Whale Hunt: Navigating Through Challenges in The Boy and the Beast and Re: Zero

I absolutely understand the need for teamwork. As any shrewd person, I pronounce myself a “team player” on resumes and at job interviews. But while I can exist within a team, I thrive on my own. Well…at the very least, I enjoy being on my own much more than than being part of a group… Read More Whale Hunt: Navigating Through Challenges in The Boy and the Beast and Re: Zero

StarStruck: Fire Emblem Awakening – A Priest, a Scientist, and a Church

With my new StarStruck column, I can sometimes talk about Japan-based media outside of anime. So today, I will be talking about a character from Fire Emblem: Awakening. One of my favorite games of all time, Awakening is the 13th game in the Fire Emblem series and the game that brought the franchise out of obscurity and made it into one… Read More StarStruck: Fire Emblem Awakening – A Priest, a Scientist, and a Church

Examining Light Novels: On Female Deacons

Volume thirteen stands as the most interesting of Isuna Hasekura’s three “Side Colors” volumes of Spice and Wolf so far.  This volume features a novella about the shepherdess Nora and her dog Enek.  From her adventure with Lawrence at Ruvinheigen in volume two, she gains the capital necessary to enter a seamstress apprenticeship program.  However, her… Read More Examining Light Novels: On Female Deacons

Annalyn’s Corner: Sports Anime and Joining the Team

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