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Goin’ to Glass City

August 27th, 2015 by John


I’ll be attending this weekend’s Glass City Con in Toledo, Ohio, presenting a few panels and hosting some friendly trivia contests. So if you’re in the area, drop by, enjoy the weekend, and say, “Hi!”


Still Collecting

August 21st, 2015 by John


I still collect domestic anime DVD/BDs. The mailman just arrived.


Lensman Publicity Image

August 17th, 2015 by John


This is a good example of why I love vintage anime magazines: rare promotional images like this Galactic Patrol Lensman publicity still drawn by Yasuomi Umetsu, who worked on the TV series as a key animator. This image appears in the July 1985 issue of My Anime Magazine


Osiris no Tenbin Premiers This Weekend

July 29th, 2015 by John

Osiris no Tenbin

The Fuji TV on Demand service has announced that its original supernatural suspense anime series Osiris no Tenbin (Balance of Osiris) will premiere at midnight this Saturday. The teaser trailer is officially restricted to viewers located in Japan, perhaps to avoid revealing to the entire world how hideous the show looks. Granted, the story concept about a physically weak professional assassin who relies on his psychokinetic power sounds intriguing. But the awful CG rendered character designs and the even worse animation quality featured in the teaser trailer really make the show look horrifically terrible.




Interesting Scene in Oi! Ryouma

July 28th, 2015 by John

While watching the first episode of the 1992 historical drama anime Oi! Ryouma, I was struck by a particular scene that occurred in the middle of the episode. As seven-year-old Sakamoto Ryouma is bullied and extorted by a pair of local boys, his sister Otome comes to his rescue. After beating up the two bullies, Otome orders Ryouma to use his privilege as a samurai and execute the boys for having insulted his and his sister’s honor, a historical samurai precept known as “Kiri-sute gomen.”

Historically “Kiri-sute gomen” was not performed very frequently, but it’s a concept seen equally rarely in anime, and practically never in association with heroic characters. In anime heroic samurai may execute villains, and villains may execute innocent commoners, but depictions of heroes executing commoners is practically unheard of because such depiction isn’t “heroic,” or romantic. Personally, I’m fascinated by the fact that this Japanese children’s program includes such a scene in which the older sister orders her little brother to “man up” by legally killing the bullies who have aggrieved him.


Miss Hokusai Review Online

July 27th, 2015 by John

Twitch Film has published a positive review of Production I.G.’s latest historical drama feature film Sarusuberi: Miss Hokusai.


John Oliver Introduces Japanese Mascots

July 25th, 2015 by John

While this video clip isn’t brand new, it may still be enlightening to many of you. After all, it’s a window into contemporary Japanese culture, and Funassyi has a currently ongoing anime TV series.

Take note that this video clip includes two instances of strong language.


Power Up Your Referals

July 23rd, 2015 by John


Our friends that deliver the monthly Power Up Box geeky cool subscription assortment have let us know that subscribers can now earn a free month’s deluxe box by encouraging four people to sign up for the monthly delivery service. Seems like an easy and simple deal because who doesn’t enjoy telling friends and family about the latest neat collectables to arrive?


Revisiting World Break

July 13th, 2015 by John


Motivated by mild curiosity about the difference between last January’s Seiken Tsukai no World Break and last month’s Seiken Tsukai no World Break Retake version, I watched both iterations of the first episode side by side. Apart from a ten second long still frame added to the beginning of the “Retake version,” I noticed only two very small updates applied to the “Retake” rebroadcast. Neither difference seemed worth re-broadcasting or re-watching the episode for.

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Is It Just Me Or?

July 8th, 2015 by John

long titles

Over the past couple of days I’ve had a difficult time recollecting the titles of a few anime series, specifically:

Hagure Yuusha no Estetica
Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei
Marimo no Hana ~Saikyou Butouha Shougakusei Densetsu~
Soredemo Sekai wa Utsukushii
Stella Jogakuin Koutou-ka C3-bu

Now that I’m literally in middle-age, I wonder if my memory is starting to weaken or if an increasing number of anime titles are just getting longer and more convoluted lately. Or maybe this is a sign that there’s just too many new anime released every year if I can’t even recall the names of shows I watched just a year or two ago.


Coolest Thing Ever?

July 7th, 2015 by John



June Power Up Box Unboxing

June 25th, 2015 by John

Surprise subscription boxes are the best idea for geeks, otaku, and collectors since merchandise itself. Receiving wonderful new collectable toys, treats, and sometimes even collectable treats is supremely gratifying for fantasy aficionados. Combining the pleasure of gaining new goods with the anticipatory fun of surprise turns subscription boxes into Christmas gifts all year around. The June release of the Power Up Box has a monopoly on Guardians of the Galaxy goodness.

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Most Valuable English Language Manga?

June 19th, 2015 by John


Via some Ebay research I just realized yesterday that the hardcover Lone Wolf & Cub volume 1 manga is quite probably the most valuable of all English language manga by a very wide margin. Evidently hardcover copies of Dark Horse‚Äôs first graphic novel were a limited retailer incentive and now cost as much as $300. However, 230 copies were hand-numbered and autographed by Kazuo Koike on a bookplate featuring an exclusive illustration by Goseki Kojima. Those 230 numbered copies run $1,200 to $1,300 apiece. Mine is #98. I’ve owned it for 15 years and never realized how valuable it was.


Locker Locations

June 16th, 2015 by John


Ever notice that anime characters never have shoe lockers on the bottom row? It’s just not as graceful, stylish, or funny to see characters kneeling down to retrieve their shoes compared to reaching up. And without shoe lockers at head level, we wouldn’t get commonplace shots like this:



Small Curses

June 13th, 2015 by John

While digging around in my collection room today I discovered a set of 13 color Juuni Kokuki film comics that I didn’t even recollect owning. I’m aware that there are far more things that can be much worse to find in one’s house, so don’t take this as a serious complaint.



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