Annalyn’s Corner: Toxic Chocolate, Singleness, and Other Anime Valentines

Happy Valentine's Day! Okay, let's be honest. I don't actually care much about this holiday. I'd love to use it as an excuse to make and eat chocolatey treats, but I think by the time I get off work, all I'll have time and energy to make will be dinner. So I'll just eat my… Continue reading Annalyn’s Corner: Toxic Chocolate, Singleness, and Other Anime Valentines

Annalyn’s Corner: You’re Loved, You’re Beautiful, and You’re Not Enough

... and if you don't realize these truths, you're going to hurt others, as Takeo does in Ore Monogatari, and as I've done with my family. "You matter," my sister told me, as my built-up stress finally burst out in tears and complaints. "Your needs and feelings matter... We love you, and we want to understand… Continue reading Annalyn’s Corner: You’re Loved, You’re Beautiful, and You’re Not Enough

Annalyn’s Corner: Takeo’s Spontaneous and Faithful Love

I just watched episode sixteen of Ore Monogatari, and I was hit yet again by Takeo's love for Yamato. It is passionate, spontaneous, and faithful. Everything she does makes his heart exclaim, "I love you!" She says something sweet. "I love you!" She blows on her food longer than anyone else. "I love you!" She presents… Continue reading Annalyn’s Corner: Takeo’s Spontaneous and Faithful Love

Anime Today: Childlike Innocence

If there's one complaint that has arisen more than any other regarding Ore Monogatari, even from our own writers, it's that the show's characters are undeniably one-dimensional. As much as I enjoy and look forward to watching a new episode each and every week, not even I can deny the predictable nature of each personality.… Continue reading Anime Today: Childlike Innocence

Annalyn’s Corner: Suna’s Love Story (and Mine)

Hi there, folks! Time for some apologies. First, I'm sorry I missed last week's post. I was really sick, and writing was out of the question. Second, I'm sorry this is several hours late. I could blame internet problems, but I honestly couldn't have finished this before work even if my internet was working this… Continue reading Annalyn’s Corner: Suna’s Love Story (and Mine)

Spring Anime 2015 Review (Part 3/3)

Did you enjoy yesterday's review? Here's another packed post reviewing this past season's anime! Sound! Euphonium Hibike! Euphonium stardf29 - 10/10 Yes, you read that right; I am giving this show a perfect score. And this show most definitely deserves it. This show has everything I could ask for in a concert band-themed anime. The characters… Continue reading Spring Anime 2015 Review (Part 3/3)

Annalyn’s Corner: Ore Monogatari!! and Sacrificial Love

I watched the first five episodes of Ore Monogatari!! (My Love Story!!) this weekend. The premise intrigued me: this shoujo anime is shown primarily from a male point of view, and he's not the typical bishounen love interest. Instead, Takeo is the bishie's big, clumsy best friend. I was immediately intrigued by this break from the mold, but… Continue reading Annalyn’s Corner: Ore Monogatari!! and Sacrificial Love