The Otakusphere: It’s still Sunday, right?

I’m always impressed by the amount of effort the various anime bloggers put in. I have a list of about 150 blogs that I peruse when I start putting together The Otakusphere, and I don’t always get through all of them.

Today was no different. I started going through posts sometime around 10 a.m. and here I am at nearly 1 p.m., and I’m just getting to writing.

One of these days, I’ll talk about how I pick out posts and what my criteria are. But mostly, it just boils down to what I think is interesting this week.

I’m going to break the format a bit and post this video by a V-Tuber that I ended up following from Hanjo! TV. I occasionally drop in and check out her videos.

Probably for the same reason I watch Lost in the Pond or German Girl in America. I like seeing other cultures.

I bring this up because Oguie Maniax put up this interesting post about V-Tubers. When I first stumbled across Hanjo! TV, I didn’t even know what a V-Tuber was. The only thing I realized was that she was animated, and some of the episodes were fun or cute.

I haven’t watched any of the live streams. I did scrub through a few of the VODs before starting to write this.

But I’m not sure if I fall into any of the demographics that Ogiue Maniax brought up. I’m not really a weeb. I don’t consider myself a hardcore gamer. I don’t have any interest in idols. But that might be why I only have watched one V -Tuber.

The phenomenon is interesting though.

So from talking about virtual ladies playing games, let’s move on to virtual ladies piloting robots.

Just in case you hadn’t noticed, this is Mecha March, an effort that includes Scott over at Mechanical Anime Reviews and Lita Kino over in her Anime Corner.

She put together this dandy list about women in mecha shows, and while I may disagree that Samurai 7 being a mecha show, I approve of the character she has at the top of her list.

And for goodness sake, just give us a season 5.

Rei slapping Asuka is the best. Definitely.

Now let’s talk about talking about anime.

Yomu has a series of writing prompts on his blog that I nearly always want to put on the Otakusphere, except that it would get old. So I try to be careful about the ones that I include.

I do think his prompt this week is interesting. Is there any merit in reviewing a series in a genre that you don’t like?

While his answer seems to be that the only merit is to complain about it later, I believe some series transcend their genre. Even beyond that, it is useful to see how a genre is constructed. What is it that you specifically don’t like? It may not make for a useful review, it can make for a thought-provoking conversation.

What do you think?

Well from watching genres you don’t like to watching movies that you don’t like.

K at the Movies put together this review of Drive-Thru. A creepy killer clown movie about annoying 90s teenagers. But he doesn’t answer the real burning question. Why would you have a restaurant with a creepy clown with devil horns? Would you go get burgers at that place?

Anyways, K’s jokes are better than mine. You should go watch him be stuck in a drive-thru.

A show from a genre that I definitely didn’t like.

And speaking of creepy ape arms clobbering teenage vampires…

Wait, we weren’t talking about that? Well, now we are.

A couple of weeks back I watched through Bakemonogatari, and I recently bought the first box set of it. This should be a hint that I liked it since it cost me $145 to pick it up.

Well, Get in the Mecha podcast put together an analysis of the animation in the Suruga Monkey arc and why it was so different than the first two arcs. It has a lot to do with the punching, and one angry teenage girl and a foolhardy teenage vampire.

I don’t want to spoil his conclusions though, so you should go listen to it.

Nonplayergirl gave me something this week that I’ve always wanted, but I never knew that I wanted — food service.

I would be happy if we just traded out all of the fanservice for foodservice in every anime. Instead of awkward thigh gaps and unfortunate breast physics, we could just have bonbons and fried rice, or maybe a nice truffle.

All of that aside, Nonplayergirl looked for a way to prepare a minced meat cutlet from Restaurant to Another World and make it in real life. Then she wrote a blog post about it. That is a super neat idea.

This is what we need. More blog posts about people making anime food.

I tried to find a shot of them preparing food, but I wasn’t so lucky.

I know Karandi doesn’t need any promotion from me, but this post about supporting characters does deserve some love. Many anime are stuck with main characters that are designed to be as non-offensive as possible. This can be done for any number of reasons, but without getting into them, those shows often turn to their supporting cast to fill in.

What would Rurouni Kenshin be without Sato and Sagara? Would Eureka 7 be as good without Holland? What would Last Exile be without Dio or Lucciola? These additional cast members give the main characters someone to react again and deepen their character.

While conflict between people isn’t always at the heart of a plot, it often is.

Let’s finish up with a couple of quick hits. Colin over at Pinkie’s Paradise provided me with a lesson in that a well-thought-out political thriller can predict the future. In this case, he told the history of how Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon predicted the clash between Russia and Georgia, almost down to an ultra-nationalist coup.

And Russell over at Space Kaleidoscope put together a piece about Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan. Strangely, I’ve never gotten that deep into JoJo’s so I don’t have a frame of reference for the stories that the show is telling. I love that a show like it exists, and has taken this series out of obscurity and brought it fully into the mainstream.

I love hearing fans talk about it with the kind of wonder I have when I found out that all of Galaxy Express 999 is available to stream.

It’s pretty great.

That is all I have for this week. Have fun finding something new. And remember to be good, be careful and learn a lot, but not necessarily in that order.

And, as always, thanks for reading.

6 thoughts on “The Otakusphere: It’s still Sunday, right?

  1. Thanks for the mention, I don’t know if I fully agree but glad to here at least a few jokes might have landed. Good stuff and hey don’t underestimate with Hella good onion rings.

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