Otaku USA e-News, the Japan geek culture newsletter I edit, is chugging along nicely in its second year. A few months ago we went from biweekly to weekly, and from April we’ll be pumping out two newsletters a week. A bit nerve-wracking, but the thing’s always fun to put together.
Always? Well, most of the time, anyway.
I can’t say it’s not fun to go check out an anime-themed cafe, sneak off to see a movie in the middle of the day, or interview a creator I really admire, then come home, write about it, and call it work.
Though I’m proud of the quality of the thing, pumping stuff out every week means not every feature is a home run. But here are a few recent pieces I’ve done I think are worth a look:
My review of Lupin III vs. Detective Conan, in which I bemoan franchise matchup movies like this.
A more positive review of a film by a young director worth keeping an eye on.
And an interview with Masahiro Ando, a pretty legendary animator who was really fun to talk to. He worked on Patlabor 2, maybe the best anime film ever. Saying as much right off the bat really ingratiated us with him, I think.