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Holiday Review #3: AYAKASHI TRIANGLE

Most shonen romances these days are looking and behaving more and more like their shojo counterparts, but at least one guy is dedicated to m...

The Manga Test Drive

Holiday Review #3: AYAKASHI TRIANGLE

Most shonen romances these days are looking and behaving more and more like their shojo counterparts, but at least one guy is dedicated to m...

The Manga Test Drive

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Anime Witches in Japanese Culture     

In anime witches are often depicted as Magical Girls who wear cute outfits and own cats. Could the origins of their power be something more sinister?

In Asian Spaces

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25 Iconic Anime Duos With an Unbreakable Bond

Every anime series has a main character, but no anime series has a main character alone all of the time. Even a well made character needs someone beside

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Even the Good Homer Nods (Don Dracula)

The Roman poet Horace noticed that in the Iliad , Homer reintroduced a character that he had previously killed off. Horace's comment was "Qu...

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20 Chronic Damsels in Distress Anime Characters That Always Need Rescue

Everybody needs a little help sometimes. Even the most plot-armored shounen hero needs to get into a sticky situation they may need saving from every now

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Arisa Good Luck

Here's a true bluebird: the 1999 one-shot OVA Arisa Good Luck . Last month, Tennouji, translator and proprietor of SakuraCircle, contacted m...

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Baccano! and Durarara!! are Masterpieces!!! | The Canipa Effect

Download the Manta app here: https://manta.onelink.me/LvhZ/u9r9fgyw And use this link for a 7-day free, unlimited membership to Manta - https://manta.onelink.me/LvhZ/u9r9fgyw #ad Canipa discusses the creation of two of his…

The Canipa Effect

Haruka Naru Toki no Naka de 2

Haruka Naru Toki no Naka de ( In a Distant Time ) is an otome game franchise developed by Ruby Party. It spans at least a dozen…

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CLAMP’s Visual Haiku

Source: By: Peggy Sue Wood I was recently introduced to the idea of a visual haiku and my first thoughts went to CLAMP. For those of you who…

The Anime View

Kakyuusei (1995), DVD Edition

The world doesn't need another version of Kakyuusei (1995), but here's one anyway. An Internet pen-pal who goes by the handle of ProxyMan ha...

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Natsume Yuujinchou: Ishi Okoshi to Ayashiki Raihousha – Another Solid Installment

This ‘movie’ was a roller coaster of emotions; hype, minor despair, and eventually a soft sense of relief when it showed up on streaming services in Japan. Yet,…

Phoenix Talks Pop Culture Japan

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Anime Series Like Mieruko-chan

Miko is a normal high school girl who has found her life turned upside down by the sudden ability to see spirits. Despite being terrified by what she…

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Natsume Yuujinchou San

Title: Natsume Yuujinchou SanGenre: Drama, Slice-of-Life, SupernaturalRating: 9.0 Summary: Ever since he was a child, Natsume Takashi could see spirits. As an orphan, he was passed around among relatives until he was…

Anime Anthology

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Why is the Natsume Yuujinchou Anime Still Endearing After Six Seasons?

Natsume Yuujinchou is one of those anime that I just love. Here I am revisiting the reasons I feel this anime is still going strong despite the episode…

100 Word Anime

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Anime ABC’s, My Favorite Anime Character for Each Letter of the Alphabet

So I know a good idea when I steal one. This being one of said ideas. Of course, I kid. We give credit where it’s due; always. I…

Phoenix Talks Pop Culture Japan

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What is “Iyashikei” Anime? – 25 Healing Anime Series to Make You Feel Okay Again

While many people are interested in anime for intense action, vivid animation, or cerebral plot, there is a particular group of people that just want to watch something…

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Natsume’s Book of Friends: Ephemeral Bond – In Loving Memory

Production I couldn’t find anywhere to stream Ephemeral Bond in Quebec so I … The post Natsume’s Book of Friends: Ephemeral Bond – In Loving Memory appeared first…

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Dragons and Chill: 35 Fantasy Slice of Life Anime Recommendations

Fantasy is one of those genres that comes with certain expectations. Most traditionally, a main character in a fantasy land starts off living a normal life, then is…

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Waiting for Spring Part 1 (with Kelly Quinn Chiu)

Covers volumes 1–7 of Waiting for Spring by Anashin.The wait is finally over! We're FINALLY talking about the basketball boys! Waiting for Spring is one of the most…

Shojo & Tell: A Manga Podcast

Waiting for Spring Part 1 (with Kelly Quinn Chiu)

Covers volumes 1–7 of Waiting for Spring by Anashin.The wait is finally over! We're FINALLY talking about the basketball boys! Waiting for Spring is one of the most…

Shojo & Tell: A Manga Podcast

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My Top 5 Anime Gods

There are tons of anime gods out there and it was really though to narrow the list down to 5. I managed it somehow this time.

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Anime Series Like Dr. Ramune – Mysterious Disease Specialist

If something takes root deep enough in someone’s heart, it can attract spirits that will cause mysterious diseases that modern medicine cannot cure. For those that have these…

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Natsume Yuujinchou Shi – Episode 12

Second to last episode! Natsume visits his old house one last time. Natsume boards the train. There was a youkai in his seat… Might be important. Then Nyanko-sensei…

AC and Anime

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Gude Crest

Orphan's presents a new English release of the 1990 sword-and-sorcery OVA Onna Senshi Efe & Jira: Gude no Monshou ( Woman Warriors Efe & Ji...

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Natsume Yuujinchou Shi – Episode 11

Natsume’s going through a normal-ish daily life. Then he gets back to his room… and promptly spits out his drink, because there’s a huge gathering of youkai in…

AC and Anime

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Natsume’s Book of Friends – A slow, reflective start to a wonderful story

Quiet and meditative, Natsume’s Book of Friends offers life lessons with each episode as we watch Takeshi Natsume grow – with the help of his friends, both human…

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You Don’t Have to Kick Ass to Be Kickass: Shoujo fantasy and the value of the noncombatant hero

Over the years, the number of lady action heroes has slowly but significantly risen. And this is a good thing... for the most part. But the ability to…

Anime Feminist

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Natsume Yuujinchou Shi – Episode 10

Here’s to hoping Natsume gets out of his situation alive. I mean. Well and alive. He gets rescued by Madara, so now the other youkai are still in…

AC and Anime

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20 Longer Length Anime Series to Get Lost In

Certainly it is believed that the 12-episode format or even the longer 23-episode format is good for telling a good self-contained story. However, for some, anime isn’t about…

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My Top 5 Anime Couples

These are the top 5 anime coules that I think just exemplify what great couples are like! These are my type of anime relationships!

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Natsume Yuujinchou Shi – Episode 9

Natsume’s just doing his work when he hears a weird noise. But he doesn’t see anything. He gets a letter. And then he sees a face on the…

AC and Anime

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Anime, Dramas, Movies and more I’m looking forward to in 2021

After the shitshow that was 2020, I’m hoping that 2021 will be less terrible. I’m not delusional thinking that COVID is suddenly gone, climate change has stopped, or…

Phoenix Talks Pop Culture Japan

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Natsume Yuujinchou Shi – Episode 8

99% sure the Matobas are back. Or at least one of them. Hopefully they’re not here to cause trouble. There’s some school girl running from a youkai. I…

AC and Anime

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Natsume Yuujinchou Shi – Episode 7

Part two of the Natsume in a Glass Bottle story! Tanuma learns about a banquet and begins to head inside to find Natsume. Then Nyanko-sensei shows up. Meanwhile,…

AC and Anime

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Natsume Yuujinchou Shi – Episode 6

So… Basically Natsume gets trapped in a glass bottle, according to the episode preview from last episode. Natsume beat his friend Kitamoto in shogi after practicing with Tanuma.…

AC and Anime

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Natsume Yuujinchou Shi – Episode 5

(By the way, Happy 2021! It’ll be January 1, 2021 when this post comes out. And let’s all hope it’ll be happy.) There’s this girl visiting a shrine/temple…

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Natsume Yuujinchou Shi – Episode 4

I absolutely love this show and I’m going to continue it. Some of the opening/ending songs make me super sad for some reason. Natsume opens the door for…

AC and Anime

Natsume Yuujinchou Shi – Episode 3

Basically, Natsume adopts three fluff balls. Which are youkai. He was walking along and saw a youkai that’s basically a ball of hair, before going home. He did…

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Natsume Yuujinchou Shi – Episode 2

So Natsume’s trapped in Matoba’s mansion and he just met the leader of the clan! Who, well, locks him up. Understandable. There are some misunderstandings that are cleared…

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Natsume Yuujinchou Shi – Episode 1

And season 4 is here! Awesome. Only two left to go after this, so hopefully there’s more in the future. Natsume returns a youkai’s name from the Book…

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Baccano! & Immortality

Baccano! & ImmortalityThe Essence of Anime - Part IIntroBaccano! is a 2007 TV anime directed by Takahiro Oomori (Natsume Yuujinchou, Kuragehime, Samurai Flamenco, Pet and a lot more)…

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Top 5 Animes to Watch This Halloween if You Are A Scaredy Cat

I love Halloween. It’s so fun and silly. I will also take any excuse to dress up! I like the themes and the idea and just how joyful…

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Completly Objective Review of Natsume’s Book of Friends – Blame Scott

  Genre : Supernatural, Slice of Life, drama, Everything that’s good with the world Episodes: 74 over 6 seasons, 6 OVAs and a movie Studio: Shuka   There are few…

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Top 6 Anime that Made Me Cry

I couldn’t cut it down to 5. That’s How much of a crybaby I am! I guess I should preface this by letting you all know that I…

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Returning to Anime? The Best Anime Series of 2008 That You Missed

Been away from anime for awhile? We understand. You go out and have your life, anime will always be waiting for you when you come back. They always…

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Top 5 Anime Pets

I am in the mood for some good fluff. And you know what’s fluffy and fuzzy or sometimes scaly? Pets! I’m an animal lover and that extends to…

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Ode to Anime Studios – Brain’s Base

I’ve been worried about this one – I don’t really know their output too well and their overall “footprint” on their works is kind of vague…

The Animanga Spellbook

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The Decade in Review : The English Language Adaptation Industry and Fandom Part 1

With the Japanese side of things out of the way, I thought it might be fun to look at the English adaptation side of things. It’s taken me...

The Melancholic Middle Aged Anime Fan