Otaku Alcove: February 2019 Schedule

Hi Score Girl - Artist Nakajima Yuka
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 01.01.2019: The Best Anime Of 2018

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Art by: Maya g Source: https://www.pixiv.net/member_illust.php?mode=medium&illust_id=67028837

Whether you like it or not, the dawn of another year is upon us. It’s a time of renewal and looking forward to new events and challenges. However, for those like myself that can never let go of the past, there is plenty to reminiscent and ruminate over from 2018. With the Winter 2019 season of anime right around the corner, now would be a perfect time to take a look back at all the seasonal best from 2018. Welcome to the first edition of Anime Alcove List Tuesday.

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[Anime Review] Napping Princess

After egregiously skipping over many anime film and TV releases for 2017, I did at least felt like I owed it to myself to jam pack 2018 trying to unearth the best of the best from the past year. With so many great choices too numerous to name, Napping Princess immediately caught my eye. Whether it be the astonishing box key art, outlandish premise, or even Kenji Kamiyama (of Ghost in the Shell and Eden of the East directing fame) leading the charge, I could tell this probably would make for an unforgettable experience. Needless to say, that assumption definitely holds true and glad that I finally decided to give it a go.

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The Anime Streaming Nightmare

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Long ago when the Internet was still young (or around 2004 for me), I remember when it was nearly almost impossible for me to keep up with the seasonal anime grind without the aid of fansubs. Fast-forward to today and it is a wildly different scene with so many options ranging from VOD (Video on demand) services like Hulu and Netflix to traditional cable trying to get in on the action. Hey, it is nice to have so many options, right? That is what I would like to say if everything wasn’t so fragmented. With Crunchyroll, Funimation (the latter two entering into a partnership), Daisuki, Netflix, Hulu, and now even Amazon competing for not only your time but money as well…..seasonal anime streaming has become more complicated. Has this newfound convenience been more of a blessing or curse?

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Asteria’s Amazing Anime Collection: January 2017

featureWith a new year comes new ambitions and desires to do a little better and achieve more gains than the previous year. For me, among my larger goals of getting my A+ certification and completing the next few requirements to move on to bigger and better things, it always nice to have a few diversions along the way. One in particular is start on my anime archive collection or basically, just picking up series I always wanted to own or never seen before and documenting them. While most of this stems from my love of older titles (and to put a little ease on internet bandwidth via streaming) it is also to replace a few things I use to or no longer own. Already getting off to a great start, I thought I might as well fit it into my activities here as a semimonthly (or whenever I have the cash to spare) post.  Without further ado, here is the collection for the beginning of January 2017.

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[Anime Review] When Supernatural Battles Became Commonplace

wsnb-boxAiring back during the Fall 2014 season, When Supernatural Battles Became Commonplace is another copious light novel to anime adaptation produced and directed by studio Trigger. After the runaway popularity of Kill la Kill, the studio’s first full-length original project, it is sort of a surprise to see them dabble in already established property that does seem to be of the same stock they are use to dealing with. Revisiting the series a year later with an official English release, does it manage to hold up?

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Food Preparation And Memories In Amaama to Inazuma

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Artist: kanro Source: https://safebooru.donmai.us/posts/2435778

Starting rather late on most of the summer 2016 anime titles this season, Amaama to Inazuma or Sweetness and Lightning is one that I immediately latched onto. Besides having a small cast of endearing characters and sincere heartwarming moments (most in part due to Tsumugi’s cuteness) as its biggest strengths, I do believe that the cooking segments are also kind of unique as they focus more on the preparation aspect to a degree. Of course, with many viewers quick to call it another “cooking themed” series, I do also believe that those portions perfectly illustrate one major idea that links people together.

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