Annalyn’s Corner: Redemption Stories in Naruto

If I want examples of condemnation and judgment, I only have to log into social media. But, frankly, I've had more than enough of these examples lately. I'm tired of reading Tweets and Facebook statuses that declare wicked and/or foolish people subhuman. Because, yes, condemnation has its place—but it's not the whole story. So today,… Continue reading Annalyn’s Corner: Redemption Stories in Naruto

Annalyn’s Corner: Who Pulls Your Strings?

Beneath the Tangles | Who's Pulling Your Strings?

Assassination Classroom (Ansatsu Kyoushitsu) is one of the more ridiculous shounen anime to air in the past few years. In it, a bunch of middle school students are tasked with assassinating their teacher before he destroys the world. The assassination assignment gives this class of outcasts purpose and confidence. And the teacher, despite his plans… Continue reading Annalyn’s Corner: Who Pulls Your Strings?

Annalyn’s Corner: Fastest Finger First and Unknowledgeable Knowledge

Beneath the Tangles | Fastest Finger First and Unknowledgeable Knowledge

I’m only following a few anime this season, each carefully chosen to keep me from thinking too hard during my limited free time. One of them is Nana Maru San Batsu, or 7O3X: Fastest Finger First. It centers on a high school first year, Koshiyama Shiki, who gets sucked into his school’s Quiz Bowl Circle.… Continue reading Annalyn’s Corner: Fastest Finger First and Unknowledgeable Knowledge

Annalyn’s Corner: Not Just a Freak! Aoyama-kun and Assumptions

Welcome back to my corner, folks! First, let me apologize for just disappearing. I even stopped replying to comments, something I feel a bit bad about. But I needed a break more than I realized. In addition to aniblogging, I kind of abandoned anime itself—not completely, but mostly. Including the sports anime DAYS and All Out!!. They'd… Continue reading Annalyn’s Corner: Not Just a Freak! Aoyama-kun and Assumptions

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… Continue reading Annalyn’s Corner: Why Community Is a Repeated Theme

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

Beneath the Tangles | 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… Continue reading Annalyn’s Corner: Rakugo Shinjuu and Life-Giving Love

Annalyn’s Corner: Toxic Chocolate, Singleness, and Other Anime Valentines

Happy Valentine's Day! Okay, let's be honest. I don't actually care much about this holiday. I'd love to use it as an excuse to make and eat chocolatey treats, but I think by the time I get off work, all I'll have time and energy to make will be dinner. So I'll just eat my… Continue reading Annalyn’s Corner: Toxic Chocolate, Singleness, and Other Anime Valentines

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

Annalyn’s Corner: Messes, Purpose, and Nanbaka

Beneath the Tangles | Messes, Purpose, and Nanbaka

As the subtitle implies, my corner is a mess this week. So I'm dividing it into two parts—my mess and Nanbaka's relevant mess—and hoping it somehow edifies someone besides me. Confession I have a pretty casual approach to this column. That's partly because when I first came on board, I was told I could write the… Continue reading Annalyn’s Corner: Messes, Purpose, and Nanbaka