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A review of Yuru Camp Movie

Or Laid-Back Camp: The Movie as it was licensed here (originally Eiga Yuru Camp△ not forgetting the triangle-tent.) However you want to write the title, this is a film that follows the…

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A review of Super Cub

High school student Koguma lives alone in a small, nearly empty apartment. She wakes up early in the morning, makes breakfast, and goes to school on her bicycle.…

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Post #400, fantasy, and reality

I didn’t even realize this milestone had come up, but hey, this is the 400th post I’ve put up. Seems strange to think after nine years and over…

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A look at some obscure punctuation marks

Did I mention this would be a lazy month on the site? That’s how it’s turning out, though maybe my overwork at my job is contributing to that.…

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A look at two more artbooks (Eshi 100 Generation 2, Ganbare Douki-chan PIN-UPS)

Well man this is what this site is now. Why not? This is yet another lazy “look at some artbooks/photobooks/doujins I have” post, only a little more adult-themed…

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Currently watching: Do It Yourself!!

I’m doing my best to keep up with several anime series this season. The second cour of Spy x Family goes without saying, and so does Chainsaw Man,…

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A review of Conway’s Game of Life

Okay, it’s not actually a “review” this time. But then Conway’s Game of Life isn’t quite a “game” in the regular sense. Strangely enough I’ve already…

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A review of Conley’s Game of Life

Okay, it’s not actually a “review” this time. But then Conley’s Game of Life isn’t quite a “game” in the regular sense. Strangely enough I’ve already…

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A look at Visions 2021 Illustrators Book

It’s another one of these posts on the lazier side today, but I do have something to write about. When I went to the bookstore to get Sono…

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A look at My Dress-Up Darling / Sono Bisque Doll wa Koi wo Suru Vol. 6

This is an unusual post for this site. It’s rare enough that I write about manga since I hardly ever read it — the only post I’ve made…

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A review of Coffee Talk

Last post I wrote about my probably unhealthy coffee-drinking habits, so I may as well have a look at a game all about coffee, coffee-adjacent drinks, and the…

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Behind my lousy writing process

It’s Monday night as of this writing, and the week is already hell. Normally I’d be too exhausted at the end of a long day to write anything,…

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A review of Nichijou

Early one morning, three high school girls sit in the back of their class waiting for homeroom to start. Mai is mostly silent, sitting in the corner against…

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A review of Mieruko-chan

Miko Yotsuya is by outward appearances a pretty normal high school girl, the type who diligently attends class, does her schoolwork, and hangs out with her friend after…

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A review of Call of the Night

Here’s an anime I might have missed out on if it hadn’t been for that dumb anime first episode wheel post series I have going. Or maybe not,…

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Why AI content generators can’t kill art (part 2: the one that actually matters)

I have to admit this, even as a lawyer (or especially as a lawyer) and as commenters confirmed in the last post: the law is often designed to…

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A review of Touhou Suzunaan ~ Forbidden Scrollery (Vol. 1-7, complete)

Each morning, Kosuzu Motoori opens her parents’ bookstore for business and waits on their customers. Suzunaan carries all sorts of books for rent and sale, both natively written…

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Why AI content generators can’t kill art (part 1: the legal framework)

Last year, I wrote about the short anime series Time of Eve, a science fiction story dealing with the relationship between humans and a set of androids with…

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Games for broke people: HoloCure

Well here’s a nice surprise from itch.io, though not a surprise that I’m covering it. HoloCure is a Hololive fan game, what else, about a set of VTubers…

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A review of K-On! (Season 1)

I finally got around to watching another anime standard. K-On! is one of the first names in relaxed slice-of-life comedy anime, a manga adaptation by the first-rate studio…

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A review of Azumanga Daioh

Last month, early in my August daily writing binge, I put up a short post about the Azumanga Daioh opening theme Soramimi Cake and the memories it brought…

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The end of Blaugust, a few lessons, and a look forward

This Blaugust challenge month is finally over. It’s been an interesting time for me — before this month I can’t even remember whether I’d posted two posts on…

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Upcoming anime watchlist

I usually don’t write posts like these, but 1) I need one more post to fill up this daily August challenge before the big finale tomorrow and 2)…

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Historical drama film review, pt 3 of ?: Der Untergang (Downfall)

Now here’s a heavy subject, just about the heaviest featured on the site in a while. I couldn’t pass by this historical drama review series without bringing up…

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Writing in hiding

Okay, “in hiding” is way too dramatic. There have been writers who have actually had to hide out of fear of being harassed or even murdered (as we…

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A review of Teasing Master Takagi-san (S3)

I had to clean my brain out after watching Pupa, and maybe you have to clean your brain out after reading what I wrote about it yesterday. So…

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Anime short review: Pupa

Today it’s the final anime short review for the month. But I wanted to do something different this time: instead of finding a series I thought I might…

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The personal touch

Three years ago, I was agonizing over how much objectivity I should be going for in my reviews. I took the examples of old-school (at least now they…

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Why live-action adaptations don’t generally work for me (featuring the newly announced Gravity Rush film)

A few days ago, news came out on Twitter about an upcoming Gravity Rush film to be directed by Anna Mastro. I don’t know anything about Mastro’s work,…

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Don’t go to law school*: A lament and a warning

This Blaugust challenge has given me a lot to think about. For example, how should I fill up an entire month with daily posts when I can normally…

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Variations on a theme

It’s another short post today, but one for both the writers and readers out there, since I’m in both of those groups. I’ve been trying to write fiction…

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The future is in our hands: “Mirai wa Bokura no Te no Naka” and “C Kara Hajimaru ABC” from Kaiji

Following up on a post from a few days ago, today it’s a look at the opening of the first season of Kaiji, the anime adaptation of one…

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Seven SAT words I’ll never use (except in this post)

More about me this month: before deciding to become a lawyer I worked a few odd jobs, and one of them was teaching the English section of the…

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Anime short review: Plastic Nee-san

Some anime you can’t find on streaming services, and today’s subject is one of those series. Plastic Nee-san (also listed as Plastic Elder Sister, Plustic Nee-san, and +tic Nee-san/Elde…

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Another classic anime theme: “Nantokanare” from Akagi

Today and tomorrow’s posts deal with two more anime opening themes from series that are connected in my mind forever, even if they don’t have much in common…

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My favorite rare/impractical musical instruments

If you’ve ever been in band or seen an orchestra, you might be familiar with the normal set of instruments sorted into the percussion, woodwind, brass, and string…

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A look forward to next season: “Comedy” from Spy x Family

I didn’t make any secret of liking Spy x Family a lot last season. Just like almost everyone else who watched it judging by the other reviews and…

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Is self-deprecation a bad thing?

A blunt, straightforward question today, and one that might relate to me just a little. A while back on Twitter, some kind of therapist or life coach or…

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Games for broke people: Blaugust edition

Sure, why not. There are always more free games on itch.io to check out. Digging through that site for the stuff that’s not trash and has some effort…

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Album review: 新世界の弟子たち (New World Disciples) by desert sand feels warm at night

More vaporwave! desert sand (never capitalized, so I don’t know what to do with it at the beginning of a sentence — whatever, I’m not following the rules…

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Anime short review: Inugami-san to Nekoyama-san

Another anime short, and what a short this time. It’s not the best one I’ve seen, not by a long shot, but it’s unique at least. Inugami-san to…

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A review of Dorfromantik (PC)

I was in real need of a relaxing game this weekend and week as I recovered from my being carved up at the doctor. Thankfully I had one…

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Historical drama film review, pt 2 of ?: The Lion in Winter

For the second film in this historical drama review series, it’s a festive one. A family Christmas movie, what could be nicer than that? Except this is about…

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To scrap or not to scrap

It’s a short post today, but on a subject that I’ve been thinking about for a while: my old posts on this blog. I hate them. I started…

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Abstraction in game combat: turn-based systems and why I don’t have a problem with them (probably)

I haven’t been putting the usual care into these post titles, probably because I’m just doing my best to get them out the door this month. This daily…

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Currently watching: The Maid I Hired Recently Is Mysterious

How’s this for some tonal whiplash from yesterday? But this post was coming either way. I’m only watching two currently aired anime series right now, and since I’ve…

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Historical drama film review, pt 1 of ?: Gettysburg

Something entirely new this month to go along with this Blaugust challenge, why not? I love history, and I’ve seen some historical dramas I have opinions about, so…

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Anime short review: Azur Lane: Slow Ahead!

After several months, I’m back with the anime shorts. I haven’t had a great track record with the series on the shorter side, but I always try to…

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Anime short review: Azur Lane: Slow Ahead!

After several months, I’m back with the anime shorts. I haven’t had a great track record with the series on the shorter side, but I always try to…

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And something new: “Daten” and “Call of the Night” from Call of the Night

I’ve been writing about some old anime the last couple of posts, so how about a theme from a brand new one? Unless you’re reading this twenty years…

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