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Newsletter, Feb. 22, 2021 Update

Sign up for these as newsletters here. Omonomono Newsletter, 2021-02-22 The experiment continues. RIP Daft Punk? But the Clock of the Cinderella never stops ticking. The real joke…

Omonomono Newsletter

While I’m sitting home, working from home, and eventing from home under this COVID-19 scheme of things, the world keeps on ticking. Just because life may have paused…

The Otakon Fundraiser

I have a lot of various feelings about Otakon generally, and it is facing an existential crisis due to COVID-19 shutting down the con and impacting its finances.…

IDOLM@STER Pop Links: First Impression

Popmas/Popm@s, or IDOLM@STER’s Tsum Tsum game, launched Thursday in Japan on 1/21. I’m writing it on Saturday–that feels more like 48 hours in, but I really didn’t play…

Quick Guide to Princess Connect, Global Version

Since the soft launch of the Princess Connect Re:Dive global version of the game in December, I have been playing it. Yes, I am double-dutying this with Pricone…

Anisong 2020 Remote Special

One giant postscript that I should’ve added last post is the stuff that happened in 2020 after the world went into shutdown mode in the early days of…

Anisong 2020

Why write a list when I can just point you to one that overlaps with mine a lot? Apologies but no Spotify playlist here orz. You can ignore…

Year-in-Review: 2020

We’re almost at the end of a very wild year. Thankfully time stops for nobody, not even for a boss-level, once in a lifetime year that is 2020.…

By the Grace of the Gods

This adaptation of the same-named isekai light novel is pretty low key and comfortably paced. The focus seems to be healing, or iyashikei, but more so for the…

IDOLM@STER Pop Links Beta

THE IDOLM@STER POP LINKS, or Popmas, as they say, is a new game published under the IDOLM@STER brand and it is the first and only game that includes…

Just How Much PriconneR Global Version will be Censored?

Short Answer: I have no idea, but likely. Oh yeah, there is finally news on Pricone EN version, which will launch on March 2021. There is some rumbling…

Dig Delight Direct Drive Disc Jockey: First Mix: Hopes

What is there to say about D4DJ’s TV anime? My approach to this is multi-fold. And personal, as my usual style… As someone who fell in love with…

TV Anime Thoughts: 2020 Autumn

Just freestyling about in and on a particular Autumn afternoon. A lot of shows I won’t mention despite that I am still watching them, and some I don’t…

Seiyuu Work: M

I read this and I’m like, either this brain is too small or it’s just not how it works. However I appreciate this point of view, focused on…

Deca-Dence’s Early Landing

The Deca-Dence twist was great, so why had I stopped caring by the end? There is a simple answer to this question. It turned a movie-type plot into…

NijiGaku Anime Visits My (Not So) Familiar Digs

Been somewhat enjoying the new Love Live anime this season. My take is not far from this take. Let’s discuss the real-life locale aspect. Odaiba is this funky…

Re: IDOLM@STER at Songs of Tokyo Festival 2020

Songs of Tokyo Festival is an annual1 special program from NHK World, as part of its Songs of Tokyo TV segment. Songs of Tokyo showcases Japanese music acts…

Streaming As Infringement

Some basic questions on streaming and internet and copyright can be found on this (oldish) video about Youtube. But it comes down to that if you created something,…

Flying Low With Ueshama

Over the years I’ve pondered on exactly how and why seiyuu artists do the major label thing. I understand it financially, but it isn’t exactly clear cut why…

Practical Eventing Problems

With the new Walkure tour announced yesterday, I think one thing is clear is that as Japan (and other first-world nations) slowly emerges from pandemic-induced shutdowns and slowdowns,…

Lapis Re:Lights Live

It’s seiyuu idol biz in the new decade. Lapis Re:Lights employs dance-focused seiyuu units sing for the multimedia project, launching with an anime with game in tow. Lapis…

A Brief Bit on Taiwan As a Thing, Musing on Vtuber as Economic Output

I never really wrote about vtubers, but it’s interesting to note that recently Hololive/Cover suspended two of their vtubers for upsetting the Chinese mainland audience by mentioning Taiwan…

Nibbling on Granblue Fantasy (As a Story)

I think I should preface that this is more like a not-fully-earnest take (shitpost as they say on Twitter) on the topic: what is missing that makes Granblue…

Case Study: ePlus complaint Open Letter

The a few week ago, some fans for the Love Live franchise decided to publish on twitter a letter complaining and asking for an oversea-friendly streaming option for…

Satoshi Kon, 1963-2010

On the 10th anniversary of Kon’s passing, we need his work today more than ever. For now, there’s a teaser of a documentary about Kon being floating around…

Economics of Lapis Re:Lights and Deca-Dence

I need to preface this with a plug of sorts. I blame this blog post on this Youtube channel, which recently I’ve been listening/watching because it occupies a…

Blogging About Anime, August 2020

It’s been a while since I wrote about my seasonal watches. Having MLB back on TV seems to provide me a kind of anchor, rhythm-wise. It is arguable…

Theater Days: Year Three

Theater Days launched June 28, 2017. I still remember having to deal with it on the flight to Anime Expo after it went live server-side and thinking about…

The IDOLM@STER 15th Anniversary Update: Happy IM@S Life

This video is pretty strong, so watch only if you are not a faithful hardcore fan I guess lol. I mean, you would know what it already is…

Japan Sinks 2020 Is Not Good

I read this and I’m like, no. Some spoilers ahead for Japan Sinks 2020. I watched Japan Sinks 2020. The “dumpster fire” problem is because Japan Sinks 2020…

IDOLM@STER Radio Revivals

For one night only, on August 1st, the three dead IDOLM@STER 765Pro AS radio shows will make a comeback. It’ll be streamed on Nico, and the first actual…

Still Thinking about Hellshake Kanno

My first Japan eventing trip was when I flew to Japan in 2009 and attended the Super-Dimensional Supersonic Tanabata concert, taking place around 7pm on July 7th, also…

My Shinography

My sleep-addled brain cried buckets of figurative tears last weekend listening to Sato Takafumi’s DJ set during the online EDM music event Asobinotes. Why? [Hit play below to…

Hase Yurina/Ochiai Yurika, June 15, 2020

I have a con to put together and thus not much time, but it helps to put all the relevant things together in one place. Obviously this is…

Introducing KuroCon

Hey it finally happened: I’m helping to run a legit convention. It did start as a joke, but I’m tryna not let it end as a joke? I…

The Chupacabra: Million Live Remains a Little Wild

In a blink of an eye, it’s already June? Almost. In the past 3 months, I have taken to the land of streaming (Twitch, Youtube, and the underground…

Eventerpocalypse: Major Force

Being underneath a rock for the past month and change, thanks to the internet, I know what’s going on? But more realistically, did people travel to, say, Anime…

The TV Anime of Princess Connect: Redive!

With the first episode under the belt, the Pricone (Priconne?) anime is turning out to be very charming. It’s also faithful in the meta, which is always how…

Reviewing the Interspecies Reviewers

Interspecies Reviewers the TV anime was a fun and thought-provoking series, but it only seems that way if you are in a certain contextual zone. The executive summary…

CG7th Osaka Rocks

Rather than recap I just want jot down all the thoughts and feels from the live. This bid to try to get this post out ASAP didn’t really…

Seiyuu Gravure, 2H2020

There’s a handful of seiyuu photo books coming out and I just want to list them here. Maybe you will find it useful. Chihara Minori’s Hawaii photobook likely…

On-Gaku: Our Sound

The local film festival always brings in a fresh haul, so I got to see this deadpan comedy at a screening last weekend. On-Gaku is a movie about…

IDOLM@STER Concepts: Tantou vs. Favorite

In the age of Stan and Waifu, there has long been many different ways to say “love” in all sorts of contexts; forget about the Alaskan words for…

The Weather Girl, Weathering With You

Now that the United States is screening the latest Makoto Shinkai flick, we can dispense with the spoiler warnings and realize that thanks to the failed Oscar bid,…

Seiyuu Guest Requests for North American Cons, 2019

Here is a quick and dirty (as they all are) translation on Anime Anime. I mean, click on the link there and read said translation. I will put…

Taiyou Con 2020: Wrap

This year my first anime con was literally the very first weekend of the year, down in the sunny Phoenix ‘burb of Mesa. This was the 10th Taiyou…

Blogger’s Plays on Words Delayed by 3 Months, to Burn Chidori RSC at Its End

Rifle Is Beautiful misses the mark. I actually think he is more right than wrong, but Evirus wiffed: Rifle Is Beautiful hit a bull’s eye when it comes…

(Sticky) Eventing: 2020

[Last updated: Jan 4, 2020] Last year’s note here, my Eventernote here. Below is a rough outline my travel plans to attend various otaku events. Some of these…

2020 Vision: Trends and Wishlists

Originally I was going to write up a recap for 2019 (and finish my recap of 2018), but I just didn’t get around to it in late December…

Million Live 6th SSA

The final stop of the 6th Live Tour for THE IDOLM@STER MILLION LIVE was in good ol’ Saitama Super Arena, in September. Unlike Million 3rd, this whole tour…

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