At a Glance In The 2,000 Year Old Man, Mel Brooks uttered his famous saying: “Tragedy is when I cut my finger. Comedy is when you fall into an open sewer and die.” With this in mind, it’s safe to say that comedy is a universal constant. People love to laugh. And, where there’s a […]
At a Glance As the name implies, this genre places an emphasis on action. This is the genre that provides a haven for big explosions, bloody gunfights, and bad-ass main characters. Big, flashy fight scenes, adrenaline-fueled chases, and seemingly insurmountable challenges await at every turn. The stories are rarely complicated, but they don’t need to […]
Every year, dozens of anime titles are produced, which range from epic tales of heroism to comedies about day-to-day life. With so much on the market, it’s only natural to see people group them into genres, or categories based on their content. These can be broad-stroke terms, like “Comedy”, “Drama”, and “Action,” or they can […]
When preparing for a convention, it’s always a good idea to prepare a list of what is needed. A good, complete list will allow you to get ready fo the event more quickly, and prevent a large amount of headaches. However, what to include, and how much is always a guessing game, as there are […]
As you get deeper into anime as a hobby, you will probably want to find like-minded people to share your interests with. Web forums and social media are a good start, but sometimes, nothing can replace the experience of physical contact and spirited conversation. So, for the next two chapters, we will be discussing venues […]
Welcome to the third and final chapter on Japan’s Holiday calendar. This is a slower period than the two segments, but it also includes a few popular holidays that are more familiar to westerners.
The talk of Japanese celebrations continues in this installment, as we cover eight more festivals and events. This time, we will discuss two of the busiest events in the Japanese year, which are Golden Week and Obon, and uncover the significance of each.
A popular element of many anime titles is the holidays. In the course of a year, Japan celebrates twenty-four holidays, both national and informal. Some of these may be familiar to western cultures, outside of specific quirks and twists that the Japanese have imparted upon them. However, a vast majority of these special are distinctly […]
Now that you’ve gotten familiar with anime as a medium, and explored a few titles, you may be asking “where do I go next?” This chapter will highlight a number of resources that give you a good idea on where to turn in regards to most popular aspects of anime fandom.
Now that you’ve heard me drone on and on about the basics, I’m sure you want to finally just watch some anime. Last chapter, I mentioned that it’s vital to follow the common-sense solutions when looking for a new title. However, this chapter, I’d like to give a more concrete footing of places to start. […]