The Week In Anime-Diana Wynne Jones 1934-2011

March 27, 2011

Diana Wyann Jones

Hello and greetings fellow otaku,

I am very sad to say that we lost a very important figure who’s book inspired the popular Hayao Miyazaki animated feature Howl’s Moving Castle. It was announced yesterday that Diana Wynne Jones author of the book Howl’s Moving Castle passed away at the age of 76 with a long battle from cancer.

Mrs.. Jones has been well know for writing over 40 books for children and adults including the book mentioned above, Castle In The Air and House of Many Ways just to name a few. Her first original novel entitled Changeover was published back in 1970 and she published a children’s book entitled Wilkins’ Tooth in 1973. Mrs. Jones is survived by her husband and three children.

Overall I enjoyed the film version of the book and I have been trying to read the actual book itself, but I never had a chance to do so. But in closing, she will be defiantly be missed and that we wish her husband and her sons all the best during this difficult time.

So until next time, remember that there is a ton of great anime and manga out there. All you have to do is find it. Ltrs.

The Week In Anime-Viz Manga Titles Now Available On The iPad!!!!!

December 9, 2010

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Hello and greetings fellow Otaku,

Now I know that this may seem like a bit of old news to some of you out there, but for those of you who love Viz Manga titles and if you own or are planning on getting an Apple iPad this holiday season, you may want to sit down for this next post, and trust me you will be amazed at what I am about to tell you.

Last month, Viz Media took the first step towards legal digital manga distribution by launching their own iPad and iPhone  and iPod Touch apps in the Apple Apps Store. The application includes all of the popular Viz titles in which you can download the first chapters for free.

However, if you would like the full version for your ipad, iPhone or iPod touch, you will have to pay $4.99 for the titles that you want. Keep in mind that $4.99 is a really good price for digital manga and it is a lot better than spending close to nine or ten dollars at your local book or comic book store to get the same exact titles. Unfortunately, I do not own an iPad at the moment. But if I did, this would be the first app that I would install on it. Who knows, Santa may bring me one for Christmas LOL!!!!

But anyway, if you would like to download the app, click on the link at the end of this post. So until next time, remember that there is a ton of great anime and manga out there. All you have to do is find it. Ltrs.

Viz Manga App

The Week In Anime-Oxford English Dictionary Adds Word From Otaku Culture!!!!!

August 20, 2010


Hello and greetings fellow otaku,

Now for those of you who have been loyal otaku for many years, I have an somewhat interesting story to share with you. Recently, the Oxford University Press who publishes the well known and highly regarded reference tool the Oxford English Dictionary has recently added a well known word from the world of Otaku culture. The Japanese word “Hikikomori” was recently added in addition to 2000 other words for the third edition of the dictionary.

Now for those of you who are wondering what the word means, here is the official definition from Oxford Dictionary Online,

Hikikomori (hi-ki-ko-mo-ri)

Noun (plural same)

(in Japan) The abnormal avoidance of avoiding social contact, typically by adolescent males.

  • a person who avoids social contact

Origin: Japanese, literally ‘staying indoors, (social) withdrawal’

Source-Oxford Dictionary Online

Used in a sentence:

The avid video game junkie was so hikikomori, he did not realize that he forgot his girlfriends birthday was last week!!!!!

OK, so that was a sucky example of how to use hikikomori in a sentence, but if you guys have a better example please feel free to leave it in the comments section at the end of this post. Hopefully you probably come up with something better!!!!! And with that, this will wrap up another edition of the week in anime.

So until next time, remember that there is a ton of great anime and manga out there, all you have to do is find it. Ltrs.

TWIA Extra 

Did you know that Hikikomori was not the only word from otaku culture added to the Oxford English Dictionary? Back in 2004, the word Otaku was added to the second edition of the dictionary. You can check out the definition of the Oxford English Dictionary website by clicking on the link below.

Otaku definition from the Oxford English Dictionary

The Week In Anime-Crunchyroll Receives Huge Investment and Famous Blogger’s New Anime Series

March 26, 2010


Hello and greetings fellow otaku,

Well as of today, my spring break has officially started and that means that a few things.

1) I have to study for two exams for when I get back to school next week!!!!!!!!!!! BOO!!!!!!!

2) I going to be doing a lot of catching up on my blogging, site administration and anime watching. YEA!!!!!!!!!!!!!

But getting back to business, so I haven’t done a week in anime post in a long time. And since there are some interesting stories that I want to talk about, I think it is time to bring this segment back out from the dust!!!!!!


Our first story is that the television network TV Tokyo has recently made a huge investment in the online anime distribution site Crunchyroll. Tv Tokyo has contributed about 3/4 of a million US dollars for a stake in the companies assets. This deal will mean that Tv Tokyo will be a shareholder in the company.

Now this is going to be interesting to see how this plays out in the coming months. I have to say that Tv Tokyo is making a really great investment, I predict that with the money that they are putting forth, I can see a very promising future for both Tv Tokyo and Crunchyroll as a whole.

Eye Candy Break!!!!!!!!!!!!


Hey You!!!!!!! Stop looking at my girlfriend, granted I know that she is hot but that doesn’t give you the right to stare!!!!!! Ok,Ok!!!!!!! I am kidding, that picture is not my girlfriend!!!!!!!!!!!!! I only playing with you guys, LOL!!!!!!!!!


And finally, our second story features one of the most popular Japanese culture bloggers embarking on a new project. It has been announced recently that Danny Choo, the popular Japanese Culture blogger is currently working on a new anime series called Chinka. The series is currently in production mode, no word has been announced yet as to its official premiere. This looks like a promising series and the characters are very well developed. If you would like to learn more about this upcoming series, you can check out his post by clicking on the link at the bottom of this post.

Chinka Info

And with that, this will wrap up this edition of the week in anime. So until next time, remember that their is a ton of great anime and manga out there. All you have to do is find it. Ltrs.

The Week In Anime-Final Episode Of Original Naruto Series To Air On Canada’s YTV

December 4, 2009


Hello and Greetings Fellow Otaku,

Here is a story that may have some of you hardcore Naruto fans seeing red. The Canadian cable channel will be airing the final episode of the original Naruto series this Saturday at midnight eastern\pacific time. The network has aired the last 11 episodes of the original series Since October 25,2009. Earlier this year Cartoon Network stopped airing the original series after episode 209 on January 31,2009. The original series is currently available on Dvd and online via the Viz website and the online video website Hulu.

My View

Ok, I am a bit upset because Cartoon Network never finished airing the remaining episodes of the original Naruto series earlier this year. I am also upset is to why they did not pick up the rights to Naruto Shippuden as well. Personally and in my honest opinion Cartoon Network made a big mistake by not airing the remaining episodes nor picking up the rights to Shippuden in which Disney XD managed to gain. They were depriving fans from watching the remaining episodes of this very popular series. Overall, I only have one thing to say. Shame on you Cartoon Network, shame on you.

That’s all for now, so until next time. Remember that their is a ton of great anime and manga out there, all you have to do is find it. Ltrs.   

The Week In Anime-Manga Library To Open In Tokyo Japan In 2014

October 23, 2009


Hello and greetings once again fellow Otaku,

Meiji University in Japan has recently announced plans to establish a library devoted to anime, manga, video games and other items related to anime and manga sub-culture. The library to be called “The Tokyo International Manga Library” has scheduled to be completed by the year 2014. The library plans to hold over 2 million items related to anime, manga, video games and much more.

My View 

I think that this is a very interesting idea. You could say that if their was a place in heaven for Otaku, this would be it. Hopefully when it is completed, I would like to go take a visit and see what they have collected over the years. It would not be just an educational experience for me, but it would be a fantasy come true. Ok, I better wrap this up before I get too carried away LOL!!!!!!!!!!

But anyway, that wraps up this edition of the week in anime. So until next time, remember that their is a ton of great anime and manga out there. All you have to do is find it. Ltrs.

The Week In Anime-Dragon Ball Manga Pulled From School Library

October 7, 2009


Hello and greetings fellow Otaku,

Recently a local school system in Maryland removed the first volume of the popular manga series Dragon Ball. The book was removed from the schools collection because of sexual content including partial nudity and other sexual innuendo that would be considered as inappropriate for young children. However the school system accepts the use of graphic novels for children who are not interested in other forms of reading. The book in question will be going under review to determine it’s future.

My Thoughts

As for my thoughts on this story, I have some mixed emotions. First off, why would a school system allow this type of book into their collection in the first place? Did they ever consider to check the age rating on the back of the book to see if it is appropriate for their students. Keep in mind that Dragon Ball has a general rating of 13+, this means that this manga is suitable for those who are 13 years of age or older. Usually manga in this age range contains the content in question, so in all honesty the school should have considered looking at the book content wise before making a decision to put it in their collection.

However, I feel that readers themselves should decide on what books they want to read. Whether it be Harry Potter, One Piece,  Shaman King or any other book or graphic novel out there, we have the right to read what we want. And if parents feel that what their children are reading is inappropriate, then don’t let then read it. It as simple as that.

And on that note, this wraps up another edition of the week in anime. So until next time, remember that their is a ton of great anime and manga out there. All you have to do is find it. Ltrs.