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So Close & So Far

April 12th, 2015 by John

Buddyfight 100

I’ve managed to watch the first episode of all 50 new anime TV series that have premiered this season so far with the single exception of Future Card Buddyfight 100. I can’t find an original Japanese language copy of the first episode anywhere. All ten uploads of the first episode on Youtube are English dubbed, including three of them that are falsely titled “English subbed.” Call me “purist” or “elitist” if you like; I’d rather skip watching the first episode than resort to watching it dubbed in English.

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Derivative Season Already?

April 5th, 2015 by John

I wonder if the current season of new TV anime represents a new rotation in generational demographic or just current anime being highly redundant.

The first episode of Re-Kan seems practically like a reverse clone of Kotoura-san. Sougeki no Soma appears to be an updated version of Yakitate Japan that focuses on dinner cuisine instead of pastries. Omakase Miracle Cat Dan looks and feels an awful lot like a non-crude sibling to Urayasu Tekkin Kazoku. Denpa Kyoushi is GTO for otaku.

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Bloody Angel Sample Online

April 2nd, 2015 by John

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I’ve made the first scene of my original light novel Bloody Angel available for public reading online. I’m hoping that a few more people will consider this prologue scene intriguing enough to volunteer to read & review the entire novel. If you’re interested in reviewing the complete, as yet unpublished/unreleased manuscript, please contact me.

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Coluboccoro Kickstarter Campaign is Live

April 1st, 2015 by John

Despite my belief that Santa Company turned out to be a highly compromised work, Coluboccoro still looks promising enough that I committed to a $100 donation.

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What Anime Means To Me: Warriors of the Wind

March 27th, 2015 by John

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Renting a VHS copy of New World Pictures’ Warriors of the Wind from Euwing Video on 9th Avenue and watching it twice before returning it the next day.

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What Anime Means To Me: Cream Lemon T-Shirt

March 23rd, 2015 by John

Being 16-years-old and too embarrassed to purchase a Cream Lemon “Escalation” t-shirt from (I think it was) Pony Toy Go Round.

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Introducing Bloody Angel

March 20th, 2015 by John

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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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What Anime Means To Me: The Paper

March 19th, 2015 by John

Back in 2001, the creativity expressed via the animation and direction depicting the casual ease with which Yomiko Readman uses her power during her first action sequence in the first R.O.D. OVA simply floored me. It was completely unlike any action sequence I’d ever seen before in animation or live-action.

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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.

Tokyo Taxi

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