showers, wearing proper clothes, and talking to women.

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