A Founder’s Thoughts with D.J. Lewis (09/03/2020)!

Hey guys n’ gals! So it’s finally September, and it looks like what was supposed to be an awesome Summer that didn’t happen, is finally winding down. To be honest I feel drained; mentally and emotionally due to the country ‘seemingly’ going to hell in a hand basket. A few days ago we were given the news of the passing of the King of Wakanda himself; Chadwick Boseman (aka Black Panther) from stage four colon cancer. Marvel fans young and old from all around the world gave hundreds if not thousands of tributes to him, as he wasn’t just an actor, he was a true superhero. His work ethic even during his state was second to none, and was super humble for every opportunity and was a really cool guy.

With all of the craziness going on we should look at the type of person Chadwick was and strive to be better in our own lives. He was an inspiration to young African-Americans and other children who are fighting cancer everywhere. Although he played a superhero, he was OUR superhero. This is indeed a sad moment for the Marvel world, but if we can be nearly as half the man that Chadwick was, imagine the kind of world we’d all live in; where there was more love and humility and less hate and violence. 2020 has us seeing clearly now; how bad racism really is, and what we must do as a nation to stop it. We may not have grown up the same way, but we live on the same soil. Let’s be better ya’ll.

Until next post, stay united!

A Founder’s Thoughts with D.J. Lewis (08/05/2020)

Hey guys! Hopefully you all are doing well and staying safe. Honestly this week has been rather crazy to say the least; starting with our beloved blog shutting down unintentionally for a week due to several technical issues regarding our domain name. Now that we’re back in full swing, we can now pick up where we left off on our posts. I’m not sure how you guys feel with where we are in the world, but like I’ve said before in my last post; I really, REALLY want this nightmare to end!

September will be here in three-and-a-half weeks, and now we’re trying to decide if we should send the kids back to school, or keep in-school learning on the ‘digital route’ a little while longer. November will be the deciding factor if we collectively come together as one nation to start a new beginning for America, or face the apocalypse of racial equality. Yeah, I’ve seen the reactions to the #BlackLivesMatter moment on twitter through many anime fans and VA’s who feel the same way that I do about racial equality.

Sadly, some of us are still asleep on the issue, while many of us have ‘cancelled’ the very people and communities that we once have called home because of where we stand. It’s funny how some fans say that they love/admire the work of their favorite VA’s; but the moment they make the choice to fight for what is right (like racial equality and anti-discrimination) by announcing how they feel about it on their socials, they drop em’ like a bad habit! I’ll say this about the anime community; 80% of us are decent human beings who believe that Black and Brown lives count for ALL lives, and that we show love and support for our passion for anime, the voice actors, and love and kindness towards one another. It’s the other 20% that you gotta look out for; many of which are in ‘You Know Who’s’ cult-driven fanbase. I’ve seen the tweets.

It’s depressing to my own heart and soul to see all that has happened since May, but I’m cautiously optimistic that our prayers will be answered. It’s hard to have hope when all you feel is despair, but these are the times where we gotta keep our friends and loved ones close. When things do return to ‘normal’, it won’t be the normal that we’re all used to. Hopefully this ‘new normal’ will allow us to come together like never before. We need to stop fighting, and start loving!

That’s all.

A Founder’s Thoughts with D.J. Lewis! (June 22, 2020!)

Hey guys. Honestly the last three weeks have been mentally and psychologically exhausting. Before I continue I want to say this; I love America…but not like this. About three weeks ago we all witnessed the death of George Floyd after the white police officer that I’m pretty sure we all know of, kept his knee on his neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds. Right now we’re in a state of emergency – a state of racial emergency. I know many of us are either too afraid or too uncomfortable to talk about race, but I’m here to let you guys know; that although it’s uncomfortable (and it can be), it is needed in this time – especially now! Whenever you see a Black Lives Matter protest, look at it this way; we are not (repeat NOT) say that ONLY Black Lives Matter, we want to be given the same fairness, the same equality, and the same opportunities in life just like our white counterparts. Black lives count for ALL lives, so we can’t say that All Lives Matter until Black Lives (and others of color) Matter!

Right now its more critical that we pay more attention to our surroundings, and ask those questions that would otherwise make most of us feel uncomfortable. I can promise you this; by talking about race and what we can do to end racism, we will become better people who are open-minded and loving to one another. When we started this blog, the number one thing is UNITY! We’ve met anime fans from all walks of life with various different morals and beliefs, and when it comes to the anime community, we’ve seen a whole lot of unity! Granted we’ve also seen a few snags as well, but that’s why we must fight for equality! I know a lot of you guys have friends who are people of color and you may feel a little confused about what you can do to help the cause, so I’d say this; have these conversations with your Afro-American friends, support Black-owned businesses including manga artists, vendors, and cosplayers. Read books and articles!

November is coming, and we know what we have to do. The “Other Side” is fighting back hard, but there’s more of us than there are of them! It’s time for a NEW United States of America; where we put the “United” in United States! This is going to be a marathon, not a sprint, but I know that we’re ready for it!

That’s all for now, so until next post…stay united! 🙂

DigiCon: The Rise of Virtual Conventions

It has been two whole months since our state (Maryland) was issued a ‘Shelter-in-Place’ order due to COVID-19. With large gatherings like festivals, sporting events, and yes…even anime and gaming conventions cancelled all around the U.S. and the world, nerds (and otaku) like ourselves have been wondering what the future of our three-day sanctuaries would look like in a post COVID world. It bummed us out after receiving word that our next convention, Zenkaikon, was cancelled after the state of PA issued its state of emergency. However, it was also nice to see that they take the safety of their con goers, staff, and potential guests seriously. With Summer knocking on the door, it’s already set in stone that con season is pretty much dead, and I can only imagine how bad the organizers and staff are feeling; having to scrap everything because you don’t want to take the chance of infecting more people, because at this rate, it seems like con season won’t have the same effect that it once did even after this year is over.

We’re not saying that you won’t have the same experiences you did back in year’s past, it just that with the mega conventions like Anime Expo, SDCC, SXSW, and E3, they probably won’t be returning next year either – at least not at the capacity they once had. There’s at least 6-8 months worth of planning that has to go into making cons that size what they are, and with COVID hanging around until Fall/Winter, that doesn’t give the organizers a lot of turn-around time to work with…which sucks! So yeah, we feel your pain, and though we can’t go to any of our favorite conventions to see you guys, many organizers have created digital alternatives to many of your favorite cons. Heck, even FUNimation has their own con!

With many of us who are FOLLOWING THE RULES AND STAYING HOME UNLIKE SOME PEOPLE WE WON’T NAME, digital conventions are the new norm – at least for now anyway. I’d say between 2021 and 2022, we’ll find ourselves back to doing what we do best; going to cons and meeting our cool friends and fans! (We’ll be hugging our super fans, and pounding fists with everyone else.) Hopefully you guys stay safe during this time, and remember, we’ve got discord and all of our other social media, so you can chat with us anytime! 😉

We shall return! Believe it!

D&A Superstar Blogger Award Official Logo!

As promised, we now have our official D&A Superstar Blogger Award logo! For the blogs that we’ve nominated for this special award of ours, be sure to copy and paste this logo on your nomination post at the bottom of this one. Hopefully you guys are doing okay, washing your hands, and practicing social distancing amid the COVID-19 Pandemic. Until next post, stay well and stay nerdy my friends! 😉

D&A Anime Blog Superstar Blogger Award

D&A Superstar Blogger Award: Nominations!

Hey guys! Hopefully you all are doing well and taking care of yourselves amid the COVID-19 pandemic. With new updates and info coming in every hour of every day, we see how that can affect many of us negatively on a mental level. To help ease a little of the stress of the news on and offline, we’ll be nominating bloggers for our brand new D&A Superstar Blogger Award starting this week! This award is dedicated to bloggers who have supported us and liked our content since January of 2016 when we first launched this website, and as far as the rules go, here’s what you have to do:

  1. Add the D&A Superstar Blogger Award logo to your nomination post
  2. List the name of your blog (add a link) and tell us 4 things about yourself
  3. List your Top 5 anime shows (or characters)
  4. Answer the 10 questions listed in bold below this post
  5. Nominate at least 10 other blogs of your choice
  • How did you get into Blogging?
  • What’s one of the best posts you’ve ever written on your blog?
  • What’s the last anime title (or movie) you’ve watched in 30 days?
  • If you could go back 10 or 15 years into the past, what would you say to your younger self?
  • If you had the seven Namekian Dragon Balls, what three wishes would you wish for?
  • Who is your biggest influence for blogging and why?
  • If you could visit Japan, what would be the first thing you’d do?
  • If you could pick one or two anime titles that deserve a second season, what would they be?
  • What are two of your favorite foods and one you wish you could try from another country?
  • Who is your favorite blogger and why?

And with that, here are some awesome bloggers we’ve decided to nominate for our special award. We’ll be adding the official logo for the award tomorrow, so nominees will be able to copy and paste it to their nomination post.

  • I Drink & Watch Anime
  • Otaku Orbit
  • Crows World of Anime
  • Lesley’s Anime & Manga Corner
  • Anime Pad
  • Iniksbane
  • A Geeky Gal
  • Animania404

A Founder’s Thoughts With D.J. Lewis (March 18, 2020)!

Hey guys! I’m hoping all is well and you’re doing well while staying/working from home amid the COVID-19 pandemic. With all the uncertainty on how long we have to ‘Flatten the Curve’, many of us have found creative ways to cope with being inside. The economic impact that corona’s gonna have on our economy is gonna be astronomical, and as scary as that is, this is a critical moment in our lives that we have to band together as human beings and love and support one another. Now is not the time to fight, bicker, or argue about dumb stuff, now’s the time to be there for one another – even if you gotta do it through Skype, text, Discord (like we’re doing) or social media.

I’m 30 years old, and I’ve never seen anything or even lived through anything of this caliber. Hollywood shutting down because of a microscopic terrorist? Unheard of, but it’s happening. Nearly 85% of our quality of life (mostly our social life) has been shut down due to COVID-19, and in the mist of it all – it’s brought out the best/worst in people. Right now the best thing we can do to mitigate the spread of the virus is to socially distance ourselves from one another, however not all of us are taking this seriously. If you don’t believe me, ask the idiots in Florida who are partying at the beach during Spring Break!

With nearly every generation heeding what the CDC strongly recommends, there’s one generation in particular that the rest of the world is counting on; the millennials. As a millennial myself there are so many negative stereotypes about us; from the type of music we listen to, to Avocado toast, to not working a ‘real’ job, to where we stand on politics. In this critical time where COVID-19 cases are climbing day-by-day, I get that most boomers and millennials have never seen eye-to-eye on the content of their character, or even how they live their lives. Still, we all got to come together as one cohesive unit if we plan on sending Coronavirus packing!

That’s all for my rant, now stay tuned for my next post where I revisit why there needs to be a reboot of Sonic Battle for the NEW Nintendo 3DS.

Until next time, stay home and stay nerdy! 😉

High-Resolution 2D Sprites is a nice start! 😉

A Founder’s Thought’s With D.J. Lewis (March 10, 2020)

Hey guys n’ gals! I know it’s been a week since there’s been any anime series or episodic posts about the latest titles, but don’t fret, there’s gonna be some reviews coming up soon. As for what’s going on around the world, Corona Hysteria is at an all-time high. Hand sanitizer is becoming harder to find, and even if you do find it, it’s being sold at high prices. I’m not sure if we know this, but I feel that the Coronavirus has ‘been’ here before. Why would I say that? Well, I was 13 when the 2002-2003 SARS outbreak happened – as only 8,000 total cases were conformed worldwide before the threat of that Coronavirus was diminished. Taking care of yourself as well as keeping up basic hygiene should be a number one priority, but if it took COVID-19 to get us to ‘wake up’ and actually do what we should’ve been doing, then something is wrong with us.

Although we’re still learning more about Corona (not the beer or the Soul Eater villain), I will tell you this; like every viral outbreak before it, this too shall pass. We need to be smart, not stupid! There’s honestly no need to cry ‘Gloom and Doom’, because this virus is not AIDS or HIV. Yes, you probably won’t be able to travel outside the U.S. for about two weeks, and many major events like conventions may get postponed or cancelled (which really, really sucks), but you kinda gotta pick your battles at this point. Sorry if it feels like I’m ranting a bit, but I’ve been hearing about Coronavirus for three weeks, and I’m sick of it – no pun intended. Out of the 100,000+ cases worldwide, 50,000+ people have recovered from it in just two weeks. We’ll get through this, I just know it.

Now that I’ve got that off my chest, time for some good news! My EP “Minddgames” will be dropping in all online music stores and streaming services this Friday! Plus the convention that we’ll be going to in Lancaster, PA (Zenkaikon) is still on – in spite of Corona. They’ve taken all precautions and got multiple sanitation stations everywhere, and some EMT’s on site. Not everyone is buying into Corona Hysteria (which is smart), in fact, a lot of the smaller and mid-sized cons are still happening, and it looks like a couple of the major ones may get (potentially) cancelled or postponed – but we’re crossing our fingers and praying to God it doesn’t happen! (Or even reach that point.) Upon meeting me and my partner A. Goldman at any conventions, you’ll have to either fist bump or side-knuckle us until about April. Anyway, that’s all the thoughts on my mind for now, and as for any anime fans or fans of ours who live in Nashville after those deadly tornadoes came through, our thoughts and our prayers go out to you all.

Until next post guys; stay safe, be smart, and stay nerdy! 😉

A Founder’s Thoughts: With D.J. Lewis (February 23, 2020)

Hey guys, what’s going on? It’s Yours Truly here representing one-half of D&A Anime Blog. With only a week left before the month of March, I wanted to reflect on one of my favorite posts that I’ve written about the relationship between anime, and hip-hop. With February being Black History Month it’s really cool to see that there’s more diversity in anime than ever before, so if you want to see what I’ve posted about the connection that hip-hop has with anime check out Part 1 and Part 2 of the post.

Lately I’ve been feeling a little mundane as of late, so I’ve been watching some anime titles to help take my mind off of boredom – as well as work on other music production projects. I’ve also noticed that I don’t go on social media as often as I used to, but of course I always want to talk to you guys if you have any fresh ideas for the blog, or even if you just wanna chat about anything. Other than waiting anxiously to drop my first ever EP on all of the top music streaming services, there’s not a whole lot happening on my side of the tracks. Although we’re closing in on having two months of the new year making its way into the history books, A. Goldman and I are working on making some big moves for the blog’s future throughout 2020. Next year will be the blog’s 5th anniversary, and for that we have a special surprise that we want to give to our fans as a ‘thank you’ for all the love and support that you’ve given us over the years. (However, we can’t tell you what it is just yet ;).)

Before I end this post I just want to say that despite all the negativity that we deal with in reality, see on social media, and hear about on the news on almost a regular basis, take a little time to brighten someone’s day – however you can. Leave a like on one of their posts that speaks to you, or even lift someone’s spirits with a funny joke. For us, 2020 will be our year of kindness, and our year of making the lives of others a little bit better.

Until next post, stay nerdy my friends! 😉

A Founder’s Thoughts With D.J. Lewis! (February 10, 2020!)

Hey guys n’ gals! Welcome back to another installment of one of my ‘A Founder’s Thoughts’ posts, right here on D&A Anime Blog. So far we’ve gone about a good two months without any big snow storms (*knocking on wood*), as the temps are regulating to about the 40’s and 50’s. But enough about the weather, let’s talk about something that I wanted to get off my chest for quite awhile – since 2019 actually. All I can say about the matter is; no matter how you feel about it, or even how the other party made you felt about it, there are just some fights and arguments that aren’t even worth fighting. Now you’re probably wondering what I’m even referring to, right? Well it’s more along the lines of not dealing with toxic people or even toxic environments.

Honestly with all the stuff that’s going on nowadays, my generation (90’s kids/millennials) and Gen-Z find ourselves under a lot of stress and anxiety; be it from our jobs, our families, and even online communities. Although we face this lil’ demon from time to time, we’ve also found ways to cope with our anxiety. First off, just know that you’re not alone. You can only imagine how many others feel the same way you do, which is why its a good idea to start surrounding yourself with friends who will help lift you up when you’re down. Sometimes when I feel down in the dumps I watch a funny anime title, or even chat with some of you guys. Now that we’re in a new decade, it’s high time to distant yourself (or shut yourself off) from people or groups that bring you anxiety through their toxic nature. If there’s one thing I’ve learned, individuals like that will never admit they’ve did anything wrong or even confess that they’ve verbally made someone uncomfortable.

When it comes to topics like this you’ll never hear me rant and rave about it, but explain how I feel on the matter and slowly but surely take the necessary steps to compose myself, and move on from the matter. Now that I think about it, having this blog is also helpful for me so that I can side blog about my thoughts. Well, now that I’ve gotten that off my chest, time for us to grab 2020 by the horns and ride til’ we can’t no more!

Cancel toxic culture, and surround yourself with awesome people!

Until next post, stay nerdy my friends! 😉

D&A founding member Donte’ J. Lewis