Once again, two anime that could scarcely be less alike. Read More
One show is about transforming dinosaur-like robots, the other is about the art of the shamisen. The former is the subtle one. Read More
No break between seasons this year, so it’s straight into things for me with two titles that, interestingly, are both set in alternative history Japan (albeit with differing degrees of success). Read More
Welcome to the eighth consecutive year of the AAA – the one-woman award ceremony where the tickets are on the house, the drinking policy is BYO, and the results are guaranteed to be 100% subjective. Read More
I don’t do memes too often anymore (not cool enough), but I really enjoyed this one, which I first saw posted on Rise’s blog a couple of days ago. I know bingo card generators in general have been around for quite some time, but I found this anime one super quick to make and pretty fun to put together. For anyone who may be interested, you can do so over on Anime Bingo.
For my bingo card, I didn’t want to make it super difficult, so I elected to just do a 4×4 (other options are available). I did feel like making it at least somewhat of a challenge though, so I deliberately selected several titles that I’ve personally watched all of but which don’t seem especially popular or overwatched in the broader anime community.
Let me know how you do!
Way back in 2014, a friend and I collaborated on a series of articles we called Watson Watches, in which I forced enticed Watson to examine a bunch of new-to-him anime shows. Using a basic question/answer format, the general idea was to gain a fresh, non-otaku perspective on some conversely very otaku-friendly titles such as Azumanga Daioh, Kuroshitsuji, and Kill la Kill. While wading through some old files the other day for a long-overdue PC clean-up, I came across one such article that, for whatever reason, never quite made it onto the blog, and Watson was kind enough to allow me to belatedly post it rather than have it remain in a folder titled only: ‘Unpublished’. This is that piece. Read More
Despite or perhaps even because of its prevalence in anime, the traditional sailor-style school uniform, or sailor fuku, is one of the more misunderstood articles of clothing out there, particularly by those viewers who may watch anime only now and again or have little to no direct knowledge of Japanese daily life. I must admit, even as someone who consumed anime voraciously prior to my actual move to Japan, I was still surprised by some of the things I discovered firsthand, especially when it came to things like school-specific rules around sailor fuku and what students could/could not get away with. Read More
Funny story, I almost passed up on giving this series a look entirely (I don’t even remember why, but possibly simply because there was so little info on it back when the other shows of the winter season were being announced). Sure glad I changed my mind on that one. Read More
While quite possibly the series I was least looking forward to giving a watch, this ended up being surprisingly alright. Read More
Fast and Furious: Okinawa Drift. Read More