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AnimeSuki 2009 Choice Awards: Picking Winners

AnimeSuki 2009 Choice Awards: Picking Winners

This is happening a lot quicker than it did last year. This time last year there was a massive gap between the end of nominations and voting, which didn’t start until the 25th of Jan. This year, voting is going to be over before the 20th. Personally, I think it was better the way Kyomi […]

AC’s Top 20 Anime of the Decade

AC's Top 20 Anime of the Decade

This has been a decade of mixed reactions for some people. A handful may see it as a period of renaissance, paying tributes to giant robots and classic mecha of the 80s and 90s in the form of instances such as Tengen-Toppa Gurren Lagann and Gundam SEED. Others see it as the period of the […]

NHRV Editor’s Choice Awards – April 2009

NHRV Editor's Choice Awards - April 2009

Today, a new tradition at The Nihon Review is starting: the NHRV Editor’s Choice Awards. Every six months from now on, in the months of April and October (to coincide approximately with the start of a new major season), each of the NHRV Editors will pick one anime that has recently aired and been added […]

Natural moe

Natural moe

In anime, moe is so rammed down our throats sometimes that it is easy to grow tired of it. It’s become a successful component in anime, to the point now that (to pull a number out of my ass) ~90% of anime use the moe art-style for character designs, but like all successful things, it […]

Five Memorable Themes From the Winter 2009 Season

Five Memorable Themes From the Winter 2009 Season

…and a few thoughts on the current season. Mild spoiler warning for the tagged anime.