Pre-Otakon 2019: Hisui’s Solo Adventure!

(note: No Type-Moon Weekly News Round Up this week)

hisui_icon_4040_round I’m not going to lie to you. Doing Otakon coverage without Kate is a little bit frightening. Otakon is always just such a beast of a convention. Truth be told no one could ever cover it all and even when there were two of us there were always parts of the convention we wanted to see that slipped through the cracks. I have covered AnimeNEXT and other conventions without her but Otakon is always a triathlon compared to simple marathon of covering other conventions.  I will do my best and see what happens.

DOWNLOAD THE PRE-OTAKON PODCAST

Be sure to attend Our Panels!

New Anime for Older Fans
Saturday, 10:15 AM, Panel 6 (Room 152A)

Star-Crossed Alien Lovers…in Robots!
SUNDAY, 12:45 PM, Panel 5 (Room 151B)

My tentative schedule for the convention:

Friday
09:00 AM Urusei Yatsura: 40+ Years, Datcha!
10:15 AM Abrakadabra! Magic Systems in Anime
11:30 AM Shojo Manga’s Lost Generation
12:45 PM Comparing US and Japanese Comics with Hiroshi Nagahama
02:00 PM Mix! panel with Kikuko Inoue and Michihiko Suwa
03:15 PM DENPA Manga Licensing Panel
04:30 PM Kyogoku’s Guide to Directing and Animating Anime from Tokyo Ghoul to Yuru Camp with a side of Kuroko no Basket
05:45 PM Live Drawing with Studio Trigger
07:00 PM Planes, Trains, and Battleships: A Look at the Leijiverse 
09:30 PM Aren’t You a Little Old for This? – Fandom and Functional Adulthood

Saturday
09:00 The Women Who Write Shounen and Seinen Manga 
10:15 AM New Anime for Older Fans
11:30 AM Otaquest panel feat TAKU
12:45 PM Mecha as Modern Mythology: The New Hero’s Journey 
02:00 PM “That Time I Got Reincarnated As a Slime” Staff Panel
02:15 PM IOEA presents What’s Comiket
04:30 PM Fact & Fiction: The Real Events That Have Inspired Our Favorite Anime
05:45 PM Magical Girls Transforming Through the Ages
07:00 PM Genshiken and Beyond: The Works of Kio Shimoku
08:15 PM Fake Fashion and Vintage Vandalism: A Designer Tour Through the Fashion of Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure
09:30 PM WHY Marnie Was There: Turning Brit Lit into Anime 

Sunday
09:00 AM Fate/Stay Night and Type Moon: A World of Magic and Mystery
10:45 AM Animation in Anime
11:30 AM The History of Japanese Animation as created by Masao Maruyama Part 2
12:45 PM Star-Crossed Alien Lovers…in Robots!
02:00 PM Twenty Years Ago: Anime in 1999
03:00 PM Closing Ceremonies
04:00 PM Con Feedback Session

Pre-Otakon 2019 Podcast

hisui_icon_4040_round Much like Junk Dog, the Speakeasy podcast is not quite dead yet. While it is on hiatus for most of 2019 I felt it wrong to not do a pre-Otakon podcast. Thankfully I was able to get Carl from Ogiue Maniax and Patz from The Cockpit to be on the podcast so I had someone to bounce off of preventing this from being utterly lame. We mostly talk about our plans for the convention as well as some guests and events you might want to check out. I’m still not sure what I’m doing podcast wise for Otakon proper but I have some ideas. Keep your eyes on the web page for further news.

Download the podcast!

Be sure to attend Our Panels!

New Anime for Older Fans
Saturday, 10:15 AM, Panel 6 (Room 152A)

Gundam for Newbies
Saturday, 04:30 PM, Panel 4 (Room 151A)

Genshiken and Beyond: The Works of Kio Shimoku
Saturday, 07:00 PM, Panel 7 (Room 146C)

Star-Crossed Alien Lovers…in Robots!
SUNDAY, 12:45 PM, Panel 5 (Room 151B)

If Nothing Else I Remembered Our 12th Anniversary

hisui_icon_4040_round Apparently, the 12th Anniversary is silk and linen so I went with a “classic” anime silk shirt for a picture for the post.  I would have gone with the more traditional Dragonball Z club shirt but One Piece is more on brand for the site.

If you give me nothing else I will note that I remembered the blog’s 12th anniversary before it passed this year. It might be a little odd to pat yourself on the back for something most people would remember as a matter of course but I will take my wins where I can. Also doing anything for twelve years is an admirable accomplishment especially for something that is as bespoke as an anime blog like this.

This has been a bit of an odd year for Reverse Thieves. If you have not noticed Kate has taken a year off from doing anything with the blog. I have been waiting for the right time to say something about it and the 12th anniversary seemed the right time. She wanted a year away from blog and podcasting to focus on herself since she has had several life-changing events (for better and for worse) hit her in a row. If she will be back in 2020 is yet to be seen but until then I will try and keep the porch light on for her if she chooses to return.

Until then I will try my best to keep up the weekly content on the blog. The beginning of the year threw me for a bit of a loop to the point were people understandably thought the blog was totally dead. After a bit of adjustment, I was able to get myself in the proper headspace in order to keep to a regular schedule. Now if nothing else I do some sort of editorial on Monday and the Type-Moon roundup on Saturday. It hardly peak Reverse Thieves but it is something.

I know several people miss the Speakeasy podcast but I utterly dread the thought of doing it as a solo podcast. I just have a feeling it would be an odd rambling affair if I did it in a free form manner and I just don’t have the energy to do it as a scripted affair. If Kate does not come back in 2020 I will look into restarting the Speakeasy in some form without her. I have some vague ideas in what form that might be but at this point, it is nothing even remotely definitive or concrete.

While I am at it I am fairly certain that there will be no Secret Santa Project this year or at least one run by the Reverse Thieves. That was always Kate’s project and possibly a little beyond my organizational skills without her. If anyone wanted to take over the mantle I would have no objection to it as I always liked it as a way for the community together in a way and for everyone to expand their horizons.

I do have a slightly interesting idea surrounding Sarazanmai and some other irons in the fire but that is for another day. Until then I apologize to any readers who have stuck with the blog during these odd times and hope that I can still provide some materials that make you appreciate the depth and breadth of anime and manga.