In episode 12 of Horimiya, the manifold relationships are bouncing in all different directions. Some are growing toward romance, some are in a weird in-between state, and some, like the relationship between Hori and Miyamura, are heading toward a reckoning. It’s a great picture of our lives during this season, actually, for while Christmas comes… Read More 12 Days of Christmas Anime, Day 9: Horimiya and Relationships of the Season
Yuna, whose best friend has just moved out of town, leaving her in crisis, is timid, sensitive and credulous, and terribly embarrassed that her first love was Prince Philip from Sleeping Beauty. Akari, who has just moved to her block, is adventurous, messy and loud, quick to fall in love but also headstrong and rational,… Read More Two Kinds of Love in Love me, Love Me Not (Vol. 1)
There are not a lot of anime that I’ve watched with married couples in them. Sure, there are some parents in the background, but showing a married couple at the forefront of the story, doesn’t happen all the time. When it’s all packaged in a short form series, I’m all in favor of checking it… Read More Newman’s Nook: Real Marriage and Short Anime Marriages
A few weeks ago, I cuddled up to my husband—whom I married the end of last August (2017)—and flicked on Toradora, a favorite of mine. With Adam being fairly new to anime, I’m trying to stick to ones I know well and feel he’ll enjoy so we can discuss and enjoy them together. Had you… Read More Taiga x Ryuuji and Messy Relationships
Tomorrow is a special day for one of our own! Emma (Emdaisy1), our webmaster and Jill of all trades, is getting married! The three of us who are already in that blessed state – Samuru, MRNewman, and myself – are offering just a few words about marriage below, but we’d love for you as readers… Read More Wedding Guestbook: Wish Our Own Emdaisy1 Congratulations on Her Wedding Day!
You’ve all seen the romance in anime. Hearts, cuddly puppies, romantic gestures, flowers, balloons. It’s what we’ve expected from media as the definition of romance, love, and marriage. But is that real?
None of us want to suffer. In the west especially, there’s seldom any good seen in suffering, only hallow “silver linings” that we use to encourage those going through struggles. In east Asia, suffering is more tolerated and even embraced, though of course, it’s still not preferred. We see this in the media produced there,… Read More Something More: Gundam Orphan Christians, Suffering in FFX, and Congratulations to Marina!