Omonomono Newsletter

While I’m sitting home, working from home, and eventing from home under this COVID-19 scheme of things, the world keeps on ticking. Just because life may have paused somewhat for me, the world has not. Which is just to say, I feel like this blog could use a change.

I thought about doing a newsletter type format thing for this blog for a while now, and maybe that makes more sense. Of course, to make a proper email newsletter, it’s a different type of syndication. I will probably still post the letters on this site for posterity sake. It is going to have a similar voice.

Nonetheless a newsletter format of journaling seems a bit more appropriate for the things I’m thinking about. It takes a lot of time to germinate ideas worth the while for public posting, and then survive the iterative review I do. It’s not like my unpublished draft count is going down… Only a portion of what I write is gets published in the end, no matter how stream-of-conscious the rambling gets. I don’t have a formal clipboard process but that might change as a result?

In short, below is an example from this week. I’m not committed to a set schedule, but I’ll aim for a weekly schedule. I’ll post them in the emails at least, and probably on the blog too, as I go. You can subscribe to it by entering your email below. At some point those emails will go out, when I figure out how this works anyways. Meanwhile I’ll post them on the site for now.

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Omonomono Newsletter, Apr. 19 Update

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It ain’t vintage Outer without these sex track names.

Omonomono Newsletter, 2021-04-19

I forgot to update the dates in the post last week in the newsletter. Just saying I noticed this lol. Also…yeah it’s still 4/19 in the USA somewhere, right?

This Past Week

Last week a seiyuu couple got married and I missed it. Both seiyuu are still active. Congratulations!

The final Evangelion film keeps on raking up the box office, but when the current leader is like 5 times the score after 27 weeks, it’s probably not going to break that mark. That said, this is really COVID driven too.

What is this I don’t even. Oh, new angela CD next month.

Did they announce the new Key crossover anime at KSL? I guess so.

Did you know Kuroneko shares a birthday with Tokai Teio?

The PS3 store will be around after all, which means I can leave my 2 PS3s alone for yet until when.

LiSA shilling Sony headphones is not new, but finally something both worthwhile and affordable?

Is this newsworthy? Miku Itou gravure?

Check out the Azusa Tadokoro MAL thing if you haven’t, it’s kind of interesting.

Old man makes a sound, continues to live.

New Revue Starlight film trailer.

Pekora was in the Not to Summon Demon Lord S2 show for a cameo. Imagine if she looked like that normally…

I don’t know about this, Netflix.

Some expiring licenses over at CR listed here. Notable is the IDOLM@STER TV anime, among others.

On the Mind

Got more time to really lay into the new anime season. Just a few things, although I probably sampled almost every show I wanted to try.

Still have a lot to catch up to be honest, but To Your Eternity is as haunting as the manga–I vaguely remember reading the first chapters for some reason, years back, but this anime is spot on I think.

A bit of Aoi Yuki fatigue personally, between these isekai shows. Don’t get me wrong she is great at this, but the shows are getting a bit too tied up to her voice between some wildly different works, and it’s wild to hear her between shows. It’s like using the same spoon to eat sweet food and then salty food, I guess? It’s probably more me than her, but it’s kind of a meta problem about casting.

I was weirded out learning about Farewell, My Dear Cramer prequel from this article. So far this soccer anime has been really just spot on, in many ways. Which is just to say I recently watched some random episodes of Kuroko’s Basketball and I wonder if this is just the difference between late-night anime (is 11:30pm late enough?) and other types of anime. The manga has to be a banger if the anime is like this. That said, I also can’t really see myself reading this manga…

The new Battle Athletes reboot is the one old anime reloaded that I chose as … my poison I guess. Not Shaman King or Orphen or whatever. Battle Athletes. And it feels as old as the old one which says a lot lol. That said if you’re in for a taste of the 90s/00s and with a bit more spit and shine from 2020, check out Gekidol instead.

It’s so weird playing Umamusume with Mihono Bourbon and watching 86, as the lead female character has the same CV. I think it is a good kind of weird though, because Bourbon…is actually quite level-headed. That said I’m not sure which show does despair as good as To Your Eternity.

Last week I marathoned the Way of the Househusband anime on Netflix. I think this is great and while I’m glad that good comedy still can be made in this form, I hope Netflix doesn’t corner it LOL.

Which is just to say Sentouin, Hakenshimasu! just don’t quite hit the same way but is probably retro instead? I should really watch this instead, of, like, Tenchi Muyo reboot.

I feel like Super Cub would be a great anime if it wasn’t so much just an ad. But every time someone makes this point I wish all ads were like this. Is it a great anime, unqualified? No. Like, the clash between ennui and satori is so strong in that show that I’m drowning in it. But once in a blue moon we get an anime like this, and there’s not much we can do but to pay that $8 a month or whatever CR or Funi charges for (the price of one bubble tea this month), and enjoy it.

Events

Personally, I am going to battle time lag with IDOLM@STER Shiny Colors 3rd Tour Tokyo stop this weekend.

The other show I have some some interests in this weekend is Hachisama 5. This is Hachinine’s big show this year I think. I play the game on and off for a couple years but not lately… Still would be nice to see the ever-expanding cast and units sing and perform.

Madoka 10th anniversary event this weekend with some of the main cast?

Maon Kurosaki streaming live!

Adjacent for sure, but Kizuna AI (it feels so weiiird to say it in the first-last name order) is doing a US tour? Or something? Might be worth to me it if I knew anything about this relatively-OG vtuber. Anyways the “LA” stop is Saturday night US time and 5/29 is the “NYC” stop? Really not sure what’s going to happen to be perfectly honest.

Mai Fuchigami is putting on another show!

I may have been missing some Bushiroad stuff in these posts? Here’s Lyrical Lily x Merm4id. Looks like there’s a pre-show the day before and 2 sessions the day of?

What’s Sumipe up to?

PPP, the Kemono Friends penguin idol unit, is having two shows this Sunday.

Super Robot Spirits 2021 is also this weekend, with one show each Saturday and Sunday.

Personal Note

Enjoy some videos from another world.

Probably the last note on DST switch until the Fall: My clock is still messed up, although at this point there is equal blame on my weekend sleep schedule as my inability to “spring forward” my bio clock by an hour. I don’t recommend going to bed at 2am or later every day. I did hear back from both US senators that I wrote to about this, and one of them actually gave me a full answer on this policy topic which I respect. Unfortunately I don’t think he’s fully on my side of this issue.

Long Reads

Not that long, but this fansubbed interview for IDOLM@STER Shiny Color’s Kitahara is worth it. Straylight is really the strongest unit from that game if you ask me, although each of them hit in their own ways. Also since this is a TIF interview, it’s got that usual mainstream TV overlay which makes it…just that much more IDOL-Y.


Umamusume Observations: April 2021

Just jotting down some thoughts about the game. Take it as you will. A hint of a spoiler for S2 of the anime down there but it’s not much of one.

Also this is one of those annoying articles with an image. in. between. every. paragraph.

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Omonomono Newsletter, Apr. 12 Update

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Talking about Gundam and Macross in 2021 feels quaint, but such is the world we live in.

Omonomono Newsletter, 2021-04-12

This Past Week

On April 8 (or 9 in Asia), hell froze over. Or at least, anime hell. The agreement and settling of terms between Harmony Gold and BigWest means that finally, international release of Macross properties will be allowed, limited to all the character and branding outside the original Macross/Robotech line. Essentially those shows are freed of the threat of lawsuits from HG and the two buried the hatchet, without modifying existing licensing terms of the already-licensed properties. If the recent industry reports means anything, that’s 30-40% more revenue for those Macross titles! If I was Kawamori I’d be pretty happy about that.

Not to be outdone, reports have it that Netflix will produce an exclusive Gundam live action film with Legendary Entertainment and director Jordan Vogt-Roberts. The director has a history of creating video game type content, as well as films like Kong: Skull Island. I guess it could be worse.

More like this week (also) but Manga Entertainment is being rebranded. Good riddance? LOL.

Oh, Tubi gets some nice anime films.

There’s a Penguindrum thing.

Get well soon(er) Kusomegane.

On the Mind

There’s a collab event in Deresute with Zombieland Saga. Zombieland Saga has a seiyuu idol unit which is wild that now we have anime idols collaborating with anime idols. I suppose when Deresute collaborated with Princess Connect Re:Dive earlier, there was already idol collaborating with the 3 idols in the game? But not like this. It’s not Cygames eating their own dog food, well, sort of.

Someone, please, write for CR.

Buy Demon Slayers tickets, because why not, maybe you’re vaccinated.

I still struggle logging into Shiny Colors every day to get the free rolls, and still have not had the time to check out the two SHHis. Big time orz. Meanwhile, there’s this stream.

Events

This Friday is the Tadokoro MAL thing. The concert was a week ago.

Re:Stage live shows is this coming weekend. Saturday is Hortensia and KiRaRe, and Sunday is Tetrarkhia, Trois Anges and Stellamaris. I really like some of the music (and performers) in this series so I will probably check out the archive.

Equally (if not more) impressive is the anime Hibike Euphonium live concert this weekend. By all means it looks great. The singers and cast members are going to be there. The archive lasts until May!

If you dig tokusatsu, there’s a charity live this weekend.

Personal Note

With MLB in gear and some family situation my free time has dwindled greatly. Hopefully I can continue to churn these out. There’s a new anime season going on I hear?

So far of the first episodes I sampled, That 86 anime seems to resonate the most despite its shelf-bought porcelain heroine? A lot of stuff on the usual sampler radar for the next few weeks and I haven’t even gotten to all of them.

Long Reads

Three this week?

Media literacy has always been important and it is even more important today. This is kind of the side of it that I don’t talk about, because it’s like Sesame Street for people who already know the stuff, yet it’s no less important.

Yurucamp VR may be a thing but they don’t beat photographs just yet.

This week’s two New Young TV has a follow up. It’s good seiyuu content.


Omonomono Newsletter, Apr. 5 Update

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April Fools came and went. I got my IM@S Tekken game, I guess?

Tekken Million Live splash screen

Omonomono Newsletter, 2021-04-05

I gave up–just going to use the Newsletter plugin for WP going forward, which will use my hosting’s mail server. Just a lot easier. If you want to manage subscriptions and such, it should all be the same via that link at top, or click here.

This Past Week

All of Megumi Hayashibara’s discography is on streaming. Hype. Takes me back!

Bandai Namco and plastic recycling? Gunpla recycling program sounds…interesting?

Among the April Fools news, there are some legit nuggets because in Japan people work on calendar quarters in terms of contracts and stuff. Like the Yurucamp Movie. Or TRUE’s new agency.

Less true are things like this joke. Or this. Or this. Or this. Or this.

Priconne had an anniversary stream which you can catch here–notable because it has a character live section.

Sumire Uesaka, or Sumipe, as an artist is wild.

Global seiyuu darling Miku Itou’s new PV is also out.

Speaking of seiyuu darlings, Ai Fairouz got casted as Jolyne in the next Jojo anime. Story in the link about her aspiration growing up.

On the Mind

I do appreciate major US brands taking a break from the 4/1 frivolities during this present situation. In fact every major service should be shutting down those “oh you did this a year ago, 懐かしいな” engagement crack until we’re out of it. On the flip side, some non-major brands do play up that 4/1 thing, it’s largely a miss. I don’t know, it’s not worth it unless you’re an insular Asian island nation whose marketing don’t leak out into the rest of the earth much.

Shiny Colors is moving with their month-long free rolls, adding 2 new characters in the game with the tour. Nagoya stop was a lot of fun to watch and just a great stage show to appreciate. Minor technical issue aside, there’s a lot of care in the overall songs, the setlist, the outfits, and I just can’t get Straylight in Cages with Masks out of my mind. If you asked me 10 years ago that IM@S will have the best seiyuu cyberpunk content I would not have quite believed you. That said, maybe that’s more on me than it is on the rest of you, so a blog post may be coming.

Events

Continuation of Japan Online Festival from last week…

Konomi Suzuki tour continues

Yurucamp season 2 event is also this weekend, and streaming.

Suikoden symphonic concert?! I guess it is all month this month. Oops.

Personal Note

I’m vaccinated, hurrah. First world privilege.

In terms of things to watch personally, MLB is back, which means I will have less time to watch things.

Speaking of which, the two-way monster that is Shohei Otani not only smacked a 450-footer home run in his opening day pitching performance (???) and making him the first AL pitcher to do so since the designated hitter rule being implemented in the 1970s, but also the first Jujutsu Kaisen respecter in the majors with his new walkup song.

And speaking of music in the ballpark, on April 1 in Japan, this tweet, made by a non-Japanese account, made the rounds. While seemingly innocuous in that MAD/AMV/Mashup spirit, I just find it amusing that once JP found the tweet so many of them made references to Shinnosuke Abe.

Long Reads

A long watch this time. The JRA has finally a proper video collaboration with Umamusume. Hitomi Ueda, the voice of Goldship, and Kaori Maeda, the voice of Nice Nature, talks to three Japanese horse racing announcers over teleconference (I guess they were in Tokyo and the JRA folks are in Osaka). Why? This is the fact/sports documentary aspect of Umamusume Season 2 explained. The older chap in the video is Kiyoshi Sugimoto, a legendary Japanese horse racing announcer who has retired. He actually called the Tokai Teio Spring Tennousho race which is also fully reprised in the collab video below.

If you’re interested in the actual race that is the inspiration for the final episode of Umamusume season two, it’s also on Youtube (officially via JRA no less).


Omonomono Newsletter, Mar. 29 Update

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Omonomono Newsletter, 2021-03-29

Just a note–I might be trying out different newsletter services and providers in the coming weeks. I didn’t mention how I switched last week–which was just using my blog’s own hosting instead of MailChimp. That might be better in the end, but deliverability might not be the best, I don’t know. Thanks to Substack this whole sector is now buzzing with 3rd party providers helping hapless writers do IT, so there are more choices now than before especially for non-marketers.

Feel free to ping me if you have any concerns or are not receiving them. The email this week is going to go out on EmailOctopus. Probably will try something different again next week? I don’t know.

This Past Week

It’s not exactly anime, but the best anime this year is now on Netflix worldwide except a few regions that have separate licensing agreement: PUI PUI MOLECAR.

Bannam reorgs its oversea stuff. CR deal gets extra scrutiny. Maybe they’re curious about the new Precure streams? Joke aside I’m not too worried.

On that note, here are the CR Spring licenses, and Funi’s. The usual is happening where some dubs get one and subs get the other.

Sidonia gets game.

Tsukihime Remake gets release date: 8/26. Supposedly this will have only Ciel and Arc routes but loaded with new content so it has about as much content as the original game. The new cast is also listed, along with announcement for a new Melty Blood game. Details in link.

Girl’s Frontline anime gets trailer. These Chinese mobile game anime are really more miss than hit it seems, but maybe this one bucks the trend.

Eva 3+1 still raking it in the news, but now you can reenact SK8 ending sequences using EVA boards.

On the note of obnoxious anime names with music instrumentation, here’s a new challenger.

Roselia films on stream? This is sorta new.

The annual report from the AJA is out, covering the year 2019. It does mention COVID but no numbers from the past year. English summary report is worth noting but a bit more rah-rah-go-industry this time than usual.

There were a bunch of news out of Anime Japan, but most of them are new anime or game tie-in announcements. There were a few stages where the performers sung their new OP/ED live too. Notably Megamiryo… Cosplayer unit doing the songs sure is a thing now! Oh, Netflix is also doing something… but they actually announced a stream to do that at AJ rather at AJ itself. And instead of me delaying this post by recapping AJ news, just read this.

On the Mind

Horses, but the anime. Umamusme Season 2 concluded with a pre-show live stream with a nice cast, and you can catch it on Youtube. The season finale is also magical. It takes home the idea behind transforming horses into people and then telling it like an ESPN 30-for-30 elevates a story with sports, not glorification of cool military gear, problematic political actors, or other things that have a lot of baggage.

Events

Here’s a US-based one: Sakura Matsuri in Washington DC is now virtual. It’s this Saturday from noon to 3pm.

IDOLM@STER Shiny Colors 3rd tour begins this weekend at Nagoya.

D4DJ Merm4id solo show this weekend.

Yui Makino!

Halko Momoi’s show this weekend is viewable online.

Konomi Suzuki’s tour stop this week is viewable as well.

Charming dork Azusa Tadokoro has a one-off online concert this weekend! I am looking forward to this a lot.

Japan Online Fes 2021 Spring starts this week weekend and will run also next weekend. Couple Bandori groups, Sayuri, ReoNa, and a lot more on the artist list.

Personal Note

Short read, but sports–Masahiro Tanaka somewhat confirms what happened last year in Florida, as some feared his family were targeted by racists. I guess it’s not personal, but here’s just to say that even voicing FUD have a chilling and negative impact, and it’s reason enough to make loud statements to push back against that kind of stuff even if people may have a right to voice their fear, doubts and uncertainty. A society without sensible self-restraint is a society without nice things, and I want to live in a society full of nice things.

Long Reads

Go watch Season 2 of Umamusume, then read the real thing. (Where’s part 2? I have no idea.)