Freebie Friday

Freebie Friday #35: Itadakimasu!

For me, one of the most enjoyable things about jumping into the television, film, and comic books of other countries is the cultural learning that inadvertently comes through that media consumption.  The world is obviously full of people all shapes and sizes, but it also includes hundreds or even thousands of different ways to viewing… Continue reading Freebie Friday #35: Itadakimasu!

Manga Monday

Manga Monday #25: Komi-san’s Japanese New Year

HAPPY NEW YEAR!  How did you spend your New Year's Eve?  For me, that was fireworks, a warm dinner, puzzles, games, and a toast at midnight.  (Oh, and watching BTS on Dick Clark's New Years Rockin' Eve.  SO EPIC.)  I feel like things like this--toasts and watching the ball drop--are fairly typical in America, although… Continue reading Manga Monday #25: Komi-san’s Japanese New Year

Tuesday Tunes

Tuesday Tunes #18: Billboard Japan Hot 100 Top 3

For me, I think it's really interesting to look at the top music charts around the world, and I thought that you might find an interest as well!  Since this a nerd blog, and since we're all a little bit otaku here anyhow, let's take a look at the three singles currently ruling the billboard… Continue reading Tuesday Tunes #18: Billboard Japan Hot 100 Top 3

Tuesday Tunes

Tuesday Tunes #16: Japanese Halloween Vocaloid

Back in 2000, a singing voice synthesizer was created in Barcelona, Spain by a Japanese developer.  It's called Vocaloid.  The software is unique as it allows users to type in lyrics and the software will retrieve specially recorded vocals of voice actors or singers to match the wording.  Those words are tied to certain notes… Continue reading Tuesday Tunes #16: Japanese Halloween Vocaloid

Manga Monday

Manga Monday #5: Bullying in Japan

In Japan, bullying is called ijime.  It is not like Western bullying in the fact that it's more collectively perpetrated.  In the Japanese culture, schools are run under a high standard of conformity and collective thinking.  Kids are encouraged to not stand out.  That cultural expectation bleeds into how kids bully and are bullied. Bullying… Continue reading Manga Monday #5: Bullying in Japan

Manga Monday

Manga Monday #4: Kids Say the Darndest Things

I would say the very first comic that I ever got really into was actually Garfield.  My elementary school library had multiple bound volumes of the Garfield newspaper comic strips.  As a third grader, I would check those books out every chance I get.  I remember laughing so hard at that cat and his antics. My love… Continue reading Manga Monday #4: Kids Say the Darndest Things

Watch Wednesday

Watch Wednesday #3: Be a Hero

Am I the only one who has been horribly obsessed with superheros since, well, EVER? The first superhero I really loved and wanted to be was Kitty Pryde in X-Men Evolution.  (That's definitely a show that we should all watch, but that's for another Watch Wednesday.)  Today, we're going with Japan's take on superheroes, My Hero Academia.… Continue reading Watch Wednesday #3: Be a Hero

Tuesday Tunes

Tuesday Tunes #2: Sailor Moon is a Gateway Drug

When I was young, I remember going to a Blockbuster with my family.  You know, when Blockbusters actually existed.  I loved the whole process of going to Blockbuster.  Picking the movie, choosing candy as we're walking through the checkout line--ahh, good times.  (Sorry, Blockbuster, Redbox is just better.  R.I.P.) One particular time, I was walking… Continue reading Tuesday Tunes #2: Sailor Moon is a Gateway Drug

Manga Monday

Manga Monday #1: No Joke, a Manga About a Boy with a Cat Head

Manga (literally "whimsical pictures") are comics that are created in Japan that center around a Japanese art style that was developed in the late 19th century.  Even if you've never read any manga before, you would be familiar with some of its most well-known subjects.  Anime (Japanese animation) that you recognize, such as Sailor Moon and Dragon Ball Z, began… Continue reading Manga Monday #1: No Joke, a Manga About a Boy with a Cat Head