Search results

260 results, page 1 of 6

Featured image for A Tribute of Violence and Reverence: Getter Robo ArcBackground image for A Tribute of Violence and Reverence: Getter Robo Arc

A Tribute of Violence and Reverence: Getter Robo Arc

Getter Robo Arc is one of the most unusual Getter Robo anime ever, doing what none of its predecessors even bothered to try: Be a generally faithful adaptation…

OGIUE MANIAX

Featured image for The Best Sports Manga You’re Not Reading: Shoujo FightBackground image for The Best Sports Manga You’re Not Reading: Shoujo Fight

The Best Sports Manga You’re Not Reading: Shoujo Fight

Save Shoujo Fight by Nihonbashi Yoko (released in English as Shojo Fight) is my favorite volleyball manga. Yes, even more than Haikyu!!, and even more than Attack No.…

OGIUE MANIAX

Featured image for Sakura Wars, Super Robot Wars 30, and the DLC Hype TrainBackground image for Sakura Wars, Super Robot Wars 30, and the DLC Hype Train

Sakura Wars, Super Robot Wars 30, and the DLC Hype Train

Sakura Wars is in Super Robot Wars 30. That means, for the second time in history, a Sega giant robot video game series is debuting in Super Robot…

OGIUE MANIAX

Featured image for Here’s Your Reminder to Watch Thunderbolt FantasyBackground image for Here’s Your Reminder to Watch Thunderbolt Fantasy

Here’s Your Reminder to Watch Thunderbolt Fantasy

This originally began as a review of Thunderbolt Fantasy Season 3, only for me to realize that I never reviewed Season 2 after talking up Season 1. Between…

OGIUE MANIAX

Featured image for Failure Is Technically in My Vocabulary, but I Choose Not to Acknowledge It to Make a Point: The Great PassageBackground image for Failure Is Technically in My Vocabulary, but I Choose Not to Acknowledge It to Make a Point: The Great Passage

Failure Is Technically in My Vocabulary, but I Choose Not to Acknowledge It to Make a Point: The Great Passage

“An anime about making a dictionary” sounds more like a sleep aid than entertainment, but The Great Passage defies such expectations. It heavily humanizes its story through its…

OGIUE MANIAX

Featured image for Crossover x Crossover: Sora in Super Smash Bros. UltimateBackground image for Crossover x Crossover: Sora in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Crossover x Crossover: Sora in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

I truly didn’t think it was possible.  Knowing Disney and knowing Square-Enix, the amount of hurdles it must have taken for Smash Bros. director Sakurai Masahiro to bring…

OGIUE MANIAX

Featured image for The Anime THEY Don’t Want You to Know About: Makyou Densetsu AcrobunchBackground image for The Anime THEY Don’t Want You to Know About: Makyou Densetsu Acrobunch

The Anime THEY Don’t Want You to Know About: Makyou Densetsu Acrobunch

For many years, the only impressions I had of the anime Makyou Densetsu Acrobunch were 1) that it has a fantastically beautiful and catchy opening and 2) the…

OGIUE MANIAX

Featured image for Ouran High School Ghost Club: Ogiue Maniax Status Update for October 2021Background image for Ouran High School Ghost Club: Ogiue Maniax Status Update for October 2021

Ouran High School Ghost Club: Ogiue Maniax Status Update for October 2021

The funny thing about blogging for as long as I have—almost fourteen years, at this point—is that you never know what old entry might somehow get excavated and…

OGIUE MANIAX

Featured image for Kio Shimoku Twitter Highlights August 2021Background image for Kio Shimoku Twitter Highlights August 2021

Kio Shimoku Twitter Highlights August 2021

Much of Kio’s tweeting this month has had to do with the fact that Hashikko Ensemble Volume 7 went on sale on the 22nd, and Spotted Flower Volume…

OGIUE MANIAX

Featured image for Kio Shimoku Twitter Highlights September 2021Background image for Kio Shimoku Twitter Highlights September 2021

Kio Shimoku Twitter Highlights September 2021

Much of Kio’s tweeting this month has had to do with the fact that Hashikko Ensemble Volume 7 went on sale on the 22nd, and Spotted Flower Volume…

OGIUE MANIAX

Featured image for Orihara Kousei Has a Posse: Hashikko Ensemble, Chapter 44Background image for Orihara Kousei Has a Posse: Hashikko Ensemble, Chapter 44

Orihara Kousei Has a Posse: Hashikko Ensemble, Chapter 44

Summary The Christmas-themed concert at Kousei’s orphanage continues, with the two sides (Christmas crew vs. Namahage Tsuyamers) joining together to sing a couple of songs as one. Kozue…

OGIUE MANIAX

Featured image for “Gotcha!” and Pokémon Nostalgia, One Year LaterBackground image for “Gotcha!” and Pokémon Nostalgia, One Year Later

“Gotcha!” and Pokémon Nostalgia, One Year Later

It’s been almost one year since Nintendo released their gorgeously produced Pokémon music video “Gotcha!” Even now, I find myself thinking about how amazing and emotional the short…

OGIUE MANIAX

Featured image for Let’s Talk Evangelion in Shinkalion ZBackground image for Let’s Talk Evangelion in Shinkalion Z

Let’s Talk Evangelion in Shinkalion Z

It’s incredibly strange to go from the finality of the fourth Rebuild of Evangelion movie to seeing Shinji and Gendo characters show up in Shinkansen Henkei Robo Shinkalion…

OGIUE MANIAX

Featured image for The Gamble Is Afoot: Greatest M ~Mahjong Tournament of Eminent Figures~ v2Background image for The Gamble Is Afoot: Greatest M ~Mahjong Tournament of Eminent Figures~ v2

The Gamble Is Afoot: Greatest M ~Mahjong Tournament of Eminent Figures~ v2

Greatest M ~Mahjong Tournament of Eminent Figures~ starts with a premise that sounds like something out of a Type-Moon Fate series parody: What if famous figures from history…

OGIUE MANIAX

Featured image for Playing Tekken and Preventing Tekken: Thoughts on Kazuya Matchups in Smash UltimateBackground image for Playing Tekken and Preventing Tekken: Thoughts on Kazuya Matchups in Smash Ultimate

Playing Tekken and Preventing Tekken: Thoughts on Kazuya Matchups in Smash Ultimate

I like watching Super Smash Bros. Ultimate tournaments, but it’s only over the past year that I’ve started watching individual streamers more—chalk it up to a pandemic. During…

OGIUE MANIAX

Featured image for Smash Ultimate and the Shmup Life of JigglypuffBackground image for Smash Ultimate and the Shmup Life of Jigglypuff

Smash Ultimate and the Shmup Life of Jigglypuff

I like watching Super Smash Bros. Ultimate tournaments, but it’s only over the past year that I’ve started watching individual streamers more—chalk it up to a pandemic. During…

OGIUE MANIAX

Featured image for Digimon Tamers, Konaka, and Cancel CultureBackground image for Digimon Tamers, Konaka, and Cancel Culture

Digimon Tamers, Konaka, and Cancel Culture

In the latest episode of “Discovering Your Favorite Creators’ Alarming Beliefs,” the writer of Digimon Tamers, Chiaki J. Konaka, recently penned a new script for the show’s 20th…

OGIUE MANIAX

Featured image for The Unquenching Desire for Villains: 9/11, 20 Years LaterBackground image for The Unquenching Desire for Villains: 9/11, 20 Years Later

The Unquenching Desire for Villains: 9/11, 20 Years Later

Trigger Warnings:  September 11, COVID-19, and all they entail—death, suicide, etc. I still remember visiting the Twin Towers with friends after school. We would go semi-regularly, with the…

OGIUE MANIAX

Featured image for It’s a Secret to Everybody: Giant GorgBackground image for It’s a Secret to Everybody: Giant Gorg

It’s a Secret to Everybody: Giant Gorg

In many ways, 1984’s Giant Gorg feels like an “anti–giant robot” anime. Sure, it has Yasuhiko “Yaz” Yoshikazu (one of the chief visionaries of Mobile Suit Gundam) as…

OGIUE MANIAX

Featured image for Standing in a Whirl of Confusion—Gundam Reconguista in G Part II: Bellri’s Fierce ChargeBackground image for Standing in a Whirl of Confusion—Gundam Reconguista in G Part II: Bellri’s Fierce Charge

Standing in a Whirl of Confusion—Gundam Reconguista in G Part II: Bellri’s Fierce Charge

Gundam Reconguista in G compilation films Part I and Part II are currently available on the official Gundam Youtube channel. Having previously seen the first film at Anime…

OGIUE MANIAX

Featured image for Pumpkin Spicy Takes: Ogiue Maniax Status Update for September 2021Background image for Pumpkin Spicy Takes: Ogiue Maniax Status Update for September 2021

Pumpkin Spicy Takes: Ogiue Maniax Status Update for September 2021

The past month has been quite a ride for me as an anime fan. I attended my first live convention in ages, I watched the finale of one…

OGIUE MANIAX

Featured image for Kio Shimoku Twitter Highlights August 2021Background image for Kio Shimoku Twitter Highlights August 2021

Kio Shimoku Twitter Highlights August 2021

Not a ton of tweets this month, but if you’re interested in Kio’s thoughts about Rebuild of Evangelion (as well as his bout with work exhaustion and illness),…

OGIUE MANIAX

Featured image for It’s the ’Hara Knock Life: Hashikko Ensemble, Chapter 43Background image for It’s the ’Hara Knock Life: Hashikko Ensemble, Chapter 43

It’s the ’Hara Knock Life: Hashikko Ensemble, Chapter 43

Akira, Jin, and Mai singing “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” to little kids We get a glimpse of Kousei’s home life (and a Christmas concert!) in Hashikko Ensemble, Chapter…

OGIUE MANIAX

Featured image for Mashle Is the Answer to Harry Potter (No, Really)Background image for Mashle Is the Answer to Harry Potter (No, Really)

Mashle Is the Answer to Harry Potter (No, Really)

Harry Potter is synonymous with magical school fantasy, defining the genre for an entire generation. However, one criticism I increasingly see is that it’s more about maintaining/restoring th…

OGIUE MANIAX

Featured image for Farewell, Old Friend—Evangelion 3.0+1.01: Thrice Upon a TimeBackground image for Farewell, Old Friend—Evangelion 3.0+1.01: Thrice Upon a Time

Farewell, Old Friend—Evangelion 3.0+1.01: Thrice Upon a Time

Bringing closure to as tumultuous and influential an anime as Evangelion is a task of confounding proportions. Back in 2007, the Rebuild of Evangelion film series started with…

OGIUE MANIAX

Risk vs. Reward: Otakon 2021

2021 was the first year where I questioned whether going to Otakon was a good idea. It’s long been my favorite anime convention, but the ongoing threat of…

OGIUE MANIAX

Featured image for Playing Tekken and Preventing Tekken: Thoughts on Kazuya Matchups in Smash UltimateBackground image for Playing Tekken and Preventing Tekken: Thoughts on Kazuya Matchups in Smash Ultimate

Playing Tekken and Preventing Tekken: Thoughts on Kazuya Matchups in Smash Ultimate

Kazuya Mishima has been released as Smash Ultimate DLC, and the general consensus (whether you like his inclusion or not) is that Kazuya plays like he was pulled…

OGIUE MANIAX

Featured image for Let’s Get this Roadshow on the Road: SHIROBAKO the MovieBackground image for Let’s Get this Roadshow on the Road: SHIROBAKO the Movie

Let’s Get this Roadshow on the Road: SHIROBAKO the Movie

When SHIROBAKO The Movie was first announced, I was filled with excitement and anticipation. The original TV series is one of my favorite anime from P.A. Works, as…

OGIUE MANIAX

Featured image for [Otakon 2021] The Kitchen Sink Too: Project A-ko (Remastered)Background image for [Otakon 2021] The Kitchen Sink Too: Project A-ko (Remastered)

[Otakon 2021] The Kitchen Sink Too: Project A-ko (Remastered)

Project A-ko is an indelible part of my anime fandom. As a young nerd in the 1990s eager for more information about this newfangled “Japanese animation,” I ran…

OGIUE MANIAX

Featured image for Card Idol Project: Wixoss DIVA(A)LIVEBackground image for Card Idol Project: Wixoss DIVA(A)LIVE

Card Idol Project: Wixoss DIVA(A)LIVE

Wixoss DIVA(A)LIVE is the latest anime based on the Wixoss card game, and it combines three popular fandoms in one: trading card games, MMOs, and idols. The resulting…

OGIUE MANIAX

Featured image for Home Renovation Shows vs. IsekaiBackground image for Home Renovation Shows vs. Isekai

Home Renovation Shows vs. Isekai

Recently, I did something personally out of the ordinary: I watched a whole bunch of home renovation and improvement shows. Seeing the way they typically play out, I…

OGIUE MANIAX

Featured image for The Fight Against Oneself: Mobile Suit Gundam HathawayBackground image for The Fight Against Oneself: Mobile Suit Gundam Hathaway

The Fight Against Oneself: Mobile Suit Gundam Hathaway

In my earliest days of online Gundam fandom back in the late 1990s, the vast amount of information available was like a treasure trove of juicy morsels about…

OGIUE MANIAX

Featured image for Otakon-kon-kon: Ogiue Maniax Status Update for August 2021Background image for Otakon-kon-kon: Ogiue Maniax Status Update for August 2021

Otakon-kon-kon: Ogiue Maniax Status Update for August 2021

For better or worse, I’ve decided to attend Otakon 2021 this year. And barring an even more devastating report about COVID-19 and the delta variant than what’s already…

OGIUE MANIAX

Featured image for Kio Shimoku Twitter Highlights July 2021Background image for Kio Shimoku Twitter Highlights July 2021

Kio Shimoku Twitter Highlights July 2021

Once again, here are more interesting Kio Shimoku tweets for the past month. Not many drawings in July! Works-Related This is a small honor for me: Kio Shimoku…

OGIUE MANIAX

Featured image for Kanon Indeed: Hashikko Ensemble, Chapter 42Background image for Kanon Indeed: Hashikko Ensemble, Chapter 42

Kanon Indeed: Hashikko Ensemble, Chapter 42

Kozue commences a competition among the boys to do push-ups while singing The Chorus Appreciation Society bolsters its ranks, but not all is smooth sailing. Summary In a…

OGIUE MANIAX

Featured image for The Slow and the Furriest: ODDTAXIBackground image for The Slow and the Furriest: ODDTAXI

The Slow and the Furriest: ODDTAXI

The anime ODDTAXI begins with a subdued and moody opening that feels mysterious and haunting upon first viewing. As the story progresses, it becomes increasingly clear that it’s…

OGIUE MANIAX

Featured image for Haachama vs. Brian  Pillman: VTubers and Evolving GimmicksBackground image for Haachama vs. Brian  Pillman: VTubers and Evolving Gimmicks

Haachama vs. Brian Pillman: VTubers and Evolving Gimmicks

“What do the virtual youtuber Akai Haato and the late pro wrestler Brian Pillman have in common?” As I’ve continued to fall down the VTuber rabbit hole, I…

OGIUE MANIAX

Featured image for Play Therapy: SSSS.DynazenonBackground image for Play Therapy: SSSS.Dynazenon

Play Therapy: SSSS.Dynazenon

The first thing to know about SSSS.Dynazenon is that you don’t need to have watched any of the prequels to get into SSSS.Dynazenon. Sure, its name implies a…

OGIUE MANIAX

Featured image for Super Robot Wars 30 Thoughts, or “I MUST GET THIS GAME”Background image for Super Robot Wars 30 Thoughts, or “I MUST GET THIS GAME”

Super Robot Wars 30 Thoughts, or “I MUST GET THIS GAME”

Super Robot Wars 30, the latest full game in the famed crossover video game franchise, has revealed its full lineup. Super Electromagnetic Robot Combattler VMobile Suit Gundam (mecha…

OGIUE MANIAX

Featured image for Oh, What Could Have Been: Maku Musubi Final ReviewBackground image for Oh, What Could Have Been: Maku Musubi Final Review

Oh, What Could Have Been: Maku Musubi Final Review

Maku Musubi by Hotani Shin is a manga that hooked me instantly. Its story—that of a high school girl who abandoned her dreams of becoming a comic artist…

OGIUE MANIAX

Featured image for Back Arrow Never Asks for Too MuchBackground image for Back Arrow Never Asks for Too Much

Back Arrow Never Asks for Too Much

In today’s media landscape, it can feel like everything is about having an obsessive audience. Mobile games incentivize you to try to get every ultra rare and keep…

OGIUE MANIAX

Featured image for Superhero Fans Are from Mars, Venus, Krypton, and Everywhere ElseBackground image for Superhero Fans Are from Mars, Venus, Krypton, and Everywhere Else

Superhero Fans Are from Mars, Venus, Krypton, and Everywhere Else

It’s the 4th of July, so here I am to discuss my ever-changing relationship with American superhero comics fandom. I’ve been an avid comics reader since childhood, and…

OGIUE MANIAX

Featured image for Ju-shin Ly-ger: Ogiue Maniax Status Update for July 2021Background image for Ju-shin Ly-ger: Ogiue Maniax Status Update for July 2021

Ju-shin Ly-ger: Ogiue Maniax Status Update for July 2021

Summer 2021 anime is just beginning, and there are plenty of shows I’m looking forward to. Chief among them is Getter Robo Arc, bringing the classic giant robot…

OGIUE MANIAX

Featured image for Kio Shimoku Twitter Highlights June 2021Background image for Kio Shimoku Twitter Highlights June 2021

Kio Shimoku Twitter Highlights June 2021

Kio Shimoku June 2021 These are tweets from manga author Kio Shimoku from June 2021 that I found notable and informative. They include a number of early sketches…

OGIUE MANIAX

Featured image for Finishing Strong: Hashikko Ensemble, Chapter 41Background image for Finishing Strong: Hashikko Ensemble, Chapter 41

Finishing Strong: Hashikko Ensemble, Chapter 41

Akira singing as the audience (including his mom) stares on while impressed The end of the current arc paves the way for the next! Summary As the Chorus…

OGIUE MANIAX

Featured image for Little Lady, Big Meals: Kozuma no Kobito no Kenshin RecipeBackground image for Little Lady, Big Meals: Kozuma no Kobito no Kenshin Recipe

Little Lady, Big Meals: Kozuma no Kobito no Kenshin Recipe

The author of Mogusa-san, one of my favorite manga in recent memory, has a new series out. Kozuma no Kobito no Kenshin Recipe by Ootake Toshitomo tells the…

OGIUE MANIAX

Featured image for BNA: Brand New Animal, Assimilationism, and the Myth of the Model MinorityBackground image for BNA: Brand New Animal, Assimilationism, and the Myth of the Model Minority

BNA: Brand New Animal, Assimilationism, and the Myth of the Model Minority

There are anime where, if you really sit down and try to read deep underneath the surface for messages, you’ll find some surprisingly political messages. Then there’s BNA:…

OGIUE MANIAX

Featured image for Kazuya Mishima in Smash Ultimate: I Sensed This ComingBackground image for Kazuya Mishima in Smash Ultimate: I Sensed This Coming

Kazuya Mishima in Smash Ultimate: I Sensed This Coming

I’ve been going a little hog wild with the Smash Bros. DLC posts lately, devoting entries to Goro, Kerrigan, and Nightmare just in the past couple weeks. But…

OGIUE MANIAX

Featured image for 20th Century Boys: Pandemics, Conspiracies, and Cults of PersonalityBackground image for 20th Century Boys: Pandemics, Conspiracies, and Cults of Personality

20th Century Boys: Pandemics, Conspiracies, and Cults of Personality

I never read 20th Century Boys until this year, but in some ways, I’m glad I waited this long. Warning: SPOILERS 20th Century Boys in 2021 A manga…

OGIUE MANIAX

Featured image for Nightmare (Soulcalibur) for Super Smash Bros.Background image for Nightmare (Soulcalibur) for Super Smash Bros.

Nightmare (Soulcalibur) for Super Smash Bros.

A Truly Flagship Video Game Villain Villain characters have been a great addition to the Super Smash Bros. franchise, starting with Bowser in Melee and more recently with…

OGIUE MANIAX