Kayarath’s Adventures in Nijicon 2

Kayarath’s Adventures in Niji

When we last left Nijicon, it grew from a hopeful dream to full blown reality. The East Coast finally had a yaoi con to call its own! Two ...
The Wandering Witch Visits Elegant Yokai Apartments

The Wandering Witch Visits Elegant

Welcome, all, again. I am very happy to report that we have entered into a new viewing season, one that seems to offer a wider variety and much greater ...
Kana’s Korner – Interview with Tom Bauer

Kana’s Korner – Intervi

We have Tom Bauer here folks. Hear him talk about voicing Hush Middy in Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans, Feitan in Hunter x Hunter, and even Shu in Dragon ...
The Wandering Witch – Revisiting the Fairy Musketeers!

The Wandering Witch – Revisit

Welcome, all, again. Facing a somewhat slow viewing season, I'd like revisit a past favorite of mine that I've always felt was underappreciated: Fairy Musketeers. This 39-episode series ...
Siege Spots – Valkyria Revolution

Siege Spots – Valkyria Revolu

Valkyria Revolution, with its new action-based battle system, is definitely a bold new direction for the Valkyria series. But does this new battle system work in this spin-off's favor, or ...
Kana’s Korner – Interview with Mick Wingert

Kana’s Korner – Intervi

Mick Wingert has so many legends of awesomeness to share!
Kana’s Korner – Interview With Roy Samuelson

Kana’s Korner – Intervi

Greetings listeners! Join us as Roy Samuelson takes us on a journey to understand what it means to be a voice actor. It is sure to be enlightening.
Kana’s Korner – Interview with Robbie Daymond

Kana’s Korner – Intervi

If you have a Nintendo Switch or a vendetta against writing essays, then you have at least two things in common with Robbie Daymond. If you like Final Fantasy ...
The Wandering Witch at WorldEnd: What are you doing?

The Wandering Witch at WorldEnd: Wh

Welcome, all, again. I want to discuss in this column a gem that I only recently found, WorldEnd: What are you doing at the end of the world? Are ...
Kana’s Korner – Interview with Landon McDonald

Kana’s Korner – Intervi

Do you like Dragon Ball Super, Hunter X Hunter, or One Punch Man? Then you don't want to miss this!
Alice & Zouroku (& the Wandering Witch)

Alice & Zouroku (& the Wand

Welcome, all, again. A new viewing season has begun and, to be honest, I'm not quite sold on it. Not yet, anyway. There are a number of ...
Kana’s Korner – Interview with Eliza Jane Schneider

Kana’s Korner – Intervi

Today's guest is Eliza Jane Schneider! Hear many stories including how she put the South into Mafia 3, how she intertied a ton of roles from South Park, the ...
Siege Spots – Persona 5 Review (PS4)

Siege Spots – Persona 5 Revie

After 20 years of Persona, and 8 years after Persona 4, Persona 5 is finally here. This very Japanese RPG series has grown tremendously since its beginnings, and Persona 5 ...
Nerd’s Weebviews – We Are X Review

Nerd’s Weebviews – We A

X Japan, the biggest band you have never heard of, or at least that is the tagline from the documentary film, We Are X. The film follows the life of ...

Tempest’s Downpour – Similiar, Same and Clone

Posted on Jun 05 2011
Tempest’s Downpour – Similiar, Same and Clone
After complaining so much about recycled plots, I think we should take a deeper look into this phenomenon. After all, anyone who has taken a high school English class should know that every type of story, and thereby every type of character, has already been used. The trick is in making it appeal to the audience.

Tempest’s Downpour – Anime In-Jokes 10 – Anime Emotions

Posted on May 15 2011
Tempest’s Downpour – Anime In-Jokes 10 – Anime Emotions
On top of being bright, colorful and completely insane, anime tends to have a wide variety of super-expressive emotions. It can be a struggle for first-time anime viewers to keep up with all the symbols racing around the screen or page. Even seasoned veterans of anime don't understand every circumstance for every facial symbol.

Tempest’s Downpour – Shojo Gorefest

Posted on May 01 2011
Tempest’s Downpour – Shojo Gorefest
Warning: SPOILERS for Pet Shop of Horrors and X/1999 -- even the pictures are spoilers. Also should not be read aloud in polite company. “Shojo” is typically synonymous with fluffy mascot characters, pink dresses and enough floating hearts and bubbles to fill an elevator shaft.

Tempest’s Downpour – It’s Not Easy Being a Toon

Posted on Apr 17 2011
Tempest’s Downpour – It’s Not Easy Being a Toon
Warning: if you haven't seen Who Framed Roger Rabbit, not only am I about to spoil it for you -- I will hunt you down and force you to watch it ala that scene in Clockwork Orange. Continuing April Fool's: Stuff That Isn't Exactly Anime Month, I'm focusing in on my favorite animated character of all time: Jessica Rabbit.

Tempest’s Downpour – Big O VS Batman

Posted on Apr 03 2011
Tempest’s Downpour – Big O VS Batman
Warning: the following contains spoilers for Big O and Batman: The Animated Series/Batman Beyond. But seriously, if you don't already know everything there is to know about these shows, you deserve to be spoiled. I'm celebrating April my way with Stuff That Isn't Entirely Anime Month, kicking off with Big O versus Batman.

Tempest’s Downpour – Anime In-Jokes 9 – Food in Anime

Posted on Mar 13 2011
Tempest’s Downpour – Anime In-Jokes 9 – Food in Anime
Remember back in the day when Pokemon was a hot new thing and your weekday anime options were Dragonball Z in the morning, Sailor Moon in the afternoon and Speed Racer in the evening? No? I’m the only one here? Okay, fine.

Tempest’s Downpour – On Buying Stuff That ISN’T Yaoi

Posted on Mar 06 2011
Tempest’s Downpour – On Buying Stuff That ISN’T Yaoi
So I went to Borders the other day at the behest of my friends. I immediately migrated towards the manga section – y’know, typical otaku reaction. It had been a while since I visited an actual book store, rather than buying my manga off Amazon or from half-priced book stores.

Tempest’s Downpour – Reflections On Translation And Americanization

Posted on Feb 20 2011
Tempest’s Downpour – Reflections On Translation And Americanization
I know, I know: I just wrote an article on how the localization of anime is probably a good thing even though it’s easy to fall back on “Americanization iz evul.” And, hard as it is to change my opinion after so many years suffering through bad, bad, bad dubs, I’ve come to the conclusion that there is a large number of shows that have benefitted from a more American-friendly script (Fruits Basket, Fullmetal Alchemist, Axis Power Hetalia and ...

Tempest’s Downpour – The Americanization of Anime

Posted on Feb 06 2011
Tempest’s Downpour – The Americanization of Anime
Anime has changed considerably over the past few decades. But is this a trend more towards Americanization, or just the natural flow of the living, breathing entertainment industry?

Tempest’s Downpour – Anime In-Jokes 8: Onmyouji, Oni and Yokai – Oh, my!

Posted on Jan 02 2011
Tempest’s Downpour – Anime In-Jokes 8: Onmyouji, Oni and Yokai – Oh, my!
The following article may contain spoilers for Tokyo Babylon. So you’re watching your favorite anime and your beloved heroes stumble upon a new puzzle: in order to defeat the latest yokai threat, that is actually an oni if you want to get technical, our heroes have to consult an Onmyouji and convince this person to join the party.