Anime Expo 2013 Detox and Quick Thoughts

Yes, yes, the tank that had everyone fawning. Including me.

Yes, yes, the tank that had everyone fawning. Including me.

For some people, Anime Expo was simply Line Con, where much of the majority of time was spent interacting with other fans, but in long lines, waiting for one delayed panel event to begin or for the chance to meet an elusive guest and obtain a photo op or, better yet, an autograph. For me, this year’s incarnation of Anime Expo was more of a Board Game Con. Making the drive out to Los Angeles for three subsequent days’ worth of anime conning, only to spend a large chunk of that time playing board games doesn’t seem like a prudent use of time or gasoline, but I assure you it was fun and definitely worthwhile. Certainly better than what I had expected at any rate, if my AX Pregame was of any indication.

Part of that preconception was the timing and content. This year’s Anime Expo comes on the heels of a perfect storm of events, both from personal matters that left me fretting more often than not and from the events that don’t quite pander to my tendencies. So if I looked slightly distracted and not totally focused on the convention compared to usual, well, now you have a hint as to why. [Read more…]

Anime Expo 2013 – The Pregame Edition

Anime Expo 2013
Usually, the words “Anime Expo” and “relaxing” don’t mix well given the sheer number of events to attend and personalities/guests to meet, but this year’s offerings, for better or for worse, will give me the chance to take a breather. More so than normal anyway, owing to the dearth of musical guests relevant to my interests and my panel application getting denied (and boy, that removed a huge amount of work off my shoulders and freed up more personal bandwidth). While I can’t speak to how satisfied I will be with the convention experience this year, I can at least say that it’ll be a relaxing affair.

Mind you, there are a few things worthy of scouring. Based on the latest incarnation of the AX Schedule, my plan is going to look something like so: [Read more…]

Kotonoha no Niwa (The Garden of Words) Soundtrack – Review

Garden of Words Kotonoha no Niwa Soundtrack Cover

Album Title: The Garden of Words (Kotonoha no Niwa) Soundtrack
Anime Title: The Garden of Words (Kotonoha no Niwa)
Artist: KASHIWA Daisuke
Catalog Number: TBR23169D-2
Release Type: Soundtrack
Release Date: June 21, 2013
Purchase at: CDJapan, Play-Asia

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A Certain Anime Music Tournament



If the prospect of seeing anime music like “Ai wo Torimodose” going up against “Toki wo Kizamu Uta” in a popularity contest is something that tickles your fancy, you just might want to check out my latest project that’s kicked up over at the Animusic Tourney.

The idea behind the tourney is simple enough: people go in and nominate a bunch of anime opening, ending, or insert songs that they happen to like. The songs then get seeded according to how people nominate and are then placed in a head to head vote where the song that gets the most votes wins and advances until it falls to some almighty track or succeeds in defeating all other comers to win it all! Along the way, people might discover new tunes to cherish and new artists to fawn over. There might even be some cool discussions that result. No matter what happens though, the primary objective is to indulge in a fun, social exercise. [Read more…]

D.N.Angel Vocal Collection – Review

Album Title: D.N.Angel Vocal Collection
Anime Title: D.N.Angel
Artist: Irino Miyu; Miyamoto Shunichi; Minawo; Okiayu Ryuutaro;
Kusao Tsuyoshi; Nakayama Sara
Catalog Number: VICL-61145
Release Type: Vocal Collection
Release Date: October 22, 2003
Purchase at: CDJapan

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