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Podcast: The Tale of Genji

Check out the Read Japanese Literature podcast. A 19th-Century Illustration of The Tale of Genji via Wikimedia Commons Episode 2: The Tale of Genji—The world’s oldest novel. A…

Alison Fincher

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The Diary of Lady Murasaki

Murasaki Shikibu wasn’t her name. Like many female writers in history, we don’t know her real name. Murasaki, however, is a nickname derived from her greatest work The Tale…

Japan Powered

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Genjitsu Shugi Yuusha no Oukoku Saikenki Episode #10

Well everyone, looks like King Kazuya Souma has begun his quest to defend the Kingdom of Elfrieden from the Carmine/Vargas Alliance and the Principality of Amidonia. But first,…

The Anime Rambler – By Benigmatica

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How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom Episode 9 Impressions – This Means War

The 3 Dukes have finally become the main concern for our Realist Hero as this week he concludes the food crisis is on its way to being solved.…

100 Word Anime

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Genjitsu Shugi Yuusha no Oukoku Saikenki Episode #09

Let’s start this episode where King Kazuya Souma is getting a head pat from Juna Doma and while I’m worried that she might kill the king, Juna decides…

The Anime Rambler – By Benigmatica

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How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom Episode 8 Impressions – A Landslide and A Reality Check For Our Realist Hero

It had to happen eventually that our Realist Hero wouldn't necessarily solve everything with a snap of his fingers. All things considered though, he still succeeds well enough…

100 Word Anime

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Full Dive Series Review – So I Watched An Anime About A Guy Playing A Terrible Game and Hoped It Would Get Better, Sigh.

Full Dive is one of those anime that in the beginning looks like it has made a few mis-steps but might improve as it goes. Unfortunately, what you…

100 Word Anime

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Genjitsu Shugi Yuusha no Oukoku Saikenki Episode #08

Let’s start this episode where the Forbidden Army are making roads as part of King Kazuya Souma’s project to create a new port city of Venetinova. Of course,…

The Anime Rambler – By Benigmatica

Genjitsu Shugi Yuusha no Oukoku Saikenki – 08

「森、鳴動す」 (Mori, Meidou su) "The Forest in Labour" The homecoming Aisha never wanted to have.

Random Curiosity

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How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom Episode 7 Impressions – Adventuring and City Building Both Come With Hidden Dangers

Completely ignoring the previous episode of Realist Hero's focus on treason and potential war, this week we go on an adventure before planning to build a new city.…

100 Word Anime

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Genjitsu Shugi Yuusha no Oukoku Saikenki Episode #07

We begin this episode where King Kazuya Souma’s Living Poltergeist is here to assist the adventurers in clearing the dungeon beneath Elfrieden’s capital city, otherwise known as the…

The Anime Rambler – By Benigmatica

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Deanna Durbin and Her Japanese Fans

I was watching THE WHOLE FAMILY WORKS (1939), a Japanese film directed by Mikio Naruse about a family with seven kids trying to make ends meet in contemporary…

Brian Camp's Film and Anime Blog

Genjitsu Shugi Yuusha no Oukoku Saikenki – 07

「古老、曰く」 (Korou, Iwaku) "Thus Saith the Elder" All work and no play makes Kazuya a tired boy.

Random Curiosity

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How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom Episode 6 Impressions – Potential for Treason and War

From the silliness of previous episodes, Realist Hero this week delves into the decidedly more serious as the King overhears a conversation about the nobility switching their allegiance…

100 Word Anime

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Genjitsu Shugi Yuusha no Oukoku Saikenki Episode #06

Let’s start this episode when Hakuya Kwonmin explains to King Kazuya Souma regarding their neighboring countries as some are hostile towards the new king.

The Anime Rambler – By Benigmatica

Genjitsu Shugi Yuusha no Oukoku Saikenki – 06

「智者は時にそむいて利を捨てず」 (Chisha wa Toki ni Somuite Ri o Sutezu) "The Wise Man Never Forsaketh an Advantage" Let the domestic battle commence.

Random Curiosity

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How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom Episode 5 Impressions – Cooking Slime To Polygamy In A Single Episode

Another episode of How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom that starts in one place and ends up somewhere quite different. This time we go from cooking show…

100 Word Anime

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Genjitsu Shugi Yuusha no Oukoku Saikenki Episode #05

Well everyone, here’s Poncho Panacotta where he’s about to reveal the last ingredient for this Gemstone Broadcast. What could it be?

The Anime Rambler – By Benigmatica

Genjitsu Shugi Yuusha no Oukoku Saikenki – 05

「衣食足って、栄辱を知る」 (Ishoku Tatte, Eijoku o Shiru) "Well Fed, Well Regarded" The dark elf is a lie.

Random Curiosity

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Genjitsu Shugi Yuusha no Oukoku Saikenki Episode #04

Looks like King Kazuya Souma heard something dangerous from Tomoe Inui that he told everyone not to leak it. By the way, turns out that Tomoe is not…

The Anime Rambler – By Benigmatica

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How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom Episode 4 Impressions – Political Drama to Cooking Show in Twenty Minutes

How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom episode 4 gets moving along but we go from a revelation that could potentially change the political landscape to a hosted…

100 Word Anime

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Blue Sonnet

Akai Kiba Blue Sonnet ( Crimson Fang Blue Sonnet ), usually known as just Blue Sonnet , is a five-episode OVA series from 1989. It is based...

Collectr's Blog

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Sympathy for the Underdog (博徒外人部隊, Kinji Fukasaku, 1971)

A displaced post-war gangster relocates to Okinawa where the conditions of the occupation are stil very much in play in Fukasaku’s proto-jitsuroku yakuza drama

Windows on Worlds

Genjitsu Shugi Yuusha no Oukoku Saikenki – 04

「食指、動く」 (Shokushi, Ugoku) "The Forefinger Twitches" You will eat the bugs and you will like it.

Random Curiosity

Summer 2021 Schedule

Sunday Love Live! Superstar!! 19:00 NHK-E (07/11) Getter Robo Arc 21:00 AT-X (07/04) Tantei wa Mou, Shindeiru. 21:30 AT-X (07/04) Tian Guan Ci Fu 21:30 Tokyo MX (07/04) Shinigami…

Random Curiosity

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2-3 Peachboy, Hamefura, Genjitsu, Tantei

Both choices suck for different reasons. Peachboy Riverside 2 and 3 takes the setup and hops around a little, so that it’s confusing. In ep2 we meet Mikoto,…

Too Old for Anime

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How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom Episode 3 Impressions – The Talented Assemble

How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom seemed to take a page out of That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime's book this week with a lot…

100 Word Anime

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~SPOILER FREE~ FINAL THOUGHTS: SPRING 2021

Bit late finishing out the Spring season due to some computer problems, but I haven’t been watching much anime for the past year anyway, so it’s not like…

Please, no hate.

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Genjitsu Shugi Yuusha no Oukoku Saikenki Episode #03

Here’s Kazuya Souma where it appears that he brought his smartphone upon being transported in this fantasy world. While he can play games or even listen to music,…

The Anime Rambler – By Benigmatica

Genjitsu Shugi Yuusha no Oukoku Saikenki – 03

「臣をして忠臣たらしむことなかれ」 (Shin o Shite Chuushin Tara Shimu Koto Nakare) "Let Not Me Be a Loyal Minister" This week on Elfrieden's Got Talent, animal communication meets a singing extraordinaire!

Random Curiosity

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How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom Episode 2 Impressions – You Can’t Eat Cotton

How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom at least didn't give us crop rotations but we did get an explanation of cash crops before our new king plunges…

100 Word Anime

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Genjitsu Shugi Yuusha no Oukoku Saikenki Episode #02

Well everyone, here’s Kazuya Souma where the hero/king is currently touching a lion statue to see if he has magic powers. Of course, I’m worried that he might…

The Anime Rambler – By Benigmatica

Genjitsu Shugi Yuusha no Oukoku Saikenki – 02

「ただ才あらば用いる」 (Tada Sai Araba Mochiiru) "If You Possess an Aptitude, We'll Make Use of It" Let the games begin.

Random Curiosity

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Summer 2021 First Impressions: Getter Robo Arc, Tantei wa Mou Shindeiru, Genjitsu Shugi Yuusha

Getter Robo Arc Short Synopsis: An irradiated human being teams up with a part-dinosaur pilot to defend Earth from an alien invasion. Wooper: Arc is the fifth installment…

Star Crossed Anime

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Summer 2021 2

Your average quiet university before the fun starts. We start with Genjitsu Shugi Yuusha no Oukoku Saikenki, where a college boy named Kazuya is shunted off from his…

Too Old for Anime

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First Look: How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom

The eponymous “Realist Hero” Kazuya Souma is summoned to another world while in the middle of reading Machiavelli’s The Prince. Resolved to his fate, he decides to use…

The Glorio Blog

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Genjitsu Shugi Yuusha no Oukoku Saikenki – 01 [First Look]

Its takes something unique and special to not only get me out from under my proverbial rock, but to get me to actually write something about it as…

Anime Evo

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Genjitsu Shugi Yuusha no Oukoku Saikenki Episode #01

Hey everyone, here’s another isekai anime series based on a light novel where the story begins where Kazuya Souma, an aspiring civil servant, is about to be transported…

The Anime Rambler – By Benigmatica

Genjitsu Shugi Yuusha no Oukoku Saikenki – 01

「まず勇者より始めよ」 (Mazu Yuusha Yori Hajimeyo) "First Begin with a Hero" It's all about survival.

Random Curiosity

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Episode 50 Summer 2021 Anime Adapted from Light Novels

Welcome to another episode of the light novel podcast. We're talking about the summer 2021 Anime season and all the series/movies adapted from light novels. 0:00 Intro Summer 2021…

The Light Novel Podcast

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10 Anime I am Watching This Season

The new anime season, spring 2021, has just begun. Some of the below-mentioned anime have already aired their first episode. These lists reveal a lot about my tastes…

All About Anime and Manga

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Kyuukyoku Shinka shita Full Dive RPG ga Genjitsu yori mo Kusoge Dattara Episode #12

Well, this situation turned from bad to worse as Alicia is killed by Captain Tesla. Dammit, the apple-peeling assassin couldn’t beat the captain of the City Guards!

The Anime Rambler – By Benigmatica

Summer Preview 2021

As the birds and the bees give way to crushing heatwaves (or the fun of winter for those down under), anime too hasn’t forgotten seasonal change. And oh…

Random Curiosity

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Watch or Drop? Is Full Dive Worth Watching?

Given this one only has a 6.41 score on MAL I wasn't going in to Full Dive expecting a masterpiece. That said, at three episodes into Full Dive,…

100 Word Anime

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Kyuukyoku Shinka shita Full Dive RPG ga Genjitsu yori mo Kusoge Dattara Episode #11

Oh look, it appears that this goblin got its head cut off, meaning that Hiro is saved from being killed. Of course, the question is who saved Hiro?

The Anime Rambler – By Benigmatica

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Kyuukyoku Shinka shita Full Dive RPG ga Genjitsu yori mo Kusoge Dattara Episode #10

Let’s start with a flashback where we have Kamui, telling a certain female character that he’s not interested on dating with her, especially when she has large breasts.…

The Anime Rambler – By Benigmatica

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Kyuukyoku Shinka shita Full Dive RPG ga Genjitsu yori mo Kusoge Dattara Episode #09

Well everyone, it appears that Hiro was consulted by this guy that he should quit the City Guard before it gets worse. Then again, Hiro should have declined…

The Anime Rambler – By Benigmatica

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Kyuukyoku Shinka shita Full Dive RPG ga Genjitsu yori mo Kusoge Dattara Episode #08

Let’s start with this episode where Kaede receives a custard pudding from Hiroshi as he lost his appetite after watching Kamui’s guide. Looks like he’ll have to complete…

The Anime Rambler – By Benigmatica