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Mari’s 30+2.0 birthday special: I’m doing a Let’s Play channel now

All the kids are into streaming nowadays, right? Well, my poor potato laptop can’t even run OBS properly, so I’m doing the next best thing. I started up…

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Xenoblade Chronicles 2 – The Impossible Masterpiece

I want to be real. Things haven’t felt right for a while now. This past year and a half has been hard on all of us. I want…

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Bye for now…

Hey y’all. It’s been a while since I’ve posted regularly on here, and I wanted to explain what’s been going on and where I’m at mentally. To be…

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Top 5 (Living) Anime Moms

This was supposed to be done by Mother’s Day, but I never do anything on time, so why start now? I wanted to do this cute post on…

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Demon Slayer Mugen Train: All Aboard The Hype Train

I’m 100% Shonen trash, which means I love Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba. The gorgeously detailed setpieces, unique historical setting, and memorable cast of characters (and Zenitsu) made…

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Fire Emblem: The Blazing Sword – My Teenage Nostalgia Revisited

Like many old-school Nintendo fans, I first discovered Fire Emblem from Super Smash Bros. Melee. The long-running strategy RPG series was Japan-exclusive for the longest time, since Nintendo…

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The Promised Neverland Season 2: A Long And Frustrating Autopsy

This one hurts, y’all. MASSIVE ENDING SPOILERS for the anime, mild manga spoilers ahead I’ve been a huge fan of The Promised Neverland ever since the first season…

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Mega Man X Will Always Be My Jam

When I was a kid, my favorite thing in the world was my dog-eared Game Boy Color. My family traveled a lot, and that little purple box was…

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Golden Sun + The Lost Age: A Nostalgic Hidden Gem

The 90’s and early 2000’s were a golden age for the JRPG genre. Games like Final Fantasy VII and Xenogears redefined video games as a storytelling medium with…

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Powerful Ladies of Animation (Tag Post)

Thanks to the wonderful Pinkie for tagging me here! I don’t do a lot of tag posts, but I really liked this one and thought it would be…

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Hollow Knight: No Cost Too Great

I have a confession to make. For as much as I love video games, I’m kinda bad at them. My reflexes are shite, I get buttons wrong, and…

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Pyra and Mythra might be my new Smash mains

The dynamic sword duo, Pyra and Mythra from Xenoblade 2, have just been released as DLC fighters for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. I’ve played Smash since the N64…

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I miss him.

Sorry everybody, but I’m going to have to take an unexpected break from blogging for a while. I just lost my dog Muffin, who’s been part of the…

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Life update/Blog update/Looking for feedback?

Whelp, it’s been a while since I’ve done one of these. To be honest, I’m running out of ideas for content at the moment, and a lot’s happened…

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In Defense Of Haruhi Suzimiya’s “Endless Eight” Arc

The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzimiya was all over the anime world in the mid-2000’s. The memetic misadventures of the sociopathic tsundere (who’s actually God… I think) captivated fans…

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So, about The Promised Neverland Season 2…

I was obsessed with The Promised Neverland pretty much from Episode 1. As soon as I finished the first season of the anime, I read the entire manga…

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Old Zelda Games Are My Geek Comfort Food

2020 was a horrible year, but one of the things it taught me was how to appreciate the simple comforts when life gets too overwhelming. A brisk winter’s…

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Xenoblade: An Epic Well Worth The Wait

The Xeno series has a long and messy history. It started with 1998’s Xenogears on the PS1, created by Square (now Square Enix) under the direction of husband-and-wife…

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The History of Anine: Part 6 – Past, Present, and Future

The 2010’s were, in some ways, a culmination of the past 100 years of anime history. Online streaming came into its own, causing an influx of new content…

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The History of Anime: Part 5 – Dawn of the Digital Era

Last time, anime rose from a nationwide economic crisis to become a global juggernaut. The 1990’s saw enormous growth for the industry, but an even bigger change was…

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The History of Anime: Part 4 – Taking Over The World

The anime industry reached its artistic high point in the 1980’s, but the good times wouldn’t last. The Japanese stock market crashed in 1991, thanks to (what else?)…

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The History of Anime: Part 3 – The Golden Eighties

In the 1960’s and 70’s, the anime industry saw a massive amount of growth in a relatively short time. We went from barely animated black-and-white shows about tiny…

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The History of Anime: Part 2 – Enter the Space Race

Japanese animation made some major milestones in its early years, but it wasn’t until the 1960’s and 70’s that it developed its own identity. This is when the…

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The History of Anime: Part 1 – Humble Beginnings

Anime is, in my opinion, one of the most unique forms of storytelling out there. The beautifully drawn artwork, the colorful characters, the vibrant culture, the sheer weirdness…

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Whelp, I’ve Officially Fallen Down The VTuber Rabbit Hole

What’s gotten into me? I’m not usually into this stuff. I think the pandemic has finally broke me. I’ve spent the last two weeks watching these goofy 3D…

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Fire Emblem Arcs: Understanding Edelgard’s War

SPOILERS for the Crimson Flower and Azure Moon routes of Fire Emblem Three Houses. In every route of Fire Emblem Three Houses except one, Edelgard is the primary…

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Fire Emblem Arcs: Dimitri’s Fall and Redemption

“I am a murderous monster. My hands are stained red. Could one such as I truly hope for such a life? As the sole survivor of that day,…

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Deca-DENCE: I’m Not Mad, Just Disaapointed

Hella Spoilers on this one. I wanted to avoid giving away too much, but with a show like this, I have to talk about some of the plot…

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Character Arcs: Claude Von Riegan’s Dream For A Better World

(Yup, it’s another Three Houses character post. This is slowly becoming a Fire Emblem blog, but I promise I’ll have some anime content too, eventually. Much of the…

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Character Arcs – Dorothea Arnault’s Inner Beauty

Maybe it’s just because the pandemic has made everyone bored and stressed out of their minds, but all I’ve wanted to do lately is play Fire Emblem: Three…

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Character Arcs – Dorothea Arnault’s Inner Beauty

Maybe it’s just because the pandemic has made everyone bored and stressed out of their minds, but all I’ve wanted to do lately is play Fire Emblem: Three…

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Made in Abyss: Dawn of the Deep Soul – When You Gaze Into the Abyss, the Abyss Gazes Into You

I’ve been procrastinating on this one. Made in Abyss is one of those anime that I love, but I have to be in the right headspace to get…

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Re:Zero S2E13 – The Show That Makes Weebs Cry Constantly

Y’all, I’m going to level with you. This one’s a bit by the seat of my pants. Usually I take extensive notes for each of these, but I…

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Fire Emblem – Swords, Strategy, and S-Rank Romance

JRPGs are awesome. They’re like anime that you can play! The old-school Final Fantasy series will always be the gold standard for me, and I recently re-kindled my…

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Sword Art Online: Progressive – The Anime Asuna Deserves?

Sword Art Online is the ultimate love it or hate it anime. But my feelings on it are kind of… eh? I watched it a couple years ago…

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Re:Zero S2E12 – Something Wicked This Way Comes

Okay, maybe quoting Macbeth in the title is a bit cheesy, but I thought it fit. This episode is one of the darkest in Re:Zero yet, as Subaru…

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My Autism Diagnosis Journey

It’s been a crazy couple weeks for me. After a year of being self-diagnosed, and 29 years of knowing I was different but not knowing why, I finally…

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Mari’s birthday special: My Favorite Anime Blogs

Today I turn 25… for the 6th time. I don’t really have much planned for today for obvious reasons, but I wanted to give y’all a gift. And…

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Re:Zero S2E11 – The Taste of Death

SPOILERS *Sigh* We’re never going to see that intro again, are we? Opening with a heartbreaking shot of Rem still unconscious, we then cut back to Subaru’s second…

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Made in Abyss – Fear of the Depths

Few things terrify and excite us more than the unknown. Our curiosity to understand the deepest and darkest corners of existence helped us wander out of our caves…

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Re:Zero S2E10 – Satella, The Witch of Yandere

SPOILERS Villains aren’t hard to come by, but there’s a few special ones that can transform the entire atmosphere of a show whenever they’re on screen. Darth Vader…

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Music in Anime: The K-On Girls’ Awesome Instruments

If K-On doesn’t make you smile, you’re dead inside. I love all the adorable moe girls and their band, Ho-kago Tea Time. But their songs are fairly simple,…

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Re:Zero S2E9 – The Witches’ Tea Party!

SPOILERS This is the episode I was waiting for. Of all the spectacular moments of Arc 4, my favorite reading the novels was getting to see all the…

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Re:Zero S2E8 – That Rabbit’s Dynamite

SPOILERS Eight episodes in, Re:Zero shows no signs of slowing down. Subaru confronts a hangry Garfiel in full beast mode, meets the second of the three great Demon…

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Re:Zero S2E6 – Enter the Beatrix

SPOILERS Sorry this post is a couple days late! I just started a new job and it’s been kicking my ass lately, so I haven’t been able to…

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Little Witch Academia: Reconstructing the Magical Girl Genre

Puella Magi Madoka Magica changed the game for magical girl anime. Long associated with cutesy fare like Sailor Moon and Cardcaptor Sakura, Madoka opened the floodgates for dark,…

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Trope Overload: Anime and the Hero’s Journey

If you’ve ever studied literature or film, you’ve probably heard of “The Hero’s Journey”. Originally coined by Joseph Campbell in his 1949 book The Hero With A Thousan…

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Re:Zero S2E6 – Return of the Bowel Hunter

SPOILERS After five straight episodes of foreshadowing, intrigue, and all the feels, we’re finally back to classic Re:Zero action with this banger of an episode. Subaru and Ram…

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Kara no Kyoukai (The Garden of Sinners): A Dark, Philosophical Hidden Gem

With their sleek combination of hand-drawn and CGI animation, Studio Ufotable has highly influenced the aesthetic and “feel” of modern action anime. Every weeb knows their hits, the…

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Re:Zero S2E5 – White-Haired Witches and Creepy Clowns

SPOILERS After last week’s tear-jerker episode where Subaru finally made peace with his past, we’re back to the normal Re:Zero mysteries and madness. While this episode wasn’t as…

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