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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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!

My Top Three Manga, Characters, and Songs

This is a continuation from last week.

Manga
-“Rayearth” by CLAMP (I’m linking to their Anime News Network page because their official site is in Japanese only)
-“Wish” by CLAMP
-“Nightschool” by Svetlana Chmakova

Characters

Akane Tendo

Akane Tendo

JD

JD

Fuu Hououji

Fuu Hououji

Songs
The Path of the Wind

I referred to the twinkly sound as pizzicato, but that’s not quite right. I don’t really know what to call it. What is that? Is it even strings? Xylophone? What?

Kazemakaze

Shell (Instrumental Version)

Finally, here’s the other episodes of this podcast I referenced.
Girl Power and the Stories We Don’t Tell
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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.

Multi-language Theme Song Covers

Welcome to the world (and I do mean “world”) of anime theme song covers.



Here’s the Sailor Moon theme song in German, Italian, and French:


This is “Shissou” (the ending theme song to Ouran HSSC) both in the original Japanese and the English cover:

And finally, a collection of different language versions of the Pokémon opening theme song.

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This podcast has returned from the dead!

Sorry about the unannounced hiatus, folks. My computer was broken for a while. Fortunately, it’s back in time for Halloween, so welcome to the Halloween episode of “Anime, Brains, and Culture.” This week, it’s all about vampires!

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Tsukuyoumi / Moon Phase


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