The Secret Santa of Anime: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine

Yes, I participated in Reverse Thieves’s Secret Santa this year, too, with Lupin the Third: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine. It is part of the Lupin the Third franchise that is overall quite well-known, although moreso in Japan. The series revolves around Fujiko Mine, Lupin’s fellow thief and love interest, and how she and the other classic Lupin… Read More The Secret Santa of Anime: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine

The Secret Stars of Anime: Saki and the Spirit of Competitive Anime

One type of anime I enjoy watching beyond my usual slice-of-life fare is anime featuring competitive games. More commonly, people call these “sports anime,” and while I am not the massive fan of them that some others are, I certainly enjoy them, definitely far more than I enjoy watching real sports. That said, I prefer… Read More The Secret Stars of Anime: Saki and the Spirit of Competitive Anime

The Secret Stars of Anime: Bakemonogatari (Hitagi Crab)

Halloween might be over, but it is not too late for a good ghost story. In fact, Bakemonogatari almost literally translates into “ghost story”, though obake and bakemono more specifically refer to supernatural beings capable of changing forms, with obake sometimes colloquially used to refer to “ghosts”. Semantics aside, Bakemonogatari is the first novel, and adaptation-wise the first anime in… Read More The Secret Stars of Anime: Bakemonogatari (Hitagi Crab)