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Weeaboo Wednesdays – Psychic Wars, Pt 2

February 24, 2010

When we last left off in Psychic Wars, the anime that feels as though it doesn’t have to explain itself to you or anyone else, our hero Dr Ukyo (which I think means “with cucumber”) was lumbering around in the past killing everything his eyes slap onto that doesn’t immediately strike him as being human.  He was sent there via a poorly explained time portal that opened up for no reason, because he has to save humanity from the league of demons who came back after he surgically removed a monster tumor from an old lady and then punched it — the tumor, not the old lady — to death.

Any questions?  Oop!  No time!  The movie has to keep going if it’s going to fulfill its yelling and having light explode out of the main character quota!  Hurry up!

Keep it up! We have, like, 900 more of these stupid things to kill!

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Weeaboo Wednesday – Psychic Wars, Pt 1

February 17, 2010

Returning readers will note that this is the first Weeabo Wednesday in several months, which is due entirely to the poor work ethic of our two laziest writers and nothing else.  Regulars will also likely notice that I am not the usual writer of WW (as it is called in the business) on account of my seething and irreconcilable dislike of animes.  I hardly think I should have to explain why anime is, for the most part, a creatively bankrupt wasteland of putrid cliches and normative stereotypes akin to the worst that American sitcoms have to offer, so I won’t waste my time or yours doing so.  But, like any reasonable person, I will admit that there are always notable exceptions to everything, including my long-held “burn all anime” axiom.  In fact, one anime shines so brightly in my eyes that I will go as far as to call it amazing.  That anime is Psychic Wars, and today I’d like to introduce it to you.

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Weeaboo Wednesday: the Haruhi Dance!!!

November 11, 2009

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I know it’s been literally an entire semester since I’ve posted a Weeaboo Wednesday, but look, I actually don’t know that much about Japan. I guess I could have kept reviewing weird hentai that I “accidentally” came upon, but I am pretty tired of getting hits from search terms like “world of warcraft tentacle” and “kkids fucking”.

In any case, I HAVE SOMETHING TO SHARE WITH YOU, SOMETHING ABOUT ANIMES!! CLICK HERE FOR JAPAN BOINIC BOOBS SKUNK FU HENTAI TENTICLE

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Weeaboo Wednesday: I’m Sick

September 9, 2009

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So I’ve been stricken with some kind of horrible and life consuming strain of flu. While my initial plan was to sit around and feel sorry for myself, I had a realization: this was a golden opportunity to try some of the ways the people of Japan deal with their colds, flu, and other horrors. I did some research (and tapped into my own tremendous store of Japanese knowledge) and went to work on healing myself. One of the maxims of eastern medicine being that the bitterer the better, I knew I was in for a taxing experience.

Robotic cats are symbols of good health in traditional Japanese culture

Robotic cats are symbols of good health in traditional Japanese culture

Hit the jump for my quest for a cure!

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Weeaboo Wednesday: The JRPG; Disc 3: Final Battles, Villains, and the Long Goodbye

August 5, 2009

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This is the third and final part of Weeaboo Wednesday’s examination of the JRPG. You can find parts one and two here.

Over the last few weeks, you’ve come to learn what to expect from the story and characters that you’ll find when you take your first steps into a Japanese role-playing game. You know now that it doesn’t matter whether or not you care what’s going on, or if the characters are likable—you’re just along for the ride. And now, you’re at the end. You’ve spent 30 hours getting through the story, another 40 hours forcing birds to fuck, and another 63 hours leveling your characters so you can actually finish the damn game. Now all that remains is to take on the effeminate villain who awaits on the other side of a vast expanse of pain and suffering that we experts call the final dungeon. So come with me on this last leg of our journey so we can put an end to this once and for all!

LET’S END THIS!

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Weeaboo Wednesday: Why It Might Be Okay to Watch Bleach

July 29, 2009

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My life can loosely be described as a big fat sausagefest. For one thing, I work for the Heuristic Squelch. Comedy, like most things that aren’t jazz music, is dominated by white men, and the Squelch is no exception. Our female membership has increased by roughly 400% since my arrival– and yet the magazine is still dominated by a ponderously large amount of dick jokes.

For another thing, I’m a philosophy major. The percentage of female undergraduates in philosophy– nationwide– is something like 30%. For a little bit of perspective— the percentage of female undergraduates in the humanities (nationwide) is something like 60%. The gender ratio in philosophy is comparable to the ratio in computer science.

Combine that with my decidedly neckbeardesque taste in music and my dismal, crippled relationship with my cold, cold mother, and what you get is a very good reason to never read shounen.

Look at this way: after a long day of sparring with moleskine-wielding, unshaven, fixed-gear riding douchebags over Kant’s transcendental idealism, would you rather read a childish comic about an awkward and blush-filled courtship with a high school tennis star, or a childish comic about an awkward and yell-y duel-to-the-death that determines whose magic dragon ninja ghost sword is the biggest?

miageta yozora no hoshitachi no hikari

miageta yozora no hoshitachi no hikari

Click here to see whose magic dragon ninja ghost sword is the biggest!

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Weeaboo Wednesday: The Japanese RPG; Disc 2: The Usual Suspects

July 22, 2009

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This is the second part of the Weeaboo Wednesday look at Japanese Role-playing Games. You can find the first part here if, for some godforsaken reason, you’re interested.

If you’re new to the JRPG genre it’s important to familiarize yourself with the characters you’ll be meeting before you run headlong into territory you’re simply not mentally prepared for. The jarring, abrasive folks that make up most of the cast you’ll find in these games is not something to be tackled while under the ‘ignorant’ status effect. So quaff a potion of knowledge and come with me as we take a look at the characters of Japanese RPGs.

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