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Introducing Bloody Angel

Friday, March 20th, 2015

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After nearly 21 years in development and three years of writing, I’m now finally satisfied to consider my first original light novel, Bloody Angel, finished. In order to provide potential publishers with some encouragement to pick up the manuscript, I’d like to solicit advance reader reviews. If you’re interested in doing me the favor of reading & reviewing an advance copy of my book, especially if you have a blog or personal website where you can post an objective, spoiler-free review, please contact me. I’ll provide a copy of the manuscript via e-mail in Microsoft Word or PDF format.

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Ask John: Which Anime Heavily Reference Shinto Mythology?

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

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Question:
What are some anime that seriously delve into Japanese Shinto mythology?

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Ask John: If John Had a Time Machine…

Friday, January 9th, 2015

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Question:
If you had a time machine set to 2000 and could use it to address all the heads of the anime distribution industry in America then what advice would you give them to prepare for the upcoming anime crash?

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Ask John: Why Doesn’t a Vocaloid Anime Exist Yet?

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

Question:

Why do you think no Hatsune Miku anime series has come out yet? To me it seems like a no brainer, considering all the available music, video games and other merchandise available. With the multiple vocaloids already in existence you’d have quite a large cast. All that you would need is a story to put the characters in and some new tunes. Even if it sucked you’d have a lot of cash generated from it.

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Ask John: What’s the Meaning of ME!ME!ME!

Wednesday, December 31st, 2014

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Question:
I was curious what your thoughts were on the short film / music video ME!ME!ME! feat. daoko / TeddyLoid? What is your view on the social commentary hinted at through the video?

Answer:
Director Hibiki Yoshizaki’s original anime music video “ME!ME!ME! feat. daoko” is an intriguing and provocative work because of its explicit content and more so because it offers a variety of potential interpretations. The official description of the video, “You are attacked and ravished by many girls,” immediately suggests the conventional anime trope of male wish fulfillment: the harem fantasy. However, as I interpret it, this video actually depicts the opposite side of the coin. The video illustrates an otaku convention rather than an anime trope. The video illustrates the Japanese social construct of “only loving 2D.” I’ll explain my interpretation of the video in detail, with illustrations. Given the nature and content of the video, the following screencaps will include nudity and gore.

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Ask John: What are Good “Get Back Into Anime” Titles?

Monday, December 29th, 2014

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Question:
As someone who has not watched anime in five years or so, could you tell me what you consider some of the best films or short series (13 episodes or less) in the last decade? I have always respect your opinions and look forward to seeing what you have to say.

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Ask John: How Does One License Anime?

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

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Question:
I was wondering how does one license anime titles?

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Ask John: Why Does Extreme Hentai Exist?

Monday, November 17th, 2014

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Question:
In response to last week’s response, who on earth is the target audience for these disgusting hentais which feature gratuitous rape, violence and trauma and why do they watch it? Do they just have a “gawkers at a train wreck” mentality to them? And why on earth would someone go to the trouble of animating something so incredibly foul, rancid, immoral and disgusting?

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Ask John: What’s the Most Disgusting Hentai Anime Ever?

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

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Question:
What’s the freakiest, nastiest, most disguising hentai of all time?

Answer:
I haven’t watched every adult anime ever produced, but I have sampled enough of them to be able to identify a reasonably comprehensive selection of the most shockingly grotesque and upsetting erotic anime ever. The candidates fall into two categories. A pair of early adult anime is particularly noteworthy for their intensely cynical tone. The more contemporary examples merit recognition for their practically unconscionable excess.

Readers beware. From here on in, this article will get graphic and include graphic adult imagery.

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Ask John: Why are Doujinshi Allowed in Japan but Not in America?

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

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Question:
If doujinshi in Japan is perfectly legal then why not allow it in America too? I see no reason why Viz and others can’t allow doujinshi of Bleach, Naruto, One Piece or Hunter x Hunter to be traded. Why do the Japanese get to live large and enjoy the good life with endless doujinshi for Japanse anime/manga while we have paranoia and rampant lawyers and fear over in the States?

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Ask John: Why are Mikan Boxes so Common in Anime?

Friday, August 1st, 2014

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Question:
Many otaku and students of Japanese culture may be aware that oranges and tangerines are widely considered symbols of good fortune and are thus commonly served during New Year celebrations. Oranges are also particularly associated with the One Piece character Nami who is always obsessed with collecting wealth.

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Ask John: Why Don’t Anime Compete for Multiple Film Awards?

Friday, July 18th, 2014

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Question:
Why is it that, outside of The Wind Rises, anime licensors have never campaigned for an Emmy or Golden Globe Award? It can’t be because their shows are of the genre mold, since that hasn’t stopped The Walking Dead from being a contender. And it can’t be because they’re animated, since Family Guy, South Park, and The Simpsons have all been contenders in that category. So what holds back an anime series or film from being able to compete for those awards?

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Ask John: Is Getting Started in Anime Retail a Good Idea?

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

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Question:
A friend of mine is interested in selling anime merchandise online online. What are the factors that he should consider to make his business a success?

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Ask John: How Much Japanese Does an American Need to Know to Visit Japan?

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

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Question:
What kind of advice would you give to someone interested in visiting Japan but concerned about not speaking the language?

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Ask John: What Defines a Hardcore Anime Fan?

Friday, June 20th, 2014

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Question:
What makes an anime fan hardcore? Most of the fans I talk with don’t even buy merchandise or DVDs and say they’re hardcore otaku.?

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