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18th July 2013

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Life’s Absurd When You’re a Young Adult - Anime Bancho’s “Turning Girls”

The cast of Anime Bancho's 'Turning Girls.'

When you’re growing up, there always comes a time where you think to yourself “What the hell am I doing with my life?” When you reach that turning point, what do you do? Maybe you should just go “Ahhh, whatever!” like the 4 young women pictured above have. 

The wacky anime video channel, Anime Bancho, started an ongoing series chronicling the lives of 4 young women dealing with life in their late ’20s called "Turning Girls". It is a series that pokes fun at notable tropes that are found in Japanese pop culture. From moe to BL to visual-kei, “Turning Girls” looks to remind us how hard it can be to find a balance between being youthful and being a mature adult. Oh, and if you’re a fan of Little Witch Academia, the writer of it is behind this as well.

Want to see how funny this series is? Check out Episode 5 where it features 28-year-old “idol”, Kaeru, and her attempt to live-stream an episode about her daily life….while still living at home with her parents. (Click on CC for English subtitles while the video is played)

Doesn’t this make you humorously wonder about your own life? “Turning Girls” makes you think about what the thought process of an adult is now compared to back then, given the amount of entertainment available to us today. 

It’s really hard to be a young adult these days, isn’t it? 

"Turning Girls" is highly recommended. If anything, watch it for the fujoshi power! 

Also, watch more of Anime Bancho’s material. They really are the “slice of life.”


Tagged: Anime BanchoTurning GirlsanimeYouTube videosターニングガールズanime tropespsychologyyoung adultsturning pointJapanese cultureJapanese pop culture

26th June 2013

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Therapy Sessions at Anime Expo

Official logo for Anime Expo.

Just wanted to give a heads up to everyone that I will be traveling to Los Angeles, CA to attend Anime Expo 2013. This will be my first Anime Expo. It might actually be a nice experience for once since the death of New York Anime Festival in my area.

There will be tons of things to do and see, so I’m a little nervous. I’ll be working with GoBoiano to provide tons of anime coverage for everyone. So follow their Twitter if you want to see what I’m up to.

I’ll basically be running around all over the convention center and freaking out over how big the crowds will be. 

There will be manga panels from the big publishers that I hope to attend. They are:

July 4: Shonen Jump: Creating the World’s Most Popular Manga

July 4: Vertical Manga 2013

July 4: Digital Manga Inc. Presents: Manga Without Borders

July 6: Kodansha Comics

July 7: VIZ Media Panel (They have literally 3 freaking panels at AX. This one has to be the most manga-related.)

Of course, there’s other popular and quirky panels I will be attending like George Wada (producer of the Attack on Titan anime), K (Behind the Scenes & Q&A), SUNRISE, Kazuhiko Inoue, “Writing about Anime: Anime Journalism & the Web”, “Starting Up Your Own Anime Business” and hopefully a couple of academic panels

If anyone has any survival tips for Los Angeles, do tell. All I have is this food truck recommendation list from one of my favorite anibloggers.

Ticket to LA? $400+

Hotel? Free of charge.

Other costs? Probably a lot.

Getting a glimpse of some of the greatest minds in Japanese pop culture and seeing what makes them tick? Priceless.

About that Attack on Titan infographic I wanted to make before AX, it’s going to be done right when the anime series ends this Fall. I have to learn a few new things that may take some time.

I will post an entry when I’m there with a few photos! So stick around if you want to see some California love!


Tagged: Anime Expoanime conventionsmangamanga publishersanimeJapanese pop cultureJapanese cultureJapan

22nd February 2013

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Being a Chinese Otaku Ain't Easy →

Otaku goodies galore in a country that has tense relations with Japan, China.

If you’re a Chinese otaku that has relatives who have suffered at the hands of the Japanese in the past, you’re not the only one. This is my experience dealing with family members who have told me stories about how bad Japan was back in the early 20th century.

You can also apply this to Koreans as well. 

At least we have the common sense to realize that not every Japanese person is bad, right?

Though you have to remember that everyone has skeletons in their closet. 


Tagged: otakuChinese otakuotaku cultureChinaJapanhistory of Japanotaku lifeJapanese pop cultureJapanese culture

26th September 2012

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Japanophiles - Can You Blame Them?

Scene from the "J-Pop America Funtime" skit featuring actors and Katy Perry as American Japanophiles.

With the rise of anime/manga culture on the Internet over the past decade, who here thinks Japanophiles are all over the place? One person on Quora posed the question that seems to boggle people’s minds: "Why are so many people Japanophiles?". I once responded to it and later found out answers were still trickling in by other Quora users. Regarding Japanophiles in general, can we really blame them for being a bit too obsessed with Japan?

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Tagged: 2D vs 3DJapanese cultureJapanese pop cultureJapanophilecultural psychologyotaku psychologypsychologypsychology of designweeaboootaku cultureJapanese subcultureanimemangavideo games

5th September 2012

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San Francisco Daisuki! Photos of Japantown and J-Pop Summit Festival 2012!

The J-Pop Summit Festival banner at the Peace Plaza in Japantown, San Francisco, California.

Hey, hope you guys didn’t miss me too much! Here are some photos of Japantown and J-Pop Summit Festival 2012 that I took while I was at the Bay Area. I can definitely say Japantown is truly an awesome area to be around and J-Pop Summit was a lot of fun. Cosplayers, Vocaloids, Japanese fashion, lolitas, musicians, food trucks, EVA ahoy!




It pains me to say that New York has nothing like Japantown (I don’t know if St. Mark’s Place counts) and I can see why the Japanese prefer being on the West Coast than on the East Coast. Makes me want to move over to California if I didn’t get a sunburn like I did on the 2nd day of J-Pop Summit. Kylee, the main headliner for J-Pop Summit, was amazing on the 2nd day though.

Maybe I should be like Jim Morrison and break on through to the other side.

Hope everyone enjoys the photos! Wouldn’t it be nice to have more Japanese towns/festivals like this around our areas? 


Tagged: CaliforniaJapanese cultureJapanese musicJapanese pop cultureJapantownNew PeopleSan FranciscoanimemangaphotosVocaloidJapanese fashionj-pop summit

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