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Media and Social Commentary – The Shows and the Fans

4d ago ... The following two answers had been given on ask.fm. I sometimes answer questions off of the blog and I think they’d make for good pieces. Specifically here, as following my almost infamous piece on how Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei is an “Ode to Meritocracy” I was asked or accused of condemning fans of the show for liking it. So I think this answer will be useful. The second question looks at a s...

Why we love Psycho Busters (The novel)

27d ago ... Psycho busters! The unique fantasy novella from Japanese creator: Yuya Aoki – creator of the series Getbackers. Illustrations by Rando Ayamine. Introduction: “When a beautiful girl asks Kakeru to run away with her, he suspects there’s something strange afoot. It turns out she is on the run from a shadowy government organization intent on using her psychic abilities for their own nefarious...

AnimeShinbun July 2014 Contests

29d ago ... Hi everyone, Only a few days until the new Sailor Moon series comes out. Us old folk have been waiting a long time for this. =) Here's hoping it lives up to the hopes and expectations that we've been building for more than a decade. Apologies to the winners of the May contests, who apparently still haven't received their prizes. I'm expecting those should be going out to you shortly. L...

Revisiting Akira

32d ago ... Just recently I was fortunate enough to purchase the 25th anniversary edition of Akira on Blu Ray. Simply put the HD transfer of the film is fantastic and I’ve fallen in love all over again with the film. Watching it its sort of hard to believe that Akira is nearly thirty years old! Certainly its contemporaries haven’t withstood the test of time in terms of cinematography, story, and soundtrack...

Do you tell others about your hobbies?

32d ago ... In a couple of months I will be moving away from home for university studies on campus. This makes me both a little nervous and excited at the same time, as it is the next step in my life. Travelling to a completely new city where I nearly do not know anyone around me means my life will essentially start from scratch. This has got me to think about how it will be when making friends all over...

Boondocks Season 4, My 2 cents

33d ago ... The Boondocks season 4 just ended and I can say good. This season is without a doubt the worst season and it took me a long time to figure out what exactly was wrong with the series. It’s like when you become familiar with someone and then meet their exact twin, sure they look alike but they both are different individuals. The character personalities had been tweaked and became very notice...

AnimeShinbun June 2014 Update & Contests

58d ago ... Hi everyone. Usually I try to make these posts a bit lighthearted, but there's something I need to discuss with you all briefly. Last month, a few people mentioned that they were finding it took a while for their stories to get approved. Over the past month, we've been keeping a fairly close eye on story approvals to get a better sense of how long it's taking articles to go through, but a...

Why do you like anime?

63d ago ... Have you ever stopped and asked yourself why you actually enjoy watching anime? These Japanese animated series that not too long ago were shrouded in mystery as there were very few legal alternatives to use? At first you may have come across anime on a whim, perhaps being introduced to it by a friend or discovering that a TV channel airs it. It could have been anything that piqued your interest...

Anime You Should be Watching; Madoka Magica

64d ago ... I have to say that I only watched this show because I keep hearing about it and it recently came to netflix, so I said why not. I really am not into magical girls even though I grew up with shows like Sailor Moon. However, this show is not your typical magical girl genre, the first episode really misleads you into thinking that its your typical cute girl who becomes a magical girl to fight mon...

Appleseed Retrospective

64d ago ... In lieu of the recent trailer for the upcoming film “Appleseed Alpha” I thought it would be rather apt to delve into the Appleseed series as a whole and give my overall thoughts on it. While I could give some lengthy and perhaps contrived summaries of the films, manga, and OVA, I would rather focus on something else. I’m here to explore a small piece of Appleseed history that has often gone ove...

Give Anime a Chance

78d ago ... I've been watching anime for awhile and I believe I'm at the point where I will give just about any anime a chance. This comes with the help of Netflix continually updating their anime section and of course word of mouth. Series I would have never watched have been introduced some include Sgt. Frog and School Rumble, the latest for me has been Madoka Magica. I remember putting it on my list...

AnimeShinbun May 2014 Contests

91d ago ... It's that time once again. =) How's the new anime season been treating everyone? I hope you've all been able to find a few new series to whet your appetite. Got any recommendations for what the rest of us should be watching? LOYAL READER LOTTERY: When you visit AnimeShinbun at least once during every 24 hour period during the month, you'll gain an entry into our Loyal Reader Lottery! If you...

Anime The Smasher Of Cultural Barriers

93d ago ... Excuse the dramatic title but my love for all things Anime makes me somewhat excited. I'am sure most of you reading this feel the same emotions towards Anime, your love for Anime exposed by your avatar pics and names. Anime has always been an entertainment form that I have enjoyed and the sheer amount of Animes always coming out make being an Anime fan a good thing currently. It all began wi...

Attack on Cydonia, Knights of Titan

108d ago ... The more I get into this series, the lesser right I have to look down on Attack on Titan, and believe it or not, that is actually a detriment to Attack on Titan, not on Knights of Cydonia, or if I have to appease you the higher level weeaboo crowd, Sidonia no Kishi. Everything in this entire series has its own comparison to Shingeki no Kyojin, Tanikaze is a better Eren, Mikasa is a copy of I...

Middle Tennessee Anime Convention: In Love

112d ago ... Well it looks like its that time again and of course i’m referring to MTAC or Middle Tennessee Anime Convention with the theme “In Love” starting next week. It appears that this year it is going to be hosted in murfreesboro at the Embassy Suites. Last year it was in downtown nashville and as my first convention, I did have a good time. I was really impressed by the number of cosplayers. T...

Winter 2014 Review - The Weekly Watch

119d ago ... We finish up our recap and thoughts on the Winter season of anime and every show we watched, the we move on to announcing what shows we're following in the spring season of anime. We hope you'll join us next week in on The Weekly Watch.

AnimeShinbun April 2014 Contests

121d ago ... April Fools Day is nearly over here for me in Australia, so I figure it's late enough that I can safely post this without new people wondering if it's a joke. For those still wondering...it's not. You can really win stuff just by submitting stuff and participating on the site. ;) LOYAL READER LOTTERY: When you visit AnimeShinbun at least once during every 24 hour period during the month, yo...

Anime You Should Be Watching: Robotic; Notes

124d ago ... Robotic; Notes i’m not really sure how I got into this show but I just finished watching a few hours ago and it was a great experience. I remember seeing a brief animation of it and learned that there was some sort of mystery outside of the beginning story of a Robotics Research Club designing robots and using them to battle in tournaments. The main characters are Akiho Senomiya and Kaito...

Being Behind on Anime is Actually Alright

125d ago ... The winter season is about to leave and in less than a week the spring season will start. For the people who watch anime on a weekly basis this means a whole load of old is about to be replaced with an even bigger batch of new. The previous season will sink into oblivion while the new and hot series will be discussed frantically online. I have always tried keeping up with ongoing anime as mu...

Mirai Nikki Factual Review

129d ago ... Story Mirai Nikki is an anime that will creep you out in one way or another. The story is simple but gets surprisingly deep with tons of twists as well. The premise is that there’s 12 people who are selected by the god Deus to play a game, Deus is dying and must select someone to pass his powers of time and space onto someone, these 12 people must kill each other to become god. But here’s t...
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