Patreon – Last Chance To Sign Up For A Dedication in the New Ebook

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This one is a really quick update on Patreon. As you may have seen on Twitter, during December I am running a ‘special offer’ for new patrons who sign up to the $2 a month or higher for December and keep the subscription until at least the first of January or for ongoing patrons who are already paying $2 a month or higher (or choose to upgrade for December and January).

It’s not huge, but pretty much anyone who signs on during the offer will get a shout out in the dedication of my ebook ‘Thoughts on Anime 2018’ which will be released January 20, they’ll also get their name and link added in the thank-you on the bookshop page on 100 Word Anime.

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Of course, they also get access to the episode reviews that have been written exclusive for patrons this year. So Darling in the Franxx episode reviews as well as my first attempt at a video review for the whole season, Kakuriyo no Yadomeshi episode reviews and second (fairly dodgy) attempt at a video review, and the current episode reviews for Bloom Into You. You’ll also get a copy of the ebook once it is out as a thank-you for being a patron (and all patrons are offered a copy of the 2017 ebook on sign up, even at the $1 a month level – all existing patrons prior to December will be offered the 2018 ebook).

Next year I am going to continue to try to build content for patrons, though it is a tricky balance because I do want the majority of my content to remain freely available to my readers. I really appreciate everyone who follows my blog and engages with my posts.

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For those who would like to support the blog next year but aren’t really wanting to sign on to patreon, you have two others options. You can buy me a coffee or use Paypal donate for a one time payment rather than an ongoing one. I can’t actually run an official special offer on either of those, but if you do use either of these options in December and spend at least $4, I will include you in the book dedication and once the book is available I will offer you a copy via email as a thank-you (which means you will need to leave the means for me to contact you).

As I said, I know it isn’t much, but I am hoping to continue to grow next year. I’ll hopefully be running the blog’s first real competition with actual prizes next year for the anniversary in May (continuing to work on building up some items to use for that – and saving money for postage because I’d like to make sure all of my readers can participate). I am also hoping to continue to try out audio and video posts periodically and let my patrons tell me what I need to work on. While these are definitely side projects at the moment and fairly sporadic given my ongoing work schedule, the dream is to make the blog a full time project and I’m continuing to work toward that.

Please consider becoming a patron, even if only for a short period as it really does help make the blog more viable.

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Cells At Work Episode 14 Review

Cells at Work Episode 14

Another episode of Cells at Work came out and if you were just craving more relaxing, slightly amusing and slightly educational entertainment, then this episode is going to hit the spot. It is however short on platelet and red blood cell sightings so if that’s your main reason for enjoying Cells at Work you might feel a bit let down.

Cells at Work Episode 14

Still, this episode focuses in on an ordinary cell that is going about it’s usual day of cloning itself and generally feeling the drag of repeating the same task every day. Then he meets another cell that is wearing quite a distinctive hat. For the audience it is clear where this is going and yet there’s something still genuinely amusing about the interactions between the two as they prank the immune cells – and this also leads to really the only interaction we get with the Red Blood Cell and Platelets so I guess we should be happy that they take advantage of her general cluelessness.

Cells at Work Episode 14

As usual, once the episode gets rolling and we’ve met our characters the shoe drops and we have our problem to solve. I don’t think this one was as violent or as bloody as some encounters have been and the focus on the Killer T Cells who seem more interesting in beating the cells up rather than defeating them is potentially the reason for it, but it all works well enough.

Cells at Work Episode 14

Then, of course, we get our feel good ending and a final Red Blood Cell sighting.

If this had aired with the rest of the series it would be a pretty average episode. As a stand alone it works well enough and you aren’t really required to know anything going in because all the cells are introduced within the episode. That said, it isn’t terribly exciting as a stand alone. It works. It isn’t as cute or thrilling as some. And then it is over.

Worth watching if you loved the series or maybe as an introduction but not a necessary add on.

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Merry Christmas

Run With The Wind Episode 10 Prince toss

Just a quick post to wish everyone a great day and holiday. I hope you got to be with the people you wanted to see and had a great time and some great food.

The 12 Days of Anime are now completed and I’m really glad I participated this year as it meant I got to revisit some really great characters that otherwise wouldn’t be getting much of my attention on the blog because they didn’t make my top 5 list which will come out in the new year.

Reminder: the poll is now open for you to vote on the best and worst anime of the 2018 Autumn Anime Season. Be sure to jump in and have your say. Voting closes on the 29th of December.

December OWLS Post – What’s Important Is What You Do After The Miracle

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After a few months off I’m happy to get back into OWLS and what better month and topic than December where we look at miracles.

Spoiler warning for Code Geass.

Tis the season where miracles happen. For December’s theme, we will be exploring faith in anime and pop culture. We will discuss some of the miracles that enter a character’s life during their darkest moments. Some of their questions we will explore is how does a “miracle” change a person’s life? How do we define miracles? Can miracles only happen due to a legend or a mystical being? Or do miracles happen every day, but we just don’t see it?

Miracles are awesome when they happen. While media such as movies and TV series tend to exaggerate the response to miraculous events for dramatic events, we live in a world where each and every day we encounter small miracles. Whether it is a chance meeting with someone, the coin that dropped and made you stop rather than step out onto the street, the smile someone gave you when you were feeling down; all of these small miracles carry us day in and day out.

The Princess Bride - Miracle Max and Valerie

However, what we need to take away from stories is that we can’t rely on the miracle happening just because we need it and that even if we get a miracle that isn’t the end of the story. And while I was very tempted to look at Miracle Max’s pill in the Princess Bride – and if you’ve never seen that movie, please go watch it – I decided to stick with anime for this month because I think anime really does capture the spirit that miracles do come in and change people’s lives. Sometimes in a wonderful and welcome manner and sometimes in a way the character can’t appreciate until later. But, these characters can’t just stop just because a miracle has occurred.

Setsuna F Seiei - Child at war - Gundam 00

Starting with Setsuna F Seiei from Gundam 00, his survival as a child in a war torn country was a miracle. That wasn’t the only factor given how hard he worked to stay alive, but ultimately his efforts wouldn’t have been enough. The reason he survived was because at just the right moment a Gundam appeared.

For Setsuna, this defines his life after this point. He has an obsession with not just being a Gundam pilot but being a Gundam. His actual commitment to the cause is questionable, his interactions with his team are fairly disruptive, but he believes entirely in the power of the machine that saved his life as a child.

Setsuna F Seiei and the Gundam - Gundam 00

The problem with this approach is that Setsuna takes a long time to look beyond the Gundam to the people and the cause. These are lesser concerns to him because his whole life has really just been in a holding pattern ever since the day his life was saved. He didn’t think about who sent the Gundam, who piloted it originally, why it chose to intervene in that war at that time. Setsuna simply took the miracle that he was saved and it became to core of his life.

For Setsuna, he never really considered what his life was all about outside of being saved by the Gundam and as a result while he lived quite a bit longer and accomplished quite a lot, he never found what he was really searching for because he just missed so much. The miracle happened when he needed it, but that still didn’t give him the life he could have had. Because the miracle was the starting point and instead of finding out where he could go from there, Setsuna’s life stagnated around that single point until it was pretty much too late to change the course his life was set on. Though, it was good that he met Marina when he did.

Setsuna and Marina - Gundam 00

Setsuna isn’t the only mecha character experiencing a miracle though (actually considering mecha anime are built around technology it is amazing how often miracles feature where machines suddenly go beyond specs and the like). For Setsuna, he welcomed the miracle into his life, however if we turn our attention to Suzaku from Code Geass we can see sometimes ‘miracles’ aren’t exactly welcome even if they are exactly what we need.

Suzaku is a pretty complex character in Code Geass and unfortunately a pretty tragic one. Having killed his father and joined the British army in an attempt to end the war he is pretty much just living in hopes of dying. This doesn’t change as he begins the fight against the mysterious Zero. Yet, despite being Lelouch’s enemy, Lelouch uses his one command on Suzaku to force him to live.

Suzaku being compelled to live - Code Geass

It was a spur of the moment and probably not well thought out command but it has incredible implications on the rest of the story and Suzaku. No matter how close to death he comes, eventually the geass kicks in and he performs some fairly impressive manoeuvres to survive what seem like impossible situations.

But none of this makes Suzaku happy. He’s a character more or less bent on self-destruction and is denied it through his former friend’s command.

Code Geass - The Death of Lelouch

But… The important take-away is that because Suzaku lived despite his best efforts, he eventually found a cause to fight for and to believe in, a role to play, and while I won’t say he absolutely found happiness at the end of so much tragedy, he definitely found purpose. While for Suzaku the geass to live may have been seen as a curse initially, it was exactly the miracle he needed.

This holiday season, it would be nice if we all took a step back and remembered not just to see the miracles, but to think about what we will do after them. Will we use the miracle to grow to new heights or will we wait for another miracle to come and save us again? Will we question why the miracle occurred at all or will we simply assume it was meant to be? And most importantly, will we reach out to someone else when they need a hand and become the miracle they need this season?

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Step Right Up, Folks! Don’t Be Shy. Be Prepared To Witness The Whimsical, The Outlandish, And The First Ever WordPress Anime Awards!

Be sure to join in with the first ever wordpress anime awards. Don’t like our choices, write your own in each category.

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Come one, come all to the first ever WordPress Anime Awards! 

We’ve got lions and tigers and heroic boys, oh my! Yes, ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, children of all ages we have a vast array of voting categories for you to be entertained by. Come join us as we aim to please you from start to finish. Listen to the melodic anime opening and ending songs from 2018, laugh at the funniest moments this year had to offer, be thrilled by the perilous anime films that made their debut amongst the people, marvel at all the great characters that made you smile or cry while watching their journey…Only at the 2018 WordPress Anime Awards!

All of these acts were carefully chosen by a wondrous group of performers. These performers include Cactus Matt, Derek Lyons, Marthaurion, Raistlin, Matt Doyle, Jon Spencer, Karandi,

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Kakuriyo no Yadomeshi Review Available For Patrons

Kakuriyo no Yadomeshi Episode 24

At last I have finished my second video review and this one is for Kakuriyo no Yadomeshi (the first one was for Darling in the Franxx). At this stage, these videos are only available to patrons. While these videos are far from perfect as I am still learning a lot, I am really happy that I’m slowly starting to provide additional content and content types for patrons.

If you are interested in checking these out be sure to hop on over to my patreon site and remember that for as little as $1 a month you can gain full access to all patron only posts. At the moment that only includes episode reviews of one anime a season, a handful of podcasts and the two videos, but I’m hoping to expand on this over the next twelve months.

Also remember that I am running the special offer in December so if you sign up for at least $2 a month and continue to be a patron past the first of January (so payment of $4 between December and January) you will get a dedication in the ebook coming out in January as well as a copy of it once it is released.

I really do want to thank all my previous and current patrons. Your support has been fantastic and I hope I can continue to improve the quality of the content I am producing.

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Goblin Slayer Mid Season Impressions | Friendly Talks With Karandi

Arthifis and I got together to discuss Goblin Slayer – if you missed it be sure to check out the post over on Arthifis’ place.

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Hello everyone and welcome to our place 🙂

It has been a while since Karandi and I talked about Goblin. This way, it’s time for some mid-season impressions! Is the story going what we were looking for? Are you already fed up with it, or are we still enjoying it? That’s, more or less, what we will be talking about today. At this point, we are talking until episode 4.

On Karandi’s side, we discussed Dakaichi’s evolution and how is it behaving as a shounen-ai Anime show.


– Goblin Slayer Mid-Season Impressions –

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Hey there Karandi and welcome to my place! Please, Make yourself comfortable because we have a lot to discuss. So since at this point, you were only able to watch episode 4 we’ll be covering it until then. So, I think the first question is… What do you think about it until now?

I’ve really been enjoying…

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