What I May (Eventually) Watch From The Spring 2015 Season

I’ve fallen behind on what I started watching from the winter 2015 season so my primary focus for spring might be finishing most of those shows. However, I’m also interested in watching some new series that premiere in April.

Disappearance of Yuki Nagato:
I liked the first season of Haruhi when I watched it years ago but I think this spinoff series will have a less hectic pace since Yuki, not Haruhi, is the main character. I haven’t read any of the source manga so I don’t know how differently the characters will act, aside from Yuki showing more emotion.

Food Wars (Shokugeki no Soma):
I’ve only read the first chapter of the manga but it seems like its adaptation will be energetic based on the trailer I saw.

Baby Steps 2:
I only saw two episodes of the first season but I do want to watch the rest of that and proceed to season 2 soon after.

Digimon Adventure Tri:
Digimon was a part of my Saturday morning cartoon watching as a kid so I’ll at least try out this sequel series with the main characters in high school. I’m currently going back through the first season in Japanese via Netflix and there’s a lot of stuff early on that I don’t remember.

Hello! Kiniro Mosaic:
The first season of this school comedy was a favorite of mine from 2013. Happy to see more of it with the addition of a new teacher into the mix.

Sound! Euphonium:
Schoolgirls playing musical instruments is not a new thing for Kyoto Animation (K-On!). This one seems like it may be more focused and less silly since the girls will be part of an orchestra.

Teekyu 4 & Takamiya Nasuno Desu!:
I didn’t get into Teekyu until the third season began airing and then I marathoned all the episodes in a week or two. Both will be short-form shows like the previous seasons. Nasuno isn’t my favorite character of the four main girls but I’ll probably keep up with her spinoff show if it’s not horrible.

Lupin III:
There aren’t many broadcasting details on this new series in the franchise other than it will first debut on Italian television. I haven’t seen specific start dates for Italy or Japan – just sometime in spring.

Remembering Anime Vice the Website Before It Goes Offline Next Month

There was a news post Wednesday on Anime Vice stating the site will shut down April 8th with the current staff’s focus shifting to their YouTube channel. The wiki pages are currently in the process of being moved over to a Wikia site. I haven’t been paying attention to the site very much since the middle of 2010 aside from making occasional wiki edits to fill in blanks. I was a more active reader during its first couple years and felt like I should try to memorialize what I liked about it.

My Appearance on “Anime That Everyone Disagrees With You On” Podcast

I was recently a guest on the 2nd episode of Flawfinder’s fairly new “Anime That Everyone Disagrees With You On” podcast. My contributions were Voices of a Distant Star (my not-so-fond-of choice) and Madlax (my liked series that others dislike). It was a fun experience being on a podcast again and talking about differing viewpoints.

Yosuke Kuroda autograph on Madlax vol. 1

I mentioned briefly during my “liked” section of the episode that I’d like to rewatch Madlax to see if I enjoy it as much now as I did when I first watched it in college. I still have ADV’s DVD volumes in my collection so it wouldn’t be hard for me to do whenever I get around to the task. I remember many of the characters but not much of the later episodes’ plots.

Megumi Momono, Movie Lover

The day after watching this year’s Oscars ceremony, I was still thinking about the romanticism that was expressed for motion pictures during it, particularly the opening musical number involving host Neil Patrick Harris, Anna Kendrick and Jack Black.

My mind wandered to an anime character who loves watching movies, from a series I watched years ago – Megumi Momono from Mahoraba. Megumi has many DVDs in her room at Narutaki-sou. In episode 11 of the anime, she spends a day with main character Ryushi in a shopping district and they see a movie together, which reminds her of seeing films with her boyfriend. We find out that her boyfriend went overseas for cinema studies.

I have the first four volumes of the manga but I haven’t read much of it so I don’t know if Megumi and her boyfriend see each other again in person or what kind of send-off/wrap-up she has at the end of the manga.

I don’t consider myself a cinephile or a film expert but I do want to watch more movies and dive deeper into older ones to expand my visual culture literacy.

Yuri Kuma Arashi At Its Halfway Point

At the start of the winter 2015 anime season, I wasn’t looking forward to watching many new shows. I ended up trying out 9 first episodes and have 8 of those series currently marked as “watching”, despite being a few weeks behind on some of them. One I recently caught up on was Yuri Kuma Arashi, directed by Kunihiko Ikuhara with animation production by Silver Link.

I Attended AOD 2015 on Saturday

On Saturday, I went to Burlingame (near the San Francisco international airport) for AOD 2015. I had been to two previous AODs that were held in different San Francisco locations – this year’s event took place at the Hyatt Regency, same as in 2014. Registration was pretty seamless for me since I had pre-registered on the con’s website a few days before.

So I started a side blog this week

On Sunday, I began writing on a side blog that will focus on sports fiction (anime, manga, films, comics, etc.) and I’ve made a couple news-related posts on it so far. My intention is to cover smaller items that I likely wouldn’t bother fleshing out on here as well as profiling various sports series and other media. I also created a preliminary page to keep track of sports-related panels that have been presented at fandom conventions over the years since there’s been a growth in those, paralleling the popularity of simulcasted sports anime.

I’m still early on in this project so feel free to make suggestions on possible improvements.

Three Books About Japanese Movie Posters

At Anime Expo 2011, I bought a book called Anime Poster Art for a discounted price of $5 from Akadot/DMP’s dealers hall booth. I looked through it at the time, intending to write something about it, but I didn’t get around to doing so.

Four years later, I found that two similar poster-focused books from the same cocoro books imprint – Japanese Movie Posters and Silver Screen Samurai – had cheap listings on digital storefronts such as Amazon’s Kindle store. I decided to buy both to go along the physical copy of Anime Poster Art that I still own.


Before Twitter and Tumblr: Thinking about older anime blogs

Seeing the above tweet by Spiritsnare last night sent me into a whirlwind of thinking about bygone and still surviving aniblogs that started in the previous decade (2000-2009). While memories were swirling around in my head, I realized that this May will be my ninth anniversary of blogging on a semi-regular basis – not as long as AWO has been podcasting (December 2005) but it feels like long in Internet time.