D&A Special Announcement!!

Listen up guys! Starting February 5th we’ll be modifying our schedule for our weekly segments on the blog! In order to keep up our consistency with our posts, we’ll be using a Scheduled Post feature that auto-posts our posts on that days we have them scheduled. Since our Slash Saturday segment has gone on permanent hiatus, we’ll be using that day to schedule our posts for the week. The segments/posts that are going to be auto-posted include:

  • Filler Posts
  • Miscellany Monday (auto-posted bi-weekly)
  • Throwback Thursday (auto-posted bi-weekly)
  • D&A Friday’s (auto-posted bi-weekly)
  • Ani-Sunday (auto-posted bi-weekly)

By putting everything on a bi-weekly schedule, it will give us a little bit of breathing room and time to create more original content for our fans. That includes fan-fiction, original music, and more! As always, if you have any questions or comments let us know on our Contact Us page. February kicks off the second month of 2018, as well as a second month filled with anime conventions both old, and new!

Stay tuned for more filler posts and announcements coming up! 😉

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

When you were growing up going to school was like a 9-5 job; except you don’t get paid and your fellow employees are no older or younger than you. To many of us going through Pre-K and Kindergarten was a walk in the park, but as you made that trek through the public school grade system (1st-12th Grade), things got pretty interesting. You made friends, you unintentionally made enemies, and then somewhere along the line (probably in P.E. or anything that resembled a competitive sport), you made rivals.

A rival is an individual who competes with another individual to try and outdue, outsmart, and even outlast each other in a competitive sport or activity. (This is OUR definition of what a rival to us is.) A rival can be someone who possesses similar skills or can perform any task, mission, or assignment at a much better pace than another individual who can do exactly the same. We’ve all had that one kid in our class who thought he was better than the whole class, but in actuality, he/she wanted to be better than you or I. So while we’re on this particular topic, let’s look at our Top 5 rivalries in the world of anime. Which one will be number one?

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Anime Rivalry No. 5: Ash vs. Gary (Pokemon)

If you’re a 90’s kid, then this is one of the classic rivalries that you have ever come to know! The Ketchum-Oak rivalry will go down as one of the first great rivalries in the Pokemon franchise. From Red & Blue to Sun & Moon, this is one rivalry that will stand the test of time. (The two of them are probably best frienemies by now.)

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Anime Rivalry No. 4: Panty & Stocking vs. Scanty & Kneesocks (PSG)

There were many rivalries between the late 90’s and early 2000’s, but around 2010 we were introduced to one of the most craziest, raunchiest, and most hilarious anime titles ever created! (And yet we still wait on a second season…ugh!) The rivalry between the Anarchy Sisters and Demon Sisters is more like the battle between freedom and dictatorship, or in simpler terms; doing what you wanna do, and doing what needs to be done. Even though they’re fallen angels, Panty and Stocking always seem to have Scanty and Kneesocks’ number whenever they both battle it out!

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Anime Rivalry No. 3: Izuku Midoriya vs. Katsuki Bakugo (My Hero Academia)

MHA fans are quite familiar with this one. After discovering that Izuku got his Quirk from All Might, Katsuki challenges him to a battle at Ground Beta, the place they once battled at before. Both Izuku and Katsuki looked up to and admired All Might, but the real reason behind why Katsuki hated Izuku, was because of his growth. The intensity of this rivalry is one of the reasons why it is number three on our Top 5 list!

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Anime Rivalry No. 2: Naruto vs. Sasuke (Naruto & Naruto Shippuden)

Whether you’re an old school Naruto fan, or if you’re just seeing it for the very first time, this rivalry (like another one we all know) is one of the legendary ones of this series. Much like the Izuku-Katsuki rivalry, the Naruto-Sasuke one goes back as far as when they were kids. Sasuke was the cool guy who excelled at every test that was thrown at him, while Naruto struggled to pass even just one test. However, Naruto’s growth throughout the series pitted him against enemies and foes that Sasuke had a hard time fighting against, and if that don’t stick a kunai in your back, what will?

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Anime Rivalry No. 1: Goku vs. Vegeta (Dragon Ball Z)

Ah, yes. The Greatest Rivalry Of All Time (GROAT)! Goku and Vegeta are both Saiyans, Super Saiyans, and Super Saiyan Blue (SSGSS), but their rivalry can be traced back to the first season of the Z series. Vegeta is the Prince of all Saiyans, so you’d think that he would be the one to achieve the level of a Super Saiyan, right? Well we all know the ending to that story; Goku ended up going Super Saiyan after Krillin’s death at the hands of Frieza, and Vegeta died as a result of calling Frieza’s bluff as him becoming a Super Saiyan. Even during Dragon Ball Super, Vegeta still wanted to make sure that no matter how high Goku’s power level would become, that he would be right there with him.

Well, that will do it for our Top 5 rivalries found in anime! There’s more filler posts and excitement to come next time on D&A Anime Blog! Where anime is a part of you! 😉

Rave On: The 7 Types Of Dancers You’ll See at a Con Rave!

If you’ve ever gotten the chance to go to an anime convention, you would stumble upon a nerd paradise! You would be surrounded by otaku who are just as passionate about anime and manga as you are. You would get the chance to meet the voice actors behind your favorite characters from your favorite shows. Best of all, you would get the chance to see cosplayers that cosplay your favorite characters from your favorite shows. All of that is an awesome sight to see at a con, but when nightfall arrives the real fun of going to an anime convention, is the rave!

From the mid 2000’s to present day, rave parties have been incorporated in mid-size and large anime conventions all across North America (and some in other countries). During the late 90’s rave parties were held in underground establishments (most of which were illegal) where drug usage was eminent. Thank goodness we don’t have to worry about anybody molling out during a con rave. (Drugs are bad kids, don’t do them!)

When it comes to rave parties at cons, you’re bound to run into one of the seven types of dancers found at these in-house discotheques. So without further delay, here they are!

Dancer #1: The Guy with the Finger Lights!

This dancer can be found at rave parties for both mid-size and large anime conventions (Otakon, Anime Expo, etc.) It doesn’t matter what the DJ is spinning during the rave, you’ll always find this guy somewhere in the room putting on his own lil’ techno light show.

Dancer #2: The Breakdancer/Pop-Locker!

Yes, we have had the pleasure of meeting a few otaku with some sick break-dancing moves. You’ll find these guys in the ‘rave circle’ showing off while getting chants from the crowd all around.

Dancer #3: A Dancing Pikachu!

Or as we would call him, a “Ravachu”! This wild pokemon won’t be spotted at every anime convention rave, but depending on which con(s) you go to, you’ll be treated to the sight of the dancing Pikachu. Just make sure you’ve got a big enough pokeball to catch him.

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Dancer #4: The Shuffler!

If a Progressive House or Future House track comes on, be prepared to see these guys and gals in action on the dance floor. They’re really fun to watch might we add.

Dancer #5: That One Girl who likes to Twerk and Grind!

No judgement here! If you wanna “Drop it like its Hot”, then go for it! You’ll probably find at least two or three of these girls at a rave, and if you don’t…then it’s probably you or one of your friends. (Again, no judgement.)

Dancer #6: The One that starts The Conga Line!

Okay, this individual is not really a rave dancer, they’re just the ones who try to start a conga line while at the rave. They’re actually pretty fun once you’re in them.

Dancer #7: The Rave Virgin!

I think somewhere along the line we’ve all been this particular dancer. It’s your first anime convention rave and you’re not sure what to expect once you arrive. The best advice we can give you in this situation, is to just be yourself and have fun! Sure you may run into dancers 1-6 while at your first con rave (if your not already one of the six yourself), but being yourself is the best dancer that you can ever be!

So when you head out to an anime convention and find yourself going to the con’s rave party, it doesn’t matter what type of dancer you are, as long as you have a good time and rave on! 🙂

 

 

Filler Post: 5 Ways To Handle The ‘Post-Con’ Blues!

Anime conventions are like Summer Camp; you meet great friends and begin to establish friendships that will last a lifetime, and before you know it the school year starts and you never see those friends again for about a year. Yes anime fans, in this filler post we’ll be talking about five different ways on how to handle the dreaded post-convention blues. Before we started this anime blog, we only went to one convention a year. That convention was Otakon. Back when it was in Baltimore, we would look forward to going every July/August to one of the largest anime cons in the East Coast.

A. Goldman didn’t start attending with me (Donte’ Lewis) until 2010, and since then Otakon has been like the cornerstone for all of our full-fledged otaku-ness! Like with every geeky convention, the last day (Sunday) is also the saddest day of the con – for most if not all of us. In fact you’d be lucky if your boss gave you Monday off.

Not to worry friends and fellow anibloggers, because while traveling to different anime conventions throughout our two year journey, we found five different remedies to help ease that dreadful transition from con-life, to real life.

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Number 1: Reflect!

Think about all the good times you’ve had while at the con! Look at all of the pictures and video you’ve taken of your friends both old and new. Remember the set that the DJ was playing during the rave, and how much fun you had shuffling, dancing, and yes, even twerking while you were there. Sometimes looking back and remembering how much fun you had while attending your favorite con, might get you psyched up for the next one.

Number 2: Revisit!

If you bought some anime DVD’s at the Dealer’s Room while attending the convention, crack those suckerz’ open and start watching them! Watching some anime will keep a little bit of that ‘con feeling’ you’ve had all weekend going for awhile, just make sure you don’t watch anything that’s gonna make you cry. (You might wanna avoid You Lie in April and Orange for awhile…)

Number 3: Retrace!

Everyone (including grandma and grandpa) has a social media page, including the new friends you’ve met at the convention. Like them on Facebook, follow them on Twitter, stream them on Youtube. Any place where they may have posted their hilarious con adventures at, find them!

Number 4: Reset!

Who says you only have to go to just one anime convention per year? There are tons of conventions going on Every. Single. Weekend! Save up some money and even start an anime convention fund for yourself (and your friends) so that you’ll have more chances to feel that ‘con feeling’ once again!

Number 5: Restart!

In other words, repeat numbers 1-4. If you do this with every convention you go to, we can assure you that the ‘post-con’ blues will no longer have any lasting effect over you. Yes, we all have to go back to our 9-5 jobs after a con (even us), but at the same time, you’ll be psyching up and preparing yourself for your next con outing with your friends or your girlfriend/boyfriend.

That’ll do it for us on this filler post for now, and remember, you’ve got more power then you think and more smarts than you realize! Life is only as fun as you make it, so if you love going to anime conventions, go to as many of them as you can!

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D&A Anime Blog: Animore 2018 Recap and Upcoming Projects!

What a weekend! If you’re wondering why you haven’t seen any posts from us this past weekend, it’s because we were downtown at Animore 2018 held at the Baltimore Renaissance Hotel. Normally the event would be held at the Hyatt Regency, but due to the fact that they’re doing a long term renovation project that could take up to three months, the con had to be moved to the Renaissance hotel across the street. In spite of that we’ve had such an awesome time with both old friends and new ones!

This year we had not one, but two fans panels! The first was based off of one of our filler posts “Anime Fanservice: Beautiful Blessing, or Horrible Curse?”, while the second teaches you how to create Chiptune and EDM using a DAW known as MAGIX Music Maker Live 2016. The outcome and feedback from both panels was pretty good, and as the year goes on we’ll continue to improve on our panelist skills. Next year Animore will be back at the Hyatt Regency for it’s fourth consecutive year, and we’ll be returning with new fan panels, and the possibility of D&A’s own Donte’ J. Lewis making his Animore rave party debut as Maverick Bassline!

Speaking of which we’ll be working on two important projects regarding our music segment for the blog. They’re both ‘blog-only’ music EP’s that are being produced by Donte’ Lewis as Maverick Bassline. We wanted to offer our fans something special and something that they can enjoy that’s exclusive to the blog. We don’t have an actual release date for our projects, but we can say that it’ll happen sometime this Summer. Unfortunately we don’t have any video highlights to share with you from this con, but there’s more conventions for us coming up (including our first Universal FanCon) so we’ll be working on having more con content for you throughout the weekends that the cons are happening.

That’s all we’ve got for our updates and convention recap for now. We’ve got some new filler posts coming up as well as a few Animore 2018 pics that will be added to the Animore Cosplay Mosaic later this week! 🙂

 

Listen Up!! We’ve Got Some Awesome News!!

Indeed we do! About 11:45pm last night, we’ve received a text message confirming that we have not one, but two fan panels at the upcoming anime convention “Animore” at the Marriott Baltimore Renaissance Hotel in Baltimore, MD. Although this will be our third time going to our home field convention, this will be our first year as panelists. If you plan on attending this awesome convention, both of our panels will be happening on Saturday January 20th. The first panel is based off of one of our top ten filler posts known as “Anime Fanservice: Beautiful Blessing, or Horrible Curse?“. The second is a live demonstration panel where D&A Founder Donte’ Lewis, will teach you how to produce Chiptune and Electronic Music as Orlando Bassline.

The first panel is happening at 3:30pm while the second panel is happening at 4:30pm. Both panels are going to be back to back, meaning that you’ll get the chance to see us in almost a ‘double-header’ fashion! We can’t wait to see each and every one of you down at the Animore Anime Convention! If for some reason you can’t make it out to the con, the panels will be recorded (actually, only the Electronic Music panel will be recorded. The Anime Fanservice one is 18+) and uploaded onto our Youtube channel the following week. That’s our D&A Service Announcement, and we’ll be back with more awesome posts! 🙂

2018 Convention Season: Here We Go Again!

So we’ve reached the second weekend of the new year, and by now we’re pretty sure that you’ve gone to at least one or two anime conventions by now. Hopefully last year was a blast for many of you guys and gals who’ve gotten the chance to showcase that cosplay outfit that you’ve been working so hard on for the last six months. The Winter weather may be a bit crazy right now, but it’s a good thing that convention season is year-round. If your New Years Resolution is to cosplay at an anime convention, or perhaps even go to one for your very first time, don’t hesitate to check out some of the cons that we’ve got listed on our Cons Near U drop-down page.

Our home base anime convention Animore is less than a week away, as we’ll be making our third appearance there! The convention tour that we did for 2017 was pretty awesome – despite a couple of ‘hiccups’ along the way. This time around for 2018 we’re taking a more direct approach with our fanbase by submitting Q&A and other fan panels to anime conventions, so that you guys can not only see us in action, but to also give you a chance to know us on a personal level too. (i.e. our favorite food, what kind of girls we like, etc.) We’re also hoping that this time around we get to go to an anime convention…in Canada. To all of our Canadian anibloggers who have seen and read our blog, we thank you so much for helping inch a little closer to our ultimate goal each day. (And we’re hoping we get the chance to go to a convention out there this year, or next year!)

If you’re in need of any tips on cosplay as well as how to plan for an anime convention this new year, just click on this link for convention tips, and this one for cosplay. We’re so excited to see what 2018 has in store for us on the D&A front, so start saving up and working hard on your cosplay now, because before you know it Spring and Summer will be here, and when that happens con season will be in full throttle! We guarantee it! 😉