During the Memorial Day weekend of 2015, international anime and manga fans gathered at downtown San Jose to participate in the annual anime convention “Fanime”. Drawing in well over twenty thousand paid attendees and thousands of fans who hung out around the center and at group meetings, Fanime 2015 exceeded all expectations for both new and returning attendees.
ShoukoChan is a collection of modern and fashionable Anime T-shirts that launched in July 2013. The project originally started when I was looking for a Date-a-Live T-shirt back when the series (season 1) was airing. I was really into the series then (My favorite character was Kurumi). Some designs are available, but they screams too much Anime for most to comfortably wear on a day out. Full body prints T-shirt from Japan looks great, but it is definitely not in trend with the conservative Anime culture where most of us live.
I have always been fascinated by other countries. It is like, human nature, for us to yearn (and dream of having) something that is not ours. My first brush with other cultures was through music, in this case the game Pump It Up. It was not the game I was interested in but the music that was taken from classical pieces ranging from Beethoven to Chopin. As I’m writing this I’m listening to DEPAPEPE’s renditions of some of their best works! Though it was completely unrelated to anime at that time, I’m now keenly interested in Japan’s otaku culture.
Colorful leaves everywhere; beautiful climate and cool atmosphere signify the approach of Fall. And with the fall season each of us are tempted to take a tour to see some of the most charming places in the world. Kyoto, the ancient capital of Japan has well preserved many of its ancient structures thus drawing millions of tourists every year who love to experience Japan’s glorious past. Below is a list of the best places to visit in Kyoto during this fall.
“Everyone knows who Steven Spielburg is, but does everyone know who Mamoru Oshii is?” I take a quick look around, and notice a slight bit of confusion on some of the attendees’ faces. “Man, we don’t know who’s directing stuff don’t we?” I may have thought, and that reflected on me too because I was green at the time and didn’t know who Oshii was. So now pose the question to everyone here: how much do you want to know about your series?
Almost each shrine in Japan celebrates a festival of its own. As a result, there are innumerable festivals in Japan. Called Masturi in Japanese, most of the Japanese festivals are held annually to celebrate the deity of a shrine or commemorate any historical or seasonal event.
The transition has left clear impacts on Japanese society, culture and economy. Rapid urbanization is crowding out traditional villages in many places. However, it left no dent on legendary cordiality of Japanese people. Japan is the safest place to travel alone or with family. Best attraction is of course the historical places. They are too many; we’ll see top few.
Black Rock Shooter is an anime with an interesting history; it began with an image which inspired a song, which became an OVA and finally a TV anime. It serves as an interesting reimagining of the OVA, adding a lot to the fundamentally flawed but enjoyable experiment that the OVA was whilst taking only a little away at the same time.
Episode 15 of Guilty Crown is without a doubt the strongest episode to date. To be honest it feels like I’ve been saying that a lot recently, but I suppose it’s unsurprising that it keeps improving since there’s so much it has to improve upon. Overall despite the usual, though mostly minor oddities and idiocies this is a solid episode where for once the good outweighs the bad, packing characterisation, action and drama into a well crafted and satisfying narrative.
Episode 14 of Guilty Crown is in a word…flawed. The storytelling is fine, and whilst the story itself remains as silly as last week, it is at least consistent and well directed. That alone would be enough to make this one of the best episodes yet. Unfortunately the show is once again let down by ignoring its own continuity, using plot devices of convenience and generally not making much sense.