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The Cel Shaded Report, 3/29: A sketching situation

March 30th, 2012

Okay, so the “Let’s move Otaku Ohana to a new domain name!” operation isn’t exactly going as smoothly as we expected. Not the posts, mind you; we’ve been posting quite happily as of late. It’s just you may have noticed that none of it’s being promoted on the front page or the blog roll. To that end, we’re going to be cross-posting opening-paragraph previews of our new blog posts here on for the time being that’ll point you to our new home at, so that those of you seeing this blog for the first time or haven’t checked back in a while know that we still exist. Thanks for your continued readership!

One of the neat things about local anime and manga fandom is how it’s spawned an entire generation of people eager to whip out their sketchbooks and draw things inspired by the series that they love. I’ve seen that talent manifest itself in the Liliha Library Anime Art Contest for the past two years now, MangaBento’s art exhibits, and the Artist Alley at Kawaii Kon and HEXXP, and the art’s been really, really nice.

Well, it’s time once again to nurture that talent. Pen & Ink Works has a neat event coming up from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday to do just that — a Sketch Meet where artists can hang out, participate in some drawing games and trade tips with one another.

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Introducing Otaku Ohana, version 2.0!

February 27th, 2012

Ever since tag-team partner in fandom Wilma J. and I were handed the keys to our own little corner of the Star-Bulletin blogging kingdom in June 2009, we’ve had one mission in mind: to provide as much exposure as we could to anime, manga, and the local and national fan communities that power those industries. Otaku Ohana, as I explained back then, was meant to be an extension of my print column, Cel Shaded:

What I’ve discovered over the years, though, is that one column a week is hardly enough to contain all the anime and manga news that comes down the pipeline. For every one topic that I’ve covered in print, there have been at least two or three others I’ve passed up. And then there’s the poor, often neglected “Random Plugging” section. In theory, it was supposed to ease the backlog of anime and manga that we have yet to review. In practice, columns kept filling up without the help of “Random Plugging,” and now we have a backlog of several hundred series, partial and complete, that we have yet to comment on in any form. (I wish I was exaggerating with that number.) So it’s time for the next evolution.

Fast forward several years to the present. Some things have changed: Cel Shaded now exists only as an online extension to Otaku Ohana; the Star-Bulletin merged with the Honolulu Advertiser and became the Star-Advertiser; and it seems like our coverage is leaning more toward coverage of the local fan community. Other things haven’t: That review backlog still remains at several hundred series, mostly as the free time that Wilma and I have has evaporated before our very eyes. (We’re really trying to do more reviews this year, though! Really!) And, of course, Otaku Ohana’s been housed on the last regularly updated outpost of the domain,

Until today.

Following the lead of fellow blogger Nadine Kam and her Fashion Tribe — and after kicking the tires and making sure everything is in working order — I’m pleased to announce that all updates for Otaku Ohana going forward will be made on our shiny new site (which actually looks exactly like our old site, but ehh, details, details), All our old content won’t be going anywhere; it’ll still be archived at for the foreseeable future.

I wanted to write a post about all the possible name changes we could’ve given the blog in its new phase, including:

  • Otaku Ohana 2: Electric Boogaloo
  • Otaku Ohana: Now With Bears (a nod to the Xbox 360 sequel to Kinectimals)
  • Super Otaku Ohana Turbo Hyper Championship Edition

Wilma groaned and put the kibosh on the idea immediately.

So I’ll just say this: Don’t forget to point your browsers and update your bookmarks and RSS feeds to reflect our new home on the web. Regular programming will begin shortly. We thank you for your continued patronage. And since the first-ever post in Otaku Ohana ended, for some weird reason that rests with 2009-era me, with a random link to a music video about some plants and some zombies, I’ll end this post with an equally random link to a journalist interviewing a wrestler in the Nintendo Wii game Rhythm Heaven Fever.

Yes, that new tune’s firmly wedged itself in my brain, too.

The Cel Shaded Report, 2/23: Staples singers

February 23rd, 2012

Less than a month now separates us from this year’s edition of Kawaii Kon, the anime convention that’s brought a growing number of great guests from the anime and manga industry, both in Japan and the United States, to this giant rock in the middle of the Pacific since 2005. And while some of us (your friendly neighborhood Otaku Ohana blogger, tag-team partner in fandom Wilma J., pretty much anyone directly connected with the convention) will be running around like headless chickens getting ready for it, many of you out there are probably getting seriously excited about what’s coming up in a few weeks.

It’s going to be difficult to ignore the countdown this year, with two out of the next three weekends featuring events with some link to Kawaii Kon. There’s the Honolulu Festival, which I’ll discuss more next week, but there’s also an event happening from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday that’s a pre-convention first: “Anime Rocks,” the official Kawaii Kon 2012 pin launch event at the Hard Rock Cafe in Waikiki (280 Beachwalk Ave.). Cosplayers, dress up in your finest rocker costumes, and you could win prizes that include a free three-day pass to Kawaii Kon. Pin collectors, this is your chance to pick up this year’s pin for cheap — $10.20, to be exact, a savings of $1.80 off the regular price. Savings also await for non-pin collectors — those of you who’ve procrastinated until now in preregistering will be pleased to know that you’ll be able to do so at a cost of $35 for general admission and $25 for children ages 6-12. (That’s cheaper than even the current online “valentine” promo code will get you!) And while admission to “Anime Rocks” is free, it would certainly be nice if you could support the Hard Rock Cafe for being such gracious hosts;  to that end, all food and drinks will be 15 percent off during the event. (Get the nachos. They’re delish.)

Of course, any event called “Anime Rocks” has to feature a group that’ll bring the beats, so taking center stage will be a band familiar to recent convention attendees: Eleven Staples, the six-member group that thrilled audiences at the 2010 and 2011 conventions. I wrote a profile of the band in 2010, one that also featured my favorite picture of vocalist Erin Tamura, keyboardist/vocalist Megan Teruya, drummer Ryan Teruya, bassist Nolan Teruya and guitarist Jennifer Nose, which was taken by staff photographer Cindy Ellen Russell. And here’s a more recent photo of the group from last year, including sixth member Kyla, the rhythm guitarist.

While we’re talking about music and rocking out, I’d be remiss in not mentioning the final guests named to the Kawaii Kon 2012 roster: bless4, the four-member sibling group from Japan by way of Utah and Arizona. Akino is the featured singer on “Sousei no Aquarion” (“Genesis of Aquarion”) the theme song from Aquarion. Anyone who’s watched the Disney Channel for a considerable amount of time (yay Phineas and Ferb!) will also recognize the group as the Japanese representatives on Pass the Plate, 3-to-5-minute-long segments that discuss the health benefits of foods like bananas, fish and rice. Disney’s Stitch! anime also featured two bless4 songs, “Stitch is Coming” and “Hitori Ja Nai” (“You Are Not Alone”). To my knowledge, this is bless4′s first appearance at a U.S. anime convention.

Kawaii Kon is March 16-18 at the Hawai’i Convention Center; visit

‘Arrietty’ encore

After posting a $6.4 million opening weekend — good enough for ninth place at the U.S. box office, the best opening ever for a Studio Ghibli movie in the United States — The Secret World of Arrietty is charging headlong into another week at local theaters. This means it’s time once again for the Cel Shaded Report Obligatory Pretty Arrietty Promotional Film Still of the Week:

Tiny but tenacious Arrietty (voice of Bridgit Mendler) comes face to whiskers with the menacing household cat, but won't allow herself to be intimidated by this fussy feline, in "The Secret World of Arrietty." (Courtesy Disney & GNDHDDTW)

No theaters have dropped off the list yet, so here’s the full list of showtimes, according to Fandango (please note that times are subject to change):

Dole Cannery: 10:45 a.m. and 1:15, 3:45, 6:55 and 9:25 p.m. (Tuesday and Thursday: Open-captioned screenings at 1:15 and 9:25 p.m.; Wednesday: open-captioned screenings at 10:45 a.m. and 6:55 p.m.)

Kaahumanu (Maui): 10:20 a.m. and 12:30, 2:40, 4:50 and 7 p.m; 9:10 p.m. (Friday-Saturday)

Kahala: 11 a.m. and 1:15, 3:30, 5:45 and 8 p.m. (Friday-Sunday); 11:30 a.m. and 1:40, 3:50, 6 and 8:10 p.m. (Monday-Thursday); 10:15 p.m. (Friday-Saturday)

Kapolei: 10:40 a.m. (Friday-Saturday); 12:50, 3, 5:10, 7:20 and 9:30 p.m.

Makalapua (Hawaii): 11:45 a.m. (Friday and Sunday); 2:05 and 4:25 p.m. (Friday and Sunday-Thursday); 6:45 and 9:15 p.m.

Mililani: 11:05 a.m. and 1:15, 3:25, 5:40, 7:55 and 10:10 p.m. (Friday-Sunday); 12:30, 2:45, 5:05, 7:35 and 9:45 p.m. (Monday-Thursday)

Pearlridge: 10:55 a.m. and 1:05 p.m. (Friday-Sunday); 3:20, 5:35 and 7:50 p.m.; 10:15 p.m. (Friday-Sunday); 10 p.m. (Monday-Thursday)

Ward: 11 a.m. (Friday-Sunday); 1:20, 3:40, 5:55, 8:10 and 10:25 p.m.

Windward Mall: 12:45, 3:05, 5:25, 7:45 and 10:10 p.m.

Anime around town

MangaBento: This group of anime- and manga-inspired artists meets from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Academy Art Center, 1111 Victoria St., Room 200. Visit

KZOO Radio: Kell Komatsubara of Oahu Anime Explorer chats with the gals with AniMaid Cafe during a live taping at 12:30 p.m. Sunday at KZOO’s Shirokiya studio at Ala Moana Center. Can’t make it to watch the taping? The interview will be broadcast on KZOO — 1210 AM on your radio dial — at 11 p.m. Tuesday. It’ll be all in English, too, so no need to worry about that.