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Top 10 Anime Openings of the 1980s

Nothing quite says fluff piece like the tried and true "Top 10" list. The "Top 10" list combines the pointless regurgitation of common knowledge with a ranking system. This helps to not only extol the author's perceived intellect, but to attempt to create a small sense of controversy to promote talk of the publisher of the aforementioned list. That said, I have compiled a list of what I view to be the best anime OPs to grace the 80s.

The first few titles that will be covered are the bastards among this list. Yes, these first few contenders are the honorable mentions, though the term is not used in the strictest sense. These titles all would have easily made the list, had it not been for one small problem: none of these are actually openings. These all take the form of insert songs or ending themes, and were thus ineligible (under my arbitrary stipulation) for the coveted and few ranked positions.


JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Gets Re-Rlease on XBLA and PSN

With this classic game seeing a reissue, I felt it an appropriate time to dive into the history surrounding its release and reception.

The JoJo's Bizarre Adventure fighting game has a strange history among both the fighting game community and those interested in the manga. The game was released at an odd time, for a number of reasons. The original game, known as JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, or JoJo's Venture in some parts of the world, was released between the two OVA's that adapt the same section of story the game focuses on. In 1998 the original OVA had already finished its release four years prior, and the remaining episodes would not be released until two years later. The game arrived in a dead zone between anime adaptations of a manga arc that had ended six years ago in 1996.


Gaiking: Legend of Daikuu-Maryuu Review


The Cutest Video In The World (And Other Fun Stuff)

I've decided to start using our admittedly dusty blog to share content that the gallery simple can't handle, namely videos. I might also throw up some of my favorite gallery images from time to time.

Today's featured video shows Aki Toyosaki (the voice actress of Yui Hirasawa in K-ON!) performing The Beatles's "Hey Jude" on acoustic guitar. She's pretty adorable, as is her English.


People of Fanservice, Lend Me Your Strength!

Hey everyone, it's time for a Fanservice group project! 


Anime Review: White Album – Musings and Critiques

The Anime

Snow flakes are pivotal to the story

I have had either the privilege or horror to watch White Album.  Based on the visual novel of the same name, this anime is a faithful adaptation of series in style and plot.  Having had it recommended to me and watching the first episode a year or so ago, I decided to pick it up again to give it a shot.  After watching White Album, I have mixed feelings about the show, mostly coming from my bowels.  White Album is a pseudo-harem drama that transcends the genre by making the main character, Touya Fujii, and half of the cast into human failures.


The Taming of the Tsundere: Japan’s Fascination with Obstinate Women

I was asked in my Literary Criticism class to come up with a comparison of Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew with some (read: ANY) form of pop culture. That was their first mistake. The following is copy from the 12 pages of references to anime bullshit Shakespeare could have always done without. I may or may not believe any of this, but hey, do what you gotta do.


Anime’s “Best of the Noughties”

As some of you may or may not know, yours truly is a Something Awful forums member -- I paid my ten bux. The anime subforum on SA proposed that posters submit a list of the five anime series released between 2000 and 2009 that they thought were truly special, groundbreaking or otherwise significant. Being the opinionated person that I am, I had to contribute my horrible animu picks.

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Animu Review: Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood


When I heard that Fullmetal Alchemist was going to be an anime, I was excited that a completely new and original show was going to be aired. In reality, if you watched the previous Fullmetal Alchemist you will be quite surprised with Brotherhood.


Descent Into Madness — Venturing Into The Depths Of Gensokyo

I'm not usually one to get excited over "fandoms" and "niches" and series' "canon" or really "things" in general. I do my homework when something catches my interest or seems relevant enough, so I could certainly hold my own in an intelligent conversation, but there isn't really much intelligent conversation to be had on the subject of cute Japanese cartoon girls shooting at each other with magical spells. It's like trying to write a thesis on Evangelion and Princess Mononoke -- you'll sound really smart, but only in the realm of worthless nerd crap; and more importantly, no one will ever take you seriously.

I am, however, finding myself more and more fond of Touhou by the day. Surprisingly enough, I haven't really played any of the Touhou games -- any of them. I know a fairly good bit about them, but I've never touched them. Yes, yours truly -- bastion of all things MAN; vessel of hotblooded burning courage and fiery manly passion; the pinnacle of manly exuberance and youthful explosion -- has been tempted by the dozens of cutesy fairies and shrine maidens of the Touhou-verse.