Anime Fanservice: Beautiful blessing, or horrible curse?

There are a lot of debatable topics in the anime community, but this one in particular is probably the most debatable. Before we start this filler post we want each and every one of our fans to know; we’re not for nor against this particular topic, we’re middle men. That simply means that the final decision for what side fans are on regarding this particular topic, is going to be up to them.

Fan Service can be described as material that the fans would want to see; such as a ‘fourth wall break’ moment where the main character talks directly to the audience, or possibly a cameo appearance from the author/creator of the series, a celebrity, or a character (or characters) from another series. The most common form of fan service in modern times (as we all know) is gratuitous sexual titillation; basically panty shots, shower scenes, girls in bikinis, you name it! This kind of fan service is hardly nothing new, in fact you can trace it as far back as the 50’s, when halftime football shows had cheerleaders to keep the audience entertained through exciting cheers and dances.

Nowadays fan service can pretty much be found anywhere, including in most modern anime titles. (But you already knew that, right?) Although gratuitous sexual titillation is basically the norm for all anime fan service, there are some anime titles that use it in a comical way. If you don’t believe us, then watch the first episode of Chivalry of a Failed Knight. Or Shimoneta if you prefer.

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Fan service can go both ways with guys and girls; with Shonen titles aimed at the guys, and Shoujo aimed at the girls. Depending on the title you watch Ecchi and Harem-based anime use fan service as the vocal point of the whole series. Are there pros and cons to using too much fan service in certain anime titles? Yes, but again, it depends on what side of the tracks you’re on.

So now comes the one million dollar question, “Is fan service in anime a beautiful blessing, or a horrible curse?” The answer to that question will depend on the viewpoint of the fans themselves. Some people have even argued that the presence of fan service in anime and manga in general, indicates the low-leveled maturity of the fandom itself. Sometimes fan service may enhance the overall experience of certain anime titles depending on how it’s used, how it’s balanced within the story line, and which characters are involved. This goes back to a recent filler post that we did in regards to what we want to see from anime creators in Japan.

Keep in mind that fan service can be seen by many as either helping or hurting the quality of anime in the industry, however it all depends of what side of the debate you’re on. 😉

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D&A Anime Blog: It’s Update Time!

It’s hard to believe that it’s already the middle of July, and many of us are already dreading the thought of going back to school. Although the ‘Dog Days of Summer’ are approaching you’ve still got some time left to head out to a few anime cons with your friends, or chill back and stream a few titles on Crunchyroll. As for what’s happening on our side of town, we’ve got some new updates coming up for the blog!

UPDATE 1: Our Miscellany Monday segment where we feature lesser-known anime and delicious snacks from Japan will end April 3, 2018.

UPDATE 2: We’ve confirmed at least three conventions that we’ll be going to for our 2018 Anime Convention Tour. They’ll be posted on our Con Appearances page in December.

UPDATE 3: We’ll be posting some new videos on our Youtube channel in the Fall and Winter, and we’ll even do dual videos with both founders of the blog about what’s new with FUNimation, as well as some new blog updates.

UPDATE 4: New AMVs featuring Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt and Danganronpa are coming soon. You’ll be able to listen to the tracks of said AMVs on our new AMV music page, also coming soon!

UPDATE 5: Next Spring we’ll be creating a Gundam Legacy page that will be dedicated to one of the most popular Mecha anime franchises in the world. There might be a podcast/video so stay tuned! 😉

Well that’s all we’ve got as far as new blog updates. There’s more D&A Anime Blog excitement coming your way! 🙂

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D&A Friday’s: Where Anime, Manga, and Football Are A Part of You!

Did we just say football? Yes, we sure did, and we’re gonna explain the reason for that pretty soon. Before we get started we just want to thank you guys (the fans) for all of your continuous love and support that you’ve given to this awesome blog! We wouldn’t be where we are today had it not been for all of you; VA’s included! Now it’s time to get down to business on this rain-cooled Friday night with some anime and manga titles that we’ve saved just for you! 😉

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If you love anime, manga, and the whole idea of an otaku lifestyle, then you’re gonna love this awesome title known as Ultimate Otaku Teacher! The series is about a 24-year-old male named Jun’ichiro Kagami, who is an absolute full-fledged otaku with extreme tendencies of being a NEET. He is forced to become a substitute teacher at his former high school by his sister, in order to rid herself of her brother’s NEET-ish ways. It soon turns out that Kagami is quite good at what he does as a sub teacher, in spite of the fact that he uses unorthodox ways of reaching out to his students due to the fact of him being an otaku. This is quite an enjoyable slice-of-life series with an awesome dub cast, so if you have yet to see it, then you can watch/stream it on Crunchyroll and FUNimation!

Our Manga of the WeekEyeshield 21” deals with Sena Kobayakawa, who enters Deimon High School and becomes a Running Back for the Deimon Devil Bats football team. He’s physical abilities include his speed and agility; earning him the Running Back (RB) position from the American football team captain, Yoichi Hiruma. Throughout the manga Sena along with his teammates enter seasonal tournaments for a chance to play in the Christmas Bowl, in spite of the fact that they’ve lost to stronger teams earlier in the season. Will the Devil Bats become one of the best American football teams in Japan? You’ll have to read and find out! 😉

More updates and D&A excitement coming your way next time on D&A Anime Blog! It’s a part of you! 😉

Filler Post: The 5 Golden Rules Of Cosplaying in Public!

Cosplay is indeed fun and exciting. It allows you to transform yourself into the character from your favorite anime series, video game, or superhero comic. Cosplay is also the cornerstone of every anime, video game, and superhero convention in the world. (Even third world countries are getting into the cosplay spirit!) Although this is a fun alternative to escaping from the various challenges of the real world, there are some ground rules that you have to follow when it comes to cosplay, especially in public!

Although we’re passionate about the culture that’s centered around otaku fandom (conventions, cosplay, etc.), we have to know that we’re normal people just like everyone else. The last thing you wanna do is cause irreparable damage to the reputation of a fandom/community that a percentage of the world already finds weird. So to that we’re gonna give you the five Golden Rules of what to do, and what not to do when cosplaying in public. Remember, cosplay is not consent!

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The Golden Rule of Humility: Humble Yourself

When cosplaying in public, you’re probably going to get asked this question numerous times, “Are you in a play?”. To that we say humble yourself and be polite to people who are a just little bit curious about your costume, because the only time most people ever see cosplayers in public is during conventions, never ‘in the wild’.

The Golden Rule of Self-Awareness: Know Where You Are

Depending on the type of venue that you plan to attend, it may not be a good idea to wear any cosplay that may have controversial themes, or may be offensive/scary to small children. Any characters you decide to cosplay as that have on masks or wear something mask-like (like Tokyo Ghoul) might not be okay for places like malls, banks, or venues of that nature.

The Golden Rule of Honor and Courtesy: Respecting One’s Space

If you’re going to do a public cosplay photoshoot, make sure you do it in a space where it’s not going to interfere with traffic of any kind. Be respectful, be courteous, and most of all, don’t invade other people’s personal space.

The Golden Rule of Role-Play: No Killjoys

We’re not sure how much this needs to be stressed, but we’ve heard enough stories about these incidents all among the web. If you’re going to RP (Role-Play) while in cosplay, don’t drag complete strangers into the act who have no idea what’s going on, or what you’re doing. It’s bad enough a percentage of the world thinks cosplayers are weird, so don’t add fuel to the fire by doing something that you and the rest of the anime community might regret down the line.

The Golden Rule of Leadership: Stand Your Ground

When you cosplay in public, you must remember that you’re representing that fandom as a whole. You have been entrusted with the responsibility of carrying your fandom or community’s good name. If you do or say anything that your mother, grandmother, former kindergarten teacher, peers or pastor might find offensive while in cosplay form, that fandom’s image and reputation (or the thought and idea of cosplaying in public) will fall faster than a house of cards. A wise man once said, “With great power comes great responsibility!”.

Sure, cosplay in general may have its good and bad moments, but those moments depend on the actions of the individual wearing it. There are some cosplay that non-cosplayers and normal people may recognize; such as Marvel and DC characters, while others are a bit curious. Not everybody is comfortable with cosplaying in public unless it’s during a con, but for the percentage of fans who do, just remember these golden rules before making your way out the door in your cosplay.

The greatest Golden Rule of all: Have Fun!! 🙂

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Throwback Thursday: Life in the Fast Lane!

I guess it’s safe to say that many of us like to go fast like a certain blue hedgehog. Like just throwing all caution into the wind and just take off without even looking back. It may not seem like it to some people but life can pass you by before you even get the chance to blink, which is why we do everything we can to live it up to the fullest! Whenever WE think of the word ‘fast’ – we think race car drivers! Tonight is no exception for what we’ve got going on for you guys, so if you’re a fan of auto racing and sci-fi dramas, then you’re gonna love the classic 90’s anime title we’ve got right here! 😉

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Tonight’s throwback title is a 90’s anime classic known as Future GPX Cyber Formula. The series tells the story of 14-year-old Hayato Kazami who somehow became a race car driver for the Sugo Team, due to the fact that the Asurada (a super intelligent AI machine) inside a race car known as the GSX, has locked in his data after trying to escape from a man named Smith. During his races in the Cyber GPX Hayato meets a lot of friends and rivals, all while doing everything he can to avoid Smith and his henchmen from trying to get the Asurada back. This is a great series for the hi-octane otaku who likes fast cars and super computers, so if you fit this description, then by all means check this classic anime series out on Youtube or any legal streaming site!

We’ve got more awesome filler posts and D&A segment action comin’ your way, as yet another fun and exciting weekend approaches us on this humid and juicy July. We’ll continue to keep you guys posted on what’s new and what’s coming up next right here on D&A Anime Blog! It’s a part of you!

A Founder’s Thoughts with D.J. Lewis: Music and DJing!

Ever since A. Goldman and I started D&A Anime Blog back in the Winter of 2016, I find myself thinking about some of my other talents that I possess in the realm of multimedia. After making the decision to go back to college and shoot for my major, which is Music Production and Audio Engineering, I find myself learning aspects about the music business that I never thought of back when I was in high school. Back then I was a fluffy Afro-American kid (and still am) who loved Dragon Ball Z and Naruto, and still do to this day. I would share my whole life story in this filler post just so I can give a glimpse of who I am to our fans, but I’ll save that for a book I’ll be writing in the future.

Throughout middle and high school I didn’t really have a whole lot of friends growing up. In fact I kind of hated most of the people in my school due to the fact that they were making fun of me because of my plus-size physique. It wasn’t until about 7th grade that I met my D&A partner in crime, Aaron Goldman, thanks to the fact that his mother was my Speech Councilor. Middle school life was a bit of a drag until I got into high school, though my freshman and sophomore years were not as bad, but I still had to deal with my fair share of bullies though.

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It wasn’t until my junior year that I started having an interest in producing music. That interest was propelled to the max when my mother bought me my first DAW known as MAGIX Music Maker. I had so much fun producing music using that software, but back then I didn’t know about compression, limiting, mixing or mastering. The thought of being a DJ back then was pretty cool, but it was soon lost after I shifted my passion over to Video Production and Broadcast Graphics in the Fall of 2008.

The last eight years or so have been pretty interesting to say the least. After playing around with MAGIX a bit more, I’ve since gotten better with complex beats and tracks. I’ve since discovered what frequency is and how it can affect your music. I’ve since learned the art of mixing and mastering, so now I can apply those same techniques I’ve learn in school to my original music projects. Of course before I was able to do any of that, I had to learn the fundamentals of music first.

Since 2014 my passion for creating a musical style all my own has skyrocketed. Although most of my music interests consist of Electronic Dance Music (EDM) and Video Game Remixes, taking those classes in college has taught me how to be a bit open-minded when it comes to certain genres of music (like Hip-Hop). Nowadays I see and hear about DJs becoming Producers, and Producers becoming DJs, but as for me and where I see myself in the future, I’m on the path of learning everything there is about being a Music Producer before I become a DJ.

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There are so many DJ/Producers out there; such as Skrillex, Porter Robinson, Steve Aoki, Bassnectar, and so on. Those guys are awesome at what they do in spite of the hidden wars and disagreements that go on about real and fake DJing. The last thing I want to do as a future DJ/Producer is get caught up in that BS, because in the end, if you continue to educate yourself on how to become a better DJ and humble yourself on the words ‘Less is More’, then it shouldn’t matter what haters gotta say.

Within the last couple years I’ve noticed that some up and coming DJ/Producers use DJ controllers as opposed to the traditional nightclub setup. (CDJ-2000 Nexus and DJM-2000 Mixer, though the models might’ve upgraded since then.) One reason for this is because the price tag is much lower, and the fact that many of the modern controllers out here now are stand alone mixers. I of course already have my dream DJ setup in the back of my head; a Pioneer DDJ-RX DJ controller, and an RMX-500 Remix Station.

Finally, I thought about where I would play or which venues I would go to, and ultimately I find myself performing at anime and video game conventions, then work my way up to clubs and festivals (hopefully). Eventually I would love to start my own digital music label featuring DJ/Producers who are on the Spectrum (Asperger Syndrome and High-Functioning Autism). I don’t have a name for it yet but I know that it’s gonna be awesome! 🙂

Filler Post: D&A’s Top 5 Misconceptions About Anime!

If you’re an anime fan, then somewhere along the line you’ve probably heard these types of misconceptions before. We also have to remember that even though the anime community is growing everyday, there is still a large percentage of us that don’t know what anime really is. Mom and Dad knew you loved cartoons as a kid, but when you’re past the age of 20 and have a better understanding of what anime is and why you’re passionate about it, they still think that its for kids. (Unless your mom or dad is an old school otaku, then they might understand where you’re coming from.) There are a lot of misconceptions out there about anime, but these five in particular are the one we’re highlighting for this post.

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Misconception #1: All Anime is for Kids!

If only that were true, but it isn’t. Anything produced by Studio Ghibli is for kids, the Walt Disney of the anime world! Anime itself has a target audience of about 13-65 (and possibly older), and that’s due to the fact of its content. (Action violence, mild nudity and language, stuff like that.) There are some titles out there that aren’t even for teenagers but more for adults (like hentai), so no, not all anime is for kids.

Misconception #2: All Anime Fans Are Weird!

Hold up, wait a minute! Allow us to put some clarity in it. We’ll admit that while there are some members of the anime community that live on the ‘wrong side of the tracks’, not all fans of anime are weird. Most fans are normal people like you and me who just happen to be passionate about anime, so it’s up to us to keep our love for anime alive and shoot down those negative stereotypes about its fanbase being weird!

Misconception #3: Anime And Cartoons Are The Same!

Not even close kiddo! Most Western animation keeps its plots and character development in a simpler style aimed towards children. Anime (Eastern animation) on the other hand is not bound by these types of restrictions, as many titles have vivid animation styles, backgrounds, complex story plots and character development; such as Chivalry of a Failed Knight and FMA!

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Misconception #4: All Anime Fans Are Anti-Social!

Really? Have you been to an anime convention recently? Any anime fan that we’ve met on our tour has been anything BUT anti-social. In fact many of them come from all walks of life and from various ethnic backgrounds. Some like to cosplay as their favorite characters while others just wear anime apparel, but the majority of them are the most down-to-earth individuals that you’ll ever meet. (Some are even entrepreneurs.)

Misconception #5: Anime Is Played Out!

HA! As if! Many of us thought that the 90’s was the peak of anime awesomeness and that it was gonna go downhill from there. If you believe that then shame on you, you silly baka! Ever since the revival of Dragon Ball Z as Dragon Ball Super, and Sailor Moon as Sailor Moon Crystal, anime is bigger, badder, and more popular than ever! It has even grown popularity in other countries like the UK, Germany, Africa, and other places. Anime has a bigger fanbase now than it did when it was just trending in the 90’s, thanks to the inventions of DVDs, Blu-Rays, and streaming sites like FUNimation and Crunchyroll. Anime isn’t going anywhere for awhile, so you don’t have to worry about it getting played out anytime soon! 😉

So there you have it! Most of the misconceptions that we’ve listed about have already been clarified to some degree, but these five are the ones that we wanted to particularly point out. Anime is not for everyone, but it does bring a sense of excitement into your life if you allow it to. It does expose you to something different in animation that you won’t normally find in Western cartoons, which is one of the reasons why so many of us are so drawn to it.

On that note, that’ll do for this D&A filler post. Continue to be awesome and stay true to yourselves no matter what! 🙂

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