D&A’s D.J. Lewis: My Return to Fanfiction…

Ten years ago, I stumbled upon something on the internet that would change my life. During that time I was a fluffy high school teen (and still am, minus the ‘teen’ part) watching anime, and playing Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 2 on my Wii. I don’t remember what night it was but after watching the first season of Magister Negi Magi (Negima!), I suddenly found myself online and found a website called “FanFiction.net”. Of course I had no idea what fanfiction was at the time, but after checking out the site I saw the ‘Anime’ category tab on the homepage, and clicked on it.

It was then that I saw hundreds of entries from titles that I’ve watched during that time; especially Naruto, back when it was in its first couple of seasons. Aside from being a DBZ fan I was also a Sonic fan as well, which lead me over to the ‘Anime Crossover’ section of the site. It was then that I found this crossover fanfiction called Naruto & Sonic: Tales of a Super Ninja. Even though it was only three chapters long, at the time I thought it was one of the best stories I’ve ever read. I was disappointed that its author didn’t finish it, so I took it upon myself to continue his/her work. I made it twenty-six chapters long with elements of the Forest of Death Arc, Sonic Unleashed, and the Sasuke Retrieval Arc. I never posted it because (as sad as this is) I never really knew how to post stories on FanFiction.net at the time.

In 2011 I soon learned how to post stories on the site; as my first fanfiction title was a crossover between Sonic the Hedgehog and an anime called Sekirei. I ended up abandoning it after four chapters due to a few criticisms; saying that the way the story was formatted didn’t make any sense, or that the plot was too confusing and lacked detail. Yes guys n’ gals, I bombed on my first try – but I’m not the only one.

In the Summer of 2013 I went back on FanFiction.net to give it another shot and redeem myself. The dub for Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt came out the year prior, even though I didn’t start watching it until Spring 2013. I pretty much fell in love with the show the first time I saw it, at least up until the ‘Gainax Ending’. Although half of the fanbase was disappointed that they were promised a second season of the show, and never got it, I took their disappointment and channeled it into a fourteen-chapter fanfiction story called Brief & Soulfire: Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt Season 2.

The reception I got after its creation was amazing! Other fanfiction readers thought it was one of the best season two scenarios they’ve ever read; in fact it got an 8.2 out of 10. Some people though that maybe Gainax should take some notes from my fanfic, and even base it off of their actual season two – IF they make one.

It didn’t stop there however, because in 2014 I made two other PSG fanfics; both of them being crossovers with Sonic. Sonic plus Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt, and its spin-off title Sonic & Stocking Anarchy. Both fanfics did pretty good, mainly because I’ve changed the way I write my stories to make them more detailed, and interesting. There were a few short stories and other spin-offs that followed after that, but December of 2014 was the last time I was on FanFiction.net.

Back then I went by the pin names “djlsnegima” and “DJ Returns”. After wrapping up the final chapter of Sonic & Stocking Anarchy, I left FanFiction.net after getting bogged down with life. (School, work, and more work.)

After January 1, 2018 (New Year’s Day) I’ve been thinking and contemplating if I should make a return on FanFiction.net or not. I went back on the site and read over some of my old titles that I’ve made back in 2014, and remember how awesome they were when I made them. If I was going to make a comeback on the fanfiction servers, I wanted to do it in a big way. I’ve played a lot of RPG and Fighting games back when I was a teen, so an idea came to mind to bring those two worlds together while crossing over my three favorite series; Panty & Stocking, Sonic the Hedgehog, and Danganronpa.

For my big comeback I’m bringing not one, but two crossover fanfiction stories with original plots and characters. The first; Sonic Beatdown: Danganronpa SilverBlaze, is a Sonic/Danganronpa crossover where Silver and Blaze battle victims effected by ‘Despair Disease’ in an alternate Fighting/MMORPG reality of Towa City. The second; Sonic Beatdown Act 2: Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt, is a Sonic/PSG crossover where Sonic and Co. join forces with the Anarchy sisters to battle against an evil shaman princess and her sorcerer, in the same Fighting/MMORPG reality.

I don’t really have any release dates planned just yet, but I will keep you guys posted on the latest developments! 🙂

Filler Post: A Brief History of Hatsune Miku (as told by D&A)!

She has almost a million fans of Facebook. She’s sold out concerts worldwide from L.A. to Hong Kong. She’s collaborated with various companies and artists; including SEGA and Pharrell Williams. She’s one of the most recognizable digital Pop stars in the world. We of course are big fans of this internet celebrity, and many of you know who we’re talking about. Tonight’s filler post will take you through the brief history of the one and only, Hatsune Miku, as told by the guys of D&A Anime Blog!

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So question number one? What exactly is Hatsune Miku, and who created her? That answer is easy, just ask the guys behind Crypton Future Media. As for what Hatsune Miku is, she’s what’s called a Moe Anthropomorphism. (In anime; a non-human being or object that has been given moe-like qualities.) Miku, as many of us know, is a Vocaloid voicebank created by the aforementioned company, and her name actually means “the first sound of the future”. Her synthesized singing voice is modeled from Japanese voice actress, Saki Fujita, and is the first Vocaloid in Crypton’s “Character Vocal Series”. (But the third to be sold commercially, following ‘Meiko’ and ‘Kaito’.)

She was built using Yamaha’s Vocaloid 2 technology; of course her name wasn’t really conceived until after the Vocaloid 2 announcements. Hatsune was released by Crypton on August 31, 2007 and was again released August 31, 2013 on Vocaloid 3. Fast-forward ahead to MMD (or MikuMikuDance) where fans could create fan-made animations, and trust us, there’s tons of em’ out there! Since 2008 our favorite blue-haired, pig-tailed digital pop star has been heavily marketed and promoted, and originally aimed at musicians. Her success can be credited to Vocaloid being a cultural hit in Japan, but it didn’t stop there…

Nico Nico Douga, a Japanese site akin to YouTube, played a major role in propelling Vocaloid (and Hatsune Miku) to the level that it’s at today. Since 2011 Miku has made several cameos in anime titles, has showed up in Super Bowl commercials, and has over 100,000 songs and has done various collabs with famous artists like Big Boi from Outcast, and “Happy’s” Pharell Williams. Fans from all over have produced original mixes and remixes featuring her on them, and Hatsune Miku even made her first ever live television broadcast October 8, 2014 with her song “Sharing the World” on The Late Show with David Letterman.

From concerts all over the world to being featured on original tracks by up-and-coming DJ/Producers, Miku has become a worldwide phenomenon. If you head to an anime convention anywhere in the world, you’re bound to find not just Miku, but all of her Vocaloid friends as well. It won’t belong before we start seeing her Djing her own tracks, let’s just hope Crypton Media is thinking what we’re thinking.

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D&A’s Crunchyroll Spotlight: Magical Girl Ore!

Whew, today’s work day was a killer, but we’re glad to be alive to bring you another installment of our Crunchyroll Spotlight filler posts! If you’re a 90’s kid, then some time in your life you probably met a magical girl by the name of Sailor Moon, right? If the answer’s yes then you might be in for a surprise when it comes to a series like this. Tonight our Crunchyroll title is the magical girl comedy; Magical Girl Ore!

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So here’s the deal; Saki Uno is an unpopular idol and high school student who discovers that her mother was once a “Magical Girl”, but passed on the tradition due to problems with her back. With some help from a Yazuka-like character named Kokoro, Saki can now transform into “Magical Girl Ore”, however there’s just one small problem; her magical girl form is that of a tall muscular man in a magical girl outfit. As if that wasn’t embarrassing enough; Saki has to fight cute-faced demons who threaten to kidnap her crush, Mohiro, who is now attracted to Saki’s “manly” form. Not only that but her idol partner, Sakuyo, is attracted to her normal female civilian form.

This series takes everything you know about the magical girl genre, and drops that baby on its head. Although being a magical girl is not all fun and games (in fact there’s a dark side to it), they mix in some comedic parts in the story that make it worth while to take a gander at. (Even if you’re not a fan of magical girl anime.) The dub for this series is not out yet, but you can stream the sub on Crunchyroll if you wanna check it out!

That’s it for now, but there’s more filler posts coming up! 🙂

D&A Anime Blog: The ‘Return’ of Arcade Bassline and (Possibly) More!

Top of the night, fellow otaku and anibloggers! We were going to bring you another filler post about our ‘Top 5 Comedic Anime Characters’, but we’ve decided to push that to next week’s post. After much frustration as well as consideration, D&A’s Donte’ J. Lewis will be returning to one of his former DJ/Producer names; Arcade Bassline. A few weeks ago it was brought to our attention if we were going to continue to post any more videos on our YouTube page. The answer to that question is yes; in spite of the fact that getting and recording content has been on the recline. Luckily for us we’ve got two anime conventions that we’re heading to this month, so we’ll be working on getting some convention content as soon as those events arrive.

If you haven’t heard the news, we’ve decided to delete our Patreon page in order to shift our focus on an even bigger long-term goal; having our own anime convention. In one of our previous posts we’ve mentioned what we’ll be doing in order to achieve this goal, and that is broken down into three different phases. The first is to start a Kickstarter for “Project: Paradise” in order to raise funds so that we can establish a budget for the convention; Anime Escape! Phase two is the ‘red tape’ legal matters that have to be crossed. (Gaining and applying Non-profit status, convention location, tax exemptions, looking for con staff, etc.) Phase three is heavy promotion, contacting booking agencies, creating a website, setting up a payment system for purchasing badges online, the whole nine yards. We’re hoping by our fifth or sixth anniversary, we’ll be able to officially announce our debut year for Anime Escape, on our seventh anniversary (or sooner).

That’s all for announcements! We’ve got more posts coming your way next week! 🙂

Filler Post: D&A’s Top 5 Most Memorable Lines From Anime!

There comes a time in an anime fan’s life where they look back on the days when they were just starting to get into the medium. For many of us our first title was either Dragon Ball Z, Sailor Moon, or Gundam (plus Yu-Yu Hakasho). Although we’re living in an age of newer, younger anime fans a percentage of us remember some of the most memorable lines in anime – in fact hardcore fans recite those said lines in their sleep. One of the coolest things about being an anime fan today, is the fact that you’ve been blessed with the ability to reminisce one some of your favorite lines from when you were a young lad, or lady. On that note, here are our Top 5 most memorable lines from anime…

Number 5: “It’s Over 9000!!!!!” (Dragon Ball Z)

Now you know we had to pull this one up! One of the most legendary lines in the Dragon Ball Z franchise, was actually a mistake that was made during the dub, that is now on every T-shirt, and said at every convention! In the manga and original sub, Vegeta states to Nappa that Goku’s power level is over 8000. Although we know that now, we can’t help but to reminisce about the mistake that made this show legendary!

Number 4: “Who The Hell Do You Think I Am?!” Gurren Lagann

This line will make any Tengen Toppa fan go nuts! If you saw the series then you already know the man (and the VA) behind this infamous line. You’ll know if your a hardcore fan of the show if you ever said this line right before a fight, before doing a cannonball, or (if your over 18) before making love. (The last part is optional…don’t look at us like that, you know you were thinking about saying it!)

Number 3: “Simply One Hell Of A Butler” (Black Butler)

If you’re a fan of anime and J. Michael Tatum, then we’re pretty sure you’ve heard this line quite a few times in the Black Butler series. Sebastian Michaelis to our recollection, is a fan favorite among a lot of female anime fans. If you don’t believe us ask J. Michael himself! After all, he’s ‘One Hell of an Actor’ to play ‘One Hell of a Butler’! 😉

Number 2: “One Thousand Years of Death!!” (Naruto)

Not only was this a memorable line from part one of the Naruto series, it was also one of the most funniest scenes from the show. The last thing you’d want is to suffer the wrath of the Hidden Leaf’s Secret Finger Jutsu, from everyone’s favorite Team 7 sensei (and Sixth Hokage), Kakashi. (Guess ol’ Naruto had to learn the hard way! XP)

And Number 1: “Team Rocket’s Motto/Intro” (Pokemon)

For the last 20 years this line has gone through many different changes, but the meaning behind it is still the same. Team Rocket’s Jessie, James, and Meowth will always be the original trio behind their blunders in capturing Pikachu, as they have quoted their famous motto in every. Single. Episode! Sure, times may be different now, and their looks may have changed over the last two decades, but one things for sure, old school Pokemon fans remember this motto almost as much as they’ve memorized the entire first opening theme song! (For the love of God don’t make us sing it! Please!)

That will do it on our end. Do you have any memorable moments from way back when you first started watching anime? Don’t be afraid to let us know in the comments below! Until next post, stay golden my friends! 🙂

D&A Anime Blog: April Anime Cons (Part 2 of 2)!!

Hello to all! Sorry this post is a little short but we’ve got some more anime conventions for you guys to check out. We’ve got cons in the Northeast, Southwest, and Westbound regions of the USA. If you happen to live in or are heading towards said regions, you should definitely check out the cons that are out there! This weekend we’ll be heading out to one of two anime conventions this month. The CHS Otaku Fest will be held at Centennial High School in Ellicott City, Maryland on April 14, 2018. If you live in the area or are planning on going, don’t be afraid to say “hi” to us and take some pics! 🙂

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A Founder’s Thoughts with D.J. Lewis: Anime Gatekeeping!

Hey there! Hope all is well with you guys n’ gals in this crazy world we call home. Throughout the anime community we as fans experience a lot of things; some good, some not so good, and some just downright ugly. One thing I can say about the anime community as a fan, is the fact that we look out for each other like any other community. Although I don’t really keep up with everything that happens in Hollywood (unless it’s got something to do with an anime convention or Marvel), one of the latest headlines that has been going on for a good week or so, is a social media post from Kim K. about Darling in the FRANXX character; Zero Two, being her ‘inspo’. For those who don’t know what that means, it’s short for inspiration. (Millennial slang.)

I’m not sure what happened after that post was made, but it did open up another hot-button issue plaguing the anime community; anime gatekeeping. As far as I know (and I could be wrong about this) there have been a large handful of famous people from Hollywood, coming out as anime fans (Black Panther’s Michael B. Jordan). So where does the ‘gatekeeping’ come in? Well, anime is one of the most popular mediums in the world. Not only is it popular in North America, but you can also find it in other countries like South America, the Philippines, New Zealand, and a few other places. Back in year’s past anime was a niche medium that only a small handful of us knew about, now in 2018 there are more anime conventions and more ways to watch the anime titles that we love.

Like with any medium or type of the like, when something gets too popular, there’s bound to be issues somewhere along the line. Yes, not everyone will understand nor appreciate anime as the beautiful medium that it is, but the last thing we as fans want to do, is treat it like its a country club. I’ve heard of the term ‘elitist’ come up a lot in life, but we also have to know that each and every one of us who’s an anime fan, come from ALL walks of life. We may not share the same religion, we may not have the same skin color, we may not even have the same body shape, but we all have something in common; we love anime and the people that make it!

I know that we don’t want to lose that one thing that makes being an anime fan so special, but I’m pretty sure most of us know what it was like to be ‘outsider’ of a group of individuals, that knew so much about a topic of interest we knew nothing about. There are some people out in the world who are curious about anime (just like you were), and instead of shutting them out because of the fear of it getting too popular (mostly through memes, AMVs, and abridged series’), we should celebrate and welcome the fact that we’ve got more people becoming anime fans. We veteran fans can teach the newbies a thing or two about anime, and show them different titles of different genres.

I used to be a casual anime fan back when I was in junior high, but then my friend of 15 years; A. Goldman, showed me various titles similar to the genres that I liked. (Romantic-Comedy, Action-Adventure, Slice-of-Life, and some Harem.) I don’t think we have to worry too much about anime, because it lives and dies with us; the fans! (Remember when Toonami went off the air?)

Everyone has their favorite titles and favorite genres, so instead of locking people out who want to learn more about anime, we should welcome them. Take this with a grain of salt though, because not everyone in the fandom is a fan. Stay golden! 🙂