D&A Anime Blog: A Letter To Our Fans…

Dear Anime and Manga fans,

Although this can’t be said enough we just want to say thank you for all of the love and support that you’ve given us since the birth of our blog. To be honest we never thought that it would take off the way it did when we launched it back in January of 2016. Originally we wanted D&A to be a site where cosplayers can see all of their pictures online (as well as download them), but then it became something just a little bit more.

We didn’t know how well the blog was going to do after debuting it at Animore in Baltimore, MD in January of 2016, but now that we’re rapidly approaching our two year anniversary, we’re so glad we went for it when we did! We want to continue to strive towards being an anime blog that stands out from the crowd, is catered towards the fans, and wants to help promote and assist anime/manga titles from anime distributors like FUNimation, Crunchyroll, VizMedia, and more. 2017 has been a pretty good year for us regarding our first ever mini convention tour, and for 2018 we plan on continuing our quest to becoming the best!

We can’t thank you guys enough for helping us become the awesomely amazing anime blog that we are today. For that we tip our hats off to you (the fans), and once again say, THANK YOU!!!

Sincerely,

Donte’ J. Lewis and Aaron Goldman, D&A Anime Blog Founders

D&A Anime Blog: Thy Geekdom Con Recap!

Well guys, we just came back from this amazing two-day convention in Claymont, Delaware, and had a blast while we were there! They really meant what they said when they were going to make this year’s convention, one of the best ones that any con goer has ever been to. Shout-outs to the staff as well as the organizer of the con itself, for making this such a terrific weekend event for geeks of all ages, races, and backgrounds!

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Now with 2017 slowly but surely coming to an end, we just would like to say thank you to our many fans who have supported us throughout this entire tour! You guys have been amazing to us as we never thought the blow would blow up the way that it did. Sure, we may have been a little slow in certain places when it comes to some of our posts, but we thank you a thousand times for bearing with us and sticking buy us. We like to think of ourselves as an anime fan’s fan, because we love to see what you guys want more of from us, as well as how we can improve as a blog so that we can stand out from the masses. None of this would have ever been possible had it not been for you guys, because to us, you guys (*sniffle*) are the best!! T.T

As a special thank you for all of the support that you’ve given us, we’re in the process of creating a highlight video featuring all of the anime conventions that we’ve been going to throughout this whole year! (We’ll also be posting the Thy Geekdom Con highlights video before the week is out.) Here’s to 2018; when we return to the convention scene with our official D&A Anime Blog Panel, as well as other fun stuff for the blog. Thank you so much guys for all of your awesome faces, and now we’ll be leaving you with some post-con shout-outs! 🙂

  • Aemiliaaaaaa (Artist/Cosplay/Model) FB/Instagram @Aemiliaaaaa
  • Montgomery Harris (Outbreak Z) http://www.montgomeryharris.com
  • Alexa Michelle Cosplay FB: AlexaMichelleCosplay, Insta @Postachild323
  • Brandon Colyer (Digital/Traditional Artist) beardlander.wix.com
  • Robbie DubBryan (DUBBRYAN STUDIOS) TheDubBryans@gmail.com
  • Asher P (Freelance Photographer) ashphoto.org, contact@ashphoto.org
  • Tahir Harris (DJ T-Bear) TBear816@gmail.com, FB: T-Bear the DJ
  • Moaglin Cosplay FB: Moaglin, Twitter @Moaglinxx, Insta @Moaglinxx
  • Generation Otaku (Anime Store) generationotaku.wixsite.com/store
  • Elle Suda Cosplay Insta @ellesuda, DeviantART: Elle Suda Cosplay
  • Captain Kyle http://www.cosplayspotlite.com
  • Duhdragon Cosplay FB: duhdragoncosplay, Instagram @Duhdragon

Danganronpa: Hope & Despair from D.J. Lewis’ Point of View!

Surprisingly, I didn’t find out about this anime title until last year. While I was writing a review for it I suddenly found myself going on Youtube, and watching the whole first season of it. Before I get into the reason as to why I’m writing this filler post, I want to personally congratulate all the voice actors and staff that worked on this title! Especially FUNimation’s favorite redhead, Jamie Marchi! (You slayed it as Junko! ^.^)

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Now onto the reason for this post. Each and every one of us goes through life dealing with its high’s and low’s, ups and downs, good days and bad days. After watching the first season of Danganronpa from 2:30 to 6:45 in the morning (on a day that I didn’t have to work, thank goodness…), it got me thinking about the whole concept of hope and despair. If you’ve seen the news just recently you’ll know that just last week there was a terrible explosion that happened just after a music concert in Manchester, London. (That was later claimed by ISIS.) My heart goes out to the ones who survived, and to the families of the ones whose lives were taken from them.

When I think of despair, I think about terrorism, crime, anarchy, tragedy, depression, and all of the other nasty things that make us cry, go insane, causes our mental state to deteriorate, and breaks our hearts. Despair has no color, race, or prejudice. It’s the very thing that brings chaos and confusion to our lives without a moment’s notice. Despair can even hold us back from doing and achieving anything we set our minds to; from haters, doubters, and people who just want to see you fail. I guess this is what Hope’s Peak Academy felt like for Mokoto Naegi after looking at the DVD that Monokuma gave him; with him seeing his family in danger right before his own eyes and not being anywhere near them to save them.

Throughout the whole first season Naegi and the rest of his classmates played a murderous game of despair, while trying to figure out why Monokuma did this and what his true intent for this killing game was. It wasn’t until the thirteenth episode that I really got into (and analyzed) the show. If despair can spread like the plague, then hope can do the exact same thing!

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Hope is more than just having a feeling and inkling that everything’s going to be okay. Hope is a state of mind, a state of calmness, and a state of courage and determination. Combined with all of those things as well as FAITH and PRAYER, hope can lead you to places that you thought you’d never be. Sure, things may be a little rocky right now, and the future of the country may be just a little bit uncertain for many of us (including minorities and those who are of the LGBT community), but if there’s one thing I can tell you from writing this filler post, it’s this:

God never gave us the spirit of fear.

Despair will only win if we allow it to. Despair can take away any hope that you may have for the future if you let it. We live in a time right now where we need hope the most, and that’s the message I got from watching Danganronpa. If you guys ever get a chance, google up “Never Say Never” and listen to the whole track. Trust me, you’ll look at the series that much differently than you did before.

Faith, prayer, and hope can get you through anything life can throw at you. Naegi understood this fully after what Kirigiri told him, after helping her avoid feeling despair through Junko’s words about her father (whom she killed). The one thing despair hates more than anything, is hope.

So to all of my anime fans, continue to have hope in your hearts through these times that we’re going through. Live more, laugh more, love your family and friends more. Continue to support the industry that you love, and never let anyone tell you that you can’t do anything! Remember, prayer changes things, hope opens doors, and faith keeps you going. Never, say never! 😉

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D&A Anime Blog: Zenkaikon was AWESOME!!!

After just coming back from Zenkaikon in Lancaster, PA we gotta say that our first time going to this anime convention, has been awesome! We did have just a little bit of trouble getting Uber set up but nevertheless we prevailed, and was able to go to this awesome anime con as part of our mini anime convention tour!

Upon our arrival we were welcomed with open arms by the staff as well as all the lovely con goers from the local area, as well as from the surrounding areas like York, Pittsburgh, Harrisburg, and everywhere else. (MD, NY, TX, etc.) We met up with some of our biggest D&A fans who have been following us around this tour, and they have been awesome to us! We even got to meet the legend himself Steve Blum, who is behind many of our favorite childhood shows that we’ve watched back in the early 90’s.

The atmosphere we’ve gotten from this con felt like many of the anime convention of the past years, or course that’s not to say that the current ones are bad, cuz’ they’re pretty awesome too!

We definitely see ourselves coming back to Zenkaikon next year, only this time we’ll make sure we book our hotel inside the convention center a few months in advance. (The one we stayed in a block from the con wasn’t too bad.) It’s probably too early to make this announcement but we’ve already got some locations/stops in mind for our 2018 tour; most of which are returning stops with a few new ones along the way.

If you missed us at this con, don’t worry, you can catch us at our next con. (Which will be listed on our Con Appearances page.)

SHOUT-OUTS!!

  • KyandeHime (Gmail, Facebook, Instagram)
  • Charles Dunbar (Facebook.com/StudyofAnime, http://www.StudyofAnime.com, Patreon.com/charlesdunbar, Twitter @studyofanime)
  • Frank “The Shark” Sicurella (Twitter @LegendsFrank, Facebook.com/legendsoftheinterwebs, Youtube.com/legendsoftheweb)
  • Knights of Fandom (knightsoffandom.tumblr.com)

D&A’s Top 5 Reasons Why Anime Conventions Are Awesome!!

With the third stop in our 2017 mini anime convention tour coming up at the end of this month, we though why not give our Top 5 reasons why we love going to anime cons! There are many of you who have had good and bad experiences at different cons that you may have went to at one point and time, but for us we’re going to focus more on the pros than the cons. (Get it?)

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Number 5: They’re Judgement Free!

A. Goldman and myself have been going to Otakon for a total of eight years, and not once have we seen anyone judge a person based on what cosplay they’re wearing. (Or other things to that effect.) Sure, we’ve had our fair share of sighting panty shots and open boobs while attending that convention (among other things that many in the corporate world would deem NSFW), but it’s all in good fun! So when you’re thinking about going to your first anime con, and you’re a bit nervous as to what people may think, don’t worry, there’s no judgement here. And if there is, we’ll send Broly on em’! 😉

Number 4: You Get to meet other Anime Fans!

Growing up for both of us it was hard trying to find other people who liked anime as much as we did, in fact the thought of us liking it was stupid to them. At cons however you get the chance to meet and mingle with other people who are passionate about anime and manga as much as you are. Heck, you might even be able to take cosplay pictures with them too! Connect with an anime blog (like ours) or head to a local meetup group if you’re looking for more people who love going to cons as much as you do. And have fun! 🙂

Number 3: Anime Voice Actors!

Although this one should be number 2, this is the second biggest reason why we love going to anime cons! Who wouldn’t wanna drive 500 miles across three states to see the voice actor who plays Alucard in Hellsing Ultimate? These guys and gals are the reason why we love so many of our favorite anime characters from our favorite shows! The fanbase nowadays is quite amazing, plus a lot of the actors are anime fans themselves.

Number 2: Cosplay!!!

An anime con is not a con without cosplay, because it’s the cornerstone of the entire anime otaku fandom! We of course love cosplay because we get to pose with our favorite characters from our favorite shows (and we’re sure that you feel the same way). Dedicated fans will spend hours and days trying to perfect that perfect cosplay for the character that they’re going out as, plus you even pick up a few sowing and threading skills too! Cosplay plays an important part in anime convention pop culture, and that’s one of the many reasons why anime cons are awesome!

And Finally Number 1: You! The Fans!!

We said it! You guys are the number one reason why we love going to anime cons overall! The other four reasons were part of it but the biggest part of it all is the fandom itself, including you! Your support for the industry is why we have such awesome shows like One-Punch Man, My Hero Academia, and more! You guys even brought back Toonami and helped us reach the heights that we’re currently at now as D&A! Thank you fellow fans, thank you for being so awesome! 🙂

Well that’s it from us. Be sure to check in for some awesome updates coming your way within the coming weeks! Remember, D&A is always a part of you!

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Happy National DJ Appreciation Day!!!

We at D&A Anime Blog wanna give a grandmaster shout out to all the DJs and DJ/Producers out there, who are making and spinning all of the music that we have grown so fond of. Whether you’re an EDM hit-maker or a Top 40 master mixer, you’re the reason why the music we listen to has brought us closer together as a people and as a whole. (Of course as the Founder of D&A, my time as an aspiring DJ/Producer is coming very soon!)

So to all the Bassnectars, the Aviciis, the Grandmaster Flashes, and the Skrillexes of the world, we say thank you! Thank you for keeping us on the dancefloor, and keeping the heartbeat of music alive and kickin’! HAPPY DJ APPRECIATION DAY!! 🙂

D&A’s Animore Shout-Outs!!

We just wanna give a few shout-outs to all of the awesome people we’ve met while at Animore this past weekend!

  • Chuck Huber
  • Felecia Angelle
  • Anthony Bowling
  • CJ Bear and the rest of the Animore Staff
  • Tainted Reality, for the great DJ set you guys put on
  • Aaron Rabe (aka “Spider” Jack Sparrow)
  • Fritz Cosplay
  • Man at Arms
  • The Wooden Dwarf
  • Andre Jackson
  • Beef Jerky Guy
  • Serenity’s Revenge Cosplay
  • Machipongo Studios
  • Doug Bell Publishing
  • And finally you (the fans) and cosplayers of Animore

We shall return in 2018 for our two year anniversary!! 🙂