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About acostoss

IT professional still lamenting the loss of his NEET status after 4 years. Interested in web development, Japanese media culture, and weird types of music.

Anime Secret Santa 2014: The Tatami Galaxy

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After nearly 5 years, I finally decided to muster up the wherewithal to participate in the Anime Secret Santa project by the fantastic folks over at Reverse Thieves. In turn, I was suggested Gungrave, Princess Tutu, and Tatami Galaxy. The first I had been meaning to give a second chance, whereas the latter two I failed to finish as new anime seasons cropped up seemingly out of nowhere. Being a huge fan of Masaaki Yuasa I jumped at the chance at a kick-to-the-rear to finally finish another of his works. As such, I went with The Tatami Galaxy.

The plot centers around a freshman college student, “Watashi”.. He joins a campus club in search of his “Rose-Colored Campus Life”, to chase the love of raven-haired maidens, and find fulfillment in an important time in his life. He is hindered by Ozu, a young man resembling a youkai who makes it one of his missions to ruin everyone’s love lives. As Ozu brings Watashi hiss level, Watashi becomes hated to the extent that he is thrown off a bridge on the night of the Daimonji Festival. Along the way, he crosses paths with many others with whom he could have grown closer if he had only made different, better choices. In turn, he wishes he could have joined another club, and freed himself of Ozu. “And so, as a brand-spanking new freshman university student, countless doors to the mystical treasure known as that ‘rose-colored campus life’ lay open before him. And the one Watashi chose was…

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AniMinutes Episode 4 – Fansubs Pt.II

It could always be worse...

It could always be worse…

Contemporary Fansubs, How Far We Have Come

In this episode, part two of a two part series, we’ll be looking at how fansubs have changed over the years, competitors to the medium, and how the fans have reacted and shaped it.

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AniMinutes Episode 3 – Fansubs

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Fansubs, How They Came to Be and How They Hold a Unique Spot in the World of Television

In this episode, part one of a two part series, I explore the history of fansubbing from the late 70’s to mid 90’s. In the series, we’ll be exploring how it is influenced by the anime market, and how it influences both the market and expectations of the viewers. We’ll also take a look at the unique place fansubs sit in the media world, concerning legality and copyrights.

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AniMinutes Episode 2 – Identity

In this new podcast, I’ll be exploring different facets of aniculture in bite-sized chunks of opinion and insight. Be sure to check back each week for a new installment of AniMinutes!


Identity, and How We Perceive Ourselves Through the Frame of Anime

Cooking, enjoying anime, holding a steady job; is there anything he cannot do?

Cooking, enjoying anime, holding a steady job; is there anything he cannot do?

In this episode, I explore just what it is about contemporary anime characters that makes us so attached to them, and how this was not the case a couple decades ago.

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AniMinutes Episode 1 – GALAX

In this new podcast, I’ll be exploring different facets of aniculture in bite-sized chunks of opinion and insight. Be sure to check back each week for a new installment of AniMinutes!


GALAX and its Importance in the World of Gatchaman Crowds

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In the first episode, I speak on just what makes Gatchaman Crowds so special in my eyes, and describe some of the underlying ideas behind the ubiquitous social network, GALAX.

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