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Showing posts from August, 2011

The Return of Shohan USA

For those that do not know, Western Otaku began its life as an off-shoot to Shohan USA; a community forum established in 2009 as a place for fan involvement in disscussing anime and manga. This blog was intended as a place where I could examine, indepth, the nuances of that medium, and offer a casual and entertaining look into the Western J-pop experience.

Sadly, Shohan USA began to suffer low hits and low member moral, and in late Spring of this year, was permenantly closed.

Do in part however to the overwhelming loyalty of some of its members, the forum was opened for limited use to only the members in mid June, and by the beginning of August, the traffic counts began to soar.

In a remarkable reversal, member posting began to once again climb, and the decision to reopen the forum was made.

Over the past week, staff members has revamped the entire layout of the message board, and have ensured that it not only runs smoother, but features many new additions to the already massive offe…

15,000 Hits and Studio Ghibli!

First of all, it's been awesome that the blog has been getting continuous hits these days. I don't know what it is that keeps the readers coming back, what with my long absences and all, and I know it surely mustn't be for my witty a-hole remarks at times.
I am very pleased that we have survived so long, and have maintainted a relative high position as an Anime and Manga blog.
So thanks for the 15,000 hits, and I hope you keep coming back for more. ________________________________________________
There isn't a whole lot I can say about The Borrower Arrietty without getting too in depth of the story; but what I can say, is that it was a very refreshing and delightful watch.
I really enjoyed the depth perception of the film, and the use of accurate size reference. The score is amazing, and though the characters have a rather familiar feel to them, you quickly get lost in the world of the Borrowers.
The story isn't overly convoluted like a lot of anime movies, and the loc…