Fate/kaleid liner PRISMA ILLYA 2wei Herz! #005: Moving Beyond Beyond Economics 101

August 22, 2015

hisui_icon_4040 The filler continues with another episode that is all new material. If you go to the beach in one episode then the only proper follow up summer activity is always the local festival. There is no way that Prisma Illya would break that anime tradition. The amusement park if anything is more of the deviation.

This in many ways marks the end of Summer vacation. It is not the end of the vacation period but past this point it is usually doing homework and other last minute preparations. The twilight is the last moment of pure fun with everything else being a slightly lazy transition back into the standard routine. Being a magical girl is no different in this regard. This is the last time Illya, Miyu, and Chloe have to be regular girls before they confront the 8th card. But just like with a mundane vacation there is still the ever present specter of conventional responsibilities hovering over head just out of sight. Only when your a magical girl those responsibilities have a far greater potential to be deadly.
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Cowboy Bebop Rewatch Podcast Session #01: Asteroid Blues

August 19, 2015


As Cowboy Bebop has become this evergreen ambassador of anime, we decided to go back and re-watch the show now that is has gotten a beautiful Blu-ray box set. Every week we will share our memories and then re-evaluate these stories with 16 years of experience and distance. Which episodes are just as we remember, which have major flaws, and which have aged like a fine wine. At the same time, we will also look back on the music, cultural references, and holistic connections contained within each episode. Plus, we will judge if there in an appropriate amount of Ein.

Does Cowboy Bebop hold up as a classic or was its reputation all a dream? Let’s rewatch Cowboy Bebop together and find out!

Session #01


The Wakuing Dead

August 18, 2015

Ghost Trick Phantom DetectiveJoin us at Waku Waku NYC August 29th and 30th!
Enter code WAKUFULWAY to get a weekend pass for $35.
(expires: August 19th)

hisui_icon_4040 As a follow-up to the code we gave out yesterday for Waku Waku NYC, I wrote a little article for the convention site about an overlooked gem on Keiji Inafune’s resume.

Lest everyone forget this is still ostensibly a detective-themed blog, the article highlights Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective which is a game beloved by Kate and I. If you have never played the game (or never heard of it) then I really suggest you read the post.

(Then go out and buy the game.)

Ghosts of the Past



NYC Gets A New Anime Con

August 17, 2015


Join us at Waku Waku NYC August 29th and 30th!
Enter code WAKUFULWAY to get a weekend pass for $35.
(expires: August 19th)

There is a hole in the heart of New York City otaku; we miss having an annual anime convention. NYC seems like the ideal place: a hub of international travel, a great public transportation system, plenty of places to stay, and so much to do in general. Several people have tried to grow an anime convention in the City That Never Sleeps. The Big Apple Anime Fest and New York Anime Festival were both valiant efforts to take advantage of the location but neither of them lasted more than a few years.

Waku Waku NYC is the newest attempt to try again and we’re really excited! This time, it is happening in Brooklyn. And the focus is on Japanese culture in addition to anime and manga.

Waku Waku’s most eye-catching guests (for us anyway) are Takao Koyama, Makoto Koyama, and Keiji Inafune. Takao Koyama and Makoto Koyama have both written from various iterations of Dragon Ball Z. As Dragon Ball is undoubtedly the most evergreen of all anime franchises, they are no small draw. Keiji Inafune is one of the integral forces behind Mega Man. His current work on Mighty No. 9 and Red Ash have recently made him a constant focus of attention.

True anime otaku should take note of  a couple screenings over the weekend: Chibi Maruko Chan 1000th Episode Special and Sanrio’s The Nutcracker. Plus, Dragon Ball Z movies Tree of Might and Broly – The Legendary Super Saiyan screenings with the Koyama’s. There is also more interactive fare like Real Escape Game: 1000 Treasure Hunters (don your detective hats!) and a playable demo of Mighty No. 9.

Finally, and maybe best of all, Waku Waku is taking advantage of NYC’s rich food culture by having a slew of Japanese food stalls with everything from curry and ramen to matcha tea and taiyaki. You can spend the whole day at the convention and never worry about going hungry!

Can Waku Waku NYC grow roots in New York City unlike its predecessors?

Join us at Waku Waku NYC August 29th and 30th!
Enter code WAKUFULWAY to get a weekend pass for $35.
(expires: August 19th)



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