On the 8th Day of Anime — The Shots Heard Around the AniWorld

The truth is that if you’ve seen this past summer’s Aldnoah.Zero, you likely know exactly to what my title refers. The show had several surprises up its sleeve through its run, but nothing beat the finale in shock factor. The outcry that came pouring out after this episode aired clogged my online feeds and resulted in one of the longest discussions I’ve had about a single anime episode with KWoo. Neither one of us expected what happened, particularly with the way the protagonist stood on a pedestal for the majority of the series.

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On the 9th Day of Anime — Coffee Girls and a Fuwa-fuwa Rabbit

Gochuumon wa Usagi Desu ka? triumphs over the entirety of the year on cuteness, hands down. Young girls in gloriously frilly uniforms serve up drinks with latte art of submarines and tanks. Classmates who get drunk on caffeine and waitresses with exotic naming conventions for food and drinks live just around the corner. The rabbit cafe also doubles as a bar in the evening, staffed by a kindly older father and an overly fluffy “rabbit” grandfather that looks more like a basketball wrapped in sheep’s wool than anything else. It’s a haven for aromas, sights, and taste buds, and a place I could imagine making my regular morning stop on the way to work.

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On the 10th Day of Anime — The Ageless Mushi-shi, Ginko-san

It shouldn’t come as much of a surprise to my readers that Mushi-shi would make it to my top twelve for the year, being as the original still stands over the past eight years as a show I consider to be among the best, even including other visual mediums. The timeless emotions that well up upon watching the familiar and the alien intermingling with one another never completely melt away. They seep into your eyes; they push through the tiniest of crevices and become one with your consciousness. When the second season started in the spring, it was if the long break never happened. It’s almost a miracle how the years fall away upon that first episode of Zoku Shou and you are again with the mushi-shi, as if just waking from a long sleep.

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On the 11th Day of Anime — A Fox High up on the Red Hill

“Inari, kon-kon!!”

Simple, sweet, and straight to the heart, Inari, Konkon, Koi Iroha was a delightful addition to my winter season. I visited Japan shortly after watching this show and actually walked up the shrine on which the setting is based. There was certainly plenty of advertisement connecting the show to the site: several of the confectionery shops leading up to the grounds were packaged with the anime’s logo, and at the main entrance stood a cardboard cutout of the goddess for posing. I of course obliged and snapped a shot with her.

The tunnel of red gates just past the main gate and shrine creates a feeling of otherworldly-ness, like you’re being beckoned up a path to a different dimension. You don’t know if popping out on the other side whether or not you’ll be the same as when you entered at the start. Since I had already seen the anime before visiting the shrine, I half expected my ascent to result in a woosh of blue foxfire and an audience with Uka-sama herself. I imagined while at Fushimi Inari Taisha that my awe and excitement were delightfully watched by the unseen goddess and her familiars.

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On the 12th Day of Anime — A Horseshoe for the Year of the Horse

For the first time in Anime B&B’s history, I am taking part in the seasonal 12 Days of Anime. For this event, I will be taking the more traditional approach of choosing 12 different anime (sort of…) that aired during the year of 2014 that positively stood out to me. This will obviously be a huge test for this blog, since the average posting rate is usually 1-2 times a month. For this project, I’ll be [hopefully] publishing a post a day until Christmas, so stay tuned for my twelve most memorable moments in anime for the year.

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The Tangles Anime Podcast: Episode 4

Marina:

Christian anime blog, Beneath the Tangles, asked me to appear as a guest on their podcast. Please listen and share your thoughts!

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For our fourth episode, we are excited to have Marina, from Anime B&B, as our guest with Charles, our editor-in-chief here at Beneath the Tangles, as co-host. This month, we talk about the profound impact that anime has had upon our lives, as expressed in one of Marina’s articles.

Feel free to stream the episode below, subscribe on iTunes, or check out our RSS feed!

Also, be sure to email us with any questions you would like included in our “Listener Mail” portion, including the name you would like stated in the podcast and your website or blog for us to share!

Time Stamps:
Intro – 0:00
Announcements – 8:32
Otaku Diet – 13:19
What We’ve Been Thankful For – 25:09
Current Article/Discussion – 33:14
Listener Mail – 1:02:24
Closer – 1:11:50

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Note: Below are the articles mentioned in the podcast:

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(20)12 Moments of Anime

Happy Holidays! I figured I’d jump into the 12 Days of Anime project with my own round-up post of my 12 memorable moments for the year (kudos to Yumeka for the idea).  Anime conventions, aniblog tourneys, favorite anime of the year–it’s all there reminding me why I watch anime and continue to blog.  Thank you for staying with me through 2012, and enjoy reading!

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[Carnival] Marina’s Reflections on Animanga Blogs

Throughout the onslaught of the 2012 Aniblog Tourney, I learned quite a few lessons regarding my own site and how I view other blogs.  I also greatly appreciated the time some wonderful people took to actually leave comments in each round regarding the strengths and weaknesses of the various competitors.  Whether due to my own self-interests or just plain laziness, however, I only really read the feedback that regarded Anime B&B.  By doing so, I undoubtedly missed out on valuable criticism aimed at others that could also apply to me.  This is where Foxy Lady’s carnival idea comes into play.

Gaining and keeping readers are tasks that both new and old bloggers struggle with, accomplishments that some seem to achieve naturally.  Unfortunately, talent and the creative eye don’t bless each and every one of us, and there are fatal mistakes repeated time and time again which end up pushing away instead of attracting loyal readers and commenters.  So what does it take to capture your visitors’ attentions, prompting them to hit that subscribe button? Below are my responses to Ayame’s prompts regarding my own process for choosing which blogs to follow:

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