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AnimeShinbun Christmas Creative Contest 2014

6d ago ... Our Christmas Creative Contest involves challenges of creativity rather than challenges of artistic skill. We'll be judging you primarily based on your ideas, so don't worry if you can't draw or write well, you can still score well with the judges. Submitting something so bad it's good, Santa Claus Conquers the Martians style, is a perfectly valid strategy for this competition. ;) So long as yo...

AnimeShinbun 12 Days of Christmas Trivia 2014

6d ago ... Hi everyone and welcome to our 12 Days of Christmas Competition. =) Here's how things are going to work. Rather than giving you a new question a day as we did last year, I'm going to give you all 12 questions in one big lump, to make sure you've all got time to hunt down the answers. For all of the questions this year, we're specifically asking about 2014 anime series which have streamed leg...

AnimeShinbun 2014 Holiday Season Contests

11d ago ... Hi everyone! 'tis the season for giving, and we've got a stack of prizes to give away for the holiday season this year. On December 12th, we'll be starting our 12 Days of Christmas Trivia competition. Rather than giving you a new question a day as we did last year, I'm going to give you all 12 questions in one big lump, to make sure you've all got time to hunt down the answers. And to mak...

AnimeShinbun November 2014 Contests

46d ago ... Hi everyone, Not long now until our annual Christmas contests. =) How did you like the format we ran last year with the 12 Days? Check my past blogs if you weren't around back then. ;) We'll probably be mixing it up again a bit this year, based on your feedback, so please let us know if you have any particular suggestions for how you'd like to see things go this time around. I've had a fe...

Was Discovering Anime a Blessing or a Curse?

48d ago ... If you have been following me recently on social media or on my blog, chances are high that you’ve noticed me being offline more than usual and, the few times I’ve been online, more emotional than usual. For you who haven’t been following me, the gist of the scenario is that I haven’t been feeling too good lately. A lot of stressful things happened at once after moving away from home, and many...

Anime You Should be Watching; Gurren Lagann

73d ago ... My apologies to the makers of this great anime, I thought I had talked about this anime before. This anime is currently running on Toonami and one of the gate way animes i’ve mentioned in the past and you can also catch it on Netflix and yes it is dubbed in English. You can also watch it on Crunchyroll in its original language for free. Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann is one of the top shonen an...

AnimeShinbun October 2014 Contests

75d ago ... Hi everyone, I've had a few people who got caught up by some issues such as approving things from their own website tell me that they weren't aware of the issue, so if you haven't already read the blog post I made 2 months back, "On submissions, approvals, and comments", please do so now. It includes important information regarding rules changes and updates here on AnimeShinbun. These issues...

Anime You Should be Watching; Psycho Pass

105d 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

107d 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

114d 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

114d 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

122d 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

137d 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

144d 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)

167d 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

169d 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

171d 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?

172d 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

173d 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

198d 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...
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