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What about ’17-Sai no Teikoku’ makes it worth watching?

It would probably be helpful to explain a little about this drama series before answering that question. 17-Sai no Teikoku, or A 17-year-old’s Regime, is the story of…

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June 2022 Monthly Favorites

Well folks, we are back at it again with another installment of the Monthly Favorites series. By now you all know how this series works so I won’t…

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Visual Kei&Anime – GLAY Part I

Welcome one and all, to my most consistent feature on this blog, and my pride and joy – Visual Kei&Anime. As you can tell, we have another legendary…

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A-Z Drama Challenge: Tsuki ni Shizumu

Another one that landed on my list after retracing some of my favorite queens of Jpop – this time being none other than Ayumi Hamasaki. A legend in…

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A-Z Movie Challenge: Shiritsu Bakaleya Koukou

Well folks, I said I would have the movie review up and here it is! For those unsure, please start here, with the drama review before digging into…

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A-Z Drama Challenge: Shiritsu Bakaleya Koukou

R, by the way wasn’t skipped. Just isn’t a JDrama so we continue on with S! Well, this is one of those titles you should really only be…

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A-Z Drama Challenge: Quartet

Back to the challenge! I’ve made so much progress and I can only hope that I continue to keep making it until the end. This title is a…

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With a lot of Heart – 20-Year-Old Soul (movie review)

This is one of my most highly anticipated films of the year. The true story of an incredibly talented, but gone too soon trombonist and composer Asano Taigi.…

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Quick Note – Reduced Schedule

Hiya folks. As many long time reader’s know, I do my best to let you guys know when my output is going to slow down or outright stop.…

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May 2022 Monthly Favorites

Hello and welcome back to one of the few consistencies of my blog and that is my Monthly Favorites! People are use to the format, so let’s go…

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Visual Kei&Anime – Megamasso

Welcome back to Visual Kei&Anime! We’re back with a group I’m not familiar with, and unfortunately was only tapped for one anime tie in. This being none other…

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An Ode to ‘X’

What started in in May of 1992, has born a legacy now 30 years strong, A story that weaves together three friends, that is sure to lead to…

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My Boyfriend in Orange – When Orange Looks Bland (manga review)

I’m a liar when I said I was done with high school aged shojo. I’ll admit that right now. But this time I didn’t read this for funzies,…

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Twitter Comic Intro – The Person You’re Interested In, Isn’t a Guy

I had a different post planned for today. Unfortunately, I got in my own way and it didn’t happen – so we’re trying something new today. I do…

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Why you should lather up with Ase to Sekken (live action)

Ase to Sekken is somewhat a controversial title in the manga sphere. Focusing on the adult romance of a scented product developer with a strong nose, and an…

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Fan-casting a Japanese remake of Black Swan

This is born because after years of people telling me to watch Black Swan (2010) – I finally have. I can’t even begin to tell you how much…

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Back to Ballet: Swan – Hakuchou no Inori Manga Review

Well, who would’ve thought that I’d be back so soon with another post about the Swan manga universe? Not me because I thought I’d be reeling from the…

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My Manga White Whale(s??) – The Hunt

Recently, I was back to my childhood home where my limited English manga collection resides. I was overly delighted looking from bottom to top. The wonderful world of…

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The Eximius Blogger Award

Well, better late than never when it comes to answering a blogger award, and tag! My schedule this month was pretty filled up so I hope this isn’t…

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April 2022 Monthly Favorites

Welcome back to the Monthly Favorites that always appear without fail. Sometimes the timing is weird, but nonetheless appear at the end of the month. I’m in a…

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Visual Kei&Anime – An Cafe

Welcome back to Visual Kei&Anime! This time, we’re covering a group who has a very nostalgic image for me. They’re very much rooted in the old school ideas…

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A-Z Movie Challenge: Road to HiGH&LOW

Q was skipped because…. I couldn’t find a new movie with a Q in the title. The one I have watched was ages ago, and I rated it…

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A-Z Movie Challenge: Pinch Runner

I’ll say it now if it isn’t obvious; I’m actually a fan of dramas and movies that star idols. I think they’re fun to watch as a fan,…

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2020’s Favorite BL has a movie! – Cherry Magic the Movie (review)

Well some of you might remember the original Cherry Magic! the drama which came out in 2020, and took the drama world by storm. Back by popular demand,…

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A-Z Drama Challenge: Pride

Pride. The drama that’s potentially an all time favorite of mine. Encapsulating some of my favorite things ever – ice hockey, early 2000’s JDrama aesthetics and techniques, an…

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A-Z Movie Challenge: Ossan’s Love: LOVE or DEAD

Well for those that missed it, I posted my review of the drama just earlier today. It was always my intention to watch the sequel movie, so let’s…

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A-Z Drama Challenge: Ossan’s Love

I had an online friend who was obsessed with this show when it was airing. They held it incredibly high regard and were constantly updating about it while…

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From rust to… something else? – Rusted Armors Anime Review

Well, the Winter 2022 anime season has wrapped up! Being the super selective anime watcher I’ve become that means it’s time for me review the singular anime I…

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A-Z Movie Challenge: Neko Zamurai (2014)

Neko Zamurai is a blast from the past. I remember in my college years absolutely giggling like crazy to the two seasons of the drama version. The premise…

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Live Action Sextuplet Shenanigans – Mr. Osomatsu (2022) Movie Review!

I know very little about Mr. Osomatsu/ Osomatsu-san. I know it’s about identical sextuplets, it originally aired in 1988 and then was rebooted in 2015 to major success.…

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March 2022 Monthly Favorites

Welcome back folks to the Monthly Favorites! My little contribution back to the community as I showcase some posts I came across this month. A quick update from…

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A-Z Movie Challenge: Miracle Apples

When I hit my stride, I hit my stride. We’re back and keeping it pushing with another review. This particular film coming to my attention since it’s based…

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Visual Kei&Anime – Gackt – Part II

Welcome back to Visual Kei&Anime, the Part II Edition for Gackt! For those that missed the first part, be sure to check it out here. Otherwise, let’s go…

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A-Z Movie Challenge: Last Winter, We Parted

Everyone knows I have a common theme of actors who usually cause me to have a movie or drama to my PTW list. Everyone can say it with…

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Anime to Watch just for the Craftsmanship of Animation

I feel like sometimes, anime fans get really caught up in the story being told, that they miss out on the techniques used in the animation. Other times,…

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Natsume Yuujinchou: Ishi Okoshi to Ayashiki Raihousha – Another Solid Installment

This ‘movie’ was a roller coaster of emotions; hype, minor despair, and eventually a soft sense of relief when it showed up on streaming services in Japan. Yet,…

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A bit more then just a wedding – Wedding High

Where to really start with this romantic comedy… Well, the main point of me going to this particular film was for the secondary cast, verses the main cast.…

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The Gold Standard for Ballet Shojo – The Swan manga review

To be honest this review is coming over a month after I’ve finished the manga. It’s taken me that long to attempt to decompress from this series. I…

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Fruits Basket Prelude – A Brief Review

Ah, this film got me right in the feels. Anything in the Fruits Basket franchise tends to do that. While I wouldn’t say this was fully worth a…

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The Fourth Anniversary Blog Post – My Writing Process Explained

For all the blogging I’ve done, I don’t think I’ve actually talked about how I go about writing. In fact, I haven’t seen many bloggers talk about their…

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A-Z Movie Challenge – King of Apology

I was recommended this movie back when it first came out (2013) and I was in college. My trusted tutor said that the film was not only entertaining,…

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February 2022 Monthly Favorites

Welcome back to the Monthly Favorites! Sorry about not having a nature photo for this month; I didn’t get any good shots. So… an Instagram photo of my…

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Reflecting on Rewatching – Why I typically don’t

I’ve never been a re-watcher of media. It was a pain in the ass for my poor mother who had been told that kids come to love certain…

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A-Z Movie Challenge: Ju-On The Curse I

So… I almost watched the wrong film for this challenge. The title I had on my Hulu account was the 2000 version, and the version I had listed…

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A-Z Movie Challenge: If Cats Disappeared from the World

From the title alone, it really would be a terrible thing if cats disappeared. After all, who would run the households of many? People? Absolutely ridiculous and not…

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The Midnight Maiden War – Come for the plot, stay for the characters (movie review)

I feel like going into this film without some sort of context wasn’t the best idea. If I hadn’t seen this film on a day where there were…

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A-Z Movie Challenge: Hot Road

This title landed on my list ages ago for exactly two reasons. Reason number one: Tosaka Hiroomi as the male lead. Reason number two: motorcycles and/or motorcycle gang(s).…

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The Mini Manga Review – SK8 Chill Out!

So… I may or may not have not gotten around to writing a proper review of SK8. Despite naming it my favorite anime of 2021. Despite my utter…

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A-Z Movie Challenge: Go

Well, better late then never. I finally have a new rhythm for watching movies. Hopefully, this pattern continues and means more movie reviews in the future! Go is…

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