Summer of SoL: Dwelling in the Ordinary

Every year, liturgical Christian churches celebrate a season called “ordinary time.” It’s like the “slow arc” of the church calendar: no Easter or Christmas, no super special feasts—just quiet, normal life. I think the citizens of the metropolis of slice-of-life are always celebrating ordinary time. After all, they spend each and every day in the… Read More Summer of SoL: Dwelling in the Ordinary

Summer of SoL: Koi, You Don’t Have to Know Everything

Do you remember that kid from elementary school that everyone called the “teacher’s pet”? The kid all the adults loved because they were responsible, mature, and generally did everything expected of them? Koi Yoshinaga from Slow Loop probably grew up as that kid. And while it’s nice to get all that praise for doing well,… Read More Summer of SoL: Koi, You Don’t Have to Know Everything

First Impression: TEPPEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Laughing ’til You Cry

(And yes, it does actually have all those exclamation points.) Ambitious for a life of manzai stardom, budding comedian Yayoi Sakamoto took the entrance exam for Kagetsu High School in Namba, a city known for its steady stream of new talent. There, by sheer coincidence, she ran into her childhood friend Yomogi Takahashi, with whom… Read More First Impression: TEPPEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Laughing ’til You Cry

Review: BELLE

As a child, I spent most of my waking hours surrounded by technology. One of my earliest memories is of lazing about on the floor, Nintendo DS in hand, perpetually losing against the Fire-type Elite Four member in Pokémon Platinum because I refused to use any Pokémon other than my Grass-type starter. Most of the… Read More Review: BELLE