Hi everyone, and welcome back. It’s… definitely been a minute! A lot has been going on behind the scenes, that I cannot wait to share with all of you.
For now, though, I’d like to discuss one thing that’s been running through our halls over the past few weeks. As you know, last month, we rolled out a series of Patron-funded articles: a first in our publication’s history! with the help of our fantastic Patrons, we were able to bring you a history of the Yuri genre by expert Erica Friedman; a quirky take on My Roommate Is A Cat by L.B. Bryant, and a look at the UK anime con scene by OASG columnist Pete Maunder.
I can’t stress how amazing it is to be able to do something like this, after nearly a decade of working under the radar, as a purely volunteer-driven, indie outlet. Over the past few weeks, though, I’ve been wondering the best way we can proceed going forward.
What sorts of articles would people want to read?
What stories remain untold in the world today?
What stories need to be saved?
With this in mind, I took my case to the good Patrons in the Anime Herald Discord. After a night of discussions and conversation, we all came to the consensus that we should be preserving the messages of the past; telling the stories of the days within the bubble, and before; when VHS roamed the earth, and when anime clubs were the place for anime fans to gather. Those days of yore, before we had millions of episodes available at the touch of a button, and before companies like Sentai Filmworks, Crunchyroll, or Discotek were even a thing in the world.
And, well, I’m finally in a position to do something about it. Starting this month, I’ll be dedicating funds for at least one article of this nature. As part of our mission, as fans and as oldtaku, we’ll be taking steps to actively preserve the past that seems to fade little by little with each passing day.
I’m hoping that, by bringing attention to our past, we’ll be able to preserve these tales for future generations to enjoy. And, more than that, I hope the lessons of yore will have some relevance in today’s ever-changing world.
The Latest From the AniBlogging Community
Vita VN fans, unite! Though the Vita is gone, it’ll never be forgotten as a haven for amazing visual novels. To help fans looking to get started, or just fill out their final titles, Anne from Chic Pixel compiled a complete list of English-language otome games on the handheld.
A wholesome gay manga. Anthony Gramuglia from Anime Feminist looks at Go For It, Nakamura!: a boys-love series that’s sweet and soft, with an art style that evokes classic works like Rumiko Takahashi’s Ranma 1/2.
I dunno… “Tanaka-kun Has a Thyroid Problem” doesn’t have the same ring to it… Lauren from Otaku Journalist takes a look at 2016 anime series Tanaka-kun is Always Listless, and uses it to springboard a greater discussion on thyroid issues, and the happy announcement of her pregnancy. Congratulations!
A need for closure. Manga Therapy takes a look at long-running manga Gintama, and way the title’s winding road toward its finale plays directly into peoples’ overall need for closure as a whole.
This Week's Fun Stuff
This week, we’re taking a trip to the past for our goofy bonus segment. In 2010, Mesa, AZ’s Taiyoucon put together a commercial for their 2011 event. As was the style at the time, they parodied the popular Flea Market Montgomery TV spot. It’s goofy and awkward, but there’s something oddly charming about the spot, even nine years later.
The original commercial is below, if you want to compare:
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