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All Points Bulletin: Japanese Cuisine Storm

August 24, 2014

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:

  • If You Just Have Too Much Money in Your Wallet
    Then you might want to contribute to these two crowd funding campaigns:

    • Histeria!: The Extra Credits crew is trying to raise some money to do more history videos. If you want to see what their Punic Wars videos they are all here.
    • Filling the Super Combo Gauge: The crew of Alpha Counter and the Method to Madness podcast are testing the waters with a Indiegogo. They do some funny stuff so you can check them out and maybe give them a little tip for their efforts.
  • Otakon Graffiti 2014
    Lets get some more Otakon reports!

    • Is Paris Burning?: Anigamers shows off their interview with Hidenori Matsubara as well as his public Q&A. Hidenori Matsubara was probably the most overlooked Japanese guest this year so I’m glad someone is giving him some attention.
    • Aww Shuckett: I have listened to some horribly done Otakon review podcast in hopes of finding some gems. The Grand Shuckett Crew’s report is one of the diamonds. They might have done almost nothing I did at Otakon but they report on all of it really well.
  • More Shadowrun
    You know you want to listen now. This is a look at the Shadowrun Returns: Nightmare Harvest mod.
  • Clothes Make the Man
    Naked people have little or no influence on society.
  • Storm Warning
    The secretive Penguinbear Project has finally be revealed and it is a Yurikuma Arashi TV anime by Studio Silver Link. It seems that more details will arrived on a new countdown clock for the next two months.

 narutaki_icon_4040 Kate’s picks

  • All the Shonen Jump
    If it is new in Japanese Weekly Shonen Jump, we’ll be seeing it in the U.S. version, too. A bunch of new titles are set to premiere and we’re promised to get “most” them…unless they are sports titles I suspect…
  • Travel the World of Japanese Food
    …in NYC! A handy guide for trying a myriad of Japanese cuisine.

 

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hisui_icon_4040 Itsa Me, Mako!

 

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Type-Moon Weekly News Roundup: The Faker is also a Hatter

August 23, 2014

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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Otakon 2014: Concerts

August 22, 2014

hisui_icon_4040 I’m sure the question everyone in charge of the Otakon musical selection had this year was “How do you follow-up Yoko Kanno and T.M.Revolution with a side of Chiaki Ishikawa and Home Made Kazoku?” The real answer is that you can’t. What you do is march ahead without looking back and just provide a great experience. You provide a show that any other convention would kill for even if it is not as spectacular as last year. In that respect I think ALTIMA and Yoshiki were an amazing lineup. At most conventions outside of Anime Expo Yoshiki alone could have been your entire musical lineup and been something people talking about for years. So both acts in one weekend was quite impressive.

I myself saw both concerts which was quite a treat. As per the rules of music at the anime con the ALTIMA concert was a rollicking Friday performance that was filled with jumping around, screaming, and silly audience participation. Yoshiki’s Sunday piano recital was mostly far more classy and mellow but there was a little of that X Japan madness thrown in as a little treat as well. Very Yin and Yang to be honest but also very welcome.

I am curious. Do you know of anyone who wanted to get into the Yoshiki concert but could not get a ticket? It seemed like there were a decent number of extra tickets floating around but I wonder how many of those never ended up in the hands of someone who wanted them. This is not major criticism of how the tickets were given out. As far as I know everyone who wanted to go actually got to go. I just want to check that is actually how it was for the most part.

narutaki_icon_4040 Otakon has always been a convention that takes their musical acts very seriously, some years they are the main draw for many fans. This year had that same level of love.

This year Otakon moved the Friday concert back to the convention center instead of the Mariner Arena. Sunday’s location has remained the same, so this time both concert were held in the same hall. There is an itimacy to the space which I enjoy and it worked especially well for a performance like Yoshiki’s.

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Fate/kaleid liner PRISMA ILLYA 2wei! #007: Sister Act 3 – Breaking the Habit

August 21, 2014

hisui_icon_4040 As much as we like to pretend to be above such things our psychology proves that time and time again at our base programming we are pack animals. That does not mean we are slaves to these impulses. We are still creatures of reason. It just means it is just as unwise to ignore that these impulses exist as it is to constantly give into them. That means that we tend to organize ourselves into hierarchical groups whenever we are around each other be it adding a new friend to a circle of buddies or a new coworker at the office. Families tend to be a little more subtle about this power dynamic but mostly because such jockeying within the food chain of a household tends to be either instantly determined by birth or build up over the years. The only real exception to that rule is when a new family member is added to the mix. This is one of the few times a person can earn or lose their place in the household so quickly.

As the newly adopted daughter of the von Einzbern family Chloe has one chance to determine who is boss. She clearly can’t overtake Irisviel. Humans can not pass into the realm of the gods. Kiritsugu is just too much of a stone cold bad ass for the discount Archer to overtake so him so the only point of entry on the top is to try to sneak in above Illya.

Who will be on top when the dust settles? Will Shiro always be the bottom of the totem pole? (Spoilers: yes.)

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