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Love Your Mother. Wait…Not Like That: Ookumo-chan Flashback - Final Review

  Three years ago on this blog, I published my early impressions of Ookumo-chan Flashback, a manga about a teenage boy and his extremely hot mom. This past June, the series finally concluded, and so I can, at last, give my final verdict and thoughts about this strange and racy title. ENDING SPOILERS BELOW  Ookumo-chan Flashback by Riichi Ueshiba (Mysterious Girlfriend X, Discommunication) revolves around Minoru Suzuki, who for some reason is able to occasionally see back in time from the perspective of his late father. Every time he has one of these “flashbacks,” he sees his mother, Aya (maiden name Ookumo), during her high school years when she was dating his dad. The result: Minoru starts to see her...

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What Does the End of Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Mean for Its Anime?

After four years and 205 chapters, Koyoharu Gotouge’s manga Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba has reached its finale. Although there’s nothing inherently strange about a series finishing after a pretty lengthy run, Demon Slayer is precisely the type of series that seemed poised to keep going forever. It was a popular series running in the most famous of all manga magazines, Weekly Shonen Jump. It’s a battle manga, the bread and butter of shounen storytelling, and boasts compelling action, story, and characters that can keep an audience’s attention. It even received a successful and critically acclaimed anime adaptation in 2019 by Ufotable, winning awards in Japan and abroad. All signs pointed to it being another long-haul megahit, yet here we...

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Digimon, Doremi, and the Time Dilation of Nostalgic Sequels

 Nostalgia is a powerful force ever-present in media and in entertainment. It conjures up memories and experiences of the past, and it takes many different forms. For anime and manga, this often comes to us as new versions of old beloved works, sometimes accompanied by anniversary merchandise to really get the memories going. In recent years, the focal point of nostalgia has been the 1990s up to the early 2000s. The 2020 Sorcerous Stabber Orphen anime is a retelling of the original story, which originally began as a light novel series before being adapted into anime in 1998. Slayers Volume 16, released in 2018 after a 16-year hiatus, picks up right where the story left off. But the Digimon Adventure...

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This is How Neo-Tokyo Sci-Fi anime AKIRA Predicted COVID-19 and the Postponement of the Olympics

Katsuhiro Otomo, the author of Akira, expected to be released as a Hollywood live-action movie in May of next year, predicted the spread of COVID-19, the exact year of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, and the postponement of Olympics as well as other things. If so, then, why and how did Otomo foresee the global pandemic health crisis and the postponement in Akira even though it was released back in the 1980s?   Source: amazon.co.jp First, Otomo predicted that WHO was going to criticize the country’s method to prevent the spread of pandemic. In the manga version of Akira volume 3, there is a headline in the newspapers that says “WHO criticizes the nation’s disease prevention method” as the country becomes anarchy, and the disease spreads...

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A Tribute to Greatness: My 10 Favorite Keiji Fujiwara Anime Voice Roles

Veteran Japanese voice actor Keiji Fujiwara passed away on April 12, 2020, after a long bout with cancer. He leaves behind an astoundingly impressive legacy as a performer, and I thought it would be a fitting tribute to discuss my ten favorite anime roles among his work. What you’ll find is a level of versatility befitting the actor’s talent. Disclaimer: I haven’t seen everything he’s ever been in, so this is less an authoritative list and coming more from the heart. Also, while he has plenty of experience in video games and even dubbed English shows and movies—he was the official Japanese voice of Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark, for example—I’m limiting it to just anime. 10. Kalos Eido (Kaleido...

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Reasons Why I Think Full Metal Alchemist is Absolutely Legendary

    A mother passes away due to illness. Desperate, the brothers perform Human Transmutation - a Taboo - and the Gate takes away their body parts as sacrifices.   Then, two embark on a journey in search of the Philosopher's Stone, a magical stone that makes anything possible with its ability to overshadow the Law of Equivalence.   It has been almost 12 years since I became a big fan of FMA, and my love for this anime will never fade away.  As the story advances, the mystery becomes deepened, and hypothetical theories emerge. All the unique characters interact with each other in the most heart-warming and/or intense ways, resulting in the audience crying out loud at the ending of the...

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Doremi’s Unexpected Successor: Why You Should Watch Little Witch Academia

Ojamajo Doremi is a fantastic anime series from the early to mid-2000s, but one that can be hard to get into for English-speaking fans. On top of being quite old at this point, it’s also extremely lengthy,, with four yearlong seasons + extra material.  poor English dub from the infamous 4Kids presented Doremi in a less stellar light. The fact that it’s an unabashed kids’ show, with a less direct appeal to the teens and college-age viewers that make up much of anime’s fanbase, also hampers its popularity. However, I think that there is actually a show more readily accessible to fans, which still captures a lot of the appeal of Doremi, and that’s the Little Witch Academia TV series.

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