Archive for the ‘Anime’ Category

So, dressed in kimono of bold red and white Zetsubou, o’er the neighborhood rooftops, took flight For he had filled his sack with a quite thoughtful mix Of nice gifts for the girls of class two, section six. More »


It seems like, come December, Santa runs into all kinds of problems. Whether somebody steals or destroys all the presents, or he breaks his leg, or some other dramatic inconvenience, Christmas just can’t get a break. And while I’m sure there are plenty of good anime and manga characters to step in and save the holiday, there are also a lot you wouldn’t want near it with a fifty foot pole. In part two, I will tell you the last two of my choices, this time involving “teams.”

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The most wonderful time of the year is again upon us, and you know what that means: fanfiction! And since Zetsubou-sensei is on my mind right now, gather round, boys and girls, and hear the story of how Zetsubou-sensei saved Christmas.

Sayonara, Zetsubou-sensei is the intellectual property of Koji Kumeta; the images used are from the anime by Shaft Studios. How The Grinch Stole Christmas and The Night Before Christmas have been parodied so many times I don’t really need to give credit, right? More »


It seems like, come December, Santa runs into all kinds of problems. Whether somebody steals or destroys all the presents, or he breaks his leg, or some other dramatic inconvenience, Christmas just can’t get a break. And while I’m sure there are plenty of good anime and manga characters to step in and save the holiday, there are also a lot you wouldn’t want near it with a fifty foot pole. In part one, I will tell you three of my choices.

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This is a test of Rekuru’s emergency broadcast system.

This is an unscheduled post, but I must warn everyone about a safety hazard related to an application found in all good Mac-fearing households, iTunes. In a truly bizarre phenomenon I recently stumbled over, anime songs have begun to appear on iTunes. And not just the theme songs of big shows like Naruto and Bleach, but Aki Hata’s brilliant Lucky Star character songs. Which is great. Or would be, if they were the actual songs and not cover versions. More »


So I was eating Chinese dinner last night; my fortune cookie said: “Quit talking so much, egghead.” To which of course I mentally added “in bed,” which might also be good advice. But in this spirit, here is a return to form with a good old-fashioned Top Five List on the subject of that greatest of time wasters, anime YouTube videos. And if you aren’t already addicted to them, you, my friend, are in for a treat. More »


This past week marked the Viz Pictures release of 20th Century Boys 1 on DVD, the first in a sure-to-be-a-hit trilogy, as well as first news of Studio Ghibli’s next project. In addition, there were a wide range of subjects explored during the week ranging from japanese travel to literature and even free music (and who doesn’t like free music?). Check it out. More »


It’s a fact: girls (most of them anyways) don’t like bugs. There’s just something about those creepy, crawly little pests that send women into a fright. But Nausicaä, the heroine and star of Nausicaä of the Valley of Wind, isn’t like every girl. She likes-nay, LOVES bugs and is able to communicate with them unlike us spider squashing, raid wielding, bug bombing ruffians. More »


Maybe at one time or another, you’ve wondered what the world would be like if tiny people lived in the walls of your house. Can you imagine matchbox car races, or pool parties in teacups? If not, you’re probably normal. If yes, then you’re me.

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Where: Tokyo, Akihabara station on the Yamanote and Keihin-Tohoku JR lines What to do: Thank God (as you understand Him/Her) for the gift of life What not to do: Leave, ever

It was only a matter of time before I wrote something about the happiest place on earth, Tokyo’s Akihabara, AKA Electric Ladyland. In fact I tried to spin it as a feature for date week, since apparently one can find love even in Akihabara, but let’s be honest: being in Japan’s (and by extension the world’s) otaku and electronics capital is infinitely better than the highest raptures of earthly love. More »