What should have been a delightful month of convention goodness took a turn for the sorrowful due to the deaths and injuries inflicted upon Kyoto Animation. Recent news has mentioned that their server data was recovered intact and that most of their old series are archived elsewhere, granting a silver lining to an otherwise dark and cloudy July. It’s no replacement for the loss of so many lives, but it’s something.
In terms of the blog itself, I’m back from Otakon, and you can expect a couple of interviews with Japanese voice actors Furuya Toru and Inoue Kikuko, as well as an overall con report.
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Highlights from July:
In honor of Kyoto Animation, I’m spotlighting the two posts I wrote this past month related to them.
Thoughts on the Kyoto Animation Tragedy
Locking Horns: Sound! Euphonium – Our Promise: A Brand New Day Review
Another sad moment also hit when Geoff “iNcontrol” Robinson of StarCraft fame died suddenly at the age of 33. I never met him personally, but I felt it harder than I expected to.
Chapter 18 is a breakthrough moment for the Chorus Appreciation Society.
Takamachi Nanoha: Transcending Yet Beholden to Her Childhood
My thoughts on the heroine of Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha.
On the upside, the new Smash Bros. character is out, and he’s a ton of fun. The randomness of some of his moves is causing a good deal of debate, and I’m considering writing something about him with respect to this minor controversy.
Also, EVO starts today, with Smash Bros. Ultimate as the Sunday main event! What a time we live in.