AniBloggers For Fireys

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There has been an #AuthorsForFireys hashtag running on twitter for sometime now. I thought I’d start something similar for anibloggers.

The rules that I’m following (feel free to change them) are simple:

  1. Pick an episode of something that you wouldn’t normally review (see after the jump for the horror that I’ve chosen to inflict on myself).
  2. Give people a week to bid on getting the review emailed to them a week before you publish it. You can run the bids on the blog post, and/or on twitter.
  3. When the winner provides evidence of their donation to a suitable Australian Bushfires Charity, watch the show, write your rant review and email it to them.
  4. A week later, publish it on your blog for all to see.
  5. Rinse and repeat if desired.

And, now, drum roll please, the… thing that I’m offering to watch a full episode of is: Continue reading

Viewing the Autumn Colours in 2018

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I headed back to Japan in November to view the Autumn colours. I really enjoyed travelling with Inside Japan last year and enjoyed doing so again this year.

This trip included meetups with online friends in Japan, and some semi-self guided touring at the end. A summary of the trip is after the jump if you’re interested in catching up, and links will be added as the photos for each post are curated.  Continue reading

A Kantai Collection Alternative: K-On Inspired Hijinks

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Kantai Collection Key Visual (AnimeLab)

Kantai Collection Key Visual (AnimeLab)

A little while ago I wrote about how the tight focus on Fubuki helped Kantai Collection (2015, aka KanColle) succeed as a series. I certainly don’t have any issues with the KanColle we got – Fubuki-chan is a more than acceptable lead, and the series stands up well to rewatching.

However KanColle could have been a very different show. Episode 6 Destroyer Division 6 and the Battle of the Curry Seas! feels like the pilot for that other show. Continue reading

Chihayafuru Part (2019/20): Deja Vu All Over Again

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Chihayafuru 3 Key Visual (CrunchyRoll)

Chihayafuru 3 Key Visual (CrunchyRoll)

I am finding Chihayafuru part 3 to be an odd experience to watch at the moment. Having seen the live action movies, and especially Chihayafuru Musubi, I am getting a sense of deja vu constantly.

In a very real sense much of what made Chihayafuru Musubi sing for me as a movie is being established in Chihayafuru part 3, a sense reinforced by the fact that this season of the anime is currently in part of the time skip between the second live action movie and Chihayafuru Musubi. Continue reading

In/Spectre (2020): First Episode Impressions

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In/Spectre Key Visual (CrunchyRoll)

In/Spectre Key Visual (CrunchyRoll)

In/Spectre is an odd beast, and one that I’m not sure handles the disability aspects of the premise as well as it should. There are also other concerns that In/Spectre will need to handle carefully.

That said In/Spectre does have an intriguing premise and I’ll probably keep watching for the moment. Continue reading