Shooting The Moon: A Symphogear Fansite

Hey, guess what! I made a whole website! Based on my panel! About Symphogear! In the style of a late-90s/early-00s Geocities fan shrine! I’m super excited to share it with you! I talk about the origins and the staff and the themes and the characters and the plot and the music and why I’ve grown to love this goofy dumb show so much! Check it out! And remember: Watch Symphogear!


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Serial Experiments Lain: 20 Years of “Present Day, Present Time”


“I wanted people to understand Lain, the girl. Ultimately, I want them to love her.” -Yasuyuki Ueda

Serial Experiments Lain came out in 1998, twenty years ago. It was the cusp of the new millennium, and the world was changing. The future seemed so close. With the rise of cyberpunk, sci-fi had started to become less speculative and more rooted in extensions of contemporary modernity. The internet was on the rise – AOL CDs were everywhere you looked, after all. Anxieties and excitement about technology were rampant: the dreaded Y2K bug was almost at hand, and the dot-com bubble was well on its way to full inflation. And Lain was determined to be a show fit for the coming of the 2000s.

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Irreversible: Made in Abyss and the Point of No Return

the clouds below

“A journey from which you can never return. Treasures that you can never again acquire. Your very life, which once lost will never be restored. Nearly all things in this world will never go back to the way they once were. Understanding that, people still continue, even today, to get up and take another step forward. Spurred on by the thought of viewing a landscape they’ve never seen before, they keep on walking. A longing for the unknown, you see, is something not a single soul is capable of stopping.” Continue reading

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A Podcast in Which I Get Excited About Meganebu

Mr. Flawfinder has asked me (along with fellow blogger Lord Reiseng) to be a guest on the first episode of his series of “Anime That Everyone Disagrees With You On” podcast (a topic on which he is very well-suited to speak). Basically, we each picked a show that we dislike that most people like (or at least, a show that we don’t like as much as most people do), and a show that we like that most other people don’t. Continue reading

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I’m Still Alive, and I Was on a Podcast!

It’s been a little while! I’m not dead, just busy, and having more ideas about things to write than I have time to write them. I was, however, more than happy to accept the invitation from my buddies Flawfinder and Deadlight to return as a guest to their Seasonal Anime Podcast, and talk about some of our favorite (and not-so-favorite) non-sequel new series from the Summer season.

You can listen to the podcast on Deadlight’s blog here:

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Down the Slippery Slope: Why I Collect Anime Figures


I had to squeeze two smaller shelftops’ worth of figures on here for this photo (some figures are hidden in the back and not visible), but the point stands: I need more shelf space.

Froggy-kun over at Fantastic Memes wrote a post the other day asking “Anime Figurines – Are They Worth It?” My answer, as it is to most questions, is “it depends.” Many of the downsides are pretty obvious – they’re expensive, they take up space, they don’t really do much, they can be fragile, the list goes on. So what’s the appeal of it? Why do people even buy figures at all? I, as far as I am down the so-called “slippery slope” of figure-buying, still occasionally find myself looking at my shelf full of figures and asking myself what I’m doing with my life. Why am I even spending my hard-earned money on all these useless things? Here are a few of the things I tell myself in response.

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Top 20 Anime of 2013

the senpai we all need, the senpai we all deserveAfter a barrage of really good series last year, 2013 stepped things back a little to take a breather, slowly working its way up from an empty winter season to a promising-but-disappointing spring to an acceptable summer before finally pouring its heart and soul into the fall. Continue reading

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12 Days of HOTBLOOD 2013, Day 1: Baron Ashura The Magnificent

NOTE: If you’ve seen Shin Mazinger Z, you noticed that there’s something I pretty blatantly handwaved over in my previous Mazinger posts. If you haven’t, I would heavily advise you to stop reading before the break unless you want the crap spoiled out of the best part of an already amazing series. I’d also advise you to just watch the show already, but if you’re comfortable with your poor taste, then that’s your own choice.

baron ashura

It’s been pretty obvious for most of the series now who Imagawa’s favorite character is. With significantly greater screen presence than anyone save Kouji Kabuto himself (and maybe Tsubasa, but I’m not as sure of that one), Dr. Hell’s right-hand wo/man has been given the lion’s share of directorial love. Baron Ashura gets all the best backstory. Baron Ashura gets all the best cinematography tricks. Baron Ashura gets all the best fanservice scenes. Baron Ashura is, quite simply, the best. Continue reading

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12 Days of HOTBLOOD 2013, Day 2: The Perfect Being

the perfect being

This is it! We’ve reached the epic final showdown – the final battle with the final Pillar Man for the Red Stone and the fate of the world. Continue reading

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12 Days of HOTBLOOD 2013, Day 3: Grand Finale


The final battle of Shin Mazinger Z is so awesome that not only does it span the final five episodes of the series, it wraps around and reaches its ultimate conclusion in parts of episodes 1 and 2. And it’s not like the Shingeki type of long battle where it takes forever because nothing happens. There’s amazing stuff going on pretty much constantly, wherever you look, from all characters.
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