I Need a Hiro (Actually, I Need a Better Partner Than Hiro)

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Have you ever had to complete a group project with a really terrible partner? You fight and try and work as hard as you can, and often end up earning the same grade or evaluation as your collaborator. It's the worst. Hiro has been that kind of partner—an awful one. He has all the talent… Continue reading I Need a Hiro (Actually, I Need a Better Partner Than Hiro)

Re: Another World Where You Once Followed Our Blog But Should Follow Again (or Follow Us Anew)

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So a funny thing happened on the way to the blog migration...or rather migrations. Those of you who have followed us for years may remember that in early 2016, we moved from WordPress.com to WordPress.org, and just last month, we made our way back to this platform. Unfortunately, our WordPress followers didn't make it (despite… Continue reading Re: Another World Where You Once Followed Our Blog But Should Follow Again (or Follow Us Anew)

Newman’s Nook: Sanrio Self Loathing

Sanrio Boys (Sanrio Danshi) is an anime series based on the manga of the same name about a group of high school boys who are into the cuteness of Sanrio products. We've got Kouta all into Pompompurin. We've got Yuu who loves My Melody. Shunsuke who's a huge Hello Kitty fan. Seiichiro who's in love with Cinnamoroll… Continue reading Newman’s Nook: Sanrio Self Loathing

After the Rain, Episode 6: The Past and the Present

Episode six of After the Rain was one of the best of the series thus far. In an episode where nothing much seems to happen, where people are mostly just walking around during the middle of summer, there's a cacophony of emotions swirling that start bringing the past into focus as it collides with the… Continue reading After the Rain, Episode 6: The Past and the Present

Anime’s Fierce Femininity

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I feel that all too often the media portrays femininity in a bad light. Either a woman is written as weak and pathetic, or she is a ridiculous OP for the sake of fan service. Where is the balance of being a fierce woman who retains her feminine identity without being an object of lust?… Continue reading Anime’s Fierce Femininity

Five Anime Couples to Warm Your Heart on Valentine’s Day

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Valentine's Day isn't a happy holiday for everyone. In fact, it can be downright depressing. To avoid the misery, some run away from the love stuff on February 14th (out of sight, out of mind), but for me, even when I was a lonely single, I still always embraced the day as I drowned in… Continue reading Five Anime Couples to Warm Your Heart on Valentine’s Day

Director of MMO Junkie Denies the Holocaust; Let us Not Deny it Ourselves

My earliest school years were spent in Germany, where the country was as much my teacher as instructors in the classroom. My parents drove me throughout the country, to castles, villages, and most permanently in my memory, Dachau. As a six-year-old, I had no idea that more than 6,000,000 Jews were murdered by the Nazis… Continue reading Director of MMO Junkie Denies the Holocaust; Let us Not Deny it Ourselves

After the Rain, Episode 5: Take Me As I Am

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Episode five of After the Rain begins as if it's almost a throwaway episode, one in which Tachibana dreams of domestic bliss with Kondo. But it ends up being about more than that—episode five is an exploration of what it means to accept someone as they are, and how you have to push beneath the… Continue reading After the Rain, Episode 5: Take Me As I Am

The Melancholy of Haruhi and She and You and Me

The Haruhi Suzumiya series of anime and light novels is structured around the eponymous character's shifting feelings and thoughts and how they affect the world around her through her abilities to shape things according to her will. The very first portion of the series focuses on her melancholy, and as you might expect of one… Continue reading The Melancholy of Haruhi and She and You and Me