Lothos’ 2011 Secret Santa Review: Uchuu No Stellvia

This is the first year I participated in the Reverse Thieves’ Secret Santa Project, and unfortunately I can’t say that I loved the show I picked to watch. That isn’t to say that I hated it, or that it was even bad, but it wasn’t really my kind of show and wouldn’t have been something I’d have selected to watch on my own. That being said, I’m glad I participated in the project and look forward to doing it again next year. On to the review! Continue reading

Let’s talk about stars that are not the Black Tri variety.

All this month our friends over at Ani-Gamers have been posting articles in honor of one of the most distinguished and important figures in anime and manga history: Osamu Tezuka. Evan also sent out an open call for anyone who wished to contribute to the site-wide celebration. He had a good deal of reviews but not that many pieces of analysis. So we answered with a brief discussion of Osamu Tezuka’s famous Star System. It is a short piece, an introduction really, to what exactly the Star System is. We then go on to talk about the different ways creators have gone on to use its influence. So have a look at it and the plethora of other Tezuka-themed pieces at Ani-Gamers!

Tezuka and the 108 Stars of Destiny

Otaku Cook Up!: Narutaki’s Ziti Gundam

Okay, if you haven’t heard, Tim Maughan added this challenge to his Otaku Man Up! campaign. The idea should be fairly straightforward, it is a step in the process of “manning up” to be able to prepare food for yourself and others. And it is also quite satisfying. Being that I love to cook, I couldn’t sit this one out!


  • 8 oz. ziti pasta
  • 26 oz. jar of pasta sauce
  • 32 oz. ricotta cheese
  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1 egg
  • salt & pepper

Preheat over to 350 degrees.
Boil pasta for 8 minutes then drain (it will finish cooking in the oven).
In large bowl combine ricotta, parmesan, 1 cup mozzarella, 1 egg (beaten), salt & pepper. Mix well until it is all the same consistency.
Coat the bottom of a 10X13 baking dish with some of the pasta sauce.
Then alternate pasta, sauce, cheese mixture for 2 or 3 layers.
Top with remaining cup of mozzarella cheese.
Cover pan with foil and bake for 35 minutes. Uncover and bake til top is bubbly and slightly brown (10-15 minutes).
Take out of the oven and let stand for 15 minutes before serving.

*Add punching people and/or food to make this recipe have anything to do with Zeta Gundam.