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Anime Taste Testing: Super Cub and Fairy Ranmaru

I really seem to have a knack for reviewing two complete opposites in the same post, don’t I?

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Anime Taste Testing: SSSS.Dynazenon and Mashiro no Oto

One show is about transforming dinosaur-like robots, the other is about the art of the shamisen. The former is the subtle one.

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Anime Taste Testing: Mars Red and Jouran – The Princess of Snow and Blood

No break between seasons this year, so it’s straight into things for me with two titles that, interestingly, are both set in alternative history Japan (albeit with differing…

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AAA2020: The Artemis Anime Awards

Welcome to the eighth consecutive year of the AAA – the one-woman award ceremony where the tickets are on the house, the drinking policy is BYO, and the…

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Anime Bingo

I don’t do memes too often anymore (not cool enough), but I really enjoyed this one, which I first saw posted on Rise’s blog a couple of days…

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Watson Watches: Gankutsuou

Way back in 2014, a friend and I collaborated on a series of articles we called Watson Watches, in which I forced enticed Watson to examine a bunch…

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Sailor Fuku: The Long and Short of It

Despite or perhaps even because of its prevalence in anime, the traditional sailor-style school uniform, or sailor fuku, is one of the more misunderstood articles of clothing out…

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In Case You Missed It (Winter Anime 2021)

I’ll likely be taking this post down in around a week or so, but given that I ended up watching the season premiere of a lot more anime…

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Anime Taste Testing: Wonder Egg Priority

Funny story, I almost passed up on giving this series a look entirely (I don’t even remember why, but possibly simply because there was so little info on…

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Anime Taste Testing: Kemono Jihen

While quite possibly the series I was least looking forward to giving a watch, this ended up being surprisingly alright.

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Anime Taste Testing: Horimiya

Aside from the creepy teacher, this series is actually pretty okay.

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Anime Taste Testing: Back Arrow

So it’s mecha but with backwater villagers dressed as old-west cowboys and the more tech-advanced folk looking like something out of a Chinese-inspired historical-fantasy. Cool cool.

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Anime Taste Testing: 2.43 – Seiin Koukou Danshi Volley-bu

Come for the promise of a decent sports anime, stay for the Fukui-ben.

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Anime Taste Testing: Hortensia Saga

This would have felt lackluster and cliché had it been released 20 years ago – and what’s more, nothing would have changed between then and now aside from…

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Anime Taste Testing: Urasekai Picnic

I think I would have enjoyed this one a lot more had I not felt like it was trying so hard to be purposefully enigmatic – with the…

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Best J-Pop/J-Rock Albums of 2020

2020 sure has been a year, huh? Luckily, despite… well, you know, everything, there was some pretty good music to come out of this one, and I actually…

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Re-Thinking ‘Otaku’

Given the name of this blog, it seems only fitting that I make a post dealing with the word ‘otaku’ – its linguistic roots, the connotations it carries,…

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Anime Taste Testing: Taisou Zamurai

Being a sports anime, a dad anime, and a surrealist comedy all in one is a tough sell, that’s for sure.

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Anime Taste Testing: Taisou Zamurai

Being a sports anime, a dad anime, and a surrealist comedy all in one is a tough sell, that’s for sure.

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Anime Taste Testing: Akudama Drive

I don’t know what I just watched, but I know I want more of it.

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Anime Taste Testing: Akudama Drive

I don’t know what I just watched, but I know I want more of it.

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Anime Taste Testing: Noblesse

I just realized I still don’t know if these guys are meant to be vampires. However, they do seem to drink plenty of tea – maybe there’s blood…

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Anime Taste Testing: Noblesse

I just realized I still don’t know if these guys are meant to be vampires. However, they do seem to drink plenty of tea – maybe there’s blood…

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Anime Taste Testing: Ikebukuro West Gate Park

A PSA on Japan’s stance against drugs. Remember kids, weed is evil!

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Anime Taste Testing: Ikebukuro West Gate Park

A PSA on Japan’s stance against drugs. Remember kids, weed is evil!

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Anime Taste Testing: Jujutsu Kaisen

And the new anime season finally kicks off with… a less-than-stellar shounen work populated by characters that seem like they’re built less around their personalities and more around…

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Anime Taste Testing: Jujutsu Kaisen

And the new anime season finally kicks off with… a less-than-stellar shounen work populated by characters that seem like they’re built less around their personalities and more around…

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Life in Japan: Random Acts of Kindness

Unfairly or not, Japanese people seem to have a reputation for being shy, especially when it comes to new social situations and meeting foreigners. I can’t tell you…

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Life in Japan: Random Acts of Kindness

Unfairly or not, Japanese people seem to have a reputation for being shy, especially when it comes to new social situations and meeting foreigners. I can’t tell you…

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Anime Taste Testing: Gibiate

This one’s gonna be quick and dirty, because to be honest, I didn’t even make it through the whole first episode.

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Anime Taste Testing: Gibiate

This one’s gonna be quick and dirty, because to be honest, I didn’t even make it through the whole first episode.

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Anime Taste Testing: Deca-Dence

The show Shingeki no Kyojin might have been if the titans were mostly giant bug-dinosaur-like creatures, if the tone was happily far less self-serious, and if the characters…

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Anime Taste Testing: Deca-Dence

The show Shingeki no Kyojin might have been if the titans were mostly giant bug-dinosaur-like creatures, if the tone was happily far less self-serious, and if the characters…

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Anime Taste Testing: The God of High School

This is clearly one of those shows where less is not more – and unfortunately, The God of High School just doesn’t commit enough to its ridiculousness to…

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Anime Taste Testing: The God of High School

This is clearly one of those shows where less is not more – and unfortunately, The God of High School just doesn’t commit enough to its ridiculousness to…

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Anime Taste Testing: Great Pretender

With the new anime season now starting up (however scant the offerings this time around to due COVID-related scheduling issues), I would be completely remiss if I didn’t…

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Anime Taste Testing: Great Pretender

With the new anime season now starting up (however scant the offerings this time around to due COVID-related scheduling issues), I would be completely remiss if I didn’t…

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Anime Taste Testing: Kitsutsuki Tanteidokoro

The lesser of the two mystery shows airing the season, but probably still the best period piece. I imagine the setting is what will first strike viewers about…

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Anime Taste Testing: Fugou Keiji – Balance:Unlimited

Balance: Unlimited is very much the James Bond of anime – and indeed, the similarities are so obvious that I have to assume they’re fully intentional, especially given…

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Anime Taste Testing: Digimon Adventure (2020)

It’s 2020, and not only is Digimon back, it’s also… good? Strange times, indeed. So fun fact: I used to be quite the Digimon fan, back in the…

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Anime Taste Testing: Yesterday wo Utatte

I vaguely remembered that there was one Doga Kobo anime on my to-watch list this season, but having now watched it, I’d never have guessed it was this…

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Anime Taste Testing: Arte

I’d say I love period pieces, but that would be a lie. I love accurate period pieces. I wish to god this title had just been set in…

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Anime Taste Testing: Listeners

So Liverpool and Manchester finally united, and then the apocalypse happened. Sounds about right. I’ll get this out of the way right off the bat: I’m an unapologetic…

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Anime Taste Testing: Kakushigoto

Yes, I genuinely like the pun. Given the synopsis, I was fully ready to experience something… well, pervy, for lack of a better term. What I wasn’t ready…

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