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
I love how sports anime portray different strengths and weaknesses. In Haikyuu!!, for example, Hinata Shouyou enters high school volleyball majorly lacking in two areas: height and experience. People consistently underestimate him because of this, and no one would blame Hinata if he gave up—at the very least, they’d expect him to envy his taller peers. Instead,… Read More Annalyn’s Corner: Valuing Strength that Lasts
Yes, I’m returning to Kuroko’s Basketball. The power was out last night, so I couldn’t catch up on new shows, and I was forced to use a topic that I’ve been thinking about since before last season ended. Spoilers ahead. I’ve written before about why Akashi’s approach to basketball is wrong. But there’s another aspect to… Read More Annalyn’s Corner: Akashi’s Dysfunctional Approach to Relationships
For the past 72 episodes of Kuroko’s Basketball, we’ve watched the title character play with passion and teamwork. This contrasts with Kuroko’s middle school team’s philosophy, which was self-centered and drained away their enjoyment of the game. Kuroko and his high school team have beaten four of his five former teammates, the supposedly invincible Generation of Miracles.… Read More Annalyn’s Corner: Why is Akashi’s Basketball Wrong?
Kuroko’s Basketball has always been, in part, an underdog story. No one expected Team Seirin to defeat the Generation of Miracles, but here they are, facing the final boss: Akashi Seijuro and the Rakuzan team. And they got here largely because of Kuroko, a small, seemingly unremarkable athlete. At some point, I started taking Seirin’s determination… Read More Annalyn’s Corner: Chihuahuas Fighting a Lion
Friendship fascinates and amazes me at every stage. Actually, most types of relationships fascinate me, because I don’t completely understand them. Still, I understand at least two things better than the Generation of Miracles: First, relationships should never be purely utilitarian. Even if we’re on a team with specific goal—whether in a sport or at work—we must… Read More Annalyn’s Corner: The Importance of “We”
Everyone loves self discipline. The hard work, the daily routine of sweat and blood, the power to resist temptation, the success—all this gives a sense of satisfaction that resounds deep in our hearts. It might require pitching practice until his fingertips are bloody, running when his legs already feel exhausted, or writing at the same time every… Read More Annalyn’s Corner: But I’m not an Anime Hero!