Last Week in Geekdom – Your Weekly News Round-Up (7/9 – 7/15)

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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. This weekend is my first full weekend in my new apartment, so to say my past week has been hectic would be an understatement. So if this round-up seems a little sparse, you’ll know why. I tried my best to pull together what news I could find this week, but I may be lacking on some on the anime and manga front, so feel free to let me know if I missed anything in the comments below. As for some highlights this week: Cowboy Bebop: The Movie is coming back to theaters; Dust 18, an Osamu Tezuka manga from the 70s has come back to print in a new 400-page volume; and Comichron points to a 6.5% drop in overall comic and graphic novel sales in 2017. I hope you all have a great rest of your Sunday and be sure to check out the featured articles and videos below as well. Continue reading

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Kakuriyo: Bed & Breakfast for Spirits Anime 1st Cour Review

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I’m a sucker for youkai shows, so when this one started streaming on Crunchyroll last season, you bet I followed along with every episode. It matched well with both the other romance animes airing that season as well as the food-based shows. I was a little worried that it would wind up following a lot of tired tropes with the arranged marriage plot-line, but while Kakuriyo doesn’t quite present something different, it wound up being interesting enough in it’s characters and setting that I continued watching all the way to the end of the first cour. It’s at the end of the first cour, or 12 episodes, that we’ll stop for this review. I’ll pick back up the show this season and do a second cour review at the end of the Summer. So for those of you who are fans of youkai and cooking shows, I’d suggest checking this one out while it’s still airing, though I do still have a few problems with the series to talk about. If you’d like to hear more, keep reading.

Kakuriyo follows the life of Aoi Tsubaki who was born able to see youkai/spirits or ayakashi as they are called in this series. After her only relative, her grandfather, passes away she is left alone to deal with the ayakashi by herself. But one fateful encounter with an Ogre Ayakashi finds her transported to the spirit world. It’s there she learns that her grandfather wracked up a huge amount of debt in the spirit world while he was alive, and put Aoi’s hand in marriage up as collateral to the Head of Tenjin-Ya, a hotel for spirits. However, Aoi has other plans, and to escape her arranged marriage and pay off her grandfather’s debt, she decides to open a small eatery and cook for the spirits of the other world. Continue reading

Waxing Philosophical: Piercings as a Form of Self-Harm in Horimiya

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I’ve been going back over and re-reading one of my favorite manga series the past couple weeks, Horimiya. It’s one that I feel has a lot of aspects that are both entertaining and make you think in certain ways, and this last read-through has gotten me thinking about the nature of self-harm. I’ve thought about it a little bit before in the context of this manga, but I figured this time I’d try and get some of my thoughts down on paper in a more concrete form. I know this might be a bit of stretch, but I feel like it makes sense in the context of the manga given the characters and story, so hear me out.

Horimiya is a romantic comedy manga that takes place in high school. It has your standard high school worries: making friends, keeping up appearances, romance troubles, and bullying. One of the main characters, Miyamura, has been ostracised from his classmates since childhood for looking gloomy and nerdy with his long hair, glasses, and quiet demeanor. People began to see him as this unapproachable otaku and thus began bullying him. It’s not until a chance meeting between him and the other main character, Hori, that we see another side to his character, one where he becomes a stylish man with dozens of piercings and tattoos. It’s an interesting juxtaposition that speaks to how people, especially young adolescents, manage public and private personas given the situation. But I think it also has another connotation given Miyamura’s history of bullying: self-harm.

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Last Week in Geekdom – Your Weekly News Round-Up (6/25 – 7/1)

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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 half to. I’m currently writing this while my apartment is being turned upside-down as we’re moving tomorrow. So it’s understandably been crazy especially when I lost internet yesterday. Anyways, I’m here now and will be trying to get a review up this Wednesday, but don’t be surprised if it’s delayed. For some highlights from this week: Sci-fi writer and comic creator Harlan Ellison has passed away at age 84, the US Justice Department has approved Disney’s acquisition of 20th Century Fox assets, and the Harvey awards will be coming back this year. I also encourage you to check out the articles and videos I’ve featured down below. But otherwise, I hope you all have a great Sunday! Continue reading

[Blog Update] Comcast Sucks

**Edit**: I have internet, but I have a feeling it might be unstable. I’m keeping an eye on it, but will try and work on news later today.

Hi All,

I’m sitting here on my phone, probably burning through data as I write this. I’m currently on day two of no internet, so I may not have the time or ability to get news up tomorrow or even get some posts scheduled for next week. I’m moving into my new apartment on Monday, so things have been extra chaotic. This is just the icing on a cake filled with frustration. Keep an eye on my Twitter for updates. I’ll see you all again when I have internet.

Thanks!

~Allison

Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku Anime – The Nerdy Romance We Needed

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I feel like over the course of this blog I’ve read, watched, and reviewed more highschool romances than I can count now, with even more sitting on the back-burner waiting for their moment. It’s been a never-ending cycle of young girls worrying over indirect kisses, love triangles that always end how you expect them to, and relationships that amount to a singular kiss and some hand-holding. Don’t get me wrong, I still find enjoyment in a lot of these series, especially when they have engaging characters or some sort of psychological drama. But I’ve found myself gravitating more towards Josei series over the years. Maybe It’s just because I’m getting older, or that my own relationship has progressed to the point where I don’t see inexperienced adolescent romance as appealing or relatable anymore. Because of this, I think Wotakoi came at an opportune time and quickly rose to number two on my list of favorite (non-recurring) anime this season overall.

Wotakoi is the story of closeted fujoshi Narumi who gets a new job after a bad break-up and the reveal of her secret. It just so happens that one of her new coworkers is childhood friend, Hirotaka, a handsome gaming otaku. After a night of drinking and lamenting the scarcity of good men in her life, Narumi and Hirotaka begin dating. The two seem a perfect match, but as the title says, love is hard for otaku. With the help of otaku couple and coworkers Koyanagi and Kabakura, they begin to work at their new relationship. Based off the webmanga series by Fujita, the story was picked up for adaptation by A-1 Pictures for the 11-episode series and is currently being streamed in the US through Amazon Prime. Continue reading

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

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