Secret Santa Review: GA Geijutsuka Art Design Class

Having spent the majority of my anime fandom fully absorbed into the “moe slice of life” show, I’ve actually found it quite difficult to find some sort of framework in which to judge its merits. I mean, there is certainly a formula at work when it comes to being able to, as an industry, package and …

AniNaNo 2012, Day 1: My Title Can’t Possibly Be This Bad!

Ah, it has started, NaNoWriMo 2012. We’re on the first day of November, and the adrenaline of those first few days have unsurprisingly started kicking in. By joining NaNoWriMo, you’ve convinced yourself that writing every day was a challenge that’s worth taking and bragging about. As such, you’ve taken on this journey of fifty thousand words (which …

AniNaNo 2012: Let the Madness Begin!

In some parts of the world, NaNoWriMo has already begun, but in North America, the 30-day writing marathon starts in a few hours. In previous years, I’ve always made a point of not posting on this blog much during the month of November, simply due to the chaos of writing a 50,000 word novel in …

A Presidential Debate About the State of Anime in 2012

With the second of three presidential debates already in books, Americans everywhere are one step closer towards the end of a wild campaign leading up to the upcoming election. Tuesday’s event was a riveting back and forth between two candidates, and not a single punch was held back. What wasn’t televised afterwards, however, was an …

Kick-Heart and the Kickstarter Approach to Writing Fiction

I recently backed Maasaki Yuasa’s Kickstarter for a 10-minute animated short called Kick-Heart. In short, Kickstarter is a fundraising platform in which creative projects are realized through the financial support of people who want to see interesting ideas come to fruition. In Maasaki Yuasa’s case, his idea is a story of two pro-wrestlers, one a …

Make Saimoe 2012 More Interesting With a Fantasy Saimoe League!

Earlier this year, I posted a series of posts relating International Saimoe to March Madness, a national college basketball tournament. I replaced teams in the bracket with moe characters and predicted the outcome of the tournament by comparing the relative level of moe of each girl representing the teams in the tournament. It was pretty …

Administrative Stuff: The End of Endless Summer

What a wild ride that was! For 10 days, starting on August 24 and ending on September 2, I watched the entirety of the Haruhi Suzumiya franchise, including both anime series, two web series, and the movie. After participating this event for two years running (this year being the year I took up the mantle of organizing), I …