Third Seat by the Window Episode 1×06: Magi Mari Magical Memories

Buggy and Chris are joined by Mari, AKA OtapleOneHalf, to learn about the comprehensive history of the magical girl genre, from majoko to Madoka Madoka and beyond, in the process discussing a variety of things including Super Sentai, vagina glomps, Miraculous Ladybug, and a surprising amount of Gainax and Trigger. Read More

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Bugshrugs: My Thoughts on Piracy

Boy, piracy sure has been a hot topic in the anime community lately, hasn’t it? Hulu has removed their free subscription option and removed much of the anime from their back catalogue. Anime Strike’s double paywall and inaccessibility in regions outside of America causes controversy. Many people were forced to actually confront Netflix’s model of only releasing airing anime after the series has finished when they got the rights to the highly anticipated Little Witch Academia. Crunchyroll came under fire for quietly lowering the video quality on much of their back catalogue.  And most recently, the most well-known and popular anime torrent site has shut down. So the conversation has become incredibly relevant again. Which of course means it’s time for me to weigh in.

Short answer? I’m not anti-piracy. Read More

A Call for Questions

A number of years ago, a Japanese girl named Yurika Kino (currently a 19-year-old student living and working in Tokyo) spent part of the summer with our family as part of an international exchange program. She visited our family again recently, and when we got the chance to reconnect, I found out she’s a fan of anime. I decided this would be a good opportunity to interview an actual Japanese anime fan, since there isn’t much opportunity for the English speaking fandom to directly interact with Japanese fandom. I figured my listeners might have some questions they’d be interested in hearing the answers to, so I’m putting up a post for you to submit questions to be asked in an upcoming episode of Third Seat by the Window. Just leave a comment if you have a question you’d like asked, or if you’d prefer to ask more privately, shoot a message to my gmail at daladybugman.

Update: The recording date has been set for June 27th, so get any questions in before then!

Scum’s Wish: The Treason of the Artist

When rereading Ursula K. Le Guin’s “The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas” for my first Philosophy and Psycho-Pass post, I rediscovered a quote from it that stuck with me the first time I read it and that stuck with me again: “The trouble is that we have a bad habit, encouraged by pedants and sophisticates, of considering happiness as something rather stupid. Only pain is intellectual, only evil interesting. This is the treason of the artist: a refusal to admit the banality of evil and the terrible boredom of pain.”

Why do I bring this up? Well, because it’s basically impacted the way I’ve viewed Kuzu no Honkai, AKA Scum’s Wish, which as of this writing, is five episodes into its anime run. This Le Guin quote is basically the antithesis of Scum’s Wish, a show whose thesis is basically “Pain and suffering are tragically beautiful.” While most people have been praising Scum’s Wish (and rightfully so, as it’s a very well-produced show), I’ve been hesitant to do so. Read More

In Which Buggy Writes A “Best Anime of 2016” Clickbait Article

Sometimes you write things because you have something insightful or meaningful to say. But sometimes you write something that you know everyone else always writes and that you know people are still going to click on for the sole purpose of hoping you reinforce their own opinions. And you feel a little shame at selling out so. But you write it anyway because it’s fun to write and sometimes you just have to write something for you, goddammit.

This one’s a post about my favorite (and least favorite) anime of 2016 and you can bet your ass I’m writing it to satisfy me and me alone. Read More