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Spotting the Rare Manga of Clamp Island!

I was recently reading a blog post on Drunken Anime Blog.com and Irina mentioned the lesser known manga by Clamp called Kobato. It had been so long since…

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Buying Something Just Because it’s Kawaii!

Buying something just because it’s cute, but you have no real use or need for it. Buying something just because you like the packaging, even though you have…

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If I could change One Little Thing about this Anime . . .

Recently, while watching the latest episodes of the fresh Winter Season of anime, I noticed that I just kept thinking, “This anime is really good, But, if I…

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Anime to Hop into the Year of the Rabbit!

The 15 day long Lunar New Year had come around once again, and this time it’s the Year of the Rabbit! Each Lunar New Year is represented by…

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Anime Color Wheel! When Opposites Match!

As I was bouncing around the anime blog-o-sphere recently, I happened upon an interesting post from Irina at Drunken Anime Blog about her blogging process. Part of her…

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Learning Japanese 3 Ways with Anime!

I’ve posted before on my blog about different ways that watching anime might help you to learn Japanese. I’ve mentioned how learning exclamations can give you an instant…

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Rainy Day Anime!

It’s Winter where I live, and that means rain, rain, and more rain! I wake up in the morning and it’s dark and sprinkling. I go run errands…

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Anime Instant Reactions: Smile, Laugh, Clap, Cheer!

As I was furiously trying to watch all of the Winter anime season premiers in one binge watching dash (I’m a little behind because I’ve been distracted by…

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I don’t Watch Idol Anime, Except . . .

If anyone had asked me last week if I watched Idol Anime, I would have definitely said, no. Though I don’t find anything offensive about the genre, the…

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Best Anime of 2022!

At last a new year has come and 2022 is far, far behind us . . . by like a whole day! But I’m sure there are many…

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Yay, Happy New Year!

Hopefully 2023 will be filled with lots of fun, laughter, and really great anime! Did everyone get to see some great fireworks last night at the stroke of…

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A Sad Good Bye to 2022!

The year is finally coming to a close. It’s time to say good bye to all the wacky weirdness that this year brought, and ring in the new…

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Holiday . . . fatigue . . . too. . . exhausted. . . to type! . . . Blarg! (I died)

I had one heck of a great Christmas yesterday, Santa brought me a great manga that I really wanted, I watched some surprisingly good anime, and I got…

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T’was the Night Before Anime: A Christmas Post!

I was wracking my brain trying to think of the perfect Christmas post, and I just couldn’t think of anything that I hadn’t already posted about last year.…

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A Very Anime Christmas Story!

Growing up, every Christmas Eve my family would watch the movie A Christmas Story together while eating holiday cookies. It was a very happy tradition that, unfortunately at…

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Anime Comparison: Can a Villainess Really Beat a Princess?

Out of all the anime I’ve been watching, I recently noticed that two of them are very similar. They both feature main characters with flowing golden locks, who…

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Anime’s Adorable Time Warp!

It’s true of almost every anime fan out there, that they want to see their favorite anime characters as children. Whether it’s framed as the epic beginning of…

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Anime snow battles!

Just a little while ago the small city where I live got it’s first snow of the season. I live near the Pacific ocean, so it wasn’t a…

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Anime to Sing in the Season!

As the stores, coffee shops, and malls are slowly being taken over by the holidays, so too is the air being taken over by the sweet melodies of…

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Anime’s Pro Shoppers!

Black Friday sales have come and gone, the chaotic crowds swarming the entrances to big box stores, small boutiques, and shopping malls have thinned to more reasonable gaggles…

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If Anime Were Pie . . .

After the great feasting day known as Thanksgiving, I’ve kind of had pie on the mind. Maybe it’s because I had to make pies for the first time…

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Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

I hope everyone is having a very happy Thanksgiving (US) eating lots of good food, visiting with lots of friends and family, and thoroughly enjoying your holiday. And…

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Anime’s Feast for the Eyes!

It’s no deep dark secret that there are some anime out there that are absolutely gorgeous to look at. Anime such as Violet Evergarden, A Silent Voice, and…

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Anime That is Over the Moon for the Moon!

By now everyone has probably already heard about the spectacular launch of the Artemis One mission by NASA. As we watch anime here on Earth, the Artemis rocket…

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I’m Currently Watching Stuff! I probably should have mentioned that sooner

If you’ve been following my recent posts, you probably already know that I’m on a daring and quite brave quest to improve my blog writing! I learned that…

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Beware! The Claw is Targeting Otaku!: How I got Swindled by an Inanimate Object

It was a windy, rainy, stormy, no good, very bad weather day. It was my day off and I kind of wanted to go for a walk, meaning…

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Standing among Ani-Blogging Titans!

One Summer, many, many years ago, my older brother came back from Summer camp and he had grown quite a few inches while he was gone. I remember…

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Leaving Home at 13! Why is This a Thing In Anime?

I’ve been pondering this question for quite some time now. Why are there so many anime that feature main characters leaving home and living on their own at…

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Anime for Halloween Night!

Yay, it’s finally here! The trick-or-treaters are knocking, the candy is flowing, and the Castlevania sound track has been playing in a repeating loop all day long. It’s…

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Anime to watch for each day of the dead

I live on the West coast of the US, and not surprisingly as October comes to a close, we don’t just see Halloween decorations festooned on every doorway…

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Anime Vampires that Are After Your Heart! and maybe your blood a little bit too

The most common anime vampire is suave, sophisticated, and hauntingly beautiful. They more often than not, have a tragic back story and are eternally pining for their lost…

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Bippity Boppity Boo! Anime Witches that are Just Too Cute!

There certainly isn’t any lack of witches in anime that are brooding, dark, intimidating, or just plain scary. Much like their Western counterparts, anime witches like Robin from…

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Anime Amnesia and the Werewolves of the 2000’s

In the early 2000’s, back when I was still just a new and fresh beginner level otaku, I found most of my anime treasures at the local library.…

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Anime After Life: Anime Ghosts I Wouldn’t Mind Haunting Me!

The autumn trees are as bright orange as pumpkins, the frosty cool nights are slinking every earlier into what was once daytime hours, and the stores and shops…

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Megane! Megane! Megane! Maybe Anime Glasses Aren’t So Bad?

Here’s an interesting little personal factoid, my eyesight isn’t 20/20. I mean, my eyesight isn’t terrible, but it’s far from perfect. And what makes matters worse is that…

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Anime’s Many Monster Monikers!

In the Japanese language, there are sooooo many words to describe “monsters”. The variety of terms and the subtle connotations of the words, all so people could talk…

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Tasty Treats of Anime: Going Crackers for Senbei!

Senbei are traditional crackers made out of rice and rice flour that are often seasoned with Furikaki, soy sauce, dried seaweed, or other tasty seasonings. Though they don’t…

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Same Website, New Look!

For the special few that view my content on my website instead of on WordPress Reader, I have a surprise just for you! I’m trying out a new…

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Anime Pumpkin Spice?

The wind has turned chilly. The hazy Summer sky has finally clear away to reveal a endless sapphire blue expanse over head of fathomless depths. Wide fan-like leaves…

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The Boy and The Beast: A Magical Tale Lost in Translation

The movie The Boy and The Beast (currently available on Crunchyroll) is a truly delightful tale of a confused and emotionally injured little boy that runs away from…

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Oddest Anime Outros!

Many anime series are known for their amazing opening song and animation sequence, but when it comes to the closing or “outro” of the anime as the credits…

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Anime Antiques! Finding forgotten treasures

While cleaning out a storage room, I found some interesting artifacts from a long ago time and distant place, left behind by my late parents. My parents always…

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Anime: To Binge or not To Binge? That is the Question!

In general, I’ve always had the opinion that binge watching anime series is a wonderful advancement of the modern streaming world. If you could have all the enjoyment…

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Anime Oo La La! Anime better than Paris?

Later this month my brother is going on vacation to the elegant and sophisticated Paris! The one in France! He’s going to see the Eiffel Tower (the real…

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Good Bye Summer!

Summer is starting to fade away. The blistering heat of the day is tempered little by little by the clear, chilly nights. Leaves on the trees have begun…

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I Won! I Won!

Recently a very special award has been bouncing around the blog-o-sphere, it’s the Liebster Award, and it seems that I’ve won it! I would like to thank Andreea…

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Anime Under Construction

Every Summer I take on a major project for my home. Some times it’s re-landscaping the yard, sometimes it’s moving the driveway, some times it’s renovating the garden…

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American Otaku Haunting

There’s something that’s been haunting me this Summer. It’s been keeping me up late into the night and lurking into my waking hours. Everywhere I go it’s there,…

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Anime of the Young at Heart: Elderly in anime!

This post actually started quite a while ago and was inspired by a comment from Fred (Au Natural) on my post Still Life Anime: Kokkoku and other comments…

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Anime Oni-san! Epic Big Bro’s of Anime!

Sorry, but we are going to start off with a little ranty rant. Don’t worry, it won’t last long and it’s just for a little clarity of where…

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