Anime Power Rankings: My Lovely Trio Story (Spring Week 3)

Okay, maybe last week I was a little hard on this crop of anime. I all but declared that Spring was a Bad Season with subpar offerings. Yet APR’s voters, quite the vociferous crowd, came back this week and notified me, with their words and with their ballots, that there is hope yet for a “lovely trio” of Japanese cartoons.

Rank Title Episode #1 Votes % of Ballots Change
1 My Love Story 3 12 58.9% up+3
2 Blood Blockade Battlefront 4 7 48.2% up-1
3 Sound! Euphonium 3 9 46.4% up-1
4 Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works 16 4 25.0% up-1
5 (tie) Heroic Legend of Arslan 3 3 28.6% 0
5 (tie) JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders 40 2 21.4% up+4

On the cusp: My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU TOO (3/19.6%), Ninja Slayer From Animation (2/17.9%)

Number of voters: 56

Number of full ballots (ranked 5): 45

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Anime Boston 2015: Exclusive Interview with Uchiyama Kouki

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Anime Boston is a special event that I will always hold close to my heart. Much of the its sentimental value lies with a long list of firsts. It’s the first entertainment/hobby convention I’ve ever attended. It’s the first time I met anime fans outside the college bubble. It’s the first time I became a sucker to merchandising. So when the local anime gods known as “Convention Staff” granted me press access, I ecstatically added one more item to the list: interview a voice actor.

The interview itself started ridiculously awkward. Fifteen minutes before the interview, slightly earlier than prescribed by the staff, I anxiously waited in the designated room. Clutching my press pass in one hand and laptop in the other, I sat in silence with only a dozen empty chairs as company. A moment later, two random people entered and took seat at the front. Then more silence. It took me ten minutes (yes, I counted) to learn that I was chilling with Uchiyama Kouki the whole time. After offering a butchery of the Japanese language through a self-introduction (I studied Japanese for a year in college, so I wasn’t that bad. Pro-tip: Confidence masks most errors made by non-native speakers), we began what would eventually become one of the coolest events of my life.

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Anime Boston 2015: LiSA Press Panel

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So during this magical year of ridiculous snowfall and winter blues, international Japanese Pop Diva LiSA graced us lowly denizens of New England with her presence this year at the 2015 Anime Boston. Accompanied by a legit rock band (unlike the 2012 performer Itou Kanako — damn, that was an awkward show), LiSA dominated the stage for nearly two hours making thousands of ecstatic weeaboos gleefully jump for joy and scream at pitches even higher than her own range. It was a fantastic performance, and honestly one of the better concerts (regardless of music genre) that I have attended over the past few years.

Once the dust had settled and the ringing in my ears ceased, I was given one more awesome gift: her exclusive presence at a media panel. Along with three other happy fans interviewers, we gathered for a half-hour Q&A session to learn more about this rock star who created several infamous anime theme songs (e.g. Sword Art Online, Fate/Zero, and Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei), three studio albums, and one fantastically Engrish stage name (LiSA actually stands for “Love is Same All”).

Thankfully, I was allowed to record this wonderful Press Panel. As an added bonus, my podcast co-host Kelloggs transcribed the entire interview and added some color commentary. I did too — but meh. Please enjoy the live recording!

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Anime Power Rankings: Lukewarm Reception and a Wide Open Field (Spring Week 2)

We knew the golden days of Bahamuts and Shirobakos and Death Parades would end. We knew we were in for an inevitable letdown anime season sooner or later. Those days have arrived; we’re seemingly without a top tier original hit that knocks everyone on their butts while simultaneously the latest entry to the cheesecake database is the most notable thing to come out of this season so far. Still, there’s more than enough entertaining premises and solidly functional shows to tide over the discriminating anime fan.

Rank Title Episode #1 Votes % of Ballots Change
1 Blood Blockade Battlefront 3 10 50% 0
2 Sound! Euphonium 2 6 44% up+1
3 Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works 15 7 38% up+4
4 My Love Story 2 2 36% up-2
5 Heroic Legend of Arslan 2 1 34% 0

On the cusp: Show By Rock!! (0/30%), My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU TOO (3/20%), Ninja Slayer From Animation (4/20%), JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders (2/20%)

Number of voters: 50

Number of full ballots (ranked 5): 40

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Friday Anime Podcast 73: Tuesdays with Boob Strings

Friday Anime Podcast 73

On this week’s Friday Anime Podcast, we give our first round of impressions of the new season. Kelloggs gets mad that Hibike! Euphonium is superior to K-On! in every way. Dream Katari praises Danmachi for having it all about his wheelhouse. Aeroblip ruins Plastic Memories with his dumb speculations. And Emperor J retaliates by talking about how much Oregairu Zoku sucks (not really). And like usual, there are sport references and nonsensical talk.

Guests:
Kelloggs (Pedantic Perspective)
EmperorJ (LowerMidTable)
Dream Katari(MediaKatari)

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