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The frustrations of collecting Tezuka manga in English

Foreword: This is purely an opinion piece, from a fan of Tezuka and consumer of English-language manga releases. I do not hold any malicious intentions towards any parties…

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Recommending Manga via my username

This is in a similar vein to my “Your Name? Your Recommendations! A Blogger Tag?!” which I tried to start. Although it ended up flopping lol. It happens.…

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Game Over SG5 – Restart With F5VE!

This post is only slightly overdue, considering I a little over a month late with reporting on the latest developments of SG5 – or as of April 26th…

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Bubble – The ONA Review

Back in 2022, I was so surprised to see a flyer in theaters for this film. As far as I was aware it would be a Netflix distribution,…

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May 2024 Monthly Favorites

Welcome back to the once-a-month feature that rarely fails! The Monthly Favorites of mine. Aside from travel escapades due to interviewing for work, I did manage to help…

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Manga May: Our Colors

Welcome to the final entry (for this year) of Manga May! You all just about know the drill by now. I’ve taken the month of May to introduce…

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My first 10/10 in 2024 – Ripe for the Picking (JDrama review)

I remain undeterred in watching JDramas, specifically for one actor’s announcement. This past season from LDH Entertainment that was Sato Taiki being cast in Uri wo Waru or…

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Manga May: Boys Run The Riot

Welcome back to again, the most creatively named monthly feature: Manga May. If you happened to have missed my first post for this be sure to check it…

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Library Loot – Rapid Reviews Vol.1

Believe it or not, not every single thing I pick up from the library gets a solo review here on the blog. In changing how often I post…

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Manga May: The Walking Cat

Welcome one and all to the most creative monthly feature you’ve ever heard of: Manga May. I’m taking the month of May to highlight three titles from manga…

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April 2024 Monthly Favorites

The passage of time is an absolutely CRAZY thing. I somehow nearly forgot that I went out of my way to be in the path of totality to…

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One more time – Manga that deserve another shot at serialization

The majority of manga, despite the stigma and how much I loathe the term, are in fact mid. They are middle of the road stories, with middle of…

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Spy x Family Movie: Code White – Movie Review

I won’t lie I was utterly shocked that this was playing not only within driving distance of my home, but also with English subtitles. Compared to the utter…

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Library Loot: The Place Promised in Our Earlier Days

One of the more distinct memories I have from studying abroad was watching this film. My host family had been kind enough to take me to Tsutaya (a…

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One YOU:ME’s thoughts on ME:I’s “Mirai” EP

My Oh My ME:I ~ Hello one and all. This is a bit of a long time coming on my end. I’ve been not so secretly invested in…

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What I do for Snow Man – Sensei Sayonara (drama review)

There’s a fine line between dedication and stupidity, and I’m finally learning where that is for me. I am a fairly dedicated fan of Snow Man, all members…

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Asian Pop Up Cinema Season 18 – Japan Showcase Wrap-Up

Featured image is from Asian Pop-Up Cinema’s Official Instagram, specifically from here. As of writing, the Japan Showcase for Asian Pop Up Cinema Season 18 will have just…

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What I watch for Snow Man – Livingroom no Matsunaga-san

Winter 2024 was a wild announcement of titles for Snow Man fans. We had five out of nine members of Snow Man in dramas. Miyadate Ryota was cast…

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Manga I Wish Would Come Back

For me, manga was my true rabbit hole into Japanese culture. I could absolutely devour manga series left, right and center without issue. My library had a plethora…

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What’s left to say about Mononoke

Over a decade ago, I asked a dear friend what were some anime they recommended. This friend had pretty interesting taste in anime, none of our absolute favorites…

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March 2024 Monthly Favorites

While this is being published on April 1st, this isn’t an April Fool’s Day Prank! It is in fact the one, and only Monthly Favorites. I have a…

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The Short and Long of Gushing Over Magical Girls

I think I’ve presented myself over the years as being fairly open to a variety of genres and theming. I don’t consider myself superior in taste for watching…

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Mecha March: G-Saviour

Folks, let me tell you a tale I only learned the month before. From the youtube comments of “The Cancelled American Gundam Adaptations | Ep 1 | The…

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Library Loot: MIRAI

In my first Library Loot post, I mentioned that I would cover both manga and anime – I haven’t cover anime yet. This has obviously changed with this…

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Mecha March: Knights of Sidonia (2014)

Welcome back to my second installation for Mecha March! I hope by now you guys have this system down, but in case you weren’t aware Mechanical Anime Reviews is the…

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Things that drive me wild in the Visual Kei Fandom (1)

3/12/24 Update: I hadn’t realized this post got a fair amount of traction over the years. I think it’s been linked or referenced online in a few spaces…

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Among the dumber things I’ve heard about – Graded Manga

Featured image is a screenshot/clipped copy from Beckett’s main page about manga grading. I did not create this image originally. I’m probably making things worse for me by…

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Mecha March: Levius

Welcome to Mecha March!! This feature is one that many of you are more likely familiar with Mechanical Anime Reviews at the helm. Be sure to check out…

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The 6th Anniversary Post

After the pretty dramatic post from last year, I am attempting to write a little bit more of a light hearted post this year. Starting with the cover…

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February 2024 Monthly Favorites

Welcome back to your favorite feature section. This month has a lot of important stuff regarding Wordpress, some technical news on my end, and a lot of good…

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PREVENT AI FROM USING YOUR WORK TO TRAIN MODELS – not a joke!

Hi folks, I rarely get this aggressive about posts but I wanted to make sure that all my homies who hate AI do this. Please do the following:…

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Library Loot: Night of the Living Cat

Library Loot strikes once again! I actually ended up picking up Night of the Living Cat after accidentally mistaking for The Walking Cat: A Cat’s-Eye-View of the Zombie…

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Are You Okay? – FAKY’s Chose Your Own Adventure Mini Drama

I stumble down rabbit holes of nostalgia all the time. This past year, I was digging through my old music and recalled FAKY. Back when I first started…

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Perfect Days – A Reminder to Embrace Simplicity

When I was first starting out my blog, I had a bit of a biased habit. I had the tendency to go to a movie once I realized…

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Super SHY – The Anime Review

I didn’t see too many people have SHY on their radar this past season. I guess given the seeming implosion that is the MCU, people loathing My Hero…

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Rise’s Rabbit Hole Adventures about Alichino – What ever happened to Shurei-Sensei? And what ever happened to Alichino?

Before this gets started, there are no spoilers regarding the story of Alichino in this post. Everything in this post is my conjecture and opinions regarding the fourth…

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Library Loot x Instagram Recommend: Alichino

I remember the very weird feeling of deja-vu, and maybe something akin to almost fear when the images appeared on social media. Within the brush strokes of Shurei…

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January 2024 Monthly Favorites

Welcome one and all to the first installment of your favorite blogger feature, my Monthly Favorites. This month as I dip into last year’s posts I might have…

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Josei January: Ooku: The Inner Chambers

Welcome to the third entry into Josei January. While the title is rather self explanatory, do bear with me here. If you’re unsure of what exactly “josei” is…

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Talking about the Rampage’s Controversy

It’s been a long time since I’ve really seriously written about Jpop. It feels both wrong, and right that my foray back into writing about Jpop is about…

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Josei January: Hentai?? For Women??

When I first started developing the idea of Josei January, I knew I needed to do more research. I had the vague premise, and loosely knew definitions and…

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Oshi Culture goes Dramatic! Oshi ga Joshi ni Narimashite (The Review)

Well folks, this year I only have one drama hold-over from 2023. It both finished airing and was done being subbed before the clock hit midnight. I just…

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Josei January: Helter Skelter

Welcome to Josei January. It’s a rather self-explanatory little segment I’m trying out this year, so do bear with me on this one. I’d like to get everyone…

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Reviewing 2023 to start 2024

First and foremost, Happy New Year fellow bloggers, readers, and those that have stumbled upon this post! I hope that your new year celebrations have gone smoothly, and…

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December 2023 Monthly Favorites

So, this post is a bit goofy on my end. I had some surprise post-Christmas travel which meant that 1) didn’t have a lot of time to read…

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Rise’s JDrama Awards 2023

Well, here we are the finish line for my end of the year programming! Granted the title doesn’t particularly inspire but it works for what it is. It’s…

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Rise’s JMovie Awards 2023

Hello again! It’s another addition to my JMovie Awards, that are handed out on a yearly basis and have no indication on if the film was good or…

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Rise’s Anime Awards 2023

Welcome, once again, to the least creative award show post that you will read this week. The end of the year for me, always has the most amount…

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Library Loot: My Androgynous Boyfriend

I don’t think I’ve ever really mentioned that I am much more of a reader then a watcher. Growing up, it was way more acceptable for me to…

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Monster (2023) – Movie Review

I won’t say that Koreeda Hirokazu is a must-see director for me. I honestly didn’t connect the dots between some of my favorite films, and his screenwriting/directorial talents…

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