Hope Chapman, aka JesuOtaku, is by far the most successful and analytical of the former Desu Des Brigade, currently a member of That Guy with the Glasses.She produces a review segment simply entitled "The JesuOtaku Anime Review". Her review approach is very analytical, using a four-star* From a minimum of one star to a maximum of four, with half-star increments, yielding 7 total possible ratings. rating system. She tries to be as objective as possible and may give high scores to shows that she doesn't personally like. She also produced her "summer project", an audio drama adaptation of Fruits Basket, every Wednesday throughout summer 2011 (and which can be found here if you're interested). She is notable for her large amount of shows:
Since joining That Guy with the Glasses, she gained a great degree of success previously unseen. Despite efforts to keep the Desu Des Brigade alive, she made the decision to officially leave the Brigade. This news, however, was rather redundant as the Brigade disbanded.Her videos can be found here on Blip.tv, here on That Guy with the Glasses, and here on Twitter. She also has a live stream, here and she can be found here on Formspring. Additionally, she has also often appeared on Nash's long running Radio Dead Air internet radio show, which can be found here. She set up her own website in December 2012, which has everything she has a major role in, such as crossovers and panels at conventions, here.For an in-progress list of things JO has reviewed, click here.In January 2013, Hope announced that she'd be part of an adaptation of Katawa Shoujo, named Katawa Seiyu being released on Youtube. The trailer is here. JO herself has recorded auditions for several characters, which can be listened to here. She has been cast as the voice of RinTezuka.
JesuOtaku provides examples of the following tropes:
Aborted Arc: Has happened twice, as Hope has stated on Formspring that she doesn't do plot arcs in her reviews:
The first was after the Highschool Of The Dead review, where it seemed like Jesu was going to make other people watch bad anime (like what Sage had done to her), but since then, nothing's happened.
The second is from To Boldly Flee, the fourth anniversary video for TGWTG- at the end, it's shown that Edward was still in Jesu's mind, but Hope jossed any hopes Edward would be back in her reviews.
She also seems to have a real and legitimate hatred of people questioning her on why she doesn't care for Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood. To be fair, this is because people did this incessantly after she made her lukewarm feelings towards it clear. The same is true for the Berserk manga and the episode "Boogie Woogie Feng Shui" from Cowboy Bebop. Also, don't get her started on any recent work done by ADR Director/Scriptwriter Steven Foster.
Breakup Breakout: Not quite. Rather than leaving the Brigade after joining up with That Guy with the Glasses, she still tried to be a loyal brigadier, and her new-found popularity did in fact bring in more viewers to the Brigade's site; however, her indecisiveness coupled with her Attention Deficit Creator Disorder caused her to grow increasingly distant from the Brigade, unofficially breaking off from it about a year from its official disbandment.
Fun with Subtitles: The "snarktitles" that point things out and make witty asides about the action on screen without JO's narration having to go off on tangents. Sometimes they undercut or make fun of her, too. While introducing the review for Now and Then, Here and There, JO gets into a fight with them.
Gag Boobs: To make fun of the large breasts of one of the main characters in the anime Grenadier, JO stuffed soccer balls up the top of her T-shirt, and as part of the joke, and even balanced a plate of food on them and ate from it. In her last Q&A, Vixen made a Take That to that, by doing the same with her real boobs.
Gag Nose: In her Phoenix review, she points out a recurring character's bulbous and almost tumorous nose. She even plays the Inception music while zooming the camera in on it to point out how bizarre it is.
JesuOtaku: By God, if I can't make a good impression, I might as well make a lasting one!
Never Heard That One Before: As her Facebook profile states, "I'm just Hope...the girl of a thousand puns on her first name. (I really want a nickel for every one of them. That'd be tight.)"
Noodle Implements: She kept interrupting Nash's intro to his "Top Classic Doctor" review to ask him for yarn, raw meat, rebar and really sturdy bricks. (She was in the process of moving into Nash's place, and it's implied at the end of the intro that she owns some type of great cat.)
Her gripes about GONZO and their varying production values.
The silly voices she uses for characters in her her playthrough of Path of Radiance.
From her livestream, Boyd being blamed when something crashes or doesn't work properly on the stream, and the people in the chat shouting "NAIL!" whenever Soren, who has the voice of Super Kami Guru, appears. It has gotten to the point where JO tells them early on to get it out of their system.
In Real Life, she's fond of moving- in early 2013, she moved in with Nash, then less than two months after that moved West, after having moved twice beforehand. One wonders how she has the cash to afford all of the moving... It hasn't, however, been lampshaded by any of her fellow critics, although some fans are fond of snarking about it whenever it happens.
JO's "Digimon Month", a month of reviews of the first five seasons of Digimon was intended to encompass August 2010. The Digimon Adventure review finally came out on August 20th (with part 2 only half-done until about a week later). It then took until November 6th for the first part of Digimon Adventure 02 to be released, followed by parts 2 and 3 on the 23rd (and part 2 half-done until the 28th). Following 02, her weekly anime review continued for the first time since July, with the fate of rest of the Digimon reviews left uncertain.
"Wow. It's times like this I wish I could whistle. You could stop traffic with a body like that."
Tomboy: From the way she dresses to the shows she likes, JO is pretty masculine. She makes it crystal clear in the start of her Mahoromatic review that dolling herself up is not a hobby of hers.
Top Ten List: Top X Lists, mostly. Top 20 Villains, Top 15 Dubbed Anime Themes, Top 15 Stupidest Izzyisms, Top 15 Nerd Jokes in Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, Top 10 Cowboy Bebop episodes, Top 20 openings of 2010, and her top 25 favorite anime; she announced via formspring that she'll be making a revised version of the list at the end of 2012. The Top 20 openings is intended to be an annual project. She did one for 2011 as well.