- Fanny is a graphic designer and Japanese snack aficionado who decided to combine her two passions into one awesome graphic depicting all the snacks and street food you’ll find in Japan. Back her Kickstarter for a copy of your own.
- Japanese is a notoriously difficult language, but more foreigners are learning it than ever before. Speaking of which, I’m taking the JLPT N5 benchmark test for Japanese proficiency this December. Wish me luck!
- The dollar is much stronger than the yen right now, and it’s having a positive impact on the anime industry, says Answerman Justin Sevakis. For one thing, it’s now cheaper to buy imported box sets and merchandise than it’s been in years.
- Have you picked your fall anime shows yet? I’m definitely continuing to watch (and review) Ushio & Tora. I’ll also be watching Haikyu! season 2 because yay sports anime and of course Iron Blooded Orphans, the new Gundam series. For a list of everything and where it’s airing legally, check Scott‘s handy Google Doc.
- Fake It ‘Til You Make It: A Guide to Conducting Interviews is freelance video game journalist Mike’s fantastic piece of confidence-boosting interview advice.
- I discovered Natalie Whipple when I interviewed her about her YA novel about bronies. That’s not the only subculture she’s covered. I just read Relax, I’m a Ninja, her YA book about D&D, anime, and Japanese martial arts. I don’t usually read YA, but I couldn’t put this one down.
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