This may be of interest to some of you so I thought I’d pass word along. One of our readers contacted me regarding a project she is working on: “an anime-influenced tabletop RPG with a strong Utena influence.” She’s currently running a kickstarter to gather funding for it, and the base goal has already been met.
Some more details from Jenna:
The Chuubo’s Marvelous Wish-Granting Engine RPG is a guidebook to finding magic and wonder in your everyday life. It’s designed for telling charming little fantasy stories with, heart-lifting and soul-cheering stories, things to leave you with a smile; as well, of course, as a couple of doses of laughter, adventure, and fun.
I’m hoping that this game, in forum and tabletop play, can help gaming groups tell stories like those you see in Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Tutu, Princess Mononoke, and Revolutionary Girl Utena—stories of personal growth and the wondrous qualities both people and the world set against a haunting or eccentric backdrop. (I suspect it’ll also be good for projects you’ve covered like Valvrave, From the New World, and Mawaru Penguindrum but I haven’t fully tested that out even in my head.)
Support the kickstarter if you’re interested! I’m a backer (although I know absolutely nothing about tabletop RPGs).
The short version: I made a new Facebook page. Go like it. You know you want to. Everybody likes me.
The long version: Here are some of the ways to get involved with this site and the broader anime community.
This post is dedicated to all my readers who never say anything: feel welcome to speak up! I am friendly and don’t bite! I lurked on anime blogs for a few years so I know what it’s like, but if you have a question, correction or something to add to a post, nothing makes me and the other readers happier than having the opportunity to listen to you. There is no need to be shy!
Even if you don’t feel comfortable speaking up, I highly recommend checking out what other readers have to say in the comments, since they’re usually more insightful than my posts. Continue reading →
When AKB0048 originally aired last summer, I got to episode six and dropped it. I didn’t have much free time. Why would I waste it watching a show about idols?
A few days ago, I came back. I watched an episode and was hooked. A couple days later, I’ve watched every episode and can’t wait for the next one. I’m still not a fan of idols (they’re retarded, as is their “music”) but do love AKB0048. It is a glorious show. Here’s why I like it.
Middle School Girls Being Middle School Girls
AKB0048 offers one of the most accurate portrayals in all of anime of middle school girls. They talk about love and friendship all the time while they treat each other like crap. They’re complete bitches, and I love them for it.
What’s more, the bitchiest of them all are rewarded with fame, popularity and glory while the nice girls are left in the dust. But all of them have their fair share of tears from all the horrible things they do to each other. Their tears are delicious. By the way, in case you’re wondering, Takamina is the best idol. Continue reading →
Take up the White Man’s burden—
Send forth the best ye breed—
Go send your sons to exile
To serve your captives’ need
To wait in heavy harness
On fluttered folk and wild—
Your new-caught, sullen peoples,
Half devil and half child
Take up the White Man’s burden
In patience to abide
To veil the threat of terror
And check the show of pride;
By open speech and simple
An hundred times made plain
To seek another’s profit
And work another’s gain
Take up the White Man’s burden—
And reap his old reward:
The blame of those ye better
The hate of those ye guard—
The cry of hosts ye humour
(Ah slowly) to the light:
“Why brought ye us from bondage,
“Our loved Egyptian night?”
Take up the White Man’s burden-
Have done with childish days-
The lightly proffered laurel,
The easy, ungrudged praise.
Comes now, to search your manhood
Through all the thankless years,
Cold-edged with dear-bought wisdom,
The judgment of your peers!
— Rudyard Kipling
This is Maoyuu Yuusha in a nutshell. (Except better written, of course.) Continue reading →