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West Virginia, Librarians, and Obscenity

A bill passed from West Virginia’s House of Delegates and to the state’s Senate. The bill removes protections from public libraries, schools, and museums, holding librarians and curator…

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Revisiting Spice and Wolf

Spice and Wolf first released as an anime in 2008. The series has a soft spot in my heart; I watched it when I was going through a…

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Revisiting Neon Genesis Evangelion

As I watched Neon Genesis Evangelion again, I wondered what more I could say about it. After all, it is perhaps the most analyzed anime. I’ve written about…

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Another Revisit in the Eye-Patch Girl Era

Another is a horror-mystery anime from 2012. I first saw it and reviewed it at the beginning of my blog writing. For Halloween, I added it to my…

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Revisiting Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

I’ve given Brotherhood flak in the past for Edward and Al not acting as intelligently as in the original series. But that doesn’t mean I dislike the story.…

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Revisiting Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion

As I watched Code Geass when it came out around 2007 on Adult Swim. I was still relatively new to anime at the time. I remembered the show…

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Revisiting Twin Star Exorcists

It had been awhile since I watched Twin Star Exorcists. This article will assume you’ve seen the anime too. I will skip the usual summary and sketch of…

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The Value of (Re)watching and (Re)reading

How often do you revisit an anime or a book? With new anime and books coming out at all times, we can get stuck on the new-and-shiny. But…

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Looking Back on 2023: Another Year of Anime Writing

Time for my usual, end-of-year indulgent reflection. So its another new year, and I’m still alive and writing, which is more than I can say about a pair…

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Atelier Ryza 1 and 2

As an old-school JRPG player, I hesitate toward anime-themed games. Seems odd considering how I watch anime and spend too much time writing and thinking about it. But…

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Anger, Gamers, the Brain, and Benefits to Gaming

In a survey of 1046 US residents who game at least 4 hours a week, some interesting data about anger shook out. Whether or not these data can…

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Saving 80,000 Gold in Another World For My Retirement

Isekai focuses on power fantasy. Usually someone from our world is transported to another world and pick up some sort of overpowered ability in the process. Saving 80,000…

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Berserk Deluxe Volumes 3 & 4

In Berserk Deluxe volumes 3 and 4, the criticisms I had with the previous volumes fall away. In these volumes, Griffith fades into the background. His influence remains…

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Enders Lilies: Fun, Difficulty,Beauty, and Lessons

Enders Lilies stands a a beautiful game, but it became too hard for me at the end. Enders follows a young, pure priestess as she works to purify…

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The Book of Bushido by Antony Cummins

The Book of Bushido by Antony Cummins summarizes the landscape of bushido history and thought. Cummins touches on the contradictions found in the various writings that form bushido.…

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Gift Ideas for the Anime/Manga Fan in Your Life

Gift giving can be difficult. Sure, you could fall back to a gift card, and while few dislike gift cards, there’s not as much thought or feeling in…

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Is Bigfoot a Yokai?

Bigfoot, also known as Sasquatch and Grassman, can be found in Native American folklore and in modern sightings. I know many people who have seen Bigfoot or something…

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Berserk Deluxe Volume 2 Review

Berserk Deluxe Volume 2 covers the “Golden Age”, “Nosferatu Zodd”, and other arcs. As fans of the series told me, Berserk hits its stride with the “Golden Age”,…

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Small History and Big History

History has two different and related types: small and big. Big history is what you learn in school. It’s the major events of the past: the American Revolution,…

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Summer 2023 Anime Review Round Up

New anime seasons don’t always interest me. I usually look through the new releases on various streaming platforms, but I don’t follow the release schedule. I don’t use…

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6 Ways to Date Like a Samurai

Okay, the title of this article is a bit misleading. Samurai didn’t date as we do; they had arranged marriages. But there are many stories of samurai romances…

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My 2023 Horror Film List, Snacks Provided by TokyoTreat

When I saw TokyoTreat had a Halloween box, I didn’t hesitate to request one. October is one of my favorite months because of the shift to autumn, at…

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Hagakure: the Art of the Samurai

The Hagakure appears obsessed with seppuku when you read through it. In the book, Yamamoto Tsunetomo collected myriad accounts of samurai from Saga domain along with various proverbs…

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Berserk Deluxe Edition 1 Review

Long-time readers know I’m not usually much of a manga reader. I prefer to read prose. But I’ve been needing to expand my reading, so I jumped into…

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How to Understand Research Papers

Research papers follow a regular structure that helps you find what matters for your project. Most papers have the following sections: Abstract – the summary of the study…

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“My Japan,” A World War II Anti-Japanese Propaganda Film

My Japan takes an interesting tact with how it tried to spur Americans to buy war bonds. The film claims to be a captured Japanese propaganda film aimed at…

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I Got a Cheat Skill in Another World and Became Unrivaled in the Real World, Too

The title of the story says it all. Isekai stories have long focused on power fantasies, of one-upping everyone who had ever slighted you. The story encourages catharsis…

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Yes, Public Libraries Censor Manga…Sometimes

I live in a rather conservative region–the type of region that professes to follow Christian values while many people have a brood of kids, all with different last…

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Yes, Public Libraries Censor Manga…Sometimes

I live in a rather conservative region–the type of region that professes to follow Christian values while many people have a brood of kids, all with different last…

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Why Do Anime Characters Always Get Colds [and Collapse from Them]?

You know the scene. It starts with a sneeze or a chill, usually after being caught in the rain. Next, the character collapses into unconsciousness. Sometimes this happens…

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Kokuhaku, How to Confess Your Love the Japanese Way

Kokuhaku, or love confession, isn’t easy to research. People take contemporary cultural practices for granted; such practices aren’t studied until they fall out of practice. If you do…

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Be Curious Beyond Anime

You need hobbies beyond anime. It sounds obvious. However, I’ve encountered many people who are consumed by their interest whether it is anime or, more common to my…

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Praise For A Quiet, Average Life

In anime, you sometimes see a protagonist who wants nothing more than a quiet, average life only to be plunged into some sort of drama or misadventure. Usually,…

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[Expanded] Manga Sound Words Guide

Manga has a vast amount of onomatopoeia. They go beyond simple sound effects, representing emotions  like anger and actions like staring. Manga artists fold sound words into their…

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Remember Death All Year Long

The man who would be a warrior considers it is the most basic intention to keep death always in mind, day and night, from the time he first…

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How Can I Invest in Anime and Manga?

So, you want to learn how to invest your money in anime and manga and other Japanese companies? Why would you want to? If you live in the…

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How Can I Invest in Anime and Manga?

So, you want to learn how to invest your money in anime and manga and other Japanese companies? Why would you want to? If you live in the…

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Search Engine Changes and You

Microsoft and Google work to fold their Large Language Models, better known as ChatGPT (Bing version) and Bard respectively, into their search engines. What does this mean? For…

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Tomo-chan is a Girl! Offers Interesting Relationship Dynamics

Tomo-chan is a Girl! offers interesting character dynamics and avoids many of the pitfalls of using the “dense” character tropes. In this story, the characters’ inability to see…

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Otaku USA, the physical anime and manga magazine

Physical magazines have increasingly been going extinct. As far as I know, Otaku USA is the last-standing physical magazine that covers anime and manga in the US. At…

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Otaku USA, the physical anime and manga magazine

Physical magazines have increasingly been going extinct. As far as I know, Otaku USA is the last-standing physical magazine that covers anime and manga in the US. At…

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The Learned Helplessness of Male Protagonists in Anime and Manga

How many anime have you watched or manga you’ve read where the female characters dote on the male protagonist? You often see women argue over who is going…

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The Learned Helplessness of Male Protagonists in Anime and Manga

How many anime have you watched or manga you’ve read where the female characters dote on the male protagonist? You often see women argue over who is going…

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Can You be too Old for Anime?

Some time ago, I went to the theater to watch Dragon Ball Super: Superheroes, which is an entertaining film. I was the oldest in the showing. Can you…

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Okakura Kakuro’s “The Book of Tea”

Okakura wrote The Book of Tea in 1906. The books seeks to bridge and explain the Eastern perspective to the West. At the time, most people weren’t familiar…

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The Spectrum of Relationship Difficulties and Hurt Among Men

When a boy is raised without the tools to identify and communicate his feelings, he initially might still be able to express different kinds of emotions. Yet over…

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Your Life is What You Give Your Attention to

Pay attention, even to trifles. –Miyamoto Musashi You remember what you give your attention to. After all, you can’t remember what you didn’t observe or experience! This seems…

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Lafcadio Hearn’s Japan

Lafcadio Hearn (1850-1904) offered a view into Japan during the Meiji Restoration with his books: Glimpses of Unfamiliar Japan, Out of the East, Kokoro, The Boy Who Drew…

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The Subtext of Oshi no Ko’s First Episode

This article will spoil the first episode of Oshi no Ko. At first glance, Oshi no Ko appears to be another Japanese pop idol anime, but the story…

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Why Should You Read Books?

Book reading is on the decline, at least in the US. According to Gallup (Jones, 2022), Americans read 3 fewer books in a year. The total percent of…

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