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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

Crowdsourcing
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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What makes a Monogatari

My relationship with the Monogatari series is a one-sided long distance relationship at best. As much as I’d like to get closer, the language gap is large, quite large. I’ve spent a lot of time trying to get through the difficult Japanese and sometimes I have to admit there will be parts I’ll never understand until a better translator comes by. Unfortunately, good translators are hard to come by and Nisioisin induces translator burnout. To be completely fair, his works are not impossibly difficult to read but translating is another beast entirely. A task I wonder anyone will ever complete. Continue reading

Shingeki no Kyojin 12 &13 – Value of Life

Shingeki no Kyojin Episode 12 Eren Titan Form

[Shingeki no Kyojin Episode 11]

It’s good to be able to get back to watching Shingeki no Kyojin.  You wouldn’t believe how one could end up missing the continuous case studies on humanity. Continue reading

Suisei no Gargantia: Going Everywhere, Ending Nowhere

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Before this spring season of anime began, mecha anime fans were cheering and rejoicing over the fact that there was to be, not only one mecha anime streaming, but three. The first Majestic Prince, which I have already written about in a previous article (here), has proven to be a fairly enjoyable show with its own traits and nuances. The second show, Valvrave, is a near to complete mess of a series that can be summed up with the phrase: Space Vampire Mecha. It is enjoyable only from the perspective of someone who knows that it is terrible. Lastly, comes Suisei no Gargantia (Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet). Being spear-headed by writer Gen Urubuchi, Madoka, Fate/Zero, and Psycho-Pass, there were many high hopes for this series. As we come to the conclusion of the show though, it is apparent that this hope was for naught. Gargantia’s plot is convoluted to the point where there is no clear direction, the characters are all lacking in true development, and even the overarching political/moral point of the story has been lost.

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Shingeki no Kyojin 11 – Pixis’ Normandy

Shingeki no Kyojin Ep 11 - Suicidal Daz

 

[Shingeki no Kyojin Episode 10]

With this episode, I find myself realising that I have a preference for Shingeki no Kyojin focusing on the military side of the story. Continue reading

Ginga Kikoutai Majestic Prince: Reenergizing Mecha Anime

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Mecha anime holds a special place within many anime viewers’ hearts. Having been one of the most prominent genres of anime within America during the late 1990’s, children grew up watching shows such as Voltron, Gundam, and Zoids. Though once an incredibly popular genre, mecha anime is now a shadow of what it formerly was. Taking its place, shows lying in the slice of life or romantic comedy genres, have become much more commonplace in this day and age. While this is not necessarily a bad aspect of anime, it does leave mecha anime fans rather lacking. This is where Ginga Kikoutai Majestic Prince takes its place within the genre. Where the mecha genre has now degenerated into a form of show that must compete with the popularity of slice of life shows, Majestic Prince, has decided to go back to its mecha roots in order to try and revive what mecha anime formerly was, a powerful genre about men growing into heroes through fighting in giant robots.
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Shingeki no Kyojin 10 – Armin vs Verman

Shingeki no Kyojin Episode 10 Armin

 

[Shingeki no Kyojin Episode 09]

I’ll be the first to admit giving Armin an entire episode might be too much.  Guess that’s what happens when things continue to move at a slow pace. Continue reading

Shingeki no Kyojin 09 – Eren’s Dilemma

Shingeki no Kyojin Levi Zoey

[Shingeki no Kyojin Episode 8]

You know Kaji Yuki is a perfect fit for a character, when that character just can’t catch a break. Continue reading

Shingeki no Kyojin 07 – Rock Bottom

Shingeki no Kyojin Ep 7 - Last stand

[Shingeki no Kyojin Episode 6]

Had I not been following the manga for a while now, I wouldn’t have thought things could get even more despair-ridden in Shingeki no Kyojin.  If you didn’t think so, then don’t feel bad. Continue reading