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

Top 5 + Guest: Our Favorite Sports Anime

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It looks as if sports anime are in a revival these days.  Yowamushi Pedal, Free, Haikyuu!, Baby Steps, and Ping Pong are among very recent (and very well-reviewed) sports series, and though very different in tone from past classics, continue with some of the same addicting elements that draw people to these shows, like the… Continue reading Top 5 + Guest: Our Favorite Sports Anime

My Favorite Things (2012)

Love 'em or hate 'em, Christmas songs are ubiquitous during the holiday season.  In my household, we have Michael Bublé, Martina McBride, Andrea Bocelli, and MercyMe playing constantly.  The music of the season has become part of the holiday tradition for many families.  A lesser tradition here on this blog is my rewording of a… Continue reading My Favorite Things (2012)

Cross Game Vol. 7 and a Lack of Institutional Control

In Viz Media’s most recent Cross Game release, Ko and the rest of the squad begin their tournament, edging closer to the dream of making it to Koshien.  As they battle squads that are more and more superior, the team keeps responding with wins. But strangely enough, even as they win, the team seems to… Continue reading Cross Game Vol. 7 and a Lack of Institutional Control

My Favorite Things (2011)

I LOVE Christmas songs.  In fact, I love them so much that I listen to them year round.  As a kid, I remember sitting in the pews at church and browsing through the hymn book, singing Christmas songs one after another in my head.  I also enjoyed watching videos of Christmas songs sung by contemporary… Continue reading My Favorite Things (2011)

Touch and the Life Extraordinary

"Will you give it your best shot?" "Yeah...if I'm in the mood." These words end a short, but important exchange in episode five of Touch, the long-running anime adaptation of the hit manga series by Mitsuru Adachi.  Recently, I revisited Cross Game anime and read the lastest Viz Media release of that series, which led… Continue reading Touch and the Life Extraordinary

Cross Game of Love, Part II: Letting Go

Cross Game is an anime that is suprisingly mature and very subtle in its depictions of romantice love.  On Tuesday's post, I posited that people should stop playing games in love and that it's important to be honest in what one expects from a relationship.  Today, we'll finish off with a couple more topics related… Continue reading Cross Game of Love, Part II: Letting Go

Cross Game of Love, Part I: Playing Games

Like many of us, I have a laundry list of anime to watch.  So this past week, I dived in.  For whatever reason though, I decided to try a show that wasn’t on my checklist.  And so, I began Cross Game, not knowing much about it and in fact confusing it with a much older show, Touch… Continue reading Cross Game of Love, Part I: Playing Games