Beforever, Brave Column of Love

The new issue of Otaku USA Magazine will be rather special if you’re a “fan” of my writing. After two years and some change of gracing the tailcoats of the Tokyoscope section, my column, an extension of R5 Central, will have its last “episode” in this January/February issue. Now before you guys go nuclear, let me answer your questions in a high speed fashion: No, I’m not being sacked, nor am I being exiled from the OUSA Elite. Despite my passion-filled insanity, they love me. My reviews and features will still be showing up in print form and I’ll probably be churning out more web content soon. As for the reason why, the column is ending because the magazine needs the space. This is a good thing, boys and girls; it’s a sign that we’re doing well enough that we need it.

As for the column’s indefinite future, I am considering rechristening it as something else for Keep your eyes set on my Twitter account to find out when the the madness will resume. Meanwhile, I’m actually not down about this.

…..No, seriously–this isn’t a facade to prevent drama; I really had a good run in what is essentially my ongoing lucky break. Since writing for this mag of mags, I’ve become a better writer, a better critic, and something of a better fan too. It felt great having my own little space in print to rant, rave, and review, and not just because I was paid for it. It’s because I shared my love of Tokusatsu, this growing niche of Japanese Pop Culture with the nation, maybe even the world. (Can’t guarantee the last bit as I’ve yet to see maid cafe girls nuzzling an article I’ve written.) Every other month, I used that printed soapbox to let all you valiant readers out there know about the amazing and the obscure, the good and the bad of Japanese live-action. Times were fantastic, I could not have asked for anything more.

And then there are you folks! The people who read the column and thought it was the keenest thing in print. So keen in fact that some of you actually have written to tell me that it’s through my writing that you checked out the Japanese Spiderman series, bought the Red Baron DVD set, and sought out the various things I talked about! All the messages, the occasional tips, everything over these past two years have meant more to me than you will ever know. To those who did, I thank you. And a big thank you to my intrepid Editor-In-Chief for giving me such a privilege in the first place. I owe you a debt that I doubt I’ll ever fully repay.

Now don’t stop buying the magazine or anything! (Though I seriously doubt the lack of my column would impact your buying decision.) Come for the finale of R5 The Column, stay for the win within its pages. Until then, thanks for the support, brave warriors of love. You guys are awesome.


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