Its been a long time since I’ve done a round-up, but here we are again with another anime season and with 3-4 weeks behind us, it’s time to sort through the good and bad. As usual, I won’t be covering sequels or spin-offs, though I am introducing ratings for each show from 1 to 5. For those who want a quick recommendation, go with Charlotte, Gakkou Gurashi, or Gate.
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The Japanese have been influential on many fronts, and the one thing that seems to have taken the world by storm is anime. The diverse art form has been distributed via all media forms, extending fandom across the continents, especially in North America. Although the majority of Americans don’t tend to respond well to foreign films and TV, anime has successfully penetrated American entertainment and pop culture with the Dragon Ball franchise, Pokemon, Spirited Away, and a host of other Japanese-inspired cartoons. The worldwide phenomenon is now being revered in annual conventions, so if you’re an anime fan that would like to partake in some cosplay while checking out the latest trends in the industry, Las Vegas is the city to be at.
Over the past couple of decades, the gambling capital has diversified their image from solely being an entertainment for casino goers. The truth is that that millions of people still make the trip over to Sin City to experience the liveliness of the gaming floors, which Intercasino describes as having a festive and lively atmospheres that usually keep the patrons awake gaming for hours. But
with all the Las Vegas conventions that celebrate and reveal the innovations across the industries, the city adds a few more reasons why a Vegas trip is definitely worth the time and money for many people, including anime fans.
Below is an overview of anime conventions held in Las Vegas:
Originating in Baltimore, Maryland, Otakon is America’s largest East Asian pop culture expo which expanded to a new location last year. The Vegas convention is more intimate than the Baltimore event, but conveniently held in the Planet Hollywood Resort along the Strip, right in the middle of all the excitement. Otakon takes place around mid January.
LVL Up Expo
If you’re an avid gamer, you’ll love this exhibition. Held on May 30 and 31 this year, LVL Up Expo is an annual event that showcases the latest technology in anime video games. Using various gaming platforms, exhibitors interact with event participants with exciting competitions, such as the popular Pokemon All-Stars Gym Leader Challenge and PC/Console tournaments like Ultimate Street Fighter, Mario Kart, and Mortal Kombat.
This Labor Day weekend, Sabakon will open its doors to all ages at the Alexis Park Resort where attendees can express themselves artistically through costume and participate in lots of activities. They also have a Sabanetics Tech Show that allows you to play 3D virtual reality games as well as other interactive technology. The fun never stops at this convention.
Note: This is a guest post.
This has been a very inactive year for me in terms of blogging, but that doesn’t mean that I’ve stopped watching anime. With the winter break giving me some time off, it means I can bring you another year of Nopy’s Top 10 Anime Girls.
As with my rules for previous years, a character can only make it on to this list if their series aired this year. This helps to disqualify characters from ranking in multiple years and gets some new faces on the list. I use a sophisticated and confidential grading system called “Nopy’s Subjective Ranking” which is based on looks, personality, achievements, and overall awesomeness to pick and order the top 10. No other ranking system comes close to subjectively picking out the best anime girls of the year. So without further ado, lets take a look at who the year’s top 10 are:
10. Nanana Ryuugajou (Ryuugajou Nanana no Maizoukin)
Just barely making the list is Nanana Ryuugajou, the busty, hiki-ghost. Although she comes off as s ditzy pudding-loving gamer, she’s actually a super genius with some incredible wrestling moves. Nanana also has a bit of a mysterious past surrounding her death, which is intriguing, and she is the mastermind behind all of the cool dungeons that protect her treasures.
Zankyou no Terror, also known as Terror in Resonance, aired from July – September 2014. It’s a short 11-episode series from Aniplex, but I think it captures the 21st century like no other anime, making it a good watch. I haven’t seen an anime represent the problems of our world as well as Zankyou no Terror since Shin Sekai Yori. Some of the themes that the anime covers are: terrorism, information spread, a lost generation, and government actions. If you haven’t heard of Zankyou no Terror before, below is the official plot outline:
In an alternate version of the present, Tokyo has been decimated by a shocking terrorist attack, and the only hint to the identity of the culprit is a bizarre video uploaded to the internet. The police, baffled by this cryptic clue, are powerless to stop the paranoia spreading across the population.While the world searches for a criminal mastermind to blame for this tragedy, two mysterious children—children who shouldn’t even exist—masterfully carry out their heinous plan. Cursed to walk through this world with the names Nine and Twelve, the two combine to form “Sphinx,” a clandestine entity determine to wake the people from their slumber—and pull the trigger on this world.
The other day I was rewatching The Garden of Words and noticed something significant that I left out of my original post. As with every viewer, I can only analyze a story from my existing beliefs, understandings, and knowledge. That said, it is difficult at times to observe, interpret, and understand everything from a Japanese viewpoint when I was raised in Canada and taught western culture and literature. Therefore, I hope that this addendum will help others who grew up in a similar environment as me to better appreciate the beauty of The Garden of Words.
It’s good to be able to have time to go to another anime convention. After missing the big 20th anniversary of Animethon last year, I was happy to be able to attend this year.
If you haven’t seen my previous posts on Animethon, here are some quick facts:
- It’s a 3-day convention held annually in Edmonton, Alberta.
- It’s the oldest anime convention in Canada that’s still going.
- It’s the largest anime convention in Western Canada.
One of the nice things about Animethon is that it’s probably the most over-looked anime convention by big companies, making it large while still maintaining a close-knit community feel. I think it’s largely due to Edmonton’s lack of global recognition compared to Calgary and Vancouver, but that’s not a discussion for this blog.
It has been a month since the summer season started so it’s time to do another round-up. With one exception, I’m only providing commentary on the new series (a whopping 27 this time), which excludes sequels, remakes, spin-offs, etc. If you aren’t familiar with my round-ups, this is where I offer my initial thoughts on new anime based on the first 1-5 episodes, followed by my recommendation and whether I thought it was worth watching.
The summer hasn’t officially started, which means it’s still spring and there’s time to do another anime season round-up! Here I offer my thoughts on the anime airing this season and whether I’m watching them or not. I’ve left out sequels since it wouldn’t make sense to start a series in the middle of the story. Keep in mind that my opinions are from the point of view of a mid-20’s male who’s been watching anime since the mid 90’s so there are some biases.
For my regular readers who are wondering why this is so late, I have legitimate excuses: my program stuffed 16+ courses into 8 months so my final exams didn’t begin until everyone was done theirs; I had to attend a conference for a week after finals; I went to NYC for a week after the conference; I had to pack up and move back home for the summer, and I just settled back in to work. Enough about me though, let’s talk anime.
The other day I made this tweet with the following image:
It seemed to draw quite a bit of attention so I decided to write a post and ask the anime fans reading this to share any images you might have showing how your room has changed over the years. As with community projects I’ve done in the past, I invite anyone with a blog, webpage, social media account, etc. to share your experiences. Send me a link and I’ll make a list at the bottom of this post.
Another year comes to a close and it is time again to list Nopy’s top 10 anime girls. This is the fourth year in a row that I’m making this post, so you guys should know the drill by now. Any girl in a series that aired this year and that I watched is eligible for my list. I try not to select girls that had a shot at the list in previous years. My criteria for selection is overall likability, meaning it could be anything from they look cool, have interesting personalities, make me laugh, or are just pure awesome. Here are my top 10 anime girls of 2013:
10. Ryuuko Matoi (Kill la Kill)
Ryuuko just barely made it onto the list with the help of the last few episodes of Kill la Kill. With only one transformation, she was starting to get boring, but now that we know she and senketsu can change into different forms, it makes her so much cooler (not to say she wasn’t already cool). Her guts and determination to avenge her father make the battles worth watching and who could ignore that outfit.