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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.

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Love, anime, and other delusions from 2012

I’ve always looked back fondly on 2012. It was a peak year for my creativity. More people were listening and interacting with my podcast than ever. I was collaborating with people on new projects. It was also when I started learning more about the sound equipment that I went into debt for. But when I look at the year of anime, I’m grossly underwhelmed. For such an important year of an anime podcast, I expected more shows to stand out. My memory was so fuzzy that I had to turn on "English Titles" on AniChart before I started to recognize things. In a way, this is a metaphor for how we interact with life. No matter how good the present is, we still find ourselves yearning for the past. Esteemed scholar and poet, Conor Oberst once said, “That summer never stopped, I still pretend I'm there.” But we must be Grateful For...

I don’t like you at all, anime from 2011

If you read my article on Anime That I Vaguely Remember from 2010, which, statically, you probably didn’t, you may have noticed that I never followed up with 2011. Did they stop making anime in 2011? Yes. Not maybe people talk about it anymore, but the prime minister at the time, Yoshihiko Noda, signed a bill canceling all anime that took affect on January 1, 2011. I’m not sure what collective hallucinations everyone on Twitter has been experiencing since then, but it’s been really uncomfortable to witness it transpire. Anyway, here’s a mess of personal anecdotes of shows that may or may not have been produced in 2011. The year comes in hot with a litany of shows I still tell myself that I’m going to finish. Dragon Crisis! is something that I liked enough...

Anime from 2010 can’t possibly be this cute

With 2020 around the corner, I wanted to do something that every other hack anime blogger is going to do -- write about the last decade of anime. The key difference with my series of articles is that it's named after an emo song, which makes it objectively better. Before I get started, I want to make something abundantly clear -- this is not meant to be a comprehensive portrait of the last ten year. This is how I experienced anime over the decade; not the fandom as a whole. I will also not be covering every major news story that happened. If I remember something, I'll bring it up. But this will mostly be about the shows that came out and my reaction to them. You can skim the Anime News Network archive on your own time.

All I want for Christmas is to be done with Sarazanmai

In an attempt to force myself to write about anime again, I chose to participate in Anime Secret Santa for the first time since 2011. For the uninitiated, it’s the same thing you play at work but with anime recommendations instead of gifts. It was started by The Reverse Thieves in 2009, but it’s current incarnation is run by All Geeks Considered. The anime I was tasked with reviewing back then was Now and Then, Here and There. If there was an award for Best Anime About Torturing Children, Now and Then would be a top contender. I had so much fun with my review that I returned for a second dance with Anime Santa in 2012, but I gave up before the deadline. Halfway through Sarazanmai, I considered doing this again. Sarazanmai is an 11-episode series that...

What does the Sound Devices Mixpre-3/6M mean for anime podcasters?

Who is Sound Devices? Sound Devices is a Wisconsin-based company that specializes in audio equipment for film and TV production. Their first product was the MP-1 Portable Microphone Preamp, which is still in use today. Along with rival company, Zaxcom, they are leaders in their industry. Their new MixPre series is significant because it’s the first time they’re created a product with the prosumer market in mind. The line was first launched in 2017 with the MixPre-3 and MixPre-6, and has since been expanded to four more products. The MixPre has always been aimed towards podcasters and musicians, but what makes the MixPre-3M and MixPre-6M special is the price point. With the MSRP at $549 and $799 respectively, they are the most affordable industry standard audio recorders on the market. It’s true that even at...

In defense of Katsuki Bakugou

My Hero Academia has a huge ensemble cast of heroes in training and professional heroes. Without a doubt, if you asked a dozen fans of the series who their favorite character was, chances are they’d all give you different answers. Although, there is one character that’s reviled by most fans. One that stands out as the most unfairly hated out of Hero Academia’s entire cast. That character is… Minoru Mineta. However, we’re not talking about him today. We’re talking about another character that I think fans poorly understand because of the way that he is framed for most of the earlier points in the story, Katsuki Bakugou. I’ve touched on Bakugou slightly before when I talked about how Hero Academia reinvents superhero tropes. You ask me, Bakugou is one of the best written characters in...

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