A Nostalgic Journey Backwards: Toradora

For absolutely no apparent reason, I have begun to re-watch old shows of the past. Although, not old as in pre-2000 year anime, but shows that I’ve seen very early or nearly at the beginning of my time actually watching this medium in a more serious way than others. There isn’t much to be accomplished by going back and watching something you’ve already seen, except for piling more shows to watch on your backlog, but I’d rather suffer that “terrible fate,” and go back and enjoy something I know I did long ago. It’s disappointing to say though, that one becomes just a little more jaded over time, and he can’t exactly “watch something for the first time again.” But nonetheless, it’s something I enjoy to do, and I’ll try and find something to talk about with each.
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Start To Finish: Chocotto Sister – First Impressions

Name: Chocotto Sister
Studio/Director: Nomad/Yasuhiro Kuroda
Year: 2006
Wiki, AniDB
Subs: Retrofit
Episodes Seen: 2

An anime about little sisters? Yes, please.

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New Route Unlocked!: The Visual Novel Route

For a while, this blog has been nothing more than a humble podcast between friends who focused on discussing our thoughts and experiences on anime and manga alone, mainly; save for a few posts here and there about topics only vaguely related to anime and manga. But lately, a few of us have been doing a bit more. Lerxst and I, and for a brief time, most of our Skype conversation members and friends, have played visual novels. So, to officially widen the scope of this podcast, there will be an addition to our list of side-shows known as the Anime Afterlife Podcast: The Visual Novel Route, and this post to kick it off.

This show won’t be very much different than the others except for two things. The cast will be considerably smaller than the rest, and it will be released irregularly, at a base of once a month at least. I’ll be the host, and Lerxst will be my co-host, and anyone who is interested and has played whatever our next game is are free to join as well. To kick off our new show, soon we’ll be discussing the 4chan famous, Katawa Shoujo.

As soon as Lerxst and I finish and tie up loose ends, we’ll be releasing our first show here, and quite possibly on iTunes as well. Please look forward to it!

Little Busters Anime Announced, 2012.03.25

Today, on the Yaraon blog, and on the Dengeki Bunko Web Radio, the KEY visual novel, Little Busters has been green-lit for a TV anime adaptation.

Almost nothing else has been released about the show, but hopes are that the studio doing the job will be Kyoto Animation following suit with past KEY works.


Commanders of Fate: Characters with a Reason

Warning: This post contains minor to major spoilers for Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Neon Genesis Evangelion, Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica, and Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion (general).

As a sort of branch to my personal philosophy that I’ve yet to put into words, a few characters in anime came to mind that seemed relevant to what it is. There are quite a few things to factor in when thinking of a truly well written character, and to name a few they could be development, personality, motivations, and goals. One thing about characters that I truly admire is their actions in accordance with their ideology. Normally, characters tend to follow the general flow of the narrative they’re in, reacting dynamically to what happens around them, whether it’s an impending evil, or a common day-to-day adventure. The characters that I come to value the most are the ones who aspire to become the catalyst of that very flow, which distorts the direction of the future to their liking for whatever reason they may have. Following is a short list of characters that I believe to be candidates to fit this category.
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Evangelion and the Chips off the Old Block

Warning: This post contains severe spoilers to the Evangelion franchise.
No, this is not an analytical post as to why the Rebuilds are a sequel to Evangelion.

Evangelion was and is important. Yes, because it’s a big contribution to the industry. Yes, because it’s a precedent in the mecha genre, and for anime in general in numerous ways. Yes, because it’s cool, and full of religion and mystery, and for its psychological structure. What else makes it important, and where do the Rebuilds of Evangelion stand?
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Visual Novel Review: G Senjō no Maō (The Devil on G-String)

G-Senjou no Maou Cover

Name: G Senjō no Maō (The Devil on G-String)
Studio: Akabeisoft2
Genre: Drama, Eroge
Year Released: 2008

Here is the first ever visual novel review on AAP. To kick off this groundbreaking development, I’ll be reviewing the visual novel that I haven’t failed to shove down everyone’s throat appropriately propagate to everyone I meet; the long overdue review of G Senjou no Mao. Of course, spoiler free.
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Anime OST: Tokyo Magnitude 8.0

Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 OST Album Scan

Title: Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 Original Soundtrack
Composer: Kow Otani, Hiroshi Shibasaki, and Shion Tsuji
Distributor: Epic Records
Release Date: Oct 28, 2009

8.0s tragic story wouldn’t be the same without its soundtrack. It maintains a mellow tone for the most part, and it has the heart-pounding pieces that should automatically follow even the title alone, and of course the inevitable drama that its premise summons. They’re well done, well timed, and overall it’s a solid soundtrack with several very memorable pieces.
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Anime Today: The Age of Spite and Abhorrence

Ritsuko at computer

I’m convinced. Actually, it’s not that recent of an epiphany.There’s an obvious truth (to me at least) that is not often acknowledged, and when or if it really is, it’s most likely brushed off apathetically. If you haven’t already noticed, then you’re not very involved in “anime communites,” and you’re probably better off that way. As a note, I don’t feel inclined to bolster this article with relevant and eye-catching pictures of anime.

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Who’s Your Favorite Seiyuu of the Week!

Hey everyone, Gabe here for this week’s Seiyuu of the Week Segment! This week I’m featuring a certain unique kind of voice actor. She’s acted for a fair amount of anime and has a very special kind of voice that has quite a lot of diverging opinions, but nonetheless is a personal favorite of mine.

Arai Satomi

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