The Atomic Lollipop 2014 Report

Here are my impressions from my first Atomic Lollipop – the Good, the Bad, and the Luminescent.Atomic-Lollipop-Logo-ad

Dancing, K-pop, voice acting, YTV nostalgia, dancing, Nerf blasters, dancing, and getting lost in the Science Centre.  And did I mention dancing?

Just as a warning: about two thirds of the way in, I go on a rant about sex in modern culture, so if you’re squickish about the topic, don’t listen to that part. Ah, random tangent rants.

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Sailor Moon Crystal

This week’s episode is a review of Sailor Moon Crystal. I talk mostly about the art, since that’s the biggest change from the old anime. I also mispronounce things, ramble, tell deep personal stories, and squee over sparkly things.

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SPOILER ALERT: I talk about the first episode of Crystal in detail, so you may want to watch it before listening to this episode.

The New Sailor Moon

I’m back, and I’m talking about the new new Sailor Moon and the new old Sailor Moon. Most of this is speculation because I can’t actually see the new old Sailor Moon. But, hey, at least I got a podcast out this week.

Here’s Viz’s website.

I am looking forward to hearing the new English voice cast, but I still miss Terri Hawkes. And Katie Griffin.

Hetalia – Busby’s Podcast

I call this Busby’s Podcast because it was CURSED! It took Crys, SJ, and me the better part of a year to schedule recording it. A year! That’s like… almost 10% of a decade!

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Finally, we got it done! (and it’s an hour and a half long, so you get your money’s worth).

One of the most awesome things about the Hetalia fandom is how people use the series to educate one another (yes, really). Here are some wonderful fan-made comics about the histories of…
Mexico’s role in the Spanish Civil War
The Exploration Age (particularly Spain)
The Hungarian Revolution
The Thirty Years War
America’s response to Pearl Harbor

Here are the starts of the doujinshi, 1914 and 1939.

And, you know, lots of others. Loooootta good fan comics out there.

Ooh la la!

Ooh la la!

As was mentioned on the podcast, here is Himaruya’s apology to his fans for the late updates.

Boom!

Boom!

 

 

 

I was right that there is a cannonball embedded in a tree near the Plains of Abraham. I was wrong that that’s in Ottawa. It’s in Quebec City.

 

 

 

Crys, SJ, and I highly recommend the following Hetalia fan artists and fanfic writers:

ArchangelUnmei
Cadaska
Hubedihubbe
Lady Beemer
Shachaai
Spacedrunk
Talkjive (NOT “jiveturkey”)

Here’s a song!

Marukaite chikyuu, APH

Marukaite chikyuu,

Marukaite chikyuu,

Boku Hetalia!

The Con G 2014 Con Report

And now, time for a very rambly podcast with Debs and Errol about Con G.

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This was the last-ever year of the convention, which had become a staple event for otaku in the area of Guelph, Ontario, Canada. (And I really wish I had gone while I had the chance!)



In this episode of the podcast, we talk about Totoro, Sherlock, Frozen, and…um…Con G? I told you it rambled.

Cumberdink Bandersnatch.  I don't trust this guy.

Cumberdink Bandersnatch. I don’t trust this guy.

Sherspock!

Sherspock!

For more Debs and Errol goodness, click here to get their latest album of geek music. You know you want to.

I wish... Totoro was my neighbour.

I wish… Totoro was my neighbour.

Respectful Hetalia Cosplay

Today we’ve got an extra-long podcast loaded with interesting stories about cosplay, the Hetalia fandom, and everything else.

Draw a circle, it's the Earth...

Draw a circle, it’s the Earth…

Being on your best behavior is always important, but it’s especially important when cosplaying in a fandom like Hetalia, when the series is, well, basically playing around with stereotypes. In today’s podcast, Crys, SJ, and I discuss the good, the bad, and the “what, seriously?” of Hetalia cosplay. We also talk about how Hetalia cosplay can be used for a good cause.

Due to current political concerns, Russia has traded in his plain scarf for a rainbow one to show support for ALL his friends.

Due to current political concerns, Russia has traded in his plain scarf for a rainbow one to show support for ALL his friends.

And finally, I meant to include the post about the Denmark cosplayer’s terrible experience at a photoshoot, but she has since deleted that post.



OCs

Today I delve into the world of OCs, Mary Sues, character creation, and online critique.

Just a note here – I may have misused the word “cyberbullying.” I used that word in the podcast to refer to an intense but short onslaught of troll comments I got on a picture. That’s not really cyberbullying. Cyberbullying is when people use the Internet to harass someone for an extended period of time, sometimes using social media to blackmail the person, and often including all kinds of threats. Sorry – I was stuck for a synonym for “trolling” and accidentally used a much stronger word instead. For someone who’s been offline bullied for pretty much all her formative years, I should know better than to play it down by watering down the word, so sorry about that.