Anime tastes I’ve acquired

A recent post by Leap250 talks about how, through our years of being anime fans, we often acquire tastes for certain genres and tropes in anime that we didn’t originally have. Even though I’ve always been pretty open-minded as far as the types of anime I watch, there were a few I was hesitant about back in the day that I like now…

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My favorite anime character trope – examining the tsundere

Naming one’s favorite anime series or characters isn’t hard, but favorite anime character trope isn’t something we always think about, nor is it something an anime fan necessarily has. As a matter of fact, tropes could be something an anime fan dislikes since they’re likely to go hand-in-hand with cliches and pandering. But for those of us who don’t mind having our tastes catered to once in a while, we can’t help but notice character tropes in anime, and perhaps appreciate one…

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How “real” should anime characters be?

As fans, we often praise anime for its realism – how it gives its characters human emotions that are easy to relate to and presents its stories and settings in very believable ways no matter how fantastical they are. But if you think about it, do anime characters really act that much like real people? A recent post by Myna got me thinking more about this…

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Honorifics in anime

Honorifics are a fun part of the Japanese language, especially in the way they spice up the uniqueness of anime for English speaking fans. As most of us will agree, there are tons of anime with fantastic character relationship development and depictions of character interactions. It’s also equally amazing what a major yet subtle role honorifics play in this and how they can offer various interpretations of the characters…

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How important is originality in anime?

I’ve heard it said that most anime, even some of the best loved series, are in fact cliche and unoriginal. I’m sure many would agree that the majority of moe/harem/fan service anime that have come out in recent years are annoyingly cliche, but it can even be applied to shonen, shojo, slice-of-life, and other genres…

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Moe exists only in the heart

I’ve written about many of the popular debatable topics among anime fans, such as subs vs dubs, cel vs digital, and Western vs Japanese animation. However, I’ve recently realized that I haven’t written about one of the newer debatable topics – moe. Though I’ve mentioned moe in many of my posts, I have yet to actually write a post specifically about it. So here goes…

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Favorite anime groups

I’m sure many of us have listed our favorite anime characters at some point. But what about favorite groups instead of individual characters? What I mean is favorite groups of characters in a specific series, as in favorite duos, trios, foursomes, etc,. I don’t think lists of favorite anime groups have been done much before, so I decided to give it a go…

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There are two types of character development in anime…

When asked what one of the most appealing aspects of anime is, fans will usually mention character development. However, I’ve often wondered exactly what defines character development, at least in terms of anime narratives. Over the years, I’ve come up with two prominent types of anime character development, though I’m still debating whether that’s what they should both be called…

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Nine recent and remarkable AMVs

I always like to keep track of the most highly-rated AMVs. A little over a year ago I wrote a post featuring fifteen AMVs that I thought were the best. Since then, I’ve come across a few more, mostly excellent 2009 releases, that I feel deserve some praise too…

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Anime import calendar scans


I’ve been collecting original Japanese anime calendars for a few years now, either buying them myself or downloading the scans online. I’m just a big sucker for large, original, and gorgeous images of official anime artwork! XD As of today, I have over 150 calendar scans on my computer from 11 different anime (and I always add a few more each year). Since I started collecting the import anime calendars, I created a page on the main Anime Yume site to post them. As the years went by however, that page fell into a bit of a disarray but I finally took the time today to organize the calendar scans and to also share them here on the blog…

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