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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The Void

Otaku Alcove: July-August 2019 Schedule

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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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Manga & Light Novel Reviews

[Manga Review] O Maidens In Your Savage Season Vol. 1

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Volume 1

1 WORD. 3 LETTERS. RHYMES WITH “VEX.” When Kazusa enters high school, she joins the Literature Club, where she leaps from reading innocent fiction to diving into the literary classics. But these novels are a bit more…adult than she was prepared for. Between euphemisms like fresh dewy grass and pork stew, crushing on the boy next door, and knowing you want to do that one thing before you die–discovering your budding sexuality is no easy feat! As if puberty wasn’t awkward enough, the club consists of a brooding writer, the prettiest girl in school, an agreeable comrade, and an outspoken prude. Fumbling over their own discomforts, these five teens get thrown into chaos over three little letters: S…E…X…!

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Retro Game Anamnesis

Retro Game Anamnesis: Panic Restaurant – Wanpaku Kokkun no Gourmet World (NES, 1992)

EIM’s action platformer might be cute and bubbly on the outside but still offers a relatively exacting yet simple experience. In this edition of Retro Game Anamnesis, we will be taking a bite-sized peek inside the kitchen to see how this chef serves up cuisine fit for a gamer.

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Video Game & Visual Novel Reviews

[Visual Novel Review] The Princess, the Stray Cat, and Matters of the Heart

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2019 has been a decent year for visual novels so far. With that statement short of any pertinent examples, I haven’t found many issues with any of the titles I have already finished and covering a wide field of genres and interest, happy to pick up a majority of them. Some more than others, of course. For English speaking audiences, developer Harukaze finally has one of its prolific entries make landfall: Nora to Oujo to Noraneko Heart or The Princess, the Stray Cat, and Matters of the Heart. Receiving some high praise and awards from the country of origin, this is one visual novel that does seem to live up to some of that acclaim.

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Manga & Light Novel Reviews

[Manga Review] Komi Can’t Communicate Vol.1

Volume 1 Synopsis

Timid Tadano is a total wallflower, and that’s just the way he likes it. But all that changes when he finds himself alone in a classroom on the first day of high school with the legendary Komi. He quickly realizes she isn’t aloof—she’s just super awkward. Now he’s made it his mission to help her on her quest to make 100 friends!

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