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Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes!

24 Jul

By: Stephanie Weirich

Keep this in mind while reading this post

Keep this in mind while reading this post

Hey guys!  How are you?  Me?  I’m GREAT!  Why?  Well, that’s part of what I’m going to talk to you about RIGHT NOW.

As you may have noticed, I have not posted anything this week as I promised.  I apologize for this delay; however, I have a really excellent reason for that.  I was waiting to see how something was going to pan out because it would directly effect Anime Tantrums.  Now that thing has happened and I am so excited to finally tell you about it.

For the foreseeable future, I will be writing anime reviews and list articles for the up and coming entertainment website Sofa King News! You can head over there right now and read the first piece I’ve written for them (also, stick around and check out the other stuff that’s been written as it’s totally worth it)!  I am so happy to be a part of this site.  It’s run by some very talented and passionate people and I am thrilled to add my voice to the mix.

So what, you might be asking, does this mean for Anime Tantrums?  Let me assure you that this site will remain here and will continue to be updated.  I have no intention of stopping what I do here.  But going forward, all episode reviews for currently running shows will be exclusive to Sofa King News.  When a new one goes up, I’ll post the link here so that you know shit is GOING DOWN.  I will also do this for any list articles I write for them.

This means that I am free to do with Anime Tantrums what I have wanted to do all along: write high quality, in depth analysis of past series and other Japanese pop culture phenomena.  My ultimate goal for this site is to get to the point where if you’re looking for pieces that deeply and critically think about anime and what it means to the Japanese, as well as taking a very academic look at culture and society as it relates to anime that’s written in an engaging and conversational manner then this is where you go.

I am hoping to be able to give you guys a tasty treat every week, ideally on Fridays, but definitely at some point over the weekend.  Depending on the complexity of the piece I’m working on and the research involved, it may end up being every other week.  But if that’s the case, I’ll pop in and let you know there’s a delay.

This means that this weekend I PROMISE you will be seeing the final wrap up of Aku no Hana (I am totally, completely, deadly serious this time).

That’s it for now.  Thank you, as always, for reading.  Thank you for sticking with me, and I hope you’ll check out Sofa King News and keep coming back here for the longer pieces I’m going to write.  I’ve got some really great stuff lined up that I’m excited for you all to read!

Until then, matta ne!

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Updates and Such!

17 Jul

Hello my dears!  I just wanted to drop a quick update as I’ve been semi-MIA lately.  I happened to be on vacation last week (best friend=lots of day drinking and general laziness) and thus I am a bit behind on everything.  I’m still picking out a show, though I think I have it narrowed down to 2 choices and I’m still working up on my final piece about Aku no Hana as a whole. 

This season is tricky for me.  So far, my reactions to most of the new shows have been relatively subdued, making picking one to analyze on a weekly basis difficult.  Also, see aforementioned summertime laziness.  But I’m hoping to be up and running by the end of this week or the beginning of next week, so fear not.

In the meantime, while you’re waiting, I encourage you all to run out and watch the shit out of Pacific Rim.  Seriously.  I wish I was watching it again RIGHT NOW.  If you love anime/manga and/or Japanese pop culture than this movie is right up your most esteemed alley.  I mean, it’s got Kaijus and mechs.  Fighting each other.  For 2 hours.  And the mech tech is pure anime wish fulfillment.  So if you want to keep seeing big, fun action movies that don’t insult your intelligence and that provide you with a highly rewarding experience then please spend your money on seeing this movie.  Send the message that you want more of this.  It’s important.  Or at least I think so.

Now that I’ve properly proselytized to you about Pacific Rim’s benefits AND updated you on the general goings on with Anime Tantrums, I’m off to…do stuff!  Awesome stuff!  You go do awesome stuff too!  I’ll talk to you very soon!

A Quick Update

7 May
Oh yes.

Oh yes.

My apologies guys, I’ve been out of commission for most of the weekend with the most epic allergy attack/cold I’ve ever personally experienced. I’m giving serious thought to filing a police report against my sinuses for physical assault.

I thought though that I would pop in and assure anyone who has been waiting that there are posts forthcoming, namely my review of the fifth episode of Aku no Hana. Take a gander at that top photo if you want a glimpse of what’s in store. I very much enjoyed this episode for a variety of reasons, one of them namely being how well it captured the true awkwardness of Japanese teenagers, especially when paired with anything remotely “romantic”. Seriously, Junior High School boys are some of the most awkward and unsure creatures I have ever encountered, and you very rarely seriously see the truth of it and yet Aku no Hana captured it beautifully. This will also lead into some points I want to make about the Japanese dating scene and gender roles. So look forward to that tomorrow!

Also, I’m working on some longer form pieces and revisiting some older and much loved shows to do so. I don’t want to spoil it, but I think one of them will actually pair nicely with topics I’m going to touch on in this AnH review. I’m all about dem thematic tie ins yo.

So there you have it, some stuff to look forward to. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to be miserable with my congested face. Matta ne!

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Mameshiba: Or, What to Watch While You’re Sick.

3 May

I’m a bit under the weather this weekend guys, so while I lay on the couch and catch up on some hot anime action and pontificate over what to write about, have some Mameshiba.  These little dog beans are one of my favorite Japanese mascot characters.  I love the random trivia, the dramatically silly music, the reactions from the people who meet them and how happy the beans look while assailing you with facts you will never need to know.  Enjoy!

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New Pacific Rim Trailer Knocks my Socks on my Ass!

29 Apr

I AM SO EXCITED I CANNOT STOP SHOUTING YOU GUYS!