The Sunshine Blogger Award!

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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:

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you in your post and link it back to them.
  2. Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.
  3. Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write 11 new questions for them.
  4. 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):

  1. What was your very first anime?
  2. When was the first time you’ve gone to an anime convention? What year?
  3. Do you have an anime crush? (Waifu or Husbando)
  4. What anime series do you wish got a second season?
  5. What got you into blogging?
  6. Do you have a favorite anime creator or director that you admire?
  7. What was the first anime you dropped, and why?
  8. Have you ever cosplayed at a convention before?
  9. What’s your favorite anime opening and ending?
  10. What anime titles are you looking forward to next year?
  11. 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:

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!)

D&A Anime Blog: Social Media Shout-Outs and A New Page, Coming Soon!

So it’s about to be the middle of July in a couple of days, which means there’s less than seven weeks of Summer left. If you happen to be a parent to a teenage otaku, then you already know that the ‘Back-to-School’ itch is rapidly approaching – if it hasn’t already started now! But let’s move on from that and turn our eyes on something awesome; you!

Throughout the week we’ve been receiving so much love and support for what we do on the blog; as well as for you guys and gals, that we’ve decided to give out some well-deserved shout-outs. If we’ve missed anybody in this list, let us know in the comment section below.

Here’s out shout-outs via Twitter:

  • @tokimandee
  • @Javier_Hardeman
  • @FUNimation
  • @Rialisms
  • @blumspew
  • @progrockboy
  • @escope_khan
  • @Neo_Stawberry_
  • @VividVision22
  • @MC_Hatt
  • @joyfulgirlsarah
  • @zach_sally
  • @BubbelKaze
  • @KagaKusanagi
  • @vensdale_zep
  • @ZiggyOtaku
  • @WomenCosplay
  • @AnimeEyedGirl
  • @CharlesWMartin3
  • @DontzSenpai
  • @AmeHakubi
  • @kaori_miazono
  • @TheBlackMist97
  • @Otakuman5000
  • @sweetestsonic
  • @naantaabuu
  • @otakustrength
  • @tuttianime
  • @100wordanime
  • @bowling4aday
  • @RonToye
  • @DemonKingHiei
  • @JeikuReview
  • @sharkiekitty
  • @GundamBakugo9
  • @JMichaelTatum
  • @hanix987
  • @animerocks91
  • @MangaBigBang

If we missed anyone on this list of awesome fans, let us know in the comment section so you can get your D&A shout-out too! Also on our list of special announcements, we’ll be introducing a new page dedicated to professional cosplayers all across North America and in other countries as well. We’ll keep you posted via Twitter and Facebook on when the page will be up. Anyway that will do it for this special shout-out filler post, check back tomorrow for some more fun and more action on D&A Anime Blog!

Stay cool, my friends! 🙂

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)