The 6th Annual Anime Secret Santa Project Begins!

September 18, 2014


It might seem early to be thinking about the holidays, but in order to get this ever-growing project off the ground we have to get started! Every year we have people say they never heard about the game so we are extending the window a bit on how long you can sign up. Once again, it is time to call for participants for the 6th Annual Anime Secret Santa Project!

The idea of this project is for everyone who participates to be reviewing a show that they might not normally watch or might have overlooked. Everyone will get someone else in the project to review a series of their choice and in return review something picked by one of their fellow bloggers. The goal is threefold for everyone involved:

  • Mixing up what you watch and review on your blog.
  • Getting other people to watch things you feel deserve more attention.
  • A way to interact with other bloggers thus creating possibilities for cross blog readership, also it fosters an environment to try other cross blog experiments.

Here is how this little experiment will work: If you want to participate send us your Name, Blog Address, and My Anime List Link (or some other equivalent listing) via e-mail (secretsanta.rt [at] gmail [dot] com) with subject: Secret Santa Participant. Due by Sunday, October 5th. Make sure that your MAL (or whatever!) is updated as much as possible before you submit it. Also, if you will not watch fan-subs mention that in the e-mail, too.

We will then make a circular list of everyone involved in the project that only we will know the order of. The order of the list will be made completely at random. Everyone will then receive the name, blog, and list of the person they are the Secret Santa for. You will then suggest three shows for the person all of which must be 26 episodes or less (yes, you can suggest movies, too). The shows must be subtitled in some fashion. Remember that you are picking shows that you hope the other person will like and give an honest chance. Look over their list and whether they watch fan-subs then try to pick out something good but unexpected.

Once we get everyone’s picks we will then pass on the shows to the recipients. No one except us will know the names of the person who gave you your choices. You then pick the show you are going to watch. Everyone is responsible for getting their own material for the review. You will receive your show choices by the end of October.

You then have until late December to watch the show you were assigned and write a review. On the week of Christmas everyone will post their reviews for the Secret Santa Project. We would prefer you to post your review on Christmas Eve but you can alter it as to the schedule of your blog. On Christmas Day, we will reveal the name of who had who as a Secret Santa along with a small post about the project.

Again: If you want to participate send us your Name, Blog, and My Anime List (or some other equivalent listing) page via e-mail (secretsanta.rt [at] gmail [dot] com) with subject: Secret Santa Participant. Due by Sunday, October 5th.

Just in case someone does not know what traditional Secret Santa is.

Why we don’t do manga secret santa.


Case Closed Reviews: Summer 2014 Pt. 1

October 1, 2014

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First impressions are great but what about our thoughts after we’ve watched an entire series week to week? We figured our listeners might want to hear our final impressions as well so we’ve created the Case Closed Review podcast. Just like the S.W.A.T. Reviews, these will be mini-podcasts and completely off the cuff.

Here are the shows we finished from the spring and summer seasons:

Listen – Final impressions of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders from David Production. It is streaming on Crunchyroll.

Listen – Final impressions of Haikyu!! from Production I.G. It is streaming on Crunchyroll.

Listen – Final impressions  of Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun from Dogakobo. It is streaming on Crunchyroll.

Listen – Final impressions of Aldnoah.Zero from A-1 Pictures. It is streaming on Crunchyroll, Hulu, Daisuki, and Aniplex Channel.

Listen – Final impressions of Tokyo ESP from Xebec. It is streaming on Hulu and Funimation.

Listen – Final impressions  of Terror in Resonance from MAPPA. It is streaming on Hulu and Funimation.

Listen – Final impressions of  Space Dandy S2 from Studio BONES. It is streaming on Hulu, Funimation, and Adult Swim; plus it is being broadcast on Toonami.


The September 2014 Line-Up

September 30, 2014

narutaki_icon_4040 Nostalgia rated highest this month for me!

hisui_icon_4040 Wow! That is a lot of Type-Moon licenses. I guess everything is coming up Alain.

The Line-Up is a monthly rundown of new anime, manga, light novel, artbook licenses, streaming/broadcasting announcements, crowdfunding projects, anime/manga projects, and live-action anime/manga adaptions.

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I am DONE with You: Summer 2014

September 29, 2014

hisui_icon_4040 So another anime season is wrapping up and anyone who regularly follows the blog and podcast will know that means we have to do the Case Closed Reviews as shows end. We have to do them quickly because the new shows for the SWAT reviews are right around the corner. But there are a few shows that I watch on my own that have wrapped up recently. Since Kate did not watch them I don’t feel like recording a solo Case Closed Review but I do feel like I should put down my finals thoughts in some format. I decided to put out this post just in case anyone was curious how these shows turned out in the end.

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All Points Bulletin: Lamby Dance Barrel

September 28, 2014

If you have any suggestions for what to highlight on an APB drop us a line via email or Twitter.

narutaki_icon_4040 Kate’s picks:

  • MoCCA Fest is Moving
    Having a nicer, newer, and more artistic space is definitely welcome. The real downside is the previous location was more centrally located and had transit very close by. So now MoCCA Fest will be nearly the exact same long trek as NYCC.
  • Sweet GitS Poster

hisui_icon_4040 Alain’s picks:


narutaki_icon_4040 Adorbs.


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