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Anime Artisans: 015 - Haiyore! Nyaruko-san

Okay, so to make up for all the toes I've stepped on; I've been instructed by H.P Lovecraft to lighten the mood, and post some Nyaruko for the masses.

It's one of the new shows that's airing this season in Japan, and while I don't get to watch it every week, I am watching it, and loving it from top to bottom. (no pun intended)

I was thinking of doing a brief write up on it, but time is preventing me from doing much beyond the occasional Otaku jab or Weeaboo insult here and there. But if you guys are wanting to get into the series on an episode by episode review, then I'd like to point you to our buddy Astro's blog --> AstroNerdBoy's Anime and Manga Blog.

Anyway, I gotta jet for now.

Representing Our Fandom: A Rant

Let's step back and take a look at our odd little fandom for a minute. We're an interesting bunch, no doubt; lovers of moe and various 'deres, Mystery and Comedy, Shonen battle anime and tear-wretching love stories, all united underneath the giant banner of Team Dai Gurren Japanese Animation Fandom. We congregate in sweaty convention halls and brave the stench brought by those that must be oblivious to the monstrosity brewing in the primordial ooze that is their armpits, all to dress in elaborate costumes and mingle with other fans, regardless of whether or not their preferences are even similar to our own. Overall,  it can be a very close and loving fandom (let's ignore the fact that is is probably because of social ineptitude in their daily lives), full of people that just want to have a good time, and are good at doing so.

Everybody knows that there is a social stigma associated with being a part of all of this, and we're well aware that the socially inept and …

5 Fan-Sub Flaws (It's a list yo!)

Before I begin, I want to say that I have every intention of stepping on toes here. If your toes are too small to withstand the size 13 shoe that's about to walk all over them, then I must urge you to step back, or your tootsies will feel the wrath of my cheap Wal-Mart bought sneakers.
Having said that, this piece here, is not about how fan-subs are evil, or that the people making them are killing the industry, or anything like that... instead it's more of a critique of the fan-subbing "nindustry" as a collective, and some of my more well earned annoyances.
The first Annoyance: " Colored Font"
I understand that not everyone is going to really care what color their subtitle font is, and a lot of fans actually like the use of colored font throughout a show to differentiate between each of the characters speaking on-screen.
But to some of us, that like uniformity in what we watch, and aren't really keen on pastels and high contrast letters that are in a te…

News & Stuff 005: Bakemogatari, Theme Parks, and More

Look alive, Sunshine, it's time to get off the weekend Toonami high that I would hope so many of you have been on. Let's jump right into some anime news

Get ready for some financial pain if you're a Bakemonogatari fan, because Aniplex announced that they will be releasing US Blu-rays for the series. The set/sets are due to hit shelves this fall, and will most likely be sub only. Anybody that has been keeping up with Aniplex's domestic release track record will know the set will probably retail for a decent sum of money, so be prepared for the expense if you've been looking forward to this one. Although Aniplex's prices are pretty steep for most of the fans I've come across, I'm sure this one will sell pretty well, as the net-dwellers have been babbling about Bakemonogasomething almost non-stop.

So sell a kidney or something if you're like me and want to see what all of the fuss is about, and keep an eye out for this set later this fall.

My favorite…

WO Reviews: Okami-San and Her Seven Companions

Okami-San is a school romantic-comedy series based on a series of 12 light novels. The eponymous character Okami (the Japanese word for Wolf) is a member of the Otogi Bank, a school club of sorts that trades their services for favors that they can redeem whenever they need to. Many of the episodes in the series remind me of the "Mysterique Sign" episode of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, as the club runs around trying to complete their client's requests. What I initially found to be the most interesting about the series, was the fact that nearly all of the characters are based on or represent some sort of Fairy Tale character or story. Okami is the Big Bad Wolf and her best friend Ringo is Little Red Riding Hood, so on and so forth.

There are actually 8 "main" characters aside from Okami, so the title is a bit misleading. For the most part, I thought that the characters were all pretty great. I repeatedly got the vibe that I wouldn't mind if each one of…

Confirmed: New Toonami Programming Leaked

Update: Adult Swim Employee Jason DeMarco confirmed the scheduling via twitter. It's official, the new programs are Deadman Wonderland and Casshern Sins. 

Toonami's return has to be the biggest domestic anime news this week, and Adult Swim is banking on that. The network has kept tight lips about the entire situation, and has tried to keep an air of mystery about the upcoming programming schedule until Toonami actually hits airwaves again. Fans have been wildly speculating about what new shows will appear on the network, and have hit every series from Panty and Stocking to The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya.

Well, it looks like somebody at Adult Swim goofed, and now the Toonami schedule is up 5 days before it was supposed to be. Bleach, Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood, Ghost in the Shell, and Cowboy Bebop (Shocker!) are all returning this weekend, along with two new contenders. Deadman Wonderland and Casshern Sins are listed as well, and seem to be the network's newest acqu…

Anime Artisans: 14 - Lum

Well it's time for another blast from the past, and what better way to go back in time than with the great Oni Princess herself?

That's right, I'm talking about Lum, from none other than the classic anime Urusei Yatsura!

Here, enjoy some awesome art after the break!

Girls Und Panzer Preview

Everyone likes the idea of a girl in uniform, and considering the multiple talented people that are behind this project, it's no wonder each of these girls look adorable enough to squeeze.
The new show, Girls Und Panzer

is an all new show from the creators of Squid Girl and Upotte!, and already it's moving along to the top of my must see list.

Toonami Returns!

Well, those of you that have been bummed by the lack of anime on TV are about to be a little less bummed. Adult Swim announced via twitter that the late-night anime block will be returning to TV starting this month. On the 26th, Toonami will replace the current 12 am to 6 am Saturday night block with traditional Toonami programming, as well as some new programming.

It's great to see that the fans have been heard and Toonami is making its return. Sure, it'll be great to see some of the classics on TV once again, but I'm excited about something entirely different. With Toonami on TV, does this mean that we may get to see more NEW stuff on TV? Shows like Fairy Tail, One Piece, Shin Chan, and Sgt. Frog fare a much better chance of being completely dubbed to the end if they are on TV, attracting new viewers and selling extra DVDs. Shows like Soul Eater are perfect for Adult Swim, and will be excellent for drawing in new fans.

So let's hope that Toonami survives for at leas…

WO Reviews: Outlanders

Well, being on this classic anime kick has had me digging in the vaults for some of that vintage stock, and Outlanders was one of the titles that popped out.
It's been more than twenty years since this anime OVA first saw the light of day, based on the manga series by Johji Manabe, and that saw eight volumes.
The hard truth is that sometimes OVAs make good on the premise of a manga series, and sometimes, they just don't. Sadly, the OVA in this instance merely skimmed the surface of what the manga was all about, and while a lot of the quote-un-quote gist was kept intact, there was a lot of the plot left to be desired.
Not that it really mattered back in 1986, since it was solely focused on showcasing the sexy Princess Kahm, and giving the readers a look at what a motion visual version of their favorite series would be like.
The premise of Outlanders is quite simple... A photojournalist named Tetsuya, happens to find himself in the middle of an alien invasion snapping shots of …

AMV: Russian Lullabye "Labyrinth of Flames"

Even for a two episode OVA series, this is one of the funnier, zanier anime from the early 2000s. This is probably the best song that could have been put to this.

What If It Was Anime? - Metal Gear

I'm sure that you've heard of the Metal Gear series if you have been anywhere near the gaming scene, or have had a pulse for any time in the last 10 years. Games in the series typically revolve around mobile, nuclear-equipped, "Metal Gear" tanks that have been crafted as a way to ensure militaristic dominance. Typically, the series' main protagonist, Solid Snake, undergoes a covert-ops espionage mission in order to deal with various events involving the nuclear super-weapon. Recent installments in the series have focused on other characters, such as Raiden, Snake's replacement, and Big Boss, the original "Snake". A word of warning before I get too far into this, Spoilers are ahead; It'd be impossible for me to do the series justice without referencing some pretty big plot points.

First and foremost, I'm unsure as to why there is no Metal Gear Solid anime as of yet. It could be because Hideo Kojima, the man behind the series, has seemed relu…

Anime Artisans: 013 - Lupin III

I've been on a Lupin III kick recently, and I thought that I'd share some of that on the blog. There's something oddly satisfying about seeing Lupin and his partner in crime Jigen hanging out, with priceless works of art hanging on the wall of an unkempt room. The only thing that would make it seem more complete would be a frenzied Zenigata peeking through the window, attempting to close in on his ultimate catch.

If you've managed to get this far into the fandom without hearing about or watching Lupin, then you'd better turn off the ecchi and watch one of the classics. If you really can't go that long without thinking about moe schoolgirls or an overabundance of pantyshots, then at the very least watch it for Fujiko, who always finds ways to appear nude.

So what're you waiting for, go catch up on the latest escapades of the Master Thief! There's more than enough Lupin to last you a while, and more is coming out with the new series on TV and the new Dis…

WO Reviews: Black Butler II

Black Butler is the story of a ridiculously wealthy boy who sells his soul to a demon in exchange for revenge. If you didn't know that much, or you don't want to read any spoilers for Season 1, it might be wise for you to hold off on reading this review. Sebastian, the demon contracted by Ciel Phantomhive, aids his master in avenging the deaths of his parents while maintaining his estate and acting as his personal Butler. Alright, can the yaoi fangirls stopped squeeing at the idea of Butler/Master relationship between two guys so that we can continue?

Black Butler is an ongoing manga that isn't a big shonen brawler, so naturally the anime situation is kind of wonky. The latter portion of Season 1 takes its own route and abandons the manga, much like the original Fullmetal Alchemist series did. As a result, Black Butler II is completely removed from the manga, and was created to build upon the success of either Black Butler Season 1 or the manga itself.

Darker Than Black Season 3?

The internet is starting to buzz about the possibility of a 3rd Darker Than Black Season, all because of a post on 2chan, or something along those lines. As it stands, it's all baseless rumors and here say, but I think that a third season is a real possibility. Darker Than Black seems to be quite the popular anime, in Japan itself and internationally, so I can't imagine why they would stop riding that money train.

If you haven't had the chance to check out the series yet, now is definitely the time, as every Darker Than Black property is licensed and readily available. All of you lovers of Science Fiction or Supernatural anime will find Darker Than Black is right up your alley.

Personally, I love the series, and am very excited about the possibility of seeing more of it. Season 2 was a bit disappointing when compared to season 1 and the OVAs, so hopefully the third season will redeem the series and pick up the storyline.

Here's to hoping that this will turn out to be …

WO Examines: Dusk Maiden of Amnesia

Filled with spooky stories, and decades of extended remodel, and near labyrinthian sized buildings and hallways, Seikyou Private School has been the focus of the strange and supernatural for more than sixty years, with the most common name in the school's featured ghost stories as Yuuko Kanoe, the tragic girl who was killed as a result of an accident, and now haunts the campus.
Unfortunately for Teiichi Niiya, the rumors and stories become a reality for him, when he discovers the ghost of Yuuko, and gets more than he bargained for, when he realizes all too late that the deceased has taken a liking to him.
The plot gets further interesting when, Yuuko creates a Paranormal Research club to help her with her memory, since despite her best efforts, she has no recollection of her past, how she died, or the events leading up to her death. 
So together with Niiya, and two others, they set out through the school unraveling the paranormal mysteries and legends that surround almost every f…