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Anime Expo 2016


「Anime Expo 2016」

Photos Courtesy of Takaii & Xumbra

Even though I wasn’t able to enjoy the convention for its entirety (I was up in Northern California for most than half because of family related things), what I was there for was simply amazing. Luckily I also had Guardian Enzo, Xumbra, and Jig there to cover things in my steed (their impressions down below!).

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July 8, 2016 at 2:05 pm Comments (48)

Aniblogging – So is That Really a Thing?


I could quit whenever I want – honest…

When does a hobby become a job?

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March 4, 2016 at 12:09 pm Comments (26)

Anime Los Angeles 2016


「Anime Los Angeles 2016」

With a completely new venue in a totally different area (still in sunny California though), how does this year’s Anime Los Angeles or ALA stack up compared to previous years? Let’s find out!

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February 8, 2016 at 1:23 am Comments (22)

The Best of Anime 2015


Now that 2015 is officially over, it’s time for our yearly pitchfork skewering foray into annoying everyone with our questionable opinions, the Best of Anime 2015 post! As with last year, the post will be a collaboration between the two writers who watched the most series this year (and also had the most time on their hands). Relative newcomer Samu takes the place of Stilts, who had a little too much to drink this time around. The total series watched list for both writers ended up at about 100 this year, and while we won’t guarantee total objectivity (like such a thing exists), we’re generally well-informed about whatever we’re wrong about.

More after the jump.

Disclaimer: As always, disclaimers abound. Please keep in mind that “best” is subjective. What’s best for us isn’t necessarily best for you, and that’s perfectly fine. This list shouldn’t be taken as some kind of inviolable truth, but rather the opinions of two guys who had too much time on their hands and spent it conjuring up a list of picks based on all the anime they watched. Think of them more as a recommendations influenced by our own tastes, experiences, and personal impressions. Before you go bashing one of our choices, please make sure you’ve at least seen it and know where we’re coming from. Finally, all we ask is that you respect our opinions and the opinions of others in the comments, just like we respect yours. Thank you.

Disclaimer #2: The choices in this post are not reflective of the opinions of all Random Curiosity writers. They are solely the opinions of myself (Zephyr) and Samu, save for where otherwise noted.

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January 3, 2016 at 12:06 pm Comments (186)

Winter 2016 Non-Schedule

A mysterious schedule. Let the freaking out begin.

Normally, this is where we would publish our blogging schedule. We’re going to do something different this time.

We won’t be announcing any blogging picks until the second or third week of the season. This is a change which, if it works well, we will continue with going forward. Read on to find out why.

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December 29, 2015 at 2:40 pm Comments (76)

Reader’s Choice – Best of Anime 2015 Poll

The end of the year is here and it’s time for the tenth Annual Reader’s Choice poll. Do you have a favorite series you’d like to see win? Are you just curious to see what everyone else enjoyed this year? Either way, the microphone’s in your hands now. Make your vote count.

As per the usual, there will be two polls for you to vote on this year – one for regularly broadcast TV series, and another for OVA/movies. We’re asking you for your top 5 picks in each poll, which should stop the results from being heavily skewed towards the mega-popular shows. This year we have an astounding 194 TV series/shorts and 111 OVA/movies for you to choose from, so make sure you look over the entire list before deciding. Keep in mind that like all entertainment, anime is subjective. There is no one size fits all here. Please respect the opinions of others, even if you may disagree with them.

More after the jump.

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December 28, 2015 at 2:11 pm Comments (191)

Introduction – “I know it’s not ordinary. But who ever loved ordinary?”

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Hey everybody! c:

I’m honored to be the newest addition to RandomC’s staff of writers! The profile says Jig, but you can call me The Jig Man…or Jig Meister, Jiggy, McJiggerton, Andre Jiguodala, Jiggy Azalea—you get the idea.

Or Sweet Jesus. You can call me Sweet Jesus if you want to.

First and foremost, I stumbled into anime from a very early age. Having parents that worked as artists in the animation industry since before I was even born, I grew up around the medium in all of its forms—from Western to Japanese. I have thus grown to cherish animation as one of my most beloved modes of storytelling. Some of my favorite shows growing up ranged from programs I watched on the tube like Batman: TAS and Dexter’s Laboratory, to old tapes of stuff like Astro Boy, Mazinger, and Brave Command Dagwon that I would rent from the Asian video store.

My great love of anime stems from the Japanese’s very sincere regard for the storytelling possibilities and creative potential of the animated medium. Aside from a couple of rare exceptions (Avatar: The Last Airbender, Transformers: Prime, Pixar films, and the like) it’s really difficult to find many American animated productions which take the art form seriously (given the more Western consensus that animation should be reserved for kids’ cartoons or lo-fi mature comedy shows ala South Park and Family Guy. Not that I’m discounting these programs—they’re great for their own reasons). Anime, though, doesn’t play it safe—it dives headfirst into the absolutely insane levels of creative freedom and narrative possibilities which can be realized with animation, and it is so goddamn sweet.

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September 20, 2015 at 8:43 pm Comments (53)

Oh Yeah. We Were Recruiting a New Writer, Weren’t We?

“Aren’t you supposed to be doing something, Stiltsanashi-kun?”

It’s summer, I thought. That means people should have extra time to read applications, right? Bring someone in early and we’d have plenty of time to get them settled in before the autumn season, I figured. Maybe they’ll even have time to help us with previews!

Only it turns out, everyone who reads the applications isn’t a student (which I knew), and the summer isn’t any less busy for us full-time workers. (Related: The monthly impressions will be back when our monthly review ringleader, Cherrie, doesn’t have four billion things on her plate.)

Whoopsie.

We did finally get through all the applications though, so we do have a new writer incoming! (Woo!) And, as is quickly becoming standard, it was a difficult decision, because there were a bunch of great writers (and cool people) among the lunatics who applied.

Seriously. I don’t say that just to assuage your wounded pride. There were several applicants who didn’t get the spot by a razor’s edge, people I would have happily brought on. It’s an embarrassment of riches around here. Probably ’cause you all rock. Also: Are smart, intelligent, savvy, and handsome and/or beautiful. And easily flattered? (I can only hope.)

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September 15, 2015 at 11:24 pm Comments (34)

Calling All Prospective Bloggers! (2015)

Are you brave enough?

It’s that time again. Have you ever wanted to write for Random Curiosity? If so, this is your chance.

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August 12, 2015 at 2:38 pm Comments (149)

Anime Expo 2015


「Anime Expo 2015」

After attending Anime-Expo for a handful of years, this year’s convention definitely took me by surprise in more than a few ways.

This post will be stickied for a little. Don’t forget to scroll down and check out the posts underneath!

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July 8, 2015 at 11:29 pm Comments (62)

Anime Expo 2015 Is Almost Here!

June 25, 2015 at 9:07 pm Comments (22)

Anime Los Angeles 2015


「Anime Los Angeles 2015」

Seeing how this is my second time to this convention, let me just jump straight into some general impressions since not much has changed in a year — and that’s a good thing!

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January 14, 2015 at 10:38 pm Comments (19)

The Best of Anime 2014


Now that 2014 is officially over, it’s time for our yearly rage fest foray into annoying everyone with our questionable opinions, the Best of Anime 2014 post! As with last year this post is a collaboration between the writers who watched the most series this year (and who didn’t say “Not it!” quickly enough), me (Zephyr) and Stilts. We each watched upwards of a 100 series this year, and while we we won’t guarantee total objectivity (like such a thing exists), we’re generally well-informed about whatever we’re wrong about.

More after the jump.

Disclaimer: As always, disclaimers abound. Please keep in mind that “best” is subjective. What’s best for us isn’t necessarily best for you, and that’s perfectly fine. This list shouldn’t be taken as some kind of inviolable truth, but rather the opinions of two guys who had too much time on their hands and spent it conjuring up a list of picks based on all the anime they watched. Naturally our choices will be influenced by our own tastes, experiences, and personal impressions. Before you go bashing one of our choices, please make sure you’ve at least seen it and know where we’re coming from. Finally, all we ask is that you respect our opinions and the opinions of others in the comments, just like we respect yours. Thank you.

Disclaimer #2: The choices in this post are not reflective of the opinions of all Random Curiosity writers. They are solely the opinions of myself (Zephyr) and Stilts, save for where otherwise noted. Thank you for your understanding.

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January 5, 2015 at 12:37 am Comments (313)

Reader’s Choice – Best of Anime 2014 Poll

The end of the year is here and it’s time for the ninth Annual Reader’s Choice poll. Do you have a favorite series you’d like to see win? Are you just curious to see what everyone else enjoyed this year? Either way, the microphone’s in your hands now. Make your vote count.

As per the usual, there will be two polls for you to vote on this year – one for regularly broadcast TV series, and another for OVA/movies. We’re asking you for your top 5 picks in each poll, which should stop the results from being heavily skewed towards the mega-popular shows. This year we have an astounding 190~ TV series (shorts are included this year) and 100~ OVA/movies/specials for you to choose from, so make sure you look over the entire list before deciding. Keep in mind that like all entertainment, anime is subjective. There is no one size fits all here. Please respect the opinions of others, even if you may disagree vehemently with them.

More after the jump.

Note: The polls will close at midnight PST on Thursday, January 1st. This means the morning of the 1st, the second it turns into 12:00:00AM PST on the 1st, and 8:00 AM GMT on the 1st. Results will be posted in the Best of Anime 2014 post, which will be written by myself and Stilts (the two active writers who have watched the most anime this year).

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December 27, 2014 at 10:50 am Comments (222)

Wage Slave Rebellion by Stephen W. Gee

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Gentleladies and gentlemen, I’d like to tell you about Wage Slave Rebellion, the debut novel by author Stephen W. Gee. His other name?

Stilts.

That’s right. This is my book, and I’m telling you about it first.

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December 14, 2014 at 11:22 am Comments (157)

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