Around Japan: Hokkaido

After nearly 8 months in Japan I have been lucky enough to visit 10 of the 47 prefectures in Japan. And I have a few more scheduled before the end of the year. Mainly Kyoto and Nara. Tomorrow actually. But I’ll gush about Kyoto when I’ll be back, today I will introduce Hokkaido.

I am sure that many of you have at least heard about Hokkaido. I am also sure that many of you haven’t set foot or even thought about going to this northern island. Let me tell you you’re making a mistake.

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Anime & Manga Deals – Black Friday Countdown

manga titlesBlack Friday has been historically the busiest shopping day of the year here in the U.S. However, this one-day celebration has pretty much expanded into a full-blown extended sale that often starts before Thanksgiving and goes until Cyber Monday.

Let’s get ready to save! …Or spend a lot of money. Either one.

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Oh My Goddess! Review

Oh my GoddessTitle: Oh My Goddess! (Aa! Megami-Sama)
Genre: Romance, Fantasy
Publisher: Kodansha (JP), Dark Horse (U.S)
Artist: Kousuke Fujishima
Serialized in: Afternoon
Translated by: Dana Lewis, Alan Gleason, Toren Smith
Original Release Date: August 11, 2015

In reading Oh My Goddess!, this work that had its anime air on the International Channel when I was 10-13 makes me feel regretful. While it shows in every aspect that it’s a 1980’s creation, its fun premise about an average college kid falling in love with a Goddess through a phone call is way more entertaining than it should be.

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The Directional Pad — All the Valkyrias, Clouds, and Quests You Can Handle


Hello there, Organization of Anti-Social Geniuses. It’s Geoffrey Barnes from Damage Control again. If I’m making an appearance here, you (hopefully) know what that means: It’s time for another installment in “The Directional Pad,” a monthly feature that focuses on some of the biggest gaming news that happened in the last month. That “some,” by the way, is important, because I’d be here all day if I highlighted everything that happened. The news is also tailored to what OASG readers and visitors might like. That means this will mostly consist of Japanese news, but don’t be surprised if something western is occasionally thrown in.

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Instant Analysis: The Morose Mononokean, Volume 2

After a few months of silence The Morose Mononokean has returned! We pick up right where we left off: Ashiya is off to retrieve a mask for a mononoke who left it behind the last time he was exorcised (since you have to cry to get the mask back, mediator Abeno probably didn’t want to do it himself). While the story doesn’t involve any grand twists, it’s still a pleasant read.

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Top Skills for a Career in Manga Publishing

MangaWhether it’s your personal pursuits or your 9-to-5 job, it’s great to have a passion for your work. In the manga publishing industry, however, a love for manga isn’t enough to achieve a career. For those interested in working in manga, there are skills needed not only to prepare oneself for a successful career but to make one’s resume stand out to get the job in the first place.

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Platinum End – “Gift From An Angel” Recap

Platinum End splashWhat would happen if Mashiro from Bakuman lost his family, lived with people that treats him like dirt, and suddenly was granted power like Light from Death Note?

You’d get Platinum End, and I’ll stick to my what-if scenario because it works somehow.

Editor’s Note: This will be a spoiler-heavy discussion on the first chapter of Tsugumi Obata and Takeshi Obata’s Platinum End. Those who intend to read the first chapter probably should wait to read this.

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No Seiyuu no Life: Aoi Yuuki

Welcome back in my little corner of this blog for a new edition of your weekly seiyuu fix. To be honest though, the more I write this columns the harder it gets to find girls to talk about. I knew my ears liked boys more but I never knew I had such a huge problem with remembering girls.

But, rejoice, today I have found an idea and we will be talking about Aoi Yuuki !

Known for: Madoka (Puella Magi Madoka Magica)

My favorite: Mina Tepes (Dance in the Vampire Bund)

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