Six Anime Easter Eggs I Want to See in Ready Player One

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Ready Player One lands in theaters on March 29th, and I couldn't more stoked. As a fan of the novel, a huge Spielberg nut, and a child of the 80's, this movie checks off pretty much checks all the boxes for me. But I wonder, will it also speak to me as an anime fan?… Continue reading Six Anime Easter Eggs I Want to See in Ready Player One

Hiro, You Can’t Go Your Own Way

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Right now, I'm counseling two dear friends who are having troubles in their dating relationship. It's a bit overwhelming and something I'm hesitant and careful about because I don't see myself as some harbinger of relationship wisdom nor am I a counselor. But because I've gone through some of the same challenges they're facing, I… Continue reading Hiro, You Can’t Go Your Own Way

Collecting Anime: Why and What Do You Collect?

Just as our access to anime has evolved over the years, from trading copies of VHS tapes among friends (a trend that's returned?) to DVDs/Blu-Rays to digital streaming, so has the art of anime collecting. I've certainly seen it in my own habits, and I've had stages, too, in how I've approached collecting. I was… Continue reading Collecting Anime: Why and What Do You Collect?

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