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Visual Kei&Anime – SuG

Welcome back to the best anime and music feature around – Visual Kei&Anime! We’ve managed to hit 2022 hard with one of the best known VKei groups in…

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Concluding Thoughts on Visual Prison

Given how much pre-airing coverage I’ve given it on my blog, this is overdue. That first episode was certainly something, but I didn’t keep up with this weekly.…

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Four Reasons to Try ‘In the Clear Moonlit Dusk’

I told myself I wasn’t going to read more high school based shojo manga. I am a liar. I was inspired to give this series a shot from…

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Manifestation Gone Wrong – Kotodamasou

Ishii Anna had such a strong streak of excellent roles in 2021. I figured Kotodamsou would be another addition to that but that wasn’t the case. Kotodamasou had…

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It’s 2021’s favorite shojo with male leads – Kieta Hatsukoi (drama review)

Well, no one is surprised I started watching this. It has Meguro Ren from Snow Man, and Michieda Shunsuke from recently debuted Naniwa Danshi? Count me in. On…

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The Long First Impression – Oshi no Ko (vol 1 & 2)

Back in September I read this blog post by kvasir369 about this manga. Like all things I think I’ll enjoy, I put it on my plan to read…

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First Impression – Rusted Armors

I feel like I’ve been neglecting the anime side of my audience. Since Winter 2022 only had a single title of interest to me; I figured I should…

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Manga v. Film – What She Likes

I did a review of What She Likes last year and mentioned that the story had a lot of intentional changes. Some okay or even good, most of…

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Titles I’m Looking Forward to in 2022

I promise this is the last of my unintentional, but now are seemingly reoccurring, beginning of the year posts. I still standby giving yourself things to look forward…

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Reviewing 2021 to start 2022

(featured image from dreamstime) Happy New Year to all my fellow bloggers! I hope that the holidays have treated you well, and you’ve been able to spend some…

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A-Z Drama Challenge: Nazotoki wa Dinner no Ato de

Hey, I finally got back in the saddle for this challenge. This title is really nostalgic for me since this has been sitting on my plan to watch…

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November & December 2021 Monthly Favorites

It has been awhile, but I am back! After an unintentional haitus in November, I have that meaty double feature I have promised. I’ve consumed a lot of…

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Arabashiri – Sake Spirits with Soul in a Manga

I’m back on my usual shenanigans with another manga that I picked up purely due to my own preferences that only a select few will care about. Being…

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Visual Kei&Anime – The Brow Beat

Welcome back to your favorite monthly feature, Visual Kei&Anime! This month is featuring probably one of the youngest bands to date! Being so fresh, only having debuted in…

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Stand Out’s and Favorites from Anime 2021

Hey it’s that sequel post I promised! This time being the animated version of my own personal awards show, and a favorites list at least for this year.…

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What She Likes or the most mediocre live action adaptation I’ve seen (movie review)

I have many thoughts about this movie. I was only going to watch this since Kamio Fuju was playing Jun. On a whim, I read the manga adaptation…

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Stand-Outs and Favorites from JDramas and JMovies 2021

Since I have some open posting times in my schedule – I thought I’d try something new again. I tend to do that a lot during the end…

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The Six-in-One Film; Redder than Yesterday, Bluer than Tomorrow -Cinema Fighters project –

Now this is going a long one; mostly because I’m not reviewing one film, but rather six short films that are packaged together. That’s the standard for the…

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Some Top Picks in JMusic 2021

It’s that time of year again, but this time the super condensed version. In past year’s editions I’ve broken my music picks into four separate categories; Jpop male…

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Some thoughts on volumes 1-4 of Yakuza Lover

This manga hit the scene pretty hard a few months ago, due to it being newly translated at that point. I saw some reviews, was curious enough about…

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Quick Update on Me…

Hi everyone, I hope you managed to check out my post on MUCC from the other day. I missed my personal deadline but I’m only a day off…

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Visual Kei&Anime – MUCC

Nice to see you again if you’re returning, but if you’re new here welcome! This is Visual Kei&Anime, hosted by none other than me, Rise! This month we’re…

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For a chain restaurant this isn’t too bad – Tokyo Seimenjo (the drama review)

It’s very odd to me how often ‘food’ is put as a genre, especially on MDL. What surprises me even more is that I’ve actually seen quite a…

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I wanted to like this more – Girls Gaku drama review

Seemingly a lifetime ago (i.e. July) I wrote up my first impression of this drama. Given it’s outside my usual bubble of drama-watching habits, I wasn’t sure how…

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October 2021 Monthly Favorites

It’s the feature that never fails, it makes me want to flail my hands, it’s the ever beloved Monthly Favorites hosted by me! RisefromAshes! What a time to…

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Semi-Hiatus Notice

The title is obvious, the following is just additional context for those that want it. I will be on official semi-hiatus from November 1st 2021 until tentatively December…

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Visual Kei&Anime – Laputa

Hello, hello welcome back to your regular dose of Visual Kei&Anime! This time we’re covering a group with some major impact, being cited by various musicians as being…

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Continuing the Conversation – Middling Anime

Aria recently raised their thoughts about the term of ‘middling’ anime, or more accurately “Those Anime Left Behind”. I left my initial comment there but realized I had…

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Recent Watches in Dramaland + a Movie

I’m back with another one of these round-ups. I’ve actually been watching a ton of dramas to pass the time in the past few months but I didn’t…

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So… I bought some lottery goods from my favorite mangaka

I’ve talked about my love for collecting anime/manga related merch before. One of the aspects I didn’t mention in this initial post, was how I go about collecting.…

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The Modern Johnny’s Tokusatsu – The High School Heroes

I am back to talk about the lesser known, The High School Heroes. Which was a drama that aired this past summer into fall, starring the Johnny’s Jr.…

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First Impression – Visual Prison

For anyone not in the loop; I’ve talked about Visual Prison before here, and here. Long story short, as a fan of VKei and anime I’ve been keeping…

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What I’ve seen in terms of Anime recently

Hello again my followers and those that stumble upon my ramblings. I’m not going to lie; I’ve been in a rut when it comes to anime. I have…

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Duo High School Hitmen – Baby Walkure

I saw this poster, which is two younger women, with guns and a name like Baby Walkure for the film. Considered me intrigued! It was a bummer that…

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Visual Prison Pre-Season Thoughts

I said I’d do my best to keep my nose out of Visual Prison’s business after my initial thoughts back in May. I really meant that. I had…

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September 2021 Monthly Favorites

Welcome back to my monthly feature film that highlights the best (in my opinion of course) the Wordpress blog-o-sphere has to offer. I’m always welcome to newcomers, so…

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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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