July 24, 2017

Anime Expo 2011 – Fred Gallagher Interview

At Anime Expo 2011 Benu had the chance to sit down and talk with Fred Gallagher of the popular webcomic Megatokyo. Benu chats with Fred about what he is most proud of with Megatokyo, how he keeps the story going while avoiding burn out, his plans for other projects, influences on Megatokyo, and the current state of fandom today.

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It’s Time For Anime Expo 2011!

It’s that wonderful time of the year again, Anime Expo! Me your favorite host Benu is on the scene to cover the best that anime expo has to offer! I’ll also be hosting two panels! Check out the schedule below and stop by and say hi!

Anime Genesis Live: Benu’s Violent Torpedo Of Moe

Come to Benu’s first-ever live solo show! Will there be guests? Will there be squirrels? Will there be moe… wait, squirrels? With special guests, Mark Allen Jr. and Alex Leavitt.

Friday, July 1, 2011

9:00 pm LP 3 (LACC 515A)

Anime Genesis Presents: How To Fail At Anime Podcasting

Join Benu from Anime Genesis in a follow up to “Habits of Successful Anime Podcasting & Blogging” from last year, with talks about failure, why you shouldn’t be afraid to “fail” at podcasting, and how to handle criticism.

Monday, July 4, 2011

12:45 pm LP4 (LACC 411 Theater)

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

Send any comments or questions to animegen@gmail.com, you can follow anime gen on twitter at twitter.com/animegen, also check out our facebook page at facebook.com/animegen.

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

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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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….

Anime Expo 2010: Danny Choo Interview

Benu sat down for a chat at Anime Expo 2010 with Danny Choo of dannychoo.com. Benu asked Danny about otaku, Japan, moe and what his most important piece of advice for bloggers would be.

The Top Five Most Annoying Anime Characters Of All Time

As much as some of us may love anime there are characters we will find annoying. There are characters that just annoy us every time we see them on screen to no end! It may be just a little catch phrase the character constantly spouts that you find annoying, it may be a little personality quirk you find annoying, or it may be everything about the character in general that you find annoying. What ever it might be there are all anime characters that we love to hate and hate to love. Love them or hate them I’m counting down my top five most annoying anime characters of all time!

5. Mikuru Asahina (The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya)

I will be honest I have a bit of a soft spot for Mikuru deep down in my heart. That still doesn’t change the fact that I thought she was an annoying character in The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya. I just felt like she didn’t serve any purpose in the show other then being the moe bait character that got abused by Haruhi all the time and didn’t do anything to defend herself. I’m annoyed by characters like Mikuru that act helpless and don’t do anything when something they don’t like is happening to them when it’s in a situation where they can easily do something about what is going on. Mikuru does have her moments where bits of her good character shine through, unfortunately these moments are few and far in between.

4. Fuuko Ibuki (Clannad)

I think I can pretty much say that any anime based off a Key property has at least one character I just can’t stand. For Clannad that character is Fuuko Ibuki. Everything about her was annoying. Being and acting stupid isn’t cute it’s annoying. She really didn’t serve any purpose at all in the show and her story arc was annoying as well. Fuuko was just plain annoying!

3. Makoto Sawatari (Kanon 2006)

I really, really disliked Makoto in Kanon. She was a bit annoying in the show but what really made her annoying was the end of her story arc in the anime. It was one of the most annoying and stupidest stories ever! The end of her story arc in the anime was horrible and painful to watch part of it was the story and the other part was how she acted and what she became at the end of her story arc. I really did enjoy Kanon quite a bit but Makoto’s story arc in the show was just horrible.

2.Hazuki (MoonPhase)

Possibly one of the reasons why I was never able to finish watching MoonPhase was it’s main character Hazuki. She is pretty much all the annoying traits of the above characters mixed together making Hazuki annoying on epic levels. Hazuki is selfish, annoying, and her constant screams of “onii-chan!” just drive me insane! She is nothing more than an annoying little sister and I don’t know how that can even be considered moe or be an attractive trait for a character.

1. Nagi Sanzenin (Hayate the Combat Butler)

I love Hayate the Combat Butler, I really do, but I unfortunately have to express my extreme dislike for one of it’s characters. Yes I know this character is one of the main characters and yes she is a huge part of what makes the show what it is. With that said Nagi Sanzenin is the big numero uno on my list of the five most annoying anime characters. Nagi is similar to Hazuki but she is a spoiled rich brat which doubles her annoyance level. Much like Hazuki she is nothing more then an annoying little sister. Even her being an otaku can’t save her from being annoying.

So who are your top five most annoying anime characters?

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Anime Expo 2010: Megumi Nakajima & May’n Live In Concert!

Megumi Nakajima & May’n rocked the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles during Anime Expo 2010! Check out a video excerpt below of May’n performing live! Also check out the pictures below the video of May’n, Megumi Nakajima, and special surprise guest the legendary composer Yoko Kanno! It was one amazing show!

May’n is the singing voice of Sheryl Nome and Megumi Nakajima is the singing voice and voice actress of Ranka Lee both in the anime series Macross Frontier.

*Photography and Video by Benu


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Anime Genesis Podcast: Episode 2 – It’s A “Benu” Show!

It’s time to get “Benu” or get the hell out! It’s Anime Genesis episode two for season four! This episode is over eight thousand as Benu and Dancing Queen respond to a voicemail sent by Phillip from Eeepers Choice, talk about their experience at the DELICIOUS BUMP SHOW!! at which the pillows played, and Benu does his review of Dragon Ball Z Kai Part One! Benu and Dancing Queen also make some special announcements for Anime Expo 2010!

Show Notes

DVD Review: Dragon Ball Z Kai Part One

Final Verdict: B – Excellent!

Check Out Some Screen Caps From DBZ Kai!

Check Out Dancing Queen’s Video Of The Pillows On Her Site Here!

Announcements For Anime Expo 2010!

The Indecent Otaku Comedy Show With Special Guest Danny Choo!

New Time And Place!

When: Saturday, July 3rd 2010 – Day 3

Where: Nokia Plaza

Seating Starts at 12:30 pm

Show Starts at 1:00 pm

The Indecent Otaku Comedy Hour returns to Anime Expo 2010 as The Indecent Otaku Comedy Show with special guest Danny Choo! Please note the place and time change above! We hope to see you there!

Habits Of Successful Anime Podcasting & Blogging

Benu will also be speaking at Anime Expo 2010 on the Habits Of Successful Anime Podcasting & Blogging. If you want to learn how to take your podcast and/or blog to the next level and learn it from Benu himself don’t miss it!

When: Sunday, July 4 2010 – Day 4

Where: LP3 – LACC 515A

Time: 11:00 am

Stay tuned to the Anime Expo website for the latest info!

Music Played During The Show

Supergene – Big In Japan

UNISON SQUARE GARDEN – about water and rain

MC Gold Lightan – Benu Sensation (As heard on the Anime Pacific Podcast: Episode 89)

Special thanks to Dancing Queen and Danny Choo for the opening show bumper!

Remember to leave your comments below on this post or e-mail the show at: animegen(at)gmail(dot)com

Also send your voice mail mp3’s to: animegen(at)gmail(dot)com

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

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