Last Week in Geekdom – Your Weekly News Round-Up (6/18 – 6/24)

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Welcome back to another installment of “Last Week in Geekdom” where I comb the internet for all the news you need to know so you don’t have to. Some housekeeping news first: I’m still on a reduced schedule due to the busy nature of my life right now, however I’m hoping to get two post up next week. We’ll see how that goes. Now for the news highlights: Anime Expo apparently has all of the world premieres of anime movies and series this year (I really need to go one of these years), the CEO of Anime News Network sparked a ton of controversy after punishing forum posters for speaking up against hateful posts, and the backlash against Dark Horse comics has come to somewhat of a conclusion after a former editor spoke out against the anti-trans policies in their insurance coverage. Be sure to check below for some great articles and videos, and as always, let me know if I overlooked anything. Happy Sunday! Continue reading

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Hyouka Anime Review

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I’m not sure what I expected going into Hyouka. I knew it was a mystery series and I had seen the occasional clip here and there, but it definitely wasn’t the kind of mystery I was used to. I grew up on old black and white murder mysteries from the 40s and 50s. One of The Thin Man movies was sure to pop up on our TV at some point every week. It was and still is, in some ways, a staple in my household to sit down every once and a while and watch those old shows. It’s something I’ve grown to love over time, a love passed from my dad to me. But going into Hyouka with this background made a bit confused as to how exactly this series was considered a mystery. It isn’t like any mystery show I had experienced, after all there’s no murder, no real crime to solve. I think that’s the appeal though. Hyouka isn’t just a mystery. It’s a slice of life show, a school life show, and a romance. It follows students being students, solving the kind of mysteries that matter to them in the moment. I have to say, it’s a really interesting show, and one that may make it onto my list of ones I come back to again and again.

The plot of Hyouka follows high school student Hotaro Oreki, someone who hates expending energy on anything, who is forced by his older sister into joining the Classic Lit Club to keep it from going defunct. He is joined by Chitanda Eru, Satoshi Fukube, and Mayaka Ibara. Together they try and solve various mysteries around school, mostly at Eru’s request. The series is based off of a 2001 mystery novel written by Honobu Yonezawa, book one out of six, the other five books being published between 2002 and 2016. A manga adaptation was created in 2012 by Taskohna, with the 22-episode anime by Kyoto Animation following soon after. Continue reading

[Blog Update] Change of Schedule

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Hi All,

I’ve been realizing over the past couple weeks that it’s been getting harder and harder to stick to my schedule of reviews on Wednesday and Saturday with news on Sunday. Life’s been getting pretty hectic with my full-time job moving into its busiest months, packing up for a move in two weeks, and starting on some wedding planning. So, I’m going to say that you can probably expect at least one post a week from now on as well as news. But, if I manage to write two or more, it’ll be a nice surprise! This will also allow me to be a little more active in reading through everyone else’s posts and might also give me a chance to write better reviews and do more research for longer articles.

Make sure to follow me on Twitter if you want the most accurate updates on what’s going on with the blog as well as the occasional adorable shibe retweet.

I’ll be back sometime this week for my review of Hyouka that I finally got the chance to watch.

~Allison

Last Week in Geekdom – Your Weekly News Round-Up (6/11 – 6/17)

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Welcome back to another installment of “Last Week in Geekdom” where I comb the internet for all the news you need to know so you don’t have to. Phew! This week has been tough for me with work and starting on wedding planning, so I’m sorry if post have been delayed. There will probably be more delays in the coming weeks as well. Anyways! On the news front, I’d suggest checking out the Magical Girl Ore cosplay photoshoot from Crunchyroll below, the new comic publisher Ahoy which is planning on some interesting contributions to serial comic publishing, and the next installment of the Stan Lee elder abuse saga where we finally see some legal action being taken. I would also suggest checking out the two videos I featured this week. The Pedantic Romantic has some great views on March comes in like a lion, one of my all time favorite animes. Happy Sunday and happy father day to all you dads! Continue reading

How Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card Managed to Disappoint One of its Biggest Fans

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The title of this blog post makes it sound like I’m feeling a bit betrayed right now, and in a way that is true. Cardcaptor Sakura is one of my all-time favorite series. It’s one that’s been a favorite of mine since early childhood and, because of this series, I was introduced to many more brilliant CLAMP series like xxxHolic and Kobato. It was one of the first magical girl series to really break the mold of what it meant to be a magical girl, doing away with transformation sequences, actually adding characterization to the male leads/love interest, and promoting positive views of single parenthood and same-sex relationships. To say that I was looking forward to this series when it was announced would be an understatement. I knew there was a chance it would turn out to be a sub-par remake, but I honestly had faith that CLAMP wouldn’t let one of their most popular series fail like that.

Back at the end of last season, the middle of the series, I wrote a blog post talking about Clear Card as it stood then and my hopes for where the story may go from there. There were a ton of questions circling around at that time about where the story would go, what kind of reveals we would see later on, and predictions on where the story around Akiho might go. Now, I can definitively say after watching the last episode that I honestly have more questions now than I did then. This review is probably going to end up being pretty spoilery, so if you haven’t caught up on the new series, I suggest you go watch it before reading further. Continue reading

Skip Beat Manga Review: Volumes 7-9

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Welcome back to my read-through of Skip Beat, one of my favorite mangas of all time. If you haven’t read the previous reviews, please do so before reading on. These reviews will contain some spoilers, so if you haven’t read the manga, you might want to do that as well. Today, we’ll take a look at volumes 7-9, another great series of chapters that add a lot to the characters of Kyoko, Ren, Moko, and Sho. These characters weaknesses are on full display in these chapters with some great moments and major developments in story and relationships. It’s one of the things I love most about this series, the ways Nakamura explores her character’s weaknesses and how they overcome them in order to better themselves and their position in showbiz. Combined with our usual great art and page layouts, I really enjoyed these volumes. So let’s dive in and discuss what makes them so entertaining.

Shoujo Beat’s back-cover description goes like this: “Kyoko’s dreams are finally coming true! She’s landed a spot in Sho’s new video, and revenge is in sight! But vengeance isn’t as easy as she thought, and her rage starts to get in the way of her acting. When her performance catches the attention of some important people, Kyoko finds herself working with the terrifying Ren Tsuruga! Can she make it work, or will her growing fame be her downfall?!” So besides the plot with Sho’s promo video (and the obscene amount of exclamation points), we also get to see a story from Moko’s life as she runs into trouble with a new job in a drama, and see the beginning of the Tsukigomori arc as LME President Lory tries to prevent Ren from taking on his first role in a romantic drama. Continue reading

Last Week in Geekdom – Your Weekly News Round-Up (6/4 – 6/10)

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Welcome back to another issue of “Last Week in Geekdom” where I comb the internet for all the news you need to know so you don’t have to. This week has been a bit hectic and exhausting for me, so the anime and manga news section may be a little sparser than usual. However, I’ve added a lot more featured articles to somewhat make up for that fact. Of particular note this week is the continuing drama of the failed anime adaptation of [New Life +], Gamestop’s announcement that it will begin selling monthly comics, and the passing of comic creator and all around awesome human being Anthony Bourdain. You can read all these down below. Also check out the featured sections for some great content, particularly the article of autism in Violet Evergarden and the two featured videos this week. Happy Sunday! Continue reading

Sleepless: Issues 1-5 Comic Review

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As the weather gets nicer, I’m beginning to enjoy making trips after work to the comic shop by my apartment. It allows me to get some exercise walking home and lets me check out some new releases. Lately, or I should say for a while, I’ve been on an Image kick, and Sleepless is one of the more recent series I decided to pick up on one of those nice Spring days after work. It’s a pretty interesting series, a young adult, fantasy, romance set in an interesting world and with pretty interesting characters. The series started publishing back in December of 2017, so the story is still progressing through the court intrigue, murder plots, and general backstory in these first issues and hasn’t quite hit the main romance yet. However, I think these first issues should be enough to hook anyone who loves this genre, I know I’m hooked now.

The story of Sleepless follows Pyppenia, or “Poppy” as she’s called, who is the daughter of the recently deceased King of Harbeny. Day and night she is guarded by the Sleepless knight, Cyrenic, who has taken a magical vow to never sleep again in order to protect Pyppenia. But now that her father is dead, her mother back in her home country across the sea, Poppy has to deal with court intrigue, murder plots, and a new King on the throne. The story is written by Sarah Vaughn (of Alex + Ada), with art by Leila del Duca, editorial and coloring by Alissa Sallah, and lettering by Deron Bennett. Currently, there are six issues published by Image with more coming out every month. Continue reading

Waxing Philosophical: The Benefits of Writing Fanfiction

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I wrote an article about a year ago when I was still writing for the (now defunct) Girls Like Comics website about the various things American publishers could learn from Doujinshi culture in Japan. I’ve been thinking about that article again, and how it talks about some of the benefits Japanese publishers saw in the distribution and creation of Doujinshi based on their titles. Lately, I’ve been getting sucked into reading a series that was a hug part of my high school life, a series of dark fantasy novels that pushed me into writing fanfiction during the craze that was Fanfiction.net. I found my brain returning to that state of mind, crafting new characters and scenarios that could work in this pre-established world. But my time studying creative writing in college constantly goes against these instincts, shouting that I could be writing my own characters, my own stories, that writing writing fanfiction is a waste of creative energy. Continue reading

Last Week in Geekdom – Your Weekly News Round-Up (5/28 – 6/3)

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Welcome back to another installment of “Last Week in Geekdom” where I comb through the internet for all the news you need to know so you don’t have to. Some housekeeping first: if you haven’t already seen my “100 Followers Celebration Post” head over there and check it out. It was written as a thank you to all of you guys, and feel free to answer the question at the end of the post. As for some news highlights for today: there’s some controversy brewing over an anime adaption of the light novel {New Life +] that you can read below; Toonami is pushing back the release of the English-subbed versions of the FLCL animes; and Netflix has decided to get into the comic publishing business. Be sure to also check out some of the videos and articles down below, and, as always, let me know if I missed anything important. Happy Sunday! Continue reading