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Anime You Should be Watching; Psycho Pass

26d ago ... Psycho Pass I watched this anime a couple of weeks ago on Netflix and I have to apologize to the creator and artists who worked on this anime. I thoroughly enjoyed this anime from beginning to end and I hope there will be another season or even prequel added. Psycho pass is intriguing because of the world that is created. The year is 2113 and society is monitored by the Sibyl System whic...

AnimeShinbun September 2014 Contests

29d ago ... Hi everyone, If you haven't already read the blog post I made last month, "On submissions, approvals, and comments", please do so now. It includes important information regarding rules changes and updates here on AnimeShinbun. Things like getting caught in self-approving stories from your own website can and will impact on your eligibility to win prizes. The blog post is still on the front p...

Anime You Should be Watching; Knights of Sidonia

35d ago ... Knights of Sidonia Knights of Sidonia is a mech anime which has a lot of intrigue with the characters and a lot of mystery surrounding the founders of their modern society. While there is a lot of action, the characters present some interest as well but none more than the main protagonist; Nagate Tanikaze who has a very interesting background. The story takes place about 1000 years in t...

Discussing Hot-Button Topics

36d ago ... We all have issues that make us see red, things that have us flying to our keyboards to pen strongly-worded rants at whoever had offended our sensibilities. An interesting thing is that these topics are almost always charged in both directions – you think X appearing in Y manner is something to get worked up over, and someone else might think that you getting worked up over it is something to f...

On submissions, approvals, and comments

44d ago ... Two months ago, in my regular contest blog, I posted about the issue of self-approvals, and gave some guidelines for how we would handle these. With the continuing issues around submissions and approvals over the past few months, I thought it was about time I gave everyone a bit more clarity on this and other issues for submissions and approvals that have been causing a few problems. -------...

AnimeShinbun August 2014 Contests

59d ago ... Hi everyone, After all these years of waiting, we finally have new Sailor Moon! How's everyone enjoying the new series thusfar? Has it lived up to your expectations? I'm going to be making a fairly substantial blog post later this week regarding submission and approval rules, expanding further on things I said during the June contest update. I hope all of our loyal contributors will read...

Media and Social Commentary – The Shows and the Fans

66d 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)

88d 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

91d 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

93d 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?

93d 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

94d 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

120d 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?

124d 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

125d 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

125d 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

140d 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

153d 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

154d 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

169d 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...
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