I seriously am having trouble believing that we’re almost to the Fall season. Nothing says to me the effect that COVID-19 time dilation has had on my mind that the month of August feels like it went by in a flash.
In terms of anime news, what sticks out most to me is that the last big anime con of the year, Anime NYC, has finally declared its cancellation for 2020 due to the ongoing pandemic. While New York City has managed to go from the highest infection rate in the nation to the lowest, an event with 30,000+ people is inevitably going to be the worst kind of Petri dish. They made the right choice.
However, even before anime and anime cons, the ever-approaching US election is occupying my thoughts, fears, and even hopes. If you’ve read this blog at all lately, you know where I stand politically, and I strongly feel that continuing down this same dark path created by systemic racism, income inequality, and Trump’s unbounded corruption is going to lead to a United States that is weaker, sicker, and more concerned with hierarchy than equality at the expense of its people and its economy. If you’re a US citizen and you haven’t registered to vote yet, there’s still time. And while I can’t force anyone to vote one way or another, I do hope we can all recognize the threat of authoritarianism we have seen explode in recent months.
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Blog highlights from August:
Healin’ Good Precure and the Age of Coronavirus
My thoughts on the potential impact of COVID-19 on the biggest magical girl franchise.
A Farewell to Arms, the Studio Behind Genshiken 2
Genshiken 2 came out when Ogiue Maniax first started, so with Arms declaring bankrupty, I thought it to be a good time to reminisce.
Success and Failure in the Ongoing Attempt to Bring Giant Robots Back to Kids
The site’s most popular post in a while, this is my survey of kid-oriented mecha shows of the past 10 years.
Chapter 31 is the most music-heavy chapter yet, but more importantly, it talks about Macross!
Saint Snow’s Dazzling White Town Is from Another Time
My review of the debut single of Saint Snow from Love Live! Sunshine!! Spoilers: The songs are amazing.
Mobile Games Are Temporary, But Their Anime Are Forever
With the announcement of the North American version of Magia Record closing, this article feels even more relevant.
The United States is not the only country facing the threat and sad reality of authoritarianism. Stopping this hateful and foul ideology is paramount for the safety of the entire world, and I hope we can make our way out of this to a better place.