What is is that most of us live for? It certainly varies from person to person, but if we dig down and analyze our habits, thoughts, and actions, a few items might arise – family, job, faith, money, comfort, and entertainment. For otaku, entertainment may be at or near the top of the list. We… Read More Banning Child Pornography in Japan and the Slippery Slope Otaku Walk
I recently re-watched Oretachi ni Tsubasa ha Nai with some friends. The first time I watched, I was impressed with it, but the second time, I could really appreciate just how amazing this anime is at times. So why have so few people seen it, even fewer people enjoyed it, and even fewer recommend it?… Read More OreTsuba: Finding Something Good Beneath the Bad
Two weeks ago on his Answerman column, Brian Hanson posted responses to a question he posed a week prior: Has a particular title ever gone ‘too far’ in terms of its content for you? I immediately thought, ELFEN LIED!, and wrote a response that didn’t make it in (though thankfully, someone else mentioned that irredeemable… Read More What Anime “Crossed the Line” for You?
Nick describes the conflicting issues of pornoviolence in our beloved games and anime, and points to a specific example in this past week’s episode of Sword Art Online. [A Rather Silly Blog] Click writes about his adoration of mythology and how Tsuritama is a modern take on the Japanese myth of Ryūjin, the water dragon.… Read More Something More: Pornoviolence in Sword Art Online, Mythology of Tsuritama, and the Kingdom of iDOLM@STER
Truthfully, I find it hard to write about a series like Medaka Box. From even before it aired, one could already tell this anime was going to cater to fanservice. Yet, this series first caught my eye with its sharp and flamboyant art style, as well as the fact the manga was written, though not… Read More Medaka Box: Kindness is stronger than anger.
I avoided watching Code Geass for a long time, partly because I am picky about character design in anime (I happen to like my characters to be somewhat under eight feet tall), and partly because I had watched two episodes without beginning to care about any of the characters. In the end, two things made… Read More Not This Fan’s Service: An Alternate Viewpoint on Code Geass S1 22-23
I grew up singing “Crown Him With Many Crowns,” but never a version like this! The multi-talented Emily of Altair and Vega sings Draggle’s reworked lyrics to the hymn, conveying events in Guilty Crown episode 19 that paint Shuu as a Jesus figure. [Draggle’s Anime Blog] Abilene Christian University professor, Richard Beck, discusses what might… Read More Spirituality in the Anime Blogosphere: Crown Shuu with Crowns and Song, Fan Service in Church, and Rick Santorum Talks Boku no Pico
The only show this season which I was looking forward to with great anticipation was Nisemonogatari. It hasn’t disappointed so far, revisiting old friends and hooking us with wonderful wordplay and dialogue, not to mention the amazing direction and music. But while watching episode 2, I became very uncomfortable for obvious reasons – it was… Read More Nisemonogatari Episode 02: Tempting Encounters (and Encountering Temptation)
Itsudatte My Santa! Original Video Animation, Episode 1 The Christmas Story The protagonist of the story has always hated Christmas, not least of all because he was born on December 24th and named Santa. This Christmastime becomes complicated when a woman claiming to be a Santa Claus (her name is Mai) makes it her mission… Read More The Fourth Day of Christmas Anime
Everybody and their momma has been commenting on episode four of Ore no Imoto ga Konna ni Kawaii wake ga Nai (OreImo), with many making judgment that the series is now becoming what everyone thought it would become. Some like where it’s headed (Seanver has been tweeting all day about it). Others, not so much. A number… Read More OreImo Episode 04: Here We Go…or No?