At the end of last year, I hoped that 2020 would turn out better. I’m starting to doubt whether that’ll happen. But before I get too somber, I’d like to thank the following Patreon supporters.
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The big news of the day is COVID-19, the new and highly contagious coronavirus. Even within the specific realm of Japanese culture (let alone the rest of the world), it’s causing schools to be closed, anime and music events to be canceled, and even the Tokyo Olympics might not be safe. Asia is in a panic, cases of the infection are cropping up all over the world, and here in the US, an utterly incompetent executive branch is more concerned with the stock market than people’s well-being.
I don’t intend to panic nor cause others to panic, but I hope that everyone, no matter who they are, take care of themselves. Don’t try to power through sick days. Get the help you need. Get a flu shot to reduce the chances of your flu-like symptoms actually being the flu.
Now, back to your regular scheduled Ogiue Maniax update.
Blog highlights from February:
Mewtwo vs. Mewtwo: Notable Voices in “The Wonderland”
Two of the voice actors who have played Mewtwo show up in the same movie! Also, The Wonderland is great, and you should check it out.
Talkin’ About Shaft: Oogami-san, Dada More Desu
The end of a cute and racy manga about a girl with an incredibly dirty imagination.
The Source of Life: “Ride Your Wave” Film Review
Yuasa Masaaki’s new film is great, and its message powerful.
Chapter 25 reveals more about Jin’s family, and the fears and doubts he has about himself.
Play the Anime in Your Living Room: Discovering Anime Board Games and Card Games
A request to write about anime-themed games turned into a discovery of some quite creative traditional games.
I wrote a little bit about Jimbocho, the book town of Tokyo.
Economic impact is inevitable, but I’m curious as to whether COVID-19 will have any creative impact in terms of the anime and manga that will be made. How appropriate it is that the current season of Precure, Healin’ Good Precure, has a medicine and environmental theme.