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… Read More Annalyn’s Corner: Messes, Purpose, and Nanbaka
When I first saw anime containing Japanese folklore, I passed it off as fantasy content. I didn’t think about the youkai much differently than I would about fairies. I didn’t even notice that the word “youkai” was being used most of the time, as translators muddled along with words like “spirit” and “demon.” But over… Read More Annalyn’s Corner: On Folklore, Natsume, and Nature
Last month, I started thinking about all the reasons anime characters get into sports—or any type of hobby or commitment, whether a school club, a job, or something as life-changing as religion. I’m the type who’s reluctant to make changes or try something new until I’ve thoroughly researched it and am fairly certain I won’t… Read More Annalyn’s Corner: Sports Anime and Joining the Team
Episode 4 of www.Working!! manages to incorporate Shinto, Christianity, and a realistic but humorous discussion of prayer into its comedy. So as soon as I saw it yesterday, I dropped my original blog post plans and switched to this. Shinto, Japan’s oldest and most widespread religion, shows up all over anime. Shinto folklore is key in anime… Read More Annalyn’s Corner: Working!!, Shinto, and Prayer’s Effectiveness
Most sports anime put a lot of emphasis on teamwork. One of my favorites is Kuroko’s Basketball, and I’ve written about how Kuroko’s humble gameplay reminds me of the humble way Jesus calls us to live. But DAYS takes a different approach, as Tsukamoto’s soccer mentors encourage him to stop thinking so much about the team and… Read More Annalyn’s Corner: DAYS and the Need for… Selfishness?
It might be silly of me to write a serious post about Mob Psycho 100. After all, nothing about this show is meant to be taken seriously, right? The main character, Mob, is overpowered, but he can’t even tell that his master is a fraud. His master, Reigen, has most of the wise, moral-of-the-story lines, easily identified… Read More Annalyn’s Corner: Mob Psycho 100 and Being Beat up for Love
I’m four episodes behind on Re:Zero, partially because I started it so late, but mostly because the main character, Subaru, is unlikeable, and I have very little motivation to keep watching. Maybe he does eventually improve. But at this point, it’s really hard not to hold his actions from the first eighteen episodes against him (he wasn’t too… Read More Annalyn’s Corner: Are You a “Self-Proclaimed Knight”?
91 Days is one of the least flashy—and thus most intriguing—anime of the season. I could comment on candle symbolism in the first episode or the interesting choice of art style for the backgrounds, but this is Beneath the Tangles. And the religious references caught my eye. I’m especially interested in the use of prayer… Read More Annalyn’s Corner: Empty Prayer in 91 Days
Ever since I started watching Shokugeki no Souma: Ni no Sara (Food Wars! The Second Plate), I’ve had a growing desire to write about this fun culinary anime. Some of the show’s young chefs are so focused on being the best, they forget the essentials of cooking—like caring about the people who will eat their food. The way… Read More Annalyn’s Corner: Survival of the Strongest in Shokugeki
The sports anime drought ended in early July, and your resident sports anime fangirl is back in action! I’m only watching DAYS for now, since it’s the most easily accessible of this season’s sports anime, and I’m pleased to say it’s much better than the last soccer anime to plague my screen. DAYS centers on a… Read More Annalyn’s Corner: DAYS and Living… Foolishly?