Monday, October 26, 2015

Destiny Sucks - You Should Feel Bad!

If it's something I've heard once, then it's something that I've heard a few hundred times by now. "Destiny sucks, and you should feel bad for liking it!"

I don't know about any one else, but it gets rather grating when other gamers believe that they are not only intelligent enough to know what I want, or like, but ballsy enough to tell me that I should or shouldn't like something. I was there when the year one version of Destiny launched. It was a new fresh and different sort of game that Bungie had unveiled, and while it was something of a confusing mess, I was thrilled to be able to play a game that one of my favorite developers had made.

I'd love to go into all the reasons why it sort of went down hill for me on a personal note, but why would I want to drag you all down that memory?

I'm sure by now, every gamer nerd with their fingers not clutching desperately to their PC game keyboards has already pointed out every tiny minute flaw, and then some!

Thursday, September 10, 2015

A Whole New World - A First Look at Shimoneta Anime



There is definitely something wrong with the world, and it's not the crazy girl going around with panties on her head, spreading leaflets of pornography, or shouting vulgar jokes at the top of her lungs in public places.

What's wrong with the world, is something far more sinister. It's the banishment of any and all forms of perversion; to the end that even everyday normal conversation about human topics are taboo. No place safe. Every one forced to wear a monitoring device that scans words and actions.

It isn't any surprise that we'd be cheering for the bad guys in this one!

Sunday, July 5, 2015

[Review]: Wagnaria!!! (Season 3) - Eps 1


After four years, the staff of the family restaurant, "Wagnaria" have returned, and it's time for me to start my reviews. Here's the first episode review, I hope you enjoy.

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

[News]: Hannibal Cancelled - Season 3 The End?


By now the news of Hannibal's demise has boomed all over the internet. From Twitter to Facebook, and across the internet proper. And while the axing of the series wasn't entirely unexpected given the shows ratings (despite its popularity), what has come as a sort of surprise was the overwhelming fan reaction.

Less than a day after the execs at NBC announced that they were opting out of renewing a fourth season for Hannibal, the show's fans launched into a swift campaign to create a petition to have the show come back, and directly that a streaming service rescue it from oblivion.

Granted this wouldn't be the first time a series has lost its way on a network, been cancelled, and then saw new life in the form of a rescue from a streaming service; but, those instances are not proliferate in the least, and Hannibal would be bringing with it some seriously heavy baggage in its fourth and future seasons.

One of the biggest issues the series creators had with Hannibal was the rights for usage of Clarice Starling from the Silence of the Lambs novel. A character that is as intertwined in the legacy of Lector as Graham and Crawford. Without the usage of Starling, the show would eventually dead-pan, and spin its own wheels in place.

Whether or not this is a reason for the cancellation isn't known, though I'd imagine that at some point, without the usage of Starling, or the rights; someone somewhere decided it was a lost cause.

Am I saying that a fourth season of Hannibal can't happen? No, not at all. It is highly probable that a streaming service could pick it up. Though they may have some great challenges ahead of them.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

My Little Pony - Still Popular!


Is it irony, force of will, or sheer drive that has kept the fandom of My Little Pony alive and well over the past few years? Given the fact that so many other fandoms have seemingly come and gone, and either dwindled to naught, or have become washed over with hypocrisy; the fans of the still popular children's show are still going strong, and with no clear signs of ever letting up.

Considering that the show is now strongly in its fifth season, this is good news for the creators, who never in their wildest dreams would have imagined that a series grounded in simplistic moral guidelines and practices would find purchase in the hearts of such a largely diversified audience. 

But what happens eventually to the glue that binds the fans and a specific series? Over time, I've grown farther and farther apart from the series as a whole, and haven't seen much of it since its fourth season. Not to mention that I've all but abandoned my collection of the figurines.

Several of the places that I still frequent that produce MLP fan-fiction are still going on like a freight train, but admittedly fewer and fewer of the shows fans are still keeping up with the episodes. Many simply write the fan-fiction as a source for their creative outlet, and maintain a near close proximity as a fan while openly distancing themselves from others.

As for myself, I find it interesting to say the least. I mean, what does this say about us a whole? Are we simply reaching a safe and comfortable spot in our fandom, or is this our way of growing into a next generation category all our own?

Personally, I feel it's a small bit of both. We've become comfortable, bloated, and relaxed in the waters. And as long as the show continues to produce, we don't have anything to really upset the waters. The elitist fans will continue their elitism; the grammar Nazis will still ruffle our feathers when they shred our work, and the voice actors will continue to voice our ever-changing favorite characters.

 With the plethora of conventions being held every year, it's clear from an outsider's point of view that the series is still popular, even if there are fans that, like myself, find the popularity more often than not, a bit of a chore to maintain.

So the question I pose is this:

Which of you fans of the series are still fans, and which of you have just grown comfortable and complacent? Are you a fan in title only, or do you still go through all the motions?

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

[Video]: Final Fantasy VII REMAKE


It's the day we've all been dreaming of; the day when Sony announced that they were finally remaking "Final Fantasy VII." Now that the wait is over, we get to sit down and go over the pros and cons of what a new version of a beloved classic might be like.

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http://www.westernotaku.net

Check out the full E3 teaser trailer for FF7:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kznek1uNVsg

Friday, June 12, 2015

[Video]: The Elder Scrolls | Return of the Otaku


Rumors of my demise, have been greatly exaggerated! So, never fear, I am back with a new video. Watch it and find out why I've been on this uber-long hiatus.

If anyone is interested in joining up to play on "Elder Scrolls Online" via Xbox One, then you can look me up.

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Sunday, April 26, 2015

Vlog Brothers / Jealousy Check


Here's a brief non-anime related video I made discussing my jealous business with the Vlog Brothers, John and Hank Green.

Enjoy.

Top Ecchi Anime (Safe For Work Edition)


It took me forever to work up the nerve to get around to this video; considering that so much of the flack that we get as otaku is focused solely on the content of the anime that we watch. Nevertheless, I felt as though I was well within my right to make it. After all it is a sub-textual branch of the anime industry and a staple of the bigger anime distro houses.

There is a NSFW version of this video, but you'll have to go to my channel to find it. Muahahahaha!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-Chan, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Haruhi


In the before time, when we just sat down and watched anime for the sake of watching anime, we didn't have the luxury of picking our teeth, patting our swollen bellies, and belching out a whimsical retort of criticism. We more or less accepted our serving of anime with much gratitude, and prayed that we'd be able to get the rest of the series in either the same format, the same translation, or at best; the entertainment store would stock those last precious few volumes of the DVDs.

Now, that the aisles are filled to bursting with anime, and everyone and their momma is streaming anime, it's a little more commonplace for us to offer our semi-professional otaku impressions on the latest anime series, or in this case, "adaptation." We're refined, and cultured. Stuffed with anime after anime, and beyond that, we have grown to be what some would call, connoisseurs. And, so, armed with this vast array of power, I will tackle a beloved anime institution.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Otaku News & Reviews #3 Yuki-Chan, Hardline, Unbreakable Machine Doll, and much more!


Time again, for more otaku news and reviews! And boy do I have a great treat for you guys! I'm packing my March Reviews with the News and Reviews segment, so sit back and enjoy!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Too Much Anime!


There is nothing like that feeling of having little to no more space for your anime, and the strange sick feeling you get when you buy more, only to discover that you've finally ran out of space. Well, worry and vomit no more! I've found a solution, and I'm showing off a cool trick I'm currently using to combine all those shelves of anime into a space that's very small.

Seven Deadly Sins Anime (Not 7 Deadly Sins Hobby Japan)

I've been seeing a ton of searches on here for anime or manga regarding, Seven Deadly Sins, and I vaguely remember making a post a few years ago about such an anime adaptation happening.

That being said, I was unsure what all the hub-bub was about, and I figured it was time to examine whether or not that particular title ever made its debut. Turns out that it did not.

If you do happen to remember, the piece I wrote, it mentioned the SDS series that was to be made into an anime, based on the figures from Hobby Japan, and Orchard Seed. At the time of the posting, there was a script, and character designs, and even a director; but then the whole thing went the way of Krillin that last time he was blown to bits. Never to come back again.

If there was an anime adaption created, it would be mentioned somewhere, and with as much boob-promise as the fans were given someone would have something to show for it. Which leaves me to conclude, that the anime failed to find the cash, or the final production committee agreed to disagree on making it. Regardless of what the reason was, the anime is no where to be found; telling me that it was not made.

On the other hand, in that time, there has arose another popular manga, with the same name. And while it doesn't offer hot demon chicks with ample boobage to corrupt our minds and lower regions, it does seem to offer a fine example of shonen enjoyment. And, IT is the anime adaptation that I've been hearing so much about.

Life in Japan (According to YouTube)


No doubt as a fan of Japanese culture, you are planning that life-long trip to visit the motherland of all otaku everywhere: Japan. To be more precise, it's probably going to be some place like, Akihabara or Shibuya. I'll admit that like most of you, it's also my dream to bask in the glow of my fellow otaku while browsing the manga shops, and sampling the goods at anime stores and coffee shops.

No doubt, you've even scoured the videos of Japan and Japanese culture; doing anything and everything to learn as much about the eastern wonderland as possible from the jvloggers on YouTube. And this is where I've come to something of an impasse, especially when it comes to separating the bullshit from the facts. I'm mean c'mon, the last thing we want to do is pack up, head out for an expensive trip only to get there and fall flat on our face when the moment of truth happens.

What I mean is, on some videos they offer help to us poor dumbass foreigners born without so much as a single clue. They give us helpful advice on how to behave properly, how not to stick out in public, how to order food, to eat food, and do everything short of actually "being" Japanese. And this is what I see from the helpful Gaijin that are living in Japan.  Some of which have been residents of Japan for decades, or just a few years.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Otaku News & Reviews #2


More otaku news and more, as I cover news and information on High School DxD BorN, Yuruyuri Season 3, Maria the Virgin Witch, and Wakaba Girl.

Top 10 Romance Anime


Time to do a top ten list! And this time do it in under three minutes!

Otaku News & Reviews #1


Got some news and info here on some cool things in anime! Check it out my fellow anime lovers!

Thursday, March 12, 2015

WO's Top 10 Anime Little Sisters


There's one thing that all big brother and big sisters of anime have in common: their little sister. Check out my latest video, and see which ones I picked, and which one made it to the top of the list in my Top Ten Anime Little Sisters!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

[MLP]: Season 5 Trailer & Speculation


Time for another MLP video... wait. It's been forever since I've made a post regarding anything to do with, My Little Pony; so I guess it's okay.

Check out the latest video, and speculate with the rest of us on what the new season will be about. If you've got any comments, make sure and post those to my video page, and if you haven't done so already; please subscribe.

Anime 4-1-1: What is the Face Fault?


Ever watched your favorite anime and someone in the show suddenly falls over? Of course you have, we all have; and, it usually comes when at a point in the show where some comic relief is required.

Those fall-overs are actually called, "face faults." A visual cue to show the viewers the reaction of the character. Face faults can happen in almost any genre, and at almost any point in the series.

How the face fault came to be in anime is simple. It's a left over from the early manga era.

Think of it like this. You are drawing a comic, and you need to emphasis emotional responses and reactions. To make sure they catch the readers attention, you exaggerate them; and in the early days of manga, it was a technique called the flip-fall. When manga began to be adapted into anime, this technique was also adapted, and thus the face fault was born.


Monday, March 9, 2015

Top 10 Tsundere Anime Girls


It isn't just a long standing stereotypical girl of the anime media form, the "tsundere" is a near staple of the anime industry. What exactly is a tsundere?

By cultural definition, it is a female character that displays an aggressive or somewhat hostile outward attitude (especially for the opposite sex), and yet has a soft, sweet, girly, or otherwise passive or passionate side to them.

Examples of this sort of character can be found in abundance, and so I have taken it upon myself to compose a list of my top ten tsundere girls of anime. I hope you agree with my list. If you don't then leave a comment down below, and maybe tell me what your ideal list would be; I'd love to hear your feedback.

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Saturday, March 7, 2015

WO Examines: The Shonen Top 5


There is a lot of misgivings for some fans of anime that seem to perceive the more popular, more accessible shonen action anime as a down side to the anime industry; I go in depth to discuss the ever popular “Shonen Jump Big 3,” and why I feel that it needs to be expanded to include other titles, and what those titles mean for the anime industry.

While it can be argued that the popularity of such titles as Dragon Ball Z and Bleach are overblown anime for a select audience; it can’t be overlooked that these seemingly muscle-driven shows are a staple and backbone of the North American anime industry as a whole, and that without them, it might not be possible for some of those lesser known gems to emerge onto the anime scene here for our viewing pleasure.

I hope you enjoy the video. Please watch and subscribe. If you’d like feel free to comment, I always enjoy feedback.

Returning To Blogger?

Nope this isn't one of those strange and attention-seeking publicity stunts. I did in fact leave Blogger never to return, for reasons that set against my openness to the rules a regulations for the content makers here.

If you want to know more about the recent changes made, then you can no-doubt google it, or look that information up somewhere else.

Regardless, I did in fact open a new blog elsewhere, www:cultureotaku.wordpress.com in fact, and while it is a great blogging site, it just doesn't have the same feel and sense of accomplishment that this one here has provided for so many years. So in a sense, yes, I have returned to blogger.

But what of the other site?

It will remain, and it will be labeled as it was meant to be, a cultural site, sort of a sister site to this one.

I'll probably be slow to re-implement all the features and pages and things that I had here before, but I reckon you guys ( my faithful) readers aren't interested in gadgets and doodads, just the anime and pop-culture info... right?

Never the less, have no fear. I'm here for a while.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

[Video]: February Reviews

Time once again for a big 'ol review video! And not a moment too soon either. I was beginning to think that I was going to get the crap kicked out of my by my viewers for such a long absence away from the camera.

Anyway, without further ado, here's a video covering my February anime and Video Game reviews, and a little extra.

Enjoy!



Apologies for the sudden shift in lighting. I'll be working on that for the next video.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

[Merch]: World Conquest Zvezda Plot DVD Release


If the idea of a tiny overlord tickles some part of your otaku funny bone, then make sure and pick up your copy of World Conquest Zvezda Plot!

Aniplex of America announced a few days ago that they are releasing the entire series in a collection on April 28th with pre-orders already underway. The set will feature all 12 episodes plus the 13th OVA episode, as well as bonus stuff. 

Interestingly enough, Aniplex of America picked up the rights to this a long time ago, and are just now doing anything about it. Go figure on that one. I'm just stoked about finally being able to watch this all in a contained collection. 
 
World Conquest Zvezda Plot is animated by A-1 Pictures and directed by, Tensai Okamura; the same guy that brought you Blue Exorcist and Darker than Black.

The series was streamed on Hulu, Crunchyroll, and the Aniplex Channel, and of course DAISUKI.

Amazingly enough, this set will retail for $59.98, which is still pretty steep for a 13 episode anime series; never the less, we can be sure that there will be those that can bring us the anime goods for less. 

You can pre-order here: 

[News]: "Tokyo Ghoul" Gets Dub


FUNimation announces that Tokyo Ghoul gets dub!
The Fans rejoice! 

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

"Shimoneta to Iu Gainen ga Sonzai Shinai Taikutsu na Sekai" Gets Anime


As if anime titles weren't ungodly long-winded enough, we get yet another one that's more of an observant statement, rather than a catchy title. Oh, well...

This summer we get an anime adaption of (take a deep breath)... Shimoneta to Iu Gainen ga Sonzai Shinai Taikutsu na Sekai or as it translates to, A Boring World where the Concept of Dirty joked Doesn't Exist. Hope you caught all that, because I don't won't to write it again!

Anyway, the story is basically about fighting the moral powers with obscene acts. How obscene does it get? I have no clue. But I can say that it seems perversely interesting. The anime is being handled by J.C. Staff so you have some idea about what it is you might be getting.

The anime is slated to be broadcast sometime in July.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

WO Examines: Battlefield Hardline "BETA"


There are many gamers out there that for one reason or another either love the Battlefield franchise, or have grown to despise it. If you are one of the latter, you've no doubt sneered with mild disdain or full-on rage at the notion of yet another entry by EA games. And to a degree you would be justified in doing so.

For all the gamers that enjoyed the latest iteration from DICE and EA but felt, like I did, that the waters had been waded through once too many times already; this newest offering is something for you both (skeptic and admirer alike) to perk up and take notice of.

In a rather cool move, Visceral Games, the creative mad-minds behind the highly popular Dead Space series have brainstormed what could very well be the next big multiplayer thing since sliced bread... or in this case, tea-bagging. (lolz)

Friday, February 6, 2015

WO Examines: Sailor Moon BD/DVD Release

It's been months since I've last made a blog post, and while that isn't extraordinary in and of itself, it has taken me some time to work up the nerve to write this particular article. Not only because it's a bit of a sore subject within the fandom, but also because of the fact that the subject is considered a beloved anime institution.

I'll start with what everyone already knows: VIZ Media last year—to the jubilation of the fanbase—acquired the distribution rights to everything Sailor Moon; a move that made ripples, stoked the fans, and had newer members in the community scrambling to become initiated into the deep waters of the early anime movement. To tickle us even further, they announced an all new dub to be recorded, promising faithful adaptations that were being strictly monitored by the folks at Toei and the creator Naoko Takeuchi. It seemed that 2014 was a great year to be a fan. We'd been blessed with news of Ranma's return to video with all new remasters; we'd been graced with the return of one of anime's most adorable heroines (Sakura Kinomoto), and to place a well balanced cherry on the top of the sundae... we got word of Usagi's triumphant return as well.

VIZ performed brilliantly; making grand claims, showing video comparisons, and going on nothing less than a whirlwind roadshow to push sales for their new big, really big, license acquisition. And like most things anime, this is where the ground began to perilously slip out from under their feet.