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Happy 8th Birthday Reverse Thieves!

July 6, 2015

Since traditionally 8th anniversaries are centered around bronze and pottery, we are expecting gifts of bronze Gunpla and Kuroko’s Basketball-themed plates and cups. If you’re in the modern anniversary camp, then Alain will be accepting Saber figures with real lace as part of her dress.

(This year we actually remembered the anniversary of the blog and did not have to scramble to get this done. OK. We might have had to scramble a little because this post comes out between AnimeNEXT and Otakon and in the middle of a new anime season BUT not because we forgot it this year.)

In 2015, we came one step closer to being “real” bloggers as Lauren Rae Orsini interviewed us for her book: Build Your Anime Blog. It is always a little weird to see oneself listed as a successful anime blogger. Our section of the book expressed our general philosophy for the blog and what we love about blogging and podcasting.

Our Monday reviews and editorials remain the bedrock of Reverse Thieves with the APB and Type-Moon Weekly News Roundup going strong. And our consistent posting schedule has led us to more than 1,700 published articles. We will almost surely have over 2,000 posts between the two of us by the Reverse Thieves 10th anniversary which certainly sounds incredible to us.

On the new front, we did our first season-specific anime awards post for winter 2015 and we’re continuing that. Anything that gives us a chance to highlight more great series is worthwhile in our book. We have a few other things coming down the pike, but we can’t give details yet.

Podcasting has become a bigger portion of our content in recent years with the success of our SWAT Reviews for the new seasons and our Case Closed Reviews to finish out each season. The big change for Reverse Thieves in the last year lays with the format of The Speakeasy Podcast as it happens. We both missed the Ongoing Investigations post as a chance to talk about things we have been reading, watching, and doing without having to make a whole topic out of them thus it was added to the podcast. It also frees the podcast from being about a specific topic unless we have a big idea on our minds.

Speaking of more podcasting, we do have a new feature coming . . .

In honor of the U.S. BD release of Cowboy Bebop, we are pleased to announce our Cowboy Bebop Rewatch Podcast. We’ve been watching episodes one at a time and recording an in-depth podcast about every session. Currently, we have half a dozen episodes in the can but we’re waiting to have a larger queue before we start releasing them weekly. We hope to release our first episode soon after Otakon.

If the reaction to this rewatch podcast is well received (and we don’t utterly hate the process of doing it), we may continue the series with other nostalgic titles.

Thanks for stopping by Reverse Thieves whether this is your first time or your hundredth over the years. We really appreciate all of the people we’ve met through this ongoing endeavor.

-Alain
~ kate

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All Points Bulletin: Josuke Edition

July 5, 2015

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

hisui_icon_4040 Alain’s picks:

 narutaki_icon_4040 Kate’s picks

  • ALL ABOARD!
    Japanese trains skinned in anime.
  • Traditional Ukiyo-e with a Modern Twist
    We’ve seen traditional prints of video games and other geeky series, but what makes this really cool is seeing the process and the older artists doing it. May the woodblock print be with you.

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hisui_icon_4040 I for one am looking forward to an animated version of Diamond is Unbreakable and beyond.

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Type-Moon Weekly News Roundup: It Might Be Real (This Time)

July 4, 2015

This Saturday post is the weekly Type-Moon news in addition to the regular APB post on Sunday. If you have any suggestions for what to highlight on the Type-Moon Weekly News Roundup drop me a line via email or Twitter.

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Kenjiro Hata, Nous Voilà!

July 1, 2015

French Hayatehisui_icon_4040 So I just checked the statics for the site. Beside of course the United States, the country we have gotten the most traffic from this year is France. So on the off-chance we have a small but silent French readership (as opposed to people just coming to the site for pictures) I decided to write this post.

So Kate’s old advice is NEVER look at the guest listing for Japan Expo France because it will only cause you heartbreak when you see who they get every year. I normally follow her advice BUT I can’t help what I randomly see on Twitter. Anyone who has talked to me for more than a month usually notices that I will bring up Type-Moon and Hayate the Combat Butler whenever I can. Naturally that also means that I follow Kenjiro Hata, the author of Hayate, on Twitter. So I just saw a tweet from him about be excited to pack for his big trip to France. At first I was just glad he was getting out of the studio and having some fun. Mangaka stepping away from their titles is often good for their health and creativity.  Then it hit me what time of the year it was. It was no a regular vacation. He was going to Japan Expo. A quick check proved my deduction was correct.

So here is where I ask for help. I can’t make it to Japan Expo. That is just crazy talk. BUT someone who regularly reads the blog might be going. So I have three requests.

1. Could anyone get me Kenjiro Hata’s autograph? I know that getting a mangaka’s autograph can eat up a chunk of your convention but I figure it can’t hurt to ask. He is probably my favorite mangaka. If I can’t meet him then getting his autograph would be the next best thing. I’m willing to do some sort of autograph exchange from anyone at Otakon his year if that makes the offer more tempting.

2. If that is too much all I would ask is that someone attend his panel and tell me what is said there. The more information about Kenjiro Hata, Hayate, and/or Seiyu’s Life! I could get the happier I would be.

3. If anyone attends one of his panels and does not have their own question during Q&A I would love if anyone could ask any of the follow questions:

  • Is Sonia Shaflnarz based on Ciel from Tsukihime?
  • Will Orumuzuto Nadja ever make the jump into the main Hayate story or will she always be in the omake limbo?
  • What is the most obscure reference you have ever made in one of your manga?
  • What was the most important lesson you learned from Kōji Kumeta?
  • What is your favorite classic manga you think everyone should read?

I hate to have to beg like this but I am not sure if I will get another chance like this anytime soon. If it were anyone else I would not be so adamant about it. I admit this is a crazy shot in the dark but I would greatly appreciate any of this if someone had the ability to help me out.

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