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Writing Prompt: Is it better to have a protagonist with a bad personality… or no personality at all?

Now here’s an interesting question that I should have some thoughts on, given how often I point out when the protagonist in an anime is boring or feels…

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Mixed Feelings on Tokyo Ghoul

Recently I finished watching all four seasons of Tokyo Ghoul, and for once I actually had the desire to write out my thoughts. I have a lot of…

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Writing Prompt: Do you think anime can change someone’s life?

For once I found an interesting question to write about. It’s something I’ve thought about before, and I’ve seen this sort of concept mentioned several times as well,…

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Sankarea: Undying Love (Episodes 6 & 7) – Love Triangle?

This is a repost of a series that Lynn and I did back in 2019! The posts alternate between Lynn’s blog – OtakuAuthor.com, and here. Lynn is also…

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The Executioner and Her Way of Life Review (Spoiler Free)

For once we’re treated with a title that doesn’t completely spoil the plot. I’ll try not to spoil anything beyond the title, and I suggest avoiding the MyAnimeList…

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Sankarea: Undying Love (Episodes 2 & 3) – A Real Stand-Up Guy!

This is a repost of a series that Lynn and I did back in 2019! The posts alternate between Lynn’s blog – OtakuAuthor.com, and here. Lynn is also…

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Skeleton Knight in Another World Review (Spoiler Free)

If you were to guess what this next anime is about, based on the title, you’d probably be correct. We truly are in the Renaissance of isekai anime.…

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Trapped in a Dating Sim: The World of Otome Games is Tough for Mobs Review (Spoiler Free)

The anime this time is an isekai: Trapped in a Dating Sim: The World of Otome Games is Tough for Mobs. Seems explanatory enough, right?

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The Greatest Demon Lord Is Reborn as a Typical Nobody Review (Spoiler Free)

Next up from Spring 2022 we have Shijou Saikyou no Daimaou, Murabito A ni Tensei suru (The Greatest Demon Lord is Reborn as a Typical Nobody). Interestingly, the…

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Yuusha, Yamemasu Review (Spoiler Free)

This is the first Spring 2022 anime that I’ve watched, so it may as well be the first review I write from said season: Yuusha, Yamemasu (I’m Quitting…

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On Fantasy Anime

Something that I’ve noticed about myself is that recently, I’ve watched nothing but fantasy anime. I think I’ve only watched a couple anime that weren’t fantasy over the…

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Why draw anime girls when AI can do it for you?

Personally, I’ve never been much of an artsy person. Or so I thought, until I tried doing some acrylic nature painting when I was in Japan. So I’m…

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Tsukuyomi ♫♫

There’s another Japanese group alongside Minami ♫ that I’ve been listening to lately, once again thanks to YouTube’s algorithms (which I have to commend, they really do a…

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A Trip to Kyoto

Here’s something that I never got around to posting about, which is a trip I took to Kyoto with a few friends over a weekend last fall. I…

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Chuunibyou in the Wild

After living and teaching English to middle schoolers in Japan for two years, I’ve just realized that I haven’t written anything about something that, according to anime, should’v…

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My home away from home – Nakano City, Nagano

Seeing as I no longer live there, I feel like I can comfortably write a little about where I was living during my two years in Japan, and…

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Busou Shoujo Machiavellianism Brief Review (Spoiler Free)

Stumbled upon this anime a while back and we’re just getting to reviewing it now. Bit of a change from the usual fantasy / isekai stuff, of which…

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Cherry Blossoms in Tokyo 2022

I’ve been taking it easy since returning to Canada, and will continue like that for a bit. Figured I’d just share some of the nice cherry blossoms I…

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The Fruit of Evolution: Before I Knew It, My Life Had It Made Review (Spoiler Free)

Getting back to the fantasy / isekai reviews, we’ve got The Fruit of Evolution. At a glance, unlike other long anime titles, this one doesn’t really function properly…

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Two Years in Japan Review

With the spring comes the end of another school term in Japan. And with that came the decision I’d have to make about whether I’d stay on another…

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Minami ♫

Been a while since I’ve posted anything music related recently. And seeing as I haven’t posted as frequently lately, I figured we could get two birds with one…

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Saihate no Paladin / Faraway Paladin Review (Spoiler Free)

I feel like a broken record for saying “it’s time for another fantasy / isekai anime review”, but here we are. It’s time for another fantasy / isekai…

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The World’s Finest Assassin Gets Reincarnated in Another World as an Aristocrat Review (Spoiler Free)

Another anime, another title that’s essentially a synopsis for the anime. We’ll call it ‘World’s Finest Assassin’ here. And it’s another fantasy anime, of course…

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Banished from the Hero’s Party, I Decided to Live a Quiet Life in the Countryside Review (Spoiler Free)

Next up we’ve got this anime, which I’ll call Banished Hero instead of it’s actual, long title. Once again we’ve got a fantasy anime, product of my shameless…

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Wise Man’s Grandchild (Kenja no Mago) Review (Spoiler Free)

Been a while since we’ve looked at a fantasy anime on the blog, so let’s change things up with Wise Man’s Grandchild. Like many others I’ve watched recently,…

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Vivy: Fluorite Eye’s Song Review (Spoiler Free)

Let’s take a look at a non-fantasy anime for once with Vivy: Fluorite Eye’s Song! As usual, we’ll be spoiler free with the review.

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Sword Art Online Alicization – War of the Underworld Review

This one won’t be spoiler free, because there are things I wanted to write about in this one. I’ll try to spoil as little as possible, but I…

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Redo of a Healer Review (Spoiler Free)

After several happy-go-lucky fantasy types, I finally got into something with a little more edge. As this is from a bit of a review backlog, it’s been over…

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Suppose a Kid from the Last Dungeon Boonies Moved to a Starter Town? Review (Spoiler Free)

I’ve really fallen behind on the reviews, but here’s the next one on the list. Another one of those “the title is the synopsis” anime, which I suppose…

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My New Favourite Anime Opening Style

Bit of a break since the last post, but here’s something I can write about, and that’s anime openings. I’ve written about this before, but may as well…

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Introducing: the ‘Failure to Launch’ Tag!

Recently I thought up a fun idea for a post, or even a series of posts, that I could do here on the blog. However, I realized that…

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The Hidden Dungeon Only I Can Enter Review (Spoiler Free)

Ok. Let’s keep on going with these fantasy anime reviews. This one is the kind that has a title which basically tells you the premise of the anime.…

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Checking Out Some Vocaloid Music

Vocaloids are an interesting thing. I only ever really knew about Hatsune Miku, I didn’t even know that there were many different ones. Kagamine is another name that…

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Full Dive: The Ultimate Next-Gen Full Dive RPG Is Even Shittier than Real Life! Review (Spoiler Free)

Now here’s an interesting fantasy anime that I stumbled upon when looking at previous seasons. This one isn’t quite an isekai, so I guess technically it’s a video…

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An Observation on School Clubs in Japan

One thing that I think is fairly apparent, at least through anime, is that school clubs seem like a bigger deal in Japan. And from what I’ve seen,…

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Cheat Pharmacist’s Slow Life: Making a Drugstore in Another World Review (Spoiler Free)

Let’s take a look at another isekai anime. The name is too long, so I’ll just call it “Pharmacy Isekai” or something like this. This time, it’s a…

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I’m Standing on a Million Lives Review (Spoiler Free)

Let’s take a look at another recent fantasy / isekai anime. This one has it’s own unique twist, just like the rest of them! Again, this will be…

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Even More Japan Tidbits

As always, when I’m not writing about my personal experiences here, I like to try and bring up some lesser talked about tidbits about Japan. It feels like…

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Tsukimichi: Moonlit Fantasy Review (Spoiler Free)

This time around we’ve got an anime with a real novel concept. A boy from Japan is unexpectedly transported to a fantasy world!! So how did this one…

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Meikyuu Black Company Review (Spoiler Free)

Next up on the review block is Meikyuu Black Company. Like the last few, it’s a fantasy / isekai title. Basically all I’ve been watching lately. It’s been…

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How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom Review (Spoiler Free)

It’s time for another fantasy / isekai review from last season. This time, it’s How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom. An anime that sort of spoils itself…

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Seirei Gensouki / Spirit Chronicles Review (Spoiler Free)

Let’s check out another fantasy anime from last season – Spirit Chronicles. As a big fan of the fantasy genre, isekai or not, I gave this and several…

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Sentouin, Hakenshimasu! /Combatants Will Be Dispatched! Review (Spoiler Free)

Here’s an anime that was on my radar after hearing that the story was written by the same person who wrote Konosuba! Didn’t need much else beyond that.…

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Darker than Black Review (Spoiler Free)

It’s time for another review to go up on the fridge. And as has been the usual lately, it’s another rewatch – this time, it’s Darker Than Black.

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Teasing Master Tagaki-san (Eps 4-6)

After all this time, I’ve gotten through to episode 6 of Teasing Master Takagi-san! Man, Nishikata just makes this anime so difficult to watch. He’s just obtuse to…

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Some More Unexpected Aspects of Living in Japan

I’ve been living here in rural Nagano Prefecture for the last year and a half, so I have to say that I feel like I’ve adapted to quite…

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Summer in Japan 2021

Last year in the summer I went on a good road trip with a few friends through Nagano Prefecture. This year, I didn’t get up to as much,…

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REOL – LUVORATORRRRRY!

This is the first REOL song I heard on YouTube, that eventually led me to 宵々古今.Other than these two, I haven’t really looked much into REOL’s other songs.…

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Hitsugi no Chaika Review (Spoiler Free)

Hitsugi no Chaika / Chaika the Coffin Princess, another anime that I’d recently re-watched and finished. Like many others, I’d basically forgotten everything about it, except for some…

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REOL – 宵々古今 (YoiYoi Kokon)

Let’s branch out a little with another Japanese song I’ve been digging lately. It’s been on my playlist for quite some time, but I’ve never posted a REOL…

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