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The Country of Chihaya

The Country of Chihaya

  The small valleys of the Country of Chihaya lie between the two imperial giants, the Country of Boys and the Country of Girls, posessing culturally the traits of both of its titannic neighbors, yet unique in its own traditions. Fields of rice are plentiful by mid-summer, and the plains are as golden as the […]

3rd Anime Oscars?

3rd Anime Oscars?

For the third year running, I’ve set up a mock award for anime, based on the Oscars and timed to coincide with Hollywood’s most prestigious annual awards. I’ve tried to make this award resemble the real Academy Awards as closely as possible, with a couple of allowances for the sake of relevance and convenience. This […]

Who’s Had a Good Year in 2010?

Who's Had a Good Year in 2010?

It’s December, the time when the anime blogosphere reflects on the year that’s been, so we can expect a swathe of “the year in review” articles coming soon. Our own “Year in Review” article will be published in the first few days of January (here’s last year’s for those unfamiliar to our yearly tradition), and […]

Seeking Happiness and Loving What You Do – Nodame Sure is Subversive

Seeking Happiness and Loving What You Do - Nodame Sure is Subversive

(Minor spoilers to follow of Nodame Cantabile ~Finale~.) She had it all: her performance of Chopin’s 1st Piano Concerto was greeted with fanfare and was broadcast across the globe, reaching and touching the hearts of many classical aficionados.  Fame! Prestige! Honors! They were all within her grasp! Yet, when it was over, Nodame, wasn’t elated; […]

The Myth of the Season

The Myth of the Season

Fans and critics of anime across English-speaking communities over the internet have all been operating under a terrible misunderstanding. It is a misunderstanding that, I believe, will require significant effort to correct on the part of hundreds of people, and will take much time for us to overcome – particularly for the blogging and fansubbing […]