Watson Watches: retro wrap-up party

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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

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Watson Watches: Rose of Versailles

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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

5 Anime I’d Love to See Remade

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Love them or loathe them, there’s no denying that the anime industry likes its remakes. Whether it’s to introduce a newer generation to an older title, to rectify endings to stories that outstripped their source material and had to settle for creating their own conclusion, or to keep a franchise going for the money’s sake, anime retellings have been something of a trend for a while now. Hellsing was turned into Hellsing Ultimate, Dragon Ball Z was revised as Dragon Ball Z Kai, Fullmetal Alchemist got Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, and of course, Sailor Moon is currently celebrating its 20th anniversary with Sailor Moon Crystal. These are only a  small handful of the titles to have received remakes over recent years. Continue reading

Review: Rose of Versailles

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I’ve been writing anime reviews once every few weeks since I first started Otaku Lounge just over a year ago – usually I just go ahead and choose a title that I happened to have watched fairly recently and feel like discussing. As a result though, my reviews so far have been based solely on relatively new shows (i.e. from the past decade), and so this time, I thought it’d be nice to mix it up a bit with something a little more retro. Continue reading