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Dark Africa, colonizers and Galaxy Express 999

Back when I was a freshman in high school, we had what I expect is a right of passage for any high school student — the state history…

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The Otakusphere: Controversy, more controversy and FIVE ALIVE!

Good morning, afternoon or evening to everyone out there on the internet. It’s Sunday in my corner of the hinterlands, which means it’s time for another trip around…

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The Otakusphere: Wonder Egg, Dino King and can anyone stop Goku

Good morning, afternoon or evening wherever you are in the world. It’s Sunday in my corner of the hinterlands, which means it’s time for another trip around the…

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In Search of … Kaiji: The Ultimate Survivor

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

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The Otakusphere: So many controversies and Eva

Good morning, afternoon or evening where you are in the world. It’s Sunday in my corner of the Hinterlands, which means it’s time for another trip around The…

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The Evil that Live After in Galaxy Express 999

So, it’s always felt that the Friends, Roman, Countrymen speech gets an unfair shake in popular culture. It’s never gets treated with the same gravity as the To…

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The Otakusphere: Blizzard, Taco Bell and shows I’ve actually seen

Good morning, afternoon or evening wherever you are. It’s Sunday in my little corner of the hinterlands, so that means it’s time for another trip around the Otakusphere.…

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In My View: Where fewer distributors, marketing and anime definitions meet

“It makes sense to basically everybody to imagine ‘non-Japanese anime’: this doesn’t provide any of the difficulties presented by imagining, for instance, a ‘square circle’; similarly, we can…

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Science the destroyer in Galaxy Express 999

When I watch anime, I watch it from a Western viewpoint, or to be more accurate, a very American viewpoint. In a lot of ways, this is not…

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The Otakusphere: Polyamory, School Days and beware the grease apocalypse

Good morning, afternoon or evening wherever you are in the world. It’s Sunday in my corner of the hinterlands, so that means it’s time to see what is…

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Impressions: Let’s talk about the best or worst show from 2021

One of the hardest things for me to do is to separate my general proclivities from my analysis. See, at heart, I’m a contrarian. When everyone says something…

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Reflections: How do I make a sexy headline about 100 posts?

Hello everybody. Today is Wednesday, so you should be getting my normal mid-week rambling about Galaxy Express 999. But… well… this is a special post. It’s a post…

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Puritans, capitalism and hard work in Galaxy Express 999

(Note: I’m going to use U.S. and America interchangeably. I just want to say that I realize this is horribly unfair to our neighbors to the north and…

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The Otakusphere: Devil’s Candy, moe Zombies and when did Lelouche get this popular?

Good morning, afternoon or evening wherever you are out there in Internet land. By my reckoning, it is Sunday in my little corner of the hinterlands, so it’s…

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All of the Colours from OUTER SPACE

Huzzah. I am back for another Saturday, and to be honest, I’m kind of wiped out today. I have some ideas for posts. I actually have some ideas…

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Is it better to kill the babies in Galaxy Express 999?

I’m fascinated by the number of plants, animals, and even microbes that have traveled with people as they’ve moved from place to place. Once I listened to a…

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The Otakusphere: Mecha, magical girls and my own shortcomings

Good morning, afternoon or evening where you are out there in internetland. It’s Sunday in my corner of the hinterlands, which means it’s time for another edition of…

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In My View: When anime isn’t the right word

I remember pretty clearly when I first encountered the word “anime.” I was in a college dorm room in 1996, and I was talking with a couple of…

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In Search Of … Boogiepop Phantom

Hi, all 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…

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The Otakusphere: Rooster tails, odd taxis and runic empires

Good morning, afternoon or evening wherever you are in the world. It’s Sunday in my corner of the hinterlands, which means it’s time for another trip around The…

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A Memorial for My Dog

This is a post about my dog. I’ve been thinking about this opening section since I decided to write about my basset hound Beau. A part of me…

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The Odds and Ends of Galaxy Express 999 (part 2)

I’ve almost made it halfway to the Andromeda Galaxy with Maetel and Tetsuro, which means I’m just about ready for another odds and ends post. I did one…

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The Otakusphere: Video gaymes, bad romance and punching the heavens

Good morning, afternoon or evening to everyone out there in internetland. It’s Sunday in my corner of the hinterlands, so that means it’s time for another trip around…

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From the New World and the problem of unused weaponry — an #Anitwitwatches post

The rest of the #anitwitwatches crew and I finished From the New World, and I have some thoughts. Oh, boy. Do I have some thoughts. Wait. You out…

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To push the rock or not in Galaxy Express 999

Sometimes it’s best to start at the beginning with one of these posts. I don’t really have a clever anecdote or a personal revelation to start this with.…

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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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