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Weekly Reading Wrap-Up (April 14th to 21st)

My mental health was a bit all over the place this past week as I have been taking care of three sick kitties (they have colds, nothing too…

Initial Dork

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Initial D - The First Stage to the Overall Magic of Anime and Manga

Seeing this display at my local Kinokuniya Bookstore branch made my day and got me reminiscing. In the early 2000s', I was still in my phase of consuming everything…

Drop-In to Manga - Manga, Mental Health & Community

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Weekly Reading Wrap-Up (April 6th to 13th) 📚

This last week was fabulous. I read about six books total and almost all of them are titles I would recommend to other readers, depending on what fits…

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Women of Good Fortune: Ride-or-Die Female Friends Finding their Joyous Empowerment (Book Review) 🧧

Women of Good Fortune by Sophie Wan is a Chinese-American, contemporary novel that begins with a bride’s reluctance at her upcoming nuptials to a very wealthy, eligible bachelor…

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Laid-Back Camp Season 3 (Spring 2024) – First Impressions 🏕️

Laid-Back Camp Season 3 (ゆるキャン△ Season 3) is the continuation of a series that essentially revolves around cute, silly girls and their love of camping! It’s a super…

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Wisdom of the Week #1: The Value of Impermanence 🪷

Happy Sunday and good morning, chums. Welcome to a new weekly (sometimes bi-weekly) segment called Wisdom of the Week, where I will share some words to keep in…

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Caturday Reads 01: Horror Thriller, East Asian Fantasy, Mech Science-Fiction 😺

Azizi and I welcome you to our first Caturday Reads, which is a basically a post allowing me to dote and show off amateur pictures of my kitties,…

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🌼 March Reading Wrap-Up (2024) 🌼

March was a brilliant reading month for me. I cannot remember the last time I was able to focus so much on one thing at a time for…

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📢 Blog Bulletin: Welcome Spring! Seasonal Introverted Shenanigans

Returning to blogging feels like walking into an 80s queer disco ghost town, not that I would ever complain about that. That would be right up my happy…

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Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng: Generational Trauma & Internalised Racism Amid Grief – Book Review

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng is a Chinese-American fiction literature novel about a family—two parents, a brother, and a sister—who try to piece together the…

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Syrup to No Good by Catherine Bruns: Bridal Shower Stabbing Stops the Show – Book Review

Syrup to No Good by Catherine Bruns is the second book in the cosy mystery series, Maple Syrup Mysteries. Leila Khoury has settled into her life in Vermont…

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Blog Bulletin 📣 Hello, Happy Sunday & How Do you Do + Sunday Shelfie

Do you ever sit down to write something, and you want it to be profound and fabulous, yet when the eyes meet the document or clean, crisp pages,…

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AI 2041: Ten Visions for Our Future by Kai-Fu Lee & Chen Qiufan – Realistic Potentiality of Global AI Technologies – Book Review

AI 2041: Ten Visions for Our Future by Kai-Fu Lee and Chen Qiufan is a collection of ten short stories written in collaboration between two pioneers of artificial…

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A Doomful of Sugar by Catherine Bruns: A Sweet & Sombre Cosy Mystery – Book Review

A Doomful of Sugar by Catherine Bruns is the first title in a cosy mystery series called, Maple Syrup Mysteries. It follows a woman named Leila Khoury as…

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DAYS OAD

Back in 2016, Orphan subbed DAYS: Touin Gakuensen , the second set of DAYS OADs and the next step in the Seiseki High School soccer team's q...

Collectr's Blog

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Does MF Ghost Carry the Flame of Initial D? Season 1 Anime Review

Today's anime review covers MF Ghost Season 1, the fall 2023 anime continuing several years after the events of Initial D. Please consider supporting these videos: Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/bobsamurai Etsy Store:…

BobSamurai Anime Reviews

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Joker: Killer Smile – The Sublime Subtlety Between Brilliance & Madness – Comic Review

“Life is meant to be savoured.” Joker: Killer Smile is a psychological horror, mystery graphic novel by the magnificent award-nominated duo, Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino (Gideon Falls).…

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Mujirushi: The Sign of Dreams by Naoki Urasawa – Seinen Satire from a Master of the Craft (Manga Review)

Mujirushi: The Sign of Dreams by Naoki Urasawa is a seinen, mystery, drama manga about a father who evades taxes to save money so he can take his…

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5 Reasons to Watch Ghost Hunt (ゴーストハント)

Ghost Hunt is a shōjo, supernatural mystery show about a group of psychic researchers that investigate paranormal incidents and try to resolve them where they can. This was…

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Harleen by Stjepan Šejić: A Stroke of Genius Origin Story for The Joker’s Leading Lady – Comic Review

Harleen by Stjepan Šejić is a psychological thriller graphic novel. After months of interviewing criminals at Arkham Asylum, Dr Harleen Quinzel starts to have very strange dreams about…

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7th Time Loop: The Charming Shenanigans of a Villainess & Her Worst Enemy – Anime First Impressions

7th Time Loop: The Villainess Enjoys a Carefree Life Married to Her Worst Enemy! (ループ7回目の悪役令嬢は、元敵国で自由気ままな花嫁生活を満喫する) is a fantasy, romance anime series about a noblewoman that is resurrected for…

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The Demon Prince of Momochi House: Supernaturally Sweet & Visually Vibrant – Anime First Impressions

The Demon Prince of Momochi House (百千さん家のあやかし王子) is a shōjo, supernatural, romance anime that’s based off the original manga series by Aya Shouoto. It follows a young, orphaned…

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Mellow

Another year, another ecchi OVA about cross-dressing from Knack. This time it's 1993's Mellow , which is based on a manga by Kasahara Rin th...

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Black Tomb (2008): Love & Violence in Dystopian Kamakura-Era – Anime First Impressions

Kurozuka, also known as Black Tomb, is a 2008 seinen, post-apocalyptic, dark fantasy anime that’s an adaptation of a manga, which was an adaptation of a novel. It…

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Ninja Scroll & the Harsh Critique of a Toxically Ambitious History – Anime Review

Ninja Scroll (獣兵衛忍風帖) is a 1993 seinen, jidaigeki-chanbara (period samurai film) motion picture that was produced by Animate Film and written and directed by Yoshiaki Kawajiri (Vampire Hunter…

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Comic Review: Meg the Graphic Novel – Tawdry Cinematic Action at its Finest

As a humongous fan of the cheesy and oft-times godawful Meg novels by Steven Alten, when I saw the trade paperback comic, it is safe to say that…

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Anime Archive Ventures (Randomly Choosing Backlogged Anime) #1: Black Tomb (2008)

Anime backlogs are simultaneously amazing, as they provide a source for us to refer to when we have no idea what sounds good for that next thrilling adventure,…

Initial Dork

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Blog Bulletin 📢 Welcome to Initial Dork!

Bula bloggers, bookworms, and dorks of all sorts, and a very cheery New Year’s to you. This is your basic as biscuits “Welcome to My Blog” post. If…

Initial Dork

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Racing the Ghost of Initial D

MF Ghost is not Initial D despite their thematic and narrative similarities. No series will ever be as transcendent as Initial D was, but that doesn’t mean no…

Artificial Night Sky

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Anime Like Overtake

After a traumatic event, freelance photographer Kouya Madoka has trouble taking pictures of people, and his career is suffering for it. However, while working

Recommend Me Anime

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This Week in Anime - Fast Cars, Anime, and Eurobeat

Steve and Nicky put on their helmets for a high-octane discussion of Initial D, its successor MF Ghost, and the dark horse of the season, Ei Aoki's Overtake!

Anime News Network - Views

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A 90s Delinquent Anime About The Sengoku Era of Japan

Bousou Sengokushi If you want a little look into what young Japanese street life in the early 90s looked like in an animated form.. Bousou Sengokushi is the way…

animebackwhen

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Anime Like MF Ghost

With self-driving electric cars replacing gas-powered vehicles, sports cars became a rarity. In this future, they are only really seen in a racing circuit

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MF Ghost and the Passage of Time

One of the Fall 2023 anime I had been anticipating was MF Ghost, a sequel of sorts to the famous downhill street racing series Initial D. While I’ve…

OGIUE MANIAX

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Every Anime Worth Watching in Fall 2023

The Fall 2023 season has to be the strongest anime season in quite a long time. It's filled everything you would want. Timestamps: 0:00 Intro 0:45 MF Ghost (Initial D) 1:54 Overtake! 2:04…

Huno

Initials D Through MF and O

Two car animes in one season, and one of them is the legendary sequel to Initial D? Boy, I'm at FULL mast.

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“MF Ghost” and the Evolution of Racing Anime: A New Chapter in the Legacy of “Initial D”

The world of anime has long been captivated by the thrill and excitement of racing, and few series have left as lasting an impact as “Initial D.” Widely…

ucubgames

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First Impression: MF Ghost

The future is here and gas-powered cars are going the way of the dinosaur. Well, unless you go to the track where real fossil fuel-guzzling race cars still…

Beneath the Tangles

MF Ghost #01 — Those Silly Stalkers

  Starring the boy born with no personality. Apparently this is airing a day early on all the online streaming sites, both Abema and abroad. Impressions: I'm not…

Tenka Seiha

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What I Watched This Week – 7/9-7/15

Initial D First Stage – I am not very knowledgeable about cars or particularly interested in racing, so I really only added this to my watchlist because one…

The Romantic Goldfish

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The Manga Review: Straight, No Chaser

If you weren't able to attend Anime Expo, fear not: Brigid Alverson has a handy round-up of major licenses from Kodansha, which include a new edition of Initial…

Manga Bookshelf

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The Initial D Life Lesson I Often Think About

There are many unforgettable moments in Initial D. Whether it’s seeing the AE86 drift for the first time, the battle against Ryousuke, the Trueno vs. Levin battles, or…

OGIUE MANIAX

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Backlog Busting – My February 2023 Watches

You know, it really feels great being able to just watch through shows on my backlog without worrying about keeping up with seasonal shows as well all the…

The Backloggers

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Rougo ni Sonaete Isekai de 8-Man-Mai no Kinka o Tamemasu – Episode 4 – Mitsuha’s General Store’s Grand Opening and Initial Difficulties

Episode impressions of Rougo ni Sonaete Isekai de 8-Man-Mai no Kinka o Tamemasu Episode 4 as Mitsuha finally arrives in the royal capital to open up a general…

Chikorita157's Anime Blog

Tezuka Osamu's Tales from the Old Testament Ep19-21

The seventh volume of Tezuka Osamu's Tales from the Old Testament is the pivot point between the mythic and "historical" parts of the Bible....

Collectr's Blog

Uzaki-chan wa Asobitai! S2 - Episode 9 - Tsuki Yanagi Float on Water

Tsuki and Yanagi relaxed in an outdoor bath when Hana rejoined them with a smile. What happened to her? Uzaki-chan wa Asobitai! S2 - Episode 9

Joeschmo's Gears and Grounds

Nemure Omoigo, Sora no Shitone ni

From the depths of the unfinished projects vault, Orphan and M74 bring you a new version of the 2014 sci-fi anime, Nemure Omoigo, Sora no S...

Collectr's Blog

Shuto Kousoku Trial 2 (1990) [Film Review]

Shuto Kousoku Trial 2; or, Gas Gas Gas      It's the best! With GTR nobody will beat me! After the troubled release of the original Shuto Ko...

Watching Asia Film Reviews

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The Only 100 Anime You Need To Watch

100 Anime Recommendations These are the only 100 anime you need to see! Some of the old.. some of the new, I’m sure there are dozens that are perfect…

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