Kana’s Korner – Interview with Asymmetric Publications

Kana’s Korner – Intervi

Howdy folks. We got Zack Johnson and Kevin Simmons of Asymmetric Publications to come visit our homestead. You might better know these partners as Jick and Riff from ...
Kana’s Korner – Interview with Ian James Corlett

Kana’s Korner – Intervi

We got Ian James Corlett, a.k.a. Chef Remy Bones of Vampirina. Aren't you amazed we got such a big star?
The Wandering Witch Pays Court to the Ancient Magus’ Bride

The Wandering Witch Pays Court to t

Welcome, all, again. Today's discussion will focus upon The Ancient Magus' Bride, one of those rare offerings which immediately scream "instant classic!"
Kana’s Korner – Interview With Fal-Con

Kana’s Korner – Intervi

Katy Johnson is here to represent Fal-Con, the most affordable convention in all of Alabama. Get the lowdown on what's happening at Fal-Con. You'll also learn about the ...
The Wandering Witch Faces Knight’s & Magic

The Wandering Witch Faces Knight

Welcome, all, again. This month's subject anime is Knight's [sic] & Magic, a fast-and-loose genre-hopping fantasy that pits a young prodigy against his world. Because Ernesti "Ernie" Echevalier ...
Kana’s Korner – Interview with Indigo Ignited

Kana’s Korner – Intervi

What happens when two gaijins recruit some Japanese animators and make some moving pictures? You get a new show called Indigo Ignited.
Siege Spots – A Robot Named Fight

Siege Spots – A Robot Named F

A Robot Named Fight is a game that seeks to capture the Metroid formula, bringing it into the world of Rogue-lites. It certainly delivers on its promise, providing exactly what ...
Kana’s Korner – Interview with Matt Bitner

Kana’s Korner – Intervi

A Robot Named Fight is a rougelike metroidvania coming out to PC and Mac on September 7. We're here with its creator, Matt Bitner, to talk about it. ...
Kayarath’s Adventures in Card Games 8 –  Friendship Is Magic!

Kayarath’s Adventures in Card

It has been said you shouldn't look a gift horse in the mouth. Or a gift pony in this case.
Siege Spots – Yakuza Kiwami

Siege Spots – Yakuza Kiwami

As the game tells you early on, "Kiwami means EXTREME!" Does Yakuza Kiwami live up to its name?
The Wandering Witch Studies Classroom of the Elite

The Wandering Witch Studies Classro

Welcome, all, again. This viewing season just seems to keep getting better, with many shows that are becoming more and more interesting as things progress; Classroom of the Elite ...
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 ...

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.