Top 5 Foreign Language OPs

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For whatever reason, there have been a ton of Favourite Anime OP posts out lately. These are always pretty fun to read, and I had thought of doing my own for quite a while now (in fact, I’ve been putting that off for the last couple of years, if not longer). And while I do intend to get there eventually, I thought it might be good to first write up a few different articles on the topic, each with their own specific theme. First up: my top 5 foreign language OPs. Continue reading

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Life in Japan in Photos: Rice Fields of Fukui

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This is the start of something new for Otaku Lounge. While I’ll still absolutely be keeping up with the seasonal anime posts and more occasional miscellaneous posts about Japanese music, film, fashion, and general culture, I also felt the need to try something new. Continue reading

Anime Taste Testing: Summer 2018 (Part Whatever)

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This season is now extremely light on quantity for me, having dropped Kyoto Teramachi Sanjou no Holmes, Phantom in the Twilight, Grand Blue, Aguu, and Muhyo to Rouji after their premiere episodes. Luckily, I’ve found I have a surprising amount to say not only about of course Banana Fish, but also about Angolmois, Free!, and Tsukumogami Kashimasu. Rounding off the proceedings is Lupin III Part V, which I’ve also decided to check back in on. Continue reading

1,000 Follows!

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I’m not normally one to celebrate blog anniversaries, or to delve too deeply into my blog’s stats or analytics. I’m also well aware that such stats can be fairly misleading – as anyone else with a blog on any topic could tell you, a Follow doesn’t necessarily amount to reader engagement, especially after a certain amount of years when a lot of people have moved on in all but nominal subscription.

Regardless, I’d like to give a shout-out who’s ever liked or commented, followed or subscribed, or otherwise supported Otaku Lounge since its founding in 2013. I’ve learned a lot, tried to create interesting and well-written posts, and done my best to engage in turn with everyone who’s been a part of the journey. I hope to continue to do so for many years to come.

So to consistent commenters and low-profile lurkers alike, subscribers both old and new, and everyone who’s ever been involved in any way with Otaku Lounge, either big or small:

Thank you!

Anime Taste Testing: Aguu, Tsukumogami, Muhyo to Rouji

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There were a couple of latecomers to the table this anime season, and while I always encourage quality over quantity, there are also few enough good titles airing right now that I felt the need to take a look at anything that sounded even remotely interesting. Hence, Aguu: Tensai Ningyou, Tsukumogami Kashimasu, and Muhyo to Rouji no Mahouritsu Soudan Jimusho were all on my radar right from the get-go. Now that they’ve all started airing, let’s see how they each fared. Continue reading

Anime Taste Testing: Banana Fish


I’m doing things a little differently with my Anime Taste Testing posts this season – or at least, this particular Anime Taste Testing post – because there really are so few titles this summer I have even the vaguest interest in watching. The vast majority of these didn’t debut this first week of releases either, whereas I usually split my Anime Taste Testing posts into two, with about five to ten titles for each one. What’s more, while I don’t often have a whole bunch to say about any given premiere episode, where I‘m normally satisfied with one or at most two brief paragraphs, Banana Fish actually left me with a lot of food for thought. I’m not yet sure whether I’ll write a single dedicated post for each title I watch this season, but I did feel that Banana Fish’s premiere gave me enough inspiration and incentive to write a whole post just about that. Continue reading

Favourite Non-Ghibli Anime Films


I haven’t yet come across an anime fan who actively dislikes, or who is at least unable to appreciate, the works of Studio Ghibli. The likes of My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke, and Spirited Away are often cited as some of the best anime films of all time, and understandably so – the studio is well-known for producing beautiful artwork, memorable soundtracks, and emotionally impactful stories with an often very dreamlike quality to them.

Still, there’s something to be said for variety, and it would be a shame to overlook some of the other magnificent anime films that have been created over the years. The below titles aren’t an official list of any kind, but simply a nod to those films that have likewise made a significant impression on me – a handful of non-Ghibli movies that I personally feel deserve just as much recognition for their craft and emotional impact. Continue reading

Japan’s Creepiest Mascot Characters


It’s no secret that Japan has a bit of a thing for mascots. In a country where not only schools and sports teams but also museums, embassies, prisons, and the military have their own cute and cuddly mascot characters, it’s no exaggeration to say the place is now practically overrun with them (in fact, the Finance Ministry even launched a campaign back in 2015 to cut down on the number of mascots in order to reduce unnecessary spending). Continue reading