Category Archives: specials

12 Moments in 2011: The shift, part one

In hindsight, how did we really not know what was going on here? Praise came in from all angles, the cleverness and purity of emotion on display was lauded, the subtle animation with its realistic movements was drooled over, and Mari Okada’s best script in a while was loved for its heartfelt and realistic-enough characterization, […]

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12 Moments in 2011: Remembering THE WAY you love

I’m not sure when this moment came exactly, and I did a whole post on the feeling, where I apologized in advance for kicking an already dead and beaten horse by using that phrase. But Kare Kano was something I finally got around to in 2011, and it really threw me off my game: Life […]

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12 Moments in 2011: Toe-chan’s first HNNNG

This is a short and embarrassing one. I’ve never felt a strong predilection for moe, the whole nutbladder thing evades me, and I often find myself baffled at the ships and waifus that float around the blogs, tweets, and boards. Now I’m not stupid or sterile: I watched Evangelion just like everyone else (Asuka, if […]

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12 Moments in 2011: In it together

In 2011, a mysterious guy appeared on Twitter and started persuading people to do something strange: Not only did he propose that we get together and watch anime in a synced-up situation with other online pals, but he thought we should get on Skype and actually talk to one another, in our own voices, as […]

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12 Moments in 2011: The Return of Ikuhara

If the licensing of Utena was a big deal for American fans, then how about its long-absent director, Be-Papas main man Kunihiko Ikuhara, coming back to anime to make a new TV series? Well, that’s a big deal to fans the world over, and thankfully the guy brought his whole bag of tricks. Cryptic symbols, […]

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12 Moments in 2011: The Return of Utena

For anime fans in America, there are a few key titles that have never been licensed; last year’s Secret Santa project Dennou Coil comes to mind for instance. And there are anime that will never ever come over here, like pretty much anything bearing the name Macross (thanks, Harmony Gold). And then there are some […]

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