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Why hello Internet sailors. 🙂 Welcome to our site. Perhaps because you came here through a certain Aniblog Tourney that we’re competing in today. If so, we’re glad you’re considering us for one of your two votes in the Group Round. We hope you like what you find here and humbly ask for your vote alongside one for our fine colleagues at Emory University, Shinde Iie, and Anime B&B.
Yes, we do anime reviews and editorials. But we’re so much more than that! Our first class convention coverage reports on anime cons across the United States and given us access to numerous guests of honor for interview and yielded definitive transcripts, reports, and videos. Our original podcast, one of the earliest in the ‘sphere, has entertained thousands and is preparing for a revival after a long hiatus. In the past, we even did Onion-style fake news and April Fool’s Day jokes. We’ve also been known to do original songs, love letters, and poem parodies. Our diverse staff specializes from everything to manga to music to shounen to theology to moe.
Already decided to vote for us? You can do it right here!
But if you need a taste of our work first, here’s a sampling of some of our best over our six year life. We hope you enjoy it.
Editorial blogging is our bread and butter. We’ve always been strong at editorials, analysis, and other non-review pieces. Some of them were controversial, and others were reflective and personal. More recently some of our best writing has been in the more confessional, “Diary of an Anime Lived” mode.
- “I’m Only Interested in 2D Girls!”
A look at moe, gender, and expectations.
- “The Ethics of STABBITY STABBITY STAB”
On feeling guilty about the ending of School Days.
- “Embracing the Fear: The End of an Industry”
A contentious look at why the current anime industry seems stuck.
- “On Kannagi and Virginity”
A different take on the virginity obsession of some otaku.
- “The Slice of Life Age” (part 2 and 3)
Mike reflects on how anime has changed since the early 2000s.
- “Diary of an Anison Lived”
Monsieur LaMoe on how songs have reflected his experience as an otaku.
- “Otaku in the Mirror”
Monsieur LaMoe laments his otaku fears, in word and song.
- “That Summer, I Waited”
Mike’s teenage experiences strangely mirrored some of the scenarios in Ano Natsu de Matteru.
- “What if I Had Never Gotten Into Anime?”
Ray’s heartfelt take on how anime has changed and sustained his life.
Reviewing anime is of course crucial to who we are. While we’re not a true episodic blog (though we are currently covering every Lupin III: Fujiko Mine episode, and have done all of Code Geass R2 and most of Claymore), we have reviewed plenty of TV series, OAVs, and films over the years. Here’s a few of the best ones.
- Top 10 TV Anime of the 2000s
- Top 11 Fan Service Shows
- Ano Natsu de Matteru
- Code Geass R2
- ef~a tale of memories
- Evangelion 2.0: You Can(Not) Advance
- Haibane Renmei
- Haruhi Suzumiya S2 (and another take)
- Honey and Clover film
- Kara no Kyoukai 7
- Lucky Star (and another)
- Mai Hime
- Mawaru Penguindrum
- True Tears
- Welcome to the NHK!
- Zero no Tsukaima S2
We have had the immense privilege of interviewing, transcribing, and otherwise being in the presence of numerous Guests of Honor at conventions since late 2007. The list of names says it all—and this isn’t even all of them.
- The Pillows
- Hiroyuki Imaishi
- Kenji Kamiyama
- May’n (and another)
- Yui Horie and Eri Kitamura
- Tite Kubo
- Miyuki Sawashiro
- Kikuko Inoue (part 2)
- Makoto Shinkai
Our convention coverage has always been backed up by video, whether it’s of video diaries in the early days or interview and concert footage. Check out our Youtube and Vimeo channels for the rest! This is a tiny excerpt.
Anime Expo 2007 Video Diaries
These were the videos that started it all: a fan diary that became an accidental expose of the mishaps of AX 2007. Taken without press access, we’ll never be this innocent again 🙂
May’n Concert Footage (AX 2010)
Part of the concert that later included Megumi Nakajima and surprise guest Yoko Kanno. Our most popular video! (and check out Monsieur LaMoe’s ecstatic review too. He shot this video.)
Kenji Kamiyama and company on Eden of the East
Perhaps one of the most insightful interviews in our collection, in which Kamiyama discusses his intent in depth for Eden of the East and Ghost in the Shell.
Hatsune Miku/Mikunopolis Concert Videos
Too hot for Youtube! Locally hosted with full permission. Six songs from the Hatsune Miku concert at AX 2011.
And that’s just a taste…the list goes on and on. We hope that will influence you to vote in our favor, but why don’t we have Ichigo from Bleach have the last word?
Thanks! See you at the polls!