What Anime Means To Me: Creators’ Approval

March 18th, 2015 by John

In 2004 while I was sitting in a hotel room with Hideyuki Kurata & Koji Masunari, they asked me what anime I was presently following. They nodded and approved when I answered “Futari wa Precure.” Then they had no idea what I was talking about when I said, “Pugryru.”

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What Anime Means To Me: Late Night Grocery Store Trips

March 17th, 2015 by John

At least once I had to catch a ride to a grocery store at 9 or 10pm to purchase blank VHS tapes because someone had come by to visit for the evening and brought along rare anime tapes that I could duplicate so long as I did so that evening. The tapes were too difficult to acquire to loan out to anyone.

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What Anime Means To Me: The Miami Guns Licensing Announcement

March 16th, 2015 by John

After I announced AN Entertainment’s acquisition of Miami Guns at the 2002 Anime Expo convention, Bandai Entertainment manager Jerry Chu approached me and expressed congratulations and surprise that we were able to acquire distribution rights to the show because, he said, Bandai had previously tried and failed to license the show.

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What Anime Means To Me: Cycling to Kotobuki

March 13th, 2015 by John

Once I rode my bicycle 64 miles round-trip from South St. Petersburg to South Tampa in order to rent anime VHS tapes from the Kotobuki Oriental Market.

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What Anime Means To Me: Kyoko Poster

March 12th, 2015 by John

All these years later, still being regretful that I never got around to buying this Maison Ikkoku wall poster when I had the chance:

Maison Ikkoku poster

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On Novel Writing XIV

March 11th, 2015 by John

dourer

Is “dourer” actually a word? Dictionary.com, Merriam-Webster, and Vocabulary.com all redirect “dourer” to “dour” and don’t list “dourer” as a valid adverb or predicate adjective conjugation. However, Microsoft Word and informal resources including the Scrabble Word Finder and Wiktionary do acknowledge “dourer” as a legitimate English language word.

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What Anime Means To Me: A Taxi to Narita

March 11th, 2015 by John

On the last day of my first AnimeNation-sponsored purchasing trip to Tokyo, I was so exhausted, and my bags filled with production cels were so heavy, that I literally couldn’t walk. So I spent $250 on a taxi-fare to drive me from Ikebukuro to Narita airport.

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Last Kind Whispered Words

March 10th, 2015 by John

Whispered Words vol. 3
The concluding three books of Takashi Ikeda’s high school lesbian romance drama Whispered Words come together in One Peace Books’ hefty 480-page third omnibus volume. Just as the series’ first third and second third both had small, consistent weaknesses, the final third of the story likewise has some weaknesses. But the appeal of the characterizations and the attractive art design amply compensate for the storytelling’s slight flaws. Similarly, One Peace Books’ publication of Whispered Words volume 3 isn’t perfect but is the closest to ideal of the three omnibus volumes.

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What Anime Means To Me: Nikkaku Animart

March 10th, 2015 by John

Sending my first mail-order purchase to the San Jose-based Japanese gift shop Nikkaku Animart on April 2, 1989. The order was for 2 Dirty Pair shitajiki, the first two hardcover Cream Lemon film comics, Akira film comics volumes 2 & 3, and the first volume of the Hokuto no Ken manga. The first Cream Lemon book turned out to be sold out. I finally got it on my 5th order placed on September 25, 1989.

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What Anime Means To Me: Pseudonyms

March 9th, 2015 by John

Countless hours debating with friends over whether or not Kia Asamiya and Michitaka Kikuchi were the same person. (For the record, they are.)

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On Novel Writing XIII

March 6th, 2015 by John

I’m starting to see the end of my theoretically final revision of Bloody Angel. I’ve been slowly re-reading and fleshing out the manuscript lately. I’m now 265 pages into the 350 page draft. Just last evening I composed a new 400 word three-paragraph insert scene. A particular event late in the story is predicated upon an event earlier in the story, but the transition between event A and event B was originally presented entirely through implication, and I’ve never been entirely satisfied with that development, or more properly, lack thereof. So yesterday, while re-reading, I realized an ideal structural opportunity to insert a short scene that overtly lays the foundation for “event B” which occurs later in the story.

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What Anime Means To Me: The Art of Angel’s Egg

March 6th, 2015 by John

I’m pretty certain that I was at an Anime Weekend Atlanta convention in the early 2000s when I convinced a dealer to drop the sales tax and sell me his copy of the Animage Art of Angel’s Egg illustration book for $150.

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What Anime Means To Me: LT & Kyojin no Hoshi

March 5th, 2015 by John

On an AnimeNation sponsored purchasing trip to Tokyo, I was sitting on a train beside LT, one of AnimeNation’s Japanese business associates and my volunteer translator. I recollect thinking that his fashion sense was so odd because he wore a casual grey sport coat with red leather cowboy boots. He mentioned to me that he didn’t keep up with contemporary anime, but when he’d been a child, he’d idolized the Kyojin no Hoshi anime.

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What Anime Means To Me: WTF Anime

March 4th, 2015 by John

I haven’t watched either Ryukonohara Labyrinth or Genji in 20 years. Do they still not make any sense?

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What Anime Means To Me: Wandering Kid

March 3rd, 2015 by John

Before Central Park Media made the bold step of localizing “Urotsukidoji” with its Japanese title intact, my friends and I had known of it for years as “Wandering Kid.”

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