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OP Up! Swordswomen Edition

Feb 10 // Red Veron
[embed]34766:5423:0[/embed] "ft." Anime: Fairy Tail I went through a few openings from this series and they were pretty good. I just wished I had the time to go through the series. Erza Scarlet is the swordswoman in this show and she has multiple forms where she wields different swords and she has a pretty cool design.   [embed]34766:5424:0[/embed] "Light my fire" Anime: Shakugan no Shana Here is a show that I can really get into, Shana's character design with that red hair and sword just really appeals to me. Also, JUSTICE.   [embed]34766:5425:0[/embed] "Spiral" Anime: Blood C I've featured this opening so many times before since it is one of my all time favorites; I love the opening, character designs, and the song. So it is no wonder I feature this one a lot. I enjoyed the series but didn't like the movie.   [embed]34766:5426:0[/embed] "Liar Mask" Anime: Akame ga Kill! Of course I love the eponymous Akame's design, her design is a favorite of mine with Saya from Blood C (featured above) just ahead of her by an inch when it comes to female sword wielders. That second opening above is pretty good too.   So who's your favorite swordswoman and the anime opening they're in? SHARE IN THE COMMENTS BELOW! I wanna know!
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Women with Sharp Steel
I just noticed that all the openings I chose for this week's selection featured characters whose design featured a lot of the color red. I love that a lot, and it's also a bonus that they have swords. So this week's selection...

Week Ender - Collectible Creatures

Feb 06 // Red Veron
[embed]34748:5414:0[/embed] "One Star" Anime: Digimon Savers I never got a chance to see this show but this is a pretty rad song. It's got one of those simple running along a sunset ending and it suits the music well.   [embed]34748:5415:0[/embed] "Let's join hands" Anime: Pocket Monsters - Best Wishes Season 2 Decolora Adventures A happy ending where everyone gets together at the end. Pretty uplifting if you ask me.   [embed]34748:5416:0[/embed] "Youkai Taisou Daiichi" Anime: Youkai Watch This is one of those dancing ending things that a lot of Japanese kid's shows do a lot and I like the idea of kids jumping around getting exercise after sitting for a half an hour in front of the TV.   [embed]34748:5417:0[/embed] "Toshishita no Boku" Anime: Medarot (Medabots in the US) This ending is soooooo 90's that it's giving me super nostalgia pangs. When I see and hear stuff in this style, I am instantly transported to those days when I would watch anime on those warm, late afternoons in my youth in the Philippines. So good.   Is there an anime or anime ending from a show all about collecting sentient creatures that you love? SHARE IN THE COMMENTS BELOW! I wanna know!
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Collection Commercial
They sure did make a lot of cartoons that were secretly commercials back in the day and I gotta say that the ones from Japan were the best. The cartoons (which were secretly anime) had a different flavor compared to the US ca...

OP Up! - Collectible Creatures Edition

Feb 04 // Red Veron
[embed]34737:5404:0[/embed] "Chie to Yuuki da! Medarotto (Wisdom and Courage! Medarot)" Anime: Medarot Known as Medabots in the US, this show aired in english around the world in the early 2000s. This show is taught me all about takoyaki, which they refer to as "Octopus Balls" in english and it is appropriately weird enough that it adds to comedy of that episode. Oh and this show has sentient robots that battle each other. I regret not picking up that DVD of the first season for $5 that one time in that store.   [embed]34737:5405:0[/embed] "XY&Z" Anime: Pocket Monsters XY&Z The latest opening from the Japanese version of Pokemon, this version has male vocals unlike the original and it sounds so much cooler with that opening. So edgy.   [embed]34737:5406:0[/embed] "Geragerapou no Uta" Anime: Youkai Watch It's the new thing that the kids in Japan are into and putting up a great fight against the juggernaut that is Pokemon. A silly opening that is dumber in the US version but not so dumb that it's good like One Piece 4Kids opening.   [embed]34737:5407:0[/embed] "Butter-Fly (tri Version)" Anime: Digimon Adventures Tri The return of a favorite for those kids who watched cartoons in the late 90's/early 2000s, this show looked pretty good and I've her people should check it out now that all the episodes are out. The episodes are all from the first of six films and more are to come in the near future. It feels great to see old friends again.   Is there an anime or opening from anime with collectible creatures that you love? SHARE IN THE COMMENTS BELOW! I wanna know!
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Gotta Collect'em All!
Commercials disguised as TV shows have been around since the dawn of television and they're still around. Anime just is one of those perfect medium (it's not a genre) to sell products to children and even adults, and anime fr...

Week Ender - One Year Anniversary Edition

Jan 31 // Red Veron
[embed]34730:5394:0[/embed] "Hito ni Yasashiku" Anime: The Rolling Girls I know this is opening of the series but the show did that thing where the first episode ends with the anime opening so it still counts and I like this song a lot (this cover version and the original by Japanese band The Blue Hearts). This was a show that started with some cool action but turned out was a sort of road movie type of adventure, at least the first few episodes that I watched were just that. I like look and design and I might revisit this show down the line.   [embed]34730:5395:0[/embed] "Kisetsu wa Tsugitsugi Shinde Iku" Anime: Tokyo Ghoul Root A This is a pretty cool song and great looking ending. I'm glad I got to revisit this one so that I can be reminded to get this song for my music collection. Love that water color art, I think it's watercolor unless someone can correct me on it. I just really like how it looks.   [embed]34730:5396:0[/embed] "Jounsetsu CONTINUE" Anime: Yatterman Night A show set in a distant future where the heroes that once stood for justice and order become the villains that oppress the citizens in a police state rule. In this time, those who descended from villains that those heroes once defeated rise up to fight the injustice cause     [embed]34730:5397:0[/embed] "Colorful" Anime: Saekano: How to raise a boring girlfriend A show that I enjoyed that was harem and poked fun at the idealized elements otaku have with romance and characters. The main character wasn't oblivious to the girls but just wanted to like his 2D waifus.   [embed]34730:5399:0[/embed] "Last Train Home" Anime: JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders - Egypt Hen I need to catch up to JoJo so much. Watch it as soon as you can.   Is there an anime ending/opening or anime from about a year ago that you love? SHARE IN THE COMMENTS BELOW! I wanna know.
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525,600 Minutes
It's been a year since I started these features and I'm still not good at it. There was a book that said that it took 10 thousand hours to be an expert at something, and I reckon I only like have 10 minutes of total effort pu...


OP Up! - One Year Anniversary Edition

Jan 29 // Red Veron
[embed]34723:5386:0[/embed] "Flyers" Anime: Death Parade A show that starts out as sort of collection stories of people ending up in a mysterious place where they play games to unveil the truth but turns into something so much more. I've only seen one episode but it is highly recommended by my colleagues here at Japanator.   [embed]34723:5387:0[/embed] "Ano More de Matteru" Anime: Yuri Kuma Arashi The craziest and weirdest show of last year (or at least that season), this one is about a world where bears gained human level of intelligence and rose up against humanity. The show takes place years after the uprising where humans won but everything is all weird and lesbians are involved and it just gets weirder from there on. Apparently inspired off incidents of bear attacks in a rural Japan in the early 1900s, which isn't surprising since the person who conceived Mawaru Penguindrum, a show inspired off of real life terrorist attacks.   [embed]34723:5388:0[/embed] "Miiro" Anime: Kancolle: Kantai Collection Based off a wildly popular online strategy game featuring cute anime girl anthromorphized World War 2 ships fighting alien water crafts, this one mostly doesn't make sense if you think too hard much about it. Just enjoy it for what it is even with the weird setting.   [embed]34723:5389:0[/embed] "Shiawase ni Tsuite Watashi ga Shitteiru Itsutsu no Houhou" Anime: Koufuku Graffiti A pretty show about cute girls enjoying beautifully drawn food that is as appetizing as the cute girls (HEYYOOOO). This also has a cute slice-of-life story too along with the food.   [embed]34723:5390:0[/embed] "Star!!" Anime: THE iDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls An anime adaptation of a mobile game. ShibuRin is best girl.   [embed]34723:5391:0[/embed] "Seishun Satsubatsu-ron" Anime: Assassination Classroom An alien threatens the world's destruction in a year and the world cannot stop it, unless he can be killed by his students in a classroom where he is the teacher. Weird? Very interesting though.   So which anime did you love from a year ago? SHARE IN THE COMMENTS BELOW! I wanna know!
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One Year War
So hey, it's been a year since I came back to Japanator and started these weekly features about anime opening and endings. Yes, I am also a couple of days late but life is much more crazy for me than it was a year ago when I ...

Week Ender - Anime Game Edition Part 2

Jan 23 // Red Veron
[embed]34712:5371:0[/embed] "Hanafubuki" Anime: Tokyo Majin An anime based on a franchise that dates back to a Tactical Turn-Based Strategy Role Playing Game on the original Playstation only released in Japan. This anime adaptation marked the first time the franchise made it outside Japan. I liked the show and this ending song is one of my favorite anime ending songs. Just check it out.   [embed]34712:5372:0[/embed] "Fighting Dreamer" Anime: Senran Kagura An anime based on a game created on the premise of wanting show anime boobs in 3D using the 3D display technology of the Nintendo 3DS. This ending sure has some fanservice in it for those who like the big anime boobies.   [embed]34712:5373:0[/embed] "I'll be your home" Anime: Devil May Cry - The Animated Series Based on the popular video game series, this adaptation took some liberties and didn't catch on with the fans that much. I don't really remember much about the show except that they added that little girl character to show off Dante's caring side. They should've just added a puppy or a kitten.   [embed]34712:5374:0[/embed] "Ano Kaze ni Notte" Anime: Valkyria Chronicles Based on the very gorgeous looking video game, this adaptation just wasn't as pretty and had some changes that didn't please the fans. What changes? Well, the female lead had some enlargement in the bust area. A shame this one didn't do so well since the game was absolutely brilliant.   Is there an anime and/or anime opening or ending based on a video game that you love? SHARE IN THE COMMENTS BELOW! I wanna know!
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Game and Watch (Again)
This week's selection of endings is all about Anime based on video games and this is the second time I've done this theme after about doing these features for almost a year. There are enough of these anime to warrant the...

OP Up! Anime Game Edition Part 2

Jan 20 // Red Veron
[embed]34709:5366:0[/embed] "JAP" Anime: Sengoku Basara A ridiculous over the top adaptation of a game that takes some liberties in retelling the warring states period of Feudal Japan. Historical figures are reinterpreted to be crazy looking characters that are out of a video game (which it is) doing superhuman fighting moves and other things that will make a historian cry. The opening is so action anime, I want to PUT MY GUNS ON!   [embed]34709:5367:0[/embed] "Dimension Tripper" Anime: Hyperdimension Neptunia the Animation An anime based on a video game about characters that are anthromorphised video game systems based on real life video game systems. Confused yet? Well, okay. It's based on a game that is an role playing game about a kingdom where video game systems based on the real life game systems (Playstation, XBox, Nintendo) are rulers of their own nations have to band to together to fight an even greater threat. It's cutesy and some action are in there, it's not as serious as that summary I made but if it sounds and looks appealing to you, try it.   [embed]34709:5368:0[/embed] US Opening? I dunno Anime: Street Fighter II V This is the US opening and not the Japanese one. This show is remembered fondly by people and people loved this show back in the day. Brought to the US in the late 90's/early 2000's, this one isn't exactly accurate to the video games but fighting games tend to be iffy in what is canon anyways due to their nature. This is one is also remembered to NOT be the movie where Chun-li is topless in the shower for all of you wondering.   [embed]34709:5369:0[/embed] "Family" Anime: Gungrave This opening is one of those "non-traditional" openings for the more darker and "adult" anime that was common in the 90's. It suits the anime well and I vaguley remember playing the game, which doesn't hold up since we've come a long way with modern 3rd person shooters on controls and styles. Still looks really good with character designs from the author of Trigun.   Is there an anime based on a game that you love? SHARE YOUR FAVE IN THE COMMENTS BELOW! I wanna know!
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Game and Watch (Again)
So I've done this theme before, it's been almost a year since I started these opening & ending features and after doing almost 50 of these things, I've learned that I might eventually have to revisit themes and topics. Go...

Week Ender - Mystery Edition

Jan 16 // Red Veron
[embed]34703:5358:0[/embed] "Zetsubousei: Hero Chiryouyaku" Anime: Dangan Ronpa: The Animation I love how this ending starts out like an old school Famicom (NES for y'all westerners) game and is also one of those modular endings that change over the course of the show. Plus that song is rad.   [embed]34703:5359:0[/embed] "why or why not" Anime: Higurashi no Naku koro ni Not a bad song. In my opinion, that accent actually adds to the atmosphere of the song. This is one of those songs that add to the impact of what you just watched, letting it sink in while trying to ease you out. Because you're gonna need it for this show. Watch it for the mystery and horror, the true horror in this show is that it takes place in the early 80's where they didn't have mobile phones and internet.   [embed]34703:5360:0[/embed] "For the love of life" Anime: Monster Another one of those songs with that vibe suited for serious anime. It has that somber vibe that suits the show. Watch this show.   [embed]34703:5361:0[/embed] "Kimi ni matsuwaru Misteri" Anime: Hyouka A super cute ending where the heroines are dressed up like Sherlock Holmes and John Watson, while the male leads are criminal scum that are to be apprehended by the adorable detectives. I love this one.   Is there a mystery anime and/or mystery anime opening and/or ending that you love? SHARE IN THE COMMENTS BELOW! I wanna know!
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It was the butler!
I love mystery anime. There's just something about an animated medium that lends well to presenting a mystery. Live action, the written word and manga can be limited by the talent of the creators, though anime also has those ...

OP Up! - Mystery Edition

Jan 13 // Red Veron
[embed]34693:5351:0[/embed] "Grain" Anime: Monster Based on the critically acclaimed manga of the same name, this show has garnered attention even in the west with the likes of director Guillermo del Toro because it is just that good. I don't want to spoil it for anyone, just check it out for yourself if that little piece of info intrigues you enough.   [embed]34693:5352:0[/embed] "Sekai wa Hitotsu! Janai!!" Anime: Tantei Opera Milky Holmes Imagine if famous fictional detectives from literature had cute girl descendants who were detectives with super powers that fought skilled thieves who also have super powers. Now imagine those detectives lose their powers and are really incompetent and useless without said powers. This is that show, with comedy of just how silly the characters are and the ridiculous situations they get into while trying to get their powers and reputation back.   [embed]34693:5353:0[/embed] "Mikansei Stride" Anime: Hyouka This show is notoriously slow and can put some of you to sleep. But on the upside, studio Kyoto Animation makes everything look pretty and when stuff does get interesting when stuff happens in the show with regards to the characters solving mysteries in their school.    [embed]34693:5354:0[/embed] "Never Say Never" Anime: DanganRonpa: The Animation Special High schoolers find themselves locked in a special high school where a talking stuffed bear pits them all against each other in a twisted game of survival where they have to try to murder each other and face each other off in a trial to literally get away with murder. Dark and thrilling, this is a fun show despite the grim premise and has garnered quite a following.   Is there a mystery anime and/or mystery anime opening that you love? SHARE IN THE COMMENTS BELOW! I wanna know!
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Whodunnit?
The mystery genre is quite common in manga and anime, its a nice change from all the action involving swords and martial arts. The thrill and suspense rely more on the cerebral aspects and with a visual medium like anime and ...

Week Ender - High School Life Edition

Jan 11 // Red Veron
[embed]34690:5346:0[/embed] "Glitter Days" Anime: Kuroko no Basuke There hasn't been a super successful basketball anime/manga since Slam Dunk! in the early 90's until show came along, probably due to it appealing to shounen sports fans and a lot of the female audience that loves to fantasize about the characters in one way or another.   [embed]34690:5347:0[/embed] "Shissou" Anime: Ouran High School Host Club I love this ending and I love this show, a comedy with a bit of romance, this show is all about a poor student being roped into the "Host Club" in the rich school that the student goes to on a scholarship. Mix-ups happen and this is a superfun show with good comedy, don't let the flowery and girly opening fool you, this show is worth it for the laughs.   [embed]34690:5348:0[/embed] "Bokura no Tsubasa" Anime: Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukinai A group of friend-less people in a school start a club in order to learn how to get friends. Great comedy here.   [embed]34690:5349:0[/embed] "Brave Song" Anime: Angel Beats! A student finds himself in a weird school where a club has dedicated themselves to fighting another student who seems to have super powers. Weird? Well, just watch it and brace yourself for the sad emotions you are about to feel. You have been warned!   [embed]34690:5350:0[/embed] "Ohi-sama" Anime: Daily Lives of High School Boys A great comedy about the silly and dumb things that high school aged boys do. That is the premise. The ending above does a great job in showing how this show is random and dumb but still worth a watch.   Is there an anime or anime opening/ending set in a high school that you love? SHARE IN THE COMMENTS BELOW! I wanna know!
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IM LATE IM LATE IM LATE
I'M LATE, I'M LATE! Oh hello! Sorry about that, we had some technical problems and I had some stomach problems this past weekend so this was hella late. So let's just get on with this week's selection of anime endings for Wee...

OP Up! - High School Life Edition

Jan 06 // Red Veron
[embed]34675:5335:0[/embed] "Driver's High" Anime: Great Teacher Onizuka Though this one is set in a middle school but when it comes to school-set anime/manga, Great Teacher Onizuka deserves a mention. The drama can be quite heavy here that you may forget that these kids are in middle school and not high school at times. GTO is a sequel to an okay delinquent manga with the titular character wanting to go teach high school so he can hit on high school girls and maybe even lose his virginity. Though one thing is in the way: he has a conscience and a heart even with his rough ways and looks. The anime is good but watered down compared to the manga because of the heavy stuff in the manga.   [embed]34675:5336:0[/embed] "Sekai wa koi ni ochiteiru" Anime: Ao Haru Ride (Blue Spring Ride) A love story set in high school but started long ago in middle school. It's girl meets boy and they agree to hang out but boy doesn't show up. Girl goes to high school and meets boy again but he has a different name. I loved the manga but caught up to it, I've seen a tiny bit of the show but this opening is just so good and one of my fave shoujo openings.   [embed]34675:5337:0[/embed] "Kirameku" Anime: High School Girls (Girl's High) High school girls get into all sorts of stuff in this one, not a slice of life but there is fun and drama in there. I've only seen a bit and I did enjoy it.   [embed]34675:5338:0[/embed] "Kimi + Nazo + Watashi de JUMP!!" Anime: Baka and Test Here is the supernatural magic school setting anime, when I first heard of the premise--- a high school where students compete to be the best alongside having summon beasts and such. But this one is a straight up comedy where the usual main character is a dense idiot and everyone know about it rather than using dumb excuses as to why the MC just doesn't get that the ladies want him. A really fun show that will please SHAFT fans since the main staff behind this worked on shows by SHAFT. Avoid the manga, I hear it is bad.    Is there an anime or anime opening set in a high school that you love? SHARE IN THE COMMENTS BELOW! I wanna know!
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High School High
High School. It's a setting often seen in anime and manga. For those of that are in that high school age, it's a time of self-discovery and that time between childhood and adultlife where new things open up. It also happens t...

Week Ender - Best Endings of 2015 Edition

Jan 02 // Red Veron
[embed]34662:5317:0[/embed] "believe" Anime: FATE/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works Another adaptation from this series that pretty much erases that horrible attempt more than a decade ago, this ending has a great song by kalafina and shows us some glimpses to the lives of the protagonists of this show.   [embed]34662:5318:0[/embed] "Hello, Shooting Star" Anime: Assassination Classroom A pretty ending for a show about trying to kill and alien teacher in a classroom or the the world will end. I love that chalkboard styled art with that soft rock song. I really need to finish the first season.   [embed]34662:5319:0[/embed] "Sugar Song to Bitter Step" Anime: Kekkai Sensen (Blood Blockade Battlefront) I know nothing about this show but I read Josh's description of it on his Japanator Awards list and seeing the ending above, immediately shot this show up to my top priority watch list.    [embed]34662:5320:0[/embed] "Never Say Never" Anime: Durarara!! X2 Shou The latest in the anime adaptation of this series about all the crazy stuff happening in urban metropolitan Tokyo, I am digging that song a lot.   WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE ANIME AND/OR ANIME OPENING/ENDING FROM THIS YEAR?! SHARE IN THE COMMENTS BELOW! I WANNA KNOWOWOW
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Look back at the Best Endings of 2015
I gotta clear up one thing: The endings featured on here aren't the best endings of anime this past 2015 but the endings OF the best anime of 2015. There might be some anime from last year that may have been not so good but h...

OP Up! - Best Openings of 2015 Edition

Dec 30 // Red Veron
[embed]34655:5309:0[/embed] "Ring of Fortune" Anime: Plastic Memories [From Christian's List] A cute but still serious take on human and android relations in a world where humans coexist with human-looking androids that have emotions. The setting and the androids certainly lend well to the drama and this show has those as well as cute moments with the female lead who is just the best ever.   [embed]34655:5310:0[/embed] "Flyers" Anime: Death Parade [From Josh's List] A great show that's all about a purgatory-eque setting where people are judged to be sent to hell for their past sins. Pretty entertaining and certainly changes itself up for the better.   [embed]34655:5311:0[/embed] "I've been waiting in the forest" Anime: Yuri Kuma Arashi [From My Upcoming List] A bizarre show inspired from a series of bear attacks in rural Japan in the early 1900s which features lesbians and bears that turn into girls set in a world after all the bears gained human levels of intelligence. Still with me on this? Just watch the saccharine opening that equals the strangeness of this show.   [embed]34655:5312:0[/embed] "Kakushinteki☆Metamaruphose! (かくしん的☆めたまるふぉ~ぜっ!)" Anime: Himouto! Umaru-chan [From Anthony's List] An anime about the perfect teenage girl that is beautiful and just an all around amazing student that is looked up at school. Then she gets home and becomes just like us, who loves anime and video games while gorging on chips and soda. A lot of people hate her character. Probably because we are her and we hate ourselves.   WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE ANIME AND/OR ANIME OPENING FROM THIS YEAR?! SHARE IN THE COMMENTS BELOW!
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Best Openings of 2015
2015 was a great year for anime, we had anime that had bears that turned into girls set in a post-apocalyptic bear world and we even had a cute girl that was as much as a trash weeb we are in real life. Everyone has their per...

Week Ender - Fall 2015 Edition

Dec 27 // Red Veron
[embed]34644:5296:0[/embed] "Orphans no Namida" Anime: Mobile Suit Gundam: IRON BLOODED ORPHANS A simple ending full of emotion aided by a dramatic song. I love that pretty painting with everyone on the Gundam.   [embed]34644:5297:0[/embed] "Tokimeki poporon" Anime: Is your order a rabbit? Season 2 To quote the great Travis Touchdown, "MOE~". Full of cuteness to warm your frigid winter heart (even though it has been a warm winter in the US), this lives up to the moeblob cuteness of the show.   [embed]34644:5298:0[/embed] "Hoshi yori Saki ni Mitsukete Ageru" Anime: One Punch Man A gentle and happy pop song to calm your manly macho jumping punch jets after each action filled episode. I mean, the animation studio has to calm everyone down or viewers  might go out punching stuff.   [embed]34644:5299:0[/embed] "Nirvana" Anime: Noragami Aragoto Pretty uplifiting song that swells up to that nice feeling at the end. I love the simple visuals with some nice coloring to highlight and give a different feel to each scene.   Is there an anime show/opening/ending from last season that you loved? SHARE IN COMMENTS BELOW! Embed it there if you want! I wanna know!
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Last Season, I gave you my heart.
The final season of the year is over and we transition into the new year, I know many of you busy people are using the downtime in the holidays to catch up on anime, just like I am. So to give some of you a taste of the endin...

OP Up! Fall 2015 Edition

Dec 23 // Red Veron
[embed]34627:5291:0[/embed] "Hanamaru Pippi wa Yoiko dake" Anime: Osomatsu-san A sequel to a 1960's comedy anime, this one has the characters from that show all grown up and they're as funny as ever (or even funnier). Updated to appeal to today's audiences, one of the best anime comedies of the year.   [embed]34627:5289:0[/embed] "Bull's Eye" Anime: Hidan no Aria AA A sequel/spinoff to an anime that didn't get a follow up because it just didn't live up to its potential, this one is trying to pull a Certain Scientific Railgun where it exceeds the original from what I hear from my friend who loves yuri.   [embed]34627:5290:0[/embed] "Dear Answer" Anime: - Beautiful Bones - Sakurako's Investigation I've been hearing good things about this show so I will check out the day after Christmas when I have time to do stuff. Sakurako looks like waifu material.   [embed]34627:5288:0[/embed]  "Overdrive" Anime: Valkyrie Drive Mermaid Big booby warriors with girls that turn into swords and yuri stuff. Sounds like a fun time for those who like this sorta thing. I loved Senran Kagura on the Playstation Vita so if this has the same amount of care in the story, this might be good.   [embed]34627:5292:0[/embed] "THE HERO !! ~Okoreru Kobushi ni Hi wo Tsukero~" Anime: One Punch Man Go watch this if you haven't already (I read a bit of the manga, I plan on binging on this on Christmas break). A must for those who love Dragonball Z with the action and comedy thrown into the mix. One of the best of the year.   Is there an anime from this past season that you love? SHARE IN THE COMMENTS BELOW! I wanna know!
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T'was a Good Season
The year is ending and another season is coming to a close, we say goodbye to some anime friends we spent time with, through their good times and their bad times. Looking at the stuff I selected for this week's OP Up!, it loo...

Week Ender: Wars in the Stars Edition

Dec 20 // Red Veron
[embed]34608:5282:0[/embed] "Hiru no Tsuki" Anime: Outlaw Star People keep telling me to see this show when I say I love Cowboy Bebop (Another one I recommend Star Wars fans) and Star Wars. This one has the main character starting out in some ratchet backwater planet and is then thrust into a great adventure. Sound familiar?   [embed]34608:5283:0[/embed] "Northern Cross" Anime: Macross Frontier A franchise that came after Star Wars that features dogfights and other stuff in space. Not exactly the same but it has humans fighting a great threat for survival.    [embed]34608:5284:0[/embed] "Eien ni Amuro" Anime: Mobile Suit Gundam A very 70's ending with the anime that gets called as the Star Wars of Japan. It's got space battles and a guy in a mask that gives the main character a great challenge. Also the giant robot mobile suits have laser swords, just like lightsabers!   [embed]34608:5285:0[/embed] "Utsukushii Chikyuu wo Shiru Mono yo" Anime: Space Battleship Yamato 2199 A remake of an anime that aired before the original Star Wars, this one gets mentioned a lot when asking about anime set in space. This one is a remake and there is even a live action version that didn't wasn't received well. Known in the US and internationally as Star Blazers, and was probably brought over because of the success of Star Wars.   Is there an anime that reminds of you Star Wars? SHARE IN THE COMMENTS BELOW! I wanna know!
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The Force Awakens was AMAZING
DID YOU SEE IT? I SAW IT. I SAW IT TWICE. I thoroughly enjoyed seeing The Force Awakens twice in the past two days and it brought back my love for new Star Wars in full... FORCE (Pun intended, kill me now). So to ce...

OP Up! Wars in the Stars Edition

Dec 16 // Red Veron
[embed]34592:5258:0[/embed] "TANK!" Anime: Cowboy Bebop Ever wanted to see a Han Solo-esque character travelling through space, just trying to get by? Well, this show is just that. Just go watch it, it's easily available everywhere.   [embed]34592:5259:0[/embed] "Skies of Love" Anime: Legend of Galactic Heroes Want a show that focuses more about the space politics which involve an empire and an alliance? This one has it and more for those wanting a space opera with the drama.   [embed]34592:5260:0[/embed] "Active Heart" Anime: Gunbuster Do you like gigantic super weapons like the Death Star? Well, this show has something bigger than a moon and more. An anime that spans across time and space, this is an epic sage of a great war between humans and an alien force. Plus, it's really over the top in some parts and just plain ridiculous in others. Also very, very 80's.   [embed]34592:5261:0[/embed] "Fly! Gundam" Anime: Mobile Suit Gundam The anime often dubbed as "The Star Wars of Japan", this juggernaut of a franchise is an rival that is also stands as an equal. Gundam has everything that makes Star Wars great--- space battles, politics, ordinary people thrust into extraordinary roles, etc. but Gundam has GIANT PILOTED ROBOTS. Referred to as "Mobile Suits", these tools make amazing battles that allow for more intimate battle encounters between characters.   Do you know any anime that reminds you of Star Wars? SHARE IN THE COMMENTS BELOW! I wanna know!
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In a galaxy far, far away...
This week is when the beloved saga continues, which one? The Star Wars saga, which is also widely popular in Japan and since 1977 when the first movie aired, has inspired generations of Japanese authors in crafting ...

Week Ender - Anime Idol Edition

Dec 12 // Red Veron
[embed]34573:5247:0[/embed] "Next Destination" Anime: Senki Zesshou Symphogear G Not your usual idol show, but this show does feature pop idol/warriors who fight inter-dimensional monsters by activating their powers through singing. This is an over-the-top show with action that has a bit of that music idol element in it. It's just fun watching the ladies kick butt while singing the most engrish pop song ever.   [embed]34573:5248:0[/embed] "Donna Toki mo Zutto" Anime: Love Live! School Idol Project This is one of the more popular idol anime with a popular rhythm music mobile game that further increased its popularity in recent years. It now has a spinoff/sequel that features a new set of girls mirroring the real-life idol industry where younger girls take over after the older ones get preggers or just old.   [embed]34573:5249:0[/embed] "Mirai Shoujou-tachi" Anime: Locodol More slice-of-life anime than idol anime, this one focuses on the rise of local idols in smaller cities and towns in Japan. While they are more like mascots, this show captures that recent phenomenon. Less about the glitz (if any) and more about the cute-girls-doing-cute-things, this show is a fun one without much of the heavy drama that showbiz side of these idol shows bring with them.   [embed]34573:5250:0[/embed] "Yuubae Present" Anime: The iDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls A sequel/spinoff to the popular idol management sim, this one is about a new batch of girls going through the paces of becoming idols. This show aims to launch yet another multimedia anime idol franchise starting with a mobile game that got an anime and is striving to be one of the big ones and it does have the backing to do just that.   So which is your favorite anime idol or idol anime? SHARE IN THE COMMENTS BELOW. I wanna know!
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Waifu Worship
There's like 14 anime girls in that picture up there, that's a lot of waifus in one show right? Well, you gotta cover all your bases when trying to appeal to so many people. Idols in anime have been around for a long time, it...

OP Up! Anime Idol Edition

Dec 09 // Red Veron
[embed]34570:5243:0[/embed] "7 Girls War" Anime: Wake Up, Girls! A bit more drama than slice of life or the typical idol anime show, this one was a bit more low-key than the other shows on here. I didn't get to watch much of this show but it has its fans.   [embed]34570:5244:0[/embed] "Star!!" Anime: The Idolm@ster Cinderella Girls An anime adaptation of a mobile game spinoff of a popular console idol management sim game. I saw a little bit of this one and have concluded that ShibuRin is best waifu.    [embed]34570:5245:0[/embed] "Mirai Fanfare" Anime: Locodol I love how this show is more slice-of-life anime than girl idol anime. It doesn't go into arbitrary dramaz or serious stuff so it maintains that light slice-of-life feel. This opening just upsets me because they're polluting and possibly killing some animals with releasing non-biodegradable balloons.   [embed]34570:5246:0[/embed] "We're Living in the Moment" Anime: Love Love! School Idol Project Possibly the most popular idol anime franchise in recent years, this multi-media property is more than just an anime and music. Add in a globally popular mobile game along with a movie shown in theaters across the world, Love Live! is possibly the king (or queen?) of anime idol franchises. Nico is the best waifu for me.   SO WHO IS YOUR BEST WAIFU OR FAVORITE IDOL ANIME?! SHARE IN THE COMMENTS BELOW! I WANNA KNOW!
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I haven't done this genre yet? Wow.
Wait, so I haven't done one of these about female anime idols? Googling it doesn't say so here we go. Idol anime have been around in the last decade or longer but its rise to immense popularity started about half a decade ago...

Week Ender - Ninja Edition

Dec 05 // Red Veron
[embed]34551:5232:0[/embed] "Fighting Dreamer" Anime: Senran Kagura If you can still pull off ninja moves while having giant boobs, then you have earned the ninja title. Fighting off deadly ninja foes while fighting chronic back pain is the true measure of a ninja.   [embed]34551:5233:0[/embed] "Kilmister" Anime: Ninja Slayer Cool ending from a cool looking show that is on a shoestring budget.   [embed]34551:5234:0[/embed] "Kurukururin" Anime: Ninja Nonsense A cute comedy ninja show about nonsense with ninjas as the title implies. This ending is a fun one with stop motion ninjas and a winged creature thing with panties on its head. Just watch it, I don't know how else to explain it.   [embed]34551:5231:0[/embed] "My Answer" Anime: Naruto Shippuuden Hey, ninjas need some beach R&R too. The beach is also a battlefield. Also some fanservice for the fans.   Got any favorite ninja anime? SHARE IN THE COMMENTS BELOW! I wanna know! 
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Ninja Please
In celebration of Ninja Day today, this weekend's Week Ender is all about the secret masters of the shadow arts. They have plenty of anime about ninjas since it has been a popular figure in Japanese fiction for hundreds of ye...

OP Up! Ninja Edition

Dec 02 // Red Veron
[embed]34547:5220:0[/embed] "Crawl" Anime: Nabari No Ou A ninja anime about the hidden world of ninjas in a modern world with ancient stuff. It's like Naruto but in a modern world and everyone looks like they're from a Josei anime with plenty of Yaoi fodder pretty boys. Good action though with a great opening.   [embed]34547:5221:0[/embed] "Diver" Anime: Naruto Shippuuden My favorite in the latest openings from this show. Great song with some matching imagery with Naruto sinking into the depths while Sasuke shows up to be a dick. Luckily, friends show up to give him a hand (Sai grabs some Naruto booty, I SAW THAT).   [embed]34547:5222:0[/embed] "BACK IN  BLACK" Anime: Ninja Slayer A show where the opening shows only most of the well animated stuff. To describe this show in words that one might understand: Aqua Teen Hunger Force with ninjas and sometimes cool animation from TRIGGER. From the studio of Kill La Kill and Inferno Cop, this one may not please those expecting KLK levels of animation quality.   [embed]34547:5223:0[/embed] "Break your world" Anime: Senran Kagura My friend described this as "Ninja Slice of Life from the Hero perspective, while something completely different from the villians' view". Also giant boobs.   Is there a Ninja Anime you love? SHARE IN THE COMMENTS BELOW! I wanna know! 
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GO NINJA GO NINJA GO
This December 5 will be the yearly celebration of International Day of the Ninja, and this week's OP Up!/Week Ender theme will center on the masked assassins of the night (when they're not wearing bright orange clothes or hav...

Week Ender - Summer 2015 Edition

Nov 28 // Red Veron
[embed]34538:5211:0[/embed] "Secret Sky" Anime: Rokka no Yuusha I love the Celtic(?) music inspiration for the song in this one, reminds me of the many Japanese RPGs I played in the past.   [embed]34538:5212:0[/embed] "60 Oku no Tsubasa" Anime: Gatchaman Crowds Insight Really rad ending that's making me go want to finish the first season. I think I'll do that soon. I want that song for my iPod.   [embed]34538:5213:0[/embed] "Glorious Break" Anime: Senhime Zesshou Symphogear GX A great show that combines crazy action with singing and music, I have to catch up on this one.   [embed]34538:5214:0[/embed] "Hey! Smith!!" Anime: Monster Musume no iru Nichijou People like this. Not really my thing but I enjoy seeing people gush over it since the whole premise is ridiculous.   Is there a show from last season that you loved? SHARE IN THE COMMENTS BELOW! I wanna know!
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Catch up on last season!
It's the weekend after Thanksgiving and Black Friday in the United States and I'm sure many of you out there might have taken this chance to catch up on the anime and manga because of the laid back and chill vibe of this holi...

OP Up! Summer 2015 Edition

Nov 25 // Red Veron
[embed]34532:5207:0[/embed] "Urge" Anime: Prison School Here's a show that I thought would never get an anime because of the content. But it did and it also got a live action adaptation that I imagine is pretty much close to soft core porn. I didn't get to watch this show but I really enjoyed what I read of the manga, watch this intro because it is super hilarious with the male leads singing the theme song.   [embed]34532:5208:0[/embed] "Gate (Sore wa Akatsuki no Yō ni)" Anime: GATE A show that is taking on the latest craze where the modern world is mashed together with a fantasy medieval or past world setting, this one is to please those armchair generals and military otaku along with the fantasy fans. I enjoyed the manga a lot and it takes on interesting issues with such a setting.   [embed]34532:5209:0[/embed] "Bravely You" Anime: Charlotte Now here's a show that I did watch, it's about teens who develop powers and abilities during puberty but lose it after puberty ends. The show centers around a school student council who goes around trying to find ability users and helping them from being abused for their abilities. I enjoyed this one a lot.   [embed]34532:5210:0[/embed] "Core Basis: Metamorphosis!" Anime: Himouto! Umaru-chan One of the most popular shows last season because of the eponymoust Umaru and how much we relate to her in her slovenly habits and all around selfishness that she hides from the public. We are Umaru.   Is there an anime from last season that you loved? SHARE IN THE COMMENTS! I wanna know!
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Chill and Look Back
So it's the holidays for the people in the United States with Thanksgiving followed by the most insane shopping day of the year, Black Friday. So a lot you might by just chillin' in your jammie jams like Umaru pictured above ...

Week Ender - Happy Edition

Nov 21 // Red Veron
[embed]34511:5197:0[/embed] "Okaeri" Anime: Non Non Biyori Repeat This show is part beautiful countryside scenery porn, part slice of life comedy. This ending leans toward the former quite well. Very pretty and just cheerful.   [embed]34511:5198:0[/embed] "Oto no Naru Hō e" Anime: Silver Spoon If happiness was a song and an anime ending. It would be this. Beautiful.   [embed]34511:5199:0[/embed] "Six Same Faces ~Tonight is the Best!!!!!!" Anime: Osomatsu-san I love the Oden art ending with the 70's disco song which is a staple for anime openings and endings. This one makes me happy as well as hungry.   [embed]34511:5200:0[/embed] "Sun" Anime: Danshi Koukousei no Nichijou A ridiculous song with the characters performing a ridiculous play during their school's culture festival. I want to watch that play. The strange stupidity of the play just embodies the dumb stuff the kids their age love to do.   What's your favorite happy anime or happy anime ending? SHARE IN THE COMMENTS BELOW! I wanna know!
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Time to Smile
This weekend, we take a look at some anime endings from anime that made me happy. These anime made me happy in different ways, some are funny while some just provide you with pure joy. I hope you find these endings to enterta...

Japanator goes to AniMaine 2015: Day 3

Nov 20 // Soul Tsukino
[embed]34509:5193:0[/embed] [embed]34509:5195:0[/embed] We caught a little of a panel called The Transnational Otaku, a look at the spreading of subcultures across international borders. Although we didn't stay very long it was an interesting look at how different parts of the world adopt a style and make it their own. The next panel on our docket as taking place in the Underground panel room with Scott Melzer's Fandom Abridged. This was a look at anime fandom through the decades, starting in the 60s and working its way up until today. It was a great look on how not only the people but especially the technology has advanced the fandom to what it is today. Although more informational than many of his other panels, Scott knows how to make a presentation and make it entertaining as well. Staying in the same room (although everyone was kicked out and let back in for some reason), was Why Can't I be Ellen Ripley, hosted by Terri Doty. This panel was about the outside lives of those who work in the anime industry and how much it affects their regular lives. The stories of her family's reaction to what Terri does and the stories of using new voices on people (especially her husband) put in perspective how much a career in anime voicing can really take over one's life. Since I was able to ask a question I got an autographed card from Terri! Up next was back upstairs for the annual AniMaine charity auction. Every year items are donated to the con and an auction is held to raise money for different charities. This year's proceeds went to enhancing art education for the students of the state of Maine. We got in a little bit late so we missed some of the items being auctioned off, but I won a snuggly soft demon yokai blanket made by Mere Doyle of Your Illusion Crafts. I've bought something from her every year of the con and wanted to keep the tradition alive. The biggest bids came from a bidding war over the AniMaine official sign (featured on day 1's coverage) that ended up going well north of $130 dollars! Getting out of the auction, it was back to the Underground for DLW: Since the dawn of time with David Williams. David, being a co-founder of ADV Films back in the day, was there right as anime really started taking off in the U.S. and English dubbing and subtitling began to happen. Not only was this a look at just how these things get licensed for American distribution, but a look pretty much how these companies get started (and ultimately end) in getting into the business of licensing anime. Bidding adieu to David, we did one last raid of the dealer's room where I picked up some bottles of ramune, a paper fan, and some chocolate goodies. With all the stops to the dealer's room, the things I won, and the goodies I got from the Veranda Asian market before the con started I ended up with quite a haul. It was time to wrap things up with Closing Ceremonies as everyone who was still at the con gathered upstairs. The Guests, Colin, Chris, and a number of other staff members gave some final words, the theme of next year's con was announced (Food!), and things were officially closed. We hung around for the con feedback panel before saying our goodbyes and heading back up north where Jeremy and I got dinner and the Asian buffet here in town before I was dropped off here at the "home office" and rightly fell asleep (with the cuddly soft demon blanky). To wrap the weekend up, it was a wonderful time. If you are into the charm of the small convention, this is the perfect example. The staff is always friendly and willing to help, even if it's your first year and you do not know anyone. Although the layout of what rooms house what change from year to year, it is still a very simple set up that you can figure out very quickly. The guests are more accessible to talk to than any other con I've been too and the panels they host are a lot of fun. It seems like a convention and more just a family reunion or a gathering of friends. Of course, that is not to discredit all the hard work the staff and crew do to make it all happen every year. Those folks hustle like you wouldn't believe to make sure things are running and work. So kudos to all of them! If you enjoyed what you've read through my weekend adventure and want to know more about this wonderful convention, please visit their website or their facebook. It is an experience well worth it! Tell them Japanator sent ya.     [embed]34509:5195:0[/embed]
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A look at the small con in Maine
Welcome back to Japanator's coverage of AniMaine 2015 from South Portland, Maine. After getting a whole lot more sleep than I did the night before, Sunday morning was a lot easier to get up and going. Since check out time was...

Japanator goes to AniMaine 2015: Day 2

Nov 19 // Soul Tsukino
[embed]34503:5182:0[/embed]   [embed]34503:5191:0[/embed] First up for me was Meet Monica Rial. An informal panel where you could ask her about anything and get to know how wonderful she is. Not only did she share some tips and tricks for voice acting, but also told a number of stories from her career and her life. She's a sweet person and very entertaining to listen to for an hour. [embed]34503:5183:0[/embed] While Jeremy traveled off for another panel. I went upstairs and got myself together for a photo shoot I had scheduled with Amie E. Photography that were doing shoots Saturday afternoon. I was debuting a new costume of the character of Mirakoshi the spirit from my own superhero book series kRaveings. I'm not actually the type who gets his picture taken at cons a whole lot (although someone actually did ask for our picture on the way out the door. AWESOME!), so this was something I do for myself. As you can see, Her camera work is amazing. Check out this gallery of samples of the pics she took of us at the con. If you want to know the character behind that pretty face, you can check out my published books at my website. (Cheap plug) It was then time for my panel, Damn Write! I've run this writing discussion panel since the first AniMaine and every year they are glad to bring me back for it. I was very pleased to have a small group of engaging people, especially since my panel was up against Greg Ayres doing an all ages version of his late night panel in the room upstairs. It was fun and since the room wasn't being used after I was done, I hung around a bit and one of the staffers named Ivan brought in his dog Watson, who stars in Watson The Terrible. She was a friendly dog but really did not know what to think of me since I was still wearing my face paint. she just kind of sat there staring at me and twitched her nose. She was adorable and liked the pets on the head. Leaving the panel room, I ran into another long time friend in Pocky Princess Darcy, and expert cosplayer who came up from New Hampshire. She was entered into the Expert division of the Cosplay contest with this wonder number of Princess Lulu from Yuri Kuma Arashi. (spoilers: she won).  After washing off all the face paint and some food, we took in the Saturday night Fan parodies run by Scott Melzer. Scott's been a friend of mine for well over 10 years now and usually hosts this block later in the night, but this year it was held earlier in the day. Amongst those shown was AMV Hell 8 and Macross: Did you forget about Love?. Lots of laughs and fun as always when Scott's running this block of programming.  The next event on the docket was Bootleg Bomber. This event is THE main event of the convention as it has been from the very beginning. This draws the entire convention to see, and no other panels are scheduled during it's time (A rule named after your truly who had a writing panel opposite the Bomber in the first year and drew no one to it). Bootleg Bomber is split into two parts. First is an instructional panel hosted by Con-chair Colin Harvie and Greg Ayres on how to spot bootleg merchandise. Looking for things like copyright notices, region codes, and quality checks really make looking to see if items are not legit is a big part of the con. After the informative part of the panel is over, AniMaine finds new ways to destroy the bootlegs that are donated to the convention. In years passed we had a Steamroller, a piñata hackfest, an industrial blender, and last year was FIRE. [embed]34503:5184:0[/embed] This year the convention theme was robots, so we had a robot and a couple of the guests have at it! (Caution: naughty language) [embed]34503:5186:0[/embed] As you can see it was a lot of fun. Who knew Monica could be so salty and violent?  When the dust was cleared, I went off to Truth or Doty. This was a fun game panel hosted by Terry Doty. The premise was she would read off 3 things and a person in the audience would have to guess which one was true. If you guessed right you got a prize. She told stories of being randomly bit by a little kid while shopping and pretending to have an evil twin for a year. Not only is she very Talented, but she has some really interesting life stories to tell!. With some time left she ran a raffle for extra DVDs she had and I won a DVD of a live action movie called Drop. I haven't watched it yet but looks interesting. At this point, it was 9:00 at night and it was time for the AniMaine Rave with your DJ, Greg Ayres. This is another big draw event with most of the con doing the Oontz Oontz Oontz thing. [embed]34503:5185:0[/embed] Meanwhile, a small group of us gathered in the viewing room downstairs for Hellsing: Abridged, a fan parody of Hellsing: Ultimate brought to you by Team Fourstar, a group of parody makers known for DBZ: Abridged and other online parodies. Following that we were also victi.. err... guests... to a panel run by the convention chair Colin himself, an 18+ panel called Evan GET IT ON, a look at some bad Evangelion hentai. Colin is a HUGE EVA fan with a very large collection of things from the show. Some tech issues aside, which just made it more fun, it was a funny and bizarre way to end the night officially. With midnight came the official end of con activities, but as per custom, a lot of us just kind of hung around for a while until being officially kicked out. I checked out the Artist Alley when I chatted with Darcy and her friend Michelle, nabbing this pic of the Robot from Bootleg Bomber, and the official AniMaine mascot (named Malika) being cosplayed by Rose Humenuik. Scott and I found a place in the hallway and talked about things for a while before going to our rooms and ending the night. First up for me was Meet Monica Rial. An informal panel where you could ask her about anything and get to know how wonderful she is. Not only did she share some tips and tricks for voice acting, but also told a number of stories from her career and her life. She's a sweet person and very entertaining to listen to for an hour.   While Jeremy traveled off for another panel. I went upstairs and got myself together for a photo shoot I had scheduled with Aime E. Photography that were doing shoots Saturday afternoon. I was debuting a new costume of the character of Mirakoshi the spirit from my own super hero book series kRaveings. I'm not actually the type who gets his picture taken at cons a whole lot (although someone actually did ask for our picture on the way out the door. AWESOME!), so this was something I do for myself. As you can see, Her camera work is amazing.   After that it was time for my panel, Damn Write! I've run this writing discussion panel since the first AniMaine and every year they are glad to bring me back for it. I was very pleased to have a small group of engaging people, especially since my panel was up against Greg Ayres doing an all ages version of his late night panel in the room upstairs. It was fun and since the room wasn't being used after I was done, I hung around a bit and one of the staffers named Ivan brought in his dog Watson, who stars in Watson The Terrible. She was a friendly dog, but really did not know what to think of me since I was still wearing my face paint. she just kind of sat there staring at me and twitched her nose. She was adorable and liked the pets on the head.   After washing off all the face paint and some food, we took in the Saturday night Fan parodies run by Scott Melzer. Scott's been a friend of mine for well over 10 years now and usually hosts this block later in the night, but this year it was held earlier in the day. Amongst those shown was AMV Hell 8 and Maccross: Did you forget about Love?. Lots of laughs and fun as always when Scott's running this block of programming.   The next event on the docket was Bootleg Bomber. This event is THE main event of the convention as it has been from the very beginning. Bootleg Bomber is split into two parts. First is an instructional panel hosted by Con-chair Colin Harvie and Greg Ayres on how to spot bootleg merchandise. Looking for things like copyright notices, region codes, and quality checks really make looking to see if items are not legit is a big part of the con. After the informative part of the panel is over, AniMaine finds new ways to destroy the bootlegs that are donated to the convention. In years passed we had a Steamroller, a piñata hackfest, an industrial blender, and last year was FIRE. This year the convention theme was robots, so we had a robot and a couple of the guests have at it!     As you can see it was a lot of fun. Who knew Monica could be so salty and violent?     When the dust was cleared, I went off to Truth or Doty. This was a fun game panel hosted by Terry Doty. The premise was she would read off 3 things and a person in the audience would have to guess which one was true. If you guessed right you got a prize. She told stories of being randomly bit by a little kid while shopping and pretending to have an evil twin for a year. Not only is she very Talented, but she has some really interesting life stories to tell!. With some time left she ran a raffle for extra DVDs she had and I won a DVD of a live action movie called Drop. I haven't watched it yet, but looks interesting.   At this point it was 9:00 at night and it was time for the AniMaine Rave with your DJ, Greg Ayres. This is another big draw event with most of the con doing the Oontz Oontz Oontz thing. Meanwhile a small group of us gathered in the viewing room downstairs for Hellsing: Abridged, a fan parody of Hellsing: Ultimate.     Following that we were also victi.. err...guests... to a panel run by the convention chair Colin himself, an 18+ panel called Evan GET IT ON, a look at some bad Evangelion hentai. Colin is a HUGE EVA fan with a very large collection of things from the show. Some tech issues aside, which just made it more fun, it was a funny and bizzare way to end the night officially. With midnight came the official end of con activities, but as per custom, a lot of us just kind of hung around for a while untill being officially kicked out. Scott and I found a place in the hallway and talked about things for a while before going to our rooms and ending the night.
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A look at the small con in Maine
Welcome back Japanator readers as we take a look at the AniMaine anime convention from South Portland Maine. Today we look at day 2, Saturday! Haven't had slept very well from the night before, getting up Saturday was a bit o...

OP Up! Happy Edition

Nov 18 // Red Veron
[embed]34504:5187:0[/embed] "Kimi Janakya Dame Mitai" Anime: Gekkan Shoujo Nozoki-kun A fun show about a girl who has a crush on the most oblivious guy ever and the strange and funny people around them at school. Surprisingly fun show that sounded like a typical shoujo romance but turns out to be a comedy.   [embed]34504:5188:0[/embed] "Kachigumi" Anime: Lucky Star A show about nothing. Well, except the normal and funny stuff that happens to some teenage girls.   [embed]34504:5189:0[/embed] "Shiny tale" Anime: Danshi Koukousei no Nichijou The awkward and funny hijinks of high school boys the ridiculous stuff they get into.   [embed]34504:5190:0[/embed] "Hyadain no Kakakata Kataomoi - C" Anime: Nichijou The show's title translates into "Ordinary Life" and everything that happens is anything but ordinary. A hidden underrated gem. Please watch.   So what's your favorite HAPPY anime? SHARE IN THE COMMENTS BELOW! I wanna know!
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We All Could Use A Smile This Week
So I thought we could all use a bit of a different direction this week, not that forgetting any of the bad stuff that happened recently is denying that it happened or making light of the tragedy. Each person has their way of ...

These are the real-life books featured in The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan

Nov 18 // Anthony Redgrave
Episode 1- Precious Place (Virtual Girl- Amy Thomson) [Amazon]One of the first establishing shots of the club room has Kyon reading this book and Nagato playing her PSVita. Maybe she should've founded a video game club instead. Anyways, this book isn't a literary classic like Dickens and from the Amazon preview page looks like a teen book in the vein of Animorphs or Goosebumps. Supporting the age old saying about books and their covers, this title did win the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer and has been received positively by readers. A story about artificial intelligence and abandonment doesn't have a lot of parallel themes with the Nagato Yuki-chan story so I assume the animators just liked the Japanese cover of the book. Episode 10- Someday in the Rain (Mystery of the Yellow Room- Gaston Laroux) [Amazon]There is a large jump in the anime before we find another identifiable book. After Nagato from this show is lies dormant and Nagato from Haruhi becomes the dominant personality, Kyon and her find themselves back in the Literature Room hanging out, but this time Nagato is actually reading. The name of the book is Le mystère de la Chambre Jaune, a french novel that is famously known as one of the first locked-room mystery books. The cover shown in the show is a faithful recreation of the first edition of the book. The new Nagato has a penchant for the language of love with the next book. Episode 10- again (The Perfume of the Lady in Black- again by Gaston Laroux) [Amazon]This book is actually the sequel to the Mystery of the Yellow Room which is probably why Nagato picks it next. This title features a lot of characters from Gaston's first locked room mystery however, it is more well known as an Italian movie. This part of the episode shows off Kyon's complete lack of linguistic skills too as he is unable to pronounce any of these two titles. Episode 13- The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan III (Inherit the Stars- JP Hogan) [Amazon]In the show, this was Nagato's last book she checks out of the library before confessing and leaving Kyon. She was so engrossed with this book that she didn't want to leave the library before Kyon forced her to. As part of a five-parter, Inherit the Stars was James P Hogan's first book and was inspired by Hitchcock's Kubrick's legendary film 2001: A Space Odyssey and a bet with his buddies that he couldn't write a science fiction piece. This is the kind of book I'd expect Nagato and Koizumi to be reading, something science fiction-y and out of the world just like their true identities.  Le mystère de la chambre jaune
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It's a Literature Club, after all
In last season's anime, I had covered The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan dub for this site. The anime has now finished broadcasting and I've finished recapping, but I'm not quite done talking about it. I had noticed t...

Japanator goes to AniMaine 2015: Day 1

Nov 18 // Soul Tsukino
[embed]34499:5181:0[/embed] This year's convention guests featured returning faces and a couple of new guests as well. Voice actor Greg Ayres returned once again, as he has every year since the beginning. Voice Actress and director Terri Doty returned as well with her husband audio engineer Stephan Hoff who was joining the con for the first time. Voice actress Monica Rial attended the con for the first time and returning favorites fan parody producer Scott Melzer and ADV Films founder David Williams were there as well. These guests, along with the staff and fan run panels made for a jam packed weekend with something for everyone. The first day of the con started for me early Friday morning. It's an annual tradition now for me and Tomopop writer Jeremy Emerje Crocker to attend the event as we've been to all four previous cons and this year was no different. It's an hour trip for us, coming down from near the capital of Maine, Augusta. We stopped at a local Asian market, The Veranda, before getting to the hotel. The convention space itself isn't very big, with everything being contained in one hallway. The space is rearranged every year to maximize things and the AniMaine group does a good job with it. We got in at around 2:30 in the afternoon where registration was open but none of the events had started yet. We both had preregistered, but there wasn't any kind of line at that point so we both strode right in and got through the process in only a few minutes. After walking around for a bit to figure out what was where this year, we headed to the upstairs panel room, Canopy, for the opening ceremonies. This not only serves as the official welcome to the convention but also as the official legal start of the  AniMaine Inc. (the legal name of the group putting the con together)  fall meeting. We got some words from the staff and some of the guests, and we were off and running! First up on my schedule was Script Adapting with Monica Rial. For those unaware. Monica is in just about EVERYTHING. Here is her IMDB to see what I mean. I have never met her before, but I can say I am glad I did. She is a wonderful little ball of energy and a very friendly person. She spoke about the process of writing for English translation on anime and voicing scripts. She is a very good story teller and with her experience in the industry, she has many stories to tell. When that concluded Jeremy and I got our stuff and checked into our room before checking out the dealer's room and the artist alley. They aren't very big compared to the bigger city cons, but they both had things to offer. The dealer's room featured a vendor selling snacks and manga, the con table for buying the T-shirts, a booth for the local anime./gaming store Weekend Anime and Games, and a booth from Bread of Life selling baked goods (Their cinnamon rolls were amazing). The artist alley featured 5 different artists offering up fan art, handmade crafts and jewelry, and some handmade plushies as well. Next up on my journey was something of an AniMaine staple in "I'm Not Gonna Lie", a game show style event where two teams of three (2 guests and a staff member) take turns trying to guess if the statement one of them reads is truth or a lie. Colin headed up the team of Monica Rial and Greg Ayres against the team headed up by Arthur and his team of  Terri Doty and Stephen Hoff. It's an entertaining way to see the guests and founder interact with each other and see how good they are at lying to each other. Colin's team won the event 3 to 2. The convention shifts a bit as after 7:00 pm the kid's passes expire and the "AniMaine after dark" panels begin. First up is Greg Ayres: Raw and Uncensored. This is where Greg tells us the more adult and fun stories from his conventions past and experiences. A lot of fun stories were told at this con, and out of respect to him I am not going to repeat any of them here :-) The night finished off in the downstairs Underground room with Scott Melzer's Hentai Game show. This is a newer panel for him and one he's not done at AniMaine. It can best described as being a mix of fun games with the people in the room and viewing adult parody videos. Cards were passed out to everyone and at any time we could read from the card to respond to anything and receive candy if it got a laugh. There was balloon popping, question and answers, coming up with your own hentai movie title and artist drawings as well. I participated in the naming of a hentai but didn't win. Still fun, though. With the events officially closing at midnight, Jeremy went up to the room and I went to the bar. Since I don't drink alcohol at all, I have a tradition of getting a pineapple juice on the rocks. I hung out there with Greg and a few of the staff members, along with a cool bartender until about 1 AM before heading off to the room and trying to get some sleep. Writer's Note: I would be remised if I didn't mention the events in France that went on during the day that the events I'm covering took place. Most of us at the con were not made aware of what happened until after the Friday events were over, even into the next morning. It was a reprehensible attack on the country and its people. I can only speak for myself, but here's hoping those that took part in the attacks are quickly brought to justice. Writer's Note: I would be remised if I didn't mention the events in France that went on during the day that the events I'm covering took place. Most of us at the con were not made aware of what happened until after the Friday events were over, even into the next morning. It was a reprehensible attack on the country and its people. I can only speak for myself, but here's hoping those that took part in the attacks are quickly brought to justice.   Hello and welcome to Japanator's wrap up report of the 2015 AniMaine anime convention from South Portland Maine. I am Soul Tsukino and I will be your guide on this journey.   AniMaine is a small con that takes place every November at the Best Western Merry Manor Inn. It was a convention founded in 2011  by Colin Harvie (Con Chair), Chris Perry (chief of staff), and Arthur Babinsky (who was the guest relations staff member this year). The con was founded on the ideals of anti-bootlegging and piracy in the anime fandom and after 5 conventions it's still a core value of the convention. It typically draws between 200 and 300 people, but it is a shining example of the camaraderie you get from a smaller con with a regular staff from year to year.   This year's convention guests featured returning faces and a couple of new guests as well. Voice actor Greg Ayres returned once again, as he has every year since the beginning. Voice Actress and director Terri Doty returned as well with her husband audio engineer Stephan Hoff who was joining the con for the first time. Voice actress Monica Rial attended the con for the first time and returning favorites fan parody producer Scott Melzer and ADV founder David Williams were there as well. These guests, along with the staff and fan run panels made for a jam packed weekend with something for everyone.   The first day of the con started for me early Friday morning. It's an annual tradition now for me and Tomopop writer Jeremy Emerje Crocker to attend the event as we've been to all four previous cons and this year was no different. It's an hour trip for us, coming down from near the capital of Maine, Augusta. We stopped at a local Asian market, The Veranda, before getting to the hotel. The convention space itself isn't very big, with everything being contained in one hallway. The space is rearranged every year to maximize things and the AniMaine group does a good job with it. We got in at around 2:30 in the afternoon where registration was open but none of the events had started yet. We both had preregistered, but there wasn't any kind of line at that point so we both strode right in and got through the process in only a few minutes.   After walking around for a bit to figure out what was where this year, we headed to the upstairs panel room, Canopy, for the opening ceremonies. This not only serves as the official welcome to the convention, but also as the official legal start of the  AniMaine Inc. (the legal name of the group putting the con together)  fall meeting. We got some words from the staff and some of the guests, and we were off and running!   First up on my schedule was Script Adapting with Monica Rial. For those unaware. Monica is in just about EVERYTHING. Here is her IMDB to see what I mean. I have never met her before but I can say I am glad I did. She is a wonderful little ball of energy and a very friendly person. She spoke about the process of writing for English translation on anime and voicing scripts. She is a very good story teller and with her experience in the industry, she has many stories to tell. When that concluded Jeremy and I got our stuff and checked into our room before checking out the dealer's room and the artist alley. They aren't very big compared to the bigger city cons, but they both had things to offer. The dealer's room featured a vendor selling snacks and manga, the con table for buying the T-shirts, a booth for the local anime./gaming store Weekend Anime and Games, and a booth from Bread of Life selling bakes goods (Their cinnamon roles were amazing). The artist alley featured 5 different artists offering up fan art, hand made crafts and jewelry, and some hand made plushies as well.   Next up on my journey was something of a AniMaine staple in "I'm Not Gonna Lie", a game show style event where two teams of three (2 guests and a staff member) take turns trying to guess if the statement one of them reads is truth or a lie. Colin headed up the team of Monica Rial and Greg Ayres against the team headed up by Arthur and his team of  Terri Doty and Stephen Hoff. It's an entertaining way to see the guests and founder interact with each other and see how good they are at lying to each other. Colin's team won the event 3 to 2.   The convention shifts a bit as after 7:00 pm the kid's passes expire and the "AniMaine after dark" panels begin. First up is Greg Ayres: Raw and Uncensored. This is where Greg tells us the more adult and fun stories from his conventions past and experiences. A lot of fun stories were told at this con, and out of respect to him I am not going to repeat any of them here :-)   The night finished off in the downstairs Underground room with Scott Melzer's Hentai Game show. This is a newer panel for him and one he's not done at AniMaine. It can best described as being a mix of fun games with the people in the room and viewing adult parody videos. Cards were passed out to everyone and at any time we could read from the card to respond to anything and receive candy if it got a laugh. There was balloon popping, question and answers, coming up with your own hentai movie title and artist drawings as well. I participated in naming of a hentai, but didn't win. Still fun though.   With the events officially closing at midnight, Jeremy went up to the room and I went to the bar. Since I don't drink alcohol at all, I have a tradition of getting a pineapple juice on the rocks. I hung out there with Greg and a few of the staff members, along with a cool bartender until about 1am before heading off to the room and trying to get some sleep. /ul/34499-/12-noscale.jpg [embed]34499:5180:0[/embed]
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A look at the small con in Maine
Hello and welcome to Japanator's wrap-up report of the 2015 AniMaine anime convention from South Portland Maine. I am Soul Tsukino and I will be your guide on this journey. AniMaine is a small con that takes place e...

Week Ender - Post Apocalyptic Edition

Nov 15 // Red Veron
[embed]34487:5171:0[/embed] "Fly me to the moon" Anime: Neon Genesis Evangelion A bizarre but appropriate ending in its choice to end each episode of an anime where humanity is trying to survive after a global cataclysm while being attacked by alien monsters. Also there are more weird stuff going on and conspiracies so a Frank Sinatra song is the least odd thing in this show.   [embed]34487:5172:0[/embed] "Human Touch" Anime: After War Gundam X A nice 80's ballad for a post-apocalyptic Gundam show where the earth and the colonies get destroyed with small pockets of humanity survive. Makes me feel that there is hope for the world after such a global disaster.   [embed]34487:5173:0[/embed] "Orarion" Anime: Seraph of the End I love this ending so much. Seeing characters in a normal or different 'what if' setting is always a nice touch. I feel good about the characters seeing them in a setting other than the harsh and dangerous reality they face in their regular lives.   [embed]34487:5174:0[/embed] "Minna no Peace" Anime: Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann While most endings help you wind down, this one just pumps you up the same way like most episodes of this show. What's your favorite post-apocalyptic anime ending or just anime? SHARE IN THE COMMENTS BELOW! I wanna know!
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Life leads to Death, Death leads to Life
So I've been playing a lot of Fallout 4, a video game set in a post apocalyptic wasteland and I am loving it so much. I honestly haven't much to say since I don't think anyone reads these things and people just check out the videos below to jam to some music. Enjoy! What's your favorite post-apocalyptic anime ending or just anime? SHARE IN THE COMMENTS BELOW! I wanna know!

Impressions: Kuroko's Basketball Extra Game

Nov 12 // Christian Chiok
A couple of months after the main series has ended, Tadatoshi Fujimaki released its continuation called Kuroko’s Basketball: Extra Game which features Kuroko and Kagami alongside the Generation of Miracles working together as Team Vorpal Swords aiming to beat Team Jabberwock, a street American Basketball team composed of  Nash Gold and Jason Silver, who have extraordinary talents that surpasses the Generation of Miracles, as well as other three nameless players who are on the same level as the former Teiko players. The arc starts off with Jabberwock playing against Team Strky, a team composed of recently graduated third years from Shutoku, Too, Rakuzan, Kaijo and Yosen. After Jabberwock defeated Strky by a landslide, Jabberwock insulted Strky and as well as the entire country of Japan by stating that they are monkeys and they have no right playing Basketball. As that kind of person that really gets involved and engaged with stories, seeing Team Strky get humiliated made me feel a bit hopeless, as if I was part of that setting. I can't say that their arrogance and their need to insult Japanese players really affected me, but it made me dislike the characters from the start. While it may sound contradicting, in cases like Kuroko's Basketball, I consider giving me a good reason to dislike the antagonist a good way to get myself engaged in a story.  Kagetora offended (as well as the rest of Japan, of course), it drove him to form Team Vorpal Swords and scheduled a game against Jabberwock for the following week. As a result, Kagetora had to pay for their expenses as well. Ever since the original series started, I always wondered how well can the Generation of Miracles fare with American players, especially a team that has beaten some professional NBA players. As soon as I read that, I was already expecting them to get crushed, of course, to a much lesser extend compared to Team Strky. Overall, this first chapter was a good introduction on the new set of antagonists. While I think addressing Japan as “monkeys” went too far, and it gave me enough reason to immediately despise the characters, it was still a good way on showing their personalities and more reason to root for Team Vorpal Swords once the game started. Whether its a battle series, sports series or any series that features competition, I consider it important that the antagonists are shown destroying the protagonists' comrades as a way to tease their abilities and power. It may be cliche, but Fujimaki pulled it off right. With Team Strky being annihilated by Jabberwock despite Strky being composed of highly skilled players, plus the insults, it made the anticipation of the main match even harder.  The best part of the chapter was the ending, where all seven players, being Kuroko, Kagami and the rest of the Generation of Miracles met up in the gymnasium to train, as it felt like it was a throwback to their former Teiko days—before they turned arrogant and showed comradery. It was definitely one my favorite arcs in the series. While Kagami wasn’t part of Teiko of course, seeing him with the Generation of Miracles was good fan service.  If you're a fan of the original series and was left with the need of more content, I would definitely recommend that you read Extra Game. The first chapter so far starts off well featuring the Dream Team we wanted to see since the series ended.  Naturally, as stated above, before reading Extra Game, it is imperative that you watch or read the original Kuroko's Basketball series. 
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Make It Flashy!
Ever since emerging myself into the wonderful world of Anime and Manga, I’ve being a fan of many sports series such as Hajime no Ippo, Captain Tsubasa, Slam Dunk, and Prince of Tennis. One of my rece...

OP Up! Post Apocalyptic Edition

Nov 11 // Red Veron
[embed]34478:5163:0[/embed] "Aoi Hana" Anime: Casshern Sins A dark reboot of a 70's science fiction anime that is all about robot massacre in a world where robots have taken over the world with humanity close to extinction.   [embed]34478:5164:0[/embed] "Brave your truth" Anime: Chrome-Shelled Regios An interesting setting for a post-apocalyptic anime with earth being taken over by giant alien bugs and humanity being forced to survive in roaming domed megacities.   [embed]34478:5165:0[/embed] "The Big O" Anime: The Big O An intriguing setting where people live in a domed city police state surrounded by a wasteland. To make things more complicated (and interesting), 40 years prior to the events of the show, a mysterious thing happened that caused everyone in the city to lose their memories. Oh and there is a giant robot and the visual style is heavily influenced by 60s and 70s.   [embed]34478:5166:0[/embed] "Ai o tomoridose!!" Anime: Fist of the North Star The best post-apocalyptic anime out there where a guy who is basically "Kung-fu Jesus" roams the wasteland. Just watch it, it's so great.   So what is your favorite post-apocalyptic set anime? SHARE IN THE COMMENTS BELOW! I wanna know!
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The End is just the Beginning
For many video game players out there, this week is a big one with the release of Fallout 4, one of the biggest and most anticipated games of the year. Fallout 4 is a game set in a post-apocalyptic wasteland of the ...

Week Ender - Hidamari Sketch Edition

Nov 07 // Red Veron
[embed]34457:5155:0[/embed] "Ryusei Record" Anime: Hidamari Sketch x 365 A simple ending for the second season, this one is still full of nice visuals that still shine even in their simplicity.   [embed]34457:5156:0[/embed] "Sakura Sakura Saku: Ano Hi Kimi o Matsu, Sora to Onaji de"" Anime: Hidamari Sketch x Hoshimittsu This is my favorite ending that is a tie with the one from Honeycomb (the last one below), it features the new characters for the first time and just continues the studio's use of nicely done minimal visuals with great music.   [embed]34457:5157:0[/embed] "Nora" Anime: Hidamari Sketch x SP This is a cute one with Yuno sleeping soundly while her friends drop by. Why doesn't this girl lock her door? What?   [embed]34457:5158:0[/embed] "Yumo Gumo" Anime: Hidamari Sketch x Honeycomb I absolutely love this one. Full of color and a beautiful song, this one has Yuno sleeping again for half of the thing. I really like the lovely kimonos that sway in the wind that makes this ending such a gorgeous sight.   Is there a slice-of-life anime ending you like? SHARE IN THE COMMENTS BELOW! I wanna know!
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We Must Go WIDER
Hidamari Sketch is a show I would recommend to people who like SHAFT (Bakemonogatari, Puella Magi Madoka Magica) and would want something a bit more subtle than their usual outrageous stuff.  It still has a the...

OP Up! Hidamari Sketch Edition

Nov 04 // Red Veron
[embed]34455:5149:0[/embed] "Sketch, Switch" Anime: Hidamari Sketch Here is the original that makes it clear of what this show is, a slice of life comedy with cute girls having fun and doing cute stuff. The colorful opening captures the look that the studio SHAFT was aiming for in this show.   [embed]34455:5150:0[/embed] "Hatena de Wasshoi" Anime: Hidamari Sketch x 365 The second season's opening features much more from the show, not to mention that their budget got bigger. We get to see more of the funny and wacky cast and even some of the lesbian undertones for the yuri fans out there.   [embed]34455:5152:0[/embed] "Dekiru Kanatte Hoshimittsu" Anime: Hidamari Sketch x Hoshimittsu My favorite opening from the series. Why? Because it features the new characters for the first time and who happen to be much cuter than Yuno. It also has my favorite song. [embed]34455:5151:0[/embed] "Open Canvas" Anime: Hidamari Sketch x Honeycomb The latest season opening with a lot more of the side characters and very beautiful animation. Also that ambiguous hand holding that could be ANY OF THE CHARACTERS! SCANDALOUSSSSSS!    BONUS VIDEO: [embed]34455:5153:0[/embed] "Black and Yellow Sketch" by nakinyko Mashup of: "Black and Yellow" - Wiz Kahlifa "Sketch Switch" by Asumi Kana, Mizuhashi Kaori, Shintani Ryouko, Gotou Yuuko     Which opening from this anime (or some other cute girl anime) is your favorite? SHARE IN THE COMMENTS BELOW! I wanna know!
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DAT WIDE FACE
Hidamari Sketch is one of those cute slice of life anime that I just ignored until a friend told me about it. I was slowly starting to like the "cute girls doing cute things" genre and this one was one of the better ones. Muc...

JapanaTen: Halloween Horror

Oct 31 // Red Veron
[embed]34430:5135:0[/embed] 1.) Blood-C A very bloody show, as the name implies, is all about teen highschooler Saya who goes around her sleepy rural town cutting down human-eating monsters that plague it. It all sounds like typical action show where protagonist fights baddies, but there is more hidden underneath along the very graphic and brutal deaths of both humans and monsters.   [embed]34430:5136:0[/embed] 2.) Tokyo Ghoul College student Ken Kaneki awakens in a hospital and finds himself becoming a monster after an accident. What follows is that Kaneki is introduced to the hidden world of "Ghouls", human eating monsters that live among humans and now Kaneki struggles with his humanity and his new monstrous Ghoul side.   [embed]34430:5137:0[/embed] 3.) High School of the Dead If there is one thing that an anime about zombies needs, is some good old fashioned T and A. HSOTD has that and a lot of zombie gore action with guns, swords, and explosions. While it has all that pervy-ness, it's still a competent zombie show with dealing with the moral issues and situations that arise in such a setting. Also there are physics defying giant boobs in this one, truly terrifying.   [embed]34430:5138:0[/embed] 4.) Shin Kamen Rider A more mature themed movie featuring the late Shotaro Ishinomori's Kamen Rider, this one features more violence and nudity. The first half plays out like a horror movie, and the way that the protagonist turns into the titular Rider is very much something out of a horror movie.   [embed]34430:5139:0[/embed] 5.) Paranoia Agent A show by the late great Satoshi Kon, this one is about a mystery about serial attacks in urban Tokyo by a juvenile in inline skates wielding a bat. What seems to be an act of assault leads to a more mysterious and sinister force at play that sets a series of strange events into motion. I highly recommend this one for those who want something surreal and dark.   [embed]34430:5140:0[/embed] 6.) Ghost Stories You don't expect much when a US anime distribution company buys the rights to a typical supernatural mystery show featuring children that didn't sell that well in Japan. But when the Japanese company gives the US company carte blanche with the show and turn it into a raunchy comedy with some ad-libbing by the US voice actors. Not scary except for those who fear crude sex jokes and being politically incorrect. Please watch the entire show and not just the clip above, it is SO WORTH IT.   [embed]34430:5141:0[/embed] 7.) Perfect Blue Another great movie by the late great Satoshi Kon, this one is about Mima, a pop idol performer who leaves her idol group to become an actress. But wouldn't you know it, she has a stalker who keeps sending her messages and as time goes on, weird occurrences start happening around her. All the strange stuff has Mima questioning what is real and what is not. A great thriller worth watching on Halloween.   [embed]34430:5142:0[/embed] 8.) Corpse Party OVAs When a group of friends perform a ritual to bind themselves together as friends forever. But things go wrong when they perform said ritual in a school building where an elementary school once stood that got torn down after some horrifying events occurred there. Now, that students that performed the ritual are now subjected to terrifying events that defy horror.   [embed]34430:5143:0[/embed] 9.) Hell Girl Have you ever wanted to exact revenge on someone who has done you wrong? How much would you pay for said revenge? In this show, people who have been greatly wronged take revenge on their wrongdoers by giving up their soul to hell. The show consists of short stories and has a great visual style that adds to the creepiness and blurred lines of what is right and wrong.   [embed]34433:5132:0[/embed] 10.) Another A show set in a rural Japanese town about a cursed high school class that tries to keep the curse at bay through a very unusual way. But one day, a new transfer student joins that class and the curse starts to manifest again and people start dying. The most horrifying part of the show? It takes place in 1997 and people rarely have mobile phones and the internet barely exists.   I hope you all enjoyed this list. Don't stare into the mirrors tonight. You might find something else staring back. Good night. [Don't be afraid to share some of your Japanese Horror-themed entertainment in the comments below!]
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Check Out The Horror
It's Halloween weekend here in the United States and around the world, so I'm sure there are plenty of you people who love all things Japanese are looking around for something to watch this weekend. So get ready for some spoo...

Week Ender - True Horror Edition

Oct 31 // Red Veron
[embed]34433:5129:0[/embed] "Taishou A" Anime: Higurashi Kai A nice ending that seems to be the opposite of what the entire Higurashi is all about. A murder mystery that takes place in the early 80's in a rural town in Japan. Truly terrifying.   [embed]34433:5130:0[/embed] "Saints" Anime: Tokyo Ghoul Stylish as hell ending with some snazzy music and nice art. There's a cool facade that hides the darkness in these fashionable looking people.   [embed]34433:5131:0[/embed] "White Hill" Anime: Paranoia Agent A sweet and gentle ending that gives that exact feeling if watched without ever knowing the show's premise and content. If you do watch this ending right after an episode, the ending takes on an entirely different tone. A mind trip of a show that is about urban legends and just a crazy premise that makes no sense at times.   [embed]34433:5132:0[/embed] "-anamnesis-" Anime: Another Continuing the theme of an ending that tries to be different than the show, this one is more bright and light in tone. Though watching it at the end of each episode just gives it an entirely different meaning. This show is a murder mystery in a rural town about a cursed class that does something strange to prevent the curse. The scariest part of the show is that it takes place in 1997 which means mobile phones and the internet are rare.   I'll be asking a question too this week, so please indulge me for a second:What is your favorite scary thing in a horror anime? It can be something serious like gore or some funny observation about something terrible in a horror anime. Is there an anime ending from a horror that I did not include here? SHARE IN THE COMMENTS BELOW (and answer the question if you like). I WANNA KNOWWWW!  
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The Hidden Horror
The scariest horror is the kind that creeps beneath, the one that hides in the shadows, the kind that hides in plain sight. This weekend's selection of endings on Week Ender for Halloween is about that, endings from anime tha...

OP Up! True Horror Edition

Oct 28 // Red Veron
[embed]34425:5122:0[/embed] "Friend Shitatai" Anime: School-Live Oh look, cute anime girls in a school. You've probably heard of this one by now if you are on the internet. Don't let the overly cute and saccharin opening fool you, something much darker and depressing lurks behind the kawaii exterior. The horrors hidden are always the scariest.   [embed]34425:5123:0[/embed] "Nightmare Contagion" Anime: Another A creepy anime set in a small town during the mid to late 90's. The setting means no internet and mobile phones are very rare. Aside from the mysterious grisly deaths, no internet and phones are the true horror in this show.   [embed]34425:5124:0[/embed] "Let me hear" Anime: Parasyte True horror is when your dominant right hand gets possessed by an alien and you're not able to do your "business". Unless you're into the whole alien possession thing then lucky you.   [embed]34425:5125:0[/embed] "Munou" Anime: Tokyo Ghoul Root A This show has the protagonist turning into a monster. What's worse than becoming a creature that straddles between the line of human and monster? Food tastes horrible now for the protagonist. THE HORROR.   Is there an anime opening from a horror that I did not include here? SHARE IN THE COMMENTS BELOW (and answer the question if you like). I WANNA KNOWWWW!
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Real Horror lies within
It's Halloween this coming weekend so it's time for the first ever OP Up! opening selection about horror anime. There's always something primal about watching things that scare you or unnerve you, it might be that adrenaline ...

Week Ender - Time Travel Edition

Oct 24 // Red Veron
[embed]34407:5114:0[/embed] "The Twelve Time-Governing Covenants" Anime: Steins;Gate A cool song with very minimal visuals that still gives you that impact in a show with a lot of twists and turns.   [embed]34407:5115:0[/embed] "Honey Honey Honey" Anime: Punch Line A show where the world will end if the protagonist sees a girl's panties more than twice. A visually pleasing ending with lots of color and cutesy character design.   [embed]34407:5116:0[/embed] "Kimi ga Iru Basho Anime: Occult Academy A live action ending that is okay and it may have been a sign of some budget problems this show may have had since it felt like it had to be wrapped up in half the amount of episodes.   [embed]34407:5117:0[/embed] "Hare Hare Yukai" Anime: The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya Yes, there is time travel in this show. A ten year old show that any anime fan should watch, this show is one of the most influential shows in anime history. This show has a bit of everything and should please many of you.   So what is your favorite ending from an anime that features time travel that isn't on here? SHARE IN THE COMMENTS BELOW! I wanna know!
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Great Scott
Since this past week was a celebration of the date that was prominently featured in the movie Back to the Future Part II and the 30th anniversary of the first Back to the Future movie, the selection for this week's ...

OP Up! Time Travel Edition

Oct 21 // Red Veron
[embed]34401:5109:0[/embed] "Doraemon no uta" Anime: Doraemon The granddaddy of all anime that has time travel. This one involves a robot cat from the future being sent to the present to Nobita. The robot cat named Doraemon, is from Nobita's grandson because Nobita is such a screwup which led to his grandson being poor in the future.   [embed]34401:5110:0[/embed] "Unisonia" Anime: Buddy Complex This one involves time travel and potential yaoi fan art fodder coupled with giant flying mechs. Some weird time travel paradoxes but I enjoyed the first season's mech fights.   [embed]34401:5111:0[/embed] "Flying Humanoid" Anime: Occult Academy Another one of those shows that had its episode count cut in half which ruined its potential with its nice setting. This one involves an apocalyptic future sending a guy back to the past to prevent the opening of an inter-dimensional gate that lets alien invaders through and taking over the planet. It also takes place in a school where occult stuff happens. A great setting that melds science fiction and fantasy that could've been something great.   [embed]34401:5112:0[/embed] "Hacking the gate" Anime: Steins;Gate A great anime based on a visual novel that takes advantage of its visual novel format. VNs can feature multiple paths based on different choices that lead to different outcomes. The anime adaptation does choose one path from the VN and also integrates the multiple paths and "bad end"s into one story quite nicely. I highly recommend this one if you feel like getting into a time travel anime.   Is there an anime that features time travel that is not on here? SHARE IN THE COMMENTS! I wanna know!
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Make like a tree
Today is October 21, 2015. The future date most known as the date that the protagonists Marty McFly and Doc Brown travel to in the1988 film Back to the Future Part II. If you've been around the internet today, everywhere...

Week Ender - Dating Sim Edition

Oct 17 // Red Veron
[embed]34382:5101:0[/embed] "Pinky Johns" Anime: Yosuga no sora A fun and colorful ending that has a ridiculous tone that does not seem to suit the show and rather make light of the heavy stuff. If you've seen the entire show, they totally make fun of the final arc's ending.   [embed]34382:5102:0[/embed] "Smile F" Anime: Photo Kano I love this ending song. Instead of each girl/voice actress getting their own song, they all sing the same song and it differs slightly but I do like them all.   [embed]34382:5103:0[/embed] "Confession (Tsukasa Ayakuji version)" Anime: Amagami SS+ This second season of this show tries something new by having the voice actress each having their own interpretation of one song. I love this style and the visuals in this ending featuring all of the girls.   [embed]34382:5104:0[/embed] "I won't forget" Anime: Kimikiss Pure Rouge I don't remember much of the endings on this show but this song sure is nice. A simple ending with cropped stills from the show goes well with the song.   Is there an ending from anime based on a dating sim on here that you like that isn't on here? SHARE IN THE COMMENTS BELOW! I wanna know!
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Harem ending is best ending
The great thing about Anime based on dating sims offer a multitude of waifus for you to fawn over (Otome game themed post coming later this month for those Otoge fans!) and use as a reason to fight random people on the intern...


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