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Music in Anime: Why You Should Watch Symphogear

Symphogear is the best anime that you’ve probably never heard of. It is a magical girl/super robot/music anime where a bunch of adorable girls fight aliens in the…

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My 5 Favorite (and Least Favorite) Clichés in Anime

Anime is, in my opinion, one of the most creative and unique artistic mediums out there. But after you watch enough of it, you start seeing a lot…

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An Overly Long and Passionate Defense of My Hero Academia's Shie Hassaikai Arc

My Hero Academia has gotten quite the backlash recently, hasn’t it? It seemed like the series could do no wrong a few years ago, but with Season 4,…

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The Awesome, Amazing, and Fantastic Super Happy Love Award

I’m pretty late to the party on this one, but I really love the concept so I wanted to share this with y’all. First off I wanted to…

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Trope Overload: Romance in Anime

So, romance. It’s a huge part of our culture and the media we consume every day. And of course, it’s a big deal in anime – with Valentine’s…

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Character Arcs: How Artoria Pendragon puts a new spin on a classic myth

SPOILERS for Fate/Zero and all of Fate/Stay Night. Also, I tend to use Saber and Artoria interchangeably to describe our King of Knights, sorry if that’s confusing haha…

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Please, Stop Calling Me That

First off, I’m sorry for writing two angry rant posts in a row; I try to keep the tone of my blog very positive but I really needed…

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That's Just, Like, Your Opinion (Why I Can't Stand Gatekeeping)

I have a lot of opinions. Doesn’t everyone on the Internet? Especially when it comes to fandom involving any kind of geeky or artistic media. Everyone experiences the…

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Music in Anime: Carole & Tuesday

I love music. I grew up playing piano and guitar from age 10, and since then I’ve played in tons of different bands and recorded some music of…

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Trope Overload: What Makes A Great Plot Twist?

I don’t really like to include too many spoilers in my posts, but with plot twists you kind of have to. So a big fat SPOILER WARNING for:Oedipus…

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Character Arcs: How Izuku Midoriya redefines the shonen hero

So there’s this show called My Hero Academia. You might have heard of it. It’s been one of the most consistently awesome shonen battle anime since it’s debut…

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My favorite anime recommendations for beginners

I love anime. I love talking about anime. But not all of my friends love anime as much as I do. Some of them used to watch as…

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Some thoughts for 2020…

I can’t believe it’s 2020 now. It’s crazy, right? I wanted to write a kind of life update around New Years, but unfortunately I was crazy busy moving…

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Radical Changes I'd Love To See In A New Zelda Game

The Legend of Zelda is my favorite gaming series of all time. I’ve loved the series ever since I was 9 years old, booting up Ocarina of Time…

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My Top 10 Anime Series of the 2010's

The 2010’s were as awesome a decade for anime as they were terrible for pretty much everything else. The arrival of streaming changed the game completely, and there…

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Trope Overload: Why Is There So Much Isekai (Another World) Anime?

If you have watched any anime in the past 10 years, you’re undoubtedly familiar with the genre of isekai (meaning “another world”) fantasy. Ever since Sword Art Online…

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Trope Overload: The Appeal of the Antihero

Hi, everyone, this is a new series I’m tentatively calling Trope Overload. I am fascinated by the narrative devices we use to shape the stories we tell, and…

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In defense of slow pacing: Why Vinland Saga is the best anime of 2019

Vinland Saga is a historical epic unlike anything I’ve seen in anime. Taking place a thousand years ago in Danish-occupied England, the story follows the young Thorfinn’s quest…

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My favorite first episodes in anime

The opening to a story is probably one of the most difficult things to write in any medium. In just a few pages or a few minutes of…

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Loneliness, family and being LGBTQ+ during the holidays

Well, it’s mid-November, and that means the holiday season is upon us. It seems like the holidays start earlier every year. Some stores started putting up decorations and…

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A 10-Year Retrospective of Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

I know this isn’t exactly a shocker, but the world’s gone a bit crazy in these past couple years. And in tumultuous times like these, I feel I…

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Problematic faves and trying to find a middle ground (plus serious Kill la Kill analysis)

Disclaimer: this post was inspired by the amazing YouTube video by Under the Scope about the Monogatari series, and you should check it out. Also, Content Warning for…

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Autism, and trying to make sense of the world

Content warning: this post contains some discussion of mental illness, self-harm and suicide. I think the first time I realized I was different was when I was five…

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I just want to nerd out about Hunter x Hunter for a bit

I have an otaku confession: I’ve never seen Naruto, Bleach, or One Piece. I know, right? They all came out when I was in high school, and all…

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How Neon Genesis Evangelion helped me cope with depression

Disclaimer: This post discusses some spoilers of Neon Genesis Evangelion. I tried to keep some of the most spoiler-y bits as vague as I could, so you can…

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Learning to love: A tribute to KyoAni and Violet Evergarden

On July 18, 2019, anime studio Kyoto Animation was set ablaze in what appeared to be arson. By the time the fire was put out, 33 people had…

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Home: A Recap

Earlier this week, Michael Bierut, Sonia Williams, and I spent an hour on the phone together. Michael is an influential graphic designer based in New York, Sonia is…

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