With 2020 around the corner, we thought about stepping a little bit out of our comfort zone in terms of expanding the physical presence of our brand. So we’re proud to announce that thanks to our fans (and you guys), D&A is officially going to NYC! We’ve had a lot of fans ask us if we were going to New York for AnimeNYC, and since we’ve never been to the Big Apple (yet), we thought – why not, right? So for our #YearFour journey, our first new convention will be AnimeNYC! Hope you’re ready for us Big Apple! 😉
It’s Been A Long Day (Year)…
Actually, it’s been a long year. It’s hard to believe that this is the final month of 2019, and in less than 30 days we’ll be looking at this year through the rear-view mirror. Has it been easy for us to get posts and content up on our blog on a consistent basis? Not at all. However, we’re holding our heads up high for the new year, as we’ll be stepping just a little bit out of our comfort zone. This includes new anime reviews on 2020 Winter/Spring titles, a new Discord channel, new music (which will actually be on its own blog/site but you can listen on our Sidebar Music Player), and new anime cons!
Looking back we feel that we’ve sort have come a long way since starting the blog back in the cold Winter of 2016. What was meant to be a page filled with convention cosplay photos has now turned into an interactive site where you can read anime, manga, and video game reviews, watch con videos, and (in early 2020) listen to music. In spite of the fact that our reach on the physical end is financially limited, we plan on pushing forward to deliver our best nerdy content that we two guys can possibly bring! With that in mind here are some candidates for our upcoming anime (and movie) reviews (so far):
Cautious Hero: The Hero Is Overpowered But Overly Cautious
There’s been a lot of Isekai anime titles that have come out this year, so to kick off the new year we’ll be reviewing a new favorite (next to Konosuba) known as Cautious Hero! Ever wonder what its like to have freakishly high stats (HP, MP, ATK, DEF, SPD, etc.) but a special trait that causes you to be, well…overly cautious about everything? Seiya does!
Sonic The Hedgehog Movie (2020)
After the backlash Paramount suffered at the hands of the NOT-dead Sonic fanbase, they finally got the design that we all know and love from our childhood right where it should be! Once the movie officially comes out, you better believe there will be a review! 😉
We’re not sure what will be in store in terms of anime for the 2020 year, but based on what we’re seeing already (and what may be over the horizon), we’re in for quite a treat! Well, that’s all we’ve got on this post for now, but in the meantime we’ll do our best to have some filler post content up. (Of course if you wanna see what we’ve been doing behind the scenes, head to our Instagram page!)
Until next post, stay nerdy! 😉
A Quick Animore 2020 Update!
Hey guys! Sorry we haven’t been able to post a whole lot, as we’ve been busy preparing our panels for our next convention; our home base con, Animore! We do however have some awesome news to share with you. We now have our own official Animore Promo Code, so when you purchase your ticket online and use our code “DnA“, you’ll get a $1 off discount! There’s still a whole lot of tickets left so if you’re looking for a con to kick off the 2020 year, check out Baltimore, Maryland’s Animore! Tell em’ D&A sent you! 😉
The register link is right below!
Sonic The Hedgehog Movie: They FINALLY Fixed It!!!
Awhile back we made a post about the upcoming Sonic the Hedgehog movie and how TERRIBLE they made Sonic look, but if there’s one thing I’ve learned about the fanbase of this franchise, it’s NOT dead! In fact (and we’ll admit that we’re on the side of the fanbase on this), we hope Hollywood and Paramount learned their lesson on this, and now that they’ve actually listened (yeah, we couldn’t believe it either), we should do our part and go see the movie – if you’re a Sonic fan, that is! Although it’s kinda weird that the movie is coming out on Valentine’s Day, we can tell by the NEW and GREATLY IMPROVED trailer, that it’ll be a fun and wild ride.
D&A Anime Blog: #YearFour Journey and 2020 Plans!
With just six weeks left of the 2019 year, we’re setting up our New Year’s Resolutions to be better than the year before. With all of the twists and turns we’ve had throughout the year, as well as what’s been going down in the anime community, it’s been rather hectic maintaining consistency both here, and on our social media pages. However with a new year comes a brand new beginning, and that beginning will start the first phase of our brand new journey. January 11, 2020 will mark the four year anniversary of when we first launched our brand, and for D&A’s 4th birthday, we’ll be working on some new and exciting projects!
One of our new projects will be original music produced by D&A founding member Donte’ J. Lewis, under the moniker Avidd Mindset. Next year we’ll be working on creating a special playlist where fans can hear some of his upcoming Chiptune, Hip-Hop and Electronic music beats. If things go well, you may also get the chance to hear his music on Soundcloud, CD Baby, Spotify, and other music streaming services.
Next up will be some long-awaited fanfiction! Earlier this year we said that we would hold off on bringing any fanfiction to the site, but after thinking about it, we’ve decided to bring it in slowly but surely. Our first fanfiction will be from the anime series Danganronpa entitled Junko. We’ll be posting this fanfic on Fanfiction.net between March and April 2020.
And finally, we’ll be going to Anime NYC 2020 for the very first time. If you live in the area or if you’re following us on social media from New York, you’ll be able to see us live and in person! Also we’ll be working on launching our own Discord channel, where fans can meet up and even chat with us about anime, what we can do differently, and what new features you want to see from us. We’ll keep you updated on what new plans we have going on our fourth year as an active anime blog, so until next post, stay nerdy! 😉
Long-Awaited Update: Anime USA Recap & Hollywood, California!
Hey guys, sorry we’ve been gone for a couple of weeks, but things have just been astronomically crazy with the last 16 days! After coming back from Anime USA, we found ourselves on another weekend trip to the City of Angels, Los Angeles, California! We got the chance to drive through Beverly Hills, Rodeo Drive, and Hollywood Blvd. (Plus even took a few pics form our favorite actors on and off screen at the Hollywood Walk of Fame.) We’ll be working on adding the newest pics to our Anime USA Cosplay Mosiac as soon as possible, but in the meantime here’s our recap of this year’s event.
At this year’s AUSA, we noticed one slight difference compared to last year; the attendance numbers. In 2018 there was a total of 5,000+ cosplayers, anime fans, and gamers alike; plus we had the chance of meeting superstar VA’s like Kira Buckland, Monica Rial, Lisa Ortiz, Crispin Freeman, and more! This time around we got the chance to see Bryce Papenbrook, Faye Mata, Cherami Leigh, and many others. Our second consecutive trip to AUSA was awesome! We met many of our fans and followers, made new friends and fans, and celebrated the 30th birthday of D&A founding member, D.J. Lewis. The slightly low turnout was caused by the date of the con happening on the same date as larger cons like Anime Weekend Atlanta and several others. In spite of that a lot of con-goers came and we all turn’d up!
One thing that we did a little differently this time around, was check out the Host Club Cafe. It was around 10pm Saturday night and the rave party didn’t start for at least another hour, so we headed up to the Host Club where we had a couple drinks and listened to some tracks (most of which were hip-hop and some electronica). Next year AUSA 2020 will take place in September at the Marriott in Wardman Park, so if you weren’t able to come out this year, we’re making our third return to this con next Fall.
On our next post we’ll be updating you guys on what our near future plans will be for our #YearFour journey, which may include a brand new con appearance in another state! (New York or Los Angeles, perhaps?) Until next post, stay nerdy! 😉
Get This! Cruchyroll and Webtoon Are Joining Forces!!
While doing our usual check-up of our social media for updates and other things, we’ve stumbled upon some rather exciting news! Crunchyroll, one of our favorite anime streaming services, is joining forces with Webtoon, the digital comics website dedicated to webtoons. What does this mean? It means that Crunchyroll and Webtoon will be co-producing animated content from the webtoons that have been created. This is very exciting news because this means that Crunchyroll will have brand new original anime content and series coming out, and if you’re a webtoon creator, this is an opportunity to showcase your creation to the masses! That’s our 411, and until next post, stay nerdy! 😉
The Sunshine Blogger Award!
Wow, what an honor! So like we mentioned the other day, we’ve been nominated by In Search of Number Nine for the Sunshine Blogger Award. Never had we thought in the three (going on four) years we’ve been running this anime blog of ours would we be nominated for our efforts, but in reality, we have our fans and fellow anibloggers to thank. Of course there are some rules we have to follow before we go any further, so here they are:
- Thank the blogger who nominated you in your post and link it back to them.
- Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.
- Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write 11 new questions for them.
- List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo on your post of blog.
Now with all that settled, let’s do this!
What was the first time you cried during an anime, and why?
I have yet to find an anime title that would make me shed a tear, not to say that I don’t have emotions. However there is one exception; that “one” scene from Brotherhood…
…I should probably move on to the next question before I start crying. T.T
What is your favorite series that you will never watch again and why?
Negima! I used to be really into it ten years ago, but I’ve kinda outgrown the show a little bit. That’s not to say that I’ll never watch it again, but there’s so many titles and so little time.
What is your favorite series that you know is terrible, but you still love it. Why do you love it?
Girls Bravo. I wouldn’t say it’s totally terrible, but a small part of me still loves it due to the fact that I’m a sucker for slap-stick romantic comedy.
What is your favorite blog post that you haven’t written yet? Why haven’t you?
I don’t know…because I haven’t written it yet! XP
What blogger do you secretly wish you could be more like. What do you admire about them?
Wow, this one a tough one, because there’s a lot of bloggers I admire – most of them follow our blog. I guess I would say Irina from I Drink and Watch Anime because of her no-holds-barred approach to anime and video games in general. We know we like to play in the “grey area” with our posts and approach, but there are some days where we secretly want to be like her. (Much luv, sis!) 😉
Is there an anime where you think one change would fix it? What anime and what change?
Yes there is! Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt. C’mon guys! The whole “Stocking is a Demon” debate drove me nuts after the show ended, I’d throw that out but keep the scene where Panty, Stocking, Brief, Garterbelt, and Chuck return to the church, only to find the black-winged fallen one known as Lucifer and his army of black-winged angels, who have now taken over the church and made it their HQ. He transports them to a parallel world he created and tells them to retrieve the seven scrolls from the seven bosses, or he’ll unleash Armageddon. Lucifer would also has a ghost form – and he’s Panty and Stocking’s older brother.
If you crashed on a desert island, what three people would you want to send you anime? And what anime would it be?
My partner of the blog, A. Goldman, Matt (from Matt’s Blog), and my other friend Josh. As for the anime, Danganronpa 3, Dr. Stone, Danmachi (seasons 1 & 2), Panty & Stocking of course, and Chivalry of a Failed Knight.
Is there a series you wish you could buy on DVD/Blu-Ray? What series would it be?
Yes! Ghost Stories!
What anime creator would you want to talk to, and what series would you like to talk about?
Akira Toriyama, and of course we ALL know what series I wanna talk about! 😉
What anime should I watch that I probably haven’t from the last five years?
The Sacred Blacksmith. Yet another series that didn’t get much fanfare.
What is your favorite fruit?
I don’t really have a favorite fruit in general, but if it’s a strawberry-orange smoothie then I’ll take that.
And now for the 11 questions (you don’t have to worry about rules for them):
- What was your very first anime?
- When was the first time you’ve gone to an anime convention? What year?
- Do you have an anime crush? (Waifu or Husbando)
- What anime series do you wish got a second season?
- What got you into blogging?
- Do you have a favorite anime creator or director that you admire?
- What was the first anime you dropped, and why?
- Have you ever cosplayed at a convention before?
- What’s your favorite anime opening and ending?
- What anime titles are you looking forward to next year?
- Why do you love anime?
There’s a lot of awesome people I’d nominate, and some of which have nominated us! So here’s my 11 nominees:
- Mel in Anime Land
- Scott, Mechanical Anime Reviews
- Irina, I Drink and Watch Anime
- Keiko’s Anime Blog
- Yomu Anime Blog
- The Otaku Author
- 100 Word Anime
- RJ Writing Ink
- Marth’s Anime Blog
- LitaKino Anime Corner
- Crows World of Anime
We can’t thank you guys enough for all of your love and support! Share this post with any and every blogger you know and love. Until next post, stay nerdy! 😉
Special Announcement: Sunshine Blogger Award Nomination!
Hey guys, we’ve got some exciting news! We’ve just been nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award by one of our favorite anibloggers In Search of Number Nine! Although last month has been kinda quiet in terms of posting any content, we’ve been working on getting back on track, and after receiving this awesome news, it makes us wanna keep going as bloggers! Stay tuned for our nomination post tomorrow, and as always, stay nerdy my friends! (And thank you Nine for the nomination!)
Anime Convention Review: Anime USA!
With only a few weeks remaining until our next/last anime convention of the year, for this post we’ve decided to look back on a convention that we’ve had the pleasure of attending last year. Anime USA is a three-day hotel-based convention located in the Woodley area/district of Washington D.C. inside the Marriott. Last year we got the chance to attend this convention and meet a lot of great people, fans who recognized us from other cons, and voice actors that we’ve been trying to meet but never got the chance to – until now! The hotel itself is conveniently right next to the DC Metro, and is also next to a bunch of eateries as well, so you’re not too far if you’re looking for food or if you’re trying to get to the hotel.
On the outside the Marriott doesn’t seem like much, but once you walk inside, it’s actually larger then you’d expect. The hotel itself has its convention built right in, so there were many conference rooms with high ceilings and a couple hundred chairs. All of the main panels as well as the Dealer’s Room were all on the same floor, which is very convenient for fans and other consumers of anime and manga. With it being a mid-sized anime convention, AUSA has its Autograph area on the upper floor, and made it easier on fans wanting autographs from beloved VAs by putting them all on the same floor.
We of course got the chance to chat it up with a few favorites; such as Lisa Ortiz, Kira Buckland, Monica Rial, Crispin Freeman, and more! There were a lot of great panels that we’ve gotten the chance to go to, and the gaming area? Wow! It’s like they have a built-in arcade with classics from the 80’s and 90’s. Nerds and geeks of all ages and creeds have got to check this con out, and although it’s been around for 20 years, its mid-sized 3,000+ attendee size has something for everybody. This year will be our second consecutive year attending this con, and we’ve gotta say, we’ve made a lot of friends last year, and we plan to do the same this year!
That will do it for us on this anime convention review on AUSA. If you didn’t get the chance to go last year, there’s still time, but you’d better hurry! Until next post, take care of each other, and stay nerdy my friends! 😉