Annalyn’s Corner: Chihuahuas Fighting a Lion

Kuroko's Basketball has always been, in part, an underdog story. No one expected Team Seirin to defeat the Generation of Miracles, but here they are, facing the final boss: Akashi Seijuro and the Rakuzan team. And they got here largely because of Kuroko, a small, seemingly unremarkable athlete. At some point, I started taking Seirin's determination… Continue reading Annalyn’s Corner: Chihuahuas Fighting a Lion

Annalyn’s Corner: Ore Monogatari!! and Sacrificial Love

I watched the first five episodes of Ore Monogatari!! (My Love Story!!) this weekend. The premise intrigued me: this shoujo anime is shown primarily from a male point of view, and he's not the typical bishounen love interest. Instead, Takeo is the bishie's big, clumsy best friend. I was immediately intrigued by this break from the mold, but… Continue reading Annalyn’s Corner: Ore Monogatari!! and Sacrificial Love

Annalyn’s Corner: Baby Steps and Believing in… Yourself?

The opening theme song in Baby Steps (both this season and last) includes three English words: "Believe in yourself." Last year, I didn't pay close attention to those words. In this season, the phrase "Believe in yourself" becomes more important than it did before. It's a trite phrase, one we often repeat to each other, but I think… Continue reading Annalyn’s Corner: Baby Steps and Believing in… Yourself?

Annalyn’s Corner: The Importance of “We”

Friendship fascinates and amazes me at every stage. Actually, most types of relationships fascinate me, because I don't completely understand them. Still, I understand at least two things better than the Generation of Miracles: First, relationships should never be purely utilitarian. Even if we're on a team with specific goal—whether in a sport or at work—we must… Continue reading Annalyn’s Corner: The Importance of “We”

Annalyn’s Corner: Hollow Fulfillment in 2D and 3D Realities

I just re-watched the last couple episodes of The World God Only Knows, aka Kami nomi zo Shiru Sekai, most easily called KamiNomi (season 1). This time, I noticed the fulfillment Keima seems to find in his obsessive approach to dating sims, and the pride he takes in it. I think many otaku, including me, have felt similarly about… Continue reading Annalyn’s Corner: Hollow Fulfillment in 2D and 3D Realities

Annalyn’s Corner: But I’m not an Anime Hero!

Everyone loves self discipline. The hard work, the daily routine of sweat and blood, the power to resist temptation, the success—all this gives a sense of satisfaction that resounds deep in our hearts. It might require pitching practice until his fingertips are bloody, running when his legs already feel exhausted, or writing at the same time every… Continue reading Annalyn’s Corner: But I’m not an Anime Hero!

Annalyn’s Corner: Ookami-san and a Favor that’s Impossible to Return

I've been meaning to watch Ookami-san to Shichinin no Nakama-tachi (Okami-san and her Seven Companions) for a while. This twelve-episode anime draws heavily on fairy and folk tales, and my love for these classic stories never dies. I finally watched it this past week. It was... decent, once the narrator's voice stopped annoying me. The title… Continue reading Annalyn’s Corner: Ookami-san and a Favor that’s Impossible to Return

Annalyn’s Corner: My Version of the Overworked Faint Trope

Many of us know the overworked-fever-faint trope. In Kaichou wa Maid-sama, Misaki tries to balance her part-time job and her duties as student body president. The stress builds up, and she gets sick, but she refuses to acknowledge it until she faints and Usui carries her home from work in the first episode. Of course, she doesn't… Continue reading Annalyn’s Corner: My Version of the Overworked Faint Trope

Annalyn’s Corner: Kuroko’s Humble Gameplay

Kuroko's Basketball has been pretty exciting lately. We finally get to watch the Generation of Miracles go toe-to-toe with each other and with Seirin, and it is awesome. Egos inflate and deflate. Kise and Kagami greet each other with slam dunks before their much-anticipated rematch. Fans cheer, squeal, and gasp both on the bleachers and… Continue reading Annalyn’s Corner: Kuroko’s Humble Gameplay

Annalyn’s Corner: Free to Love

In December, I watched Croisée in a Foreign Labyrinth for Anime Secret Santa. I was struck by the way the main character, Yune, reaches out to those around her. She feels free to love and serve others, while her guardian, Claude, is held back by fear and social convention. Freedom and love are strong themes in Croisée, and for good… Continue reading Annalyn’s Corner: Free to Love