Monday, September 26, 2016

Western Otaku Anime Review Schedule Fall 2016

Here's the tentative video schedule for the channel. This may change depending on when certain shows are able to be viewed, and where available.

Check back often for further updates.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Top 5 Anime OVA

Anime OVAs are a staple of the anime industry, and here's my top 5 list of best anime OVA.

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Sweetness & Lightning | Anime First Impression

There are only two words that can be used to describe this new anime, "Cute" and "Adorable." Check out my first impression of this fantastic new anime for the summer.

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Sunday, July 10, 2016

[Video] 5 Annoying Things About Being A YouTuber

It's always funny when you can spot annoying thing in your life, and make good use of them. As a YouTube filmmaker and anime reviewer, I can spot some of the things in my own time that make for some interesting bullet points; o just make for some great self-directed humor, which is also always good.

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Saturday, July 2, 2016

Summer Anime Schedule & Unboxing

It's time to discuss the new anime line-up, and which shows I'll be likely to watch and review. As well as, some new anime unboxing.

Right now the line-up includes:
91 Days
New Game
Amaama to Inazuma "Sweetness and Lightning"
Love Live Sunshine
Fate/kaleid liner Prisma☆Illya 3rei!!
Mahou Shoujo? Naria☆Girls

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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

YouTube Hacked, Rambling, and Akame ga Kill

It's time for some rambling, and some Akame ga kill, as well as some discussion about the recent YouTube hacks that have been more than enough to get our attention. Enough is enough, 'aight?

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WO Examines: Yuru Yuri San Hai

The girls are back, in yet another season of the funny stuff, and boy oh boy, does this show deliver the funny stuff. In keeping true to the other seasons of the show, Yuru Yuri San Hai manages to maintain the high level of humor and wit that made the previous seasons such a enormous blast to watch.

It isn't much of a secret that my favorite characters from the show are Kyoko and Sakurako... spiritual twins if ever there were two characters in a series that were.

If you haven't seen the previous seasons of Yuru Yuri it isn't a sin not to watch them, as the nature of the show lacks a clearly defined direction or plot, but if one wanted a full dose of the girls, and their individual antics, then I'd certainly recommend taking a weekend and getting familiar with Akari and her comrades.

The series began airing October 6, 2015 and wrapped that December. So far there hasn't been word on whether NIS America will pick it up for license distribution, but I've got my fingers crossed.

If you are a fan of high octane comedy slice-of-life, then you don't want to miss out on this one.

Friday, June 24, 2016

My Little Pony Life Lessons

Thanks to everyone that took the time to participate in the Twitter poll. And now the video on My Little Pony Life Lessons...

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Thursday, June 23, 2016

WatchMojo Hacked?

Apparently, no one is safe on the internet, not even the massive YouTube creator community. WatchMojo seems to have been hacked, and had their videos retitled, and the descriptions of their videos altered. Now the question is being raised, as to who is liable, and who should fix this.

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Friday, June 17, 2016

Top 5 Anime Shy Girls

I hope you're all ready for a brief list of anime's top five shy girls!

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Thursday, June 16, 2016

My Little Pony Live Action Thoughts

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5 Types of Anime Fan

Here's a look at some of the different types of anime fans that we might be... I know which one I am. Which one are you?

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My Little Pony Skyrim Redux

Well, if we didn't tire of it the first time around, then we aren't going to be tired of it now that Skyrim is getting a complete HD remaster for the new generation of game consoles.

So now that the news is out, let the My Little Pony Skyrim crossover pictures pour forth!

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

E3 2016 Impressions!

It's been one heck of an E3 so far, and I hardly know where to start...

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Friday, June 10, 2016

Otaku Vlog | Q&A, Unboxing, and Where is it all going?

Time for a huge Vlog video, some unboxing, and some discussion... in this video I talk about the future of independent gaming, and its affect on the quality over quantity.

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Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Image Corner: Maude Pie is Best Pony!

Even Pinkie knows that Maude is best pony... she is after all best sister!

Who's your favorite pony?

Monday, June 6, 2016

Anime Dirty Words

Sometimes there are just no words to describe something, and sometimes, there are words you just can't use. Here's a video on some of anime fandom's most dirtiest words!

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Image Corner: Bunny Girl

Based on a conversation I had in one of my videos concerning Anthro, Furries, and MLP, I think it's only fair to say that Bunny Girls are off the table! As in they should just go ahead and get a free pass.

I think we can all agree to that.

Sunday, June 5, 2016

How To Be A Brony

For those of you that are more than a little curious, here's a painless look at what it takes to be a Brony! Do you have what it takes to join the ranks?

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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Image Corner: That Red Apple!

Wow, this makes me think of Snow White for some odd reason. Now if only we could get rid of that apple!

How To Be Famous On YouTube

There is more to being a YouTuber than just being famous, and despite what you might be told, the road to fame is longer and rougher than you'd imagine.

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Friday, May 27, 2016

Q&A | My Little Pony, Zootopia, and Furries!

This is a rather late Q&A and discussion video... sorry for the wait. But, I bring you some unboxing, some Q&A and more... and no you didn't read that wrong. There's ponies and Zootopia, too!

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Monday, May 23, 2016

Anime Review | My Hero Academia - Ep 04

There are more tears in this episode than when I finished watching "Clannad." But it's time for a hero to rise...

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Anime Review | My Hero Academia - Ep 03

It's time to put on the workout montage music, and go through the training with Midoriya as he prepares his body for the next step in becoming a hero. 

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Saturday, May 21, 2016

Anime Review | Re Zero - Ep 04

Things just keep getting more and more crazy in longer Subaru is in this alternate world, and it's anyone's guess as to what he's in for next.

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

My Little Pony Fandom Meet The Anime Fandom

Time to talk about my two favorite things, Anime, and My Little Pony... what could better right?

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Anime Review | Hyperdimension Neptunia the Animation

If you are a fan of the video game franchise, then you're apt to like this anime adaptation.

Check out my review of "Hyperdimension Neptunia the Animation."

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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Anime Review | Anne Happy - Episode 01

One of the first things that comes to mind when I think of, slice of life is some of the more cemented examples in anime: Lucky Star, K-On, Yuri Yuri... just to name a few. And while I will admit that there is a certain point where they become the stuff of nostalgic legend, they also seemingly bleed into memorial retrospect.

Over the past couple of years, the well has been drawn on to the point where it seems as though the best shows have been tapped out, or are only living on as extended seasons.

Anne Happy, is a much different beast altogether. It's a slice of life anime that takes the stuff that we love about the genre and makes it seem fresh and exciting again. By that, I mean that it once again makes it okay to be a comedy.

Some shows are by their very nature, dramatic and melodramatic, and sometimes they hint at humor while keeping a darker more sinister undertone just below the surface; and then when the time is right, they hit the viewer with a heavy dose of reality, or some crisis near the last few episodes.

While I still consider them good slice of life anime, I have to consider the trend in storytelling. Sometimes, we do appreciate a good downer, with a last minute pull-through... and then there are times when we really want to just kick back and have a large laugh at the show for no other reason than that it was just hilarious.

Anne Happy is a good example of a comedy slice of life.

I'd have to go so far as to say that the first episode left me with more than a few stitches, and that not only is the comedic timing spot on, it is down-right perfect.

The show is based in your average school with your not-so-average school girls, each suffering some sort of, what I will call a condition, or as the show calls it, a misfortune.

The goal of the class they all find themselves in, is designed to help the girls overcome their life problems, and thus the foundation for a comedy stew begins to come to a fast broil.

The misfortunes range from, ridiculously unlucky, to chronically injured, to even being in love with the illustrated construction worker on the construction worker signs.

Not the deepest of scenarios, and certainly not something that will have you exhausting your brain cells on trying to comprehend, but a breeding ground for the absurd, and the side splitting hilarious.

I watched the first episode of Anne Happy with little to any expectation, and was thrilled that it was a show that hit all the right buttons, and made all the right marks. It was executed with the precision of a sniper shot, and while the off the wall comedy even bordered on the insane at times, it was refreshing in ways that slice of life hasn't been for me in quite a while.

I'm not saying that I've written off such lovelies as, Yuru Yuri as past the their prime, or even old hat... I've loved every minute I've watched of those slackers... but comparing a show like Yuru Yuri and Anne Happy are like comparing Granny Smith apples to Red Delicious.

The first episode certainly left a lasting impression on me with some of the finer points playing out in the different ways the primary three girls found themselves in disarray, and with all the misfortune that life could possibly heap their way.

I've no doubt that I'll be returning to this show, and I have every expectation that I will be laughing my sides off with each new installment.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Anime DMCA and the Unfair Treatment of Fair Use

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This article has been long in coming, for many reasons; most notable of which is the repeated abuse the anime community seems to be suffering at the hands of the very people whose products and services we promote and advocate for.

By that I mean that anime community members are suffering unfair issuances of copyright violation notices, and DMCAs to the point that it seems the companies we buy anime from, doesn't really want us to do anything but just buy it.

Apparently, what was once a healthy practice, and by my own definition a sort of free promotion and advertising for the anime companies, is now being targeted in routine sweeps for illegal activity, and as a result many individuals on social media sites, namely YouTube and Twitter are being hit with take-down notices and DMCA notices.

Before I dive too deep into this, let me back up and start at the beginning.

Last year in between the months of August and October, a sweep began across the internet by license holders of anime for the sole purpose of removing illegal content, and content violators. As a result, the large social platforms were struck hard, and many YouTubers, and Twitter members were issued copyright violations, and or DMCA notices of violation.

All well and good, since those bastards need to pay the price for illegally using someone else's property without their permission!

Unfortunately, in with the violators were many YouTube content creators and Twitter members that were uploading content that fell within the rights of Fair Use. Some of these content creators on YouTube had nothing in their videos at all, except for them in front of a microphone and camera, and only their thumbnail contained an image of the violated anime. 

Some it is speculated were issued take-downs based on nothing more than the use of the anime show's title in the title of their video.

At or about the same time, some members of Twitter began receiving similar DMCA notices through Twitter, alerting them to potential violations for the re-tweeting and sharing or uploading of screen-shots of anime. 

In some instances, the offending accounts were permanently suspended.

Now, just six or so months later, and we are seeing a fresh resurgence of this so-called anime cleanse. 

Last month saw YouTube creators getting hit with copyright notices, and strikes to their account for little more than a thumbnail, or perhaps a title in the title of their video, and as a result their accounts weren't given the regulation treatment of getting a one, strike, two strike, then you're out option, they were simply taken straight to step two.

Today on Twitter, a new batch of DMCAs were issued at members, once again, targeting those that featured screen captured images of anime. And naturally, wanting to disassociate themselves from these troublemakers, Twitter proactively suspended accounts.

Based on information that I've obtained, the biggest culprits behind these attacks on the fanbase are none other than FUNimation Entertainment, and the Japan Creative Contents Alliance. It's unclear to me which is responsible, but I'm going to put them both on the same platform for sake of continuity.

Were this a matter of illegal distribution of anime, and violation of the copyright in the sense that we are using footage and imagery to make a profit, I would totally understand. As a fan of anime, I'm for its preservation, and that means that I support the legal purchase of anime whenever and where ever possible.

Unfortunately, for companies like FUNimation, it isn't enough. Now we are expected to buy from them, stream from them, and never post about it, never write about it, and never talk about it. Not unless we want to be hit with a notice that all but ruins our livelihood, or our hard earned follower base on the social network.

To me this seems to violate the very nature of Fair Usage. In fact it all but falls into the realms of discrimination. As a consumer, I should be able to go and find an article with pictures of a product to purchase, or find a review that can not only make mention of the product, but provide me with a visual representation of what it is that is being reviewed.

Do screen captured thumbnails fall under copyright? 

Yes they do. But there is a large gray area between the usage of a thumbnail on a review video that is monetized, and the sale of the thumbnail image itself for monetary gain.

By rights, reviews on anime for companies like, FUNimation are free advertising. General awareness is produced, and many times fans like myself will go out and purchase or stream the show. This in my opinion is what the community is all about, education, information, and preservation.

Many of us work very hard on these reviews, and aside from those that do in fact violate the rules of copyright by showing full clips, and music and loads of imagery, we do everything in our power to adhere to the strict regulations of not only the property holder's rights but to the rules and regulations of the community guidelines established in these social networks and sites.

I expect to be able to monetize my videos which I make reviewing anime. It would be nice if I could drive traffic to my video without a representation of what is being reviewed, but in the interest of competition, I can't. So instead of a compromise, and an understanding of this practice, companies like FUNimation, TBS, and of course, the watchdogs, JCCA blanket bomb the internet taking out the good guys with the bad guys.

So here we are. 

I think the most insane [art of this whole affair is the double-edged sword that seems to be swinging. 

By cutting down the good guys that educate and inform the rest of the community about anime, and manga and these products, aren't the companies hurting themselves in the process? 

Just yesterday, I started streaming two new shows from Crunchyroll, and bought two new manga from Amazon that I otherwise would not have were it not for these deviants showing a screencapped image or representation in their article, or review. 

I'm just one person. And in one day dropped twenty dollars on manga, and unknown revenue on streaming ads. Imagine how sad it would be if I never did. 

I know what FUNimation, TBS, or the JCCA are hoping to accomplish with this witch hunt, but I also know what will happen if they don't take a lesson from McCarthy. 

In the end, I fear that rather than aid and salve the damage of illegal piracy and copyright violation, the industry by and large will only be slitting its own wrists. Why would I want to help, promote, or support an industry that is hell bent on treating me like a criminal, or is seemingly out to get me?

If you wish to voice your concern over this matter, and let your opinion be heard, then I encourage you to write an email to the JCCA.

Let them know where you stand, and that you won't stand for this blatant totalitarianism. If DMCA notices aren't regulated, then eventually, they'll be handing them out for speaking the name of an anime. 

Monday, January 25, 2016

[Review]: Myriad Colors Phantom World - Episode 03

Just when you thought the show, "Phantom World" couldn't get more into left field, they throw us a new curve ball. This time, we get a dose of fighting and memory copying. Want to know what I thought? Then check out the latest review video!

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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

[Review]: Fairy Tail Zero - Episode 02

It's time to take a look at the second episode of "Fairy Tail Zero." I hope you've all got your thinking caps on!

When the treasure hunters arrive on the island, looking for magical treasure, one of them is shocked to find a young girl. Unwilling to divulge the location of the treasure, Mavis agrees to a game. If she wins, the treasure hunters leave; if she loses, she has to reveal the location of the treasure. Let's hope all those years of book learning have paid off.

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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

[Review]: Dagashi Kashi - The Watch List Review

How in the world can they possibly make a show about snacks? Well actually, it's easy enough, you just have to have to have some pretty passionate characters, and while "Dagashi Kashi" isn't the brightest bulb in the anime box, it's got passionate characters by the loads.

It's cute and funny, and even off the wall at times. And oh, did I mention that it was a show about snacks?

[Review]: Myriad Colors Phantom World - Episode 02

It's the notorious second episode review that I wasn't going to do, but ended up letting myself get dragged into, because I am a sucker for collaborative efforts. Anywho... be sure to check out the official channel for Western Otaku and don't forget to follow me on Facebook and Twitter!

Sunday, January 17, 2016

[Review]: Fairy Tail Zero Anime First Impressions

So I know a lot of fans must have wanted this one, because we've got a new prequel series that covers the events leading up to the formation of the Fairy Tail guild by the wizard, Mavis Vermillion. I can't wait to dive into this one episode by episode.

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[VIDEO]: Myriad Colors Phantom World - First Impressions/Review

My first look at the new anime series, "Myriad Colors Phantom World." A whacked out fantasy, adventure, comedy, where the boundaries between reality and fantasy have been broken, and phantoms are an everyday occurrence.

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