How to Survive Sakura Con

A huge part of the wonderful experience of being an otaku is going to conventions! I am not new to the convention world. I’ve been to all sorts of conventions around the west coast and Hawaii and I’ve even given a few panels. But even after all that, I was not prepared for Sakuracon 2018… Continue reading How to Survive Sakura Con

First Impressions: Steins;gate 0

What if Okabe abandoned his mad scientist alter-ego and became a normie? What if he ditched the lab coat for stylish black clothing, joined his university's tennis club, and went out on group dates, leaving the Future Gadgets Lab behind? What if Okabe remained on the Beta world line and never saved Kurisu after all?… Continue reading First Impressions: Steins;gate 0

And Our Next Light Novel Club Selection Is…

Walking My Second Path in Life! Never heard of it? Well, the franchise doesn't have an anime and it doesn't have an English publication in book form. But what it does have is an interesting premise (taken from J-Novel Club): Fie, first princess of Daeman, finds herself isolated and stranded in the foreign Kingdom of… Continue reading And Our Next Light Novel Club Selection Is…

First Impressions: Golden Kamuy

Following service during the Russo-Japanese War (1904-1905), Saichi Sugimoto, known far and wide as "Immortal Sugimoto" for his ability to survive despite a tenacious fighting style and injuries suffered during battle, is seeking gold in Hokkaido to fulfill a promise to care for his best friend's widow and son. In the midst of doing so,… Continue reading First Impressions: Golden Kamuy

Second Impression: Caligula

Second Impression: Caligula | Beneath the Tangles

On Saturday, I wrote about my experience at the CALIGULA premiere at Sakura-Con. Now that I've had a chance to rewatch it on Crunchyroll, I'd like to expand on my thoughts, "First Impression" style. As per the descriptions floating around, Caligula (aka The Caligula Effect) involves a virtual idol named μ, or "Myu," who is trapping people in a city… Continue reading Second Impression: Caligula

First Impressions: PERSONA5 the Animation

PERSONA5 the Animation is based on the recent and popular game of the same name. The first episode introduces us to the Phantom Thieves, a mysterious group led by Ren Amamiya, who is captured during a heist they tried to pull. He is beaten and interrogated by the police, who seem to have been after him… Continue reading First Impressions: PERSONA5 the Animation

Interview with Actor and VA, Beau Billingslea

In September 2001, Cowboy Bebop debuted on Adult Swim. It originally aired in Japan several years prior, and the buzz surrounding its American premiere as the first anime broadcast on the first night of the animation block, was palpable. I can safely say it met all expectations. The series, of course, has become a classic,… Continue reading Interview with Actor and VA, Beau Billingslea

First Impressions: Tokyo Ghoul:re

Picking up 2 years after the conclusion of Root A, in the continued fight between ghouls and the CCG (Commission of Counter Ghoul), a new unit, has been started. This unit, however, is unique in that it is not a normal unit. It is composed of Quinx, humans who have been modified to use Ghoul… Continue reading First Impressions: Tokyo Ghoul:re

First Impressions—Gurazeni: Money Pitch

After everything I said about Megalo Box, I have to eat my hat. I've actually found a sports anime that seems pretty compelling to me. It's called Gurazeni: Money Pitch, and it's the story of Bonda, a pro baseball player. Now, I'm not that partial to baseball, so that wasn't what drew me in. Here's… Continue reading First Impressions—Gurazeni: Money Pitch

First Impressions: Hinamatsuri

Yoshifumi Nitta is a young man who is part of a yakuza gang, and is living the good life with the acquisition of some valuable vases, when a strange thing materializes out of nowhere and drops onto his head and into his life. Inside is a girl who calls herself Hina and has telekinetic powers,… Continue reading First Impressions: Hinamatsuri