The Blog and Podcast:
The Reverse Thieves started as a detective-themed anime and manga blog duet in mid-2007. We write joint posts where you can see ideas between us on a wide variety of topics. We wish to delve deeper into anime and manga by examining the strengths and weakness of the mediums and the fandom that surrounds them. With character- and story-focused analysis we hope to examine where anime and manga have come from, where they are going, and what are the mechanics and philosophies that define them. We try to have an emphasis on the positive by celebrating titles we enjoy while promoting little known gems.
In recent years, we’ve added individual posts by each of us to expand our content. These come about whenever we feel the need. This is also reflected in our weekly Ongoing Investigations post where we discuss what we’ve been reading/watching/etc. lately.
Since variety is the spice of life, on occasion we go a little off topic to discuss other geeky interests on the blog. You might see the occasional post about comics and cartoons from around the world, sci-fi and fantasy, or video games and other sorts of gaming as well. Hopefully this gives you a little insight into what else we do in our free time while not shifting the focus of the blog too much.
We added podcasting in 2010 thanks to encouragement from Anime3000 and have since expanded it. We speak about weighty and flighty topics alike, review the new seasons of anime, and provide some on the scene discussions with the same casual conversational manner that we have on the blog.
The blog and podcast are continuing to grow so we hope you will continue to provide comments and criticisms so you too can be part of the dialog.
International Detective League Case File NAUSNY07152007B: The Reverse Thieves
Alias: Alain, Brainwasher Detective, Saber fan #1
League Member Number: 0089192191820
Hisui is a mystery wrapped in an enigma; there are no known records of him before the formation of the Reverse Thieves. The apocryphal story is that Hisui was once one of the world’s greatest phantom thieves attributed to being the mastermind behind the Windsor Castle affair, the Baley Blood Diamond caper, the 101 Bank Heist, and countless other infamous incidents. The story then follows that in the midst of pulling off his greatest crime he was caught by Narutaki. Taken in by her beauty and intellect, he turned over a new leaf and co-founded the Reverse Thieves detective agency. His mixed knowledge of anime, manga, video games, science fiction, and role-playing games along side with his more unorthodox detective style lends credence to this story. Whether or not this tale is fact, Hisui is now on the side of justice and honor helping solve many a baffling mystery.
Alias: Kate, Ken-oh, Gackt fan #1
League Member Number: 1411821201119
Narutaki is a hard living detective that has been in the business for over 15 years. In her childhood, she wandered the world studying under such great masters as Marple, Holmes, Akechi, and Kudo. Through this she gained a great appreciation for the solid detective work that has become a signature of the Reverse Thieves. She has taken down more criminals single-handedly than some international police organizations in total. Notable cases include recovering the Pattington collection, breaking up the MYST spy ring, and catching the Red Card killer. In her globetrotting adventures she also gained an equal passion for animation and comics from all over the world as well as videogames and literature. She now divides her time between cracking cases, doing graphic design, and writing about anime and manga. She accepts payment in the form of Nightmare Before Christmas and Disney memorabilia. Her preference for clients is tall, dangerous blond men but she will take any case where someone is in need.
You can always leave us a comment on our entries but if you want to send us a message personally, whether it be a question or a request for a subject or just general feedback, we’d love to hear from you so send messages to: reversethieves[at]gmail.com
Podcasts/Blogs we have guested on:
- All Geeks Considered – Genericon XXVI Roundtable (Hisui)
- Ninja Consultant – Show #108 – NYCC 2012 Convention Coverage (Hisui)
- The Cockpit – Episode 2B – Lets Go Passion (Hisui)
- I Heart the 80s - Tomorrow, When The Chuck Norris Began… (Hisui)
- The Cockpit – Episode 2A – You Get To Burning (Hisui)
- Ani-Gamers Podcast – Episode #041 – Laser Claws and Robot Sex (Narutaki)
- Eroge Bus – Episode 15 – Dengeki Stryker (Hisui)
- The Cockpit – Episode 1 – It’s Space Time! (Hisui)
- Manga Out Loud – Pirated ANNcast from Otakon 2012 (Hisui)
- OSMcast! – Mass Effect 3 – 4-16-2012 (Hisui)
- Otaku in Review – Episode 97 – The Best Anime of 2011 (Hisui)
- Reisen Goes to School by Bus – Eroge Bus – Episode 6 (Hisui)
- Anime3000 – Bonus Round – Initial D S1
- Manga Out Loud – Episode #49- NYCC/NYAF Part 1 with Kate, Sean, & Twitterless Ron (Narutaki)
- First Issue – 25 weN s’CD eussI tsriF
- Anime3000 – Bonus Round – Kaleido Star S2 and OVAs
- Reisen Goes to School by Bus – Eroge Bus – Episode 3 (Hisui)
- Rainbowsphere – Carnival Phantasm 2: Gal Undo (Hisui)
- Eeeper’s Choice Podcast – Like a Bird of Paradise! Rio: Rainbow Gate Roundtable (Hisui)
- Rainbowshpere – Carnival Phantasm 1: The Gate of Babylon is Clearly Cheating (Hisui)
- OSMcast – Otakon 2011 – 8-22-2011 (Hisui)
- Nigorimasen Podcast – #12: Low-Rent Victorique (Hisui)
- Poblabor – Episode 6 – Brave Up, J-Decker! (Narutaki)
- Anime3000 – Bonus Round – Revolutionary Girl Utena Pt. 1
- Anime3000 – Bonus Round – Guin Saga Pt. 1
- Anime3000 – Bonus Round – Kaleido Star S1
- Podlabor – Episode 5 – Crunchy Drivers
- Anime3000 – Bonus Round – Dragon Ball: Curse of the Blood Rubies
- Otakus Help Japan – Anime Fans Help Japan 24-hour Podcast – Sunday 3/20 8:30AM (live)
- Manga Out Loud – Scooby Doo Mystery Inc (Spoilers Warning) with Kate & Clarissa (Narutaki)
- Anime3000 – Bonus Round – Strike Witches
- Anime3000 – 20 Questions (Narutaki)
- Podlabor – Episode 4 – Disney, Disney, and More Disney (Narutaki)
- OSMcast – Cross Game – 11-8-2010
- Anime3000 – Bonus Round – NYAF/NYCC Review
- Anime3000 – Bonus Round – 8/5/10 – Otakon: It’s Fantastic!
- Nigorimasen Podcast – #10: Otakon Schedule Runthrough
- Animeshon – S2 Ep8 – Nostalgia
- Ani-Gamers Podcast – #030 – Code Geass (a.k.a. Pepperoni Hotdogs in the Pizza Crust?!)
- Manga Out Loud – Mechademia Vols 1-3 with special guest Reverse Thieves
- Ani-Gamers Podcast – #029 – I’ll Take My Chances With the Robot
- Manga Out Loud – April Manga Moveable Feast Roundtable – Mushishi (Hisui)
- Manga Out Loud – Pluto Response by Reverse Thieves (Spoilers Warning)
- Ani-Gamers – Guest Post: Tezuka and the 108 Stars of Destiny
- Otaku in Review Podcast – Sleeping with Hisui (Hisui)
- Tim Maughan Books – Guest post: Rocket Punching Straight to Your Heart: An Absolute Beginners Guide to Mecha
- Anime 3000 – Panel – S02E10 – The Reverse Thieves Podcast
- Ani-Gamers Podcast – #023 – A Melodramatic Podcast Revolt
- Ani-Gamers Podcast – #018 – The Mega-Podcast
- Anime 3000 – Panel – S02E02 – The New Season of Anime (Hisui)
- PopCultureShock – Guest Review: Hayate the Combat Butler, Vols. 9-11 (Hisui)
- Anime 3000 – Panel – S01E03 – All About Manga (Hisui)
- Ani-Gamers Podcast – #012 – NYCC09 Blogger Roundtable
- Ani-Gamers Podcast – #011b – Goodbye 2008! (part 2)
Events we have attended as Press:
- New York Comic Con 2012
- Otakon 2012
- AnimeNEXT 2012
- New York Comic Con / Anime Fesitval 2011
- Otakon 2011
- AnimeNEXT 2011
- Genericon 2011
- MangaNEXT 2010
- New York Comic Con / Anime Festival 2010
- Otakon 2010
- AnimeNEXT 2010
- New York Anime Festival 2009
- Otakon 2009
- AnimeNEXT 2009
- Yatterman World Premiere (2009)
- New York Comic Con 2009
- Providence Anime Conference 2008
- New York Anime Festival 2008
Panels we have run/participated in:
- Kill ‘em All and Let Sunrise Sort ‘em Out: A Yoshiyuki Tomino Panel (Genericon 2013 – Featured Panelist)
- The 156,804,000 Yen Panel: Being a Better Otaku Through Hayate (Genericon 2013 – Featured Panelist)
- Type-Moon: Unlimited Panel Works (Genericon 2013 – Featured Panelist)
- New Anime for Older Fans (Otakon 2012)
- Type-Moon: Unlimited Panel Works (Otakon 2012)
- Investigating Detective Anime (Otakon 2011)
- Best Manga You Never Read (Otakon 2011)
- Type-Moon: Unlimited Panel Works (AnimeNEXT 2011)
- Real Men Watch Shojo (AnimeNEXT 2011)
- Investigating Detective Anime (AnimeNEXT 2011)
- Best Manga You Never Read (AnimeNEXT 2011)
- Investigating Detective Anime (Genericon 2011 – Featured Panelists)
- Anime Recruitment (Genericon 2011 – Featured Panelists)
- One Piece: A Portrait of Pirates (Genericon 2011 – Featured Panelists)
- Best Manga You Never Read (MangaNEXT 2010)
- Anime Recruitment (New York Comic Con / Anime Festival 2010)
- Otaku Perceptions and Misconceptions (AnimeNEXT 2010)
- Bloggers Roundtable (New York Anime Festival 2009)
- Anime Recruitment (New York Anime Festival 2009)
- I Can’t Believe You Haven’t Seen This! (Otakon 2009)
- Anime Recruitment (Otakon 2009)
- I Can’t Believe You Haven’t Seen This! (AnimeNEXT 2009)
- Blogging and Podcasting Roundtable (Castle Point Anime Convention 2009)
- I Can’t Believe You Haven’t Seen This! (New York Anime Festival 2008)
- Anime Recruitment (New York Anime Festival 2008)
- Anime Recruitment (AnimeNEXT 2008)
- Fan Scanlations Stole My Innocence (MangaNEXT 2007)
- Anime Recruitment (Otakon 2007)
- Best Manga You Never Read (MangaNEXT 2006)
Little is known of the man simply called Lothos. He appears to be in his mid to late 20s, stands about 5’9, most often appears rather unkempt, and has a propensity for smoking cigarettes. His favorite words include “meh,” “hrm,” and “bah.” His favorite color is dark grey. His favorite food is pizza. His lucky numbers are 3, 17, 23, and 26,951.
The first recorded sighting of Lothos was shortly prior to the assassination of Egyptian president Anwar Al-Sadat in 1981. While there is no official evidence proving so, it as generally agreed upon that he had no involvement in this particular matter, despite him being linked to various other nefarious actions since. During the next few years he spent his days studying midwestern United States culture and assimilated himself into their community. He had a cat named Dante for a short while, and later a dog named Sherlock. Both animals are currently missing, whereabouts unknown.
During the late 90s is when he began having regular communications with another POI (person of interest) known as BoxingOctopus (see file #090238). While it is uncertain exactly how many dubious plots the two collaborated on, it is quite apparent through both circumstantial evidence and eye witness accounts that the two were operating in tandem. It was also around this time that he developed an interest in Japanese culture, particularly their multimedia. Procured bank records from various retailers indicate large sums of money were spent on this hobby, the sources of this money are unknown as the accounts were held in Zurich and such information is not available. He showed a particular interest in the animated television series “Neon Genesis Evangelion” and had an almost careless attitude towards purchases regarding said title.
He is ruthless in his endeavors and through the investigation of crime scenes and suspected hideouts it has been determined that he displays perfectionist qualities. Currently his whereabouts are unknown as are his assignments. We are investigating a user at the website www.reversethieves.com” who refers to himself as Lothos and is in possession of certain intelligence which makes him suspect. Further details will be disclosed as they are verified.
The Boxing Octopus is a marvel of cryptozoology. Once relegated only to the nightmares of fisherman, he is now known to have existed as the last of his species for atleast the last 6000 years. The Boxing Octopus is not a member of the octopus genus, but is in fact a man that can breath underwater and withstand the sub-freezing temperatures and extreme pressures of the deepest seas of earth. He gets his name from his ability to use his beard like an octopus’ tentacles. These tentacles can expand in size to seemingly no limit and he uses these appendages to sink ships or drink beers. On any average day, he would be indistinguishable from any normal human, and few mortals have witnessed his terrible abilities without paying with their lives. There has been speculation that the United States government has employed this creature, but no documentation or hard evidence exists at this point.
I was formed in Sydney, Australia in 1973. I am considered a pioneer of hard rock and heavy metal.
I underwent several changes before releasing my first album, High Voltage, in 1975. Membership in me remained stable until bassist Cliff Williams replaced Mark Evans in 1977. In 1979, I recorded my highly successful album Highway to Hell. I almost disbanded when Bon Scott died on February 19, 1980, after a night of heavy alcohol consumption. But soon, ex-Geordie singer Brian Johnson replaced Scott. Later that year, I released my best selling album, Back in Black.
I have sold more than 200 million albums worldwide, including 69 million albums in the US. I ranked fourth on VH1′s list of the “100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock.”
I was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in March 2003. During the ceremony, I performed “Highway to Hell” and “You Shook Me All Night Long”.
Steven Tyler of Aerosmith described my power chords as “the thunder from down under that gives you the second-most-powerful surge that can flow through your body.”