One of the hardest things for me to do is to separate my general proclivities from my analysis. See, at heart, I’m a contrarian. When everyone says something is bad, I tend to look at it more favorably. The opposite is true as well. When people tell me how wonderful something is, I will tend […]Read More Impressions: Let’s talk about the best or worst show from 2021
Hello everybody. Today is Wednesday, so you should be getting my normal mid-week rambling about Galaxy Express 999. But… well… this is a special post. It’s a post that I have been thinking about for probably three months. And after some shenaniganery that happened this weekend, well, it got pushed back from Saturday, when I […]Read More Reflections: How do I make a sexy headline about 100 posts?
(Note: I’m going to use U.S. and America interchangeably. I just want to say that I realize this is horribly unfair to our neighbors to the north and south. I’m doing it because it’s easier to write, not because I believe that all of the Americas are somehow one monolithic culture. I apologize if anyone […]Read More Puritans, capitalism and hard work in Galaxy Express 999
Good morning, afternoon or evening wherever you are out there in Internet land. By my reckoning, it is Sunday in my little corner of the hinterlands, so it’s time to take another trip around and look at what everyone is talking about. This has been a strangely long week for me, and I have a […]Read More The Otakusphere: Devil’s Candy, moe Zombies and when did Lelouche get this popular?
Huzzah. I am back for another Saturday, and to be honest, I’m kind of wiped out today. I have some ideas for posts. I actually have some ideas that have been sitting around in my brain folder for a long time. But I got to mow the lawn, and I want to catch up on […]Read More All of the Colours from OUTER SPACE
I’m fascinated by the number of plants, animals, and even microbes that have traveled with people as they’ve moved from place to place. Once I listened to a series of lectures about turning points in U.S. history. One of those moments happened even before the country was founded in 1617 when a great epidemic swept […]Read More Is it better to kill the babies in Galaxy Express 999?
Good morning, afternoon or evening where you are out there in internetland. It’s Sunday in my corner of the hinterlands, which means it’s time for another edition of The Otakusphere. It’s been a bizarre week out there in animeland. In particular, a bizarre start-up cropped up and claimed to have a plan to stream anime […]Read More The Otakusphere: Mecha, magical girls and my own shortcomings
I remember pretty clearly when I first encountered the word “anime.” I was in a college dorm room in 1996, and I was talking with a couple of people I was in a Rifts game with. I don’t remember how it came up, but I mentioned “Japanimation.” It was a word that I had come […]Read More In My View: When anime isn’t the right word
Hi, all you fine folks out there in the Otakusphere and beyond. It’s time once again for me to take another pick from the anime people have submitted to me as I go In Search Of… my next favorite anime. So what is this feature? Every month, I pick out an anime that has been […]Read More In Search Of … Boogiepop Phantom
Good morning, afternoon or evening wherever you are in the world. It’s Sunday in my corner of the hinterlands, which means it’s time for another trip around The Otakusphere. I’m in the middle of a long weekend. In the states, we’re celebrating Independence Day. Since the U.S. ships its culture out worldwide, I can’t imagine […]Read More The Otakusphere: Rooster tails, odd taxis and runic empires