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Virtual Tumult: Ogiue Maniax Status Update for March 2024

I broke an internal rule this month, which was that I try not to post about VTubers more than twice in a month. However, extenuating circumstances resulted in…

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Kio Shimoku Twitter Highlights February 2024

​​Spotted Flower voice comic! Genshiken LINE stickers released! And more from February! Spotted Flower has a voiced manga version now! …Unfortunately, I can’t seem to register for the…

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BaeDay 2024: The Unceasing Force of Hakos Baelz

February 29 is the birthday of Hakos Baelz, the red-headed rat Virtual Youtuber. Because it falls on a leap year, 2024 is technically her first “official” birthday, and…

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La+ Darknesss Solo Live, the hololive EN “Mind Craft” Cover, and Other Recent Music Events

A lot of cool music-related things have happened in hololive land over the past few months, so I just wanted to give some brief, unorganized thoughts about them.…

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Genshiken LINE Stickers Now on Sale

Kio Shimoku just released a set of Genshiken LINE stickers! Best of all, they’re available outside of Japan (unlike so many others). He recently went through a process…

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Shinkalion and Japan’s Railway Museum

On my winter 2023 trip to Japan, I happened to do a good deal involving trains and train accessories. This is Part 1 of my experience, focused on…

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Ganbalance de Desk Job: “Power of Hope: Precure Full Bloom”

With only a few exceptions, Precure has always been resistant to portraying its heroines when they’re older. If they’re middle schoolers, that’s all you’ll ever see them as;…

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Laughing It Off: Celebrating Dokibird and Selen Tatsuki

I originally wanted to take my time writing about why Selen Tatsuki, but circumstances have dictated a change of plans. (Content Warning: Brief discussion of attempted suicide) In…

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Black Jack in the 22nd Century: Gene of AI

My initial impression of the anime Gene of AI was that it reminded me of Urasawa Naoki, manga author of Pluto, 20th Century Boys, and more. Urasawa has…

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Spectacle and Success: Spy Family Code: White

My winter trip to Japan last year gave me the opportunity to see Spy x Family Code: White, the very first Spy x Family movie. As a fan…

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Spectacle and Success: Spy x Family Code: White

My winter trip to Japan last year gave me the opportunity to see Spy x Family Code: White, the very first Spy x Family movie. As a fan…

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Bang Blog Bang Bloggern: Ogiue Maniax Status Update for February 2024

It’s February, which means the day everyone with romance in their hearts looks forward to. That’s right: It’s new Precure anime time. And with Precure Full Bloom and…

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Kio Shimoku Twitter Highlights January 2024

Tweets for a new year, including the announcement of a planned set of Genshiken LINE stickers! An Ohno from Genshiken drawing for 2024, the Year of the Dragon.…

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Patlabor, Dai-Guard, and Now Bullbuster

I love me some mecha, and that’s why I want to give my thoughts on the recent giant robot anime that’s been the talk of the internet. I’m…

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Doraemon the Antifascist – Doraemon: Nobita’s Little Star Wars 2021

On my recent trip to Japan, I watched an anime movie as in-flight entertainment: Doraemon: Nobita’s Little Star Wars 2021. This film is actually a remake of 1985’s…

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Nico Nico Douga, Natsuiro Matsuri, and Nostalgia for Asynchronous Chat

In November of 2023, Virtual Youtuber Natsuiro Matsuri celebrated her 5th anniversary by holding a concert themed after the premier Japanese video streaming site of the 2000s, Nico…

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In Search of Hanayo: My “Love Live!” GiGo Collabo Cafe Experience

On my recent trip to Japan, I did the expected thing and went to Akihabara. While there, I spotted a Love Live! collaboration cafe at the arcade GiGO…

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Comiket, at Long Last: Comic Market 103

I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve been to Japan, but every stay has been memorable in the best ways. However, there’s was always…

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Emotional Continuity in Anime

What does it mean for a work of fiction to feel “realistic?” It’s a question I return to over and over because of how subjective the answer can…

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Frieren, Ikari Shinji, and Lost Love

Frieren: Beyond Journey’s End is simply one of the finest fantasy series I’ve ever seen, on par with Witch Hat Atelier. From its premise, to its intriguing world-building,…

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I Comied, I Ketted, I Con-quered: Ogiue Maniax Status Update for January 2024

Welcome to 2024! I mentioned having some fun surprises last month, and I let the cat out of the bag on Twitter a few days ago: I attended…

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Best Anime Characters of 2022

BEST MALE CHARACTER Pluto (Pluto) In a series full of excellent characters who are each a master class in storytelling, the one who stands out to me the…

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Best Anime Characters of 2023

BEST MALE CHARACTER Pluto (Pluto) In a series full of excellent characters who are each a master class in storytelling, the one who stands out to me the…

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Kio Shimoku Twitter Highlights December 2023

A round of tweets by Kio Shimoku to end the year, including a special illustration of Ogiue! Kio wishes the manga author Hayamira Senjin a happy 52nd birthday.…

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Two Questions About Sludge Content

Multi-screen video shorts juxtaposing unrelated content have been a thing online in recent years. Known as “sludge content,” it seems to be an increasingly popular way for people…

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The Role of Unique Voices in VTubing, K-Pop, and More

“Is it more important to me for a group song to sound good or have distinct voices?” This is something that’s been on my mind lately as I’ve…

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I Should Never Forget How Fortunate I Am

I’m in a pretty good spot in my life. I value the work I do, I love continuing to write this blog, and even my social life is…

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Urasawa’s Pluto Was a Long Time Coming

It’s rare that a manga gets adapted into anime as perfectly as Pluto on Netflix. The art and animation: almost as if Urasawa Naoki drew everything himself. The…

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The Apothecary Diaries Opening Reminds Me of Something

I watched the first episode of The Apothecary Diaries, and the opening is very reminiscent of a different and much older anime: The 1984 Glass Mask TV series.…

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Anime NYC 2023 Miscellaneous

While I spent the majority of Anime NYC checking out the plethora of events related to hololive, I also want to broadcast my thoughts on various other topics.…

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Chainsaw Man’s Quarterlife Crisis

WARNING: CHAINSAW MAN MANGA PART 2 SPOILERS I recently read the book Quarterlife: The Search for Self in Early Adulthood by therapist Satya Doyle Byock, which talks about…

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Anime NYC 2023 Was a hololive Bonanza

I didn’t intend for my Anime NYC 2023 experience to become more like “hololive NYC,” but that’s what ended up happening. Between multiple special events and an Exhibit…

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Holy Moly Holidays: Ogiue Maniax Status Update for December 2023

Whenever I get around to December, I begin to think about my annual tradition, where I post about my favorite characters of the year. I’ve had one in…

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Kio Shimoku Twitter Highlights November 2023

A fairly light month of tweets by Kio, but a doozy right at the end. Spotted Flower Chapter 44 came out at the beginning of the month. Kio…

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The Unbearable Weight of the Past: Space Battleship Yamato 2202

I consider Space Battleship Yamato 2199 to be perhaps the best franchise remake ever. Outside of legacy and possibly 2D vs. 3D animation preference for battles, it improves…

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I Imported Japanese Curry Because of a VTuber

When a Virtual Youtuber you like is mega popular, it’s not hard to get their merch. But when they’re not in the big leagues, it’s a different story.…

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Ogimani Blogemi 16: Ogiue Maniax 16th Anniversary

I occasionally picture myself old and gray and still writing Ogiue Maniax. You really never know what the future might hold, but tomorrow will be 16 years since…

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MF Ghost and the Passage of Time

One of the Fall 2023 anime I had been anticipating was MF Ghost, a sequel of sorts to the famous downhill street racing series Initial D. While I’ve…

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Attack on Titan: The Final Conclusive Ending Denouement

“Why I Like Eren Jaeger.” That’s the title of a post I wrote 10 years ago.  A lot of things sure have happened since then. The anime Attack…

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Hololive and the Year of Amazing Dancers

I once described La+ Darknesss as having a level of skill and confidence in dancing nearly unmatched all of Hololive. That was back in March, shortly before 4th…

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Happiness vs. Greatness: Hasegawa Kokoro in Smile Down the Runway

Smile Down the Runway is a manga and anime series about pursuing dreams that are supposedly impossible. Whether it’s an aspiring fashion model whose short stature is seen…

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When Am I?: Ogiue Maniax Status Update for November 2023

We’re at November already?! I really can’t believe it’s this close to the end of the year when the summer months felt like forever. New York Comic Con…

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Kio Shimoku Twitter Highlights October 2023

Not much to speak of this month, but I did post this right before Halloween, so there might be something interesting in the next few days (that I’ll…

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Read Chapter 1 of Kio Shimoku’s Genderbending Sci-Fi Parody, Sister Wars

Kio Shimoku, author of Genshiken, is a fan of Star Wars. He even contributed to a Star Wars art anthology. Recently, he finished the first chapter of a…

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The Emergency Heteronormative Character

There is an archetype in anime and manga that I’ve begun calling the “Emergency Heteronormative Character.”  In the beginning, many manga creators do not know where their comics…

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My Personal Challenge: Deciding What Language to Work On

Whether by circumstance or choice, I’ve had the benefit of knowing, learning, and at the very least being exposed to multiple languages. I’m native in one, grew up…

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Why It’s So Hard for Shounen Battle Manga to End on a High Note

The author of One Piece, Oda Eiichiro, once stated that he always wanted to make a manga series where the ending is the most exciting part. Right now,…

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Lego’s Monkie Kid Draws on the Past in More Ways than the Obvious

What if there was a sequel to Journey to the West, the story of Sun Wukong the Monkey King, and it was set in the near future? And…

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New Frontiers with Old Lessons: Hololive Advent and ReGLOSS

The past few months of Hololive have been one major event after the next, and among the biggest were the debut of not one, but two new Virtual…

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Reminiscing About Right Stuf in Its Final Days

In August 2022, the online anime and manga store Right Stuf was sold to the massive anime streaming and licensing company Crunchyroll. Now, Right Stuf has announced that…

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