Greetings! I’m Jon Lobo, and in 2013 I started this ‘just for fun’ blog as a creative outlet after obtaining my film studies degree. I figured that applying a dosage of film theory to my pastime of casual anime viewing would not only serve as a constructive endeavor for myself, but also allow others to be more active consumers of what they watch via an increased appreciation for, and understanding of, this Japanese-turned-international phenomenon known as anime.
Click on the various links for critical analyses, biased reviews, and general theoretical ramblings. Warning: more are very likely to ensue in the future!
All written work is my original content unless otherwise noted. Stills utilized for commentary are the intellectual property of their respective owners. All rights reserved.
In 2014, I was asked by my good friend Michael Perge to assist him with a project known as “Did You Know Anime?“ To date, this educational undertaking has included one-off factoids and interviews with industry experts: but the main draw thus far has been the YouTube-hosted webisodes, which each spotlight a specific anime title or topic. Michael does most of the work—including script writing and video editing—while talented narrators bring in the fun! I’ve had the pleasure of writing several scripts myself, and also co-writing numerous others with Michael. Overall it has been a thrill to contribute to this anime community outreach, and I hope to continue contributing more in the future.
In 2015, I expanded the “Who Cares About Anime” name to include an opinionated, off-the-cuff podcast about specific anime titles. Check us out on YouTube or iTunes! Episodes will likely contain spoilers, mature themes, and explicit language. Each participant’s opinions are his or her own and do not necessarily reflect the views of the podcast or this blog as a whole.
And, as of 2016, you may also find some of my reviews posted on The Pulp Press, an online magazine dedicated to news and information on various entertainment outlets including anime, comics, film, manga, and much more. Many other talented writers continuously contribute articles, and new posts are published on the 23rd of each month.
Special thanks to Michael for giving my own site a much-needed aesthetic overhaul.
Since 2009 I’ve gone by the unassuming username “wwwwhhhhoooo” (“Who”) within anime-related circles across the internet (including the premier Tenchi Muyo! podcast, Tenchicast!). As a self-inflicted tribute to those early days, I resurrected my old moniker to use as the tongue-in-cheek title of my blog. (Who cares about anime? Yes! Who does care about anime! Get it? I know, I know, an unabashed ripoff of Abbott & Costello.)
Bad wordplay aside, I hope that whether it’s via my own personal writings, citation to other qualified authors in the field, writing for a widely distributed webisode, or recording in-depth conversations with my peers in the critiquing world, I can potentially play a small role in highlighting noteworthy works of Japanese cinema while equipping others with greater capacities for scholarly comprehension (all while having a little fun along the way).
Thanks for listening, reading, and watching!
– J. G. Lobo