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How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Identify With Shinji And Asuka

This is a very personal and terrifying post to make. If you want something more research driven, and not depressing, I would recommend the posts I did on…

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Getting galaxy brained about the beginning and end of End Of Evangelion

Because what better way to analyze Neon Genesis Evangelion than in anachronistic order?

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The Update Post I Swore I Would Never Make

Greetings, dear readers. I don’t like making update posts, but I had to break my rule against them to put this out there. The last week has been…

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Yuuki Yuuna Is A Hero: What It Did And What I Thought

This post contains spoilers for all three anime in the Yuuki Yuuna series. Yuuki Yuuna Is A Hero is a dark magical girl series that started in 2014,…

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Blame! As Aesthetic As Narrative

Maybe the Earth, maybe the future, basically an artbook.

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Chainsaw Man does (not) need an anime (or, the medium could be the key to success)

This post will contain spoilers for the excellent manga Chainsaw Man, as well as general assholery and elitism on my part. If you somehow don’t know, Chainsaw Man…

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The Colorful Stories Tag

I recently had the honor of being nominated for a blog challenge tag! Big thank you to Phoenix Talks Pop Culture Japan for tagging me, you should all…

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Shirobako: What It Did And What I Thought

Shirobako is an anime about anime. On the surface, it’s a workplace drama that happens to center around anime production, or essentially a high school club show with…

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Analyzing How Neon Genesis Evangelion Impacted Me

Well, Anno finally did it, the madman. At the time of writing, Rebuild 4.0, or 3.0+1.0, whichever you prefer, has just released. If you don’t know, Neon Genesis…

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Shout-Outs As Visual Texture In Berserk

Is this a new series I’m starting? Is it just an excuse to justify buying all the Berserk volumes? Read it to find out.

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The Interesting Manga-to-Anime adaptations

You’ve probably seen more anime based on manga than from any other source material. Of the ten most popular anime on MAL, seven are based on manga, and…

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The Loving Parody Of Anime Figures (That You’ve Probably Never Seen)

If you’re a core enough otaku to have found my blog, there’s a good chance you collect anime figures. I have a good couple dozen, myself. It’s not…

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Give Clannad Season 1 More Credit!

I try to only make posts that I think bring something new to the table. There’s a reason I made my Berserk post about my personal experience with…

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The February 17th Nintendo Direct Is A Mixed Bag

Hey, so how about that new Nintendo Direct? Yeah, I don’t just watch anime, I’m pretty into games too. So of course I lost my shit upon finding…

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Vampire Hunter D Bloodlust: An Unconventional Masterpiece

Before you read this, check out parts one and two of me looking over Yoshiaki Kawajiri’s filmography. It might seem a little weird for me to consider this…

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Yoshiaki Kawajiri: My Favorite Anime Filmmaker (Part 2)

Before reading further, check out Part One HERE. This won’t make sense without the context there. We left off right before I was about to talk about Demon…

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Yoshiaki Kawajiri: My Favorite Anime Filmmaker

Anime films are incredibly important to the history of the medium, with works like Akira and the Ghibli movies being among the first anime localized in any official…

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Oyasumi Punpun Broke Me… But Not The Way You Might Expect

No, please just hear me out, put the pitchforks away.

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3-Gatsu no Lion: What it did and what I thought

In my last post I mentioned having a lot to say about 3-Gatsu no Lion but wanting to save it for a later post. This is that post.…

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Examining the MAL top charts

If you have been following this blog for a long time, you know I’m fascinated by charts, lists, and other databases. I would even go so far as…

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No Game No Life Makes Me Very Happy

Have you ever completely reversed your opinion on a work of art? I sure have. I used to very strongly dislike No Game No Life. I accused the…

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Tales from the Hiki-Cave: Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha (Part 2)

Part one can be found here. In Part 1, I got into the origins of the Nanoha series. From my anime newbie perspective, it was an institution in…

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My scattered thoughts on the Winter 2021 Season (Part 1 of 2)

Well, the winter 2021 season has come at last, after a fall 2020 bearing nothing that caught my eye. This season has more Re:Zero, one of my favorite…

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Tales from the Hiki-Cave: Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha (Part 1?)

Do you like the character designs of Touhou? How about the spreadsheet appeal and dozens of moving narrative cogs in something like Fate or the Toaru series? Are…

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Explain Yourself!: the Aesthetic Persona

In my last few posts, I’ve made reference to the “aesthetic persona” of certain characters being key to their appeal. I think this really came to a head…

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Unlimited Fan Works: The Scientific Art Of Otaku Appeal

The other day I was cleaning my desk off, and when it came time to decide which pages of my notepad were worth keeping vs tossing, I noticed…

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The Appeal of Fate, For Real This Time Or, Re:Fate: Starting The Fate Series From Zero In A Different Medium

This post will contain spoilers for Fate stay/night Realta Nua up to, and including, The Strongest Enemy and for all of the Unlimited Blade Works anime. Longtime followers…

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Tales From The Hiki-Cave: The OVA Era

You might be familiar with the idea that otakudom was started by Mobile Suit Gundam, which wrapped up airing in 1980. Somewhat ironically for a subculture started by…

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