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Visual Kei & Anime – Mix Speaker’s,Inc.

Welcome back to our regularly scheduled programming, otherwise known as Visual Kei & Anime! This time we are visiting a group that some members from previously featured Psycho…

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That was something – The ‘Kick & Slide’ Anime Review

I don’t wander often in the world of kid’s media. As a grown adult, content aimed at children, not to be confused with family media, rarely goes over…

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As promised, a review of ‘Promise Cinderella’

Well, you heard about this series once. One that I actually said, and I quote “as long as the energy and shenanigans from the first episode continues as…

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The Beautiful Ballet of “Subaru” (Manga Review)

I have been working through my previously bought manga. At the beginning of 2021 on impulse I began looking up manga centered around dance, specifically ballet. After all…

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September Chills – Pulse

I don’t want to be obnoxious in saying this, but Pulse might be my favorite horror movie ever. I haven’t seen all that many, so that’s a pretty…

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LDH’s Newest Girl Group – iScream

Back when they debuted in June, I wrote up in Monthly Favorites that I would be talking about this group more. It’s been awhile since I’ve wrote about…

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“That’s Why It’s Okay” – The Most Powerful Episode in Horimiya

I haven’t been making time to watch a lot of currently airing series in favor of other content at the moment. So I’ve been digging through my notes…

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September Chills – Tetsuo: The Iron Man

Tetsuo is an odd film. Filmed in 1989, it makes the distinct choice of being a black and white feature in an era where color was all the…

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Anime ABC’s, My Favorite Anime Character for Each Letter of the Alphabet

So I know a good idea when I steal one. This being one of said ideas. Of course, I kid. We give credit where it’s due; always. I…

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August 2021 Monthly Favorites

Welcome back to the monthly feature I do that people seem to really enjoy reading, and I really enjoy putting together! What a mutually beneficial relationship! This month,…

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Visual Kei&Anime – Buck-Tick

Welcome back to your favorite monthly feature combining Visual Kei and Anime, the most healthy addition to any blogger’s reading diet. This month features an artist that has…

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Visual Kei at the Movies – BeatRock☆Love

Well, summer is coming to an end here and this section of blog features is winding down again as well. This being the last installation for the year,…

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The quiet crackle of ‘I Hear the Sunspot’ – Complete Series Review

This is a series that I actually picked up physical copies of back in January. This series had been making small waves for several years as a small…

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My Favorite Types of Anime and Manga Merchandise to Buy

The wonderful world of anime and manga, is that beyond the initial medium of choice, there usually also exists the other. So for the collecting types, you then…

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Visual Kei at the Movies – Sori Nokoshita Natsu

Oh man… I brought this upon myself. I knew it was coming, and at the same time I wasn’t prepared to re-watch this “film”. Coupling it with the…

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Canola Confession: Modern Anime and Manga, Fruits Basket, and the terrifying reality of self-love

I was recently reminded of the concept of ‘self love’ within anime. That as of late it’s been on trend for a character to love themselves first, and…

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If I had to rebuy my manga collection

There’s been a trend with all sorts of content creators along the lines of, ‘if you lost all of *insert collection type here* what would you re-buy?’ being…

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Visual Kei at the Movies – Oresama

Well, no one asked but I am returning to this series again! I couldn’t help myself, since I’ve been itching to re-watch and jump start a bit more…

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Newly Nostalgic – Words Bubble Up Like Soda Pop (Movie Review)

It’s a movie I’ve been waited a year and a half for, thanks to the pandemic. But I absolutely don’t mind spoiling it right here and now; it…

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Characters I Would Cosplay If I Still Sewed

I think most people who have been in the anime/manga sphere for awhile are aware of cosplay, i.e. costume play. It’s the practice of dressing up as a…

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July 2021 Monthly Favorites

Welcome back to me featuring a bunch of things that I enjoyed this month! We have quite the line-up this month and I think just about anyone who…

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Is there really such a thing as having too many ten out of ten’s in anime?

At some point in my many years on the internet and all the lovely gatekeeping in the mid 2010’s anime community, there use to be an argument about…

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Visual Kei&Anime – heidi

Welcome back to your monthly dose of Visual Kei&Anime! This time I have a feature of a band that got their major debut doing not, one but two…

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Nendoroid’s I Wish Were Real

I didn’t think I would ever be the type to collect figures. In the early years of my fandom, I simply didn’t have the money to buy them…

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Is it truly worthy of the magnitude? – Fragile Light of Pistol Star manga review

This is another series that’s been a long time coming on my blog. I had a bit of a gap between buying and reading the first volume, and…

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‘Oh I don’t want to sing anymore’ – Some thoughts on the JPop Scene and Me

My mom was never a big fan of electronica, but she had a soft spot for Daft Punk. She particularly liked ‘Instant Crush’ by Daft Punk featuring Julian…

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Some current watching, recently finished drama updates

I’ve kinda hit a stride with these longer update posts so, here we are. I’ve been watching a lot of dramas lately. Mostly I’ve been trying to just…

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Airy and sweet but missing some zest – Honey Lemon Soda (movie review)

Ah yes, I am back in the realm of those sappy sweet shojo movies. This time being the long awaited Honey Lemon Soda, given that that manga is…

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Recent Reads in Manga

It’s been awhile since I’ve done something other than a review of manga. So I figured a bit of a reading list update was in order. I have…

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I whole-heartedly love this – Girl Gun Lady

Before I even start this series, Girl Gun Lady much like SK8 (review coming I promise) is a series that when I explained the premise to my friends…

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A-Z Drama Challenge: Kakafukaka

Now this is a drama that I remember putting on my PTW specifically because there was a review here on Wordpress that I commented on saying I would.…

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A Look at Summer 2021- Some Titles of Interest (to me of course ;P)

I was going to be so foolish as to title this as “What will I be watching?” or the like. A title like that might mislead you guys…

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A-Z Drama Challenge: Jimi ni Sugoi!

So… it’s been quite awhile since I’ve posted about my challenge. I promise it hasn’t been forgotten. I just ended up getting distracted as always. I really am…

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June 2021 Monthly Favorites

Welcome back to the series that never fails, and that is my one-and-only; Monthly Favorites. After my… more curated selection last month: I am back. With vengeance. Maybe…

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Visual Kei&Anime – SID Part II

Welcome back to the second half of my discography dive into legendary band SID! This month, we have a few more entries to make it through for some…

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The project that didn’t amount to much – Project Scard: Praeter no Kizu

Now that my burning hatred for GoHands after nearly ruining the Tokyo Babylon 2021 adaptation is down to it’s final bits of kindling; I think I can try…

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Don’t forget the bokeh and lens flares! – Mune-Kimi (the movie review)

Mune-Kimi or Mune ga naru no wa kimi no sei is a movie that I picked up specifically for the main couple casting. Shirashi Sei as Shinohara Tsukasa,…

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Our Dreams at Dusk: Shimanami Tasogare – Manga Review

Awhile back someone on my reader wrote a review talking about this title. I, having never heard of it prior, read their first volume review. I liked the…

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Making Waves – Hokusai the Movie (A Review)

With the tagline of “Can paintings change the world?” Hokusai was originally suppose to be released May 2020. As with many projects that were set to be released…

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May 2021 Monthly Favorites

Welcome back to my little corner of the internet where I gather some of the gems I’ve come across the past month! It’s going to be an interesting…

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Visual Kei&Anime – SID Part I

For the first, but not the last time in this section, we have a two part discography dive! Whoo! We’re jumping forward in the stream of VKei, but…

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No one wanted this but we got it anyway – Mairunovich (JDrama Review)

Where to really start with this drama? It’s a hot mess that no one was asking for, but we got anyway. The one and only reason I watched…

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Unsolicited Advice regarding PTW and On-Hold Lists

I consider myself pretty good at organization, planning, and sometimes with enough ambition execution. While on my break, I did a bit of ‘spring cleaning’ going through my…

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Fall 2021’s Visual Prison Is… Something…

I recently messaged a friend of mine who is also into Visual Kei, the music genre. We were coordinating some details about bands/music when the topic of VKei…

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The Women of Visual Kei – Necro Circus

Well, I’m back with my second entry this time around. As the title suggests we’re taking another deep dive into the world of women in Visual Kei, with…

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A Promising Experimental Film – Ura Aka (Movie Review)

“一度だけ会えませんか?” “Would you like to meet just once?” That’s the typed out line that greets you on Ura Aka’s website, set with an icon of the mysterious twitter…

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The Women of Visual Kei – Ganglion

I’m back with more! Yes, my rather niched within a niche section exploring the Women of Visual Kei is resuming in your favorite place to find out about…

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The long-time coming review of “Toxic”

So this review is a long time coming. I’ve had this series for nearly half a year, and have now read it twice. But I feel as though…

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The Shonen Romance Smash-Hit – Horimiya

Well folks, we are here to a little review of a series that took this past season by storm. And honestly what a tale it’s been. As of…

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A Gentleman and His Puppet – Oijisama to Neko the JDrama Review

Well, it’s certainly no Jim Hensen style puppeteering that’s for sure. But if my near over-consumption of Japanese popular media has taught me anything, it’s that even the…

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