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4May/130

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.

13Jan/120

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.

23Apr/100

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.

25Oct/093

[Updated 10/25] Special Fanservice FTW Guest Appearance!!

Surprise edit #2!

Show has been up since Saturday, I've just been really lazy!! ''''orz    Listen here!

Attention all space cadets!!

Yours truly will be appearing in an upcoming episode of "This Is Not An Anime Podcast!" (http://thisisnotananimepodcast.blogspot.com/) which is, ironically enough, an anime podcast. We'll be talking about the new Fist of the North Star -- Kenshiro Gaiden film, and will hopefully answer a few burning questions about why I continue to cosplay and whether or not it's just an excuse to subject the public to my naked chest once a year.

22Oct/091

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.

7Aug/092

Enjoying Eighth Endless Eight

"One tsundere moment can wash away the pain of 600 years..."

9Jul/093

Spicy Wolf 2: Now With More Spicy

The first episode of the long-awaited second of anime Spice and Wolf aired in Japan earlier today.  Unfortunately, I don't know much Japanese!  But here are some pretty pictures while I wait for the subs to arrive.

2Jul/090

Haruhi 2009 – “The Endless Eight”

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This week's episode is a bit of a cool down after the time travelling antics of Bamboo Leaf Rhapsody, but I enjoyed it even more for several reasons.

25Jun/090

Haruhi 2009 – “The Endless Eight”

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This week's episode is a bit of a cool down after the time travelling antics of Bamboo Leaf Rhapsody, but I enjoyed it even more for several reasons.

18Jun/090

Haruhi 2009 – “The Endless Eight”

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This week's episode is a bit of a cool down after the time travelling antics of Bamboo Leaf Rhapsody, but I enjoyed it even more for several reasons.