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Traditional Games and Success in Anime

June 27, 2013 By: Nopy Category: Anime


Sports anime used to be a mainstay of the anime industry with huge titles such as Slam Dunk, Captain Tsubasa, and Prince of Tennis. Nowadays you don’t see as many sports anime, but their influence lives on through anime based on what I would consider traditional games. When I talk about traditional games, I’m not so much referring to old games, but ones that you would expect seniors to play during their free time. Games such as go, mahjong, and karuta tend to have more aged players due to stereotypes, though a number of young people do gain interest in them. Despite the stereotypes associated with these games, they have spawned very popular anime such as Hikaru no Go, Saki, and Chihayafuru. What made them so popular, and can that be applied to any game?

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Princess of the Crystal by GSC

June 22, 2013 By: Nopy Category: Figures


After being delayed for a bit, Good Smile Company’s Princess of the Crystal figure was finally released in June 2013. The Princess of the Crystal comes from the anime Mawaru Penguindrum, probably best known for leaving a lot of people scratching their heads. The figure is 1/8 scale, making it stand at about 19cm tall. It was sculpted by Iwanaga Sakurako and retails for 9800 yen.

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Kyouko Sakura by GSC

June 19, 2013 By: Nopy Category: Figures


Kyouko Sakura is the last character from Puella Magi Madoka Magica to be given the figure treatment by Good Smile Company. This 1/8 scale figure of her was sculpted by Ken Kawanishi and was released in September of 2012 at a MSRP of 7800 yen. She is posed such that it looks like she has just jumped down from a ledge while holding a partially eaten taiyaki.

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Kanon Wakeshima Guest at Animethon 20

June 14, 2013 By: Nopy Category: Announcements


As tomorrow is my last day on the board of directors for ASAPA, the organization that runs Animethon, I figure I’d do one last thing to help out: spreading the word about Animethon 20′s latest guest, Kanon Wakeshima.

The announcement was made earlier today through the Animethon 20 website and social media. Kanon is probably best known among anime fans for her song “still doll” which was used as the ending theme for Vampire Knight. Even though I have never seen Vampire Knight, I have heard her music numerous times and I think she’s a wonderful artist. Any hardcore Kanon fans among you may want to book your tickets to Animethon 20 now if you want to get an autograph or see her perform live. Other guests include Capella, DJ Shimamura, Christopher Sabat, Patrick Seitz, Twinfools and Nova, Lucas Gilbertson, Carol-Anne Day, and The 404′s. Animethon 20 will take place August 9-11, 2013 at the Grant MacEwan downtown campus in Edmonton, AB, Canada.

Unfortunately, I will not be able to see Kanon myself as I am moving to Toronto a few weeks before the convention. I hope some of you do go though. Not only will you get to see Kanon, but you will also be attending the oldest *cough* and best *cough* anime convention in Canada and visiting Nopy’s hometown :)

Observations in The Garden of Words – An Explanation of Shoes, Rain, and Love

June 04, 2013 By: Nopy Category: Anime


Since the release of Makoto Shinkai’s latest film, The Garden of Words, the general reaction to it has been positive with unanimous agreement that it is a visually stimulating work of art. Unfortunately, there also seems to be a number of people who think that The Garden of Words is lacking in story, character development, and closure. I have to disagree with those people as I found the 45 minute film to be bursting with hidden meanings that address all of those things. In fact, I think The Garden of Words is Shinkai’s most thought-out and deliberate film and I will discuss why by offering some of my interpretations.

I have structured this post to cover aspects in roughly the same order that they make a significant appearance in the film. It may seem awkward with the way they’re connected, but it helps to highlight just how much is going on in the background.

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Megami Magazine Vol. 157

May 30, 2013 By: Nopy Category: Megami Magazine


Tsukiko Tsutsukakushi from Hentai Ouji to Warawanai Neko is featured prominently on the cover of Megami Magazine volume 157 (June 2013). While Tsukiko looks cute in the anime, I think she looks cuter in Kantoku’s original illustrations of her, as shown here. There also happens to be a nendoroid petit in the same pose as on the cover. In order to get this nendoroid you will need to order a copy of Megami Magazine Goods+ August 2013. For those not familiar with the Goods+ line, it’s separate from the main Megami Magazine and rather than focusing on posters, it includes random goodies like figures. Keep in mind though that a Goods+ volume costs twice as much as a regular Megami Magazine. Those looking for other Henneko goodies might want to check out the goodies section after the posters below. As always, any super ecchi content is censored by the text links.

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Megami Magazine Vol. 156

May 28, 2013 By: Nopy Category: Megami Magazine


The 156th volume (May 2013) of Megami Magazine has a nice mix of posters from the winter and spring anime seasons. The front cover features the main girls from Girls and Panzer in their beach attire. Girls and Panzer seems to be the featured series in this volume with a related freebie and being placed on the large poster. More on that can be seen at the end of this post. To start things off, below you will find the pin-up posters included in this volume. As usual, any super ecchi ones are censored and can be viewed by clicking on the links.

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Anime Time and Being Busy

May 23, 2013 By: Nopy Category: Anime


“I’m busy, I have no time for anime.” – Aging anime fans.

It’s largely accepted that as people get older they start to gain more responsibilities and have less free time for things like watching anime, but is that really true? After giving it some thought, I really started to wonder if people stop watching anime because of time and responsibilities. Without much information to go on, I decided to look at how my viewing habits have changed over the years.

If you want to know how I got into anime, you can read my anime history, but to give you a quick run-down, I was hooked in the 90′s and have been actively seeking it out ever since. Things were pretty good for about a decade, but when I graduated from high school and started university in 2005 it certainly felt like all of my free time just evaporated. The same thing happened again in 2010 when I got my university degree and started working. I didn’t want to think about it, but I could feel the time that I had for anime start to slip away. In order to see how much anime I’ve had to give up over the years, I decided to chart all of the TV anime (this excludes movies and OVAs) that I have completed from 1990 to 2012. Thanks to MyAnimeList, this data was readily available and I took the midpoint of each series to be the year that it “aired” so that it doesn’t stretch across multiple years. The results are a bit surprising, as you can see below.

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Megami Magazine Vol. 155

May 15, 2013 By: Nopy Category: Megami Magazine


Megami Magazine volume 155 (April 2013) came right at the end of the winter 2013 season so there are a number of posters for completed series, but there are a few for series that are still airing. The cover features Akane from Vividred Operation in her transformed state. Her smile and pose really help to showcase her cheerful side and brighten the magazine’s cover. Before getting into the posters, just remember that any super ecchi content isn’t shown directly on this page, you’ll have to click on the links to view them.

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How to Become a Mecha Pilot

May 12, 2013 By: Nopy Category: Anime


Decades of sci-fi robot anime has given us a good idea of how to become the pilot of a high-tech giant robot, commonly known as mecha. Admittedly, not everyone who wants to become a pilot will, but there are some things that you can do to increase your chances.

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