While we kick off our 12 Days of Christmas Anime posts in earnest tomorrow, we’ll start off our two-week celebration by reblogging a wonderful post from one of our writers, MRNewman, on his own site, MDMRN. I would be remiss if we didn’t get down to the real meaning of Christmas at least once, as… Read More Umaru-Chan and the Meaning of Christmas — MDMRN
I’m watching two new shows this season. My first impressions can be reviewed here (Himouto! Umaru-chan R) and here (Love is Like a Cocktail). They are two different series with very different characters, but they do have a common thread. Let’s discuss a little further.
Himouto! Umaru-chan was an anime series based on the manga of the same name about a lazy teenage girl living with her older brother. In public she’s pretty, popular, sweet, and gets good grades at school. At home, she’s a lazy bum who sits around and watches anime, plays video games and is generally a… Read More First Impressions: Himouto! Umaru-chan R
When Himouto! Umaru-chan aired, thousands of anime fans immediately reposted gifs and images with the simple caption, “me.” So many of us saw ourselves in Umaru, a young woman who became as slovenly and nerdy as could be when she came home from school. But there’s another layer, too – Umaru presented the perfect opportunity… Read More Marrying My Two Umaru-chans
This week has been a week of birthdays for me and my family. Monday was my one daughter’s birthday, and Thursday was my own. This past Monday, my now 5 year old daughter told me we all had to be nice to her because the day was all about her. She couldn’t get in trouble, and… Read More Newman’s Nook: Birthdays and Love of Self
Himouto! Umaru-chan was an anime that I was pleasantly surprised by earlier this year. By no means the best comedy to air, even this year, but solid entertainment with some bits of genuine (or exaggerated) Japanese culture and heart-warming drama sprinkled here and there. The Christmas episode, episode 8, of the show exemplifies this well. Perhaps… Read More 12 Days of Christmas Anime, Day 1: Himouto! Umaru-chan
While Charlotte hasn’t broken any new ground or done anything to make us feel it might become a classic like associated previous series and visual novels, it has been entertaining. Recent episodes have especially been good, including the last couple which have been surprisingly intense. In episode ten, we get to see Shun’s sacrifice through… Read More Something More: Shuu’s Sacrifice, Muslim Manga, and ISIS-chan’s Mission
Confession time: I am kind of an obsessive maniac. Moderation is not a word in my dictionary, or at least not one I make use of very often. Because of this, when I was younger I spent far too much time playing video games in marathon sessions or reading novels late into the night. On the… Read More Anime Today: When People Unexpectedly Enrich Your Life