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Vinland Saga’s Grand Moment of Forgiveness

I knew fans of Makoto Yukimura's Vinland Saga were talking about this moment when it happened. And when I finally got to it, I was just overwhelmed. I recently…

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I Saw the Live-Action Blue Period Movie

This past weekend at Japan Society NYC, I got a chance to see the live-action adaptation of Tsubasa Yamaguchi's critically-acclaimed manga, Blue Period, a month before Japanese theaters…

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Pure Kindness Changes Everything - Skip and Loafer

"You know, Shima-kun. I'm the kind of person who trips up a lot. But that makes me a pro at brushing myself off and jumping back up!" "Yeah. That's…

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Tasuku Tsubakino (Wind Breaker) - A Genderqueer Character Worthy of Pride

"Compared to the pain of losing the things you love, a punch like that feels like a damn scratch." I'm not done with discussing Satoru Nii's Wind Breaker because…

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Wind Breaker’s Message About Reaching the Top

So I decided to check out Satoru Nii's Wind Breaker, another delinquent battle series, but with a fun twist. The delinquents are the protectors of a town instead…

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Going Full Circle - From X-Men to Manga and Back Again

Before I got into anime, I got into a cartoon series that became a huge hit in the Western world and was based off one of the most…

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There’s More Than One Kind of Love

Anime convention season is in full swing and the big summer conventions are coming. With that come reunions, hangouts, and meetings with new people that might be a…

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What Smoking Entails in Manga

Last year, a survey was given to Japanese manga publishers about what top 5 manga to recommend for 2023 and the number one title was symbolic of many…

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Keep Your Hobbies As Hobbies

It's graduation season for a lot of seniors in high school and college. Recently, I saw a lot of college seniors in their gallant robes on my commutes.…

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My Mother Saved Me

I got to spend some time with my mother yesterday for an early Mother's Day celebration in New York City. Before then, I was in deep thought about…

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AI Can’t Be the Whole Solution for Manga

So this week I found out out a Japanese start-up called Orange, who wants to be the Netflix of manga by translating a lot of manga with new…

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Don’t See Yourself as a Cuckoo

I started reading Chica Umino's March Comes In Like a Lion after years of hearing about its great outlook on characters dealing with a variety of emotional issues.…

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Cool Life Reminders from Akane-banashi

I sometimes struggle with two things - dwelling on the past a bit too much and wondering if I'm cool enough for my friends. After reading the Futatsume Debut…

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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…

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To Strip the Flesh - A Powerful Story About Identity

"I don't want to die having given up. I don't want to drown in a puddle. I don't want to die looking like this. I want to die…

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We Would Not Be Here Without Akira Toriyama

I am sad and emotionally wrecked right now. We lost a legend that changed everything. Akira Toriyama, who's famous for Dragon Ball and working on other properties like Dragon…

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Berserk’s Continued Popularity and Trauma

I often keep up with what's selling in the manga world, so it's not a surprise that I check out ICv2's Manga Week when the site posts up…

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14 Years Running

Today marks my 14th year writing this blog. One more year before the big 15. I do want to say that I'll be taking my time to write more…

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Meguru Bachira (Blue Lock) - Accepting the Monster

"Tell me, monster. What should I do? What will it take for those two to acknowledge me?" If there's one hidden truth that's apparent once it's open, it's that…

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Bad Circumstances Can Create Bad Outcomes

Many anime fans remember what happened in 2019 with regards to Kyoto Animation. An arson incident happened at their studio that took the lives of many people and…

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What We Could Do More of

I've been thinking about this panel from Volume 14 of Shikimori's Not Just a Cutie. There's a lot of people who have no one who will truly listen…

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Kaiju No. 8 - The Beauty of a 32-Year Old Hero

When it comes to shonen manga, almost every protagonist is either a teenager or at most, a 20-something year old. However, in one shonen series, someone in their…

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Get That Bit of Chunibyo Inside You

"We must have a bit of 'chūnibyō' inside us. The fact is we like manga because of the moral within that could touch us emotionally, and we have…

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My Girlfriend’s Child - The Loneliness of Teen Parents

I'll admit that this is my first real shojo manga read in a very long time. I will say that this is a great title to get back…

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Do You Revisit to Heal?

When it comes to a new year, everyone's talking about doing new things and resolutions to become better. But what if revisiting stuff can actually help you a…

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Sometimes, Mental Health Pros Suck - On ANN’s Pulled Nagata Kabi Review

So I heard something controversial happened in the world of manga reviews. And it quite happens to revolve around a manga figure a lot of people know too…

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Manga I Enjoyed in 2023

It's been another great year for manga. And I don't think we wouldn't have it any other way, right? I got to read a bunch of manga, old and…

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A Home Far Away - A Timeless Story on How We Fail People

After reading The Yakuza's Bias, I decided check out Teki Yatsuda's debut work, A Home Far Away. I heard many good things about this work and I wanted…

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The Accidental Trauma of the Negators (Undead Unluck)

The past few years, the word trauma has been thrown around a lot. Everyone's going through something. While one can argue who is suffering more, there's one thing…

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I’m Happy for One Piece Fans

It's an understatement to say that this is a great time to be a One Piece fan in the West. From One Piece Film Red ads taking over Times…

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Bonding Over Katanas

So I've been reading the one manga that seems to be memed on a lot, Kagurabachi. While I enjoyed the action so far, I think about its premise…

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Just Be

I'm taking a little break from the manga posting to say something important. The holidays are here and I know people are saying things like "It's time to be…

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The Yakuza’s Bias - A Hilarious Community Experience

"These stans are nuttier than yakuza!" If there's one manga that made me go "Wow, I wonder if I'm just like the main character of this series!," it's most…

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Anime NYC 2023 - I Still Have a Place

What a weekend. Anime NYC 2023 just ended and while there were a few things I didn't like, I really enjoyed my time there this year. And more…

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Off to Anime NYC 2023

It's that time of year again. Off to another Anime NYC this weekend. Unfortunately, I'm going through some stuff physically, so I probably will not be attending everything I…

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Some Pain Is Healthy

I know the saying, "Pain is inevitable, but suffering is optional." is cliched as hell, but there's a bunch of truth to it. The thing is some pain is…

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Enjoy the Tumbling

For those who don't know, Tumblr is becoming more of a sinking ship as business executives aren't sure on how to grow the platform anymore. It's going to…

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Starting the Second Half of My Life

I'm officially 41 now. Unlike last year when I turned 40, I actually celebrated with the people I care about and love. I ate well, played mahjong well and…

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It’s Okay to Be the Way You Are

One time, I showed up to a mahjong meetup and my club leader "How was I doing?" since I hadn't shown up in a while. I kind of…

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At Least Let the Love Remain

I wonder. How many of you have met someone you loved due to your fandom and thought those were the best days of your life? What could be…

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It’s Okay to Still Be a Crybaby

Source: Kindergarten WARS, Chapter 50 If you've been through a lot, you definitely deserve a hug and compassion from anyone who cares. It's not your fault. Also, I know there…

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Given - Wanting to be Heard Loud and Clear

"If one day you woke up, and the person you love was suddenly gone from this world, how would that make you feel? How would you describe it?" While…

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Thoughts on the Fragmentation of Fandom

Now that summer pop culture convention season is over, it's time to reflect as we're slowly heading to another year. This year, I really got into K-Pop via 4th-generation…

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Where’s the Proper Place to Find Yourself?

For anyone who has read Akane-banashi recently, this is arguably one of the best developments of the story in a series full of great ones. Our heroine, Akane Ousaki/Arakawa,…

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The Most Joy I’ve Felt in a Long Time

23 years ago around this time, I was diagnosed with clinical depression and contemplating suicide. Although I got help, I didn't feel like I got better in terms…

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The Farm as a Place of Healing - Vinland Saga

A while back when I was researching the clubhouse model for mental health, I found out that the clubhouse I visited in New York City had their very…

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I Feel Like a Girl and Damn Proud of It

“Although I was a boy, I liked cute things like hamsters and stuffed animals, but in elementary school, for the first time, I was told, "Those are for…

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It’s Okay to Do Nothing

I think almost all of us can agree that we wish we had time to stop being productive for the sake of being productive. For all the years I've…

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We can’t all be physically strong as Vikings, but we can be tenacious and resilient as they are when…

The convention scene this summer has been fun to read about so far. Many popular guests have shown up with the crowds to back them up. With COVID…

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Absolutely one of the best manga reads of 2023 by far.

While friendships are fun, they sometimes can be very scary. There often will be tense moments of potential conflict where one doesn't know how to address it. Neither…

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