First Impressions: Gakuen Babysitters

Ryuuichi, a transfer student, becomes the unwitting first member of the "Babysitter Club." It turns out that the elderly chairman (er, chairwoman?) for a prestigious school was not just being nice by taking Ryuuichi and his brother Kotarou in. After the chairman confirms Ryuuichi has experience with babies and toddlers from his years raising Kotarou,… Continue reading First Impressions: Gakuen Babysitters

12 Days of Anime Christmas, Day 3: Orange and the “Christmas” That Wasn’t

orange christmas anime

The anime “Orange” has a rather interesting “Christmas” episode. There isn’t, in fact, much Christmas in it at all. While the episode starts with the hopes of a Christmas Eve date between two of the main characters —Naho and Kakeru—this ends up not happening. The reason behind this last-minute cancellation is saddening, with the dreams… Continue reading 12 Days of Anime Christmas, Day 3: Orange and the “Christmas” That Wasn’t

Revenge or Love

Two of the shows I’m watching this season are Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Saga and Masamune’s Revenge. While these two shows are vastly different, I noticed something that struck me as similar about a protagonist from each show. Yukio Okumura and Masamune Makabe are both driven by a similar want – to feel equal. Masamune’s desire… Continue reading Revenge or Love

Secret Santa 2016: Kids on the Slope

Kids on the Slope Sakamichi no Apollon (2012 ~ 12 episodes) I’d never done the Reverse Thieves’ Secret Santa before, so I wasn’t sure what to expect from it. While my Secret Santa was given a link to my MyAnimeList (MAL), I know that my taste in anime’s quite varied (my “favorites” range from horror,… Continue reading Secret Santa 2016: Kids on the Slope

12 Days of Christmas, Day 8: Final Fantasy IV and the Chosen One

It's not exactly Isaiah, is it? The text is the Mysidian Legend from Final Fantasy IV, which prophecies the coming of the game's hero, Cecil Harvey. Messianic prophecies and tropes involving chosen ones abound in popular fiction, to the point that they're often seen as a sign of bad writing (why does this guy have… Continue reading 12 Days of Christmas, Day 8: Final Fantasy IV and the Chosen One

12 Days of Otaku Christmas, Day 7: Cheer Danshi!! & The Christmas Strain

Christmas is often known for being a cheery, magical time of year. It’s when families and friends get together to celebrate and, often, reminisce over the past year, since New Year’s isn’t long after. Christmas season is celebrated by Christians as the birth of Christ, the working-world as a day or two off work, children… Continue reading 12 Days of Otaku Christmas, Day 7: Cheer Danshi!! & The Christmas Strain

Sports Anime – Your Move

Haikyuu! Karasuno Group Shot

Thanks to Annalyn convincing me to watch Haikyuu!! back in around January, I ended up binging the entire season and a half that had aired and eagerly anticipated the upcoming episodes of season 2 (and later, waiting desperately for Fall to come so I could watch season 3). I was shocked, as sports anime had… Continue reading Sports Anime – Your Move

Final Fantasy VI and Advent

I almost despair at having something new to say about Final Fantasy VI. Although it isn't the most popular JRPG ever made, many debates over what the best JRPG evurr is have boiled down to a match between this title and the near-contemporaneous Chrono Trigger. But on a whim I was inspired to pull my… Continue reading Final Fantasy VI and Advent

The Inevitable Fight Against Evil – And Vampires

The 1990 NES classic Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse opens with a striking image. Our hero, Trevor Belmont, is seen kneeling in front a cross in prayer before heading off to slay Dracula. And, indeed, along with his trusty whip, an axe and a knife, Trevor also makes use of holy water, rosaries and crosses in… Continue reading The Inevitable Fight Against Evil – And Vampires

Video Games and Faerie

Dragon Quest VII revolves around the idea of a setting that 'builds' itself as you explore it. The game starts you in a world that consists only of a rather small and unremarkable island. From there you travel back in time, exploring other land masses that once existed, and altering history so that they survive… Continue reading Video Games and Faerie