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“No Time” Like the Present

Normally, I wouldn’t touch a vampire anime with a ten-foot wooden stake. I feel it is a badly overworked genre, as there is seemingly little more you can…

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Playing “Dress-Up”

Cosplay is as ingrained into Japanese culture as is sake and pork cutlet bowls. Perhaps they feel they actually invented it, but they have certainly gone to great…

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Breaking the “Ice”

I often wonder why you would want to reboot a series, especially one that still has life in it. Perhaps you want to offer it to a new…

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She’s An “Ex” For a Reason

Romantic comedies are hard to pull off effectively, in that the combatants (for wont of a better term) need to be smart enough to understand why they do…

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The “Gold” Standard

I caught this at AX 22 and was intrigued by it, despite the over-the-top fan service and all that goes with it. It’s another offering in the Magical…

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I’ll Follow the “Sun”

There are some absolutely brutal animes out there: “Berserk”, “Elfin Lied”, “Gantz”, “Deadman Wonderland” and “Redo of Healer”, to name a few. But the artwork supported the notion…

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“Duke” It Out

Romantic comedy covers a huge amount of territory, but it usually is the same thought process: a guy really, really likes a girl, but doesn’t know how to…

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Watch the “Birdie”

OK, as you know, sports anime are my second least-liked genre (Giant Fighting Robots still have a commanding lead). It’s just the arc traveled in these shows is…

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“Wise” Too Late

Is this another anime trend I see before me? Now, gender change comedies have been with us since the Greeks took ink to paper (or whatever they wrote…

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“Ordinary” People

Hey! It another gender-blender show. I hope that this isn’t the latest anime craze, especially since the focus of these shows is what once was a guy is…

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“Great” Expectations

What is it about con men and great heist epics that enthrall us? Is it the intricacies of the plot in order to make this succeed? Is it…

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What the “Plunderer” Does

It’s hard enough to tell an anime story. You may have a manga to act as a guide, but then comes the hard decisions as to what stays…

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A Word To the “Wise”

Another magic show. I know that I really shouldn’t be sniping too hard about them, but it’s just that it runs in cycles and everyone seems to be…

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Use the “Cheat” Code

At least this anime lets you know that it is taking place in another world, although about 20 seconds into the first episode, you would have been made…

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Gone “Girl”

The first season of this show was fraught with peril and genuine danger. I mean, you could really lose an eye (as evidenced by our maiden up there)…

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“High School” High

Now that I know and understand isekai animes (well, kind of understand), I am seeing them everywhere and they take all shapes and sizes and rather bizarre methods…

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Forever “Young”

So, how DO you like your perversions? I mean, this caliber of conversation does not come up at the dinner table and it would be difficult to try…

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Lost in the “Wilderness”

There is certainly something appealing about airplanes, especially those that came just before and during World War II. There is a grace in their design, a sharpness in…

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Short-Pull Series XXXIV: An All-Time “High”

This is a ‘nothing’ series; a show where we just see the day-to-day life of rather plain and ordinary girls, doing plain and ordinary things in their plain…

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Short-Pull Series XXXIII: Not On My “Watch”

In all the time I have watched anime, I have never encountered what I call a fetish show. I mean, there are shows that have strong ecchi factors…

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Short Pull series XXXII – “BY” the Way

I have to assume that the reason everyone likes the chibi style is that all the characters are just so darn cute. I mean, the proportions are closer…

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Short Pull Series XXXI – Livin’ For the “Weekend”

Oh, look, it’s another chibized series. What are the odds? (Well, since the House sets the odds, they were always in my favor.) “Girls’ Last Tour” was a…

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“Pilot” Balloon

Are dragons back in vogue again? Were they ever out of vogue? Or even in “Vogue”? It’s just that I am seeing an uptick in dragon shows, or…

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“Domestic” Tendencies

Ever been cornered or trapped or treed, the hounds baying at your feet and you were compelled to do something you normally wouldn’t? Yeah, as of late, owing…

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AX 22 Post-Thoughts #8 – In Conclusion………..

It was interesting to find a report or a postmortem or one person’s view about AX 2022 and what they thought of it. They laid out a laundry…

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It’s an Ill “Wind”

Why do I keep doing this to myself? I keep going “That’s the last time I will EVER see a ‘Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure’ anime!” and the next time…

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Shocking “Blue”

Can you run out of ideas for adventure shows? I mean, we can go to the depths of the oceans, the outer reaches of space, the darkest cave,…

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AX 22 Post-Thoughts #7 – Whose Line Is It, Anyway?

Part and parcel of shindigs like this is waiting in line. I mean, unless you can find a venue here that doesn’t clear out the room for the…

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A “Demon” On Wheels

OK, we have been busily killing goblins, now it is time to take on demons. But these demons are of a harder, more pernicious nature and even the…

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“Slayer” of Rogues

I knew this series was going to cause trouble, but I didn’t realize how controversial it would become, especially in the depiction of all the violence that befalls…

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AX 22 Post-Thoughts #6 – That’s Entertainment

In years past, I avoided the Entertainment Hall, as I felt it was just a place to go to play customizable card games. I could not think of…

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“Detective” Story

I am starting to question if we really need to base animes off of video games. On the one hand, a lot of the footwork has been done…

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To Tell the “Truth”

Does anyone remember Screaming Yellow Zonkers? When I was growing up, it was my favorite snack food, although, to be honest, this truly was the definition of junk…

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The Living “End”

You know, a hot male fantasy and a hot anime fantasy is for a guy to have a harem of beautiful women, all catering to his every whim…

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Criminal “Investigation”

Yeah, this is a magical boy show. There are probably a lot of them out there, but this is more aligned with Harry Potter than Sailor Moon. And…

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AX 22 Post-Thoughts #5 – Belly Up To the Bar

This was something that I had not seen before at AX, or maybe I did, but I paid it no heed. It’s just this was a very popular…

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Let’s Hear It For the “Boy”

I had resisted this show for some time. I have a hard time with music genres and sports genres, as they are quite similar in their approach: someone…

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What’s for “Breakfast”?

Demons, demons, demons. There does seem to be a fascination with demons, especially when we present them as more humanish than demonoidal. I mean, most of us see…

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Art Detective

There are a group of fictional characters that have been played to death, either in movie or on stage. These include such ‘people’ as James Bond, Frankenstein’s monster,…

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She’s Was “Hot”

Oh, no! It’s a ghost! It’s a haunting! It’s a hot springs! We must protect the world, or at least parts of Japan, from those bad, evil, nasty,…

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AX 22 Post-Thoughts #4 – Hold the Bus!

Now, unless you got a hotel room at the J W Marriott or the Ritz-Carlton (so close to the venue, you could spit on the people down below.…

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Get Back to “Work”

There is always a problem when you try to put together a show about the human body. For the most part, the body is seen as some kind…

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All in the “Family”

We use the term ‘Frankenstein’ to indicate a soulless monster, cobbled together from the parts of other corpses. It’s even used in reality TV, to indicate that things…

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AX 22 Post-Thoughts #3 – Getting Around

Now, with AX being at the Staples Center crypto.com Arena, it is somewhat easy to get to. There is a subway line that runs close to it (provided…

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On the “Road” Again

So, it is common knowledge that the Japanese will make an anime series on practically ANYTHING. I mean, there’s one that delves into the fascinating world of….being a…

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You Go, “Girl”

This is a real mixed-bag of a show for me. I like the general concept of it but detest the animation decisions, as it serves no purpose to…

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AX 22 Post-Thoughts #2 – If You Like Boobs a Lot, Tag Along

In years past, one of the harder panels to get into were all those 18+, FAKKU, hentai fun shows. Even if they put them in ever larger and…

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The “Devil” You Say

I guess if you are going to be a demon, it really helps to be a cute one. Or have big boobs. I guess that’s nice as well.…

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This is Rather “Odd”

OK, so we are genuinely building to a series of climaxes, as each season is upping the stakes in “My Hero Academia”, to the point that it is…

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AX 22 Post-Thoughts #1 – Can I Afford This?

I have been coming to the Expo for 13 years (although I’ve only been four times), but I am only vaguely aware of the costs. I decided to…

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