Worth Reading – 2/7/2018

I know, I know…  back in my anniversary/State of the Blog post I said that Worth Reading was temporarily suspended.  But the blogging community insists on publishing Really Cool Stuff, and I just can’t resist sharing.  So, I’m starting to collect links again but rather than publishing on a fixed schedule (which was a PITA anyhow) I’ll publish whenever I have “enough”.   Enough time to edit and write, enough material to make it worth your while to read.

All that being said, let’s take a look at what’s Worth Reading:

  • Recently I came across Jakitauji (Yes Kitauji?) by Jakiba, and a pair of interesting entries:
  • John Samuel of Pirates of the Burley Griffin took a major vacation trip last year, and visited a number of interesting place… including tank museums. He’s taken his photographs of tanks and produced a series: Meet the Cast: The Tanks of Girls und Panzer. Check them out: Ōarai, St. Gloriana & Saunders, Pravda, and Kuromorimine.
  • Stop Calling Everything a Madoka Rip-off! – a strong compare-and-contrast of Madoka Magica and YuYuYu by Zeria of Floating into Bliss.  I happen to agree with her, while the two have surface similarities because they’re in the same genre…  The similarities end there.

Living as I do in an area with a large number (and a long history, not all of it happy) of pan-Asian immigrants and first and second generation residents…  I take it for granted that Asian ingredients are easily available.  Within two miles (give or take) of my apartment there’s five pan-Asian grocers, one of which is a full size grocery store with Asian, Hispanic, and Western (American) departments.  (I’m a geek, I actually opened Google Earth, drew a circle, and counted.)  There’s easily another half dozen or so in the central and northern portion of the county.  (I’m not so familiar with the south end.)

  • So I found this account on NPR of how a Toyota factory in Lexington, KY spurred local demand for Japanese grocery products pretty interesting…  Especially since the demand isn’t just from immigrants and temporary residents.

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Yes, yes, I should be working on today’s post today…  But this happened yesterday, and for whatever reason my mind still refuses to focus this morning.  So I thought I’d use my morning blogging time somewhat productively and edit and publish this post.

So, it’s official, today’s normally scheduled weekly post will be delayed until tomorrow.

Now off to housework and errands, will get back to writing and editing this afternoon.  One of the errands is to the grocery store mentioned above as they carry some better-than-average instant ramen, and we’re getting low.  Time to stock up again.

Thanks for reading!  Drop a line in the comments and let me know what you think!

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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Summer begins to fade… Summer 2017 Week 11

Well, it’s the first day of Fall today and we’ve already had our first round of cold and rain here in the Pacific Northwet.  That fits perfectly with this week’s summer season shows, which are almost all finale or penultimate episodes.

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Let’s hit the jump and get right to it!

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Summer 2017 – Week 10

Once again working on a weekly post to the dulcet tones of the landscaping crew’s leaf blowers.  Ah, well, at least it’s nice enough to have the windows open.  Even as the Summer anime season draws to a close, so does summer itself.  Likely by the time the Fall season gets underway the Pacific Northwet’s long and cold rainy season will have set in.

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Anyhow, pretty much all shows have now aired their tenth and eleventh episodes, so the final cards are hitting the table. So, along with episode reviews and comments I’m going to peer into a murky crystal ball and look at how they’re likely to end.

Let’s hit the jump and get the party started!

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Summer 2017 – Week 9

Man, it’s been hard to finish up this entry today… The weather is finally much more clement, but the air is still smokey.  On top of that, the landscaping crew has been hard at work today and their !#@$ leaf blowers always give me a mild headache.

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Anyhow, ’tis done – so hit the jump and let’s run down this week’s shows.  Afterwards, drop me a line in the comments and let us know what you think of this week’s shows.

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Let’s get ready to start! Some Summer 2017 openings considered and reviewed.

Anime opening sequences serve the same purpose as the introductory blurb you’re reading here…  They get butts in seats, hopefully inform the viewer about the show, and get them interested in watching.  (In some ways, they’re a mini-PV.)  I also talk a little bit about some of the imagery and techniques used in creating opening sequences and how they’re used this season.

So, hit the jump and let’s take a look at the OPs for the shows I watched this season.

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Summer 2017 – Week 5-8 & midseason review.

Massively late, but here we go with comments and thoughts over the last few weeks as well as mid-season reviews!

Hit the jump, and let’s dive right into it!

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Summer 2017 week 4

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Another week, some good eps, some bad eps, and a couple of spectacular eps.  Hit the jump to find out more!

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He’s going for speed! Summer 2017 Week 3

Restarting in midstream means there’s a lot to cover…   So I’m going for a slightly different approach this week.

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(I ended up dropping Prince of Stride, but it’s still a cool AMV.)

Rather than trying to cover every show in depth, this is going to be a quick and broad overview of the season to date. So, hit the jump and let’s get running!

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Looking forward to Summer 2017!

It’s that time of year again! Time to look forward to what’s airing next season!

Let’s hit the break and take a look.
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