October 21, 2017

Anime Genesis Podcast: Episode 4 – Eden of the Trigun

Otaku been like yo Benu, where you been? Where you been the past couple of months? I’m like, I haven’t gone nowhere. I’ve just been watching all the cool moe shows. So their like, hey Benu where’s Anime Gen going? I’m like, I don’t know but I’m here to take the show back, the show is officially mine, it’s officially mine!

Show Notes

Spring 2011 Anime Season

Nichijou – My Ordinary Life

We, Without Wings – Ore-tachi ni Tsubasa wa Nai

A Bridge to the Starry Skies – Hoshizora e Kakaru Hashi

Toriko

News

3rd season of Hayate after movie.

Hayate and Negima films double-billed.

Hatsune Miku to perform at Anime Expo.

Kalafina to perform at Anime Expo.

Video game developer Sohei Niikawa announced as guest for Anime Expo.

Reviews

Eden of the East

Final Verdict: A – Masterpiece

Trigun

Final Verdict: A – Masterpiece

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Disclaimer: The DVDs reviewed on this podcast were sent to Anime Genesis by Funimation Entertainment for review purposes.

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2011 Spring Anime Season: We, Without Wings – Ore-tachi ni Tsubasa wa Nai

It’s spring and that means an all brand new season of anime. I’m going to start off my season preview with my thoughts on We, Without Wings – Ore-tachi ni Tsubasa wa Nai which is based off a visual novel by NAVEL who were the creators behind Shuffle!. The show is being produced by Nomad, with Blessing of the Campanella and Omamori Himari director Shinji Ushiro as director. Takmitsu Kouno is handling the series composition.

It’s really hard to write about this show simply because I don’t know what it’s about. Two episodes in and it’s nothing but confusion with no sign of a coherent story or plot. It’s just not clear who the main characters are in this show. It’s really disjointed switching between different groups of characters with no real explanation about what’s happening. These characters do have names but it’s hard to keep track of them since you forget about them when the show switches to another group of characters. There are also some very odd and random fanservice scenes.

So far I don’t know what to think about this show. It’s confusing and I still don’t know what is going on. I don’t know if I will continue to watch the show though because I don’t like the fact that it really has no coherent story or plot at this point.

What do you think about We, Without Wings – Ore-tachi ni Tsubasa wa Nai? Let me know by leaving a comment down below!

*We, Without Wings – Ore-tachi no Tsubasa wa Nai is currently streaming on Crunchyroll

How You Can Help Japan!

As you all know by now, Japan has been hit by a massive earthquake and tsunami. Japan still needs a lot of help as they recover from this horrible disaster. There are many ways you can donate and help Japan. I am giving my support to Anime and Manga Bloggers for Japan and encourage you to donate. There has been quite a bit of money raised already. Anything you can donate will help. Dancing Queen also has a great post on How A Girl Figures about all the other ways you can donate and help as well. So donate and help Japan however you can!

Happy Birthday Hinagiku Katsura!

In honor of Hinagiku’s birthday I thought I would write about why I love her so much. If you’ve listened to the podcast or follow me on twitter you know that I’m totally in love Hinagiku Katsura. If you don’t know Hinagiku is from the anime and manga Hayate no Gotoku or as it’s called in English Hayate the Combat Butler. Trying to think about why I love Hinagiku is hard to explain. I never really finished the first season of the Hayate no Gotoku anime, and just recently started reading the manga.

Most of my experience with Hinagiku has been based on the second season of the anime. So I have to ask myself the question “Benu, why do you like Hinagiku so much?”. I’m not really sure how to answer the question myself. I plan to write a more in depth look at the subject another time analyzing the second season and the specific things that brought me to love her. Hinagiku is an interesting character in that when I saw the first season of Hayate I didn’t really notice her from the start although I do remember liking her a bit.

Then came along the second season of Hayate which I didn’t really plan to watch. I just watched a couple episodes just because. I don’t know really what happened but around episode 4 something changed. Instead of the silly parody anime the last season was, the characters in the show started to become real characters and not characters purely just to be comical, which is what the first season felt like. So to get to the point and stop rambling I think I like Hinagiku as much as I do because she very much reminds me of myself or rather qualities of character that I aspire to have and improve on.

Hina always shows herself to be very responsible and honest and always has the courage to do the right thing and thinks of others before herself. She shows herself to be a strong, confident, and mature person yet at times deep down inside she is struggling with the same feelings and emotions everyone else feels yet she always tries to show herself as a strong woman no matter what. Her true feelings are deep down inside but she is too embarrassed to express her true self and feelings. I don’t think this even really explains everything about my love for Hina but I think it may give you a better understanding about why I like her.

If you like Hinagiku, what is it about her that makes you like her? For those that don’t like Hinagiku, what is it about your favorite character from Hayate that makes you like them? If you don’t have a favorite Hayate character, what is it about your favorite anime character that makes you like them?

Six Years And Running!


On February 18th, 6 years ago, the first episode of Anime Genesis was recorded. It was know as Benu’s Podcast at the time, the Anime Genesis name didn’t come along till 10 episodes later. A lot has happened in these six years. It has been a long, long road traveled with many successes and failures. I have learned a lot in these six years and I think I still have much to learn. I never would have thought that six years ago Anime Genesis would still be here after all this time. I’m proud to say that Anime Gen is still here and still going strong. Its been an amazing and fantastic journey thus far. I would sincerely like to thank everyone that has been with me on this wonderful journey. I would like to thank those that have had a profound impact on me and the show over the years and a big, big thanks to everyone that has helped me and stood with me these six years. Everyone’s love and support means a lot to me. The podcast and the site would have never got to where it is now without everyone that has helped and contributed to the site and podcast and of course each and every reader, listener, and fan thank you so much! Without everyone that has helped Anime Genesis become what it is today, it would just be another anime podcast and blog that would have already faded out of existence within the first year. There are so many of you to thank so thank you all very much! I love you all! Where does Anime Genesis go from here? It’s going the only place it can go, up to higher places in 2011!

Some of the most notable events in the history of Anime Genesis over the course of six years:

February 18th, 2005 – The first episode of Benu’s Podcast is recorded.

February 13th, 2006 – The first episode bearing the Anime Genesis name is released.

July 2006 – Anime Genesis covers Anime Expo 2006 as press for the first time.

February 18th, 2007 – Anime Genesis hits the two year mark.

July 2007 – Anime Genesis hosts it’s first panel ever at Anime Expo 2007.

May 17th, 2008 – Benu is a guest and guest hosts on the Ramen Revolution TV show making it Benu’s first ever TV appearance.

July 2008 – Benu interviews David Hayter, Shoko Nakagawa, and Jyukai. Also, Anime Genesis has it’s first live show with Anime Diet at Anime Expo 2008.

January 2009 – Anime Genesis has it’s first live show with How A Girl Figures at Anime Los Angeles 2009.

February 18th, 2009 – Anime Genesis hits the four year mark.

July 2009 – Benu interviews Kari Wahlgren, Yosuke Kuroda, Seiji Mizushima, Yun Kouga, Hiroyuki Imaishi, Atsushi Nishigori, and Benu is also one of the hosts for The Indecent Otaku Comedy Hour at Anime Expo 2009.

February 18th, 2010 – Anime Genesis hits the five year mark.

July 2010 – Benu interviews Danny Choo, also, Benu and Dancing Queen host The Indecent Otaku Comedy Show with special guest Danny Choo at Anime Expo 2010.

February 18th, 2011 – Anime Genesis hits the six year mark.

Anime Genesis Podcast: Episode 3 – My Girls Bravo Can’t Be This Cute!

Benu is back with a brand new podcast! Can you believe it? Well believe it! In episode 3 for season four, Benu reviews Ore no Imouto ga Konnani Kawaii Wake ga Nai or My Little Sister Can’t Be This Cute and does a DVD review of Girls Bravo: The Complete Series!

Show Notes

(00:00-02:32) – Intro

(02:32-06:35) - Anime Pacific’s response to New Year’s Resolutions For The Otaku

Reviews

(06:35-12:47) – Ore no Imouto ga Konnani Kawaii Wake ga Nai

Final Verdict: A – Masterpiece

(12:47-17:49) – DVD Review – Girls Bravo: The Complete Series

Final Verdict: C – Average

 


 

(17:49-18:59) – Twitter Shout Outs

@otakureview at otakureview.net and ani.me

@ssaapodcast at ssaapodcast.com

(18:59-20:37) – Outtro

(20:37-22:09) – Outtakes

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Disclaimer: A copy of the DVD reviewed on this podcast was sent to Anime Genesis by Funimation Entertainment for review purposes.

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Nendoroid Hinagiku Katsura Video Review

Benu reviews the awesome and extremely cute Nendoroid Hinagiku Katsura and lets you know all you need to know about this awesome nendoroid!

Check out the online stores below if you want to pick her up for yourself!

J-list
beNippon
Hobby Link Japan
Hobby Search
Kid Nemo Company
Otaku Fuel
Play Asia

Toylet
AmiAmi

PlayPlay

Hinagiku Nendoroid Get!

Nendoroid Hinagiku

I just got my Hinagiku Nendoroid in yesterday and she is so cute, adorable, and moe! I am working on a video review of her that will be up on the site soon but I’m so excited about her I had to post some pics here on the site! This is one of the best Hinagiku figures to come out and I’m so happy I was able to get this one especially because I’m such and huge fan of Hinagiku. I got mine from AmiAmi and they still have her in stock! So if you want her I recommend that you pick her up while you still can.

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New Year’s Resolutions For The Otaku

Happy New Year everyone! It’s been quite some time since I’ve posted anything. As we are now in 2011 and the new year is upon us here are some resolutions for this year so that we all can become friendly productive members of anime fandom, not unproductive hate mongering otaku.

Stop Making Fun Of People Who Watch Dubs

Look your not any better or superior to anyone else just because you watch anime with “subtitles” only. Dubs have gotten much better then they were in the past anyway. If you prefer watching your anime subtitled then so be it, just don’t be a jerk about it. There was a time before DVDs and the internet when I watched anime on VHS, it was dub only. I watched it and I liked it!

Who Cares If Someone Calls Themselves An “Otaku”

Really if someone calls themselves an otaku and you have a problem with it then that’s your problem! If you don’t like the word otaku then don’t use it but please don’t be a jerk about it. What does it matter if someone else calls themselves something you don’t like it has nothing to do with you. Also I still haven’t been able to get a real true straight story on whether or not “otaku” is the dirty of dirtiest words in Japan that some seem to claim that it is.

Stop Thinking Your Better Then Everyone Else Just Because You Watch Old School Anime

You like anime from the 80’s and abhor any recent anime. That is all fine and dandy till you have to make it a point by being a big huge obnoxious jerk about it. I get it that you don’t like the K-ON’s and the Haruhi’s of late but that doesn’t give you the license to put down everyone who doesn’t watch and like what you watch and like.

Moe Isn’t Going Anywhere So Get Over It

It’s time to stop your useless crusades against the “The Dark Spectre of Moe” because it’s not going anywhere. If you don’t like a show don’t watch it! It’s that plain and simple.

Stop Being A Jerk

I guess that all the other points could be summed up with this last one. Don’t be a jerk! Be nice to your fellow fans and treat each other with respect. Let’s all make this year a great year for anime fandom. Let’s all put aside our differences and come closer together.

So with that I wish you all a Happy New Year! Let’s make 2011 the best year ever!

Anime Expo 2010: Fun With Mega 64!

I went to the awesomely hilarious Mega 64 panel at AX this year. If you don’t already know who or what Mega 64 is they do hilarious comedy skits based around video games. What some may not know though is that Mega 64 is actually an episodic show released only on DVD with their video games skits interwoven into the story of the show. They are hilarious and a must see if your any kind of video game fan. Their panels are also hilarious and a ton of fun! If they ever come to a con in your area and do a panel definitely check them out! Take a look at the video below that Mega 64 took of their panel at Anime Expo this year and also check out some pics of me with the Mega 64 crew and the hilarity that ensued after the panel!

One of the Mega 64 guys grabbed the camera and snapped these pics below.

Derrick also grabbed the camera and took a pic of me and everyone standing next to me at the time randomly.

Is it just me or is there something odd about this picture….