Commencing the 2018 Summer of Manga

Now that I have finished up the long-overdue series of Traveling Thoughts on Breath of the Wild, my attention can turn to the annual tradition of gorging myself on Eastern content. This year, a return to the printed form will be what’s on the menu, as the usual Summer of Anime moniker has shifted to the Summer of Manga. While the rules are roughly the same, I did add a little more to the total count from the last year I did this, so I should have a little more to strive for come tomorrow. For those who missed it, you can read these updated rules here.

The first title for the Summer will be everyone’s favorite adaptation to anime form, Pupa! Here’s to a successful season!

An Early 2018 Summer of “Anime” Announcement

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Concerning my annual Summer of Anime block that takes place between the first day of June and whenever I finish it (usually late-July, early-August), I’ve kept this in the dark for some time, but I’ve been planning for what to do this year since, well, the last one ended. You could say I’m a plan-addict. (more…)

I’ve Been Nominated for the Liebster Award

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Many thanks to Lethargic Rambles for nominating me for the Liebster Award, something I’ve seen floating around… barely out of my grasp… This is actually the third time Mr. Rambles has nominated me for an award of this kind, which I assume means I have at least one dedicated fan (or he enjoys PESTERING ME). I kid, but I appreciate the continued support, truly. (more…)

Before the 2018 March: Taking Suggestions!

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A new tradition I started last year for the blog was the March of the Movies marathon, which turned out really well! For every day in March, I would watch a random film and review it on the blog the very same day without fail. I was able to make it all the way through last year with only a few close calls + lazy cop-out posts, so I’m feeling confident in my motivation to keep the tradition going for 2018. Of course, this is a month away, so followers won’t be seeing these reviews for some time. Pondering some new ways of spicing up the tradition, however, led me to ask for something simple, but intriguing (as if my last Summer of Anime didn’t destroy my soul): viewer requests.

Share your thoughts with me!

If you have any interest in having me review a particular film, whether anime or live-action, let me know in the comments section of this post. No guarantee I take every request thrown at me (there are some films I’d really rather not watch), but I think getting some outside perspectives could prove an interesting way to try things I wouldn’t otherwise think of trying. And this isn’t to say I expect the entire month to be requested films (I’ve learned enough), but rather a more interactive way of connecting with my audience and doing what I can to appeal to you all more. So please, request some films and make this year’s March a memorable one! Until then!

I’ve Been Nominated for the Unique Blogger Award (Again)

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My thanks to Keiko for the nomination! She’s primarily an anime reviewer, dealing with the standard episodic reviews while occasionally delving into whole series. She’ll also talk at some length about music as a subject, which is an interesting differentiation from the typical aniblogger. A follower of my blog for about half a year (though I could’ve sworn she was around longer than that), I appreciate her taking the time to continue with my output.

The Rules:

1. Share the link of the blogger who has shown love to you by nominating you.

2. Answer the questions.

3. In the spirit of sharing love and solidarity with our blogging family, nominate 8-13 people for the same award.

4. Ask them 3 questions.

Keiko’s Questions:

If you were stuck in an anime universe, which would it be and why? 

I’ve never been good at answering this question, because a lot of variously absurd and intriguing anime universes have tremendous drawbacks. Dragon Ball Z has constant threats of alien invaders. Pokémon has terrorist groups running amok every couple of years. And with the abundance of high school anime, there’s nothing to really draw inspiration from aside from appealing characters.

If I really had to choose, based on the way I could use it to play out my own narcissistic fantasies, I’d probably go with the hot hand and say Boku no Hero Academia. The idea of collecting one’s own superpower, and having it be commonplace, is something that’s really easy to get excited about. I’ll also admit that I’ve thought at length about the kind of power I would have (think Todoroki except electricity instead of fire), and it’s really fun to be so imaginative about it. Again, constant threats of opposing villains would be a solid nuisance, but I can’t pass up superpowers being the norm and the fascination that brings.

What anime left the biggest impression on you? 

Oh, that’s easy. Toradora!. It was the anime that really got me into anime—past the stereotypical mainstream of shounen/action titles and rambunctious emotional appeals. It revealed to me what anime could be apart from what was naturally assumed of the medium, and was the “gateway drug” into the many different varying types of anime. Before Toradora!, I really did have the mindset that most anime are the absolute same. It wasn’t until I got my feet in the door that I realized its scope and overwhelming quantity.

I was also a sucker for romantic comedies back in the day (still enjoy the genre now, but not nearly as much), and having an anime actually show characters being intimate after years of having it only be implied or teased was mind-blowing. Had I watched the series now, I very likely wouldn’t have found it so amazing, but it came at the right time for me. And that’s part of the reason it’s my favorite anime.

If you were an animal, what would you be? 

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Nominations:

Anyone who has read my award posts in the past know that I don’t really care to nominate a wide variety of people (I only follow, like, ten people on this whole site). So, once again, I’ll refrain from nominating anywhere near 8-13 people, and instead will ask people to look at my recommended ani-bloggers list and discover those I feel are good for those interested in anime-esque criticism and fascination. That being said, I won’t ask any questions.

Just kidding. I will ask questions.

Questions:

“Wait, who are you askin—”

You. I’m asking you, the reader, to answer my questions. Of course, you don’t have to, but it’d be pretty rude of you to outright ignore me, right? You wouldn’t just ignore someone asking you a potentially personal question in real life, would you? No, but seriously, if people wish to discuss my questions in the comments, I’d be more than happy to take part.

  1. If you were to direct an anime film, what aspect would you most likely prioritize over others? It can be the traditional story, characters, art; but could also be as direct as character interaction, detailed animation, or a certain tone.
  2. How would you try to attract the attention of a male (or female) harem protagonist? Asking under the assumption that said protagonist actually deserves your attention. No “Nothing—harem protagonists suck” answers.
  3. What would be more intriguing as an anime adaptation: Super Mario or Legend of Zelda?

Thanks again to Keiko and for those who continue to read my blog. Until the next time!