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I promised that this week’s entry wouldn’t be a debut record. As I looked into the mid-to-late 1980s section of my spreadsheet for what to pick, a whole slew of not-debuts stood out. Let’s go with one of the most famous options. What is it? Now and Zen is the 1988 entry in Robert Plant’s […]

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Kicking back and relaxing isn’t my standard musical mode, admittedly. Kicking back and relaxing to lounge music is particularly not my standard musical mode. Sometimes I enter a non-standard musical mode. What is it? Deleted Scenes From The Cutting Room Floor is the 12-tracks-long 2010 debut album… …well,

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Last year’s project was tracked via a simple text file which I updated whenever I picked something off the list to become a particular entry. This year’s project involves a spreadsheet. I know, right? Sometimes the hardest part of a project is deciding where to begin. So I looked at the sorted-by-release-date li

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Here we are. This is it. The last one of its kind, the final Weekly Word Working Assignment of 2017. I had to pick a high point to go out on and they don’t get much higher than this, one of the greatest televised animated stories of all time. What is it? Avatar: The Last […]

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Remember scrobbling? Ever even heard of scrobbling? Anyway. For the last dozen or so years I’ve configured my primary music player (current MediaMonkey) to send last-played data for songs in my library to the Last.fm website. The idea being that folks can see what I’m currently playing and/or most recently liste

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I had something else queued up in this slot for almost the entire year. It wasn’t a show I was wild about. I needed a 51st entry (the final one, number 52, is a doozy and has been in that slot for months) and went with something I figured would do well enough. I liked […]

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The weekly word working assignment is nearing the end of its first year. Overall, how did it go? I consider it a success. I never missed an update, I’m reasonably proud of most of the posts, and there’s a chance (however slim) that I may have led someone to watch something they might have overlooked […]

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It’s our last non-anime of the year. Time flies when you’re having fun writing about fun stuff to watch! What is it? Kung Fu Panda is a 3D CGI DreamWorks animated feature film which spawned sequels and a television series. What kind of story is it? It is simultaneously a loving homage to the martial […]

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Thanks to some shenanigans with online wishlists, I was spoiled about one of my holiday presents so the gifting individual decided to just give it to me early. So, hey, let’s do a quick onboxing! I adore the Mouretsu Pirates anime, as I have made clear during the weekly writing project. Once I found that […]

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Previously, we had girls-with-guns up against a secret organization bent on controlling them. What happens when the girls with guns already work for the secret organization? What is it? Gunslinger Girl is a 13-episode anime series based on the early volumes of the manga series of the same name. It is succeeded by a follow-u

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Every so often a show comes along which resets an entire subgenre’s expectations. This week and next we’re going to tackle two of those in the same genre. Chronologically, even. While this isn’t my favorite subgenre, I can enjoy it if the right show comes along. What is it? Noir is a 26-episode anime from

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One of the core tenets of this project is that I’m presenting bits of animation that brought me joy and might do the same for you, but without any value judgements along the lines of “you must watch this because it’s an Important Classic.” So I won’t come out and insist such a thing in […

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If you want to tilt your head and squint a bit, you could view this film as Vin Diesel earning a spot in the list of all-time great film portrayals of Superman. (…I am a bad man. I know this.) What is it? The Iron Giant is a 1999 animated film based (somewhat loosely) on […]

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Do you like the idea of bounty hunters in space but don’t want to commit to watching all of Cowboy Bebop? Well, this might suit your needs. What is it? Iria: Zeiram the Animation is a six-episode (roughly three hours long) story created as a direct-to-video prequel to a live-action movie. What kind of story […]

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But what if the Moon was made of cheese? What is it? A Grand Day Out is the first of the Wallace & Gromit stop-motion animated shorts from Aardman Animations. What kind of story is it? A man and his dog build a rocket and travel to the moon in search of cheese. I mean […]

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It’s easy to dismiss a show without watching it. For starters, who has the time to watch everything? You need to apply basic standards as you go down that list of new shows every season. (Funny that I write this statement after having watched far more than my usual amount of first-episodes from the Fall […]

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When filmmakers in the West adapt a popular long-running fantasy novel series, we get Game of Thrones. When an anime studio does it, we get something like the previously covered Moribito, or possibly something like… this. What is it? The Heroic Legend of Arslan is an anime series based on a long-running Japanese fanta

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There’s going to be some similarity between this post and its predecessor. They start with the same letter of the alphabet, there’s a lot of martial-arts-like fighting involved, and the reason you’ll probably give up on it after a while is because of a dude. What is it? RWBY is an ongoing computer-animated

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Sometimes what you need is a fluffy bit of entertainment which is nestled gently in the center of the Venn diagram of “comedy,” “action,” and “romance.” A boy, a girl, some rivals, some martial arts… what could go wrong? For starters, the boy’s not always a boy… What is

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This one’s been on the list all along. I waited until now to do its write-up not because it’s particularly bad or embarrassing, but because it’s a tough one to actually recommend. The criteria for the list, however, has always been “what has brought me joy?” And while this one can be a bit grim

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Sometimes what you want is a great escape. Sometimes it doesn’t even need to be that great of an escape, but it helps if it’s inspired by The Great Escape… What is it? Chicken Run is a stop-motion film made by Aardman Animations (the same outfit did the earlier Creature Comforts) released in the year [R

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Those of us who grew up with Hollywood fare are familiar with, and even possibly tired of, the retreads and reboots of various story properties. There isn’t as much of that in the anime world but there’s one very notable example. It’s the visual novel so nice they animated it twice… What is it? Kanon

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The heyday of the television variety show was already long past when an animation studio decided to try their hand at it in the mid 1990s. Thank goodness they did, though. What is it? Animaniacs is a Saturday-morning-type cartoon series which ran for not quite 100 episodes, and then a movie. What kind of story […]

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The past few days have been terrible in many ways. Too hot, too much ash in the air, too much forest fire destruction. I took advantage of one fringe benefit of this late-summer situation, however: I took pictures. Tuesday morning, getting off the MAX at the Hillsboro Airport stop, I was greeted with this view […]

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It’s a standard fantasy story setup: Wandering warrior with a complicated past gets stuck in a situation involving the child of royalty, danger appears on all sides, a ragtag misfit team is assembled to protect the child and save the land from a dire fate. When done well this makes for a solid storytelling structure.

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Look, I think we all knew that this was inevitable. I managed to put it off this long, at least. What is it? Cowboy Bebop is a 26-episode anime series from the late 1990s. It spawned a theatrical movie, some manga, and a cult following that makes Firefly fans seem quaint and relaxed by comparison. […]

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Sometimes you need something short and sweet. Or perhaps four really short things. Who live in bottles. What is it? Bottle Fairy is a 13-episode anime series made up of half-length (12 minute) episodes. What kind of story is it? Such as it is, here we go: Four very small fairies (who live in… jars, […]

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I didn’t think much of it at the time. “Hey, the Pacific Science Center has an exhibit about the Terracotta Warriors.” “Oh, that sounds neat.” Some days later: “You need to put in for three days off in early August.” “Why’s that?” “Remember that exhibit I tol

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On the one hand, this week’s pick is utterly and patently ridiculous. On the other hand, it is gloriously ridiculous. What is it? Grenadier is a 12-episode anime series based (with strong plot divergence, mind you) on a manga series. What kind of story is it? A ridiculously skilled gunslinger who aims to bring peace [

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Of the tropes which feature heavily in the entertainment I enjoy most, such as “magical girls” and “superheroes” and “giant robots,” one particular important element has yet to appear during this project: Dragons. Until now. (No, Yona doesn’t really count: Her dragons are humans wit

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