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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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Skating In – Skate-Leading☆Stars Stars Anime Review

The award for most likely to be compared to the insanely popular ice-skating anime Yuri! On Ice goes to…. Was that a cheap shot? Probably. It was inevitable…

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April 2021 Monthly Favorites

Welcome back to my humble monthly feature of content from everyone but me! This month has a pretty solid stack from all the usually places, and even more!…

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Visual Kei&Anime – SHAZNA

I’m back to an official capacity! So we’re diving back into the wonderful world of 90’s Visual Kei with none other then a trendsetter with a unique history…

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Yes, it’s bad, but also I did watch and have ~thoughts~: Ex-Arm anime review

I really did subject myself to watching the entire twelve episodes of Ex-Arm. I am aware that dropping anime is an option, but never really considered it. It’s…

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The Girl from the Other Side – Kickstart Animation Crowd Funding is still available!

I saw this awhile back on Instagram, I believe Al of Al’s Manga blog might have put it in their story, but Wit Studio is currently still crowd-funding…

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Babylon fell before it started – On Tokyo Babylon 2021 Anime Cancellation and Re-Re-Starting

On March 29th, it was unceremoniously announced by the overall project manager for Tokyo Babylon 2021, not GoHands, that the project has more or less been scraped for…

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March 2021 Monthly Favorites + Blog Announcement

We have once again, managed to make it through another month. Somehow. It’s also now the worst anniversary for a major historical event I’ve survived so…. that’s something.…

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Visual Kei&Anime – Sadie

The series continues! This time, we’re going to be taking a look at a legacy band within a golden era of mid-2000’s Visual Kei, Sadie! A group that…

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Should you see these three B’s in Action? – 3B no Koibito JDrama Review

Well, this is a series I’ve already mentioned before about being pretty excited about. Now that it’s officially wrapped I can post up a review! For being a…

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Happy Women’s History Month – Powerful Females Tag

I am among the later contributors to this tag, forgive me Annie! I really like the prompt a lot and I wanted to put some serious thought into…

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Spring 2021 – What Will I Be Watching?

After somewhat successfully talking about my winter 2021 picks, I wanted to continue to make this section a somewhat regularly occurring part of my blog. It’s just a…

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Taking a Chance for the Better – Yumi with Kurumi

Having read this nearly two months ago, it feels way longer then that in terms of reading. I mean, seriously time continues to chug along at such a…

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Let’s Time-Travel – Brave: Gunjou Senki Movie Review

I have ventured off once again for another movie! This time being the first manga turned live action, Brave: Gunjou Senki. I’m not a big fan of historical…

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Let’s Get Colorful – Colorful Stories Tag

First of all a big thank you to Al from Al’s Manga Blog for tagging me in this one! I’ve been eyeing this tag for awhile, secretly hoping…

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Let’s Play Bingo! – My Anime Bingo Card Tag (?)

So…. is this a trend? Am I early to a trend for once?!? Am I going to be a trend setter here in the Ani-blog space on Wordpress?!…

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The Third Anniversary Post; Some Unsolicited Advice from a Hobby Blogger

As I’m writing this, I finally feel somewhat qualified to actually do this. Give advice on blogging of all things. During my time in this hobby, three years…

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The Music and Me Tag

Any and every time I get tagged, I am down for the challenge. If you add in music, I am there. I will drop everything and do it.…

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February 2021 Monthly Favorites

Hello and once again welcome back to my Monthly Favorites. It’s a section I manage to crank out once a month gathering the good stuff to introduce or…

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Visual Kei&Anime: ViViD

We’ve now hit the year mark of Visual Kei&Anime! Hitting a whole year of one particular themed blog series makes me really proud. This is by no means…

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The Buyer’s Remorse Review – Ojou to Banken-kun Volume 1-5

I think it’s a first on my blog where I’ve admitted to having buyer’s remorse on a series. Still, I did my best to give this series the…

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Series vs. Films vs. Shorts – My Opinions on Japanese Live Action Adaptation Formats

I remarked back in in this post, about talking about my ‘stance’ on various anime and manga controversies. There’s a section to talk about Series vs. Films vs.…

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Visual Kei Valentine – ACME’s “You Are My Love”

I’m not a big fan of Valentine’s Day, but I do have a few bands I would give one to if I had any guts lol. So here’s…

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Canola Confession: Why I’m scared to start certain anime

It sounds absolutely dumb to be ‘scared’ to start an anime. It’s anime, 2D or 3D motion pictures from Japan that happen to have a following and popularity…

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Valentine’s Day Special – Rakuen no Joken and Hajimete Kanojo to.

I’m typically not all that into Valentine’s Day stuff. I’m more interested in getting all the discounted chocolate the day after! However, earlier this year I managed to…

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Visual Kei Valentine – Gackt’s December Love Song

(Yes, that’s Gackt from the Akumu-chan series, but he looks so romantic there lol) I’m not a big fan of Valentine’s Day, but I do have a few…

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Rise’s Recommendations – Unexpected Shojo to add to your reading list

I haven’t done a recommendation post in awhile, despite making some bold comments about shojo being stale, and that I haven’t made the time to talk about some…

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The First of 2021 – The End of the Tiny World

I’ve braved the theater once again, for the first time in 2021! I mentioned this series as a highly anticipated one, and it did not disappoint. So now,…

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Making ‘A Sign of Affection’ a Live Action

Note: Credit where it is due, I am got this idea from Annie of Evening Tea Musings, who wrote about it first. Be sure to check her out.…

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Visual Kei Valentine – Buck-Tick’s Dress

I’m not a big fan of Valentine’s Day, but I do have a few bands I would give one to if I had any guts lol. So here’s…

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Under Pressure: Peer Pressure Tag

I have been pressured and I have caved. So here we are with the Peer Pressure Tag that Annie tagged me in. I hope this isn’t too delayed…

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January 2021 Monthly Favorites

Welcome to the January 2021 Monthly Favorites! Despite it all, we’ve managed to make it to the first edition of this section for the new year. It’s exciting,…

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Visual Kei&Anime – Alice Nine.

This is the eleventh in total but first edition in 2021 of Visual Kei&Anime! I’ve very excited to be bringing this section very close to a full year…

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The Sign of a Good Shojo – A Sign of Affection (Vol. 1-3)

I mentioned before that I was practically kicking myself for now getting into this series sooner. With volumes one through three now in my possession and read through,…

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Ranting About CLAMP

Pre-blog note: I’d like to mention here that details about various CLAMP series starting/stopping/hiatuses/title change details are not presented in the chronologically correct order in this …

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Visual Kei at the Movies – Longinus

We’ve reached the fourth installation of this series, for the moment. I promise it will come back to it later. For now, we get to end on a…

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2020’s Favorite Japanese BL – Cherry Magic Drama Review

I like to believe I’m above bandwagoning. That I can resist the urge to watch things just because they have the week’s popularity ranking, but that would be…

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Visual Kei at the Movies – Moon Child

Well, if there were ever a movie I would label as a ‘cult classic’ in a community; Moon Child would be it. It’s peak moment in Visual Kei,…

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On Waifus

Well, I can’t just talk about husbandos, and not talk about the better halves. It just wouldn’t be right. I also just happen to like follow ups because…

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Battle of the Generations – Taiso Samurai

We are now into the second anime I managed to complete in Winter 2020. The subject of course, is my beloved sports anime but with a bit of…

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Winter Break Reads

It’s been awhile since I’ve done a fresh recent reads/acquisitions. I really do try and work through the stuff I have before buying more, but things happen. Mostly…

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Visual Kei at the Movies – Bride of Rose

This is the second edition for this month. Gotta keep the momentum going, and keep up with the chronological order. This time we’re jumping forward from 1993 to…

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Anime, Dramas, Movies and more I’m looking forward to in 2021

After the shitshow that was 2020, I’m hoping that 2021 will be less terrible. I’m not delusional thinking that COVID is suddenly gone, climate change has stopped, or…

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Canola Confession: On “Mental Carrying Capacity”, Currently Airing Series, and Balancing it All

This title sounds significantly more academic then this blog will be. Promise. The past year was pretty interesting, especially in terms of media consumption and things like that.…

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Visual Kei at the Movies – Seth et Holth

I am back with a vengence and with a new way to convert other’s to Visual Kei. This time I’m combining Visual Kei with another one of my…

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Hanging Out or Hanging On? – Hang On! Climbing Girls Review

This series I knew was going to be a mixed bag of things from the start. Between the premise being a non-conventional sport but with girls, promos, and…

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