Canberra Meat on a Stick, er, Multicultural Festival 2016


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I went to the Canberra Meat on a Stick, er, Multicultural Festival today. As always this is the weekend when I’m reminded why I choose to live in Canberra instead of Sydney.

The festival is not a small exercise, so I thought it might be interesting to see the transformation of Civic into the festival, plus some tweeted thoughts on the festival itself. Continue reading

Show some respect for dubs. We wouldn’t get commercial subs without them.


Earlier this morning I saw this:

Given that Erica Mendez is a voice actor with a fairly impressive resume I suspect that she (or other VAs that she knows) has been on the receiving end of some tweets that I would regard as harassment.

I’m not a fan of dubs, but this sort of behaviour is unacceptable. It would be unacceptable even if we didn’t depend on dubs for commercial subtitles. Speaking of which, here’s a bit of a twitter rant from earlier: Continue reading

Yes, 2016 is a federal election year, but it won’t be early. You should still enrol now.


I’m collecting these tweets so I can use this post to point and laugh at anyone suggesting either a double dissolution*or a house only election. Now with added snark and links to back up what I was saying from memory.  Continue reading

AnimeLab’s Truth in Advertising and Pedantic Perspective’s Public Service


When I woke up this morning I checked the phone apps for  AnimeLab and CrunchyRoll to see if there was anything that I would be watching tonight. I hadn’t seen Undefeated Bahamut Chronicle and was considering giving it a try if there was nothing else on.

Then I saw this: Continue reading

Garakowa: Restore the World (2016) with some spoilers



I wanted to like Garakowa: Restore the World[1] if only to support the future streaming of anime movies[2]. Alas, my reaction is best summed up by “Meh”, and I’m sitting here trying to work out why that is.

It is at least a pretty film, and very short at 66 minutes. Continue reading

Winter 2016 Season Round-up


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Since I’m sick at home with a summer cold[1] here’s a roundup of the anime premieres that I’ve been looking at. If I watch other new stuff I’ll come back to this and edit it. So, in no particular order: Continue reading

The New GATE: Thus the JSDF Fought There Opening SUCKS.


I’m going to hold off on writing up the new GATE: Thus the JSDF Fought There episodes until I have a better feel for where the story is heading. Some of the initial signs are less than promising.

What I am truly, definitely, unhappy about is the new opening. The song isn’t too bad, and might grow on me.

However the studio had 3 months to prepare a new OP animation to support the song and this… this… travesty is the best they could come up with? Really? Continue reading

Shōwa Genroku Rakugo Shinju: First Impressions


Shōwa Genroku Rakugo Shinju is one of the most culturally Japanese anime I’ve seen in a long time, and one that I’m intrigued by. So far at least I’m sold on the deeply impressive opening episode.

In the first episode, a newly released prisoner Yotaro seeks out the master rakugo performer Yakumo to become his apprentice. Given the unusual setting and topic[1] I’ll need to define a few terms first. Continue reading


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