How far would you go to save a friend? We never expect it will be that far; that it will be too far, and will push beyond the bounds of what we’re willing or have the capacity to offer. Instead, somehow, it will always be doable in the moment and we won’t really have to… Read More Of Artists, Minstrels & Drowning Friends
Anime has a lot to say about friendship. Most of it, is about the process of making friends (often in trying situations with rather awkward people), and then standing by them in tough times. Much of the medium’s message about friendship can be pretty clichéd, but that doesn’t make it any less comforting and inspiring—or… Read More The Friend We Don’t Know We Have: Ranking of Kings, ep. 5
A Tower of Babel in episode seven of Sonny Boy—that I expected. What I didn’t expect was a tearful goodbye scene. Near the end of this episode, after earlier departures of virtually every other stranded student, Rajdhani decides to leave, too, to search every single “this world” in hopes of discovering a way out. It’s… Read More Sonny Boy: Friends Convenient and True
It was the tagline that got me. The thumbnail looked a little too bubblegum bright, the animation a tad old-fashioned, and to top it all, it was apparently instalment sixty-two or thereabouts in a franchise I knew nothing about. All good reasons to avoid ViVid Strike! But the tagline piqued my interest: I was not… Read More ViVid Strike! The Tagline Says What, Now?
My Broken Mariko is an intense, single volume manga about Tomoyo Shiino after the death of her friend Mariko. This manga covers topics of abuse, depression, rape, and suicide. This is not a story of redemption, but rather about death and coping. If these topics are triggers for you, I would recommend avoiding this story… Read More Manga Review: My Broken Mariko
With the exception of Kimari, the four teenage girls on the Antarctic expedition team in A Place Further Than the Universe all have issues in developing strong friendships (and even Kimari has a struggle with her best friend, Megu). But Yuzu, the social media celebrity whose status was able to get the other three onto… Read More A Friendship Wilder Than the Universe
Twwk: Today’s guest post was submitted by sleepminusminus, whom you can find on Twitter. It’s a wonderful read—I hope you’ll enjoy it as much as I did! I love slice-of-life anime. If I’m honest, it’s because slice-of-life is cute. But if I’m being more reflective, it’s probably because slice-of-life delights in small moments. Grand, cinematic,… Read More Finding Yourself in Hyouka’s Small Moments