I’ve meant to write this post for a while, but I’ve always put it at the bottom of the pile. There always seemed to be something more exciting or more thought-provoking or more controversial to write about. But the truth is that I’m sort of ashamed. Look, I want to like these shows. By that […]Read More 3 shows I like that no one has watched and 3 shows I don’t like that everyone loves
“Anderson evokes a depressed landscape in which lost souls wander about; they make their flitting appearances mostly in the darkness of night, these stumps and shades of humanity.” Irving Howe, Introduction to Winesburg, Ohio One of the most challenging parts of writing these analysis pieces is coming up with an introduction. Sometimes I settle on […]Read More The space train of Winesburg: Galaxy Express 999 and grotesques
It’s the beginning of March. The days are getting longer. It’s getting warmer here in the Northwestern U.S., and I can see the dreaded summer months just past the curve. Damn you, summer! Why do you have to exist just to ruin my day? Why can’t you just be late spring or early fall? Why […]Read More The Otakusphere: Let’s get personal
I am writing this post in the hope of ending a needless and futile debate. I’m writing it knowing that I’m talking about the anime community, and unnecessary and futile debates have been their bread and butter since Harmony Gold first licensed Super-Dimensional Fortress Macross. But I’m writing it anyway because I feel like I’ve […]Read More RahXephon does NOT equal Evangelion
One of the most famous pieces of X-Men lore revolves around the death of Jean Grey at the end of the Dark Phoenix Saga. During the Dark Phoenix Saga, Grey destroys an alien planet, complete with killing billions. The unprovoked attack showed the brutality and power of the character. It would also prove the end […]Read More Maetel kills them all?
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 […]Read More The Otakusphere: It’s still Sunday, right?
So the #anitwitwatches crew just finished up SSSS. Gridman this week. Since the only real controversy I see out in AniTwitter is whether Goku could beat up Superman, well, I thought it would be interesting to draw up a list. (And by the way, Superman wins.) What is #anitwitwatches you might ask? It’s a community […]Read More Ranking #AniTwitWatches shows until now
Growing up Leiji Matsumoto had an up-close relationship with poverty. His father was a former Japanese aviator who gave up piloting after the end of World War II. While his father could have gotten a job working as a pilot following the war, he did not want to. Helen McCarthy mentions this in her biography […]Read More Food zombies and wildflowers: Galaxy Express 999 and poverty
Here we are on another Sunday in the early afternoon getting ready to take a casual tour around the Otakusphere. My week has been pretty good. I’m now officially 15 episodes into Galaxy Express 999 and 52 episodes into Monster, and eventually, I will finish both of these series. I will say that posting one […]Read More The Otakusphere: Kyoto, Nendroids and let’s all be nice
It’s another week, and Twitter has become atwitter with its latest controversy du jour. This time they’re focused on a column by Kambole Campbell that is titled: Wonder Egg Priority is reimagining Magical Girl empowerment. According to the Twitter users, the title was only the beginning of the problems with Campbell’s overly enthusiastic analysis of […]Read More In My View: Understanding the Polygon column