Name that anime

It’s been a hectic week for me due to increased work hours because of Thanksgiving, my seasonal allergies acting up and making me feel crappy, and trying to cram in last minute studying for the JLPT, which is this Sunday. So because of all this, I’m not up to my usual lengthy post today. Instead, I’m just gonna post a quick and (I hope) fun little activity – “Name that anime”…

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How do you stay connected to the anime community?

Since I got into anime in the early 2000s when the Internet culture was just taking off, I can’t comment on how fans stayed up-to-date with anime and connected with each other in the years before then. But it’s very obvious that the medium and its fandom would not be as universally accessible as it is today without the Internet. Thanks to the World Wide Web we can now converse with and share things with fellow fans from all over the world, any time, anywhere, as well as stay up to date on all the latest happenings of the anime world. So for today’s topic, I want to discuss my personal routine for staying connected with the anime community and see how other people’s routines differ…

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The ages of anime characters

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As I discussed in a post from a few years back, the majority of characters in the anime we watch, especially main characters, tend to be teenagers around the age of 14-18. There are many anime that feature a cast of older (or younger) characters too, but teenagers seem to dominate if you look at the anime released in any given year or season. In the previous post I talked about why I think school-aged characters are so prominent, so today I wanted to look at the other side of it; anime that feature adult characters rather than teenagers and if the age difference has any significant impact on the kinds of stories an anime can tell…

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“Light” or “dark” anime – do you have a preference?

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Most anime fans I know, myself included, enjoy all kinds of anime with a wide range of stories and themes. But there are also plenty of fans who prefer anime on one end of the spectrum or the other; either they prefer “light” anime that never get too sad or disturbing, or they prefer “dark” anime that are raw and gruesome rather than idealistically pleasant. Everyone has their reasons for why they prefer light anime over dark anime or vice versa, and today I want to think about what those reasons could be…

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Pokemon X and Y review

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Now that I’ve completed the main storyline on my copy of Pokemon X, as well as explored a number of the post-game quests and new features, it’s time for me to continue my now 7-year tradition of reviewing the main series Pokemon games here on the blog…

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First impressions of the fall ’13 anime I’m watching

I usually get my “first impressions” post up when all the new anime have aired 2-3 episodes, but due to being so busy the past couple of weeks, this one’s a tad late – all these shows have now aired 3-4 episodes XD Better late than never though! So here are my thoughts on the six fall anime I’m watching after 3-4 episodes…

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Fan art roundup (and quick announcements)

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As much as I want to, I unfortunately don’t have the time or energy for my usual posts this week. I’ve had extra hours at work, I’m in the midst of preparing for a short vacation I’ll be taking with my mom next week, and I’ve been wanting to use the little free time I have to play through my copy of Pokemon X. But I didn’t want to completely neglect the blog this week, so I decided to do something easy – share nice pieces of anime fan art I’ve found on pixiv over the years…

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Anime, manga, and video games – can you balance all three?

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If you consider yourself an anime fan, chances are you also partake in related hobbies like reading manga or playing video games. Even though I do like the other two, anime is the hobby I spend the majority of my time, money, and energy on, but I’m always impressed by people who manage to more or less equally balance themselves between all three of these big hobbies…

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Summer ’13 reviews part 2: Free!, Attack on Titan, Railgun S (plus OreImo finale)

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Continuing from last week’s post, here are the rest of my reviews for this season’s anime I completed (also threw in the final three episodes of OreImo since I haven’t discussed them yet)…

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Summer ’13 reviews part 1: Watamote, Kami nomi III, Blood Lad, Kiniro Mosaic

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The way the one-cour summer ’13 anime and two-cour spring ’13 anime ended/are ending this season, I’ll be able to review all the ones I completed in this post and my post for next week. There’s lots of anime to talk about so let’s get started!…

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