Truly a good time to be an anime fan.

Should be working on my weekly post today, but I’m inspired by a comment last week by reader Wingking.

Sure, sure, it’s a widely held opinion that the upcoming Winter season seems to be lacking a little bit.  But is it all bad?  Let’s look back a year, shall we?

This time last year we’d seen a ton of Ghibli in theaters thanks to Ghiblifest and a local arthouse theatre having a long run of Ghibli in subbed 70mm prints.   It was especially cool to see the ones in subbed 70mm prints, the format they were originally designed for.  Even though we’d seen them all before, it was nice to see them in a theatre.

We’d also seen two first run anime films, Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale and the incomparable Your Name.

Now, let’s fast forward a year.  We’ve seen Mary and the Witch’s FlowerA Silent Voice, and Night is Short, Walk on Girl.  (All three first run.)  We’ve also seen (for the first time) the classic Perfect Blue.  (The last two within the last month!)  The really cool part was that all four came to my local theatre way out on the rim of civilization.

What also inspired this post was sitting down and working on my calendar for the next few months…  Next week we get to see My Hero Academia: Two Heroes.  In November we get to see the much anticipated Liz and the Blue Bird.  In December, we’re going to see Mirai…  Three first (US) run anime movies in three months!  Yeah, we’ll have to drive a bit to see all three, but no biggie.

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So, let’s raise our glasses!  Kampai!  It truly is a good time to be an anime fan.

(Update:  How could I forget A Silent Voice?)

Adventuring with anime characters!

Over on 100 Words Anime, Karandi was asked:

Inquiring Minds Want To Know #11

Question: If you were to go on an adventure which involves fighting monsters in order to save someone important to you or to seek some great treasures, who are the anime characters who you’d love to accompany you and why? Also, what kind of ability do you want to have to defeat monsters?

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Surprisingly, this took more thought than I would have expected… It turns out a well balanced party drawn from anime characters isn’t as easy as you might think.

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The traditional place for recruiting party members is the local tavern.  I sometimes picture the Apprentice Mages Lounge as a kind of gathering spot, so since we’re in the right place – so hit the jump and let’s see who I’d recruit.  Then let me know who you’d pick.

(But let’s avoid that shady looking character in the corner…)
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My notes & votes – the Crunchyroll Anime Awards 2018 – part 1/3

It’s that time of year again! Crunchyroll is asking us, the users and viewers, to choose what anime are worthy of awards in a large span of categories. I thought I’d write up what I’m voting for and why for your amusement.

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Image courtesy of Crunchyroll.

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Anime Avengers Assemble!

I’ve always liked teams more than I like solo heroes…  So when Karandi posed the question – who ya gonna call?, my thoughts turned towards assembling a team of anime characters.

So, who would I call?  What characters would I choose to form a dream team to face a threat to the anime multiverse?  Hit the jump and find out!

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Some favorite anime scenes.

Some while back, there was a meme going around on Twitter where folks were listing off their top ten anime episodes.  I decided to make a full entry here at the Lounge instead, and somewhere along the line it morphed from favorite episodes into mostly favorite scenes.  So it goes I guess, once you start writing you never know where the Muse will lead you.

Anyhow, hit the jump and take a look.  Let me know what your favorite episodes and scenes are down in the comments!

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In the Background – Tomoya’s Figures.

Last night, we were watching the latest episode of Saekano and the figures on the shelf behind Tomoya’s shoulders caught my eye.  Because I’m currently avoiding the writing I should be doing, I took screenshots of them and identified all but one….  To make an excuse for wasting the time, I wrote up a blog post!  :)  :)

Anyone care to chime in and identify the Figure In Red?

Mystery solved thanks to WingKing!

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