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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…

OGIUE MANIAX

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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 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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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…

OGIUE MANIAX

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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),…

OGIUE MANIAX

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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…

OGIUE MANIAX

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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…

OGIUE MANIAX

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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

DEGENERATE - An Exploration of Sex in Anime & Manga

Anime and Manga have long carried an unsavoury image - an oversexualized stigma that they've battled and embraced in equal measure for decades. In this video...

Beyond Ghibli

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...

Collectr's Blog

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…

OGIUE MANIAX

A Farewell to Arms, the Studio Behind Genshiken 2

Last week, the Japanese animation studio Arms declared bankruptcy. Their legacy is primarily that of sex and fanservice, with titles like Mezzo Forte, Queen’s Blade, Another Lady Innocent,…

OGIUE MANIAX

Idiots: Hashikko Ensemble, Chapter 30

Emotions run hard and Hasegawa gets to the heart of the matter in Hashikko Ensemble, Chapter 30. Before we get into the review, I have a couple things…

OGIUE MANIAX

Kujibiki Unbalance has been over

The dream has long since been over, yet, here I sit, amidst the ruins of my lingering memories that refuse to lessen their grip on those bygone days.…

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Kio Shimoku’s First Audio Interview is with a Virtual Youtuber!

Kio Shimoku has historically been a very private person, not even revealing his face until 2018. Shockingly, the Genshiken author had his very first audio interview, and it…

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The “ideological warrior”

“No reservation, no hesitation, no discrimination, no limitation, just liberation (alt. Caramelldansen)”

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Seduction of the Innocent: Spotted Flower Babies

Spotted Flower has long been a bizarre, twisted version of Genshiken, but a couple of side chapters posted (temporarily) for free on the Rakuen: Le Paradis website reveal…

OGIUE MANIAX

S1E01 - Introduction, Genshiken Second Season

In this first episode of Screentone Club, we talk about our reasons for starting the podcast, what our plans for it are, and discuss the recently finished series…

ScreenTone Club

A Different Way of Seeing: Hashikko Ensemble, Chapter 26

Jin reveals an important part of himself while Akira shows his kind heart in Chapter 26 of Hashikko Ensemble. Summary It’s the Hashimoto Chorus Appreciation Society’s turn at…

OGIUE MANIAX

Friends with Consequences: Spotted Flower, Volume 4

Spotted Flower has always been a difficult series to suss out what the story is trying to say, if anything at all. What once began as a thinly…

OGIUE MANIAX

“Genshiken Nidaime” Ogiue Chika Voice, Yamamoto Nozomi, Gets Married

We don’t get much Genshiken news these days, but the Hashikko Ensemble official Twitter account recently tweeted about Yamamoto Nozomi, the voice actor for Ogiue Chika in Genshiken…

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2010–2019 Part 4: Best Anime Characters of the Decade

At the end of every year here at Ogiue Maniax, I pick my favorite characters of the year. Usually, it’s one male character and one female character, but…

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2010–2019 Part 2: Looking Back

Another decade of anime and manga has passed, which means it’s time to reflect on all the things that have happened in and around our favorite Japanese art…

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OtakuGeneration (Show #504) Junk Head 1

  Shownotes :: (show 504) :: (website) :: (podcast feed) :: (direct download) :: (direct iTunes link) With Junk Head 1, recorded live February 1st, 2015. This week we…

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2012: O Brother, Where Art Thou?

The author is a life-long fan of anime. The author first acquired a taste for anime at the tender young age of five and has never looked...

The Golden Ani-Versary of Anime (1963-2013)

2004, Part 2: Respectful, Yet Rebellious

Over 130 new anime shows debuted in 2004 on Japanese television, a number in magnitude that would be the norm for the next decade. Naturally...

The Golden Ani-Versary of Anime (1963-2013)

2003, Part 1: The Cresting Wave of Cool Japan

When Bradley Meek is not coding, sleeping, reading or playing Dota 2, he's watching every kind of anime he can get his hands on. At times,...

The Golden Ani-Versary of Anime (1963-2013)

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OtakuGeneration (Show #281) Fall Preview 3

  Shownotes :: (show 281) :: () :: () :: () :: () With the Fall Preview 3, recorded live October 24th, 2010. This week we continued our talk…

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OtakuGeneration (Show #280) Fall Preview 2

  Shownotes :: (show 280) :: () :: () :: () :: () With Fall Preview 2, recorded live October 17th, 2010. This week we continued our talk about…

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OtakuGeneration (Show #279) Fall Preview 1

  Shownotes :: (show 279) :: () :: () :: () :: () With Fall Preview 1, recorded live October 10th, 2010. This week we talked about several new…

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OtakuGeneration (Show #278) Shikabane Hime

  Shownotes :: (show 278) :: () :: () :: () :: () With Shikabane Hime, recorded live October 3rd, 2010. This week we talked about "Shikabane Hime"; well…

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