Annalyn’s Corner: Why Community Is a Repeated Theme

I’ve written about love and community many times. This is partially because these themes show up so much in anime, and partially because I’m always learning more in these areas. Sometimes, relationship themes come across as cheesy and overdone. Such anime have an overdramatic “friendship is magic” or “moral of the story” feel, and they do… Read More Annalyn’s Corner: Why Community Is a Repeated Theme

Annalyn’s Corner: Rakugo Shinjuu and Life-Giving Love

“No matter how I try to wipe it away, your love continues to cling to me.” —Eight Generation Yakumo, Descending Stories: Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu episode 8 Yakumo, formerly known as Kikuhiko, formerly known as Bon, has never been the most cheerful of men. He has a lifelong habit of pushing people away, only letting them… Read More Annalyn’s Corner: Rakugo Shinjuu and Life-Giving Love

Annalyn’s Corner: “But Everyone Does It!”

I’m only caught up on one series this season: Interviews with Monster Girls, or Demi-chan wa Kataritai. I don’t love this series, but it’s easy to watch, and that’s the key to getting me to watch anything lately. Demi-chan wa Kataritai centers around normal teacher Takahashi Tetsuo and four female demi-humans: a succubus—the only other teacher in the… Read More Annalyn’s Corner: “But Everyone Does It!”

Annalyn’s Corner: Agents of Peace in a World Split by Hate

I just watched Miyazaki’s Princess Mononoke for the second time, this time with my mom. She was intrigued by the story, although she thought the mythological elements were a bit strange. This opened up great discussion about Japanese folklore, Shinto, and religion in Japan—and how these things sometimes influence anime like Princess Mononoke. But as we… Read More Annalyn’s Corner: Agents of Peace in a World Split by Hate