As some readers may be aware, in October I moved to Thailand for work, after deciding not to renew my contract in Japan for a fifth year – mostly out of the desire to try something new and see a bit more of the world. My contract in Thailand is relatively short, and it comes to an end on the final day of February. Having thought long and hard about what I wanted to do afterwards, I’ve committed myself to heading back to Japan in March (although not in the same place I was last time) to continue working there for the foreseeable future.
Since this means yet another cross-country move, along with all the packing, paperwork, and other complications that entails, Otaku Lounge will be on hiatus from now until the beginning of April – the official start of the work year in Japan and the spring anime season as well as, incidentally, Otaku Lounge’s 4-year anniversary.
Thank you everyone for your patience and continued support, and I look forward to posting fresh content in a few weeks.
Even half-decent shows are incredibly thin on the ground this season, which means of the shows I did try out, I only ended up dropping one of them (that being Spiritpact, which as you may recall I managed to watch a whole ten minutes of before the pain got too much for me. I still have nightmares.) Not counting the ongoing second half of 3-gatsu no Lion, that leaves me with just five titles on my weekly viewing list – ACCA, Onihei, Little Witch Academia, Kuzu no Honkai, and Rakugo Shinjuu. Let’s see how they’re faring now that we’re approaching the season’s halfway mark. At the time of this writing, each of these shows has aired five episodes. Continue reading
For whatever reason, this one completely passed me by when it aired last summer. But after much urging from fellow Glorio blogger Iro, I finally got around to watching it over the past couple of weeks. Continue reading
It’s been a whirlwind year in the Japanese music industry. Influential singer/songwriter Utada Hikaru released her first album in eight years; Boom Boom Satellites released their final (gorgeous) record before the passing away of vocalist Kawashima Michiyuki; iconic boy band SMAP disbanded after a run of nearly three decades; and BABYMETAL took one step closer to world domination when they opened for Red Hot Chili Peppers on their UK tour. To nobody’s surprise, fan-favourite idol groups such as Arashi and AKB48 continued to top many of the charts, but they were far from the only fare on offer in 2016. Continue reading
I’ve said numerous times in the past that when it comes to anime, I prefer quality of quantity any day – that I judge a season by those titles that are good rather than how many of them aren’t. That being said, winter 2017 makes this stance pretty hard for me to be mindful of no matter how I try to spin it. Continue reading
I started doing this kind of post around the same time last year, when I realised there were at least a small handful of new season shows that plenty of bloggers raved about while my own feelings were, at best, only lukewarm. While I don’t necessarily think my tastes are wildly different from any other anime blogger out there, it gives me a chance to talk about those titles released over the past year that didn’t push quite the same buttons for me. (And besides, since I’m saving my annual anime wrap-up until spring as usual, I gotta talk about something while everyone else is releasing those 2016 best-of posts, right?) Continue reading
The time has come again – one year and six anime titles later and it’s time to wrap up the (retro) Watson Watches series. In this final post of the project, we look back on the shows I forced requested Watson to take a look at, and hopefully come to a few general conclusions based on his experiences. As a quick reminder, here are the specific shows I chose for Watson over the course of these articles, starting from the late 90s and working our way backwards: Cowboy Bebop, Evangelion, Sailor Moon, Ranma ½, Dragon Ball, and Rose of Versailles. Continue reading
One of the reasons I love anime so much is the sheer variety. Whether I’m in the mood for an epic fantasy, a dramatic space opera, or a just a good ol’ romantic comedy, I can usually find something I like. Sometimes though, when I come home from a too-long day at work or need to chill because I’m stressed or upset, I’m after nothing more than calm and soothing – something to convince me, at least for a little while, that the world is actually a nice place where things inevitably work out for the best. Continue reading
Welcome to the sixth and final main article of Watson Watches (the Retro Edition)! For anyone who’s just joined us and has no idea what’s happening, this is the follow-up to a series of interview-style articles published in 2014. The idea then was to expose Watson – who at that point was totally new to anime – to some specific titles and then ask him some hopefully interesting questions about them. The main difference this time around is that the shows I’ve been getting Watson to watch were all released before 2000. Continue reading
Hi everyone. It’s a non-anime/Japan post this week since a) I’m still in the process of attempting to settle down here and the transition has been pretty rough, and b) I was nominated the Sunshine Blogger Award by the lovely Bobble Anime. Continue reading