Scraping Animax India!

Since Animax India Community (AIC) is going to be taken down soon, I decided to make script to scrape what I wanted to keep. People might look at it as a failure, because it fails to deliver exactly what they want, but to be honest, it doesn’t matter.

The amount of knowledge I have gained in the past few days is not bad at all. I should take breaks more often, I am unable to think.

Let’s cut to the chase. I stopped developing only because I get a unicode error when I use the Beautiful Soup library and I think some files got corrupted.

/usr/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/bs4/dammit.py:231: UnicodeWarning: Some characters could not be decoded, and were replaced with REPLACEMENT CHARACTER.
“Some characters could not be decoded, and were “

I think I know how this happened but it is probably because my laptop shuts down because of power cuts. My laptop doesn’t have a battery because I removed it. It’s dead that’s why. Well anyway, there have been quite a few power cuts here recently. So yeah, you can figure the rest. If you get any errors let me know.

That’s not all, the HTML file that I scrape is full of random meaningless characters. Makes me nauseous by just looking at it.

But here is what I have done. It should work on your computers (hopefully). You need to have the libraries: Beautiful Soup (python-bs4), Mechanize (python-mechanize). Of course, you need to have Python too! I am running it on 2.7.

Note for Windows users:
Download the libraries using this: https://pip.pypa.io/en/latest/ or https://pypi.python.org/pypi/setuptools

Finally, here it is.
https://mega.co.nz/#!epphnTSK!_0Jr8J1Fu4qaxUXZoa84StSflqRT21LYkEMLA3x5nCE

This is how you run it:
Go to the terminal or command prompt, whichever OS you use. Navigate to the location of the file. Execute the following:

python aic_scraper.py

(P.S: Don’t forget to set the path variable!)
Have fun!

Update:
Everything works fine now.

Why do we love anime?

Have you ever wondered why we like anime so much? Is it only because of the cuteness of characters or unrealistic fights that cannot take place in real life. Or is it because we want to escape from our terrible lives for some time? Those are true factors and they are part of the reason you love anime. I would like to tell you about another, maybe a slightly overlooked factor. It answers questions like why watching a movie may not give you the same feeling of satisfaction as does anime.

So why is anime any different from a live action film or TV show? We can even go far enough to compare it with Disney and Pixar productions. There are many reasons, but here’s the one thing I want to talk about: In anime we can read a character’s emotions, their personality and with all that information we are able to ‘judge’ them as people. That is basically why we are able to take a liking toward a certain character. This is true even in the case of live action show which have been running for a long time (and you’ve been watching, of course). The only TV show that I have watched a lot is Friends. After a while, I got totally used to their characters, and it felt a lot like I know these guys, I can understand them. By the way, I loved the show.

Back to the topic at hand, how does anime stand out? Simple, just like we can understand people in TV shows well after a few seasons, we begin to understand anime characters better after a couple of epidsodes into the show. So what makes anime different from a TV show is that we are able to understand ‘our’ characters sooner. But why? The answer to that lies in the way anime is presented. When someone shows any emotion, they make it visible through art. If our character feels shy, his or her cheeks go red. Or if they are disgusted, their facade becomes dark and gets all these vertical lines.

Surprisingly, it doesn’t end there. In anime characters are potrayed in such a way that their intentions are transparent to the viewer. This makes us ‘trust’ them. What did I just say? It feels a little odd, I mean how could you trust something far that is far from real (I won’t go into the scientific aspect of this)? We see in them honesty, at least we are able to read them because of the way they are potrayed, like I had mentioned before. I would be happy if everyone of us took a lesson from anime. All what I have said and even more make it special. You can make it more special by learning something good from it.

I hope you enjoyed reading. Just my observation. Thank you for taking the time to read.

Anime Review – Mushishi

Mushishi dwells into something unimaginable, a world where creatures called Mushi partially co-exist with humans. Only few humans can witness Mushi, and the people who can are either fascinated or apprehended by them. Ginko is a Mushi Master who goes around helping people affected by the Mushi. The story revolves around his life as a Mushi Master, his travels and the different people he meets.

This episodic anime is one of the best I have ever seen. The story is simple, and every episode is so different from one another, that you may never get bored. Although it’s episodic, Yuki Urushibara managed to add a ‘magical’ depth that we usually find in anime that are not episodic. Every episode is based on a natural phenomenon, like rainbows, lakes and Mushi that are the ones who are the ones responsible for them.

The Mushi can only be seen by few because they live in another world, but at the same time live in the one in which human do too. So it is a little like, humans get in the way of Mushi and are affected but have no idea of the cause. The only real ‘flaw’ that I found (not that I was look for one, but it seemed a little obvious) was that: If Mushi are actually life forms from another world, how can they so easily adapt to conditions in the human world? They can act as parasites, symbiotic creatures or even kill a person to live.

That aside, I feel Mushishi is a must watch. Notice how simple can turn out to be so beautiful. Yet another factor for its sanguinity is that it never potrays any event of mal intent. In other words, people and even Mushi are not made to look evil. Everyone is only trying to live their lives (Mushi too!) and there is no depiction of any of the seven sins. It adds to the anime a touch of purity, something you don’t find much in anime these days.

Season 2 is currently airing and I am definitely going to watch it! I can stay optimistic about how it will be, after all it’s Mushishi.