Returning After A Two-Month Blogging Hiatus

Wakaba-san at a water park.

It’s been a while since I’ve written a proper post so I’ll talk about what little I have been watching over the past few months and what I might make posts about in the near future.

I haven’t been keeping up with most of the summer anime series I started watching in July, mainly the ones with full-length episodes. (Here’s a general impressions post from that month with my feelings about 13 summer anime after seeing a couple episodes from each show.)

I’ll finish what I can over the coming weeks and maybe make a short wrap-up post for each one I complete. The same goes for many winter and spring 2015 series that I began without reaching their final episodes, although posts about those may come sometime after I get done with summer shows.

I was happy that Wakako-zake was eventually added to Crunchyroll’s simulcast lineup in mid-August.

The anime I’ve watched the most recently is the Dirty Pair TV series (1985) with the weekly SCCSAV Classics group – we’re about halfway through it after this past weekend’s batch of episodes. It’s been mainly episodic so far and some of the Lovely Angels’ adventures have been more entertaining than others.

Part of the time I didn’t spend watching anime was occupied by listening to music from various anime through the Music in Anime tumblr. I also participated in an episode of the Taiiku Podcast about Cinedigm’s first two-disc DVD set of ’90s basketball anime Slam Dunk. I haven’t listened to that particular episode yet, partly I don’t like hearing my own recorded voice.

We began by discussing some issues we had with the physical release and then moved onto talking about the content of the 14 episodes in that set. I liked what I saw in those episodes enough that I’d like to watch more of the series. If you’re curious about experiencing the English dub for yourself, the same episodes that were on that Cinedigm set are currently on Hulu. Meanwhile, the whole 101-episode series is still available on Crunchyroll with Japanese audio and English hardsubs.

Briefly looking ahead at the new crop of anime set to debut in October, I’m interested in checking out the following shows:

I haven’t made any progress on the Catching Up On Detective Conan project since my season 2 post at the end of May. The next things I need to watch for that are the 1st theatrical film (The Time-Bombed Skyscraper) and then season 3 as arranged by Funimation in North America, which begins with a double episode (The Mist Goblin Murder) and wraps up with a double episode featuring the debut of Kaitou Kid.

Non-Traditional Forms of Fanservice

A feature article called “Five Steps to Better Fanservice” went up on ANN this week. Its author, Paul Jensen, made some good points about moderation and setting audience expectations early on in a series. However, the piece’s focus on the common interpretation of the term “fanservice” with regard to anime – body parts, hot spring/beach trips, etc. – left me a little disappointed after I finished reading it. I began to think about other types of fanservice and remembered an old post of mine that briefly touched on that notion.

Prioritizing Books Over New Anime This Summer

Nodoka carrying some books in Negima

Over the years, I’ve collected a number of books I wanted to read and perhaps write about on this blog. However, I have yet to finish most of them or write much about the ones I have completed, such as Dreamland Japan and Beautiful Fighting Girl.

I don’t anticipate watching many new anime in the upcoming summer season so the next three months might be a good time for me to finish reading the books that have stacked up.

Feeling Less Interested in Attending Conventions As Time Passes

Part of Sacramento Convention Center lobby during Sac-Anime Summer 2014

As anime/manga convention season heats up with AnimeNEXT happening this weekend in New Jersey and Anime Expo & Otakon around the corner in July, I’m seeing many people I follow on Twitter either at these events or preparing to attend one. That got me thinking about my previous convention experiences and my plans for going to any in the future.

Catching Up On Detective Conan: Season Two (Region 1)

I’m continuing to watch older episodes of Detective Conan in an attempt to catch up to the current episodes. I wrote an initial post in November 2014 after completing the first season, as defined by Region 1 DVD box set releases. This post covers season two: Japanese episodes 26 through 51 (English episodes 27 through 52).

~~~Detective Conan Catch-Up Post #2~~~
Last episode watched: JPN #51/US #52 – Driving a Bomb


Hello!! Kiniro Mosaic Continues to Entertain Week After Week

I loved the first season of Kiniro Mosaic when it aired in summer 2013 so naturally, I was looking forward to seeing its sequel series, Hello!! Kiniro Mosaic. While season two got off to a slow start with its first episode, the addition of Kuzehashi-sensei and the ongoing chemistry among the five main girls have made the show my favorite of the season so far.

Shino’s blonde hair obsession is present but toned down from season 1, Aya is still nervous about her relationship with Yoko, Karen remains energetic as ever, and Alice occasionally gets interested in aspects of Japanese culture. Kuzehashi-sensei, the new homeroom teacher for many of the girls, contributes some humorous storylines involving her attempts to not frighten her students.

If you haven’t watched the first season, it’s on Crunchyroll along with the currently airing second season. Season 1 is also on Hulu from Sentai Filmworks, who distributed that season on Blu-Ray and DVD last August and licensed season two around its premiere date.

Taking Some Advice from “Build Your Anime Blog”

I’ve been blogging about anime, manga and related subjects for about nine years this month. I started on and then moved to my own domain after seven months. At first, I wrote about news happenings and weekly episodes of Haruhi and Welcome to the NHK but then transitioned to more analytical posts at a less frequent update rate.

Despite how long I’ve been writing and occasionally getting review or press inquiries through emails, I don’t consider myself to be a big-name blogger. I’m not sure if I would want that distinction but I would like to interact more with my readers and other bloggers (a thought I expressed in a post looking back at older anime blogs) since I have sometimes felt like I’m writing into a void.

So I was interested in reading Lauren Orsini‘s new digital book Build Your Anime Blog (currently US $5.99 on Kindle Store), partly to get some advice on how to improve as a blogger but also to learn more about how fellow bloggers got started and continue to write.

I Spent Saturday at Kraken Con Spring 2015

I traveled to Oakland yesterday for the first full day of two-day Kraken Con Spring 2015. It was my first convention in three months, the last one being another Bay Area event (AOD), and it was relatively easy to get to – I drove most of the way before jumping on BART for the rest to a station near the Oakland Convention Center where it was being held. Like AOD, I was there mainly to see some panels and look around at the rest of the con’s features.

Web Manga “Kine-san no Hitori de Cinema” Debuts

I found out through Comic Natalie last night that a new web manga series by Asai (@asumithi) called Kine-san no Hitori de Cinema debuted under Hakusensha’s Young Animal Densi label along with a handful of others.

Kine-san is a 30-year-old office lady who watches movies alone and then writes her thoughts about them on her blog. The first chapter involves Kine watching Terminator 3 and replying to comments on her rating of the film as well as a flashback to her childhood involving the first Terminator film and her love of movies.

According to Densi’s upcoming schedule, it looks like chapter 2 of Kine-san no Hitori de Cinema will debut on May 1st (two weeks from now). I’m looking forward to seeing what Kine-san watches next.