Anime Today: When Anime Hits Home

Anime Today: When Anime Hits Home

I pretty much bared my soul this week in my column, Anime Today.

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Death Parade has been a surprise hit for me this season, though I suppose it shouldn’t have been a surprise since I loved Death Billiards (shame on me for not realizing before the air-date that they were related!). While entirely different from Mushishi, Death Parade manages to evoke some sort of deeper, emotional response featuring a different cast of characters and set of situations each episode. While most of these have been great, I’d like to rewind just a couple weeks to episode 4: “Death Arcade”.

I’m going to take a shot at writing as transparently as I can for this article.

death parade 2Art by *zoff

If you have been following my column and my other writing, you may also be aware that emotions are an area of active struggle for me. While I have become much more consistent and well-grounded in the last few years, thanks primarily to a focus…

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The Tangles Anime Podcast: Episode 6

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For our sixth episode, we are excited to have Sean Elfers, an aspiring writer, theologian, and expert on mythology, as our guest. For this episode we do not have a co-host, meaning JP hosts the episode by himself. Rest assured, we will return to our normal format next episode! Additionally, due to technical difficulties, we encountered significant problems in audio performance. This will be fixed for episode 7, and we appreciate your patience! This month our topic is “What makes an animation”!

Feel free to stream the episode below, subscribe on iTunes, or check out our RSS feed!

Also, be sure to email us with any questions you would like included in our “Listener Mail” portion, including the name you would like stated in the podcast and your website or blog for us to share!

Time Stamps:
Intro – 0:00
Announcements – 8:50
Otaku Diet – 10:29
Current Article/Discussion – 27:41
Listener Mail…

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Anime Today: When Context is King – The Culture Gap Shared by Shirobako and Scripture

Anime Today: When Context is King – The Culture Gap Shared by Shirobako and Scripture

My latest entry in Anime Today. Ever heard the phrase, “If the plain sense makes sense, seek no other sense”?

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Bear with me, but I’m going to be controversial for a moment (or perhaps not, depending on who you are). Of everything I’ve heard in my formal undergraduate education, one phrase that has absolutely frustrated me the most is the following:

“If the plain sense makes sense, seek no other sense.”

It seems innocuous enough at first, sure, but here’s the kicker: it is that careless phrase that most often hear attributed to arguably the most important and deliberately written literature in human history: The Bible. Regardless of where you stand in your beliefs, be it atheism, agnosticism, Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Hindu, or one of the many other systems I missed, the Bible has had a nearly unprecedented effect on societal development. So then why, I think to myself, would someone interpret something of this utmost importance so carelessly?

I must admit, I am in a constant state of…

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Anime Today: The Good, the Bad, and the Bahamut

Anime Today: The Good, the Bad, and the Bahamut

My most recent article in my column Anime Today. This time around I focus on inconsistencies in the East vs. West mindset, coupled with the confusion of vacuum-styled thinking.

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The eternal struggle between East and West, and its effect on anime.

…or at least that is the subtitle I would love to give this article if only WordPress would let me!

It’s been a while, but the holidays are over, the Christmas candy is gone (though the weight might not be), the schoolwork is piling anew, the 2015 winter anime season has kicked off, and Anime Today makes a modest triumphant return!

I can hear it now… “But wait, JP, Shingeki no Bahamut aired last season… b-baka!” (I had no idea my readers were all tsundere!)

Why, yes, thank you for so kindly pointing that out. Thanks to an article by our good friend over at Medieval Otaku, I decided to reconsider my drop of the series early on last season and was able to just recently see it through to completion… and boy am I glad I did! What a…

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The KEY Anthology Saxophone Collection

The official announcement post of my new album! Check it out!

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My secret project is not so secret anymore!

I have been hard at work, scrounging for MIDIs, sampling and editing them meticulously, transcribing, recording, editing (that’s audio, images, and even a little bit of video), and just about anything else you can think of to put together the project shown in the below video. Check it out and let me know what you think!

Coming January 1, 2015, you will be able to listen to and download a full MP3 version of The KEY Anthology Saxophone Collection by yours truly here on my YouTube channel and my blogs, and

The album includes 17 tracks encoded as MP3s at 192kbps spanning 6 of Key’s most famous visual novels (Kanon, Air, Clannad, Planetarian, Little Busters!, and Rewrite). It will also include sheet music and album art, along with some other potential goodies (still working this out!).

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