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“Just Because” and the language of youth

Scattered thoughts regarding the prominence of SMS communication chat bubbles in the 2017 anime “Just Because”

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VSImaginator the Fourth: Fabrics on my body

Meditations on: the ones lost to time, the world that might never be, the feelings I lost and those that were gained. Viewed justly so from from the…

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Another bishoujo game anime adaptation

I would wager most people knew bishoujo games instead as “those H-games”; games with high school settings, cherry blossoms and the same five archetypes in a harem. Shows…

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The most important anime of the 2010’s might have been Saekano

Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata might very well be the most important anime of the decade. The fact  that such a funny idea blossomed within my mind throughout the…

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VSImaginator the Third

Spells still recasted by nameless wizards under the fading stars

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Sunset Overdrive

Memories clashed with fantasies and the distinction between either grew frighteningly small. Where my heart resided is the question of the evening; the capability of my lovelessness is…

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Yofukashi no Uta’s insomnia analysis

Yofukashi no Uta is a story that seems to pride itself on the murky pseudo-philosophy of its adolescent edge. Or at the very least, one that seems to…

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Like Fine Wine

Adolescence unfolded before me and the memories I could have had passed me by; I, the observer. The looming spectre of adulthood crept up just beyond the horizon…

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Basing my entire personality on this one Genshiken manga page

By this point, I was already too far gone; my eyes were glazed over and the only thing left on my mind was the fantastic content within. I…

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Catching cicadas in the summertime

osuga no Sora is a series I unequivocally love. It captures a memory from a time I have longed for since I was a teenager and perhaps dates…

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A Case study of the Reitaisai 19 Fumo incident

I wasn’t around for the previous sales on AmiAmi  EN but I heard the horror stories; site crashing constantly, cart not saving items, pages not loading, everything sold…

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Shoujo-tachi wa Kouya wo Mezasu is brilliant you fools!

I initially was interested in Shoujo-tachi wa Kouya wo Mezasu simply due to its surface-level similarities with the previously enumerated list of “meta” anime. Though I mostly wanted…

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Tokyodrift

My childhood appreciation for cool shiny cars and my teenage love for fast music had finally come together in a fated meeting. I sought out the anime Initial…

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Meditation on aesthetics in Witch Hunter Robin

I watched the anime Witch Hunter Robin with the intention of serving myself a nice helping of 2000’s mall goth grunge, and was reassured of my decision once…

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Unfinished Requiem (103,000 Grimoires)

To get a better understanding of what exactly is “chuuni-kei” let’s examine music for a moment. Chuuni-kei within music is more so an inspiration and a visual element…

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Knights of the Old Republic

My nightmares saw a terrifying horned creature surrounded by pulsating red flames and I would awake in cold sweat. My fingers interlocked and I knelt by my bedside,…

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Some hard thinking after 5 years of anime blogging: 1000 anime later

It was the heart of winter at the opening of 2017; my high school days had just started to fade bitterly but were not yet “sweet.” I was…

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“Monster”: and the beauty still left to behold

I’ll go on record to say that the manga for Urusawa Naoki’s Monster has possibly the best written story in the medium of manga. I still stand by…

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All my idols have been she/her’ed

“My ideals were tested and ultimately came out victorious, but not without a few scars. To recreate myself I had to kill something. She was beautiful, but now…

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My beautifully dark escapist fantasy

This 2.5D dream has finally been realized in the way not many might have been expecting, but offers an interesting proposition to the onlooker: Vtubers present casual escapism.…

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永遠の約束 ~Die by the Sword~

I ultimately was dissatisfied with myself and struggled to find an answer for why. I ignored staring into the eyes of the man in the mirror and instead…

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Like sakura petals crushed underfoot: Or, overthinking Da Capo II’s anime

On the surface, and perhaps even with a bit of context, Da Capo appears to be a fairly “vanilla” galge series with a heavy emphasis on slice-of-life and…

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An ode to caramelldansen

Old MemoRies Before the days of apartment raves, hearing the muffled nightcore-inspired mix through your walls, or even the Doomer remixes, the internet was a different place. Some…

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twinkling★hypermaximalism

tained pieces across the mausoleum floor. Flashing lights illuminate our fears reflected back in broken pieces. Masking a repressed fear of going too far and instead opting to…

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slowdeath of moé

We live in a post-Love-Live world.

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“World Famous Moe Artist” ~ An UNDER17 Retrospective

UNDER17 is undoubtedly my favorite band. Prior to this, I didn’t really have a particular attachment towards a specific music group beyond a passing interest in the albums…

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Overthinking why Ai-chan’s breasts shrunk in Video Girl Ai

Let’s be honest, it was pretty obvious that Youta rented the tape because he was expecting something a bit more… naughty, let’s say. The concept of these “Video…

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Ludonarrative dissonance in eroge

More so than their traditionally book-bound counterparts, visual novels rely more heavily on a narrator to convey a story. The majority of visual novels are told from a…

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“Where is my Misaki”

She was the only beautiful thing. The evanescent image of her standing under a parasol, in that otherwise uneventful summer afternoon, burned itself into my retinas. Sunlight was…

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Overthinking Sister Princess & Da Capo

Sister Princess has some of the most atypical opening minutes that a suspiciously incestuous bishoujo game adaptation might otherwise be undeserving of. It hits the ground running with…

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The standardization of morals (in anime)

Kami nomi zo Shiru Sekai is a story about rejecting reality. NHK ni Youkoso is a story about indulging in being a hikikomori otaku. Oregairu is a story…

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A systematic breakdown of Ready Player Two

Alright gamers, the time I had feared is now upon us. In late November of last year I stumbled across an Amazon listing for something titled “Ready Player…

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Eternal Sunshine of the JAV-less Mind ~Last Ray of Sun☆Shine~

I swore to break free from the chains of the eternal cycle I’ve bound myself to, for one last final…

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An ode to the otaku room

The otaku room is a nothing more than a microcosm of the otaku identity. A private stand-alone simulation created solely to nurture one’s indulgent hobbies. This is an…

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The burden of foreknowledge

When I decided to finally watch Clannad Afterstory this past weekend, I slowly began to notice that this weight had begun to morph into a heavy burden to…

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Remembering Kita e ~Diamond Dust Drops~ because nobody else will

I had become interested in a specific brand of mid-2000’s romance anime that has since faded to obscurity. I’ve found a thread on an old AnimeSuki thread describing…

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I only meant to stay awhile: 2020

Due to suddenly finding myself with more time than usual, I ended up watching just under 300 anime this year. So here is my list of the most…

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Still thinking about: To Heart (1999)

I watched the TV anime adaptation of Leaf’s classic “visual novel” To Heart a few weeks ago while visiting my parents house one weekend. I didn’t have very…

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Eternal sunshine of the JAV-less mind

Fill my fond heart with 2D alone, for it Alone can rival, can succeed to thee. How happy is the blameless vestal’s lot! The world forgetting, by the…

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Sepia Nightmare

The fact that Boogiepop Phantom exists still eludes me to this day. One could chalk it up to simply being another product of the post-Evangelion boom in late…

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NEWTYPE Treasure Hunter : Tetsuko no Tabi

Having hung around various anime circles for a number of years and explored a significant portion of anime through various online databases such as anidb and MyAnimeList, there…

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Falling in love… 1000 times later

These are the girls I used to fall in love with, and here’s to the girls who I have yet to meet.

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Comfy discussion on the preface of Denpa Otoko

Postmortem reflection of the preface to Denpa Otoko alongside some insights to Honda toru’s philosophy and ideals. Appended at the end is a “small” collection of links to…

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Translating Denpa Otoko: Translator’s Introduction & Preface

This translation effort can hardly be called a fully-realized project, and should be treated as a proof of concept for the time being since its future is entirely…

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Why Hikigaya Hachiman can’t get drunk

Beyond the obvious excitement of seeing my favorite girl animated once again, the third and final season of Oregairu has offered new evidence to back some of my…

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Kiriyama Rei’s painful privilege to success

No friends, no family, and far beyond his competition in terms of skill; the peerless Kiriyama Rei was painfully alone. The struggle to overcome loneliness is one of…

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Kujibiki Unbalance has been over

The dream has long since been over, yet, here I sit, amidst the ruins of my lingering memories that refuse to lessen their grip on those bygone days.…

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The “ideological warrior”

“No reservation, no hesitation, no discrimination, no limitation, just liberation (alt. Caramelldansen)”

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