Hand Shakers, unlike K, isn’t about cute boys. And that is where it all went wrong.
We muddle through like children, making our way through paths of war and peace.
As a Christmas gift this year, I received from an anonymous follower on Twitter the first half of an interview with Shoji Kawamori (Macross, Escaflowne) on one of my all-time favorite anime—AKB0048. This anonymous translator, who asked that I give credit for the translation to their anonymous account @chottojolly, gave me permission to post the translation here on my blog. Aside from a few bits of proofing and very minor editing for readability done by me, the translation credit belongs entirely to them. Thank you again, chottojolly! This was a wonderful present!
And, without further adieu, here’s Shoji Kawamori on AKB0048!
I’ll be publishing my list of my favorite TV anime of the year after I finish up with a couple of final shows, but while we wait for that to happen, I thought I’d share some of the great individual scenes that stayed with me this year. Some of these are from shows that will inevitably be on my year-end list; some are not. Regardless, they all made an impression on me for various reasons, and I wanted to share them with you!
Well, it sure was a good run, wasn’t it?
I close out my time writing the weekly Aniwords column for Crunchyroll with one last plea for my readers to expand their anime watching habits to embrace things beyond their normal tastes. That this kind of point became a recurring theme during my run at Crunchyroll is an obvious thing in retrospect—given a large, far more mainstream-leaning audience than the circles I typically run in, what else was I to do? In the end, who knows how successful I was, but at least I had a lot of fun.
More thought to come on all of this in later days, likely, but for now…
Merry Christmas, your present is this post about a good anime!
It’s no fun if you don’t stretch the concept just a bit.