Jul 182014
 
Battlestar Galactica: An Out-Of-This-World Classic

Hello again, and welcome back to Channel Chaser! Last week I talked about how so many TV shows out there right now seem to be tied to visions of the apocalypse, or the end of the world. So for my review today, I felt it was only fitting that I address one of my favorite shows, and one that I [Read more...]

Jul 162014
 
How Sports Anime Finally Found a Fanbase in the US

It’s a good time for sports anime. Yowamushi Pedal is set to return in the fall after an initial 38-episode run, while volleyball series Haikyu!! is finally kicking off its first big tournament story arc. The Free! juggernaut continues to roll onward, drawing in a variety of fans in its target demographic and beyond. The genre is even being used [Read more...]

Jul 102014
 
Why TV is Obsessed With Apocalypse

Welcome to another edition of Channel Chaser! Today I’d like to start things off with a question. Is it just me, or are the premises of new TV shows looking bleaker and bleaker every time I see a new trailer? Let’s consider some of the latest new dramas and currently popular offerings available, for starters. Among many others, we see [Read more...]

Jul 102014
 
Seven Summer Anime Series Worth Watching

Summer 2014 is packed to bursting with A-list anime titles, from popular sequels to intriguing new series. In order to make your life easier, here are a few of the big names to keep an eye on. Space Dandy Season 2 It’s back, baby! Space Dandy burst onto the scene earlier this year and immediately started more forum arguments than [Read more...]

Jul 082014
 
Sorry, Sega: Sonic the Hedgehog is Better Off in the Hands of the Fans

Over the Independence Day weekend, YouTube user and Source Filmmaker expert “Hypo” uploaded another of his creations from the Valve filmmaking software, a recreation of a cutscene from Sonic Adventure 2: The top comments were all incredibly positive, ranging from “this looks better than the game” to “Sega should hire this man.” I agree; they should. And while they’re at [Read more...]

Jul 012014
 
The Five People You’ll Meet at an Anime Convention

With Anime Expo 2014 kicking off this weekend, legions of fans are converging on Los Angeles. As diverse as convention-goers may be, there are a few personalities you’re almost guaranteed to come across. From the awesome to the awkward, the first-timers to the grizzled veterans, here are five encounters to expect over the course of the weekend. The Line Buddy [Read more...]

Jun 302014
 
It’s Time to Get Excited about Video Game Speed Runs

More than 1.2 million views now grace the video that intrigued the video game community this past weekend, a new attempt at a world record speed run of the original Super Mario Bros. Whether or not you can consider this attempt by YouTube user “Lord Saradoc” as an officially recognized world record attempt, however, is up for debate. Many wisdom-filled [Read more...]

Jun 262014
 
Back… And Loving It: A Review of Get Smart

I’d like to start this article off with a momentary diversion from television into movie-land, as well as a bit of personal confession. Does anyone else remember a movie from a few years ago called Get Smart? It’s okay; I don’t really remember it, either. When I heard that this rather weak and forgettable movie was based on the plot [Read more...]

Jun 252014
 
Seven Seas Expands on "Monster" Manga Success

The last time we talked in-depth about manga publisher Seven Seas on this website, the topic was their surprise hit Monster Musume. The quirky supernatural harem comedy has continued to be a sales success, with volume three matching its predecessors in terms of taking up long-term residence on the bestseller lists. In my previous article on the subject, I suggested [Read more...]