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Johnjronald
Sugar Land, Texas
Anime/manga geek who prefers dubs to subs.
Interests: Japanese anime & Manga. An American of distant Scottish decent, I majored in German language/culture and European history in college. I have a Master of Library Science and am (under)employed as a library paraprofessional.
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Addendum: In communicating with Mike Toole privately, he has let me know he disagrees with my thesis above and that the ultimate "why" can never be known because the principle parties involved aren't talking. Fair enough. My post above, let me be clear, is pure speculation and opinion and should not be taken as definitive proof of anything.
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I recently did a Deep Dive with this anime franchi... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2021 at Gen X Otaku: the OG blog
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I pondered editing my original Alien Nine post to include these points but then decided they'd be worth addressing in a stand alone post. Literary Criticism and Film Interpretation are skills and the practice of them is harder than it looks. The late Zac Bertschy (Founder and Main Host of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2021 at Gen X Otaku: the OG blog
Kathryn's comments slightly edited for spelling, grammar & style but otherwise preserved as cited.
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Content Note: Mature themes, sexuality, sexual ass... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2021 at Gen X Otaku: the OG blog
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So I finally finished the comedy series Kill Me, B... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2021 at Gen X Otaku: the OG blog
Posted Jun 8, 2021 at Gen X Otaku: the OG blog
I'm inclined to agree. Paprika feels like a condensed re-working of the general themes in Paranoia Agent compressed back to feature film size. This was Satoshi Kon's one and only television series and really gave him the broadest canvas to work with, much more than any one particular movie. I do like the recurring elements throughout Kon's ouvre...there are pieces of Paprika that harken back to Perfect Blue, or rather, when I re-watched Perfect Blue it reminded me newly of scenes from Paprika. But Paranoia Agent stands above all the rest in giving the fullest expression to Kon's vision.
Once again, gonna let another smart lady talk at length and encourage you to listen respectfully. As I also commented directly on this video, having translated my fair share of German-->English texts, I can confirm all of this. Word-for-word is seldom the optimal choice when engaging in translation work. German... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2021 at Gen X Otaku: the OG blog
Imma just sit and let the smart lady talk because she says it x5000 times better than I could.... The saga of Screaming Broccoli Man is indeed a shibboleth in our Anime community, and those siding with him and his defenders are anti-woke chuds I want nothing to do with.... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2021 at Gen X Otaku: the OG blog
Oh yeah and I totally watched AKIRA in college my freshman year! It was DOPE, despite being the confusing 1988 dub. Thanks, Aggie Cinema!
Toggle Commented May 14, 2021 on Renamed! at Gen X Otaku: the OG blog
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So yeah, this is a book-keeping/administrative post, mainly. I finally decided to change this name of this blog to be consistent with my "Branding" on other platforms like Tumblr and also my lame-ass Anime podcast on Anchor.fm which has like 3 episodes and I really need to get on that... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2021 at Gen X Otaku: the OG blog
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So, full disclosure, I really f*cking love this show....I'm current on the manga and have the next volume on pre-order for when it drops in August. I'm also current on the anime adaptation on Crunchyroll, and I think they're doing a fine job. But oh my GAWD some people have... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2021 at Gen X Otaku: the OG blog
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WARNING: This ESSAY is a Spoiler for Satoshi Kon's Paranoia Agent -- please stop reading here if you wish to avoid spoilers. So I just finished rewatching Satoshi Kon's one and only television series Paranoia Agent on Blu-Ray. And wow was it so much darker than I ever remembered it.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2021 at Gen X Otaku: the OG blog
Against my better judgement, I created a podcast for my Tumblr. Matched the branding to there rather than here because I update here even less often. Anyway, it's a Spotify exclusive and as my Tumblr is GenXOtaku1971, the related Pod is simply GenX Otaku Pod. Real original, I know. Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2020 at Gen X Otaku: the OG blog
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I don't know where to begin. I never met the man in person and yet through his podcast, ANNCast, I felt like I knew him better than I know a fair number of people I've met face to face. If there were an entry for "Anime Journalist" in the OED,... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2020 at Gen X Otaku: the OG blog
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Really enjoying Carole & Tuesday so far on Netflix, with English dub. It’s a great show and I binged the first 8 episodes non-stop one night earlier in the work week. Had to look it up, and no shade on the actual VA, but since Carole in Carole & Tuesday... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2019 at Gen X Otaku: the OG blog
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I finally binged and finished Anohana in English v... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2019 at Gen X Otaku: the OG blog
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So I finally finished watching the recent Simuldub... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2019 at Gen X Otaku: the OG blog
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Pure fan theory speculation, but I would say that Asuka Soryu Langley of Neon Genesis Evangelion isn't just (half)German, she's an uptight PRUSSIAN. Like even other Germans would find her annoying. She's not nearly laid-back enough to be, say, Bavarian or a Rhinelander or even Swabian or a Saxon. Nope,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2019 at Gen X Otaku: the OG blog
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Perfectly silly post but I'm in the middle of DARK season 2 on Netflix and loving it so far. It's even darker and creepier than season 1. It's a German Sci Fi adventure set in the near future with supernatural elements and a time-travel story. It's really unique and interesting.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2019 at Gen X Otaku: the OG blog
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Just got back last night from the English dub screening of Sound! Euphonium The Movie - Our Promise: A Brand New Day It’s really good, y'all! It took me a little bit to get used to hearing Erica Mendez’s voice coming out of Kumiko Oumae but I warmed to it... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2019 at Gen X Otaku: the OG blog
I created this blog back on VOX.com when that was a blogging platform out of Japan(?) and not a digital political zine. It was pretty cool because you could integrate Amazon.com product images into your posts, which was really handy for discussing anime on DVD back then. When Vox shut... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2019 at Gen X Otaku: the OG blog
I actually saw this movie twice. Once in Sub, later in Dub. It had been my intention to only watch the Sub version, via Fathom Events, at AMC 24, but the day of the Dub screening, the projectionist was late and the show started a full 20 minutes after the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2018 at Gen X Otaku: the OG blog
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Per Wikipedia, Yami to Bōshi to Hon no Tabibito (ヤ... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2017 at Gen X Otaku: the OG blog