“Playful Pop”: Now Seasonal

Apparently, I caught a tiny cold, but I can’t let that stop me.  Anyway, last month, I mentioned that “Swift Sweeps” will be a seasonal column.  Oh and I also mentioned earlier this month that it will be pushed back by a few months.  Well, “Playful Pop” will be seasonal too.

So, why will “Playful Pop” be seasonal too?  You are now looking at Anipike’s new magazine upbeat writer.  That is why.  Anipike’s magazine seriously needs help.  After all, where would I be without Anipike today?  Not here, that’s for sure.

If you are wondering, yes, I did type up editorial pieces for the Pike before.  I can’t give a very solid reason on why I did quit.  (The closest you will get to a solid reason is “I was too wild at the time,” which is what youth can do for you.) Now, I am bringing out pieces again for Anipike seeing that I now have a clear mindset.  Obviously, my style will be in the editorial pieces there.

I bet you’re wondering what will stay the same.  I will still bring out a review a month.  Oh and of course, I will check in on the site every now and then. (Well, it’s more likely two or three times a month.) So, that means you will still see my monthly rant.

So, that’s that.  I’m going to play “Tales of Vesperia” now.  At this point, I definitely want to play Rock’s latest game in “Mega Man IX”, but that won’t be out for at least another week or so.

-  Jackie “Manila” Baker

About Manila

Columnist, News Editor - A native of San Jose, Jackie Baker (his pen name)/Manila/Praha (manilakun@gmail.com) has always been a person that has loved various forms of entertainment, as he loves anime, manga, games and music, and he's always doing various tasks as well as trying to learn more in the entertainment world. Jackie has been a game player ever since he was six and though he discovered subjects like "Dragonball Z" and "Sailor Moon", he didn't fully get to know Japanese music, anime and manga until around his junior year in high school. He's one of the first people you should go to in regards of original seiyuu. Being discovered as an Animeblogger.net blogger, Manila joined J-Pop Express in 2007 to do various tasks like giving details on the latest games to come out in Japan for the monthly game column. Prior to joining, he was involved with various works including Anipike's magazine and various game guides, and he has been involved with various anime/manga clubs also along with having experience with Fanime and with Anime Expo. Unlike every staff member here, you will not see him a lot because these days, he works on Manila's Universe, his official site (which has changed its location). Whenever Jackie is not dealing with the usual forms of entertainment, he enjoys relaxing moments by himself, his knowledge of San Francisco Giants baseball and baseball overall, and various cards games. (He will wear hats or clothes of other teams, but he prefers wearing Giants apparel whether it would be the ones of San Francisco [major], San Jose [minor], or Yomiuri [Japan].) Some of the subjects of entertainment he loves are "Black/Matrix" (where he got his secondary nickname from and part of his first), "Justice Academy", "Espgaluda", "Love Hina", "Full Moon wo Sagashite", "Mizuiro Jidai", "Area 88", art from Arina Tanemura, music from Yuzo Koshiro and Puffy, and performances from Megumi Hayashibara, Tomokazu Seki, Takehito Koyasu, Yui Horie and Yukari Tamura.

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