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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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Just a brief note in passing, I finally completed the English dub of Season 1 of TSURUNE, the boys' archery anime on HIDIVE by Sentai Filmworks. I don't have any hard data, but I'm guessing it was a commercial flop for Sentai Filmworks / HIDIVE because while HIDIVE streams TSURUNE:... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2024 at Gen X Otaku 1971: the OG blog
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So I recently learned the Japanese suffix "-do " means roughly, "The Way"....perhaps not unrelated to the Chinese concept of Tao/Dao? In any event, it is affixed to many well known national sports in Japan. There's KENDO, or "Way of the Blade" Then there's KYUDO, or "Way of the Bow"... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2024 at Gen X Otaku 1971: the OG blog
Season's Greetings and enjoy this Neon Genesis Evangelion parody live action video, courtesy of YouTube Surprisingly good production values and also HILARIOUS! Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2023 at Gen X Otaku 1971: the OG blog
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Kumoricon is officially my favorite out-of-state Anime convention, bar none. That said I probably can't afford to return for Kumoricon 2024 because I'm already committed to 1) SakuraCon 2024 2) MomoCon 2024 and 3) Anime Revolution (AniRevo) in Vancouver, British Columba, Canada! Plus I'm visiting my friend in Washington DC... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2023 at Gen X Otaku 1971: the OG blog
Oni-Con just has too many memories for me and makes me sad to be there. Its current iteration just can't measure up...it's not their fault, it's me. It's just personally painful.
As for next year, so far I've got lined up SakuraCon (Seattle), MomoCon (Atlanta) and Anime Revolution (Vancouver, BC, Canada). In 2025, looking at least to Animethon in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
I think time has maybe come to finally take Oni-Con out of regular rotation for local con attendance. Delta H Con is still close & easy to get to and still sorta fun. Instead of Oni-Con, if I'm staying in Texas, I'd be better served attending San Japan (San Antonio) or Ikkicon (Austin) or Anime Frontier (Fort Worth) or A-Kon (Dallas).
Sorry for the dearth of images this year, as I had to cut my time short at Oni-Con this year (again). Too close in proximity to Kumoricon next weekend to give it the full con experience. It was my intention to, but my Mom whom I live with and care... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2023 at Gen X Otaku 1971: the OG blog
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I have tried multiple times to watch One Piece, the anime. I made it as far as 5 episodes in my last attempt but I just can't get into it. The story just doesn't grab me and I find Luffy and his powers too laughable & ridiculous for the anime... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2023 at Gen X Otaku 1971: the OG blog
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So last night I attended an English dub screening ... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2023 at Gen X Otaku 1971: the OG blog
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Per Wikipedia, Iria: Zeiram the Animation (イ・リ・ア ゼ... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2023 at Gen X Otaku 1971: the OG blog
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Some final COSPLAY entries from Anime Toronto 2023! Violet Evergarden cosplay, from the eponymous anime series. Mixed feelings about these guys. Imperial Japanese Army during WW2 military cosplay. Y'know, Canada fought against them, right? Canadian soldiers fought alongside the British in defense of Hong Kong, and joined the US in... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2023 at Gen X Otaku 1971: the OG blog
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All in all I really enjoyed my visit to Toronto, Ontario, Canada. My first time ever visiting Canada's largest Metropolis! I stayed in the largest Holiday Inn in Canada, in downtown Toronto, near the "College" subway stop, which I rode from every day. Just wanted to also share yet more... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2023 at Gen X Otaku 1971: the OG blog
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All in all I really enjoyed my visit to Toronto, Ontario, Canada. My first time ever visiting Canada's largest Metropolis! I stayed in the largest Holiday Inn in Canada, in downtown Toronto, near the "College" subway stop, which I rode from every day. Just wanted to also share yet more... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2023 at Gen X Otaku 1971: the OG blog
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So, Anime Toronto is a very very NEW anime convention...and I'll fully admit things are a little rough around the edges yet. The staff was courteous and efficient. Early badge pickup was effortless and easy. It is a small convention for now...even smaller than Oni-Con in Galveston but slightly bigger... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2023 at Gen X Otaku 1971: the OG blog
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So, while I know that Anime North is older and bigger (possibly the biggest anime convention in all of Canada!), I'm going to assert that for the international (read: USA) visitor, Anime Toronto is the convention you should plan to attend, despite them being brand new and essentially a baby... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2023 at Gen X Otaku 1971: the OG blog
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I have been attending Anime Conventions fairly regularly since about 2012. I would show you more but Typepad is being a little b*tch and says the file types don't look legit. The fuck, Typepad, they're JPEGS of physical objects I scanned with my own scanner. Guess you'll just have to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2023 at Gen X Otaku 1971: the OG blog
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For Labor Day weekend I attended ANIME TORONTO, a brand new baby AnimeCon in the heart of downtown Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Held at the Toronto Metro Convention Centre North Building, located next to the CN Tower and Rogers Centre on the one side and near Union Station (train, subway, and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2023 at Gen X Otaku 1971: the OG blog
Just got back from OTAFEST 2023 (their 25th Anniversary) in beautiful Calgary, Alberta (Canada)! Deets on my Tumblr and on my Mastodon presence. I also posted some in the official Otafest Facebook group page. Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2023 at Gen X Otaku 1971: the OG blog
Recently returned from Kumoricon 2022 in Portland, Oregon which I thoroughly enjoyed, and it was my first time ever to visit the city of Portland or indeed the State of Oregon at all. My friends drove down from Seattle to hang out with me for the weekend and we had... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2022 at Gen X Otaku 1971: the OG blog
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I recently finished the series Outlaw Star on Blu-Ray, and while I'm undecided if I will do a full series review, I did want to zero in on Episode 20 of Outlaw Star for starters. As my Bloghandle indicates, I am a Generation X aged Otaku; Cowboy Bebop was a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2022 at Gen X Otaku 1971: the OG blog
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If you know me at all as a blogger you know I'm go... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2022 at Gen X Otaku 1971: the OG blog
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 1971: 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 1971: the OG blog