Last Week in Geekdom – Your Weekly News Round-Up (4/23 – 4/29)

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I’m running out of Koto pictures, but it seemed fitting to add one here this week.

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 that you don’t have to. A couple quick snippets to emphasize before we dive in: (1) my Twitter feed has been blowing up this weekend with the announcement that “SHIROBAKO” is getting a movie that is currently in production so that should be exciting; (2) How did I not know that “Yu Yu Hakusho” was getting a new OVA this year that was apparently announced back in December but I missed it?!; and (3) the Eisner Award nominations were announced, so definitely check those out in the comics section below. I hope you all had a great week, and, as always, if I missed something feel free to let me know in the comments. Continue reading

Waxing Philosophical: The Effects of Nostalgia

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I had to do some adulting today and didn’t have time to put together a full review, but I figured this was a good time to try something I’ve been thinking about for a few weeks. “Waxing Philosophical” will be short one-page musings, more like actual blog posts than what I usually write. Today, I wanted to think about how nostalgia is being utilized in the media industry, especially anime and manga. In the last year or so we’ve seen so many older shows popping back up with new content. Cardcaptors got a new season and manga 20 years after the series ended. Yu Yu Hakusho is getting a new OVA with their 25th anniversary box set. We also got a new season of Lupin III and League of Galactic Heroes with a new anime adaptation of the 90’s manga Banana Fish coming out in July. It seems like this is the time for resurrecting older shows. Continue reading

Skip Beat Manga Review: Combined Volumes 4-6

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Welcome back to the next installment of my Skip Beat manga reviews where I take a look at the next three volumes of the series. As I mentioned in my last review, this series is my absolute favorite manga and is probably one of the longest series I’ve kept up with, now standing at over 40 volumes. I’ve been slowly adding the 3-volume combined editions to my library and thought it would be a good idea to create this read-along review series as I revisit my favorite characters once again. Volumes 4-6 are packed with characterization and backstory that helps really solidify the motivations of each main character while providing stories of personal growth. Yoshiki Nakamura does a great job of slowly revealing the backstories of her characters like Kyoko and Ren, choosing which pieces to keep from us and which to keep from the rest of the cast. It creates this sense of suspense that makes you want to keep reading to see how they find out or what else is going to be revealed.

These three volumes continue the story of Kyoko Mogami as she climbs the ladder of the showbiz world in order to get her revenge on Sho Fuwa, her childhood love turned pop star who left her stranded in Tokyo. We left off in volume 3 with Kyoko confronting the acting school class in order to prove that she was worthy enough to join them. The story continues from there to how she got her first regular appearance on a TV variety show as the Chicken Bo. Events begin ramping up quickly after this debut with an audition for a soft drink commercial and being forced to sub in for Ren Tsuruga’s sick manager. Continue reading

Last Week in Geekdom – Your Weekly News Round-Up (4/16-4/22)

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Welcome back to another Last Week in Geekdom where I comb the internet for all the news you need to know so you don’t have to. I’m a little late today, mainly because I’ve been enjoying having a pretty lazy weekend with this weather starting to finally get nicer. Anyways, there’s some pretty cool stuff and some not so cool stuff that went down over the last week. With Twitter harassment campaigns targeting anime developers and a fan convention canceling their event one week before it was supposed to take place, my news feed has been abuzz with chatter. As always, let me know if I’ve missed anything. I try to capture the things I deem most important, but my eyes can’t be everywhere. Anyways I’m going to go enjoy this nice Spring weather, enjoy and have a great rest of your Sunday! Continue reading

Spring 2018 Anime First Impressions

It’s Spring and romance is in the air! I feel like there’s always a lot of romance anime that come out this season, either that or the amount of anime released in general has been increasing. Anyways, we’ve got a lot of romance anime to cover this time, some of them I’m genuinely looking forward to and some I’ll probably be crossing off my list. Just as last time, this blog follows the three-episode rule, where I try and watch three episodes of each new anime before making a decision. Sometimes I’ll only get around to watching two due to scheduling or time constraints, but I tend to like to give anime’s a fair chance to show me what they’re all about. Below are the romance animes of the season that I’ve checked out so far. Let me know in the comments below if there is something I’ve missed, and also check out my MAL account to see what other series I’m watching this season. Continue reading

Citrus and Why I’m so Critical of Yuri

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For some reason it’s been super hard for me to write this review. I’ve probably started and stopped writing this about three times so far. I went back and rewatched the whole series after stopping at episode four last season just to remind my brain what I actually thought of it as a whole. Maybe this review wouldn’t have been so hard to write if the series was bad or good for that matter, but I think it’s hard to write about just because it’s so average. And I think that’s why I have such a problem with yuri anime in general. There have been a few stand-out series for sure. I absolutely loved Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid, but Citrus leaves me frustrated and wanting (and not in a good way). I see so many tropes and pitfalls reflected in this series that I’ve seen pop up again and again, problems that have ultimately prevented me from liking yuri manga and anime in general for a long time (and some yaoi as well).

Citrus is a high school romance with a bit of sisterly taboo love thrown into the mix. Yuzu is your fairly typical fashionable teen, a self-proclaimed Gyaru defined by their bleach blonde hair, focus on flashy fashion, and love of large accessories. After her mother decides to remarry, Yuzu is forced to transfer to a new school, one that happens to be all-girl and strict on conformity. Her Gyaru style stands out ridiculously from all the other dress-code-adhering students. To make matters worse, she finds out that the student council president, a girl who lectured her and stole her phone on her first day, is her new half-sister. And they’re going to be living together from now on. But after her step-sister pins her to the bed and kisses her, Yuzu begins to think that her feelings for her sister may be more than familial love.

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Last Week in Geekdom – Your Weekly News Round-Up (4/9-4/15)

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Welcome back to another “Last Week in Geekdom” where I comb through the internet for all the news you need to know so you don’t have to. A few things I want to point out before diving in: (a) the Stan Lee elder abuse story is still ongoing, you can find links to articles in the comics section; (b) it was fairly busy for me that last week or so, so I’m fairly sure I missed things when compiling this list. As always, let me know in the comments if there was some super awesome announcement or article I missed this week. It’s fairly gross and cold where I am right now, so I’m going to go burrow under the covers and binge some anime after this. Continue reading

A Bride’s Story Manga Review: Volume 1

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I’m always super behind on new manga, so I’m super enjoying getting back into Twitter right now specifically to follow publishers and see all the new releases pop up on my feed. I think A Bride’s Story popped up at some point, and just seeing the cover art was enough to convince me that this might be something worth checking out. Luckily I had a big convention coming up then, Anime Boston, an excuse to spend an absurd amount of money on new manga. I managed to find the first volume in all the crazy crowds around the manga vendors, and I have to say I’ve been hooked ever since. I can’t wait to check out what the other volumes are like and see where the story goes. I feel like this manga is something I haven’t encountered before. Not only is the art wickedly detailed, but the detail stays consistent throughout the volume. The story focuses on an interesting part of history, the Silk Road and Central Asia. I would highly recommend this series to any history buffs and lovers of highly detailed art.

A Bride’s Story follows Amir Halgal, the daughter of a nomadic tribe in Central Asia during the nineteenth century who is betrothed to a twelve-year-old boy eight years her junior. Amir, who is 20 years old, is considered old for marriageable age. Now she must adjust to a new life among her husband’s family including cultural differences, expectations from her birth family and in-laws, and her growing feelings for her husband. The manga was created by Kaori Mori, the mangaka behind Emma and Shirley, giving us another great slice-of-life story. Continue reading

Violet Evergarden Anime Review

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Violet Evergarden was one of the animes of last season that got huge amounts of hype when it was announced. From the trailers, the animation looked highly detailed and even movie-quality. It definitely seemed like KyoAni had their work cut out for them to make this series live up to the hype now swirling around this series. I was definitely excited too when I first saw the trailers. The story looked to be an interesting concept and the main character was intriguing with her metal arms. The show had one big hiccup when it came out though: the fact that Netflix decided not to release it episodically in the US, waiting until the series was complete to release the whole thing on April 5th. It was definitely weird that they decided to do this only in the US, and it made watching the series as it came out challenging. I finally managed to catch up and finish it this week, and I have to say that while the series definitely has some faults, I generally enjoyed myself and was looking forward to watching each episode.

The plot of Violet Evergarden follows ex-soldier Violet as she tries to re-enter society after a bloody war that fractured the continent of Telesis. She had entered into the war as a young girl, trained for the sole purpose of being a weapon that could decimate enemy lines. Taken under the wing of the Major Gilbert Bougainvillea, she is led into a bloody skirmish towards the end of the war that leaves her hospitalized and reeling from the memory of the Major’s parting words to her. She begins work at “CH Postal Services” where she witnesses the work of an “Auto Memory Doll”, ghostwriters who are tasked with transcribing people’s feelings into words on paper. Intrigued by the notion, Violet starts her training as an “Auto Memory Doll” hoping it will get her one step closer to understanding the meaning behind Gilbert’s last words to her. Continue reading

Last Week in Geekdom – Your Weekly News Round-Up (4/2-4/8)

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Welcome back to another edition of “Last Week in Geekdom” where I comb the internet for all the news you need to know so you don’t have to. For this week, there were a lot of announcements for the number of episodes each anime was getting this season and where they are going to be streamed. I’ve decided not to include those, but there are two pieces of news that I thought I should highlight. One, it has been reported that someone has stolen blood from Stan Lee in order to use it as ink in special pens and to sign special edition comics. Two, Isao Takahata, one of the co-founders of Studio Ghibli, has passed away at age 82. I’m currently at PAX East today, and may have missed things in the news this week, so as always, let me know if I haven’t mentioned something important. Thanks! Continue reading