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The Otakusphere: Education, media and pretty pictures

It’s Sunday again, so I’m back for another tour around the Otakusphere, and I feel like every time I start looking around, I come up with a bevy…

In Search of Number Nine — An anime blog

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Angels, kaiju and the noble failure of SSSS. Gridman

Sometimes a reaction to a show feels so diverse that I wonder if the two sides are legitimately watching the same show. A few months back, I watched…

In Search of Number Nine — An anime blog

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Ghost people don’t get free will in Galaxy Express 999

Galaxy Express 999 has a strange relationship with self-determination. I took a week off of writing about Galaxy Express 999, and I’ve hit a pocket of exciting episodes…

In Search of Number Nine — An anime blog

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Giro Jot del Giorno - Stage 3 - 5/10/2021

Giro Jot del Giorno - Stage 3. Filippo Ganna wears the maglia rosa (pink jersey) on Stage 3 of the 2021 Giro d'Italia.

Joeschmo's Gears and Grounds

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The Otakusphere: Spring reviews are in the air and watch more anime

Good morning or afternoon or evening or whatever time you’re reading this. I think I’ve covered it all, so let’s start over. Good day to you! GOOD DAY!…

In Search of Number Nine — An anime blog

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In My View: The false distinction between live-action and animation

Way back when, in the year two-thoooousand (and seven), I watched a little 36 episode series called Honey and Clover. For those people who don’t know what that…

In Search of Number Nine — An anime blog

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Stream Contemporary Japanese Film with the Chicago Japan Film Collective (May 25th to 31st)

Information on the Nine Japanese Films Playing at the Chicago Japan Film Collective (May 25th to 31st)

Genkinahito

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Gargantia: Chirico Cuvie Dances with Wolves

Welcome to a new feature here on In Search of Number Nine, where I invite other people to recommend shows to me. I’m thinking about something clever for…

In Search of Number Nine — An anime blog

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Hashire! Shiroi Ookami

Orphan hasn't done a critter feature in a while, so we're quite chuffed to present the first English-subtitled version of the 1990 movie Has...

Collectr's Blog

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Jon’s April 2021 Creator Showcase: Forty-Nine Posts to Help Break Into the Spring Season!

Hey guys and welcome back to another year of #thJCS on this blog! I honestly wasn’t expecting to be hosting this year, what with my hectic work schedule,…

A Nerdy Fujo Cries

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The Otakusphere: Good ideas for bad shows and bad ideas for good shows

Welcome back to the end of another week and the beginning of another Otakusphere. After binging the second and third seasons of My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU last…

In Search of Number Nine — An anime blog

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In My View: What’s the problem with problematic?

I watched a lot of X-Files back in the day. I remember seeing the second season when it was still new and being in an Ames, Iowa apartment…

In Search of Number Nine — An anime blog

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Nura: Rise of the Youkai Clan

Youkai! Anime is full of these traditional Japanese legends! From creatures like the nine-tailed kitsune to kappa to bakeneko to yuuki onna, so many of these mythical creatures…

Anteiku Anime Reviews

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Getting rich on ecological disaster in Galaxy Express 999

(Note: I apologize ahead of time for any gross oversimplifications of history that are contained in this blog post.) When I was growing up, I remember seeing news…

In Search of Number Nine — An anime blog

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Steins;Gate: A Lesson in Disappointment

Steins;Gate is widely considered to be one of the best anime ever made. As of writing this, it sits at the lofty number nine of most popular anime…

The Otaku Exhibition

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The Angriest Planet in Galaxy Express 999

I’ve been thinking a lot about subtlety and nuance lately. Yes, I know that isn’t the most exciting topic, but this is my blog, and I like to…

In Search of Number Nine — An anime blog

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The Otakusphere: The XXL version

For the first time in a long time, I binged an anime series. I started watching Bunny Girl Senpai on Friday night after wrapping up Gargantia. Then on…

In Search of Number Nine — An anime blog

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In My View: Why do I like trashy shows?

I started to think about trashy fiction when I was talking with some folks on Jon Spencer Reviews’ discord. In particular, Voyager, Redblinky, Scott and I were talking…

In Search of Number Nine — An anime blog

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Skeletons, murder and tragedy? More Galaxy Express 999

Sometimes a show hits me with a conundrum that I don’t have an answer to. Typically, this comes when I’m hit with a concept or an execution that…

In Search of Number Nine — An anime blog

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What I Watched This Week – 4/4-4/10

Princess Nine – I had really hoped to enjoy this late-90s series about a girls’ baseball team aiming to take on the boys at Koshien, but I found…

The Romantic Goldfish

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The Otakusphere: Burning justice, long titles and eyebrow judging

So here we are at the end of another week and at the end of my vacation. Overall, I give this vacation a B+. I managed to finish…

In Search of Number Nine — An anime blog

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In My View: Anime and gaming media

Since I started really paying attention to the anime space again in 2019, I’ve noticed, in general, people don’t like it when gaming websites blunder their way into…

In Search of Number Nine — An anime blog

86 #01 — War is Bad

  Stay tuned for other hard hitting social remarks. Three out of nine shows for the day down, but this is where I start falling behind as multiple…

Tenka Seiha

Chinese Yuri Visual Novel ‘Symbiotic Love’ to be Released in English Summer 2021Kikai...

Chinese Yuri Visual Novel ‘Symbiotic Love’ to be Released in English Summer 2021Kikai Digital announced that it will be releasing Chinese Yuri visual novel Symbiotic Love (Ji Shen)…

The Holy Mother of Yuri

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Yesterday wo Utatte | Episode 8 and 9 Review

Episode Eight and Nine Thoughts At this point, you cannot convince me otherwise that Shinako is the character whose purpose is to upend and to cause distribution through…

Otaku Central | Anime Review

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Odds and Ends of Galaxy Express 999 (Part 1)

Normally, I do these odds and ends posts right before I do my wrap-up post for the series, but Galaxy Express 999 is different. This show is long.…

In Search of Number Nine — An anime blog

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The Otakusphere: Shinsengumi, old news and pining for an acorn

It’s a bright, shiny Easter morning, and I have been gifted with chocolate and a week off from work. The start of my vacations always have so much…

In Search of Number Nine — An anime blog

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Reflections: Reviewing the stuff you hate

You are getting this post because I didn’t like the post I planned to put up this week. It veered a bit too personal, and I wasn’t really…

In Search of Number Nine — An anime blog

Vivy – Flourite’s Eye Song #01 — I Robot

  Needs more robot apocalypse. This aired both episode 1 and 2 back to back, and while there are quite literally a dozen Saturday shows this season, nine…

Tenka Seiha

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Guessing Game (9)

Time for guessing game number nine (eight was connected to an update a while back). Once again, trying to go for a random mix of styles, eras and…

The Review Heap

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yurimother:Growing up Yurijin: My Childhood Experience with Lesbian Anime and Manga Part IThis article is the first in a two-part personal essay about my childhood experiences growing up…

The Holy Mother of Yuri

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Well, it LOOKED cute: A look at art style dissonance in anime

Hey all, this is a repost of a blog entry from 2018. I’m trying to get back into writing stuff like this, so I’m giving it a reblog…

Welcome to Hell Zone!

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Blerdy Otome Monthly Recap – March 2021

Hey there Blerdy Tribe! Three months down, nine more to go! March has been an interesting month–I got my very first vaccine dose and I’m due for the…

Blerdy Otome

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yurimother:Growing up Yurijin: My Childhood Experience with Lesbian Anime and Manga Part IThis article is the first in a two-part personal essay about my childhood experiences growing up…

The Holy Mother of Yuri

yurimother:Growing up Yurijin: My Childhood Experience with Lesbian Anime and Manga Part IThis...

yurimother:Growing up Yurijin: My Childhood Experience with Lesbian Anime and Manga Part IThis article is the first in a two-part personal essay about my childhood experiences growing up…

The Holy Mother of Yuri

Growing up Yurijin: My Childhood Experience with Lesbian Anime and Manga Part IThis article is the...

Growing up Yurijin: My Childhood Experience with Lesbian Anime and Manga Part IThis article is the first in a two-part personal essay about my childhood experiences growing up…

The Holy Mother of Yuri

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The JCS: Oshiete blogger-san edition!

Hello Everyone and welcome to March’s edition of the Jon’s Creator Showcase. This is my first time working on a project like this so I hope you will…

In Search of Number Nine — An anime blog

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The Otakusphere: Genres, heroes and all of the shows I should have watched

Welcome! Welcome! It’s another Sunday afternoon, and like usual, I have a curated collection of anime- (and some not anime-) related blog posts for you today. It’s been…

In Search of Number Nine — An anime blog

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3 shows I like that no one has watched and 3 shows I don’t like that everyone loves

I’ve meant to write this post for a while, but I’ve always put it at the bottom of the pile. There always seemed to be something more exciting…

In Search of Number Nine — An anime blog

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Anime REvisited: Hyakka Ryoran: Samurai Girls Season One Episode Nine!

We have returned! We have returned with another episode review from our Anime REvisited pick known as Hyakka Ryoran: Samurai Girls. Things get a lil’ serious in this…

D&A Anime Blog

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The space train of Winesburg: Galaxy Express 999 and grotesques

“Anderson evokes a depressed landscape in which lost souls wander about; they make their flitting appearances mostly in the darkness of night, these stumps and shades of humanity.”Irving…

In Search of Number Nine — An anime blog

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Wonder Egg Priority | Episodes 9 and 10 Review

Episode Nine and Ten thoughts OHHHHHH. What is this! How are these mannequins Acca and Ura-Acca once human and founders of the “Japan Plati”. Why’d they become mannequins…

Otaku Central | Anime Review

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Don’t @ Me: Nine of my Anime Opinions: End of Winter 2021 Edition

It’s Monday, so it’s once again time for this! Welcome back to Don’t @ Me, the place where, like the correspondence between John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, I…

Shallow Dives in Anime

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The Otakusphere: Let’s get personal

It’s the beginning of March. The days are getting longer. It’s getting warmer here in the Northwestern U.S., and I can see the dreaded summer months just past…

In Search of Number Nine — An anime blog

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[PODCAST] The Incident at Dyatlov Pass

‘The Incident at Dyatlov Pass’ refers to February 2, 1959, when nine ski-hikers died mysteriously up in the mountains of what is now Russia. The group where heading…

The Spooky Red Head Blog

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RahXephon does NOT equal Evangelion

I am writing this post in the hope of ending a needless and futile debate. I’m writing it knowing that I’m talking about the anime community, and unnecessary…

In Search of Number Nine — An anime blog

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Day Nineteen: Three Colors: White (MotM 2021)

This is a pretty ugly cover; maybe it was intentional. You could always look at this cover, but it’s ultimately misleading. While a prominent figure in the story,…

The Visualist's Veranda

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Maetel kills them all?

One of the most famous pieces of X-Men lore revolves around the death of Jean Grey at the end of the Dark Phoenix Saga. During the Dark Phoenix…

In Search of Number Nine — An anime blog

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Spring 2021 Season Preview

Oh my god, what the fuck, what week is it? Week eleven of the winter season? Jesus fuck, these preview articles are supposed to go out on week…

Wrong Every Time

News Update - Mon, 15 Mar 2021

Decked Out To The Nines in Cybernetic Finery. This week, Allen takes a look at Cyborg 009: The Cyborg Soldier. It's the 2001 version, and I can't even say…

THEM Anime Reviews