30 Day Anime Challenge – Day 2: Who was your first anime crush?

Who was your first anime crush? Wow! Getting personal and it’s only the second day of the challenge. Let me preface my response by setting the scene. I was just a teenager when I started watching anime and teenagers develop crushes at an unmanageable rate. It’s also worth noting that she would have been older than me at that time too… My first anime crush was A-ko (or Eiko) from Project A-ko.

What was it about her? She was a sixteen-year-old redhead with superhuman strength and speed. How aren’t you getting this? Most of my experience before Project A-ko had been gritty and dark anime such as Akira, Fist of the Northstar, and Vampire Hunter D.

It was the first time I realised that my sense of humour almost perfectly aligned with the Japanese sense of humour. You’ve got to love a girl that can make you laugh. Did I mention the superhuman strength and speed?

I had Project A-ko on VHS. It was actually the very first video I bought with my own money, so it probably has significance for that alone. That also meant that I watched it a lot.

Ever thought about getting back together? Dude! She’s a sixteen-year-old redhead with superhuman strength and speed… That said, I have recently rewatched Project A-ko for my podcast Otaku on Writing. I still absolutely love the movie and am happy that I have those memories of A-ko.

Anything else you’d like to say? There have been many crushes since and there will probably many more, but A-ko will always be the first. Before A-ko I had always been into blondes so thanks Project A-ko and anime for expanding my interests.

Otaku on Writing Podcast (Episode 19)

In the last episode of Otaku on Writing, we discussed ideas for stories based on Vampire Hunter D. This week we talked about what we wrote and also caught up on what we’re currently reading. Plus it was my turn to pick the next anime…

One line pitch! Everything should have catgirls…

Any other news? We released the latest Otaku Stories yesterday to coincide with Halloween because if you don’t have vampires, are you really doing it right? Grab your copy of Bloodline for just 99 cents.

And now for our regularly scheduled entertainment…

Castlevania – Season Two

What did you watch and why? Way back in July 2017, I watched the first season of Castlevania, an anime based on the platform computer game. It was excellent, however, it only had four episodes. Season two is only eight episodes, so in reality, it’s the last two-thirds of season one.

One line pitch! The only thing standing between Dracula and human annihilation is a grumpy drunk with a bad attitude…

What’s it really about? Dracula married a human who wished to learn about science and become a doctor. She softened his heart, gaining access to untold centuries of knowledge. The church in its infinite wisdom burnt her as a witch. Dracula was not happy and now wants to wipe humanity from the face of the Earth. Standing in his way is Trevor Belmont, last of the vampire hunters, Alucard, Dracula’s son, and Sypha, a speaker with access to powerful magic.

What hooked you? Continue reading “Castlevania – Season Two”

30 Day Anime Challenge – Day 1: What was your very first anime?

What was your very first anime? So, this is going to make me seem old, and maybe I am, but my very first anime was the 1988 masterpiece Akira. I don’t remember the exact year I saw it, but it was when Channel Four in the UK did a late night anime special on Friday nights.

Why did it interest you? Even before that point, I was primed to enjoy anime. I just didn’t know it. When all of my school friends were starting to get into Neighbours and Grange Hill I stuck with my cartoons, preferring to watch He-Man, Transformers, and just about anything as long as it was a cartoon.

They all thought they were so grown up, watching their absurd real-life dramas. Honestly, they bored the crap out of me. I was into science fiction and fantasy, and at that time cartoons was the best place to get it.

But then, everything changed. I remember wondering why Channel Four would show a cartoon at such a late time. Anyhow, Akira blew my mind. I want to say I was probably an early teen, maybe even twelve. There was violence, swearing, nudity, and an amazing story, not to mention the production values.

What happened next? By the end of the movie, I was a complete convert.  I found the only store in my town that stocked anime and bought everything I could afford. Soon after I subscribed to Manga Mania, a UK based magazine that had manga chapters from a number of different series. When I started reading, it was Akira and Dirty Pair.

Anything else you’d like to say? Ultimately, I need to thank Akira, Channel Four and Manga Mania for saving me from the monotonous garbage that is soap operas. So, thank you or should I say Arigatou gozaimasu.

Author Journey October 2018

Any big announcements? So, this month I have started a new and interesting challenge and it’s a long one. For the next year, my primary job will be raising our second child. I’m looking forward to our time together and am well aware of just how much more work is involved (and I’ve only been doing it for two weeks). Seriously, an office job is a breeze in comparison.

How’s the writing going? Continue reading “Author Journey October 2018”