Winter 2016 Anime – Midseason Impressions

We’re now six or seven episodes into each of this season’s selection of anime. Normally at this point, the number of anime I drop roughly equals the number of anime I choose to keep up with. I’m pleased to say that between the ones I dropped during the premieres and the time of writing, I have only dropped one additional anime! That was Prince of Stride, the free-running anime that free-ran out of steam way too quickly for my taste. What is continuing to flutter my fancy with the anime I’m still following includes the gorgeous art of Grimgar, the endearing, yet pulse-pounding Erased, and the masterful, mature Shouwa Genroku. That’s just to name a few. There’s plenty more detailed below! From their current status of worst to best, here’s what I’m still watching this Winter season. Continue reading

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Fantasy Art – February 2016

Just like my last post with anime fan art, I also follow way too many people on Deviant Art. Most of them tend to fall under “fantasy” but there may be some occasional outliers. So I will also be posting this blog regularly as well so that the anime and fantasy art just never stops coming! Now you can see all the wonderful stuff for yourself and maybe go give them a follow! Click on the image for the full size and each caption will have a link to the artist page. Continue reading

Anime Fan Art – February 2016

I follow Zerochan, an anime art community, quite religiously and I have always wanted to share the artwork I come across. I thought that because others may love anime fan art but don’t have the time to meticulously scour Zerochan’s vaults like I do they would at least like to see what fan art is really worth looking at. So this is a new series I will be posting regularly. Just click on the image to get the full size version and a link to the artist’s page is in each caption. I hope this satisfies some of the art appreciators among my followers.

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2015 – Anime of the Year Awards

How did 2015 treat you, anime fans? To assist with your reflection on that, I’m here to dish out my “best of” in all manner of categories to celebrate and honor the anime that made the most of their time and effort. The anime that boldly demonstrated just what this industry is capable of, and perhaps more specifically, what it has never been able to do before. With our usual four seasons, each with dozens of anime on air making up the selection pool, just selecting the nominees was a difficult process, but that laborious task is finished and it’s finally time to reward 2015’s very best anime.

Let me explain how this whole award thing works. I’m not omniscient, therefore, I haven’t seen every anime that aired this year. I tried to watch every anime that I feel like would make a difference in the awards but there may be a couple that I just haven’t gotten around to watching yet. That being said, I have watched the breadth of what was both popular and critically acclaimed this year so that should hardly be an issue. I debated a lot between doing this impartially like I did last year, meaning I try to take out my own bias and logically think what anime were the best. Then I realized, you know what, this entire blog is to represent me, not to show me trying to represent everyone else, therefore I decided, laughing at my last year’s self, to make this strictly what I liked about anime in 2015. So…I have a few types of awards:
Medals – These are jokes, or just things I appreciate. There is no nomination or “winner. ” Only special things I want to shout out.
Special Awards – These are targeted to smaller things that don’t necessarily reflect the anime themselves, but do play an important part in what I love about anime.
Production Awards – These are targeted toward the staff behind each anime and the skills they use to bring the anime to life, culminating in the Best Director and Best Studio awards.
Overall Awards – These consider the anime themselves as a final product and the things they offer to their audience, concluding with the anime of the year. Continue reading

Winter 2016 Anime – First Impressions

Twenty anime, people. I’m kicking off the new year strong with renewed vigor and bigger things in store, so I figured why not just load my plate with as much anime as possible? This season didn’t seem to have any immediate blockbusters when I was scrolling through its offerings, but that’s the point of digging deep into the selection. I’m here to lay out what anime surprised, delighted, and repulsed in Winter 2016. If you are looking for new anime to follow, then I hope something on this list can appeal to you. I’m starting with what I dropped and will work my way up to the most memorable!

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Fall 2015 Anime – Final Review

The final season of 2015 fared well for anime enthusiasts and distant onlookers alike with anime breaking new ground in popularity and mainstream appeal. This season’s selection seemed to be carried by a mighty few. I say that because normally there are a lot of anime that are hovering on greatness but jump in and out of that tier throughout the season. This time, however, all the anime were easily identifiable as terrific or mediocre right from the start with hardly any change in their quality.

I dropped a lot of anime later in this season, which is unlike me. There felt like such a lack of potential in so many of them that my inner-completionist didn’t even have the patience to see them through to the end. That’s rather foreboding, but there’s still fantastic stuff to talk about because what started good, stayed good, and that’s very rare these days. Save for this first entry in this season review… Continue reading

Cosplay Wishlist Countdown – Holiday Matsuri 2015

Hello there, christmas-crazed cosplaying community. Holiday Matsuri, a rapidly growing, local anime convention is right around the corner, and as such, my cosplay itch has grown unbearably strong. Not an itch to DO cosplay, but an itch to SEE cosplay. Not just as pictures on the internet, but in person at a convention I actually attend.

I don’t dabble in the art of presenting myself as a fictional character, as I deeply prefer writing and speaking about anime instead. But I have the utmost respect for cosplay. It is a beautiful craft that mixes athleticism, attention to detail, and artistic integrity to make a hybrid activity that downright intimidates me. As such, every convention I hope to see cosplayers putting their noble time and effort into a character that I’ve fallen in love with. While my wish list of cosplays I want to see for all time is insanely lengthy, this list is comprised solely of what made an impression on me this year, 2015. Continue reading