Category Archives: specials

12 Moments in 2011: The New Gig

Anime blogging has been, on and off, something I’ve done for something like four years now, and I’ve experienced it from all sides. My own blog, Yukan, not-blogging on Tumblr, The Blog That Would Change Everything (yeah, remember that?), podcasting, even being a part of the kind of douchebaggery and faggerjackery that would have confused […]

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12 Moments in 2011: The wrong reaction

Keep on crying, you guys.

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12 Moments in 2011: It was actually child molestation all along

People said a lot of things about Fractale. Like Guilty Crown later, it was decried as the harbinger of noitaminA’s doom, and as Yamakan’s downfall, or the reason why otaku-cum-academian Hiroki Azuma should never touch anime from the inside ever again. It was also called confusing at the end, but honestly was it? It was […]

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12 Moments in 2011: A depressing person

Wandering Son was a near-universally lauded anime adaptation at a time when that reaction was not exactly universal on the blogs where noitaminA was concerned. I found episode 5’s focus on the maudlin Saori Chiba to be a heavily affecting bit, for some reason. Anime can’t hurt me with its melodrama the way it used to, […]

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12 Moments in 2011: Mamoru Oshii Bowling League

I didn’t end up watching The Sky Crawlers until this year, and I was struck like so many other people that Oshii seems to have come to a pretty definitive point in his career with the flick. As in, if you had to answer “What is a Mamoru Oshii?” you could easily point to The […]

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12 Moments in 2011: The shift, part two

In hindsight, how did we really not know what was going on here? Many will say now that they did, although the evidence points to otherwise. Most certainly did expect something, but like Blair Witch, the marketing and lead-up to Madoka Magica was a huge part of the experience. Unlike Blair Witch, the end product […]

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