Happy 2015

And I wish us all the best, really I do. As years go, it's been short -- at least in perception, having flown by with much undone -- but inordinately difficult. I mostly hope that, in future, everything will seem easy in comparison.

AX: con in exhibit hall.

Let me tell you two useful pieces of information about AX. First, it's packed. Setting attendance records. They've hit an attendance cap this year, and it's taken us, at least, rather by surprise. Reports of AX's death are, as the saying goes, greatly exaggerated.

Onward dreamly.

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anime expo and updating from cons.

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Lord of the Swastika.

Quick observation: I can't look at Wolfenstein promotional materials without thinking of Jin-Roh. (Tagline: "It's so romantic!")

Mishima's 9-word masterpiece.

My favorite Mishima book is probably The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea, largely on the strength of its title. It's evocative, ominous, lyrical and suggestive -- traits that, now that I think of it, fairly describe the novel itself.

Let it seep into the subconscious.

Watched 「サカサマのパテマ」 the other day. It's not bad, and in fact I find even its imperfections charming.

An attempt to aid lexicographers.

Yesterday's column reminded me that I've been meaning to post a working definition of moe. Ambitious, I know, but taxonomy is built on glorious failures.

A quick review of Saki.

Lately I watched Saki, and it was as if the floodgates opened. I didn't even realize, but I'd apparently been suffering from some kind of terrible moe deficiency. I had no choice but to watch the entire thing. And the sequels. And then to search for more moe anime. (I'm still looking. I might have to just give in and watch Lucky Star. But I'd really rather find another anime centered around some kind of game.)

More critical scrutiny.

I mentioned a long time ago that, sooner or later, everyone's work includes an unreachable tower.