Sakamichi no Apollon PV

Director Shinichirou Watanabe, who has created notable works like Cowboy Bebop and Samurai Champloo, is directing a new series, Sakamichi no Apollon (Kids on the Slope). Yoko Kanno is also on board for doing the music. Some of her well recognized work can be heard in shows like Cowboy Bebop, Ghost in the Shell, and Aquarion. It already looks pretty interesting to me. With Kanno and Watanabe combo returning again, it looks like it could be a solid show.

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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Big Ol’ Project thing coming later this year

Couldn't find a picture to relate to this post so here is Ushio sitting on a dango


I have been throwing around a certain idea for the past year that I’ve been wanting to do. This is something I’m sure every anime blog writer has done already by now and I believe it is time that I do the same. I’m talking about creating a list of my favorite anime’s of all time. Now I made a top 25 sometime last summer, but I sort of threw that together haphazardly  and find myself looking over it all the time questioning whether or not this list is accurate and changing it constantly. So I’ve decided that this year I’m going to do it right and put some serious time into creating this list. And by serious time, I mean re-watching a lot of anime. There are a good number of shows on the list I’ve already made that I haven’t watched in 3 or 4 years. So I have a good amount of work ahead of me because not only to I want to do  this, but I want to do it right. And when it is all said and done, I will post my results here on the blog for all to see. And hopefully, my fellow blog writers will join with me in sharing their top lists as well. Same goes to you readers out there. So keep a look out for this way down the road.

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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Goodbye 2011!

A tune for 2011:

Goodbye year 2011! We shared great times together in anime. We laughed, we cried, we had some of the best days with anime. So many things have happened since this year began. We became mad scientist, because it’s so cool. We fought witches and lost our innocence. We were trolled by aliens and restaurant workers alike. We gambled with our lives on the line. We made friends,  not many, but the few that mattered most to us and played visual novel games together. We fought valiantly for half priced ben-tos because they looked so damn delicious. We became superheroes and stayed by each others side to the end. We said our goodbyes to our deceased friends and moved on in life. We had plenty of fun with robot school girls and little scientist girls. We raised our little aunts ourselves so they could have a great childhood. We failed tests together and awed at our androgynous friend. Was it a he or she? We’ll never know. We came, we saw, we conquered the opposite sex to relieve them of their inner demons. We dealt with vampire kitties, gender identity, and a resolve to tell our crushes our true feelings. We ate mayonnaise chicken, and sang with idols. We helped friends save them from themselves as we were thrown into tvs. We saw a whole new colorful life where we could live the life of someone and learn from their mistakes and new worlds where we traveled to return our deceased loved ones to the living. We fought alongside servants to obtain the holy grail and achieve our sole wishes. We risked our lives to be gods and fought amongst each other as we attempted to predict the future. We shared the same fate and bared through the same punishments together. We reclaimed the present, for the sake of the future with the power of will.. and money. We fought alongside demons despite our differences, and even signed contracts with them to be used as our personal servants, so sadistically. We became zombies and we were adored by magical girls and vampires. We raced past the redline becau- UNTZ UNTZ UNTZ UNTZ UNTZ. 2011, you were a damn good year for anime. I’ll never forget the fun experiences and times we shared together. So long and thanks for all the fish.

The Art of Fanart; Randoms; Rhythm Heaven touhou

I’ll admit, this doesn’t have anything to do with anime, but hey, its from japan.   But man, the Touhou fandom has created much wierd stuff.  This really isn’t that wierd but meh, its fun.

To those who have played Rhythm Heaven on the ds, you may get a kick out of these videos.  Each video contains a remix of a Rhythm Heaven song, with touhou characters and themes added as well.

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12 Days of Anime Christmas

That’s right boys and girls! It’s now December and that means Christmas (sorry to any of our Jewish followers out there). This year I will be celebrating the spirit of Christmas by starting something I am titling “12 Days of Anime Christmas”. This is something that other anime blogs like The Cart Driver (a really good anime blog everyone should check out) have been doing for a number of years now so I’ve decided to hop on the bandwagon and add Anime Afterlife Podcast to the mix. The premise for this is simple: starting on December 14th and going all the way to Christmas I will be blogging about all the things I enjoyed about this year in anime. Now this does not mean just all the airing anime from this year. This is also going to include anything non-airing I’ve watched this year, news stories, etc. It will pretty much be anything anime related. I’m looking forward to doing this little project cause there were many things I loved about this year anime-wise and I hope that all of you out there will join me in telling us what some of your favorite things this year in anime were.