The Wandering Witch Dreams of Bunny Girl Senpai

The Wandering Witch Dreams of Bunny

Welcome, all, again. After last season's disheartening dearth of entertaining shows, I just can't keep up this season's bountiful offerings! One which I have been particularly enjoying is ...
The Wandering Witch Exults in Xuan Yuan Sword Luminary

The Wandering Witch Exults in Xuan

Welcome, all, again. A new viewing season has begun, and this one seems to offer many more selections to my taste. In fact, I'm very excited about two ...
The Wandering Witch Salutes Bodacious Space Pirates

The Wandering Witch Salutes Bodacio

Welcome, all, again. As what I consider to be a lackluster viewing season finally winds down, I am eagerly--desperately--hoping for better things to come. Meanwhile, I have used ...
The Wandering Witch Relaxes with Konohana Kitan

The Wandering Witch Relaxes with Ko

Welcome, all, again. These past few years I have proudly stuck to a very simple promise to you, my readers: I only review what I like. Why would ...
Kana’s Korner – Interview with Dorothy Elias-Fahn

Kana’s Korner – Intervi

Dorothy Elias-Fahn returns to the Korner to chew gum and kick butt; and she's all out of gum.
The Wandering Witch Confronts Mongol Invasion in Angolmois

The Wandering Witch Confronts Mongo

Welcome, all, again. As I'm slowly getting a handle on the new season's shows, I can't help but notice how similar many storylines seem: the plots; the settings; even ...
The Wandering Witch Falls Hard for Comic Girls!

The Wandering Witch Falls Hard for

Welcome, all, again. As this viewing season winds down, at least one favorite show of mine is really ramping up: slice-of-life offering Comic Girls, which follows the efforts of ...
Kana’s Korner – Interview with Kayli Mills

Kana’s Korner – Intervi

After what seems like forever, you can now listen to our interview with voice actress/singer/online personality Kayli Mills!
The Wandering Witch Dives into Amanchu! Advance

The Wandering Witch Dives into Aman

Welcome, all, again. I'm pleased to say that this viewing season has actually turned out to be stronger than I initially expected. A few late entries sneaked into ...
Siege Spots – Dragon’s Crown Pro

Siege Spots – Dragon’s

Did you ever play D&D and think that you'd rather stop talking and just run around and hit things? Dragon's Crown Pro is the game for you.
Kana’s Korner – Interview with Ewen Cluney

Kana’s Korner – Intervi

Today we have Ewen Cluney, who brought over the Maid RPG over to western shores.
The Wandering Witch Chases a Golden Kamuy

The Wandering Witch Chases a Golden

Welcome, all, again. This new viewing season seems to have gotten off to a slow start, but I waited, and good things arrived! One of the best so ...
Kana’s Korner – Interview with Cissy Jones

Kana’s Korner – Intervi

We got Cissy Jones here for you today. You may know her from such roles like Delilah from Firewatch or Sloane from Destiney 2.
Kana’s Korner – Interview with Alejandro Saab

Kana’s Korner – Intervi

Witness the ultimate fast food battle with Alejandro Saab!

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.