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 ...
The Wandering Witch Lives Vicariously!

The Wandering Witch Lives Vicarious

Welcome, all, again. Today we will discuss Seiren, a slice-of-life series which follows protagonist Shoichi Kamita and his interactions with three very different girls. Now, the purpose and ...
The Wandering Witch Ponders Lucky Number 13

The Wandering Witch Ponders Lucky N

Welcome, all, again. Please let me apologize for there being no January column--a death in the family compelled my travel overseas and otherwise consumed my attention. I am ...
Kayarath’s Adventures in J1-Con

Kayarath’s Adventures in J1-C

I made it my mission to cover every convention in my area. While I have a ways to go, I did mange to knock one more off the list. ...
Kayarath’s Adventures in More Indie Games

Kayarath’s Adventures in More

Too Many Games, too little time. Between the cosplay, the guests, the marketplace, and everything else, it's quite easy to miss the games of Too Many Games.
The Wandering Witch – Learns the Drop Rule

The Wandering Witch – Learns

Welcome, all, again. I'm very excited about this month's review(!), having chosen to finally discuss March Comes in Like a Lion. In truth, I've been saving this one, ...
Kayarath’s Adventures in Street Festivals

Kayarath’s Adventures in Stre

Every April the sakuras fall and the Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia hosts the Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival. I've been covering that for years but this year I'm ...
The Wandering Witch — Gets Left for Last

The Wandering Witch — Gets Le

Welcome, all, again. We've begun a viewing season chock-full of magical girls and witches, and so--especially with October bringing Halloween--I just had to pick one such series for review. ...
Kana’s Korner – Interview with Fal-Con

Kana’s Korner – Intervi

Today Kana talks with the people behind Fal-Con, an anime convention taking place October in Alabama.
The Wandering Witch – Joins the Family

The Wandering Witch – Joins t

Welcome, all, again. I've decided to make good on my threat, so I'll be reviewing 91 Days, one of those often-referenced-but-seldom-seen "instant classics." That's right, they really do ...

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.