No doubt, Kyoko Mogami is one of manga’s coolest characters. Originally introduced as meek and subservient to childhood friend and budding superstar, Shotaro Fuwa, she quickly reveals herself to be vindictive, determined, and a little crazy. In fact, Skip Beat focuses on Kyoko’s attempt to become an idol, not out of a search for fame… Read More Skip Beat, J-Pop Idols, and Discovering Your Passion
While anime conventions and anime blogging seem to be two neighbors on the same street, they’re drastically different culturally (though perhaps not unrelated on a spiritual level). Conventions are a brand new world for many of us, including myself and Annalyn, who recently attended her first con. But that’s an awesome thing for this blog,… Read More Interview with Mirei and Dancing Dolls R
Hatsune Miku brought about a revolution in 2007 that has enabled thousands of artists to break into the music industry with self-produced music sung by a popular voice. Within the world of countless Vocaloid songs, the allure of Christmas-themed music was too strong for producers to resist, resulting in a myriad of Vocaloid Christmas covers, and… Read More 12 Days of Otaku Christmas, Day 12: Merry Christmas from Hatsune Miku
Concluding our series on our favorite anime, JP (Japesland) and Kaze take the conversation in a very different direction, instead defining “favorite” (the quotes in the title are on purpose!) as “most impactful.” Many of you are likely familiar with Kaze’s strict anime grading standards, so his unique pick may surprise you! Also, we managed not to spoil it… Read More TangleCast 22: Our “Favorite” Anime – Kaze
For episode 15, as JP (Japesland) and Jack (R86) give us an accidentally overly-long episode on Vocaloid, sharing not only a brief history of the technology but also our individual encounters with and opinions of it. Both come at this staple of otaku-dom from quite different angles, managing to cover the topic in a unique way. What is it?… Read More TangleCast 15: Vocaloid
For those who still don’t realize, I will reiterate as much as necessary that I am a huge Nana Mizuki fan. I love, adore, and respect this woman more than anyone else (except Jesus, of course… whew, that was a dangerous line). So much so, that people have pointed out more than once that my… Read More Nana Mizuki and the Burden of Social Stigma
Ask any of my close friends what my favorite genre of music is. Seriously, ask anyone. If they don’t say jazz, please tell me. I will promptly cut all ties with that person and move on with my life as a happier individual, having removed one more false friendship. When I say this, I am… Read More Nausicaä + Jazz = …Jesus?!