Wendy and Mabel

illustration by DAV-19

Cutest. Mabel. Ever. She actually reminds me a bit of Skuld from Ah! My Goddess in this drawing.

Be sure to take a look at DAV-19’s other works, especially if you like cute character art.

[ Song of the Week ] Genesis – “Dreaming While You Sleep”

From the album We Can’t Dance (1991)

For me, one of the highlights of the penultimate Genesis album is this atmospheric song with a dark lyric by Mike Rutherford. Once again, a great contrast is introduced when the real drums appear in the song, and the synth pads and progressions paint a suitably dark picture for the song’s subject matter.

Wolf Princess

When it comes to favorite Ghibli leads, San from Princess Mononoke has to be near the top of my list. She absolutely commands the screen whenever she appears. As fearless as San is though, she still has a softer side, revealed only to those she is closest to and trusts.

I also have a fabric wall scroll with this exact image on it, and it’s one of my most treasured anime related items.

[ Song of the Week ] Deee-Lite – “Call Me (Method-One Remix)”

From the album Sampladelic Relics & Dancefloor Oddities (1996)
Original version from Dewdrops in the Garden (1994)

Many wrote off Deee-Lite as a one-hit wonder of the 1990s. But go deeper into their catalog and you’ll find many great ’90s dance tracks. “Groove is in the Heart”, while a good song, isn’t even my favorite of theirs. They had three albums, each one different than the last. After Deee-Lite’s disbandment, a collection of remixes was released, which included this one of a song from their final album.

The sound of this one brings me right back to that time with its unmistakeable 1990s jungle sound (or drum & bass, if you prefer). Synth pads and percussion give me the impression of driving late at night in a brightly lit city.

Tank Otaku

fanart by shamakho on pixiv

Now that Anime A to Z is over, I can share one of my favorite pieces of Yukari Akiyama fanart. (She began that list, of course, so I wanted to avoid repeating while that feature was still running.)

This scene is completely in character, and the added touch of one of her reconnaissance videos playing in the background gives it that extra bit of realism. Yukari probably spends most of her free time building tank kits. Or reading about tanks. Or watching historical films with tanks in them. You get the idea.

Anime A to Z – Iteration III Recap

Alas, round three of “Anime A to Z” has come to an end. I hope you enjoyed this feature! Time will tell if I go for a fourth round someday. Letters like “Q” and “X” make it really difficult.

If you missed any of the letters, links to each entry are below! (Or just select the “Anime A to Z” category in the sidebar.)

On a side note, posting frequency won’t be quite as often now that this series has ended, so while there won’t be something every weekday for the time being, there will still be a few posts each week related to my various fandoms.

[ Song of the Week ] Perfume – “Party Maker”

From the album LEVEL3 (2013)

Transcending what one typically expects from J-Pop, this is a song ready to get any dance club moving. Perfume is a group which has been around for nearly two decades! Unlike a traditional idol group where there’s a constant cycle of new members joining and older ones graduating, Perfume has had the same lineup the whole time. The girls started Perfume in the year 2000 as literal children around the ages of 11 or 12, and are now 30. (Putting them in their mid-20s when this song was recorded.)

For most of that time their music has been written and produced by Nakata Yasutaka, who also writes and produces for Kyary Pamyu Pamyu. While KPP tends to be more quirky and bizarre, Perfume is more on the electronic side of things.