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November 2022 Monthly Favorites

Welcome back to the best monthly blog post on Wordpress, if I do say so myself, my Monthly Favorites! I might be more or less absent from blogging,…

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Visual Kei&Anime – Lastier

Welcome back to Visual Kei&Anime! This time we are talking about late 90’s, early 00’s band – Lastier!

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Himedanshi Ruin Anime

Again, clickbait is clickbait I won’t lie. I’m not noble enough to be above using it though. This is in a way a companion piece to my previous…

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Fujoshi Ruin Live Actions

The title is mostly clickbait, but… I’m not sure how else to phrase this set of thoughts I’ve been having. It’s been quietly driving me up a wall…

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Semi-Hiatus / Schedule Change

Hey there readers. Popping on just to give a heads up that yes, once again I will be a bit MIA this November into December again. Between travel…

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October 2022 Monthly Favorites

Welcome back to the Monthly Favorites! Glad you made it! I’d like switch it up a little this time and start with – I sincerely hope this season…

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Visual Kei&Anime – Nightmare

Welcome back to Visual Kei&Anime! This time around I think more then a few people will actually know of the group I’m writing about – Nightmare! I unintentionally…

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OVA October: Cyber City Oedo 808

I’m back with my final post for OVA October. This time being the really interesting piece known as Cyber City Oedo 808. I hesitate to call it a…

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Listen Carefully, Watch Closely – Whisper of the Heart (2022) live action review

Ghibi movies will always have a special place in my heart. My very first one was Kiki’s Delivery Service. The one that has stuck with me all these…

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Find My Body – I’d Rather Not (Movie Review)

This is the first time I think I’ve ever been mad about paying money to watch a film. I didn’t pull a Karen and demand a refund, but…

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OVA October: Hell Target

With this entry, I had a note that the anime youtuber Hazel mentioned this title at some point. I’m not sure in a good or bad way, but…

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The Good, Bad, Confusing and more with Anime Crushes

For many anime fans, having a ‘crush’ on a character is a pretty common occurrence, especially in those hormonal pre-teen into teen years. Some of us have better…

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OVA October: Blazing Transfer Student

I had wanted to check out Blazing Transfer Student ever since I watched the re-worked live action a couple years ago. I figured the manga would be more…

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Tokyo Mew Mew New Review!

I’m sorry but I couldn’t resist the alliteration for the title. It’s probably been done to death too, but that happens. I am back now that I’ve finished…

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A-Z Drama Challenge: xxxholic.

… I’ve talked at length about my rocky relationship with CLAMP before. I too am very surprised that 1) xxxholic. got a live action drama adaptation back in…

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OVA October: Voices from a Distant Star

Note before we start: This will contain spoilers for the OVA Voices from a Distant Star or Hoshi no Koe. Please read at your own discretion. Hiya folks,…

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A-Z Drama Challenge: V no Arashi

I feel like if the past two years of working on this challenge have taught me anything it’s that fall is my season for drama watching. I always…

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September 2022 Monthly Favorites

Welcome back to the monthly favorites that never fail! I’m a little tight on time, mostly since I almost forgot to get this scheduled but here we are!…

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A-Z Drama Challenge: Utsukushii Kare

I have a tiny bit of explaining to do with this one too. Much like Tokyo Love Story (2020), Utsukushii Kare or My Beautiful Man is from 2021.…

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Visual Kei&Anime – Vistlip

Welcome back to Visual Kei&Anime! We’re taking a look at a group that’s been in the game since 2007, as well as being one I’ve yet to get…

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A-Z Drama Challenge: Tokyo Love Story (2020)

So… a tiny explanation. The original title I had picked for T was The IDOLM@STER.KR (2017), but in reviewing the premise of the drama – I had no interest in…

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HiGH&LOW the Worst Cross – Movie Review

The big day is here! The newest installment of HiGH&LOW the Worst has shown in theaters. I went during the second week of screening in my area. Given…

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Why I love Wondance

Forewarning: This post does contain spoilers regarding characterization and dynamics in Wondance. Please read at your own discretion. Lately, I have been on a roll with new favorites.…

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The fascinating world of idol groups that collaborate with anime titles

Did you know that back in 2001, when the original Tokyo Mew Mew manga began to get really popular that someone decided to make a cosplay idol group…

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Finishing the Swan Universe – Moscow, Germany and now Maia

Well… here I am. Back on my nonsense with a series that has a very limited pool of appeal, and even smaller pool of English speakers who care.…

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6 From High & Low the Worst – The Review

I told you guys I would get to this eventually. The eventually being a few days before the next installment of HiGH & LOW (H&L), the HiGH &…

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Sometimes I hear about other people’s watching habits…

The original title was “Sometimes I hear about other people’s watching habits and wonder if they even like anime or dramas”, but that’s just a little too long…

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What about live action adaptations of anime and manga make them worth watching?

The impression I get from the overall anime and manga community outside of Japan, is that live action adaptations are bad. Rightfully so in many cases when it…

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August 2022 Monthly Favorites

Hello and welcome back to the Monthly Favorites. I’m going to be perfectly honest, this month’s selections are the slimmest yet. That’s not a reflection the community of…

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Animated Movie August: Sengoku Majin Goushougun: Toki no Etranger

We are now on the final entry for this little themed month. This time we’re now swinging into the 80’s with this pick. I made a small goof…

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Visual Kei&Anime – Golden Bomber

Well – we’re back! This time with a rather… polarizing ‘band’ that being none other than the air kei Golden Bomber. Come with me as we take a…

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Animated Movie August: Doukyuusei (movie)

Well, talk about a tonal change for this pick of mine in comparison to the last one. It’s a modern choice too. If I’m not mistaken, I think…

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The delightful world of what could have been Sailor Moon – Project Y i.e. Saban Moon and Team Angel Commentary

I have a confession to make: I never got hype of Sailor Moon despite being a 90’s kid. You can begin throwing tomato’s… But I was at least…

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Blunt is one way to put it: Dokushi – BLUNT –

Back in May of 2021 I was over the moon – Higuchi Sensei had announced that after eight years that Dokushi was getting an official sequel. This being…

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I’ve seen this before… and done better too…

One of the oddest things I remember about Ex-Arm, was how annoyingly consistent Akira was screaming about getting his body back. I had it written in my notes…

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Hot & Cold First Impressions on Love, That’s an Understatement

With this manga, it’s actually a little bit tricky to talk about since I’m having such an odd experiance with it. I actually bought the first volume due…

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Animated Movie August: Chika Gentou Gekiga: Shoujo Tsubaki i.e. Midori

Welcome back to the second selection for this particular feature. It’s a rather notorious one at that. Anyone whose being floating around in the obscure anime corners has…

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My Manga White Whales – The Spoils

For those wondering what exactly I’m talking about I highly recommend checking out this blog post here. This being the sequel and all that. This is going to…

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Animated Movie August: Chirin no Suzu

Welcome to the first edition of Animated Movie August. A pretty self-explanatory title if I do say so myself. I watch an animated movie of my choice, these…

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Bittomo Kirameki Powers – Final Thoughts

This is among one of the longer serializing dramas I’ve watched in real time at a fifty episodes. There’s been a lot of ups and downs with this…

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July 2022 Monthly Favorites

Hello there folks, and welcome back to one of my two reoccuring features – the Monthly Favorites. July seems to have come and went for me. A good…

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Visual Kei&Anime – GLAY Part II

Welcome back to Visual Kei&Anime! We’re back in business with the follow up from last month’s feature, GLAY. Before you dive in this part, please check out the…

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Wait a minute… how did I not become a 2D idol fan?!

I could be boring and give a very succinct answer. That would not make for an interesting post so as I do, let’s do a long-winded back story…

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Tokyo Mew Mew New, The Three Episode Rule, and being a Minority in Opinion

Well hi there, it’s been quite awhile since I’ve written about an anime. I didn’t intend to have it get this way. I enjoyed SPYxFAMILY with my friend…

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A-Z Movie Challenge: Zenin Kataomoi

Well, here I am. I’m finally at the finish line. It’s the Z title of this challenge!! It’s been a long time coming, and luckily it’s now to…

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A-Z Movie Challenge: Yellow Tears

Just wanna start – I couldn’t find a movie with ‘X’ in the title, so let’s keep it moving. We’re in the home stretch folks!! The end is…

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A-Z Movie Challenge: Wasao

Well, we’re back to Aomori prefecture for another movie in this challenge. This time being the region of Ajigasawa, not too far from Hirosaki as Mt. Iwaki (also…

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A-Z Movie Challenge: Vampire in Love

I stacked the odds a bit against myself here. After the unique results of my previous pick, having another what I thought was another shojo adaptation wasn’t the…

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A fangirl favorite, or a fangirl fail? -My Boyfriend in Orange (Movie Review)

Well folks, it happened. I actually read some of the source material before seeing a live action adaptation for a shojo manga. If you’re curious what I thought…

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A-Z Movie Challenge: Unmasked Noise

English manga readers know this one as Anonymous Noise, and anime watchers know it as Fukumenkei Noise. Why the English title of the live action was settled on…

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