World Connectooo!: Ogiue Maniax Status Update for July 2023

July is a packed month. Not only do I have Otakon at the end of the year, but I’m also in LA this weekend for Anime Expo and to see today the first HololiveEN live concert, Connect the World! Back when tickets became available, I almost missed them entirely, but I got lucky that there was some available after the initial prerelease sale. I fully intend on writing a review of the experience.

I won’t be lying when I say that I’m nervous about attending large events after just getting over COVID a month ago, but I will be masked as much as humanly possible for my sake and others’. I hope everyone else treats others attending these big gatherings with respect and compassion.

Thank you to my Patreon subscribers at the start of this summer season!


Ko Ransom

Diogo Prado



Sue Hopkins fans:


Philippe Nguyen

Hato Kenjirou fans:


Yajima Mirei fans:


Blog highlights from June:

Larger than Life—Body Diversity in Gundam: The Witch from Mercury

My most popular post in a long time!

Anime Central 2023 Interview: Animator Tabata Hisayuki

I got to conduct an extensive interview with a 20-year veteran of the industry. Tabata goes into detail and working with the late, great Kimura Takahiro.

Anime Central 2023 Interview: Kubo Yurika and Ichinose Kana

Another interview, this time with the voices of Hanayo and Suletta—mostly focused on the visual novel A Light in the Dark.

Kio Shimoku

Kio’s been working on some risque material.

Apartment 507

Thoughts on Soaring Sky! Precure!


Anime Expo and Connect the World has many powerful individuals I’m interested in, but Otakon has Iwao Junko: the voice of Tomoyo from Cardcaptor Sakura. Here’s to hoping I can get an interview with her! It would be a dream come true.

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