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The Otakusphere: Pride, Feelings and APPLE PICKING BEAM!

Good morning, afternoon or evening wherever you are in the world. By my count, today is Sunday, so it’s time to take another trip around The Otakusphere. It’s…

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Impressions: Honey and Clover and a story about love

Nearly 20 years ago, I had a crush on a punk rock girl. She was the coolest person I had ever met. She had a near-encyclopedic knowledge of…

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In Search Of … The Great Passage

Hi, you fine folks out there in the Otakusphere and beyond. It’s time once again for me to take another pick from the anime people have submitted to…

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The Otakusphere: Crime dramas, travelogues and what you should be watching

Good morning, afternoon or evening wherever you are, or whenever you are. It’s Sunday here in my section of the hinterlands, so it’s time again for another trip…

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The Best of the Worst Anime Openings

About a month ago, a group of fellow bloggers, YouTubers and Twitter users set out to complete a spectacular project. We were going to rate the worst anime…

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Dying free or living a slave in Galaxy Express 999

Though it’s only half a month away, the media’s goneAn entertaining scandal broke today, but I can’t move onI’m haunted by a story and I do my best…

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The Otakusphere: Cheese and what am I doing with my life?

Good morning, afternoon or evening wherever you are in Internet-land. It is Sunday out here in my corning of the hinterlands, so it’s time for another trip around…

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Reflections: Am I too old for anime high school?

For most of my adult life, I’ve put on this guise of being an old, world-weary man who had it all figured out. Even when I was 24,…

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Love in the time of existentialism in Galaxy Express 999

No one really gets to live happily ever after in Galaxy Express 999. OK. That might not be entirely true. There are a handful of stories about people…

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Why I appreciate Ergo Proxy more at 44 (A collaboration with The Review Heap)

Hello everyone. Welcome to the second half of my collaboration with Ashley from The Review Heap.  First, I really want to thank him for his patience with me.…

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Ergo Proxy (Collaboration with In Search of Number Nine)

Very excited to kick off this collaboration with Iniksbane at In Search of Number Nine, since we’re writing on one of my all-time favs, Ergo Proxy! I’d put…

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The Otakusphere: Good romances, bad detectives and realism

Good morning or afternoon or evening or whatever time it may be for everyone out there in Internet-land. It’s Sunday here in my corner of the hinterlands, so…

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My moral quandary over cake in 86

A long time ago, I read Animal Farm. For those unfamiliar with the story, it’s basically a retelling of the Bolshevik revolution and the immediate aftermath. In this…

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The Mysterious Maetel in Galaxy Express 999

I’m going to get meta here for a second. As I’ve been writing about Galaxy Express 999, I’ve noticed lately that I tend to focus on a particular…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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!…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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.…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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The Otakusphere: It’s still Sunday, right?

I’m always impressed by the amount of effort the various anime bloggers put in. I have a list of about 150 blogs that I peruse when I start…

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Ranking #AniTwitWatches shows until now

So the #anitwitwatches crew just finished up SSSS. Gridman this week. Since the only real controversy I see out in AniTwitter is whether Goku could beat up Superman,…

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Food zombies and wildflowers: Galaxy Express 999 and poverty

Growing up Leiji Matsumoto had an up-close relationship with poverty. His father was a former Japanese aviator who gave up piloting after the end of World War II.…

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The Otakusphere: Kyoto, Nendroids and let’s all be nice

Here we are on another Sunday in the early afternoon getting ready to take a casual tour around the Otakusphere. My week has been pretty good. I’m now…

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In My View: Understanding the Polygon column

It’s another week, and Twitter has become atwitter with its latest controversy du jour. This time they’re focused on a column by Kambole Campbell that is titled: Wonder…

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Lotus Eaters and Steam Trains: The Myth of the Galaxy Express

Author’s note: I wrote this after watching the first 10 episodes of the show. If there is anything further on that contradicts this, I apologize. Galaxy Express 999…

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The Otakusphere: Recommendations, history and a whole lot of reviews

Here we are at the end of another week or the beginning of one depending on how you look at the passing of time. Personally, I’m not thrilled…

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In My View: It’s not censorship, it’s editing

A long time ago, I watched the first section of Sword Art Online. My wife had started the series on Netflix and I viewed it over her shoulder.…

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All aboard the Galaxy Express 999

I have a strange love for Leiji Matsumoto. What makes this strange is I’m not from the right generation to have watched Star Blazers as a teenager. Sure.…

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The Otakusphere: Living an Oxygen normal life

Well good morning to the Otakusphere out there. I hope that you had a lovely week in the real world. The last of our snow is melting over…

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In My View: Was Gatekeeping guy wrong?

So gatekeeping made its way around the AniTwitter circle in a dramatic fashion this week with a tweet that was so hyperbolic that the only non-attention-seeking response is…

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