Shugo Chara and the origin of eggs

Eggs. A healthy breakfast meal as long as they’re scrambled and a pretty good mask from The Masked Singer. The word egg is also used in the trans community to refer to who someone is before transitioning. When someone transitions, they’re literally hatching from their shell to become who they truly are.  I know what you’re thinking. What does this have to do with Shugo Chara?  Shugo Chara is a 2005 manga by Peach-Pit. It was adapted into an anime in 2007. The main premise is that everyone has a Guardian Character inside of them that represents their innermost desire and who they want to become. These characters hatch from eggs. The rest of the show is a basic monster-of-the-week mahou shoujo type thing like Sailor Moon or Cute High School Earth Defense Club LOVE! Yes, that’s a...

The curious case of why I couldn’t stop watching Hi Score Girl

Since moving into my new apartment I've become interested in video games more than usual. The last two weeks have been spent grinding in Super Mario Bros. 35, falling off the slide racing the penguin in Super Mario 64, and restarting The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. I don't even like that game! I've also watched two video game documentaries -- Console Wars (CBS All Access) and High Score (Netflix). High Score must be what triggered the algorithm to recommend Hi Score Girl. It makes sense. They're both Netflix Originals, they have near-identical names, and they take place in the same era. When Hi Score Girl came out, I wrote it off because I thought the title was dumb. But things are different when you're four Jameson and Waters deep at 4am.

The Cirque du Freak manga is getting an omnibus and I’m nostalgic as hell

Irish horror author, Darren Shan recently announced that an omnibus edition of the Cirque du Freak manga is being published, and the nostalgia hit me like a truck.  The Saga of Darren Shan, more commonly known as Cirque du Freak, is Shan’s most well-known work. You might remember it from that time it got a film adaption in the midst of all the Twilight hype in 2009. So why does it matter?  Firstly, in the hellscape that we know as 2020, it’s nice to get some good news. The Cirque du Freak manga has been out of circulation for a few years. This reissue will give newer fans of his novels access to the manga without having to pay a fortune for a secondhand copy on eBay. Secondly, the manga adaption is a great way...

Funko is not involved with Vic Mignogna’s Pop!-inspired ‘Animation Figurine’

On August 29, 2020 at Ultracon in South Florida, voice actor Vic Mignogna showed off a prototype of an "Animation Figurine" based on his career. The doll resembles a Funko Pop! and features allusions to 10 different characters he has voiced, including Edward Elrich (Fullmetal Alchemist) and Broly (Dragonball Z).


Leave the door unlocked, but savor the stay: Returning to anime on my terms

Anime was still shadowbanned from pop culture, but to relate to these people, I would dip my toes into the popular fandoms. I did the research on what was trending – focusing on hot, rising shows — while making sure to stay away from anything bright and squeaky or overly sexualized.

Everything is bigger in Texas except anime voice actor wages

I have always loved and supported the people that work to localize anime. For a few years, I worked as an ADR technician for a small cartoon studio, so I know what it’s like to spend all day recording lines. It’s not easy work.

The unfiltered behavior on social media is another story. It’s nothing short of a PR nightmare, and if localization companies paid their contractors worth a damn, they might be in a position to fire some of them.

Suffering the consequences of playing Anime Rental Roulette

My earliest memory of renting anime is from 2003. When it only costs a few dollars to watch a show, you’re not as picky as when you’re buying something at full price. Sometimes you’ll get lucky. That’s how I first saw Akira and Berserk. But more often than not you would end up with something like Ninja Resurrection or Sin: The Movie. It’s a dangerous game of Anime Rental Roulette.

In another world without anime in 2017

Being an anime fan is a strange thing sometimes. There are things about the fandom that you don’t often find in other communities. One of those things is the guilt we feel for not watching anime hard enough. We might still rewatch our favorite shows and attend conventions, but we’ll find ourselves in group settings with other fans afraid to admit that we haven’t kept up with the latest trends.

And you thought there is never anime in 2016

The second half of 2015 brought on many positive changes. But I didn’t make it out of the darkness unscathed. Years of jumping financial hurdles, clinical depression, and more than one existential crisis left a blackness under my eyes that persists to this day. Things weren’t perfect, but they were the best they had ever been.

Is it wrong to try to pick up anime in 2015?

After hitting rock bottom in 2014, I really needed to catch a break. And fortunately I did at the end of the year. Against All Odds, I got a job working at my alma matter as an Admissions Representative. This is a fancy way of saying someone who tricks people into signing up for student loans.


Death Parade is a good idea that was poorly executed

My only exposure to Death Parade prior to watching it was in a Death Parade themed party room at Anime Detour 2017....

The troubled life of anime from 2013

When I look at the list of anime that aired in 2013 and I only recognize a few titles it tells me...

Will anime conventions come back after COVID-19?

How about a piece on your opinion if cons will come back after covid— Geek Eire Podcast (@GeekEire) October 18, 2020


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