Ch-ch-changes

eurekaDear Readers, I have an announcement to make.  First, put your tissues away!  I’m not hanging up my aniblogging pen or closing the blog.  No worries, there.  In fact, you will be seeing quite a bit of content from me; however, most of it won’t be on rayout.

I have been asked to serve as a writing contributor and media creator at Wave Motion Cannon.  This is a great honor for me, as I will be working alongside a team of pretty talented people.  I’ve already posted my Anime of the Year thoughts, and I’ve got several things coming down the pike that I’m sure rayout readers will find enjoyable.

Perhaps the thing I’m most proud of doing over at WMC is hosting a podcast along with a couple of friends.  Warui Deshou is a personality-driven, anime discussion/analysis show.  The first episode is a sort of get-to-know-us thing, with episodes focused on a single anime following thereafter.  I hope you guys have as much fun listening as I do making these.

Let me reiterate: rayout isn’t going away.  Not everything I produce will fit at WMC.  Although updates won’t be as frequent (ha!) as they have been during my peak writing periods, I will still put stuff here.

Thanks so much for reading.

Ch-ch-changes

Twelve Days of Anime 2015 Part 11: Asuka Tanaka and The Reality of Inconsistency

imageI recently marathoned through KyoAni’s outstanding high school drama, Hibike! Euphonium.  One of my favorite reasons to watch was the character Asuka Tanaka.  When I took to Twitter to talk about my experiences with the series, I discovered, to my great surprise, that she is far from universally beloved among the fans.  Some even refer to her as an out-and-out bad person.  This is a claim that I simply can’t get on board with.  However, at the same time, Asuka’s behavior is so inconsistent that it’s difficult for me to put forth a competing characterization.  Though I feel we won’t truly grasp what makes her tick until season two airs in 2016, I believe that the thing that makes Asuka so fascinating is, in fact, this very inconsistency.

Warning, this piece hits a few spoiler notes.

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Twelve Days of Anime 2015 Part 11: Asuka Tanaka and The Reality of Inconsistency

Twelve Days of Anime 2015 Part 9: The Two Stories of Diebuster

nono1I absolutely cannot believe I waited this long to watch Diebuster.  I have never been more annoyed with past-me accepting the views of other critics as gospel truth, regardless of how “big time” the critic or how vehemently expressed the opinion.  In many ways, this notion of freeing myself from previously held biases and expectations has been the story of my fandom in 2015.  It was a year of trying things I’d been led to believe were not good and…and actually liking them.  By the middle of the year, I was re-evaluating a lot of my previously adopted standards and filters.

BUT…that doesn’t have much to do with the anime at hand.

So, I did a kinda scattershot podcast about Diebuster in late November.  I shared a lot of my opinions about the series there, but I didn’t exhaust my thoughts on it by any means.  So, I’m going to briefly discuss one of the coolest aspects of a show with tons of coolest aspects, namely its ability to be read as two separate stories.

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Twelve Days of Anime 2015 Part 9: The Two Stories of Diebuster

Twelve Days of Anime 2015 Part 7: “Is It Wrong To Start The Title of A Post About Danmachi With The Words “Is It Wrong?”?”

danmachi1Yes! Yes, I am, actually.  And, no, you’re not bothering me Supporter-chan.  Not in the least.  I’m just trying to figure out how I can explain to these fine folks that Is It Wrong to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? (Danmachi) is a good show, worthy of their time.  I sure as hell didn’t expect to enjoy the show as much as I did.  I did not think this was for me, and I am not confident recommending it to me would have done much good.  Yet again, I was wrong.  And, I want to speak to those out there like me who might miss out on an enjoyable experience.  Hmmm…how can I communicate how much fun this show is?

Any ideas, Supporter-chan?

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Twelve Days of Anime 2015 Part 7: “Is It Wrong To Start The Title of A Post About Danmachi With The Words “Is It Wrong?”?”