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Camping Out For Black Friday (Anime Style)

Happy Post-Thanksgiving Day, friends! It’s hard to believe that it’s already that time of the year again, when some of the best deals of the season are happening.…

Beneath the Tangles

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Inktober 2022 Archive: My First Time!

After years of hemming and hawing, I decided to actually do Inktober this past October. The results were, well, results. Especially with the state of Twitter being extremely…

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Kio Shimoku Twitter Highlights October 2022

More tortoise talk (and a COVID booster) for our beloved Genshiken creator this month! Kio loves ICO, and is making jokes with others about treating September like the…

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The most important anime of the 2010’s might have been Saekano

Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata might very well be the most important anime of the decade. The fact  that such a funny idea blossomed within my mind throughout the…

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The Only 100 Anime You Need To Watch

100 Anime Recommendations These are the only 100 anime you need to see! Some of the old.. some of the new, I’m sure there are dozens that are perfect…

animebackwhen

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Falling Falling Let’s Enjoy: Ogiue Maniax Status Update for September 2022

The summer of 2022 is starting to wind down, and it feels somehow different from even recent years. Maybe it’s that Japan hit a milestone with Comic Market…

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Anime OVAs You Missed: Animation Runner Kuromi

https://myanimelist.net/profile/animebackwhen Special Shout out to Lord Cobi for the Recommendation! If I was to ask most of you which anime did a great job of giving an insightful experience on…

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Kio Shimoku Twitter Highlights August 2022

There was a hodgepodge of topics this month from Kio Shimoku’s tweets. Kio has always had a problem with the air conditioner in his work area, where 28°C…

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“Angela” Arrives in Spotted Flower and Is Powerful Indeed

I made a mistake when it comes to Spotted Flower. In a story where the characters are like older, alternate-universe doppelgangers of the cast of Genshiken, not everything…

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What Manga Do You Regret Reading?

AstroNerdBoy is asked about what manga he regretted reading. Initially, he couldn't think of a title. Then Spotted Flower came to mind.

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Haruka Naru Toki no Naka de 2

Haruka Naru Toki no Naka de ( In a Distant Time ) is an otome game franchise developed by Ruby Party. It spans at least a dozen…

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I Asked Kio Shimoku About Star Wars

(Cover by Yasuhiko Yoshikazu) I purchased the artbook Star Wars: Tribute to Star Wars for one reason: Among the many manga artists who contributed their talents to this…

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Basing my entire personality on this one Genshiken manga page

By this point, I was already too far gone; my eyes were glazed over and the only thing left on my mind was the fantastic content within. I…

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Kio Shimoku Twitter Highlights May 2022

Kio Shimoku provides a few more insights into the Hashikko Ensemble creative process this month. Kio realizes that Menturm and Mentholatum are different products. Kio posts a Hashikko…

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Shoujo-tachi wa Kouya wo Mezasu is brilliant you fools!

I initially was interested in Shoujo-tachi wa Kouya wo Mezasu simply due to its surface-level similarities with the previously enumerated list of “meta” anime. Though I mostly wanted…

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Kio Shimoku Twitter Highlights April 2022

Kio’s tweets this month feature lots of his preliminary sketches for Hashikko Ensemble! It’s worth a look if you want to see how the characters began. All the…

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Kio Shimoku Twitter Highlights March 2022

This month was the release of the 8th and final volume o f Hashikko Ensemble! Kio saw the anime film Goodbye, Don Glees! and enjoyed it. He’s particularly…

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Some hard thinking after 5 years of anime blogging: 1000 anime later

It was the heart of winter at the opening of 2017; my high school days had just started to fade bitterly but were not yet “sweet.” I was…

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Kio Shimoku Twitter Highlights February 2022

This month was pretty light when it came to Kio Shimoku tweeting. Kio stumbles on a new technique while doing art for the final volume of Hashikko Ensemble.…

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Kio Shimoku Twitter Highlights January 2022

This month’s tweet highlights for Kio Shimoku are a little different: I’m doing them in chronological order rather than grouping them by subject. Tell me what you think!…

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Settling the Score: Hashikko Ensemble, Final Chapter

48 chapters later, friends compete for the first time in this conclusion to Hashikko Ensemble. Summary It’s shortly after the start of the new school year at Hashimoto…

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Sono Bisque Doll wa Koi wo Suru - Episode 1 - 10 Second Anime

Aspiring Hina dollmaker Wakana Gojou joins popular girl Marin Kitagawa in a fun clash of cultures. Sono Bisque Doll wa Koi wo Suru - Episode 1.

Joeschmo's Gears and Grounds

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My beautifully dark escapist fantasy

This 2.5D dream has finally been realized in the way not many might have been expecting, but offers an interesting proposition to the onlooker: Vtubers present casual escapism.…

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Kio Shimoku Twitter Highlights December 2021

Every month, I collect highlights from Genshiken author, Kio Shimoku’s, tweets. This month’s provide some interesting insight into Kio’s work history beyond the manga he’s known for! Professional…

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Kio Shimoku Twitter Highlights November 2021

Another month of Kio Shimoku tweets. The real highlight this month is his opinion on ero manga artists. Hashikko Ensemble Kio promoting Hashikko Ensemble Chapter 46. He doesn’t…

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Kio Shimoku Twitter Highlights October 2021

Kio Shimoku claims at the beginning of October that there won’t be as much tweeting, but that turns out not to be so much the case. This month…

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365 – One Shot 44 – Gogo Monster

October Extravaganza continues with Night 3 as we do a One Shot on Taiyo Matsumoto’s Gogo Monster! dakazu also read the end of Wotakoi: Love Is Hard for Otaku, watched Ranking of Kings, talks about Kamen…

Manga Machinations

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An ode to caramelldansen

Old MemoRies Before the days of apartment raves, hearing the muffled nightcore-inspired mix through your walls, or even the Doomer remixes, the internet was a different place. Some…

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Kio Shimoku Twitter Highlights September 2021

Much of Kio’s tweeting this month has had to do with the fact that Hashikko Ensemble Volume 7 went on sale on the 22nd, and Spotted Flower Volume…

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Kio Shimoku Twitter Highlights August 2021

Much of Kio’s tweeting this month has had to do with the fact that Hashikko Ensemble Volume 7 went on sale on the 22nd, and Spotted Flower Volume…

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Sensou Douwa: Kiku-chan to Ookami

Sensou Douwa ( War Fables or War Tales ) was a series of TV specials by Shin-Ei Animation that ran annually from 2002 to 2009. In…

Collectr's Blog

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Kio Shimoku Twitter Highlights August 2021

Not a ton of tweets this month, but if you’re interested in Kio’s thoughts about Rebuild of Evangelion (as well as his bout with work exhaustion and illness),…

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Kio Shimoku Twitter Highlights July 2021

Once again, here are more interesting Kio Shimoku tweets for the past month. Not many drawings in July! Works-Related This is a small honor for me: Kio Shimoku…

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Kio Shimoku Twitter Highlights June 2021

Kio Shimoku June 2021 These are tweets from manga author Kio Shimoku from June 2021 that I found notable and informative. They include a number of early sketches…

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Kio Shimoku Twitter Highlights May 2021

Tweets of interest from Kio Shioku’s official Twitter for May 2021: This past month saw the unfortunate passing of Miura Kentaro, author of Berserk. “Whaaaaaa?!” “I can’t believe…

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“World Famous Moe Artist” ~ An UNDER17 Retrospective

UNDER17 is undoubtedly my favorite band. Prior to this, I didn’t really have a particular attachment towards a specific music group beyond a passing interest in the albums…

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Spotted Flower and Fusion Characters?

Spotted Flower is Kio Shimoku’s refracted-universe version of his hit manga Genshiken, but as the series goes on, more and more major differences crop up. Recently, I realized…

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Kio Shimoku Twitter Highlights April 2021

Another month of Kio Shimoku tweets is here! The guy has finally learned how to thread tweets, which makes things easier for me. A lot of the month…

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Genshiken’s Kio Shimoku Is Now on Twitter!

In one of the biggest pieces of Genshiken-related news to come out in a long time, author Kio Shimoku finally has a Twitter account, @kioshimoku1! He’s genuinely new…

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Eternal Sunshine of the JAV-less Mind ~Last Ray of Sun☆Shine~

I swore to break free from the chains of the eternal cycle I’ve bound myself to, for one last final…

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An ode to the otaku room

The otaku room is a nothing more than a microcosm of the otaku identity. A private stand-alone simulation created solely to nurture one’s indulgent hobbies. This is an…

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Remembering Kita e ~Diamond Dust Drops~ because nobody else will

I had become interested in a specific brand of mid-2000’s romance anime that has since faded to obscurity. I’ve found a thread on an old AnimeSuki thread describing…

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Eternal sunshine of the JAV-less mind

Fill my fond heart with 2D alone, for it Alone can rival, can succeed to thee. How happy is the blameless vestal’s lot! The world forgetting, by the…

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Sepia Nightmare

The fact that Boogiepop Phantom exists still eludes me to this day. One could chalk it up to simply being another product of the post-Evangelion boom in late…

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What Are Your Five Favorite Non-Shonen Anime? Here are Ours!

One of our Twitch streamers, negativeprimes, recently tagged a number of our staffers on a Twitter post that’s making the rounds asking users to name their five favorite…

Beneath the Tangles

Translating Denpa Otoko: Translator’s Introduction & Preface

This translation effort can hardly be called a fully-realized project, and should be treated as a proof of concept for the time being since its future is entirely…

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Waza no Tabibito

Here's a modern OVA that slipped under the radar, 2011's Waza no Tabibito ( Skills Journey ). Waza is virtually a one-man production - cr...

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More Like “Protoculture Festival”: Hashikko Ensemble, Chapter 31

After months of focusing on the same song, the musical possibilities explode. Summary Still at their summer training camp (of sorts), the Chorus Appreciation Society decides that they…

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