The Déjà vu and Differences Between Oreimo and Eromanga Sensei

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I’m getting Oreimo vibes. It’s only a little though (though I think I’d rather prefer a lot), but there’s something about Eromanga Sensei that gives me a similar nostalgic feeling. That feeling is of Déjà vu, in a sense, because I’m noticing a pattern within myself when it comes to these two shows: I love side characters and hate the main. And it’s not because she’s so young, or the fact that she’s his sister, or any other taboo that confronts with an ideology of common societal norms that would prevent me from enjoying a fictional story. No, I just don’t like her because much like Kirino, she doesn’t deserve it. Continue reading

Kizumonogatari Part 3 – Comedic Unnerving of Araragi Koyomi

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At this point, I’ve written two reviews on Kizumonogatari (part 1 & 2), and so I must say: I don’t feel like writing a third. It’s really just more of the same–because it’s the same movie­–cut up into three parts. That being said, there are some things I wish to touch upon. Specifically, the way the film portrays Araragi’s state of disarray.



Final Thoughts on Anime Winter 2017

Scum’s Wish

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A very steamy show that handles things of the sexual variety with sensitivity and nonchalance, Scum’s Wish takes a much more serious approach to high school and the intimidating, confusing relationships that form within it. Diving into the depths of conscious vs subconscious decision, characters of the show struggle with the metaphorical demons inside them as they continue to strive for someone that they know they can’t have. Continue reading

Thoughts on the Looks of Your Name

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Friday, April 7th, I went and saw Your Name (Kimi no Na Wa) in theaters. Going in, I didn’t know very much what to expect from the film, aside from what I’ve come to expect from any Makoto Shinkai film. I barely had read anything about the movie, watched no previews—let alone Reviews—, and for the most part I could tell by just the general Otaku population’s reaction that this was a movie I should probably go out and see. While Your Name did tick off most every box for a Shinkai film—revolves around a relationship, portrays relationship in a summary narrative style using montage, has gorgeous 3D rendered environments, and so on—there were still plenty of surprises to be had. So, to avoid those surprises, as well as to give myself more time to think about this film, I’ve decided to dedicate this post to speaking more about the visual aspects of Your Name, rather than delve into the delightfully clever narrative and the spoilers that stem from it. I definitely want to watch it again before I write any “official” review, but for now know that this film is worth watching (if for some reason you didn’t know already). Continue reading

Why Masamune is a Fairly Unique Protagonist

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I honestly feel a little bad about how I judged this show from the start. The premise alone had me skeptical, thinking it had generic rom-com written all over it. While it indeed used its fair share of tropes, Masamune-kun’s Revenge managed to be surprisingly reserved and thoughtful with its plot and characters. The protagonist is pretty unique compared to what’s come before him in the industry/genre. He doesn’t hit that “handsome, oblivious, heart-of-gold” archetype at all, despite what he may look like at first glance. Continue reading

Kobayashi and the Joy of Shamelessness

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Last week I wrote about embarrassment comedy and how I think a lot of it has become annoyingly stagnant. In that piece, I mentioned Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid, with the point being that even great shows can fall victim to the tired, old gag. I also noted, however, that it was one gripe in an otherwise fantastic anime. Most importantly, I claimed the show to have “delightfully shameless” characters, and so I think now is as good a time as any to elaborate on what I meant by that.

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Anime and the Embarrassment Cliché

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Alright, I’m just going to cut right to the chase on this one: I think I may be growing a bit tired of embarrassment humor. Embarrassment humor is the kind of comedy derived from the simple feeling of shame. These kinds of gags are something that you, assuming you’re even a casual anime viewer, have probably witnessed on more than one occasion. The typical scenario for this is a character making a foolhardy mistake. After they make said mistake, either a heavy amount of blush is applied to their now close-up chibi face or a frantic animation/editing style is utilized to emphasize their current psychological state. Continue reading