Tu-tu-ru! Okarin and Mayuri’s Better-Than-Romance Friendship

If I learned anything from anime, it’s that a childhood friendship is basically an invitation to future romance. This is a truth gathered from Love Hina, Skip Beat, Nisekoi, and…just about every other anime in which there’s a road toward such a relationship.  But in the Steins;gate anime series, things work a little differently. While… Read More Tu-tu-ru! Okarin and Mayuri’s Better-Than-Romance Friendship

Annalyn’s Corner: Teen Friendship in A Place Further Than the Universe

It seems like friendship comes easily to some people. They appear confident, they understand social rules, and they have people to confide in and hang with. Meanwhile, many of us feel lost—especially in the teen years. I couldn’t help but reflect on that as I watched the first several episodes of A Place Further Than the… Read More Annalyn’s Corner: Teen Friendship in A Place Further Than the Universe

Annalyn’s Corner: Why Community Is a Repeated Theme

I’ve written about love and community many times. This is partially because these themes show up so much in anime, and partially because I’m always learning more in these areas. Sometimes, relationship themes come across as cheesy and overdone. Such anime have an overdramatic “friendship is magic” or “moral of the story” feel, and they do… Read More Annalyn’s Corner: Why Community Is a Repeated Theme