Hello, and welcome to a very weeby edition of What I’ve Been Reading.
- Kinja user Bacon has some thoughts on how to improve Crunchyroll’s Anime Awards. Their suggestions: treat them like the fan awards they are; and award creators rather than creations.
- Jake Brandman of the Observer has an interview with David Jesteadt, the president of animated film distributor GKIDS. I kind of wish they’d secured the rights to Your Name instead of Funimation, but you can’t win ’em all.
- Dustin Bailey of Anime News Network argues that Japanese game development is in top form after years after being in the weeds. I have to agree. This year, many of most anticipated or most enjoyed games are Japanese: Yakuza 0; NieR:Automata; Persona 5; Tokyo Dark; and Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony. That’s not to mention PC ports of Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls, the first two Zero Escape games, and Lost Dimension.
- Kotaku commenter Indoril Nerevar has some insights on why pop-up and temporary businesses are common in Japan.
- Game critic Jim Sterling gave The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild a 7/10 on his website. A shitstorm ensued, because people are idiots who get mad any time a game scores less than 9/10 anywhere. Owen S. Good of Polygon explains why all of this is stupid.
- Finally, Gabriel Peralta of Anime News Network expounds upon the themes in this anime season’s surprise hit, Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid. I’ve really been enjoying this show; it’s much more entertaining than your typical slice-of-life anime.
That’s all for now. I’ll see you in a couple of weeks with something much less weeby.