Brief Hiatus

Otaku Lounge will be on spring vacation from March 23rd to April 6th. Rest assured that I’ll be back bright-eyed and bushy-tailed soon afterwards with one of my most important annual posts, the Artemis Anime Awards. Hope to see you all then!

– Artemis


Drinking in Japan: Part III

Taking a small break from talking about anime this week to instead continue my sporadically ongoing Japan drinks series. Despite being one of the largest consumers of coffee in Asia, Japan is still very much a tea kingdom – “the ultimate mental and medical remedy … to make one’s life more full and complete” according to Japan’s oldest tea specialty book, written by a Buddhist priest in 1191. Continue reading

Really That Bad?: Isuca

You voted. We watched. This is the fifth installment of a series of conversations between Watson and myself about anime shows that have been deemed worthy contenders for the title of Worst Anime of All Time.

As with Mirage of Blaze, Hand Shakers, Vampire Holmes, and Diabolik Lovers, we’re not aiming just to poke fun at widely unpopular anime for our own amusement (though we certainly hope these articles are fun to read), but rather to have a frank discussion about what exactly makes these shows so bad in the first place. We’re also genuinely curious to find out whether or not these anime are indeed as bad as their reputations suggest.

So sit back, enjoy, and do let us know your own opinions in the comments. Continue reading

Anime Taste Testing: Winter 2018 (Part II)

10 shows came in, only 5 of them came out the other side with another possible drop on the horizon. Yes, we’ve made it to around the halfway mark for the winter season, which means it’s time to check in with the titles that were still standing after their premiere episodes. Continue reading

10 More (Allegedly) Unpopular Anime Opinions

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I’ve been meaning to get around to writing a part two to the original post for some time now, which I wrote back in 2014, but kept putting it off for other blog ideas. I guess the title is fairly self-explanatory; the ‘allegedly’ is there because, while I’m fairly confident that plenty of anime viewers would argue with many of the below statements, there are probably also plenty out there who wouldn’t. I don’t claim to have carried out any kind of survey on the matter. Continue reading

Anime Taste Testing: Winter 2018

Another year, another anime season. For the most part, I don’t think it’s going to be an overly exciting one, but I’ve been wrong before despite my obviously impeccable taste. This time around I checked out 10 different premieres – and wonder of wonders, 6 of them have made the cut for at least a second episode. Find out below which titles made the cut and which have been consigned to the trash pile. Continue reading

Best J-Pop/J-Rock Albums of 2017

This year’s list is a little lighter than in 2016, when I listened to 18 Japanese studio albums total (in comparison to 13 this time around). However, I think that’s more of a reflection on my own time constraints as opposed to any particular dip in the Japanese music industry, and I managed to find a handful of albums that really stood out to me regardless. As always, the following list, arranged in order of release date, is comprised solely of full and original studio albums by a single artist or band – no covers, compilations, collaborations, EPs, or live albums. Continue reading

5 Good Anime Over 60 Episodes

I’ve made no secret of the fact that, more often than not, I dislike long anime shows. No doubt I’ve grown far pickier since I first started watching (back when I was happy to sit through some outright bad shows just because they were better than nothing at all). If I’m being honest though, I never had much patience for things like long-winded exposition, constant flashback scenes, and other assorted filler tricks to begin with. Neither does it help that I’m too easily irritated by wildly inconsistent production values; another fairly typical hallmark of longer anime titles.

Sometimes though, a long-running anime comes along that surprises me. Sometimes I’m taken aback by just how high-quality a 60+ episode title can be. Sometimes even I have to admit that, for all I can be extremely impatient, a few shows really are worth investing that much time (and yes, emotional commitment) into. Below are what I still consider now to be the absolute best of these. Continue reading