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Linda is a life long fan of anime, and dabbles in a lot of things. She writes with a tentative neutral voice.. and as for that three year anime blogging mark, she tries to defy that as she is gaining a voice in other mediums ie: Twitter. Find her at other places online. "They say a little knowledge is a dangerous thing, but it's not one half so bad as a lot of ignorance." -Terry Pratchett

Nobuo Uematsu’s Pinocchio take in Blink-0 1946


Any video gamer familiar with Square Enix RPG games would know Nobuo Uematsu’s credit on being the composer of Final Fantasy music. This summer of 2013 however, Blink-0 1946 was released as Uematsu’s first ebook credit. The story takes place in the period after WW2, where German doctor Dr. Mabuse successfully created artificial intelligence in a robot named Blink-0.

Similar to Pinocchio’s story, Blink-0 lives with a dream of becoming a human. There is a morality lesson to be learned in this tale. Not to spoil too much of this story, there are two ways to experience this product. One is to purchase the book to read on the iPad, or another is purchase the three specific track that is composed especially to tie into Blink-0 1946’s story. 

The three songs are “Blink-0 1946”, “Ah But Why?” and “So Close.” Upon my first time of listening to these pieces I was reminded greatly by Vocaloid music with its digital voices, but it can also be compared to MIDI music. So a reader reads the story and embedded within the pages are the songs itself.

I don’t have to say much about who the writer and composer Nobuo Uematsu happens to be, but for the illustrator of Blink-0, this is Hiroki Ogawa who works as a director under Uematsu’s founded music label for Dog Ear Records. The story is short, but for fans of Nobu Uematsu, this is a good book to experience.

(This Ebook was received as a review copy)

Comissioning at AnimeNEXT


This topic has probably been brought up before, but as a disclaimer this is something based on my own experience and is not necessarily experience by others. I may have a personal bias since I happen to know both artists who I commission from. The two times that I have specifically asked for commissions are surprisingly done in conjunction with AnimeNEXT which had an artist alley that is position specifically across from the Dealer’s Room at the Garden State Exhibition Center.

Consistently, I have had a love and hate feeling for AnimeNEXT’s Artist Alley…well hate is a pretty strong word, so I should say Love and Tears. Love because I always always love a lot of things that I see in the Artist Alley and Tears because, well the money that goes flying out of my wallet. Personally speaking, what I see at AnimeNEXT is at times not seen at other conventions. I am mostly going on about their availability for origami crafts jewelry. But enough gushing about what I see at AnimeNEXT’s artist alley.

Typically artists at the convention alleys often purchase table space to sell their products to attendees. To earn beyond the cost of purchasing the table space equals to a profit for artists. It is also as I learned a great place to network, and get exposure. A great deal of artists typically has prints, buttons or comics to sell. I also see fashion accessories, plushies or all types of crafts. If the artist is an illustrator, there’s most likely an advertisement on their booth that offers commissions for a fee to be completed during the course of the convention.

How does a person go about commissioning artwork? Well there should be an interest in artwork, and appreciating an artist enough to throw money at them. An artist does a lot of their artwork out of love for the subject and a commission is a transaction that is done one on one with a fan seeking an artist to use their artistic trade to create a custom image. These tips are also done within a very short period of time, if this is typically the first time commissioning a artwork or product.


  • Hold onto your wallets, because the goal is to keep within a budget. Yes an artist would probably want you to throw as much money as you can to them.
  • Give a walk around the artist alley once without buying anything. Observe, giggle and yes this may be best done alone or with a small group of friends. There is often not enough space to have a large crowd. Do a couple of walk rounds if you have time.
  • Make mental observations to art styles or mediums used by the artists. Inquire about pricing and commission sizes. What are negotiable is the anime character, (more for one character), position, and tone of the product. Different prices are set between colors, or black and white. You can ask if you would want to have the artist emulate the official art or use their art style to convey that character.
  • Inquire first if the artist knows the character/series you’re talking about, if not then have a reference handy.
  • Settle on price and leave payment.
  • Wait to pick up product.

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The two commissions I have complete are actually tapped to by wall, protected in their original plastic coverings. If there is ever room, the option is also in my mind to frame the artwork. Yes this is not original artwork by the creator, but to appreciate a fandom and love in an artistic manner. Commissions are one way to support and have an enjoyable experience. Thanks to Juri and Lily for drawing your versions of Arale for me!

Spotlighting on AnimeNEXT’s 2013 Fashion Segment

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Whenever I think about fashion shows, that song by Right Said Fred for I’m Too Sexy always starts to echo in my mind. The song might be a one hit wonder, but there was definitely a catwalk set up for the fashion show for Mint Neko and Baby, The Stars Shine Bright. Both designers are Japanese well known labels and were invited to Anime NEXT as guests. Convention goers were also able to purchase the designer’s goods at the dealer’s room over the weekend.

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Mint Neko’s fashion show was first, followed by BTSSB, and after every fashion show, there was a short Q/A with the audience. Convention attendees were allowed to line up and ask questions. During Mint Neko’s Q&A, it was revealed by the designer that he got into fashion to meet girls, and of course he was currently single and looking for a girlfriend. This pleased many female admirers in the audience. Mint Neko is a designer that uses a neko motif in his trendy urban and mod fashion lines. His style has been worn and modeled by Jun, a member of the Golden Bomber, a Japanese visual kei rock group. His fashion line is produced in limited quantities every season, so it would sell out.

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Baby, The Star Shine Bright walked through their fashion show, while video was shown on the two screens to the far side of the cat walk on both sides. During the Q/A session following, it was vey apparent that Akinori Isobe, the CEO of BTSSB, Masumi Kano and Saki Tachibana, BTSSB designers were all quite soft spoken. If there’s any interest in dressing up in the fashions of sweet lolita style, then anyone not located in Japan or San Francisco can look up Tokyo Rebel to shop. The fashion show that BTSSB did also included two additional Anime Next guests, with participation from Moon Stream.

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Check out Anime Diet’s Flickr to see more additional photos from the fashion show.

AnimeNEXT 2013’s Vertical Industry Panel

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At AnimeNext this year, there were only two industry panels with Aniplex and Vertical. I was able to attend the manga industry panel. This is going to be a summary of what was presented at Anime NEXT. More importantly, there has been no new announcements, so Vertical presents a repeat of what was done at A-Kon.

  • Limit volume, 5 has been released around May. It is a shojo title that should appeal to readers of both genders.
  • GTO: 14 Days in Shonan, volume 9 also released around May. This is the final volume, and brings full circle of the teacher known as GTO, from when he was introduced to the American readers in Tokyopop’s manga to now. Onizuka grows up.
  • Knights of Sidonia, volume 3 was released just in time for June, so convention goers had the opportunity to pick it up early.
  • Flowers of Evil, with the recent anime being aired on Crunchy Roll has been a seller for Vertical. Six volumes were available at Vertical booth during the convention. Ed spoke about the anime has been a positive correlation for manga sales.
  • Gundam: The Origins Part 2. This is a love song that Vertical had thrown their money and effort into translating for overseas fans. This second volume just got released in English. It is a book series that is worth’s its weight in content.
  • Wolfsmund part 1 was available at this convention. It is a series created from a former assistant to Emma and Beserk. It has German on the cover, so reading it out loud is an activity I heard over the weekend.
  • Twin Knights is the sequel to Princess Knight and would be available around July. Vertical mentions as a publisher that they are probably going to be publishing fewer classic titles in the future.
  • Helter Skelter is going to be on sale around August. This is a Josei title that deals with physical beauty and the spiral of a model who changed her entire appearance by plastic surgery.
  • Chi Sweet Home’s success has pushed the series to be extended to about 13 volumes. Vertical is going to be releasing volume 10 by August, with volume 11 being release next year.
  • Summer Wars Part 1 is going to be out by NYCC. This is the manga adaptation of the hit movie adaptation. Vertical is condensing its original Japanese three volume release to a two volume set.
  • Tropic of the Sea is the only manga ever written by the late great Satoshi Kon. A great feature of this book is an essay from Kon, that details his transformation from mangaka to animator.
  • Sickness Unto Death is going to be a two volume manga series modern retelling of the same title from Danish philosopher Soren Kierkegaard. This is expected to be sold later this year around September and November.
  • Pink – Love and Crocodiles by Kyoko Okazaki is a collected manga, that was initially published in magazines and later reprinted into this one volume book. This is a coming of age tale of seeking happiness.
  • Sushi Simplicity is a cookbook that details 60 different recipes on making sushi in about 20 minutes or so. No need for any fancy sushi presses or cutters.
  • A Dog in Water was the only novel that was presented at this panel. It is a crime fiction novel from Kazuhiro Kiuchi who created Be-Bop High School.
  • From the New World volume 1 is going to be on sale around November. This is the manga adaption for the light novel and anime series of Shin Sekai Yori that is currently streaming on Crunchy Roll.
  • I became aware that Vertical is slated to publish more origami books in the future.

Cutting the Way Into a Story: Severing Crime Edge 1-3

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What a name!

Liking to cut hair as a hobby is strange, and probably stalker-ish, but don’t let it put anyone off of watching The Severing Crime Edge, a Spring 2013 anime that is streaming on Crunchy Roll. With this review there has been three episodes made available.

High school student Haimura Kiri ends up getting off at the wrong stop after school and finds himself at a mansion on the end of the last bus stop. With his family inherited scissors, he loves to cut people’s hair. He meets Mushanokuji Iwai, who is a girl that lives at the mansion with very long hair that magical regenerates every night.

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*Allow me pick up your hair*

With their meeting, begins a game that would draw Kiri into becoming a courtier of sorts. Iwai is known as the current Hair Queen, and with her death comes the fulfillment of wishes to people known as authors. Each Author owns a cursed “killing goods” that provokes the authors to become psychotic murderers.

So after the first episode begins the task for where Kiri discovers his abilities to protect his “instead” (reason for him to not become a psychotic killer)…

The second episode introduces more of the series supporting character… and the third episode involves some nudity.

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Kiri has a weird hobby, but he has a great career ahead of him as a hair cutter and partner/companion/lover to Iwai?

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Spring is finally here!!

Spring is in the air.. at least in my mind it is… can anyone guess which series is this sweet granny from?

If you watch Chihayafuru.. how do you play Karuta in real life then.. look here.

Thoughts about reading manga physically or digitally?

If you haven’t heard that Vertical’s going to go digital later this year.. then consider this fan of Twin Spica and her say on what to do.

Anime seiyuus are great for anime viewers.. do you have a favorite?

This is not a trap!

Would you carry around onigiri in a bento like this or just the old fashion way.. lol.


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So this is another week…..Spring is coming, what plans do you all have for the arrival of Spring? Though the map above is forecasting viewing times for Hanami in Japan, I am very sure Spring is a time for people to enjoy.

Japanese people at no matter what age, is pretty studious.

Masks are to be the first line of defense!

Every day should be a day to smile… or at least here’s a well thought out entry on Kotoura-san.

Light novels are on my list of books to read.. here’s a review on Yen Press’s Book Girl Series.

Twitter recently turned seven years old, and I can’t help but think of how Twitter either helps or delays blogging. Moritheil’s has his own blog that does take a lot of Twitter snippets.. here’s a reminder as to how he uses his blog and twitter.

“Manga and Problems of Discovery” is discussed here.

Randomly these past couple of weeks and for a couple of episodes. I found myself a guest-co host over with Xan at his podcast site. If want to discover a podcast to listen to. Xan’s is a good one to listen to for manga, movie or anime commentaries.

A great TED video on why Japan humanizes Japanese mascots.

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This is going to be a sphere filled with many 3/11 remembrance memorial posts… but Happy St. Patty’s Day for today as well.

Tsunami affected Japanese towns are still left barren after two years.

Ongoing artist charity collaboration projects for Tohoku quake.

WW2 air raid survivor has awareness talks to tsunami orphans.

Turning a tree that survived the tsunami into art.

How would Mei-chan from My Neighbor Totoro would look in Pixar rendition?

Historical MMF calls for contributions….

Randomly a xxxHolic live action look.

I don’t really spend as much time looking at Mangatherapy’s site as I would love to, but he does write great articles. Here he writes an ode to Woman Day, which happened a couple of weeks ago.

This is definitely not the  first site I heard from that went under… but (sighs).. Daily Dot has a good write up on this issue as well.

Lauren at her blog is seriously a blogger, anime fans should be aware of.


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First I have to say my apologies to the Paper for going AWOL with this column for about two weeks. Here is Round the Sphere for this week.

Remember Cool Japan? Seems like the Japanese government still has it going on.

Wow.. a Japanese restaurant using robots instead of dancers.

Inspired by the previous hyperlink, (Paper’s contribution), it reminded me of a non-anime-relevant, but a dance craze that swept Japan as I grew up during the 1990’s. Appears that this was Japan’s own Studio 54-esque. Juliana’s Tokyo.

This is a video of Japan’s current Prime Minister: Shinzo Abe. He talks about “Abenomics” and Japan’s foreign policy.

This is a link to a series of presentations that occurred in Washington DC last week regarding about events from the  U.S. Japan Research Institution.

Personally, I am not watching the AKB48 anime, but I am sure there are viewers out there. I liked reading this comparison over at Oguire Manix’s site.

Oh man.. a fighting words over on Twitter… recounted here.

Okazu is moving… so update your links here for the latest on Yuri news!

Eating natto is quite subjective like eating durians.. here’s a food eating contest.

Four things to be shocked by as a visitor to Japan.

Here’s an interview with Tokypop’s Stu Levy conducted by Brigid Alverson.


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Amusing Valentine found. Credits to Mike Toole.

Happy Single Awareness  Overpriced Commercial Holiday!

Be aware that this week, I was pretty link happy, alongside Paper’s link contribution. I wish him, who is heading off to Katsukon with Shizuka, a great time. ^_^

A recent response to punishment vs. disciple. Is this bullying?

I believe that I may have seen an example of this in New York City, but how about in Japan?

Just a quick  Madoka Flash Movie.

Do you believe that long anime series are worth watching?

A Danny Choo survey on Top 20 Reasons to be born in Japan.

Did I share this long and winding post about Sailor Moon?

Telling Asian apart…. or is that racist?

To give or not give up faxing technology?

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This week, Paper was great enough to remind me that there are links to round up. Are there any comments you may or may not have? Can you guess which links are mine, and which are the Paper’s?

Yet one more reason why Japan is awesome.

This is why Lauren and her blog are awesome.  I think the main issue lies in the price point. It might have fared better with a pay-what-you-like model. Regardless, it’s an interesting experiment/study into alternative sources of web revenue.

World Cosplay Summit!  With preliminary round at Katsucon in two weeks! Today is the last day to pre register. Speaking of which, Tom has a comprehensive breakdown on eats around the con.

That also reminds me. Cosplaynaut is always looking for photographers to cover conventions.

Fawkes is taking requests for anime songs. Submit as many as you like.

Otakon fever is picking up again… They announced two music guests in succession.  TMR and HMK! Even if you don’t happen to like them.  I (Linda) missed TMR at his NYCC concert a couple of years ago, never forgave myself for that. Did catch his Kinokuniya appearance though. HMK was Otakon’s musical guests Sunday concert two years ago, so you can imagine what they said in the concert of coming back, it came true sooner than anyone would have expected.

Japanese school lunch you may or may not have seen in anime, but it is definitely not just sushi or ramen that would make up a student’s diet. Yum… I wish American diet was like this!

I love any mention of other aspects of Japanese culture meshed into something I know. So consider Noh/Kabuki and what can be learned from this series of podcasts and an upcoming book.

How many people enjoyed Summer Wars the movie, how about the manga? Vertical got it! News found from Kuriosity.

Ask John‘s column is something I always read, since he brings up interesting topics about anime, and for this particular entry, an interesting question… are people who are into Pokemon, true otaku? Otaku in this meaning is not the introverted geek type, but meaning people who get into the other series of anime, and not just staying with one series across several adaptations.

Lastly for this week, there’s no official announcement as of yet. Officially a press release would be come out next month, but how many manhwa readers are there in Anime Diet? Gen Manga is going to be Gen Manhwa for the year of 2013, releasing doujin works by Korean creators. Don’t worry though, in the face of this change, Gen would still be Gen Manga, and release single volumes of ongoing Japanese manga.

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Ahhhhh… the blistering cold of a Japanese winter.. in my case I am inserting in cold of a NYC winter. Keeping warm is a good thing, IF (does not count if you live in CA or FL or any other warm places, because 50 degrees F is warm)…  you are experiencing winter.. how are you keeping warm this season?

A foodie way of keeping warm, though this one gets a Guinness Record.

Another foodie way.. keeping it warm with chocolate!

This week we are in the midst of Moyoco Anno Manga Movable Feast.  Check out the archive here.

For Black Butler Fans….  live action is coming up.. guess who is cast to be Sebastian.

This is actually a bit of a political sentiment on my part, but recalling back to when Japan had their disaster, there was a mass exodus of foreigners that some called cowards, but here is a reader letter stating that humans and Japanese are not perfect as well.