On my Radar for Spring 2019: The Eight Episode Check-In!

Hey guys.

The Spring 2019 anime season is heading into the final stretch and it’s been humming along rather well. While this is absolutely a quieter season than the last few, there have been some interesting and fun shows. My thoughts after about eight episodes in are after the cut!

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A serious lack of cute cat girls though.

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The Great Works of Anime: My List

A little while, I made a post talking about what the “Great Works” of Anime were, and I spoke about how a great work is not the best one, or the most famous, but the one that leaves behind an everlasting legacy that affects everything that comes after it. It doesn’t matter if you like the show or not, what matters is that show’s legacy and influence and it’s affect on fans of all stripes.

This week I’ll be doing my lead up to the 3-month blogging project in which I examine whether or not a certain series could be considered a great work of its genre, and also just seeing how it holds up after awhile.

For now though, I want to run off a list of the anime and manga that I think are the art-form’s great works. I don’t have one for each genre, so this is more of a personal list, of what I think are the most likely to be, or will be Great Works. Check em out after the cut.

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Extremely Subjective List Up Ahead

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What is a ‘Great Work’ in Anime?

Hey Guys

Throughout my time on WordPress, readers might have seen me bring up the words “Great Work” several times, across several different blog posts. I’ve mentioned how some series are either a great work of it’s genre, or close to becoming it. What I haven’t mentioned though is what exactly do I mean by a “Great Work”

Well since this coming June I’ll be starting a three month long blogging project investigating whether a certain series is worth of being called the “great work” of its genre, I wanted to take some time to lay out my thoughts on the idea of a “great work” in the realm of Anime. So after the cut let’s take a dive into my thoughts.

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And the identify of the series shouldn’t surprise ANYONE who reads this blog.

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Magical Girl Spec-Ops Asuka: Time Displacement

Little late on this one, but I’ve been quite busy. Nevertheless I wanted to make sure I got my thoughts on the last show that made it through the Spring 2019 season.

The Magical Girl Genre is one of the great pillars of anime and manga. Whatever your opinions on it, you cannot deny that the magical girl concept has been as tied to the industry as things like battle series, fanservice and mecha have  been. However the idea of the “dark magical girl” is something that feels quite unknown, especially to me. So when something like this came along, it just caught my interest. After the cut let’s get into our look at Magical Girl Spec-Ops Asuka

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The Chinese Girl Shows up for five seconds.

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I heard you like lists: My favorite anime opening and endings.

Hey guys, it’s list time again. I like lists, you like lists. We all like lists. It’s also almost Christmas, which has lists. I don’t know where I am going with this.

Anime music is a fundamental part of the industry. Opening and Ending themes are something people just love to watch, and they help separate anime from other forms of entertainment. So after the cut let’s dive into my top ten favorite anime and ending themes of all time. These are my personal favorites, what are yours?

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Number 9 always makes me fucking weep.

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Let’s Start a Conversation: Is Anime Fandom Ready for Mainstream Attention?

Ok..let’s see if this is gonna work. Don’t know if it will, but we learn by doing, not by wondering.

Like I said in my housekeeping post a few days ago. I want to try starting a series of posts (least once a month) where I pose a question and see if fellow anime bloggers want to respond with their own thoughts on their own blogs. In a sense starting a conversation about various things in the anime fandom/industry. And what better way to start then by jumping right into the deep end and asking the question: Is Anime Ready for Mainstream Attention? My thoughts are after the cut.

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This is the only conversation gif I could find.

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I heard you liked Lists: My Personal Favorite Anime and Manga of all Time.

Hey guys.

I’m looking forward to doing a three-episode check in on the shows I’ve been watching this season, but as there are a few more to watch this weekend before that can be done. So I thought that today I’ll run through a list of what are my personal favorite anime and manga. The ones listed below might not be the best read or received pieces of work, but they hold a special place in my heart. These range from shonen to shoujo, mecha to action, and ecchi to erotic. Many of these you’ll have for sure seen on this blog before and of course, none of these are in any real order. Let’s get into it after the cut.Read More »

Cardcaptor Sakura Clear Card: Like Eating a Cake

We all like cake right?

I mean I am a more of a pie guy, but just go with it.

We all like cake, a cake is fun to eat and if it is done well it is always tasty and you feel good eating it. However, after you eat the cake, do you often find that you don’t really think about it afterward? No matter how good the cake was made, you are left with a sort of hollow feeling?

Well, that’s how I feel about the series we are going to talk about today. After the cut let’s take a shallow dive into CLAMP’S Cardcaptor Sakura Clear Card.

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Cake time

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Girls und Panzer: Why Not?

Here is a simple question for you: Why do you like Anime?

There is no right or wrong answer to that question, and like any form of entertainment, it is very subjective to the person watching it. When it comes to Anime I think there are several general answers though. People like Anime because of the art style, the music, the mind-blowing battles, the copious amounts of fanservice, the emotions it can bring out of you whether they are sad or go, or maybe they just like cartoons.

Asking this questions at myself I found that my answer was not what I expected, and years of engaging in anime culture and entertainment have shaped and forged that answer until now, I think I can fully answer it.

I like Anime, because when other forms of entertainment ask “Why?” Anime proudly says “Why Not?”

A show where women compete using their boobs and butts? Why not?

A show where a boy uses a robot within a robot within another robot to kill a space god? Why not?

A man with a god complex finds a magical notebook that kills people. Why not?

An entire genre revolving around a single loser guy and a bunch of girls who want nothing more than to ride his dick? Why not?

A show where a guy can cook so good it literally rips people’s clothes off? Why not?

A show where an accidental kiss turns a good upstanding girl into love nectar obsessed sex freak? Why not?

In a world where fans and people seem to be constantly ripping apart entertainment and nitpicking even the slightest plot hole, or dismissing shows because “they don’t make sense” or “don’t reflect my Politics”. Anime and Manga have proudly planted their feet on the ground and embraced the idea that ANYTHING can be good entertainment, and one show in my mind sums up that feeling perfectly. After the cut let’s take a dive into Actas Inc’s Girl und Panzer.

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Seriously, Why Not?

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Cardcaptor Sakura: 100% Concentrated Joyful Innocence

Let’s get this out of the way right now.

The English dub of this show titled simply “Cardcaptors” is without a doubt, the worst English dub of anime ever, of all time. Yes, even worse than the 4kids One Piece. It completely butchers the show by cutting out VAST swaths of character development, motivations, plotlines, and even full episodes. It is an abomination of the highest form and there is next to nothing redeemable about it. That’s not on the voice actors, that’s on the adaptors. I’ll defend English dubbed anime always, but even I can’t stomach what was done to this show especially considering it’s impact and legacy. You do yourself a massive disservice if you watch anything except the original Japanese.

Now that that’s done, after the cut let’s take at what is quite possibly one of the greatest pieces of Shoujo manga of all time, and manga in general: CLAMP’s Cardcaptor Sakura.

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You will cry. Just accept it.

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