So here we are at the end of another week and at the end of my vacation. Overall, I give this vacation a B+. I managed to finish rewatching Solty Rei and Ergo Proxy. I got a lot of the barn shoveled out, but I didn’t finish. I listened to all of the Fall of the Samurai section from The History of Japan podcast, and I only played a dozen or so hours of Spiderman.
On the other side, I didn’t get super far in Galaxy Express 999, and I’m reminded once again that I shouldn’t let metrics dominate my life.
Because I write this blog for fun. It’s just a place to put all of my silly thoughts. It’s not a career.
Before I slip into moroseness, let’s go touring through The Otakusphere and see what other people are doing. Since God Knows… has been stuck in my head all week, I’m going get it stuck on your heads.
OK. Let’s go.
So I’m going to start with two travelogue posts this week. The first comes from Anime Hajime and his tour of the park around Osaka Castle. I’ve said this before, but I love seeing places that it’s unlikely that I will get a chance to visit. Since I was listening to the fall of the Tokugawa, I was doing some research on the Shinsengumi, and I came across the Goryukaku in Hakodate.
The pictures from it look really interesting, and I would love to see that. I mean, I would also love to just go to Hakodate. I feel like northern Japan really gets short shrift in anime.
But talking about relaxing places in nature, Infinite Zenith led people on a virtual tour following the path of Yuru Camp’s characters. I’m impressed that the artists did such a faithful job of recreating the sites along the way. I’m also impressed by the dedication it took to find those spots using Google and an Oculus. That doesn’t seem like an easy task.
I use Google Maps a lot for work to find places, and it’s not that easy to do even when you have an address.
This is a tour I could take, though.
From there, let’s go to what is likely the most exciting idea I’ve seen this week. Pinkie of Pokemon Paradise fame had two anime characters play the most dangerous game — of Yugi-Oh. The two characters she picked were Lelouche from Code Geass and Kamina of Gurren Lagann.
While I don’t play Yugi-Oh, it made me think about Magic: The Gathering and the types of decks they would place. Personally, Lelouche would probably play Blue/Black (Dimir) control, or maybe Esper. Kamina is definitely Red/White (Boros) aggro.
Kamina wins with burning justice on turn 3 while Lelouche is still desperately waiting for a fourth land to wipe the board.
OK. I just got semi-nerdy there. But anyway, it was a fun read. Go check it out.
Oh, and on the subject of fun ideas. The Hell Zone put up my favorite top 10 list that I’ve seen — The Best Eyebrows of Winter 2021.
To be honest, I’m horrible about keeping up with anime. I mean, I’m watching shows from the late 1970s and 2013, respectively, right now. So I can’t judge anything about the quality of shows in 2021. But I can say that those are some fantastic eyebrows, and you should go check them out.
And talking about fun, let’s talk about some of those titles for anime.
You know the ones that I’m going about. The ones that feel like they need an entire paragraph or at least a complete sentence before getting into the story. Do we really need that? Naoki Urasawa had a 74 episode series made from his manga, and it had one word — Monster.
I don’t think any anime needs more than five words in its title. I’m even uncomfortable with Nadia: Secret of the Blue Water or The Third: The Girl with the Blue Eye. Those are pretty long. Can we get them down to three words? Maybe even two?
That would be pretty cool.
Go check out Jonah’s Rants game of trying to make them shorter.
Finally, let’s wrap up with an interview with Richard Epcar from Anime Herald. I love the inside baseball of anime production. Whether it’s from the Japanese side or it’s from the American distribution and dubbing side. Richard Epcar has been a figure in American anime for as long as I can remember.
This post is definitely worth checking out.
And now for a little bit of shameless self-promotion. I’ve put together a still-unnamed project where people are suggesting anime for me to watch. My plan for right now is to watch and review one series a month. If you want to suggest a series, you can do that on this Google Form. Please remember to tell me who is making the suggestion. I’ve had a couple people not let me know. Please don’t make me guess.
That is all that I have for this week. Remember to be good, be careful and learn a lot, but not necessarily in that order.
And, as always, thanks for reading.