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?)

Winter 2018 – Season Review

I know you’ve been waiting for this – and here it is, my season review for Winter 2018!

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There’s some good shows, some not-so-good, and a couple of absolutely amazing standouts.  If you’ve been reading this all season, you can probably figure out which is which…  So let’s hit the jump and count ’em down!

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Winter 2018 – Week 12, the week of endings and farewells

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Farewells are never easy, are they?  And this week we say a fond goodbye to some shows, while to others we sigh with relief and go man, I’m glad that’s done with!
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Winter 2018 – Week 11

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I’m trying to get each week’s cover screenshot be important and reflective of a show that week rather than just repeating a shot already used in the post…  And I think once you’ve read my review, you’ll agree with this choice.

That being said, let’s hit the jump and dive straight in!

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Winter 2018 – Week 9

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For my vote…  this short sequence was probably one of the best , if not the best, all week.  Well, maybe other than basically the entirety of this week’s episode of 3-gatsu no Lion.

Anyhow, hit the jump and let’s run down what I think of this week’s new crop of episodes!
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Winter 2018 – Week 8

Everyone’s favorite grumpy old man anime blogger returns to shout at clouds once again for another week of insight, snark, and the occasional hot take!

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And hey, you should be impressed, I learned how to make drop shadows to make that image…  It’s not a skill I normally use, as I mostly use Photoshop to edit photographs.

Anyhow, hit the jump and let’s dive into this week’s reviews!
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Winter 2018 – Week 7

It has been one heck of a week.  Almost-but-not quite sick for two days (when I should have been writing).  Spent most of Sunday without power due to a windstorm and Sunday night and most of Monday in a hotel.  (No power means the apartment got too cold for our guinea pigs.)

All that and a dose of writer’s block – means an even shorter and less organized entry than usual.  My apologies.

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That being said, let’s hit the jump and get right to it shall we?

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Winter 2018 – Week 6 & Midseason thoughts.

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Here we are for another week!  Some really good eps this week, and some that are just average.  Also, my mid-season thoughts on each show.  Hit the jump and let’s get started!

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Winter 2018 – Week 5

And here we are for another week!  I can hear your excitement from here!

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I could write something amusing or profound here, but nothing comes to mind except “why aren’t you watching Yuru Camp?“.   So let’s hit the jump and run down this week’s shows.

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