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Kanon Wakeshima Guest at Animethon 20

June 14, 2013 By: Nopy Category: Announcements

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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

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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

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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

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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

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“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

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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

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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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Da Capo III Review

May 09, 2013 By: Nopy Category: Anime

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I had never seen any of the Da Capo series before , but after hearing about how good Da Capo I was, I thought that maybe I should give this franchise a shot. Since Da Capo III was airing last season, it was my first foray into the Da Capo universe… and I was sorely disappointed. I’ll just cut to the chase and say that the series was utter crap… so why did I keep watching to the end?

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Megami Magazine Vol. 154

May 05, 2013 By: Nopy Category: Megami Magazine

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Today we have Megami Magazine Volume 154 (March 2013). The front cover features Miho from the series Girls and Panzer on a camouflage background. I actually quite like the cover this time, it’s bright, cheerful, and of a high quality. There’s a good selection of posters this time, which you can see below.

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Sena Kashiwazaki by Kotobukiya

April 30, 2013 By: Nopy Category: Figures

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Sena Kashiwazaki is one of the main characters from Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai. She’s smart, athletic, pretty, popular, and has no friends, which prompts her into joining the neighbours club. Kotobukiya released this 1/8 scale figure of her in August 2012 for a price of 6800 yen. There are a number of figures out there of Sena, but what made me decide to get this one was the butterfly that rests on her knee.

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