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Fall 2022 – Week 7

Sunrise on Mt Hiwada…  Such a darn good sequence. Anyhow, time to wrap up the week.  Some good eps, some great eps, some otherwise.  All that and the…

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Fall 2022 – Week 6

And now we’re into midseason, the time I traditionally give mini-reviews of what I’m watching and look to see if there’s any I really should drop.  (I have…

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Fall 2022 – Week 4/5

And…  I’m baaack!  Life went sideways and I missed a week, but save one show, all caught up now.  Hit the jump and let’s run ’em down!

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Fall 2022 – Week 3

Thoughts on power and parenthood in Gundam Mercury…  And on poor Twice… And now that we’re into week 3, it’s also time to see what’s making the grade…

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Fall 2022 – Week 2 – Anya is Back!

All in all, a pretty good week…  And Anya makes the header screenshot again! Let’s hit the jump and take a look at this week in anime!

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Fall 2022 – Week 1 – And so it begins

And so… A new season is underway.  (Yay!)  There’s some good premieres, some less so, and then there’s Gundam Mercury for which words are difficult.  Hit the j…

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Fall 2022 Anticipation – Part I I – new series

OK, so here’s the other reason I split this season’s anticipation post into two parts…  I narrowed it down to two screenshots, and couldn’t decide between them!  N…

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Fall 2022 Anticipation – Part I – the sequels

OK…  what else did you think I was going to choose as the lead image for this post?  What’s better imagery for heading into the new season than…

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A quick note!

Contrary to appearances, I’m still here.  Life just took a few turns that kept me from being able to sustain the mood and energy for writing – and…

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Summer 2022 – Week 5 – Clever title goes here.

It will happen eventually…  an episode of Abyss will end I won’t have a stunned look on my face as Riko did at the end of this week’s episode. …

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Summer 2022 – Week 3/4 – a week of some mini-reviews and some drops.

After last week’s crazy schedule, back in the blogging saddle again.  And bonus, that means you get to read about two weeks at once!  Two for the price…

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Summer 2022 – Week 2

Man…  Abyss.  I suspect that just like last time, I’ll be saying that a lot.  But Lycoris Recoil was also pretty good!  Other shows, not so much.  Any…

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Summer 2022 – Premieres – Week 1 (ish)

And so…  another season begins!  Eight premieres so far, mostly decent or better.  Hit the jump and let’s get the new season underway!

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Summer 2022 – Looking forward to a new season!

Ahhh… Summer!  That means Summer Break, beaches, fireworks…  And a whole new slate of anime to consider.  Hit the jump and let’s talk about what’s coming our …

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Spring 2022 – Weeks 8/9/10 “ish”

Whew!  Catching up after a few IRL busy weeks/weekends.  Some awfully good episodes while I was away.  And the cliffhanger in the image above…  Wow. Hit the jump…

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Spring 2022 – Week 6 /7 & Mid-Season Part 2.

And I’m back!  Here with two weeks worth of thoughts and comments!  With no further ado, let’s hit the jump and run ’em down!

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Spring 2022 – Week 6 & Mid-Season Part 1.

A couple of dramatic and tone shifts this week…  Plus some hit episode 6, mid-season, where I traditionally give a quick review of the show to date.  All…

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Spring 2022 – Week 5

Looks like Spy X Family is going to be my main source of header shots for this season…  Ah well, what ya’ gonna’ do?  If it’s earned the spot,…

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Spring 2022 – Week 4

I think Spy x Family is going to end up my default header image this season…  I just can’t resist.  Just love the show to pieces!  Hit the jump…

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Spring 2022 – Week 3

The moment many have been waiting for…  Yor Forger (née Briar, AKA Thorn Princess) finally appears.   Also, Anya being cute, and ditto Desumi.  The first batch of 3rd…

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Spring 2022 – Week 2 – And go!

First batch of second episodes (which sounds weird as I type it) and last (for now) batch of premiers!  Hit the jump and let’s *go*!

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First Impressions Matter – Spring 2022 – Week 1 / First impressions Part 1

And we’re off to the races (metaphorically speaking)!  It’s a brand new season and we have a ton of new shows to talk about…  Some good, some bad,…

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The Final Week – Winter 2022 – Week 12

I almost made a joke in the title about “The Final Week – Part 3 (and I mean it)”, but decided that might be confusing or potentially misconstrued. …

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A mixed bag – Spring 2020 Anticipation

Ahh…  Spring.  The sakura are in bloom, a new school term starts, and it’s time for a new anime season!  That means it’s time to read the tea…

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Penultimate Episodes! – Winter 2022 – Week 11

If I had a “Drama Queen Of The Week” award, it would definitely go to Titan this week…  Is that a good thing or a bad thing?  I dunno. …

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Winter 2022 – Week 10 – Another week in the life.

Some good episodes, some not-so-good.  Pretty unusual given the general high quality of the shows I’m (still) watching.  Hit the jump and let’s run ’em down!

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Quick, hot takes – Winter 2022 – Week 9

Last week’s weather was spring-like, and now we’re back to a bit more winterish…  And the winter season of anime is rounding the corner into the final sprint! …

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A mighty fine week – Winter 2022 – Week 8

Another week in the books…   And more than a few really good episodes this week.  All that and more after the jump.

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Not a bad week at all! – Winter 2022 – Week 7

Not a bad week on the anime front that is…  Crazy busy IRL Thurs and Friday, so really needed to get this out today.  And, since you’re seeing…

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Midseason! Winter 2022 – Week 6

Midseason – when I traditionally give a mini-review of what I’m watching, and sometimes drop shows that aren’t really making the grade.    What shows sur…

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The unending cycle – Winter 2022 – Week 5

Man…  After the gut punch last week, this week Titan delivers a nasty uppercut for a one-two knockout combo.  All that and more after the jump!

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AMV – Metropolis

Earlier today, ANN published Metropolis: The Lost Madhouse Masterpiece, about an anime film from the turn of the century that doesn’t get much discussion today…  Probably because i…

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Winter 2022 – Week 4 – The Gut Punch edition.

All the shows are settling into their groove, except for Titan…  Which just keeps on punching the viewer in the gut.  So, let’s hit the jump and run…

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It’s that Special Week! – Winter 2022 – Week 3

Sorrynotsorry  Week 3 is traditionally a make-or-break week, and I was recently reading a thing on Uma Mususme’s second season – and I just couldn’t resist the pun. …

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I’m late, I know – Winter 2022 Weeks 1/2

Running behind…  again!  Got to get my groove this season and get out of this habit. Anyhow, hit the jump and see my thoughts this season.

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In my backyard – Alien Worlds

(Original image courtesy of NASA.)The week after Christmas, we had a snowstorm here…  Looking at the snow in the raking light of early morning, the landscape (snowscape?) reminded…

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It’s a New Year and a new season! – Anticipating Winter 2022.

Hard to believe…  It’s 2022 already.  And time to preview a new anime season!  So, without further ceremony, hit the jump and let’s dive right in.

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Fall 2021 – Week 7/8

Yeah, whoops!  The holiday week and my wife taking vacation days caused my scattered brain to lose track of days…  So, don’t want to lose the momentum which…

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Anime Playlist – Sword Art Online

This upcoming weekend we get to see Sword Art Online Progressive: Aria of a Starless Night…  So I’m inspired to write a new entry in my Anime Playlist…

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Midseason comments – Fall 2021 – Weeks 5/6

This season has had its share of surprises…  both good and bad.  Either way, it’s mid-season and that means it’s time for the mid-season gut check!  What’s worth…

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A new record! Fall 2021 – Weeks 3/4

Something of an unusual occurrence this season, and a second that almost happened…  Plus it’s week three, that infamous week, and time to take a look at which shows…

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Fall 2021 – Week 1 & 2 / First Impressions Part II

Late….  sorry…  But there’s a lot of ground to cover here, so let’s just hit the jump and get right to it.  There’s a LOT to talk about.

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Fall 2021 – First Impressions – Part I

Sloow start this season…  as you might have guessed from my anticipation post, there’s just not much to choose from.  But four shows is enough to get started…

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Laid Back Camp – Cover music!

Laid Back Camp has been on my mind lately…  Last week I finished the manga, and then my wife asked my to help her find some music from…

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Getting (re)started – looking ahead at Fall 2021

For various personal reasons, writing on Summer 2021 ended up being a bust. So, as is so popular these days, time for the Lounge to get a reboot.…

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Worth Reading – August 9th, 2021

Courtesy of Wrath of Gnon Welcome back to Worth reading – my occasional roundup of news & articles on anime & Japan along with my thoughts and comments.…

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Summer 2021 week 3(ish)

Didn’t mean for my little vacation to stretch on so long… But I’m baaaack! It’s week 3, and y’all know what that means! What shows are keepers, and…

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Summer 2021 – Coming right at you!

While waiting on the Fruits Basket finale to wrap up coverage of Spring… Let’s take a moment to take a look at what’s coming for Summer 2021. (Other…

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I’m back! – Spring 2021 – Week 10/11

Well, the new computer is in and set up! But that doesn’t mean I’m done being frustrated. Something about Crunchyroll’s new website prevents me from taking proper screenshots&#823…

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More questions than answers – Spring 2021 – Week 9

Why more questions than answers? Because that’s how a lot of shows leave me feeling this week. But really, isn’t that a good thing? Wouldn’t it be boring…

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