Anime Spring 2012 Preview

Here is a preview of Animes which will be aired this spring in Japan.

– Date format used in the chart is MM/DD/YYYY.
– Use the URLs inside the chart (baka.bz/aXX) to quickly go to an anime’s official website.

Image curtesy of neregate.com

Cosmic Break 2nd OBT announced


The 2nd Open Beta Test of English Cosmic Break will begin on
September 17 (Fri.) at 12:00 noon, PDT, (21:00 GMT+1) and run until October 17!

The GMs will be back too during the 2nd OBT to host more transformation events, UC lumberjack events, GM radio, and other new fun events! We hope to see everyone from the 1st OBT back again, and of course meet some new players too! Although the game server is down until the 2nd OBT starts next Friday, registration is always open, so new players please feel free to pre-register an account for the 2nd Open Beta Test anytime!

Also, here is the promotional video for the backstory between Crimrose and Ivis.

How Do You Know If Someone’s An Otaku?

The term was popularized by William Gibson‘s 1996 novel Idoru, which has several references to otaku.
The otaku, the passionate obsessive, the information age’s embodiment of the connoisseur, more concerned with the accumulation of data than of objects, seems a natural crossover figure in today’s interface of British and Japanese cultures. I see it in the eyes of the Portobello dealers, and in the eyes of the Japanese collectors: a perfectly calm train-spotter frenzy, murderous and sublime. Understanding otaku -hood, I think, is one of the keys to understanding the culture of the web. There is something profoundly post-national about it, extra-geographic. We are all curators, in the post-modern world, whether we want to be or not.[7]

— Spook Country, April 2001 edition of The Observer

Over five hundred individuals in Japan were polled by the Mobile Marketing Data Labo, providing these insights into how folks can spot otaku:

1. They are using otaku slang, net jargon or 2ch chat
2. They just happen to have anime/manga/game goods about them
3. They respond to otaku type keywords and issues
4. They become very intense when the conversation turns to anime/manga/games, and only then
5. The tunes they hum are all anime related
6. They know excessive amounts about a given anime/manga/game
7. You can somehow just tell intuitively that they are an otaku
8. They talk unconcernedly about anime, manga and games all the time as if it were normal
9. They start talking about a seiyuu (voice actors)
10. They are carrying a bag from an otaku shop like Animate or Tora no Ana