Upon reading an unusual book in the library, Naofumi Iwatani finds himself one of four people from (parallel versions of) Japan summoned as the Four Cardinal Heroes for the kingdom of Melromarc. Tasked with fending off impending Waves of monstrosities, each Hero is given one “weapon”: Sword, Spear, Bow, and unfortunately for Naofumi, he gets… Read More First Impression: The Rising of the Shield Hero
If you are enjoying this season’s Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai, you might also want to check out The Pet Girl of Sakurasou. The same author, Hajime Kamoshida wrote the original light novels for these adaptations, and he seems to have a knack for strong character writing. The strong source material is further amplified by… Read More 12 Days of Christmas Anime, Day 12: The Pet Girl of Sakurasou
But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed. (Is 53:5) There’s so much pressure on us during Christmas—pressure to spend time with family, pressure to spend spend spend, pressure to feel happy and full… Read More Merry Christmas!
Christmas is an incredibly nostalgic holiday for many of us, carrying those emotions in whenever the season rolls around. Because it happens yearly, it can be a time for us to remember the past, whether happy or sad. In our memories, we can reflect on how our attitudes and positions in life have changed over… Read More The 12 Days of Christmas Anime, Day 11: Angel Beats!
The Ancient Magus Bride has a absolutely beautiful holiday arc. Why is the spirit of Christmas such a beautiful backdrop to highlight intricate relationships? Episodes 16 and 17 of the Ancient Magus Bride gives us some insight to what is so fascinating about human connection during the holiday season. What stands out most to me… Read More 12 Days of Christmas Anime, Day 10: The Ancient Magus Bride
Pretty Rhythm: Rainbow Live has been a wonderful yet underrated surprise among the anime I’ve seen. On the surface, it looks like a typical children’s magical idol show with an ice-skating gimmick, but the combination of tightly-crafted story arcs and amazing character development among the cast has made the show shine like a prism stone.… Read More 12 Days of Christmas Anime, Day 9: Pretty Rhythm: Rainbow Live
During this time of year, sources secular and religious alike encourage us to keep the “Christmas spirit” during the season, but that statement almost feels like a platitude, becoming as much a part of the season as the things it rails against, like commercialism and so forth. And maybe that’s why I feel like Charlie… Read More 12 Days of Christmas Anime, Day 8: ReLIFE