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Monthly Newsletter – December 2016 Edition

Merry Christmas!!! We’re finally at the end of the year and I have one thing to say to you all – congratulations. You’ve survived trimesters, and rushed deadlines and a very turbulent year of anime. Here’s a quick summary of cool things that happened this year, and what’s going on next year.

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First of all, thanks to all of you who attended our Christmas party! The albums are now available on Facebook, and in higher quality on our Flickr as well. Do enjoy!

In other, more entertaining news, Boku no Hero Academia has made the New York Time’s list of top TV shows! Admittedly, only with the qualifier of “international”, and with a pretty weird, slightly short-sighted explanation: “But it focuses on a fanboy who obsessively follows the new costumed heroes while having no abilities of his own — a perfect stand-in for the anime and manga audience.” It feels a little hypocritical for a writer venerating superhero movies and TV shows about Cold War-era spies to take aim at anime fans for liking to engage in fantasies, as well as symptomatic of the limiting view ~normal~ people take to international media, and anime in particular. Does anyone else have that opinion?

This has been a very active month for LBGTQIA+ characters – not only did we have Victor and Yuri consistently one-upping each other for the best cute gay shipping moment of 2016, but a comic from Blizzard revealed Overwatch’s Tracer has a girlfriend named Emily. Needless to say, reactions have been mixed from the community at large  – where do we all fall with this?

ALSO! For any musicians in the group, we’re looking at creating a second band to back up UNIKON at our events. But, of course, that means we need members! Expressions of interest will be going out early in the new year, so if you’re interested, keep your eyes peeled – and maybe start practicing an audition piece! If you don’t happen to have any anime sheet music on hand, toddle on over to Sperion no Sora to see if there’s anything there you can use to help your arrangement.
We’re getting an early start on events for 2017:

[AnimeSydney] Beach Episode!
WHEN: Wednesday 11th January, 12pm-10:00pm
WHERE: Coogee Beach and UNSW
WHAT: Who doesn’t love the beach? And particularly with the spectre of 35+ degree days, taking a dip in a large body of water sounds like a good way to avoid overheating. Join us and all our friends from AnimeSydney at Coogee Beach from 12:00pm for a day of summer fun! At 3:30, we’ll retire back to the nearby UNSW campus for screenings and other fun. All for the low low cost of a gold coin donation!

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One of the best parts of the Christmas season is the music – and everybody knows I’m a tragic for music at the best of times, so of course I have my pick of Christmas songs. Aside from the run-of-the-mill ones everybody already knows, anime has introduced me to some more non-conventional, but nonetheless amazing, Christmas songs – such as these two:

Tenshi no Inori (Angel Prayer) by AiM
Digimon has always had iconic music, and not without cause! Buried among the famous songs like Butter-fly and Brave Heart, Maeda Ai, under her stage name of AiM, snuck in a right cracker of a Christmas song in Digimon Adventure 02. It was briefly featured in the Christmas episode (of course), but not many people watched Digimon in Japanese, or at least not in full, so this one often flies under the radar, which I think is a shame!

Merry X’mas ~Holy Night Version~ by Mizuki Nana
Anyone who has discussed music with me knows I have an unhealthy obsession with Mizuki Nana. And this song was one of her earliest, written as a character song for her debut voice acting role in the little-known game NoEL ~La Neige~ (it’s so little-known it’s not even on Wikipedia). The thing I love about this song is the way the instrumentation is used – the intro creates this wonderful uplifting atmosphere with really thick and powerful arrangements, but then it pulls right back to allow Nana’s voice to take the stage in the verse. Probably one of my favourite songs of all time!

Do you wanna be featured in our omake section? Make a recommendation for an anime, manga or any kind of fan content, along with a 100-or-so word explanation of why you think other people should watch it. And voila!
Wishing you all safety and happiness (by which we mean anime) over the holiday season!
Fudanshi extraordinaire,