Support Kodomo no Jikan

Support Kodomo no Jikan

About six days ago, the Kickstarter for the Kodomo no Jikan English localization successfully raised enough money to officially bring this manga series to the English-speaking world for the first time ever, since Seven Seas’ failed attempt to bring it over to the US as Nymphet in 2007.

I’m familiar with the series, and honestly, beyond the surface it’s actually a good read/watch. Personally, I think the controversy is overblown, but rather than jumping into my usual rants, I’ll just point you to an article that I feel is pretty much right on point. If you feel like you’re an open-minded individual and aren’t too sensitive to “objectionable subject matter”, I say pick it up when it’s released and give it a good ol’ college try.

Books, no, plenty of stories in general tackle controversial topics and issues. It’s one thing to say no and not buy it, but if you’re actively against the existence of publications containing ideas and subject matter you find uncomfortable, then I honestly don’t know what to say. As a college student, I’m no stranger to the presence of emotional infancy among my own generation, but of course, I never really know how to respond to it because anything people like me say seems to go nowhere.

Fanime 2016 – Experience and Haul

Rider Henshin!

Rider Henshin!

This post is coming a bitsorta… uh, this post came too late. Fanime was over a month ago, and unlike other years, Fanime 2016 was kind of meh for me. Being surrounded by anime is always a pretty cool deal and the gaming room is always fun, but nothing really amazingly notable happened this year. For one, I didn’t manage to get Matsukaze Masaya’s autograph two days in a row, which was really disappointing, especially because I brought my Shenmue II box specifically for that. Last year I managed to get Nonaka Ai’s autograph! I didn’t particularly care much for the featured Japanese musical guest nor the dub voice actors/actresses enough to go to their autograph sessions.

The con was pretty anal about security this year. Maybe it’s a pervert control problem, I dunno. But unlike other years, they closed pretty much the entire convention center to outsiders besides the first floor/entrance (where it’s just cosplayers and high-as-fuck misfits gathering) and the hotels. Which sucks, because a lot of the fun shenanigans happened when my other friends who are too cheap to buy badges of their own mess come to hang out and mess around the con, and sometimes lending badges to friends who wanted to go into the dealer’s hall/arcade/whatever without inconveniencing everyone else. Another thing to note is the new issuing of “trigger warnings” for the con. Completely idiotic – apparently my generation of morons don’t know how PTSD actually works.

Also, of course, the year where we decide to get our badges directly at the convention center is the year where it decides to be fucking LineCon again. Last few years we’ve been getting our badges at the DoubleTree, which takes (at the most) 15 to 20 minutes, leaving the rest of Thursday for us to do whatever the hell wed want. All of those years, badge pickup at the convention center has purportedly been snappy as fuck. What even happened this year?

I guess one notable event that happened was outside the con on Sunday night, where two of my friends got shitfaced (one more than the other), and being the most sober out of the group, I had to make sure we all got back to the hotel room safely. We met some cool strangers that night, was pretty cool. Anyways, given how much of a downgrade Fanime 2016 was compared to Fanime 2015 overall, I suppose the obvious choices next year are either giving the con another chance or going to Anime Expo instead, depending on how tight my budget is.

I didn’t buy much this year, but I did get some pretty sweet stuff. And the cosplays are always cool, there seemed to be less Shingeki no Kyoujin and Kill la Kill cosplays this year compared to [insert random schoolgirl character] cosplay. I ain’t complaining. I took a ton of photos, but of course I’ll only share some.

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