D&A Anime Blog: New Music & Fanfiction For 2018!

Ugh, 2017 has been an okay year, but we’re pretty much ready to walk into 2018. It’s been almost a week since our last post but on the bright side of things, we’ve decided to reboot an old 2013 Sonic/PSG crossover fanfiction entitled “Crusaders of Anarchy”. (Formally known as “Sonic plus Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt”.) We’ve also revamped our music segment to include two self-produced albums exclusively for the blog; one being an EP called New Game, the other is a collection of retro video game remixes entitled Flashback Friday.

Sorry that our post is way shorter than our usual ones, but to help us gather our ideas for filler posts, anime reviews, and music sneak peeks, we’re going to be taking a two-week break and returning with a posting-vengeance on January 1, 2018! We’ll be having some panels at the conventions that we’ll be attending next year, so if you want the full D&A experience, then be sure to check us out in action at one of our upcoming panels.

To all of our fans and friends, thank you for making 2017 awesome! And we’ll be seeing each and every one of you guys next year! 🙂

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D&A Anime Blog: 75 Wordpress.com Followers and New Year’s Updates!

It’s been pretty dry on our end of town regarding our posts as well as our consistency with them, but in the craziness of it all, we’re proud to announce that we’ve gotten 75 WordPress.com followers! We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all of your love and support that you’ve given us, and you all deserve hugs because of it!

With the year less than three weeks away from ending, it’s time for some quick updates! Miscellany Monday, Throwback Thursday, D&A Friday’s, and Ani-Sunday will ALL be returning New Year’s Day; with Throwback Thursday, Miscellany Monday, and Ani-Sunday on a bi-weekly schedule. Also happening on the first Saturday of 2018, we’ll be rolling out the red carpet on our newest music multi-playlist page. Although we haven’t done it this month we’ll also be posting new monthly anime conventions that are close to your area (or state) that you can get to.

As of our fan fiction stories we’ve got two new ones coming in 2018! One is a reboot of a previous Sonic/PSG crossover story created over five years ago entitled “Sonic plus Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt” known as “Crusaders of Anarchy”. The other is going to be the replacement of “Danganshima” known as “Danganronpa: Master Of Games”. We’ll update you on more details in the coming months of the New Year.

That’s all we got for now. There’s more posts to come throughout the rest of the week! Until then, keep making D&A a part of you, and we’ll make you a part of us. 🙂

D&A Breakdown: Trope vs. Cliche’ (aka “If I told you, it wouldn’t be a Surprise!”)

Ah, Tropes and Cliche’s. If you’re a fan of anime, manga, comic books, fantasy, movies, sci-fi, or anything that takes you away from reality, then 9 times outta 10 you’ve probably seen these two things – a LOT. (Especially if you’re an anime fan.) Now hear us out when we say this; tropes are good. Tropes. Are. Good.

Why do we say this? You’d have to look at the definition of what a Trope is and how it differs from a Cliche’. Instead of trying to Google it we’re gonna break it down through the eyes of an anime fan – by that, we mean us. A Trope is basically a plot, a main character, a setting, or even a pattern/sequence that each and everyone recognizes and knows as such. Certain titles and stories aren’t good or bad based on if they have any tropes or not, but in reality it’s really based on how they’re used. (Remember the filler post on the four things that can make-or-break an anime title? Tropes play a part in that.)

Depending on the genre of anime you find yourself watching on FunimationNow, or even Crunchyroll, tropes can be your best friend…or worst enemy. Here’s the three things that’s cool about them; we’re familiar with them, we’re excited when the plot “gets good”, and when our favorite trope(s) make a sudden detour that we weren’t prepared for. (That’s what we meant by when the plot gets good!) However, there’s a dark side to tropes, and that dark side comes in the form of a (you guessed it) Cliche’.

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Think of a cliche’ as someone telling you that you’re getting a surprise party; if that person told you you were getting one, then it wouldn’t be a surprise. Cliche’s are former tropes that are 100% predictable (story, characters, etc.) and have been done for the umteenth time. Check this out; tropes aren’t what makes certain members of the anime community a little bent-outta-shape, it when those same tropes turn into cliche’s overtime. There are hundreds of titles out there that have fallen into this trap, and we’re pretty sure you guys know which ones they are.

Here’s where things get tricky when it comes to dealing with cliche’s; they’re subjective. We’re pretty sure you guys knew that but for those who are just reading this post for the first time, let us say that cliche’s are subjective! No matter how big of an anime fan you are, there’s always a percentage of the fandom (or fanbase) that gets SICK and TIRED of the same song-and-dance that you love so much, and vice-versa.

If you’re a fan fiction writer or manga artist, then this post as well as the previous one we mentioned above can be your creative guideline. The best way to make sure your story doesn’t find itself in the cliche’ graveyard, is to become a trope-savvy expert. Study and learn how your favorite anime creators use them in their series’. Don’t focus yourself on the subjectiveness of cliche’s – in fact, don’t even worry about them. Tropes will never disappear, we just need to find new ways to use them without ‘repeating’ ourselves.

Hopefully this post helped you understand the difference between a trope and a cliche’. You can please some people but you can’t please everybody, so if you ever find yourself on the receiving end of defending your favorite trope (even though someone else thinks it’s a cliche’), find another group of people in your title’s fandom that agree with you. If you love it, do you. Do it! Just do it!

A Founder’s Thoughts with D.J. Lewis: Five Years…

One of the biggest questions that I’m always asked is, “Where do you see yourself in five years?” To be honest in the last ten years I’ve been asking myself this very same question. After turning 28 just a month ago, I’m now starting to realize that I’m getting older – although that shouldn’t be much of a shock because we’re ALL getting older. In Fall 2010 I got an AA degree in IT/Multimedia, also known as Information Technology and Video/Graphic Design. It was then that I wanted to work in Post-Production and Broadcast Graphics, however after bouncing from temp job to temp job for 2-3 years the idea of being a Multimedia Specialist seemed pretty dim.

Instead I found myself taking everything I learned at ITT-Tech (which no longer exist) and applying it to my one-man business of creating videos of parties, conventions, weddings, and more. The name of that business was D.J.L’s Media Services, with me as it’s founder and creator. I would shoot, cut, and edit various clips together to tell a story of whatever I was filming at the time.

As I got better I started getting paid to do it, and believe me had I not done so, I wouldn’t have had the money to go to Otakon as much as I did from 2008-2016. Although I was proud that I had a business to call my own, it wasn’t financially consistent – meaning I only got a couple of gigs every 2-3 months. Despite this those gigs as well as the temp jobs kept my anime convention trips going – even more so now that I’ve got a part-time job.

It’s funny that during our elementary school years we as children knew what we wanted to be when we grow up, and about a fair percentage of us manage to make that dream a reality. As we grow older some of the dreams and aspirations we had back in our youth seem to get placed on the sidelines as responsibilities get bigger, and heavier.

We were all asked the dreaded ‘Five Year’ question sometime in our lives, and for most of us we had an answer. My best friend of 13 years and I started this awesome anime blog in the beginning of 2016, and next month will be our two-year anniversary.

Do I still want to have my very own anime convention with A. Goldman and I as it’s founders and creators in the next ten years? Yes! Do I see myself going for more than just a certification in Audio Engineering? Yes. Do I see myself moving out, driving a car, getting a place of my own? Yes! Where do I see myself in five years? Doing all of the above and more, that’s what!

No matter what I do or where I find myself in the next five years; I will always love anime and manga, I will continue to be one of the founders of D&A, I will continue to work on my dream of becoming a DJ/Producer, and most of all, I will strive to be the best ‘Me’ that I can be!

 

Filler Post: D&A’s Top 10 Most Popular/Common Cosplays Seen At Anime Conventions!

It’s been nearly a week since my last post, and by that we mean since Thursday of last week. Now we’re back with a handful of new filler posts to keep things interesting throughout the D&A front! Tonight we’ll be highlighting our Top 10 Most Popular (Common) Cosplays that you’ll find at anime conventions. When it comes to cosplay in general, you’re bound to find these ten in particular…

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Number 10: FMA (Fullmetal Alchemist)

There’s not a single anime convention on this planet where you won’t find either the Elric Brothers or one of the many other characters from the series. (i.e. Lust, Gluttony, Greed, etc.) You’ll run into this cosplay more times then Edward Elric getting called the “S-Word”.

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Number 9: Soul Eater

Yes, it’s still a thing! From Death the Kid to the lovable pumpkin witch Blair, you’ll find one or more of your favorite death meisters running around the convention doing all the poses and saying all the quotes you know, and love.

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Number 8: Darth Vader and the Storm Troopers (Star Wars)

We can’t tell you how many times we’ve run into these guys while on our tour. Although they’re not a part of the anime fandom, they do play a part in our geeky little lives.

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Number 7: Good ol’ Deadpool!

Yep, it’s everyone’s favorite neighborhood mercenary who likes to show up at anime (and superhero) conventions – a LOT! You’ll be in for some laughs and jokes if you run into this guy while you’re on your way to a Dragon Ball Super panel.

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Number 6: The Akatsuki (Naruto)

The legendary red cloud cloak…nostalgic, isn’t it? You’ll find them at any anime con, anywhere!

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Number 5: Dragon Ball Z/Dragon Ball Super

A crowd favorite among fans of the Dragon Ball franchise! There won’t be a con where you won’t find SS Blue Goku or Vegeta, Beerus or Whis, or any of the other Z Fighters you know and love. Even Krillin. (God bless him.)

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Number 4: The Seven Deadly Sins

Are you kidding?! Especially now that they’re getting a second season?

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Number 3: SAO (Sword Art Online)

Much like the Akatsuki, you’ll find your favorite sword-wielding couple at just about every anime convention you find yourself going to. Even more-so now because they’re getting a third season.

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Number 2: Hatsune Miku

Our number two most common (and popular) cosplay is none other than…Hatsune Miku! You can find our blue-haired, leek-loving, twin-tailed Vocaloid at an anime convention near you! 😉

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And Number 1: Junko Enoshima (Danganronpa)

And once again in our Top Ten filler posts the Ultimate Despair comes out as number one. In the Guinness Book of World Records, Junko Enoshima is the most popular cosplayed video game (and anime) character all around the world – anime and video game convention-wise that is! For a despairingly villainous girl, she’s surprisingly popular.

That will wrap up our filler post for now. We’re sure that you’re gonna run into these ten cosplays somewhere in your favorite anime convention(s), and if you do, send us a picture if you wish. There’s more filler post excitement comin’ your way next time on D&A Anime Blog! It’s a part of you! 🙂