Since the start of November, my duties at Anime News Network have changed: I’m now co-managing the Interest feed alongside the managing editor Lynzee Loveridge. I still do events, interviews, editorials and the other stuff I was originally hired to do, I just have to write Interest articles every day on top of that. I work more hours now because of this, but I’m also getting paid more, so I definitely don’t mind.
As a result of my changing duties, the number of articles I write per month has skyrocketed. This month, I published 54 articles.
Yes, that’s more than one a day. Since there are so many articles, I won’t go through all of them here, but I do want to highlight some that I particularly enjoyed working on.
‘DJ Kitty’ Drops F-Bombs at Sanrio Theme Park’s Official Halloween Rave. This story was just cute and silly. Out of all the family friendly mascot characters out there, you can only imagine a Sanrio character getting away with this.
Newest Cardcaptor Sakura Museum Asks: ‘Why is CCS Being Rediscovered Now?’ My original plan for this article was to do full coverage of the exhibit. “This room showed this, and this room showed that, etc.” But the messages at the exhibit left a lasting impression on me, and I wanted people around the world to read them.
Inside Studio CloverWorks with Production Dept. Vice President Yuichi Fukushima. I first met Yuichi Fukushima at a talk between anime producers, where we exchanged business cards. I few months later, I emailed him asking him if I could come over and check out CloverWorks, and he said okay! It just goes to show that it never hurts simply to ask for these things.
Kyoto Aquarium’s ‘Penguin Relationship Chart’ Reveals Incest, Turbulent Love Lives. Doing the important journalism.
A Certain Magical Index III Anime Was Originally Planned as a Reboot. I came across this story while reading an interview with Kazuma Kamachi for my own interest. This was actually the same interview that revealed that A Certain Scientific Railgun season 3 will air in 2019, so it was quite a revealing read.
My Sister, My Writer Credits List Animator with Pseudonym ‘Honestly, I’m Screwed’. The circumstances that caused this anime’s production troubles are very regrettable, but from a viewer’s perspective it is interesting to see all the different ways the problems manifest in the final product. This article gave me an excuse to write out the ways you can tell when an anime production is not going smoothly just from looking at the credits.
Woman Receives 10-Year Prison Sentence in China For Writing Boys-Love Novels. Another very regrettable story which speaks for itself. On a personal note, I’m used to writing articles with Japanese sources, but this was my first time using Chinese sources. This was how I discovered that Google Translate is way better at dealing with Chinese than it is with Japanese, for some reason.
Perfect Your Dragon Ball Fighting Moves at the Tokyo Skytree. I went full ham writing this, which made it a lot of fun. I often struggle to write event reports, but this one clicked.
The rest of the articles I wrote this month are below:
Review: Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- Memory Snow
Evangelion Creator Hideaki Anno Has Another Pint in Beer Commercial
I Was A Judge At Scotland Loves Anime
HoneyWorks Creates Music Video About Love Story Between Girl and Cat Mascot Character
Hypnosis Mic Rap Project Reveals Trailers for “Final Showdown” Songs, New “Speaker” Visuals
Van Houten Cocoa Collaborates with Glass Mask Manga for 190th Anniversary
Princess Knight Holds a “Dreamy Christmas” to Commemorate 90 Years Since Osamu Tezuka’s Birth
SSSS.Gridman Posts Guidelines for Fan Works, Announces Hug Pillow Covers and Parka
Nintendo Apologizes for Offensive Native American Caricature, Will Update for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Crossover Video Shows Eagle Talon Explaining Skull-face Bookseller Honda-san in 3 Minutes
Interview: Takuya Yamanaka, Director of The Caligula Effect: Overdose
Final Fantasy’s Monstrous Morbols Form SHINING BLESS Idol Group
Fans Choose Top 10 Moments From Dragon Ball Manga
‘What Makes the DOUBLE DECKER! Characters Interesting?’ Main Staff, Voice Actors Discuss
Urusei Yatsura, Hayate the Combat Butler Feature in Viral Video By Agricultural Equipment Company
Ranma ½ Mug Changes Form Depending on Whether You Pour Hot or Cold Water Into It
Let’s Play: VR Attack on Titan The Human Race
TAMASHII NATION 2018 Event Shows Off Latest Figures: Dragon Ball, Gundam, and More
Kemono Friends 2 Director Reveals Circumstances For His Hiring, Story Details
Japanese Anime Creators, Voice Actors React to Stan Lee’s Passing
ITmedia Journalist Explains Why Anime Discs Are Not Selling
Children’s Picture Book Publisher is Sick of Controversy Around ‘Moe’ Art Style
The Rising of The Shield Hero Anime Staff Share Comments, Illustration
Universal Studios Japan’s Detective Conan, Lupin III Attraction Detailed
Fate/Grand Order Made an Estimated 9 Billion Yen in September
Mamoru Miyano Pets Godzilla at Premiere Event of Godzilla: The Planet Eater
Relive Your Favorite Attack on Titan Lines With Karuta Card Game
Ichiban Kuji Offers Chance to Win Nyanko-Sensei Inside Pot of Food
Akira Creator Katsuhiro Otomo Cites Ashita no Joe Creator as Influence
Japanese Theaters Install Ghidorah Toilet Paper for Final Anime Godzilla Film
Japan Anniversary Society Formally Recognizes November 21 as ‘Eevee Day’
Former Fruits Basket Voice Actor Tomokazu Seki Approves of the New Anime’s Casting
Sword Art Online Holds Giveaways in Akihabara For Winter Festival
Tokyo Tribe Artist Santa Inoue Remembers the 90s in R&B Compilation CD
A Certain Magical Index Expo Displays Artwork From Entire Franchise
Sword Art Online Franchise Opens Job Applications for Game, Anime, Spinoff Novel Writers
As Miss Beelzebub Likes Collaboration Cafe Cancelled
Ren Tops Rankings of Most Popular Japanese Boy Names For 3rd Consecutive Year
A Certain Magical Index’s Touma, Misaka Top Kono Light Novel ga Sugoi! 2019 Character Poll
That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Gets Full-Page Ad in Yomiuri Shimbun Newspaper
Rider Becomes a Jockey in Fate/Stay Night 8-Bit Side Scrolling Game
Kono Light Novel ga Sugoi! 2019 Releases Statistics on Web Novel and e-Book Readership
Dragon Ball Launches Search Engine ‘Yahoo Planet Vegeta’
Families Gather at Kinshi Park For Pokémon Go, Pokémon: Let’s Go Event
Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Competitive Champion Barred From Tournaments For Cheating
Interview: Mirai Director Mamoru Hosoda