• Sunday, May 31st, 2015
A picturesque image of Japanese Nadeshiko

A picturesque image of a Japanese Nadeshiko, Tougou.

A firm unyielding spirit and well-toned abs.

A firm unyielding spirit and well-toned abs.

With this thrust she ends her plight.

With this thrust she ends her plight.

But THIS Tamagotchi won't let her.

But THIS Tamagotchi won’t let her.

Seppuku, Hanging, Jumping, Carbon Monoxide, Drowning, Poison. Oh my.

Seppuku, Hanging, Jumping, Carbon Monoxide, Drowning, Poison. Oh my.

I’m a bit late in forming my post regarding the series Yuuki Yuuna wa Yuusha de aru, otherwise known as YuuYuuYuu. But because I waited so long, I can go ahead and post spoilers with no ramifications.

Like most viewers of the post-Madoka era, I expect all anime featuring a group of girls and friendship to end in dark tragedy. Three episodes in, I knew it  was just a pipe dream… or was it? Like a blind samurai slashes at air until he hits something, I continued watching until I got sick of the stupid death flags in all the earlier episodes. Then I stumbled upon episode eight, and was happily rewarded for my sacrifice in time. Finally the grand cogs in the conspiracy slowly began revealing their oil-stained workings and I began thinking maybe there was hope for this show after all. That is, until the last episode. more…

• Sunday, August 24th, 2014

My reaction when...

…something I like is licensed.

Good thing that never happens since I prefer physical releases. Most anime companies of the west are very conservative when choosing which anime or manga they want licensed. They pick up what is new and prefer further what is already in great discussion online to play it safe. Most are not like Discotek Media where they prefer to re-licensed older anime or the boy-love niche company Digital Manga Publishing. Just what is easy. more…

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• Friday, June 20th, 2014

A couple days ago big news hit that Japan has made the possession of child pornography illegal. Most big countries already have such laws, however this law differs in that fiction such as animation and comics are excluded. Big media companies like CNN state the exclusion is from large powerful lobby groups that protect the interests of the anime and manga industry. The law is also much softer than most countries in where the person charged faces a year is prison or a $10,000 fine. In many countries people have much harsher penalties like Canada’s 20 years of imprisonment or public online databases.

People do not want children harmed or abused, but there is a lot of bias and assumptions floating around. Two big ones are animated or drawn depictions of children are real children and that people who like fictional characters are also attracted to real children. Comic Book Legal Defense Fund debunks the views they oppose from the CNN article linked above and what they believe what the law will do in Japan. One side accepts that fictional works are still pornographic and the other suggests there needs to be scientific evidence that such creations are harmful.

With that said the political satirist Jon Stewart from the cable show The Daily Show took a stab at the news. His views are known as liberal, but in my opinion he has always seemed “Democrat.” Someone that is on the left of center and leaning towards liberal, but not by very much since the US is not very liberal. In the video he states the new law is embarrassingly late and “How can a lobby for a harmful, destructive industry take precedence over the protection of children?” He then compares the industry lobby groups for anime and manga to be similar to The National Rifle Association in the US. They are supposedly trying to defend companies that are willing to make money at the cost of children’s lives and well-being.

I am pro-gun regulation and a fan of anime and manga, so I find his comparison of media to weapons designed to kill to be outrageous. Both have differing worlds of psychology, science, and societal factors behind what the industries produce.

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• Monday, May 19th, 2014
guess the anime

Hey, an image to ask “what anime is this” with in the forum!

Normally delving deep into small changes and tweaks to the site would not be noticed or interesting, but this time there is enough. Other than layout fixes for the blog and forum, there are:

Anonymous Forum PostingGuess who
Post anonymously with other users anonymous and not. There is a lot of fun to be had, so lets not get too crazy here. On the right there will some check boxes as you make a forum post or thread. Select “Post as anonymous.” Administrators and moderators however can look up the poster if it is required to enforce site guidelines and rules.

Recommendations and AnswersSee for yourself
Find more anime, manga, and manhwa you like from whatever you give to help. You can even find anime you cannot remember the name of or what something is from artwork. The topic starter may select the correct or most helpful answer. The more details, examples, and preferences you give the better.

Link Directory UpdatesAdd some links
Top submitters, latest links, and popular links are all new. New categories include conventions, old anime websites, and member links. There were also some odd bugs that have been fixed.

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• Tuesday, April 29th, 2014
It's that time of the year again.

It’s that time of the year again.

I won’t waste time reviewing this anime. If you’ve never heard of it, then you’ll never watch it. Frankly, it’s probably best that you don’t. This is one of those cheap ideas that lack any and all novelty, but still get bought up by lonely men who want to relive a period of their life spent being miserable — except in a softer-toned sunshine environment. What was I talking about?

One day, I had given up on life and decided to end my day with a bucket of ice cream and this anime. The content of the show was passable and almost enjoyable, save for the jarring headache-inducing singing; but the real highlight of Love Live! is found in the faces of the teenage idols themselves. Japanese animation is oftentimes regarded as cheap and low quality, due in part to a limited variation of facial expressions. Some studios such as Kyoto Animation have done their utmost to undo years of damage inflicted by its studio brothers. Unfortunately their selection of unrealistically beautiful fake Live-Action Roleplaying The Animated Series™ have done little to sway public opinions.

So the animation world needs Sunrise’s Love Live! to help garner what little respect they can muster from a demographic that would willingly watch trash like Love Live! If you have plans to continue this path into the world of anime that ultimately ends at a brick wall in hell, then by all means continue and enjoy the various expressions that made even the illest gangsta alive (THAT’S ME) crack a smile. more…

• Friday, April 11th, 2014

Nijigahara Holograph
Nijigahara Holograph could be summed up as a surreal slice-of-life with sprinkles of folklore and mild darkness. Shallow characters you do not know and incoherent story telling makes me not care so hard. Here is a table with a doll for you that does not have anything to do with anything. It requires several reads or getting further in to know who is who when the characters are school kids and then adults. Let us flood the panels with Boogiepop Phantom butterflies that could give symbolism, but let us not give them any so we can give a poor attempt at abstraction and supernatural elements that will not exist. Perhaps I should not be hard on it because it is suppose to have a dreamlike atmosphere with its progression, but I will because because of regret.

Leaving much to the reader to imagine works best if there is something left for them to imagine about or at least a setting and/or characters that can stimilate imagination. With this manga the reader is forced to flip back and forth between the past and present with characters you will not care about. There is not any horror in Nijigahara Holograph despite boasting from hipster bloggers and sites that slap a genre on whatever for a lack of a better genre to classify it. The issue of not knowing which character is which and again the lack of care leads to just simple dark themed panels.

Artwork is of overall solid quality with most effort in the characters than backgrounds. Many pages and panels can either be seen as minimalist or lazy depending on expectations and preference. New chapter, so lets add a little box on a blank white page as a stronger example. Hair lacks layers and detail for characters and background surroundings are too clean and lacking mood for my tastes. Main exception for the lack of mood however is the warm and cultured summertime’y moments that may fill you with nostalgia of warm summer days outside. That of course is dependent on the time of day of reading this, your local climate, and if your school years were remotely similar.

Some of the reason for my purchase of Nijigahara Holograph is the severe lack of new manga licenses, new volumes of what little I follow, and few manga of interest. In short it was the awesome cover art, descriptions, and most of all desperation. My lesson from reading this has been not to give into impulses (pre-ordered) based on deprivation and instead look to older overlooked manga. Perhaps returning it to Amazon would have been a wise, too.

Fantagraphics gave this a wonderful hardcover like the great manga Wandering Son and it has a wonderful printed smell. I will not give much hints to the ending, however it is not original.