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Annotated Anime: Wizard Barristers, Ep. 9

As the show gears up for its final arc, Chouno has officially had it with Cecil's crap, Quinn has officially had it with Stabler's crap, Sasori has officially had it with the lack of sexy time in the office, Ageha has officially had it with...

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The Adventures of Ai-Fi 2

It's time to learn more about everybody's favorite Multipurpose Japanator Android. I don't know about you, but seeing the exploits of Chibi Ai-Fi brightens my regular Monday gloom just a little bit.

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Ride the Kyoto Subway with Koto and friends

I loved last season's Kyousougiga, so I'm pleased to see the series getting more exposure. Granted, I didn't expect the exposure to come in the form of the series' characters decorating both the outside and inside of a Kyoto subway tra...

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Jtor AM 21: Do you like colors?

Question: Am I bad luck? Because as Tim and I realized this week, whenever I ask for something to happen in an anime, it never ever happens, even if it would be self-evidently awesome and the writers are nuts for not going with it. Why can'...

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Annotated Anime: Wizard Barristers, Ep. 8

You know how I've been calling Moyo "The Demon Paralegal?" Well, I think that name needs to be revised to Moyo: The Paralegal Who is Also Satan, Lord of Darkness. In addition to stopping time and sporting some pretty impressive Glowing Red ...

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Anime Studio 10 boasts new options and tools

It's safe to say that creating original animation is the holy grail for a lot of anime fans, myself included. If you'd like to take that goal beyond the realm of idle daydreams, Smith Micro's Anime Studio program is something you should ser...

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The Adventures of Ai-Fi 1

You know what Mondays have been missing? Chibi Ai-Fi comics, that's what! Ladies and Gentlemen: from the pen of minimally qualified comic artist Karen Mead! Entire weeks in the making! Starring the breakout new character who is at least one...

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Squall dumps Rinoa, marries White Mage instead

I have to admit: as much as my husband and I both adore a certain long-running JRPG series, it didn't occur to either of us to make our 2012 wedding ceremony Final Fantasy-themed. We did think of making it Persona-themed, but we figured th...

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A Look @: Oh My Goddess!, Volume 45

As long as Kosuke Fujishima's most celebrated manga has been running, it wasn't actually around during Benjamin Franklin's time. We can discern this because if it had been, his famous quotation would have stated that the only certainties in...

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Jtor AM 20: One Piece, Prattle and Balderdash

Thanks to this week's Wizard Barristers, Tim and I have learned that Boston is actually in California; I bet all those people who signed up for PAX East are in for a rude awakening in the spring. However, due to the show's blatant disregard...

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Pick up Go! Go! Nippon on Steam

You certainly can't complain that there aren't enough ways to get your hands on OVERDRIVE's visual novel/Japan travel guide Go! Go! Nippon~My First Trip to Japan: you can download it from MangaGamer, we let you know about the nift...

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Annotated Anime: Wizard Barristers, Episode 7

This week the Barristers head to America for training, which means that there's a serial killer around every corner and hitchhikers stand in the middle of the road, because that's just how we roll here. Cecil and Natsuru take a long road tr...

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Figure skating fans create skating otome game

One of the things that's changed in fandom since I've become an otaku is the way that all of those hypothetical "wouldn't it be cool if...." ideas are way more likely to actually come to fruition. 20 years ago, if a bunch of figure skating ...

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Nylon Pink covers Real Emotion from FFX-2

Just in time to get us pumped for the upcoming release of FFX/FFX-2 HD Remaster, Los Angeles-based band Nylon Pink has recorded a pretty spiffy cover of Real Emotion. Remember that part at the beginning of X-2 where Yuna comes out in a blu...

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Review: Kamisama Kiss

When I dream of becoming God, these fantasies usually don't involve a white-haired pretty boy with fox ears who follows me around and does my bidding; clearly, I've been doing it wrong. Now that Kamisama Kiss has taught me the error of my w...

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Jtor AM 19: So cool I'm gonna put my dog in a video game

Are you tired of short, wimpy podcasts that run out of juice before you're even halfway done with your morning commute? Well then, you should love this economy-sized episode of Jtor AM, filled to the brim with spirited discussion of all the...

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Annotated Anime: Wizard Barristers, Ep. 6

This week, Wizard Barristers takes a page out of Samurai Flamenco's book and features costumed tokusatsu heroes in addition to the usual routine mech-summoning and imaginary law-quoting. Unfortunately, inviting comparisons to Samurai Flamen...

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Valentine's Day: Our Favorite Anime Romances

It's Valentine's Day, and love is in the air! Actually, where I am, it's mostly snow in the air, but I have faith that there's plenty of love out there too. This time of year, we at Japanator like to take a moment to look back and remember ...

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Quick, throw more money at Unsung Story

Hey, remember that awesome Kickstarter for strategy RPG-auteur Yasumi Matsuno's newest magnum opus,  Unsung Story, that I told you about a month ago? Well, as of this writing the project still needs about $35K to become reality, with a...

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Jtor AM 18: A Certain Strategic Backstabbing

Greetings, listeners! This was a fine week to be watching Kill La Kill if you know what I mean, and I think you do. Or maybe you don't, and you're like, "What is this Kill La Kill thing they keep talking about on my favorite podcast?", in w...

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Annotated Anime: Wizard Barristers, Ep. 5

In the most procedural-like episode yet, Cecil learns that even those pesky non-cute people have their uses when crafty octogenarian Kamakira outperforms her on a case, even though it seems like he's not taking it seriously. Meanwhile the m...

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Give your Valentine chocolate FF7 Materia

As a card-carrying chocoholic (and that's chocoholic for "chocolate" and not "chocobo," although the latter kind of works too), I have a bit of a dilemma with artisanal sweets. I love it when candies look awesome, but when they look TOO awe...

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Sword Art Online: Are the haters right?

Is Sword Art Online great, or is it the worst thing ever? That's the argument that's been going on in anime fandom since 2012. Of course, it's not really an argument, since the people who love it won't be dissuaded just because others are N...

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Jtor AM 17: The Great Super Sonico Debate

Having missed the last two episodes of the podcast, I have plenty to say this time around, and Tim does his part by always disagreeing with me on general principle. However, I'm going to call out his reluctance to refer to that one male cop...

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Annotated Anime: Wizard Barristers, Ep. 4

After last week's logic-free affair, this was a pretty good episode of anime. Characters who had been lingering in the background until now got to distinguish themselves by doing interesting stuff, concerns actually relevant to the real-wor...

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Buy anime, make a donation to help kids learn to read

If you're like me, you always intend to give more to charity, but the mystery of where your money really goes holds you back. Some charities are great about spending your money for the benefit of the populations they serve, but sometimes, a...

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Cosplayers reenact Beyond the Boundary idol dance

Hey, remember that crazy filler episode of Beyond the Boundary where the whole crew tries to take down a monster by distracting it with an idol dance number? I seem to recall spending way more time writing about that incident than it proba...

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Annotated Anime: Wizard Barristers, Ep. 3

In this episode, Cecil reveals that she hates people that hate Wizards. Why must the humans be so scared of magic users? Well, I don't know Cecil, it may have something to do with the fact that a young lady in this episode snapped her finge...

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First Impressions: Inari, KonKon, Koi Iroha

Inari, KonKon, Koi Iroha was one of the latecomers this season, debuting weeks after most of the winter shows had already started. The wait gave me plenty of time to anticipate what the show was going to be-- and coming off of last season's...

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Jtor AM 16: A major scoop on the Major

I was still nursing a cold and sore throat while this was recorded, while Brittany was apparently off sacrificing small children to the horror gods (it needs to be done before next Walpurgisnacht, don't ask), so Tim, Ben and L.B. handled th...

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Annotated Anime: Nagi no Asukara 2-16

To be honest, I feel like I kind of dropped the ball on Nagi no Asukara. I didn't feel compelled to cover it back when it premiered in the fall (and I still maintain that the first episode was pretty weak), but it rapidly beccame more inter...

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First Impressions: Engaged to the Unidentified

I think it's time to update the whole "moe is the cancer that is killing anime" argument. We've been focusing on the moe boom, but is a trend towards cute character designs really the problem? After all, Azumanga Daioh is moe; even Mad...

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Annotated Anime: Wizard Barristers, Ep. 2

When we last left our intrepid legal eagles, it looked like Cecil's poor client was going to get the death penalty, since this justice system is apparently cool with putting people to death on zero actual evidence. To save her charge, Cecil...

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First Impressions: Magical Warfare

I sure have a knack for picking out boring shows lately. Actually, the first time I sat down to write a First Impressions for this show, I thought to myself, "Wow, I wonder which new show is more boring: Magical Warfare or The Pilot's ...

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Jtor AM 15: Magic court is scary

Tim took over hosting duties while I was away, but don't listen to the shameless lie he feeds you at the beginning of this episode: I was NOT snowboarding. I was skiing, which is completely different! Skiers are graceful athletes who deftly...

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Exploring shoujo manga

Look guys, it's my first video! Let it never be said that I've been left behind in the age of new technology by sticking solely to writing text! Actually, I've totally been left behind in the age of new technology (I worked in newspapers, ...

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First Impressions: Wizard Barristers

I'm so disappointed right now-- though not because of Wizard Barristers, which had a great first episode, and you should probably drop whatever you're doing and watch it right away. No, I'm sad that I missed my opportunity to make a dumb jo...

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Jtor AM 14: Manga licensing conspiracy theories

Brittany couldn't be with us this week, so we had to up the horror quotient of the podcast by talking about the Lovecraftian abomination that is Super Sonico's default outfit. In other news, we're skeptical of any and all Sailor Moon announ...

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First Impressions: The Pilot's Love Song

"Boring" isn't a criticism I tend to use a whole lot. For starters, I often find that stuff other viewers consider boring is still interesting to me on some level. Furthermore, the term gets used too often as a synonym for "slow-paced," but...

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Unsung Story is basically Final Fantasy Tactics II

Now this is what I call a Kickstarter project. Yasumi Matsuno, famous for creating Final Fantasy Tactics and Vagrant Story (also known as THE BEST GAMES EVER) has partnered with California-based Playdek to create a new tactical magnum opus,...


About Karen Meadone of us since 8:19 PM on 10.21.2009

Hi, I'm a former newspaper journalist who got tired of having a front row seat to the death of print. There probably could be some interesting story there about a disenchanted reporter moving on to the greener pastures of the internet, but I blogged for Japanator back before I ever touched newspapers, so I kind of killed that narrative. Someone else will have to write that story.

I'm a New Yorker, married to a fellow otaku named Wilson (he's the best) in an apartment filled with anime figures and Magic:The Gathering cards (I like one of those things more than the other.) When not working for Jtor, I also do freelance writing and some art for a few other clients. I also cook dinner and try not to burn it any more than absolutely necessary.

My personal blog can be found at Otakusphere. Also, if you happen to like urban fantasy, you can check out my Amazon author page to see the books I've written.