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Anime Expo 2024: Wrap

I didn’t blog about AX2023 because it was not a good con, despite the best we made of it. Thankfully, the 2024 version of Anime Expo was much…

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Gakumas Impressions, The First Month

Barely one month in, there’s enough about the Gakuen IDOLM@STER game beyond the pre-release hype cycle to talk about the first new brand for the IDOLM@STER series in…

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Gakuen Idolm@ster has Dropped

Everything that needs to be said about Gakuen Idolm@ster can be found on Twitter/X. There’s also this wonderful thin slice on the visual contents side from Sakugabooru–feeding us…

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Anime Central 2024: Wrap

Acen 2024 came and went. It was a lot of fun and I’m home now enjoying that post-con glow. Just want to jot down all the key take-aways…

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Girls Want to Be Yellow: Gakumas Prelude

As the new IDOLM@STER brand, Gakuen IDOLM@STER, slow-drips its hype juice leading up to the mobile game launch later this Quarter (or whenever Spring 2024 is), I have…

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IDOLM@STER Shiny Colors: The Animation

This is really a first-impression piece. I’m talking about my own impression but more like how a nice meal tastes, but with the right wine pairing. You can…

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Frieren Thoughts, One Season In

I think there are two aspects of Frieren: Beyond Journey’s End, or Souzou no Frieren, that really work well together to carry the story. One is that it’s…

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Revisiting Anime Awards

Anitrendz and Crunchyroll posted their awards. Not too surprising there are barely any overlaps between the two…I already written off CR’s award a long time ago and really…

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Million Live 10th Tour Act-4 Recap

The feeling seeing Machico randomly confessing to Ueshama. The chill of the Tokyo Bay wind hitting your face as you’re teeing up GenP for a friend behind you…

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Bang Dream: MyGO!!!!! Anime

I just finished watching the mid-2023 TV anime (web anime?) Bang Dream: MyGO!!!!! and it is definitely a remarkable work. The weird part about my watching experience was…

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The IDOLM@STER MILLION LIVE! Anime!

Here is another topic that I have a million takes and I have to time box to get this out. And I did it in only three hours.…

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Takes: THE IDOLM@STER MILLION LIVE! 10thLIVE TOUR Act-3 R@ISE THE DREAM!!!

I probably left my AX2023 writeup in the trash somewhere, and between then and now was a very fun AWA2023, but let’s not let it get in the…

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IDOLM@STER MILLION LIVE Anime and the Meaning of Spoilers

I have a lot to say about the Million Live TV anime, as you could imagine. I think the thoughts will not make it as blog entries unless…

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16-Bit Nostalgia

Just to quickly check: the opening song to Comic Party is also called ????? (Kimi no mama de), the same as Amagami anime OP (second OP to Amagami…

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Anirevo 2023 Summer: Wrap

After being teased about great seiyuu guests earlier in the year, Anirevo comes through with Itou Miku, Ohashi Ayaka, and Machico along with veteran Morita Masakazu. Their big…

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Otakon 2023: Wrap

What an Otakon was this year. I got some insider look at how the sausage was made this year, so at first I was a little apprehensive. But…

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Otakon 2023: Day 0

I’m so behind on the news cycle in that I basically didn’t comb my usual news sources for about a month and an half, but I had gotten…

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IDOLM@STER 18th Stream, SideM Thoughts

This is just the thoughts from this particular Producer, so take it as you will. Just reacting to some other folks from this morning (evening JP time on…

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Anime Expo 2023: Day -1

May and June was big travel months and I was out of the house for weeks at a time. Still, looks like I’m going to Anime Expo. If…

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Framing IDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls U149

As I was watching the final episode of U149, I thought back to how a lot of the core concepts of Cinderella Girls come down to pretty silly,…

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Anime Central 2023: Wrap

Returning to Chicago for Acen is a no-brainer this year. Not just for Pequod’s or some good Italian beef, but for Tadokoro Azusa, Tanaka Rie, Kubo Yurika, and…

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THE IDOLM@STER Million Live 10th Tour Act 1 Saitama Super Arena

Trying a new format to better condense? I say this every time but had I? I guess this is the product review format of event review, because, “producer”…

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IDOLM@STER vα-liv, Launch, Famitsu Interview

Simps know where to find the “goods” so instead I’ll dive right in to the meta. For starters, despite all the funny things they may have mentioned in…

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Re: Generative AI

If we strip the buzz, the latest hubbub and media attention on generative AI are large scale data models used to generate youtube video scripts and images that…

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Omonomono Newsletter, March 26 Update

Wow I haven’t updated in a while. That’s what going to Japan a few times in a few months will do I guess. Sign up for these as…

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Google Bard on Slice-of-Life

Generative, large language model (LLM) systems like Chat GPT or Google Bard are, IMO, experimental systems that creates human-readable text that has some information, which are put together…

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Suzume

In 2023, westerners who enjoy Shinkai can squarely divide into two camps: those who think 5 Centimeters is his best work, and everyone else. At the showing for…

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We’re Going to Master of Idol World 2023

For long time readers of this blog, you might recall back in 2013-2014 I did some stuff to prepare for Master of Idol World 2014. After that I…

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THE IDOLM@STER Million Live! 9th Live Impressions, Thoughts

After the missing years of COVID, I was able to return and attend a Million Live solo show. Before 9th, I attended stops of 3rd, 4th, 5th, and…

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Omonomono Newsletter, December 30 Update

Just before the end of the year, I write now because now I can. How have you been? Happy holidays. Sign up for these as emails here. Omonomono…

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Hitomi Suzuki, 26 Years Old, Way Too Early to Go

When I first read about Hitomi Suzuki in or around 2016, it was a line item under the concept of “NOW ON AIR,” a seiyuu idol unit produced…

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Anime Frontier 2022: Wrap; And Some Additional Thoughts

I was just looking on twitter randomly and noticed Holiday Matsuri. This is the annual event in Orlando, Florida, right before the end-of-year holidays. I can’t find easily…

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Spite for Transformative Coercion Is the Fuel for Rock Music

Let’s talk about Bocchi the Rock. First of all, here’s a nice video on Youtube talking about its qualities as an anime adaptation. I think the gist of…

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Anime NYC 2022: Wrap

It feels weird blogging about Anime NYC while attending its sister con, Anime Frontier in Fort Worth. On the other hand, AF is basically the same setup as…

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Omonomono Newsletter, November 6 Update

Two months! Two months! Two months and 13 days~ Since the last newsletter, I’ve put up some normal posts. I came back from going to Japan (before they…

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Context the Rock

I’m not fully sure what the angle is to Bocchi the Rock! Evirus isn’t wrong* about the humor aspect, and the anime adaptation carries the cuts, however (slightly)…

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Anime Weekend Atlanta 2022: Wrap

It’s been about 5 years since my last AWA. Some things didn’t change, others did. For starters I started to just call it “awacon” in chats this year…

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So, You Want to Go See Master Of Idol World 2023?

Back around 2013/2014 we knew IDOLM@STER series will do a splashy show for the 10th anniversary year. We sort of got together to get something organized, and for…

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Prima Doll and the War on Terror

Key and Visual Art created this multimedia franchise called Prima Doll. It has some popular voice actresses in the Japanese release of the anime. It’s quite amusing to…

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Stepsister Ex Is Mid Light Novel Culture

My Stepmom’s Daughter Is My Ex, which is also Mamahaha no Tsurego ga Motokano datta, or Tsurekano for short, is exactly what it says it is. It’s a…

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Omonomono Newsletter, August 23 Update

One letter a month is too infrequent for my liking but I’m not putting in the time so I’m not sure I can get any better. What’s a…

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Protected: IDOLM@STER Streaming Picks

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Otakon 2022: Wrap

It’s really nice to get back to my “home” convention and run through it as if nothing happened since 2019. I enjoyed the humid Chesapeake Bay summer as…

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On Cons, Japan, IDOLM@STER

Rather than the usual newsletter I just want to throw this out there to organize some thoughts and info. It’s also an update on my personal leisure time…

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A-Kon 31: Wrap

Let’s do this foodie pics first, because it accurately depicts the order of importance to me of what happens at this con. To recap, A-Kon 31 announced fhana…

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Omonomono Newsletter, July 13 Update

Oops forgot to post last month. Also, been writing this one for a week now? LOL. I’ll try to keep this short (as short as almost 9 weeks…

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Anime Boston 2022: Wrap

It’s a bit unusual for me to write up these cons so long since I attended them, about a month ago. But here we are. The COVID-induced ennui…

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The Fleeting New Normal of the Summer Anime Con Season 2022

I’m going to jot down some thoughts about COVID-19 as it intersects American anime conventions. Think of it as my own feedback from going to 3 cons on…

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Anime Central 2022: Wrap

I went to Anime Central 2022. Given the state of the pandemic, I was somewhat surprised to see any Japan-based guests at all. Well, beyond high levels of…

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Omonomono Newsletter, May 9 Update

It’s been a busy but also quiet month. Spring hasn’t quite arrived where I live although it’s clearly Spring. It feels at odds. Sign up for these as…

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