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I Hope Nippon-sempai Notices Me: Steins;Gate and The Joy of Insanity but Tempered With Consequences

I’ve made it clear on this column before on my love for Space Dandy. This is part because it’s a genuinely surreal/dadaist experience and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Other animes though throw in these sort of crazy elements, and then for the most part they are ignored, or have no point other than ‘lol aren’t we random’.

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I Hope Nippon-sempai Notices Me: Akame Ga Kill! and Anime Should be About Telling Stories

I had a recent discussion with a person when the topic of my anime watching habits came up (that they’re terrible, I should be ashamed, and disgraced.) and this person wanted to know if I was watching and enjoyed Akame Ga Kill! The answer is of course – no. The reason why is because in an effort to describe it I resorted to calling it trashy – like a soap opera/reality show/other garbage television.

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I Hope Nippon-sempai Notices Me: Sanzoku no Musume Ronja and The Life and Times of Miyazaki

Hayao Miyazaki has been the Michael Jordon of anime production in that he’s announced retirement a few times, and then has kept coming back. However he’d recently announced that most likely he’ll be making anime until he no longer can. A fact that filled many (even me) with profound hope and joy. I however also had a twinge of sadness.

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I Hope Nippon-sempai Notices Me: Read or Die and How You Can Have Powers Without Small Children

Read or Die is undoubtedly one of my favorite animated movies – high praise when coming from a group of peers with Redline, Makoto Shinkai’s works, Summer Wars, Jin-Roh, etc. Now while the series itself was good, and fleshed out the story some more – I’m mostly going to focus on one of the main aspects that made the movie so good.

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I Hope Nippon-sempai Notices Me: Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun and Sometimes Don’t Give up too Early

Okay so how about something happier this week eh? So last season is now thoroughly over, and one of the things I find I miss is Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun. Which is odd because I actually gave up on it after the first episode. The jokes weren’t that great, and it was certainly on the fence of ‘should I watch’ but I just didn’t care for the 2 main characters enough to warrant watching more.

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Do Robo-Waifus Drink Electric Sheep?

So you might not be familiar with it, but this article is about a game known as VA-11 HALL-A.

The full game is not released yet but I’ve had the chance to play the “Prologue” or somewhat demo version of what the full game is going to be like.  You can download the prologue for free or donate towards the cause.  They are aiming for a December 2014 release at this point.

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I Hope Nippon-sempai Notices Me: Saikano and Please Turn Me Into a Blubbering Idiot Again

I’m not tumblr so this is not a trigger warning. I do have a Trigger warning – but that mostly just goes off when someone mentions Kill la Kill in the same room (you groan, but I needed something here to make me feel happier). Anyway to get serious this post is gonna be sad. Not the typical I’ve-given-up-on-an-entire-medium sad, but like actually sad for a good reason.

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I Hope Nippon-sempai Notices Me: What’s in a Name and For Fucks Sakes Cut the Shit With the Names

You may have seen the little joke I had last week about EXPLOSIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! with a sequel that just added more ! points to the end. This joke I feel would be lost on most people so allow me to explain. See Japan has this thing where sometimes it will have anime anime that ends in an exclamation mark (which let’s be honest you barely have something that exciting go on, it’s a show about a cross dressing butler for god’s sake).

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