Observations in Boku Dake ga Inai Machi – An Explanation of Light, Colour, and Becoming a Hero

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I’m sure many of you have already heard about how good Boku Dake ga Inai Machi (a.k.a. “Erased”) is, but have you ever stopped to consider all of the different meanings hidden behind each characters’ words and actions? Boku Dake ga Inai Machi is jam-packed with them and is the latest anime that I think is worthy of another Observations post. If you haven’t seen Boku Dake ga Inai Machi yet, please note that there are plenty of spoilers below.

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Gundams in Edmonton!?

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The first season of Mobile Suit Gundam – Iron-Blooded Orphans is soon coming to an end, with an epic battle in the Arbrau capital of Edmonton starting in episode 24. For those of you who have not heard of Edmonton, it is a real city; the capital of Alberta, Canada and known as the “Gateway to the North”. Of course, having been born and raised in Edmonton, I’m am very excited to see how the Gundams of the future will tear up my city. If you’re interested in visiting Edmonton some day for a Gundam pilgrimage, I’ve highlighted some of the areas shown in the anime below.

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Summer 2015 Anime Round-up

summer2015Its 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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Anime Conventions to Check Out in Las Vegas

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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:

Otakon 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.

Sabakon
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.

Zankyou no Terror – Reflections of the Early 21st Century

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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.
I didn’t think the outline really brings out the masterpiece of Zankyou no Terror, so I’m going to cover what I got out of the series.

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