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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.

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Not MLP: FIM, but a pony nonetheless!

Some news for readers of this particular column…. normally Paper posts it without fail every Friday, since he is going to doing another thing on Friday. I am changing it to about every Thursday… so yes.. round the sphere we go!

If you didn’t get a chance for this manga kickstarter. take an opportunity to pledge here before January 23 for only Unico’s goods.

Random Aria watching challenge. Anyone in the anime or manga community completing a challenge of sorts?

Gamers want to try this 8-bit graphics version 2 update  of Megaman x Streetfighter for free?

With demolition, anyone would expect months and months of cleaning up, for the Japanese this is a field that looks to researched into, for a safe and sane approach.

Idols and scandal seem to go hand in hand. Can Tomomi Kasai survive past her AKB48 days to only be known as a cradle robber? (NSFW)

Tears is normally not seen as a masculine trait. But given circumstances how can you not tear up?

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The greatest manga ever and will ever be. Anyone who disagrees is wrong.

Isn’t it funny (not really) that constitutions never have to include specific rights for men? Excellent story.

Photographs and Japan make a sublime combination.

Play games and learn Japanese?

Or just cheat and put everything in this font.

And the best of the Sphere for 2012:

The Blog Carnival and the Roundup

National DVD Ripping Day

Just Some Musings on the ABCs

Musings: Elitism, ‘bad taste,’ and backlash

Jesus Ovation

Excellent list at Anti-Social Geniuses

The Untold Story

Cafe Subculture


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Cherry Blossoms! In Taiwan!

Gokurakutombo would make a great name for a band. Or airplane.

This is refreshing.

The Paper has never watched any Japanese drama but Linda is a fan.

Apparently there was an interview scam involving cosplayers :/

Wait. So much preparation but no New Year’s party?

This is kind of fascinating.

Sam L has been cast for the live action remake of Kite. That’s right. This can not be bad.

Happy Holidays ~

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In light of recent tragedies, it’s fitting Omo laid down a succinct discourse on the nature of guns and people the day before the Connecticut shooting. I, too, had just watched the last episode of Jormungand and found the cliffhanger dropping a question as old and perplexing as history and human nature. And I love the punch line.

I guess it’s time for me to watch Fist of the North Star. Somewhat related. (Anyone know what’s the one in the middle?)

This is interesting.

Buy something and help support earthquake relief.

World dictators in a new… light.

What do you think of this?

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Best of the bestest cosplay ever.

This is so wrong on so many levels. And how did they get those numbers?

I personally prefer the stationary cafe but turtles are cool too.

…most art schools don’t spend enough time teaching aspiring artists what they really need to succeed: how to manage their own business and what it takes to get a job and keep getting work as a professional artist.

Yes yes yes! Great, if long, read on the issues surrounding the manga industry.

This is kind of interesting….

Excellent read on visual kei.

JICC is hosting a nengajo contest.