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Fall 2011: First Thoughts

Fall 2011: First Thoughts

I was foolish to expect this to be a quiet season. While the far and away best anime airing right now technically came from Summer (Mawaru Penguindrum), Fall has just gone “bang” with a number of new series worth getting excited about. There’s a slate of sequels (and prequels in the case of Fate/Zero) from […]

AnimeSuki 2010 Choice Awards: Picking Winners

AnimeSuki 2010 Choice Awards: Picking Winners

It’s on again, and just as I have for the last two years, I’ll be covering this year’s AnimeSuki Choice Awards by sharing my thoughts on the categories, telling you who I’ll be voting for and, most importantly, trying to predict the winners. Last year, I managed to correctly pick 13 of the 18 categories […]

On Exploitation

On Exploitation

During my recent trip, I noticed that not much has changed in Japan since I came last summer, but one can see the commercialization of moe progressing rapidly. The new rage in Japan is what my friends and I have facetiously dubbed “life goods” (after Kyoto Animation’s booth at ‘ket, which sold K-On character “life […]

Tsundere Sexuality: A Second Cut

Tsundere Sexuality: A Second Cut

October must be Tsundere Appreciation Month here at BtNHRV. Sorrow-Kun‘s random twitter thought seemed to have generated much discussion and debate amongst the readers of this blog. I happen to think that there’s no direct correlation between tsundere and sexuality or promiscuity. Each character is different; it is our reaction to them remains constant across […]

What if Saten had been Railgun’s Protagonist?

What if Saten had been Railgun's Protagonist?

Yesterday, Saten Ruiko (of A Certain Scientific Railgun) won Group H of Saimoe, edging out Fate Testarossa by 39 votes. This is quite a feat, and she will now join moeblob powerhouses Nagi (Hayate), Shana (Shana), Nodoka (Saki), Koromo (Saki), Yamada (Working!), Mafuyu (Maid-Sama!!) and Azusa (K-On!!) in the final eight. She is also the […]