D&A Weekly Newsletter (October 3, 2022)!

D&A Anime Blog / D&A Studios Entertainment Weekly (October 3, 2022)

A Founder’s Thoughts with D.J. Lewis!

D&A Anime Blog Founder and CEO, Donte’ J. Lewis shares his thoughts about a variety of topics; such as diversity in anime, the current state of the world, music, DJing, and more! This week we get a brand new post sharing whatever thoughts are going on inside the mind of the founder; happening later this week!

Classic Game Review: Plok!

Somewhere during the 90’s the SNES was in the middle of a console war with the Sega Genesis, but while their respective mascots were going toe-to-toe with one another, we find ourselves reviewing an SNES game; where its OST was ahead of its time. Join us as we turn the clock back to the 90’s, for a classic video game review of “Plok!”. Happening later this week!

The Ecchi (Degenerate) Era of Anime!

There’s this weird lil’ genre of anime called “Ecchi”, and just like “Isekai”; it is both loved and hated by the anime community. We take a deep dive into how this genre became such a guilty pleasure for a subset of anime fans (mostly the male half), why ‘fanservice’ plays a key part in it, why it may (or may not) be banned in certain countries, and WHY anime studios KEEP making it! All this and more later this week!

Here’s What You Missed Last Time on D&A Studios Entertainment!

D&A Anime Blog: New Things For The 4th Quarter of 2022!

Guys, this year has been filled with great moments as well as growing pains, and D&A has surely been on the receiving end of some of these pains. However a special individual once said: “Believe in the you, that believes in ME!” (its Kamina from Gurren Lagann), so we never gave up and continued on our quest to be the best blogs out there. Now with the seasons changing and everyone getting Pumpkin Spice fever, we’re prepping ourselves for the 2023 year; which we HOPE is filled with convention appearances! With that in mind, here’s what we’re doing for the 4th quarter of 2022 (or Oct. 1 – Dec. 31):

D&A Entertainment Weekly Returns (with a new logo)

We tried this new newsletter format for awhile, but we felt like it didn’t really have an identity all its own. We’re gonna fix that come October 3rd; so get ready for new posts, new character analysis, and new current events regarding the anime industry!

Premium Subscription Videos Will Launch The First Week of October

Never-before-seen content will be uploaded exclusively to the blog, and if you’re a Premium subscriber, you’ll be able to watch them for a monthly subscription of $5. We’ll be implementing this feature for our biggest supporters during the first week of October, and we’ll keep you updated when the Premium videos drop!

A New Music Page is Coming…

More like we’re renovating our current music page. There will be more information on it within the coming weeks. Stay tuned!

DJ Appearances will also be added to Con Appearances

Once we get the green light for conventions that we want to be “Guest(s) of Honor” at, we’ll post them on our Con Appearances page. Alongside that will be DJ Appearances by Avidd Minddset; so we’ll also be posting those appearances as well.

One-2-One Waifu Wednesday Specials Coming November 2022

Yes, we are going down this rabbit hole. Starting the first Wednesday in November we’ll be doing a One-2-One Waifu Wednesday character that we select. Yep, this is really happening.

Ok, that will do it for these announcements, so until October, stay nerdy my friends! 😉

D&A’s Checkpoint Check-In! (September 2022)

Hey guys. It’s been awhile since our last post, but lately things have been a little chaotic on the ‘outer boundaries’ of the blog (or in this case we’ve been dealing with the craziness of life outside of D&A). Guess its safe to say that our online presence has grown to a level where being just a two-man operation, might not cut it in the ‘big leagues’, in the world of new article companies. For that we’re in the process of looking for volunteers to become authors and writers on the ‘blog side’ of D&A, so if you’re interested in volunteering, hit us up on our Contact Us page. We’re also working on opening up other positions within D&A as we continue to grow from being a hobby, into a business. For now, we’re looking to build a writing staff and expand our numbers internally.

That’s all we’ve got for now, so until our next post, stay nerdy! 😉

D&A Entertainment Weekly (9.5.2022)

Welcome To Paradise: A Baltimore Anime Con?!

Founding member Donte’ J. Lewis of D&A Anime Blog / D&A Studios Entertainment talks about his experience at AniMore; a Baltimore anime convention running from 2016-2021, and how that convention shaped the identity of what D&A is today. Could it be that he and Aaron Goldman might be trying to run an anime convention of their own? More on that story later this week on A Founder’s Thoughts with D.J. Lewis.

The Most Useless One-2-One Ever!

When it comes to anime, there’s always your usual suspects; your Tsundere types, your “Notice Me Senpai!” types, and your airheaded types. This week we do a deep dive into the hallow cranium of the most useless goddess ever…Aqua. The One-2-One on Konosuba’s biggest airhead drops on Tuesday September 6, 2022.

Miyazaki: The State of The Anime Industry

“Anime was a mistake,” said one Hayao Miyazaki during a Tokyo TV interview. Many fans in the West respect this man for his amazing work on films like Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke, Howl’s Moving Castle, and more. However his take on what the anime industry is like today; might be either met with either sarcastic derision, or mutual understanding. Could it be that Miyazaki saw or felt a first glimpse of what would happen to this industry years (or decades) down the road? We do a deep dive into his works, his artistic direction, and why he feels the industry is filled with otaku. Coming later this week!

If you wanna know what’s going on, follow us on the blog to subscribe to our brand new weekly newsletter! Every Monday we give you all the latest news in regards to what we’re doing, as well as other awesome things happening in the industry. Also, if you want to contribute an article to our blog, hit us up on our Contact Us page and we’ll send you an invite. On that note, that will do it for this newsletter post! 😉

D&A’s Checkpoint Check-In! (August 2022)

Hey guys! This is our second ‘check-in’ post of 2022. Posts like these are pretty much our way of letting you know what we’ll be doing next, but also letting you know where our heads are at in these modern day times. Recently, we’ve hit a few speed bumps in how we plan on implementing special features on our site, as well as overall promotion of our blog (and Youtube channel) to expand our reach to various circles within the anime community. However, our stubborn nature comes in clutch when we need it most, so we hope to be able to activate our Premium/VIP videos so that our biggest fans can check them out. Now that we’ve gotten that out the way, here’s some upcoming announcements:

Two New One-2-One Posts Drop Next Week: Junko Enoshima (Danganronpa), and Goku Black (DBS) 

The Most Interesting Villain in the World…

Anime villains are completely different compared to their Western counterparts (if you’d even call it that). Many of them became that way based on their rough childhood, while others wanted to try and overthrow their own government. Some are chaotic evil while others are chaotic neutral, and some do evil because…of boredom? You’re tellin’ me the whole reason the world went to hell, is because one chick was bored out of her mind?! That’s right, we’re doing a One-2-One on the embodiment of despair herself; Junko Enoshima. Next week!

His godly status is dwarfed by his ungodly nature…

Now, there have been so many Goku clones in this franchise that its not even funny! However unlike Turles (who is the ‘Original Goku Black’ to a small…select few in the Dragon Ball fandom), Goku Black IS Goku; just body swapped by an evil Kai known as Zamasu after a wish from Super Shenron. Although the ending to the arc was…terrible, Goku Black made for an interesting villain due to his philosophy about humans being absolute scum; that gods are better and more pure than man will ever be. (Future Trunks was having none of that!) Anyway, he’s next week on One-2-One.

Video Uploads Will Continue to Remain on Wednesdays (For The Moment)

Our Youtube schedule has been a little crazy as of late. Due to a shift in ‘certain’ priorities and aspects of our lives, video upload days could change depending on the weight and severity of said priorities and aspects. We’re not at the level (financially) where we can quit our 9-to-5’s and do this full time, cuz’ well…we gotta eat. If there’s a change in our upload schedule we’ll make an announcement on our social media pages. 

So far that’s all we’ve got for this check-in post, but as always, we can’t thank our fans for the amount of support you’ve given us. Until next post, stay nerdy! 😉

D&A Anime Blog: 50,000 All-Time Views Celebration Post!

How about that? We’ve achieved another milestone on our nerdy adventure of becoming one of the best anime blogs out there! Honestly we couldn’t have reached this milestone without the love and support of our fans and fellow anibloggers. Sure, we may have hit a few bumps on the road on the way here, but thanks to our fans we pushed and persevered through all of it!

While we’re here, we wanted to give you a brief update on how we’re going to be implementing our Premium Paid Content video posts for the blog. These short videos are exclusive only to our blog site, and starting in August we’ll be launching 2-3 of these videos a month. What they will be on is a mystery…

Also, we’ve got more One-2-One character analysis posts we’ll be doing throughout the rest of the Summer. As a sneak peek we’ll reveal the next two characters we’ll be analyzing.

Pink! Squishy! Cute! ^.^

Next Week on One-2-One: Kirby!

This pink, squishy, lovable creature has quite a history with Nintendo; from main games, spin-off titles, to being a Super Smash Bros. alumni since 1999. The lore that Kirby has is vast, and the appeal he has on the general public and Kirby fans is as massive as his appetite. Next week on One-2-One we deep dive into this pudgy pink puff and his history on how he became such a Smash Bros. main, as well as a popular Nintendo franchise.

The ‘other’ Anarchy sister

The Week After Next on One-2-One: Panty Anarchy!

With Studio TRIGGER’s announcement of a second season of Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt during their panel at Anime Expo 2022, why not do a character analysis on the Anarchy sister who hogs all the screen time (even though Stocking is a fan-favorite). Panty is the more rebellious sister who doesn’t take her job of hunting ghosts and collecting heaven coins seriously; leaving Stocking to do most of the work. In her One-2-One we dive into what makes Panty…well, Panty; from her skills, abilities, relationships, and whatever else we can dig up.

That’s all we’ve got for this celebration post, and here’s to 100,000 All-Time views when that moment arrives! Stay nerdy! 😉

D&A Anime Blog: So, You Wanna Blog For Us?

The last six years have been nothing short of awesome for our blog, but as we continue to expand our reach throughout the anime community and anime industry, many goals that we’re longing to accomplish acquire…a little bit more. We’re now in a unique position where our workload has expanded along with our brand and our reach. That’s why we’re opening up the door for volunteer contributors for our blog. We’ve been a two-man operation since 2016, but every captain needs a crew; ask Luffy!

He couldn’t find the One Piece without a crew!

For those that wanna contribute to our blog, there’s a few ground rules that we have before we publish your article; make sure your grammar game is on point (no misspelled words), your article has to be between 500-1000 words (we average around 650), your article has to be relevant to the content that we have on the blog (although we’re anime and manga-centric, we also talk about video games, conventions, Japanese food and music, and other nerd stuff), and lastly, make sure you do all research needed to elaborate any key points you want the readers to get out of reading your article.

We’re right in the middle when it comes to facts and opinions, so if you are going to cover topics that might just be a little controversial, make sure you have key points to help elaborate your claim. The biggest ones we’ve covered so far were “Sub v. Dub” (which is still an on-going debate to this day), and fanservice. I don’t know what the future may hold for D&A going forward, but somewhere down the line we’d like to hold some kind of 10th anniversary event powered by a kickstarter campaign. (Maybe something with a con-like atmosphere.)

Well, that’s all we’ve got for now, so if you’re interested in being a contributor to our blog, hit us up on our Contact Us page. Until next post, stay nerdy my friends! 😉   

D&A’s Checkpoint Check-In! (June 2022)

Wow, we’re down to the last day of June 2022; which means that the first six months of the year have come and gone. A lot has happened within these last six months; some of it was great, while the minority of it is something we wish we could forget. Things in the atmosphere have been a little tense lately, as it’ll take more than a basket of puppies and kittens or however many cat videos you can post to get us through it all. If it’s any consolation, we at D&A Anime Blog / D&A Studios Entertainment feel the same way about the world’s problems as you do, and we’ve got hugs if you need em’! 🙂

So while we’re here, we’ve got a couple announcements to share for Act 2 of 2022:

New Format for Nerdz of the Decade Podcast

So if you haven’t seen the most recent podcast episode, we’re experimenting with a new format which includes text and visual aids (like pictures and MAYBE video clips). We thought it would be a good idea to step our quality game up just a little bit while still giving you the ‘Nerdz’ touch. The new format’s time frame is five minutes shorter at 25-30 minutes than our original time frame of 30-35 minutes. The reason for the change is the fact that we wanna boost audience retention; thus cutting out or limiting a lot of filler material in order to bring forward the actual material of the topic that we’re talking about. (We’re also hoping that text and visual aids will help us with that as well.) After our 30th podcast episode we’ll be using this format accordingly.

Anime Convention Appearances Are On an “As Booked” Basis

We know you’ve been asking if D&A will return to conventions, and the answer is yes. However, things have changed since we first launched in 2016, and those things come in the form of operational business expenses. Just like our favorite voice actors, we can’t show up at a convention without an invite or a booking. (We’re also looking into getting us a booking agent.) This puts us in a ‘selective’ situation in terms of what conventions we want to make appearances at, but it also limits the amount of conventions we go to in the process. We want to see you as bad as you wanna see us, and we’re gonna do everything we can to make that happen!

D&A Merch…?

Okay, so this one is gonna depend on how much money we can raise through donations, affiliates, and sponsors, so we can give back to our fans what they’ve given to us. Its a long shot but if we can raise $2000 (or even $3000), it will put us in a better position where we can set up a D&A Merch Store with everything from T-Shirts to backpacks. (Maybe even iPhone covers.) We hope to one day do this, but only time (and money) will tell.

One more thing. Make sure to give someone a hug or contact your friends and family and tell them you love them. Its a mad MAD world out there, and sometimes all it takes is a kind gesture to keep them going. That’s all for this “Checkpoint Check-In”, and until the next one (on December 31st), stay nerdy! 😉

One-2-One! A New Anime & Video Game Character Analysis Series Coming Next Week!

Hey! We’ve got some good news everyone! We’ll be introducing a new series of character analysis posts next week called One-2-One; where we analyze anime and video game characters that you know and love, and try to figure out what’s their story, what skills do they have, why people like (or hate) them, and so on. The series will start on the first Tuesday in June, and end on the last Thursday in September. Some of the characters we’ll analyze will be from series favorites like Dragon Ball Z, SAO, and Fairy Tail; others will be from underrated titles like Chivalry of a Failed Knight, Fena: Pirate Princess, Steins:Gate, and more! We’ll also be doing video game characters too; including the usual suspects Mario, and Sonic. If this series goes well, we just might do a podcast version of it in the Fall.

That’s it for this little announcement of ours, so until next post, stay nerdy my friends! 😉

GOOD NEWS EVERYONE!! D&A Now Accepts Donations!

You heard it from Farnsworth himself! Now our fans can support us directly through our brand new donations page entitled “D&A Donations“! We’ve started this nerdy adventure back in 2016, and now its grown into a full-grown brand with a mustache. With our new page fans can choose donation options that fit their budget; as they help cover operation costs to the website, allow us to produce better content, and more! We thank our fans for all of the support, and for making D&A what it is today. Until next post, stay nerdy! 😉

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