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My Weekend With Akira

My Weekend With Akira

On the flight to Sydney to meet Akira, the word “off-kai” rang continuously in my head. This was the first time I’d gone to meet someone from the internet, and I was reminded of what 2DT said of his meeting with Akira and the nerves he had beforehand, in his post on 2-D Teleidoscope. I […]

Anime Person of the Year 2011?

Anime Person of the Year 2011?

It’s the time of year when people like to reflect on the events and people who shaped the last last twelve months and that’s not different among anime fans, particularly bloggers. So while the 12 Days of Christmas are underway again this year in various locations, and in various incarnations, most of which are particularly […]

Contrasting Portrayals of Female Nerds

Contrasting Portrayals of Female Nerds

This season features a funny coincident in that two of the more prominent anime feature hardcore otaku in the lead roles. And while Kuragehime‘s Tsukimi and Ore no Imouto‘s Kirino are both otaku, the differences between them are blatant. But there are also some interesting similarities past the surface. They both have issues with family […]

10 Things I Hate About You (Idiot Fans) Part B

10 Things I Hate About You (Idiot Fans) Part B

Continuing from where I left off before, because the list just got too damned wordy, I want to instead focus on the more volatile pieces of anime fandom that piss me off. Unlike the first five items, which are just general fan pissing contest annoyances, these next five are much more serious. My friends and […]

The Purity Fixation

The Purity Fixation

Two years ago, a comic serialized in Comic Rex stirred up a huge controversy after the sexual purity of its main heroine came into question. Flamewars were had on 2ch, and over-zealous fans teared up their tankobon volumes in protest. The author fell deathly ill after the controversy occurred (in an unrelated and extremely unfortunate […]