Author Archives: Dr. J.H. Watson

About Dr. J.H. Watson

I’m a New Zealander, in my 30s, and until recently I lived in rural Japan. I have interests in history, pop culture, video games, and the clever use of language.

Tastes of NZ

Way back in the mists of time, I wrote a couple of articles about both convenience foods and drinks that you might encounter in Japan. It’s been almost a year since I arrived back in NZ, but for some reason … Continue reading

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2016 Stats

2016 is now receding behind us, and many of us have breathed a sigh of relief that the flaming toilet-bowl of a year is now comfortably over. With the recent inauguration of President Trump (or, as seems disturbingly possible, America’s … Continue reading

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Watson Watches: Retro Wrap-up Party

  The time has come again – one year and six anime titles later and it’s time to wrap up the (retro) Watson Watches series. In this final post of the project, we look back on the shows I was … Continue reading

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Sunshine Blogger Award

Having recently been nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award by Artemis, this week’s post will be on that subject. To be nominated for an award like this is a great honour, and it has left me feeling tremendously bucked up … Continue reading

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Watson Watches: Rose of Versailles

Welcome to the sixth and final main article of Watson Watches (the Retro Edition)! For anyone who’s just joined us and has no idea what’s happening, this is the follow-up to a series of interview-style articles published in 2014. The … Continue reading

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Purple vs Green: The Battle of the Spherical Space-cows

In the last article I talked about the situation in Gundam Wing, where Earth is in an armed standoff with her off-world colonies placed at the LaGrange points. As I said at the end, although both sides in the anime … Continue reading

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Reinforcing Failure: Military Mistakes in Mobile Suit Gundam Wing

If there’s anything that everyone knows about anime, even non-fans, it is that there are giant robots which fight each other. Well okay, that and the whole tentacles thing… but this article is about the robots. Specifically, the robots in … Continue reading

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An Artillery Battery in Action

I read a lot. (Does that surprise anyone?) And most of the fiction I read is either fantasy, sci-fi, historical, or some combination of the above. All of those genres frequently involve armed conflict, and military action is one of … Continue reading

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Watson Watches: Dragon Ball

  Welcome to the fifth article of Watson Watches (the Retro Edition). If you’ve only just joined us and have no clue what’s going on, this is the follow-up to a series of interview-style articles published in 2014. The idea … Continue reading

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European History 101

I’ve talked a lot about Japanese history, but I haven’t touched on European history much. Obviously this needs to be corrected. European history over the last few thousand years is a very complex subject, and there are a lot of … Continue reading

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