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… Read More 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… Read More Annalyn’s Corner: Takeo’s Spontaneous and Faithful Love

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… Read More Annalyn’s Corner: Ore Monogatari!! and Sacrificial Love