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Omonomono Newsletter, May 3 Update

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Are all these randomly English-translated videos a Cool Japan thing?

Omonomono Newsletter, 2021-05-03

This Past Week

Crunchyroll turns 10.

Kodansha buys out JNC.

Netflix Vtuber N-ko is a multilingual anime employee. Ganba. I don’t really get Netflix’s approach to anime (OK I can hazard a guess maybe) but they did went out of the way and grabbed Househusband and the best anime this year, Pui Pui Molecar.

Wait a week and the Demon Slayer will slay the demons (at the box office, and weird metric for number ones).

Congrats Reichama! Rei Matsuzaki is now with child, which could explain why auntie Hanshin (Yui Watanabe) hasn’t been streaming with Rei (and her husband) lately.

On the Mind

Useful for some eventers?

HaruTen and Kentucky Derby? Surprise winners all around.

More. Horses. Not exactly horses, but.

A lot of stuff going on during Golden Week, but also not–people are on vacation and playing games. I don’t know what that means for someone out here on the other side of the planet. Less events, more chill I guess.

I caught up on Odd Taxi, and it was…nice. In a way that not watching season 2 of Beastars is like. I really should, on that note. Probably will stick with it.

This season has some interesting stuff, but none are super compelling to me. Any recs?

Events

KUROCONNNN. Also IdolCon? Also Fanime? Also CPAC last weekend?

What is this?

Ever since 2020 I have been waiting to make this joke where you combine vaccination with this seiyuu porgramming brand. Yes, you don’t actually get the vacc at Second Shot Girls Party 2021. What a wasted opportunity. That said the guests are interesting so I might try to watch it.

Remember Faylan?

The biggest even this weekend for anime nerds probably are the Nijigasaki 3rd live shows?

Personal Note

Kurocon announced a guest so that stuff is happening. Work and family continues to pummel while I try to race horses on the side. It’s tough being a trainer and I really should cut one of the 4 mobile games I’m still playing somewhat seriously. Pricone EN probably makes the most sense, because I just don’t have the time to enjoy the localization (such as read all the stories). But I also want to read the stories lol. More over Priconne is not that time consuming, and it’s just going to get easier over time.

I should just take some PTO.

Long Reads

Just to highlight Netflix a bit, they are doing things like this. More is always good, especially beyond the usual seasonal splash.


Omonomono Newsletter, Apr. 27 Update

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This post is brought to you by a 12-hour maintenance for Umamusume game.

Omonomono Newsletter, 2021-04-27

This Past Week

Animator and director Osamu Kobayashi passed away on the 17th due to cancer. You can share your condolences with this project, who will present comments from oversea fans to the grieving. Maybe time to remember him through that episode of Ekoda-chan.

Maybe I should report births too, because I think I didn’t write about Kanako Nomura’s newborn on 4/2.

Japan raises the flag on State of Emergency, because you guys know how crowded Golden Week can be. It gave all the eventers a scare since some weekend events had to publish statements about it. Next week though…

More details on the BigWest Macross stuff.

Naruhodo.

The Restaurant to Another World probably do not follow COVID protocols.

The Hime Cut ¯_(ツ)_/¯ Japanese fashion sure is a thing. Speaking of the himecut, mizuki sports the most hime of all himecuts:

On that note, do you remember Slayers? Do you want to wear some?

Also, Slayers VTuber CV: Megumi Hayashibara is also now a thing.

Tangentially: Sony has a video strategy?

The Demon Slayer movie debuted in US this week (Thursday night and onward) and it had the biggest box office in the country on Friday. I am a bit surprised–not very, given this is a hit film in a COVID-ravaged country that still loves films in the theater–but it beat Mortal Kombat is still quite impressive. It also helps that MK does…overlap with that audience somewhat, which is kind of curious. Did it make it harder or easier, actually? Needless to say the film did well for the full opening weekend–well for a [insert qualifier here] film. Variety says it’s a foreign language film, except a lot of the Demon Slayer screenings were dubbed (and pendants would let you know about that Passion of the Christ film had the biggest opening for a film actually in a foreign language). It’s not the biggest anime film opening in the US, because the first Pokémon film in the 90s (which was released only dubbed) did better. CR says best in the 21st century, which is lols. Or you can be an ANN and say it’s second. So yes, for an anime movie, Demon Slayer Mugen Train did really well on opening weekend.

Get well soon Aniki!

Confusing web radio with hosts sharing names to begin?

WWE anime?

For the late horse trainers. Zombie Land Saga had a Vtuber stream where Yugiri snack-mama smacked the audience, but dropped a note about Umamusume, which is interesting given since her taking over the role from Yuka Aisaka, Rika Kinugawa hasn’t done much.

On the Mind

State of Emergency declared in Tokyo as Japan faces the current surge (3rd?) is cancelling and otherwise affecting a lot of events. It’s also a giant bother for folks locally. The Olympic torch thing is just unfortunate. The real fear is that wave three is going to amplify as a result of Golden Week, replaying wave 2 (New Years break), creating higher numbers there. Which is all just to say these things are insignificant compared to what India is facing.

Kamaburn makes good points about these two shows, but sometimes all I want is to look at is the JK getting laid, I suppose. It’s an interesting dichotomy in between doing the right thing but indulging in the fantasy. I think this is basically the mark of a responsible adult in a way, this sort of almost-hypocrisy.

The new season of Kobayashi Dragon Maid anime begins properly in July but there’s already a “short” running this season.

Still trying to catch up on some new shows. Horse racing and baseball aside, my biggest hurdle is the Funimation Now app on Apple TV–it outright doesn’t play all the shows I want to watch this season. It used to be just a few shows this wouldn’t work on–and I invariably I end up not watching those just out of habit. This season I tried using Airplay, which doesn’t work with subtitles on an iPhone. It does work fine when I use my Chromecast, or watch on PC, but this is unbecoming in 2021 to have a streaming app not work on the basics. Maybe I should request a refund?

The Aniplex-produced original about time traveling AI was ok? Better than expected.

Something more light hearted.

Events

With the State of Emergency going on in Japan, it’s hard to say for sure any event this coming week will still continue as is. Most are making some adjustments. I also forgot to post about Chokaigi last week but that’s continuing online this week until 5/1.

D4DJ PKPK and Photon Maiden.

My horse for this week – Healer Girls is a seiyuu acoustic/acapella unit? Anyways, you can buy the ticket on Zaiko until 5/7 for 4/30’s show.

Luna’s event this weekend seems like a big deal?

A Yuruyuri stream.

Tenno Sho Spring is still on, right? LOL.

Personal Note

Kurocon is afoot, or at least the work. Between that, work, family, and Umamusume lol my time orz. Which guests do you guys want to see this July? Let me know. I’m secretly hoping the versus mode in Umamusume actually drop before the con so that could be integrated somehow.

Long Reads

Not so much long reads but just want to promote this long listen.

Cheer up with Azusa.


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.


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).