Happy Nerd Year for 2015

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As 2014 draws to an end, I have to thank my regular readers for taking the time to go over this random corner of the geek-net. As well as thank all the random readers & spambots who up my page count & search rank -you’re doing Cthulhu‘s work.

Next year I plan (but may not deliver) on expanding this blog to cover things like Trading Card Games, interviews fairly well known online people -such as webcomic artists/creators, receiving input from other contributors as well as adding some animated video blogs (if the animator comes through). As well as actually writing more literal, manga, comic & television reviews & articles like I had originally promised that I would do.

I should also rank some of the best & worse anime of the year (since that’s my focus).

The best series of the year is without a doubt KILL la KILL because it was so original, twisted & fun to watch. It came out of nowhere, challenged so many assumptions & tropes & held your attention for the entire 24 episode span with twist after bizarre twist. If the DVDs weren’t only 4 episodes were pack, I’d be buying them to rewatch again.

KilllakillpromoOther notable titles of the year include the yet to be reviewed Gugure! Kokkuri-san because of how funny it is, Akame ga Kiru! because of the delicate balance that it strikes, Tokyo Ghoul because of it’s originality & brutality & Gekkan Shōjo Nozaki-kun because it was just fucking funny & completely original.

There are a few honour mentions too but am too lazy to make a list.

The worse anime of the year: well, there can only be one winner of that & it is Seikoku no Dragonar.

No other series that I personally watched (meaning there might have been others that I didn’t see) was as disgusting or pathetic as this series. The thought of it still sickens me but not as much as the fact that there is a dedicated fan base for such awful shite!

There were other series this year backed with disgusting or objectionable content but Seikoku no Dragonar was the one that struck me as the utter worst. I listed the reasons why in the review & I really don’t want to revisit that trauma.

I hope that next year’s anime doesn’t stoop to such levels but I am afeared that things can & will get worse in that stake.

At any rate, 2014 is drawing to a close as I type.

I’m genuinely looking forward to what 2015 will bring in terms of anime/manga/light novels, books, films, comics & all kinds of geeky sundries. there is already a lot to look forward to & sure to be more than a surprises on the way.

So, I wish everyone a Happy Nerd Year for 2015 & for everyone to have a joyous & hangover free time if you’re partying it up.

tamayay

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academic article: Miyazaki -life and legacy

Here is the completed and [heavily] edited version of the article on Miyazaki that I co-authored.

It’s not great but it’s a good first step on the road to more proper academic publication.

Please give any feedback if you do read.

http://theconversation.com/miyazakis-legacy-is-sure-to-live-on-whether-or-not-he-retires-23780

Rant: the judgement of others

Just had someone send me a message via this blog saying “Are you a real geek? As in a serious genuine geeky man or just another one of those pathetic posers?
I replied: “What’s it matter to you?
He replied: “I’ve made it my mission to go around and call out fake geeks. Especially those fake ‘geek’ girls who just do it to get attention and money. I fucking hate them!
My reply to that: “Wow! That’s utterly amazing! Do you know what other people are doing with their lives right now?
Him: “No. What are they doing?
Me: “Not being dicks. Now fuck off & if I ever catch you harassing anyone -especially women- I will ensure that your online life becomes a brief hellish nightmare.

What god gave him the power of supreme judgement over others?

At least it’s reminded me to finish up that article on the attitudes of self proclaimed “geek gods” and “gatekeepers of nerdom”

The 1st post is always the hardest

This is a new blog dedicated to my view of the world of Pop Culture, mainly focussed around various forms of literature (though mostly fantasy & sci-fi), degrees of academia (including drafts of my upcoming articles & theses), manga & anime, games & gaming, films, various reviews & some indulgence in nostalgia.

With what one would deem “nerd”, “geek” & “alternative media” cultures becoming more and more aligned to more mainstream cultural & commercial products, it is my intention to present different points of view upon the every changing worlds of popular and media cultures.

I shall be posting reviews, opinion pieces, discussions, retrospectives and personal indulgences as well as drafts of academic works as they come to hand.

From the standpoint of both an academic and an avid consumer of various cultural and media products.

A brief background of myself:

  • I am currently working on a Masters degree in Media Studies & Literature specialising in manga & anime. My undergraduate work was in Film Studies, English Literature, Creative Writing & Philosophy.
  • am considered a world expert in Supernatural narrative anime, due to being one of the few academics currently researching that genre as a standalone subject.
  • am a writer who has had several articles & short stories published & am currently attempting to finish a fantasy novel. Extracts of which may be posted here in future.
  • am avid music fan who is well entrenched in Heavy Metal & its many sub-genres & have also fronted several (not great) Metal bands in the past.
  • I also engage in cross-platform gaming & try not to engage in exclusive fanisms over which console/platform, series, producers/companies or era may or may not be the best.

I am aiming to prove that is indeed “the Geek Shall Inherit The World“.