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AnimeExpo2012: The Madoka Magica Voice Actor Panel Report

by Karl Olsonon July 5, 2012
Of course, cons aren’t all announcements and promotion. Sometimes, it’s just the con giving the fans what they want, and given the blistering hot status of Madoka Magica, it’s no shock to see a panel gathering the principal US dub cast. Specifically, Cassandra Lee (Kyubey), Christine Cabanos (Madoka), Cristina Vee (Homura), Carrie Keranen (Mami), Lauren […]

AnimeExpo2012: VIZ Media Panel Report

by Karl Olsonon July 5, 2012
Representing VIZ Media at AX2012 this year was Candice Uyloan and Ryan Brown. VIZ heavily stressed their digital presence, leading off with a promotional video about their content on Hulu that generally celebrated their relationship with Hulu. That Hulu love was a bit unexpected, as VIZ also announced they are launching their own streaming network/service, […]

AnimeExpo2012: FUNimation Panel Report

by Karl Olsonon July 4, 2012
FUNimation representatives Amanda Nanawa, Adam Sheehan, Justin Rojas, Adam Zehner and their new manager of conventions, Sarah Sullivan, took the stage for their company while FUNi’s Lance Heiskell hung back and filmed the whole event. “Event” seems like a good word as FUNi had so much to say their wasn’t any time for Q&A. Every […]

AnimeExpo2012: NIS America Panel Report

by Karl Olsonon July 4, 2012
Last Saturday at Anime Expo 2012, NIS America held an informational panel hosted by Eugene Chen, localization director; Mitsu Hiraoka, NIS America producer; Ryan Phillips, PR and Marketing; Sohei Niikawa, president of NIS and NIS America. First, they teased their up upcoming releases for shows like Bunny Drop, Anohana and Kimi no Todoke, and then […]

"Puella Magi Madoka Magica" LE Vol.1: Possibly Worth The Price?

by Karl Olsonon April 23, 2012
Puella Magi Madoka Magica–or as it is colloquially known, Madoka–is probably one of the most anticipated and intensely discussed anime since The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, if not Neon Genesis Evangelion. It’s easy to see why: it successfully balances a radical destruction and recontextualization of the tropes and metaphors typically in play in one of […]

"Adventure Time" Season Finale: Not What You’ll Expect And Better Than You Can Dream

by Karl Olsonon February 13, 2012
Ah, another average day in the Land of Ooo, wherein Princess Bubblegum has invented another scientific miracle to amuse her friends. Meanwhile, Finn is stuck deep in the friendzone. For such a surreal show, they capture his awkward teenage ennui with a shocking realism that’s perfectly bittersweet. You feel for him and feel awkward simultaneously; […]

"Katawa Shoujo": Ha Ha! I Touched Your Heart!

by Karl Olsonon February 3, 2012
There are some elements of the critical process I never really cop to. Except in rare cases, for instance, I try not to let the amount I’ve watched of a given genre or medium influence my critical eye. I also try to go into the review with an open mind, neither expecting it to impress […]

"Usagi Drop": How I Learned To Stop Worrying About Becoming A Father

by Karl Olsonon January 16, 2012
Imagine waking up to the news that your grandfather had passed away, then finding out at his funeral he had fathered an illegitimate child with the household maid. This child seems some what mute and emotionally closed in the wake of her father’s passing. Then imagine ending your carefree, go-getter, single life to take care […]

Your Management Was Bad, And You Should Feel Bad

by Karl Olsonon April 18, 2011
You know, the anime and manga industry has been pretty beat up over the past few years. It’s probably not an over-exaggeration at this point to say there are probably more dead companies than active ones in the translation and distribution game in the U.S. at this point, and even if it’s not, it’s certainly […]

"Princess Jellyfish": This One’s Dedicated to All the Fangirls in the Anime Club

by Karl Olsonon February 22, 2011
I think a lot alternate titles and taglines could be floated for Princess Jellyfish. It’s Welcome to the NHK (Ladies Edition). It’s Densha Fujoshi. It’s Reverse Genshiken. It’s Ikebukuro@Deep. However, I think even in an era where anime is at least occasionally honest enough to be directly reflexive and self-analytical, it’s refreshing to see the […]