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Anime Alcove List Tuesday 08.13.2019: Top 5 Favorite Anime Openings For Summer 2019

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Already screaming inside for the week to be over.

With the Summer 2019 anime season reaching or passing the halfway point for most series, I thought it would be a great time as any to look at (or profusely gush over) at the music. More specifically, the many anime openings that are just great listen to. Join me in this sixth edition of Anime Alcove List Tuesday as I list my top 5 anime openings for the Summer 2019 season. Yeah, the title says it all really….

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The Manga Under The Lens Project

Original Work | Artist: yajirushi (chanoma) | Source: https://safebooru.org/index.php?page=post&s=view&id=2700204

The sweltering summer heat and pursuit to stay cool always get me in a certain mood. The mood to do absolutely nothing! Often spending most of my time gaming or goofing often, I made it a ritual to read come August to prepare me for the school year. With those days long gone and finding manga, light novels, and the occasional book non-related to the aforementioned cross into my hands nowadays when free time permits, I decided to start the tradition anew with a different purpose and goal in mind. Finally getting ready to start my new job position in earnest this month and my time going back to what it was, I decided to do something I a little different for the rest of the year.

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Video Game & Visual Novel Reviews

[Video Game Review] Dungeon Dreams

Welcome to the town of Ecallia, a place for foolhardy and brave adventurers alike willing to take on the perilous promenade into one very dangerous dungeon. What awaits below? Take up a weapon, gather a party, and embark to discover the answer to this question for yourself.

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Video Game & Visual Novel Reviews

[Visual Novel Review] Date A Live: Rio Reincarnation

Fall in love with supernatural spirits and explore a new side to the Date A Live franchise in this visual novel trilogy.

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Donate To Kyoto Animation’s GoFundMe

By now, I’m sure the news of the arson attack that was carried out against Kyoto Animation has made the rounds. According to the reports, an unidentified 41-year-old male doused gasoline inside the building and some splashed on workers before shouting the phrase “You die!” and setting it ablaze. As of writing this, there have been at least 33 people cited as dead. Known for their work with titles such as K-On and Violet Evergarden, my heart and sincerest prayers go out to the victims and their families. If you would like to show your support, Sentaifilmworks has made a Gofundme page in response to the relief of the studio and affected parties. You can find the link here in order to donate.

Gaming Articles

Date A Live: Rio Reincarnation – A Quick Overview Of The Series

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Title Screen For Rio Reincarnation

With less than a week away from the release of Date A Live: Rio Reincarnation here in North America and Europe, I thought I put together a small informational guide regarding the series. As a long-awaited and requested item for most fans of the genre and followers of the franchise alike, it is understandable that this might be the first contact for some that are genuinely interested but never interacted with the source material or anime. In the midst of finishing up my own playthrough of all three games in the collection, this “primer” of sorts might be useful to those wanting to know what is all about and if the series might be for them.

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Anime Reviews

[Anime Review] Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?: Arrow of the Orion

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Bell and the crew prepare for their biggest adventure yet in the first Danmachi film: Arrow of the Orion.

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Anime Spotlight: Serial Experiments Lain

Hard to believe that it has been 21 years since today that Serial Experiments Lain first aired. Created by Yasuyuki Ueda and staffed by Ryutaro Nakamrua (director), Yoshitoshi ABe (character designer), and Chiaki J. Konaka (screenplay writer), the science fiction series follows middle school student Lain Iwakura as she discovers the communication network called the “Wired”. With musings on identity, real vs virtual, and the essences of technology and what role it plays in the life we live, the series is a tour de force of philosophy and storytelling that remains undisputedly relevant even to this day. So if you are ever in the market for late 90’s anime that is truly ahead of its time, this would be the one to pick up!

Serial Experiments Lain can be streamed through Funimation’s official site or purchased at their storefront or everywhere anime is sold.

Anime & Subculture Articles

From Newcomer To Nerd Experiences: The Idiosyncrasies Of Anime

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Every single field or specialty has its own layered expressions that become something of a coded language to those involved. The more time spent exploring and interacting in those worlds, the more language, terminology, and actions used will become second nature. Remembering my first time diving into anime, it was something of a culture shock coming across different types of things ingrained in both fact and fiction that I kind treat like an everyday occurrence now. No matter how much I try to forget or ponder it, the ideas and concepts were once nothing more than foreign to me.

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Otaku Alcove: July-August 2019 Schedule

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Game: Xenoblade 2 (Mythra, Nia, Pyra) | Artist: Hinot | Source: https://safebooru.org/index.php?page=post&s=view&id=2602172

Wow, how much more do we have to go? Only six more months left in this year? Time really flies by! Having numerous events occur in my life both good and bad since my last update, I’m happy that July and part of August will allow me some semblance of downtime and relaxation that I desperately need. Knowing that I have a few outstanding (tentative) projects in the wings, there will be a few changes. What changes you ask? I know you didn’t ask, but let’s discuss the rundown after the jump. Does anybody actually read anything I post? Probably not…

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