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What The Hell’s Up With This Joint?

Mecha-Guignol gets its ridiculous name from a ridiculous line from a ridiculous ending theme from an equally ridiculous anime series. The line in question may or may not translate to “Wind-Up Mechanized Grand Guignol,” but since our Japanese sucks we can’t verify this brazen assumption. The line conjured images of mechas performing Grand Guignol plays, and said image is  ultra awesome regardless of whether said line is correctly translated or not

This thing used to only be an anime blog. Then we leveled up and cast off the shackles of “just an anime blog” and started to brazenly write about other pop culture shit. We’re gonna blog about movies and comic books and manga and board games and video games and world domination. Scratch that. Maybe not video games. Modern video games suck.

This joint won’t be some sort of radically different anime not-just-anime blog. This stuff’s been going on long enough that everything’s already been done. It’s just about doing that stuff in a way that doesn’t suck. We’d like to think we don’t suck. We’d like to think we’re awesome.

Peeps Who Write Shit Here


Landon is, like, some dude or some junk. He works in education. Something about testing and crap. He spends large chunks of the year on the road because of it. He probably has a hell of a lot of Marriott points for free nights and shit but has yet to spend them. Once upon a time, Landon tried being a middle school English teacher. Teaching agreed with him as well as a spoonful of cyanide agrees with anything alive.

This damn dork has been watching anime for too damn long. Longer than some of you have been able to form complex sentences. He’s about as good at Street Fighter as you can be without being one of those obnoxious “pro” gamers. He’s been playing table top RPGs and the like longer than he’s been an anime fan and a lot of that seeps into his blogging if you know the shit to which he’s eluding. When you get down to it, Landon views everything as one big damn game with sucky DLC. He likes it that way.

He’s claimed to have had prophetic dreams since he was a child, and has also claimed that his life is just a really bad “young adult” book written by someone trying to ape off of Harry Potter’s success. Or, to put it in anime terms: he’s someone all too aware that his life has mirrored that of your prototypical bland anime lead and has been aware of this long before he knew said characters existed.

It’s something of a miracle that Landon has maintained this blog for as long as its existed. He never fully grew out of that 90s Slacker stage of his life. He just has a job to allow him to maintain said lifestyle.


Also: You can totally send spam email to Landon at


Updatedude may appear to be human on the outside, but its true origins are far more mysterious and likely far more naughty. DNA testing has proven inconclusive and its true species cannot be determined.

If the being known as Updatedude has one weakness, it is the intoxicating allure of plastic children’s toys. It has even gone so far as to record its play sessions with these mass-produced baubles on its own blog. It likes the ones with limbs it can manipulate like so many pagan gods toying with humanity.

In addition to this insatiable fetish, Updatedude enjoys many of trappings of anime, and while its whims may mirror Landon’s at times, its own desires can often deviate in fiendish ways.

Also, it is to naughty, deviant children what Gamera was to good little children: Their lord and savior.

Updatedude hasn’t been posting much around here as of late. We should totally delete this section and then taunt him or some shit.



He refuses to actually post. We keep telling him to blog stuff, but he refuses. Maybe we should fire him or something.

Hey, look at that. He finally wrote something. Doesn’t mean he gets a bio, though.

9 Comments leave one →
  1. July 18, 2011 4:54 AM

    Hello. I was wondering if you’re up for a link exchange. I’d appreciate that :)

  2. kunal permalink
    November 25, 2011 8:27 AM

    I love you Landon… the best blog about anime for mature audience on the whole internet i’ve ever encountered.

    Live Long Brother.

    • Landon permalink
      December 12, 2011 4:59 PM

      Meant to respond to you awhile back, but shit happens.

      Yep, that’s pretty much the best praise I could hope for. “Mature” is a loaded word that often has unwanted connotations, but yeah, that’s pretty much my intent. Glad peeps think I’m nailing it.

  3. Hal permalink
    February 10, 2012 10:22 PM

    I’ve been working myself up into a rage that a blog like this doesn’t exist on the internet.. and now a blog like this exists on the internet, and I’m (sincerely) delighted. Honestly, thank you Landon – keep on fighting the good fight.

  4. Aiphrem permalink
    April 1, 2012 10:55 PM

    I thank you for this blog. It was the most important tool for getting me into anime. 95% of the shit you say I agree with, and I always find myself coming here when I am looking for stuff to watch. I am now one of your devoted worshipers, and I hope you keep up this awesome blog.

  5. What are you talkin' 'bout Willis? permalink
    April 7, 2012 9:21 AM

    Gotta hand it to this blog. Almost everything online today contradicts the anime suggestions I get from here. When people prayed to God for a divergent opinion, he must’ve been busy watching Haruhi in chronological order to give a damn, and sent us Senor Guignol instead. Gotta respect an opinion that’s new.

  6. August 13, 2013 7:28 PM

    Hey Landon, I’ve been reading up on your blog (Flawfinder introduced me to you stating how cool you are) and I have to say, I really enjoy it. I’m sure you don’t want to read an in-depth review on why I like your blog, but to put it simply, I admire your “voice”. I like the matter-of-opinion way that you express yourself and the way you stay true to how you feel on a subject.

    Kudos and keep up the good work though I’m sure don’t need someone like me to tell you that, haha

  7. Dan permalink
    February 6, 2014 7:11 AM

    I am going to be the real pain in the arse and ask if you have a list of english dubbed movies and series you rate highly. And before clobbing me over the head, please realise the power in the words coming out of your favourite characters mouth and understanding it, without having to quickly glance below, loose concentration and the moment is lost.

    • Landon permalink
      February 6, 2014 9:30 PM

      I don’t really keep up with anime dubs. I rather like the dubs for Cowboy Bebop, Black Lagoon, and Hellsing, but that’s about it. Not sure who would be best to ask about that sort of thing.

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