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Anime Weekend Atlanta - day three


Sep 21
// Matthew Whitehead
And I'm finally back home with a report on the last day of Anime Weekend Atlanta (a day late since I went to bed quickly after getting home Sunday). Things quieted down a bit as otaku went on their ways back home in a downpou...
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Anime Weekend Atlanta - day two


Sep 19
// Matthew Whitehead
It's been another busy and rainy day at Anime Weekend Atlanta, but it was anything but dreary inside the Cobb Galleria as Saturdays usually bring the highest attendance of the con. The day started off with a Funimation ind...
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Anime Weekend Atlanta - day one


Sep 18
// Matthew Whitehead
Good evening from Anime Weekend Atlanta! It's been a fun (and somewhat tiring) first day here so I'm back in the hotel room a bit early to hopefully get more than a few hours of sleep tonight. The bigger and better Artists' ...

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Hi from Anime Weekend Atlanta


Sep 17
// Matthew Whitehead
Hello from down here in Atlanta, Georgia. I'm here with my harem of catgirls (...I wish) at the Renaissance Waverly hotel and Cobb Galleria for Anime Weekend Atlanta 2009 (with my trusty Eee PC 1000H not using the $14.95 a da...
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Sakura Tange returns to anime in Animal Detectives Kirumins


Sep 01
// Matthew Whitehead
The seiyuu most responsible for making me into an otaku is coming back to anime this fall. Sakura Tange, best known as Sakura-chan of Cardcaptor Sakura (I have all the Japanese manga, all R1 DVDs, and more than a few figures)...
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Jason carves a wooden Mio with a chainsaw


Aug 26
// Matthew Whitehead
   Famous slasher Jason from Friday the 13th has apparently traded in his machete for a chainsaw to produce wood carvings (nicknamed "Mokkoroids") of our favorite anime and game characters. Jason-san's mo...
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Toro Station takes a shot at Endless Eight


Aug 24
// Matthew Whitehead
Every now and then (and sometimes more often), some anime or manga reference is made in Mainichi Issho's daily news program, Toro Station, most often by the black cat, Kuro, a self-proclaimed otaku and Nico Nico Douga premium...
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Third season of Hidamari Sketch announced!


Aug 22
// Matthew Whitehead
As you can tell by looking at my profile icon, I'm a huge fan of Ume's Aoki 4-koma manga Hidamari Sketch. So when I read the news today about a third season of the anime, Hidamari Sketch x 3 Stars, being announced at the TBS ...
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Aya Hirano didn't like Endless Eight either


Aug 19
// Matthew Whitehead
Watching the never-ending Endless Eight was hard for us, and it was hard for the voice of Haruhi, Aya Hirano, as well. She said she was really surprised when she found out that she would basically be doing the same act 8 time...
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Untan! Untan! with K-ON! castanets


Aug 19
// Matthew Whitehead
And the K-ON! merchandising continues, starting with K-ON! castanets so you can untan yourself crazy for only 840 yen. To compliment the castanets are a tamborine and Ritsu drumsticks for 1,260 yen each. Finishing up are Mio ...
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Newtype celebrates the end of Endless Eight... by showing Endless Eight


Aug 18
// Matthew Whitehead
You hear the news about that HUGE Haruhi announcement Anime Newtype was going to make? Well, turns out that it's hugely lame for the most part (as expected). The Anime Newtype Channel will be celebrating the end of Endless Ei...
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Hello Kitty goes moe at Comiket


Jul 29
// Matthew Whitehead
Hello Kitty is popular the world over (my sisters and I were frequent visitors to the Sanrio store that used to be at the local mall), but now, Sanrio seems to be making a push to introduce the brand to a new audience with pl...
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University of Georgia math professor teaches origami


Jul 26
// Matthew Whitehead
I'm sure many of you out there have made cranes and frogs using the traditional Japanese art of paper folding, origami, but you might not have thought about the math behind it. University of Georgia math professor Robert Rume...
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Basquash! director replaced, staff shuffled


Jun 10
// Matthew Whitehead
I really should have expected this. Satelight's 3rd studio has a history of rushed schedules and directors running away among other things, which has resulted in such acclaimed works of anime as Kiss Dum. I thought this time ...
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Director Yutaka Yamamoto writing novel for Animage


Jun 08
// Matthew Whitehead
"Not at the level of director" director Yutaka Yamamoto (yes, that's him in the photo above) of Lucky Star and Kannagi is going to write a novel serialization as part of Animage's 28th anniversary. The novel is titled "Einsat...
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Gonzo misses expectations, posts 3.4 billion yen loss


Jun 03
// Matthew Whitehead
Gonzo has reported its finances for the year ending this March, and the results aren't pretty. Even though earnings rose year over year, Gonzo posted a much larger loss than expected of 3.4 billion yen for the previous fiscal...
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Hanamaru Kindergarten anime coming from Gainax


Jun 03
// Matthew Whitehead
There had been reports that Yuto's Hanamaru Kindergarten would be getting an anime adaptation by J.C. Staff last year, but since then nothing more had been heard. Now, the newest issue of Young Gangan has an official announce...
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Man arrested for dumping erotic books and videos in rice field


May 26
// Matthew Whitehead
Everybody... okay, maybe not everybody, has to eventually figure out how to dispose of that stash of dirty books under the bed after they've outlived their usefulness. And, how to do that without your girlfriend or parents or...
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Japanese digital TV transition gets new mascot to replace SMAP's streaking Kusanagi


Apr 28
// Matthew Whitehead
The National Association of Commercial Broadcasters in Japan (NAB) was in a bit of a pinch when the star of their commercials informing the public about the upcoming transition to digital TV in July of 2011, Tsuyoshi Kusanagi...
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SMAP's Tsuyoshi Kusanagi arrested for public indecency


Apr 22
// Matthew Whitehead
The ridiculously popular Japanese boy band SMAP needs no introduction, as most of you have probably heard at least one of their chart topping songs like "Sekai ni hitotsu dake no hana" somewhere or another. SMAP member Tsuyos...
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Those with pure hearts can watch a new Dream C Club trailer


Apr 21
// Matthew Whitehead
I don't believe for a second that anybody that's interested in this game has a pure heart, but putting that aside for now. Some of you might have heard of D3Publisher's Dream C Club for XBox360 before because of the resembl...
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Like magical mikos? Umimonogatari trailer at Tokyo International Anime Fair


Mar 18
// Matthew Whitehead
A trailer for Umimonogatari ~Anata ga ite kureta koto~, the magical miko anime directed by Jun'ichi Satou that I told you about last month, was unveiled at the Tokyo International Anime Fair. Of course, this being a magical...
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'Big Friends' shut down official Pretty Cure BBS


Mar 12
// Matthew Whitehead
As we all know, the Pretty Cure series of fighting magical girls anime is pretty popular among its primary audience of young girls. It also happens to be popular among a different sort of viewer — guys my age, a lot of ...
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Console war moefication P.S. Three-san gets a drama CD


Mar 03
// Matthew Whitehead
The PlayStation 3 has had a rough time of it so far in this round of the console wars — no matter how hard it tries it can't beat the Wii or the XBox 360. An artist named IKa has turned the unlucky PS3, its rivals, and ...
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Director Jun'ichi Satou's next anime is... a pachinko spin-off?


Feb 26
// Matthew Whitehead
I'm sure I'm not alone around here as a huge fan of director Jun'ichi Satou's works such as Sailor Moon, ARIA, Kaleido Star, Yume no Crayon Oukoku, Fushigiboshi no Futago Hime, and many others. It's not surprising that his la...
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Idolmaster in my Tales of Hearts?!


Nov 12
// Matthew Whitehead
Yes, Bandai-Namco, Idolmaster is a huge franchise (at least among otaku), but do you really have to put in references to it everywhere? We already knew Jade, Lloyd, and Judas from the "Tales of" series would be making cameo a...
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New anime for 2009: Munto, Tears to Tiara, Minamike, and more!


Nov 06
// Matthew Whitehead
As this year gets closer to ending, info on the new anime awaiting us next year has started to flow, starting with something of a surprise. Kyoto Animation will be completing their original OVA series, Munto, as a TV anime st...
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Anime Weekend Atlanta 2008: Day One


Sep 19
// Matthew Whitehead
After going to Baltimore last month for Otakon, this time it was a short one-hour trip from home in Athens to Atlanta, Georgia with a group of friends in the "Yuffiemobile" for the start of the 14th edition of Anime Weekend A...
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Shugo Chara! gets another season!


Jul 21
// Matthew Whitehead
The anime adaptation of PEACH-PIT's Shugo Chara! has apparently been getting good ratings among both its target audience of young girls and the older ooki na otomodachi ("Big Friends" who watch children's shows), good enough ...
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New Negima! OVA preview; could this time actually be good?


Jun 03
// Matthew Whitehead
A preview of Mahou Sensei Negima! Shiroki Tsubasa -ALA ALBA-, the third try at a Negima! anime, is now available on Kodansha's website for the OAD (Original Animation DVD) project. As I mentioned before, Negima! fans have b...

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