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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.

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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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Anime Alcove List Tuesday 06.04.2019: Top 5 Anticipated Anime Of Summer 2019

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In another month, we prepare to enter the Summer 2019 season of anime. With Spring titles entering the final phases or hitting the halfway mark to be carried forward, now would be a perfect time as any to see what July has in store. Not going over the full listing, this fifth entry of Anime Alcove List Tuesday we be going over yet again 5 titles that seem to be the most interesting to me or anticipating.

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Otaku Alcove: May-July 2019 Schedule

Game: King’s Raid | Artist: chibi Vanille | Source: https://www.pixiv.net/member.php?id=6814480

Attempting to at least have these updates done near the beginning of week (or 2nd day of the month), the opportunity still gives me chance to greet the month of May. Hard to believe we are almost at the halfway point of the year and with my birthday being on the 8th, it is a harsh, but clear reminder that time waits for no man. So what is on the docket for this month? Well, a lot actually….so might as well make this for June and July as well.

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Otaku Alcove: April 2019 Schedule

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Anime: Idolmaster Cinderella Girls (Miku Maekawa)| Artist: hasumi (hasubatake39) |  Source: https://www.pixiv.net/member_illust.php?mode=medium&illust_id=68498785

The month of March seems like it lasted forever, but we are finally entering April! It is a time for unexpected rain showers, allergies, and for many, Spring Break! Well, all except for me. After getting my two day job schedules shifted yet again, most of my plans have slightly changed, but largely remains the same. What is in store for this month? Find out after the jump!

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Anime Alcove List Tuesday 03.26.2019: Top 5 Anticipated Anime Of Spring 2019

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As the curtain drops on yet another season of anime titles and April signaling the advent of the Spring 2019 crowd, now seems like a good time as ever on my part to take a cursory glance at what is in store. After falling behind and getting caught up on the Winter season, what will be on my list for Spring? Time for the return and 4th entry of Anime Alcove List Tuesday.

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Otaku Alcove: March 2019 Schedule

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Artist Tamarashi |  Source: https://twitter.com/m_okuma0831/

Can’t say that March has come in like a lion yet, but guess the same can be applied to my own progress. After dealing with the month of February, the month where everyone decides to get sick and pass germs like the plague, I am finding myself slowly recovering from my own bout with a less than forgiving cold. Nonetheless, feeling back up to speed and ready to get down to business, it seems like this will be a pretty busy month in more ways than one.

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Otaku Alcove: February 2019 Schedule

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Anime: Hi Score Girl | Artist: Nakajima Yuka | Source: https://www.pixiv.net/member_illust.php?mode=medium&illust_id=70712378

As difficult as it is to admit, we are now entering the 2nd month of the year: February! After weeks of battling cold early mornings and late sleepless nights, I finally gotten a better command of my schedule and what to expect going forward. Having made a few prospective projects for January that I couldn’t keep (or at least tried to), coming into this month with a clear mind and better time management under my belt, I think this round should be more doable. Time to show a glimpse of what I have on the docket this month after the jump.

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Anime Alcove List Tuesday 01.22.2019: 5 Instrumental Anime Opening & Ending Themes

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Artist: Kajiki    Source: http://safebooru.org/index.php?page=post&s=view&id=912137

The talent to sing is nothing short of a gift from the divine spirits above, but for those that can master the arcane secrets of musical instruments are nothing short of exceptional. Too much praise in that one sentence? Well, as someone that has learned and use to play 3 different types of instruments over the years, there is something admirable about those that can easily pickup man-made devices and make them produce sound that no mere words can accurately describe. Having only performed once in a orchestral arrangement during my high school years, it really did color my experience and appreciation of what music is and can be. For that reason, this 3rd edition of Anime Alcove List Tuesday will be something of an “ode to joy” to the best anime openings and endings (mainly openings) that really put instrumental skills on display. Yes, feel free to praise me for that clever reference….or don’t.

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Otaku Alcove: Plans For 2019

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Artist: kurodeko Source:http://www.pixiv.net/member_illust.php?mode=medium&illust_id=71229932

Seems like only a few days, but the first week of 2019 is already to coming to a close. Having some time off before returning to the same old grindstone the holidays granted a respite from, I do want to announce some of my future plans for the site going forward. Oh, and if I forgot to say it,

Happy New Year!