Hi all! Feels like its been a bit of a short week here. Let's jump straight into talking about anime.Read More
Wow, can you believe it is already November? And with the second to last month of the year comes the last (or at least the last I am aware of) convention of the season, Daku Con. What is Daku Con you might ask? Well it is a first year geek convention that is 18+. The convention is going to be held at the Radisson Hotel Denver Southeast (I-225 and S. Parker) on 11/10 - 11/12.
OK, so now you have the base details. Your first question may be, why an 18+ convention? To answer that question I am going to reference the front page of the Daku Con website.Read More
Hi readers! My apologies for the delay in releasing this article. I spent the entire weekend working on my deck, trying to get it refinished before Monday’s snow. I managed to get it done just in time. I’m going to do something a little different this week. I don’t have a lot of new things to talk about, so I thought I might post some more in depth review of some of the summer season anime that I’ve been watching. Let’s get started!
Let’s start with Elegant Yokai Apartment Life. This was an anime that I originally thought would be a fairly run of the mill occult high school anime. In the end the story took a much more mature take than I had anticipated. The first surprise that I encountered was the relationship between Yushi Inaba (the main character) and Hase Mizuki (his school friend). The typical pattern in anime would be for Yushi to have a female childhood friend who would act as his emotional support. In this case, however, the primary role of emotional support is played by a male friend. The first season has started to explore their relationship, showing how men can be supportive of each other. This show is actually doing some important work in deconstructing toxic masculinity and helping to destroy some of the bad tropes that exist in other media. Yushi relationships with the residents of the Kotobuki-So also show a more nuanced style of writing than is typical in seasonal anime. Yushi returns the kindness and respect of the other characters, but is also chartiable, even to those who try to cause him harm. He also does not suddenly get some idea that he is any sort of “chosen one”; he only sees himself as a person who happens to be in a place where he can make a difference. There is a second season currently airing in Japan, but as of this writing, there is no announcement of simulcasting in the US.
Next, is Restaurant to Another World (Isekai Shokudo), which is likely the least isekai series to come out in recent years. Conversely, it actually includes “isekai” in the title. Very misleading. In honesty, the series is much more focused on food and cooking, using the “isekai” concept to introduce characters who are unfamiliar with the types of food they are about to eat. There is very little plot in this series; each episode revolves around a new character eating a food, usually something they have not eaten before. As a bit of a food lover, I enjoy this type of show; but I can understand that I am in a small niche.
That’s all for this week. Next week, I’ll start to discuss the seasonal anime that I’m watching. Until then, game on!
Hi Readers! I'm a little late posting an article this week due to attending Rocky Mountain Con. In this article, I'll be discussing conventions and the anime series Gamerz!. Read on for more.Read More
Hi everyone! Sorry about the absence last week, but I've been busier than I expected. I got another interview finished up and posted earlier this week, and am planning to get more out next week. What else have I been doing? Read on to find out!Read More
Hello readers! We are one week past Nan Desu Kan (two weeks past Fort Collins Comic Con), and I'm finally feeling a bit rested and ready to get back into the normal routine again. Podcast edits are coming along, and will be posted as I complete them. I'll also be putting my thoughts to those two conventions to pen in the next week as well. Until then, let's talk about the ordinary things that I've done this week.
Crystal and I have been watching some of this season's simulcast anime on Crunchyroll. Several weeks ago, we started watching Restaurant to Another World (Isekai Shokudou) and this past week we started watching Elegant Yokai Apartment Life (Yokai Apartment no Yuuga na Nichijou). I have managed to catch up to the simulcast on both of these shows. Restaurant to Another World is about about Western cuisine restaurant in Japan that is connected to another world every Saturday. Each episode tells the story of a patron and the food that they order. There are a few tenuous connections between some of these patrons; however, the portals to the restaurant appear in various parts of the other world, allowing many different people to access the .restaurant.
Meanwhile, Elegant Yokai Apartment Life is about a high school student whose parents have died. Although his relatives are willing to take him in, Yushi feels that he is a burden and applies to a school that has dormatories. Unfortunately, the dorms burn down only a few days before he is supposed to start school. Faced with the prospect of having to move back in with his relatives, Yushi starts hunting for an apartment that he can afford on his part-time job. The only thing he can find is a room in an old creepy building. The building is actually haunted, and exists at a sort of dimensional cross-roads. Aside from the supernatural themes, the show actually deals with issues of friendship and masculinity. I did not expect this show to discuss some of these themes, but it has been a pleasant surprise.
Other than that, I've ordered parts for a new computer and am looking forward to getting it up and running soon. Hope you check in again next week and until then, game on!