May is mental health awareness month, a topic close to my heart. I grew up in a family that struggled deeply with mental health and I myself have had quite the uphill battle in this regard. One of my favorite coping mechanisms is aniblogging and diving into anime where I could relate to the characters’… Read More Anime and Mental Health Awareness Month
Time travel is one of the most romantic elements of a sci-fi love story. The impossibility of it symbolizes the sometimes very irrational nature of love. Romance thrives when beloved characters fight in a world where love isn’t just chemicals in your head, but a tangible super power. Erased was my introduction to anime with… Read More Boy Meets Girl Meets Time Travel
The anime “Orange” has a rather interesting “Christmas” episode. There isn’t, in fact, much Christmas in it at all. While the episode starts with the hopes of a Christmas Eve date between two of the main characters —Naho and Kakeru—this ends up not happening. The reason behind this last-minute cancellation is saddening, with the dreams… Read More 12 Days of Anime Christmas, Day 3: Orange and the “Christmas” That Wasn’t
Here we are, another month and almost half way through 2017! It’s unbelievable that time is going by so fast. I continue to do this column because as a Christian who is also a geek, I love that there are others who share my passion. It also confirms that God takes pleasure in all of this,… Read More Something More: GiTS Bible Study, the Passion in FFXV, and Fear in Orange and Re:Zero
At last, we have come to the end of Orange. Throughout the story, we have been wondering whether it is, in fact, possible for Kakeru to make it out alive. With the danger that everything might turn out worse than before, only the ending could prove whether or not the letters could save anyone.
Up until recently, Naho was the main executor of all every plan to save Kakeru, despite being one of the least decisive characters. But now that all her other friends have banded together, it gives them an opportunity to manipulate events without either Kakeru or Naho’s knowledge, leading to some interesting results.
We’ve reached the halfway mark of Orange, and it’s easy to see that though it employs many standard romance tropes, the story is very solid and well told. But this episode has left such an impact on the first half, it has overturned all of my assumptions regarding how much ingenuity the story contained. After the… Read More Orange Episode 6: All This Time
At this point in Orange, we’ve seen a number of times when events occur differently from those described in Naho’s letter. In this episode, Naho repeatedly flees from Kakeru, her feelings a mess of discouragement and fear after failing to follow the letter. She very nearly gave up completely, in which case nothing would have… Read More Orange Episode 4: The Future Is Changing
As I mentioned in my previous post, sending letters to your past self to solve serious problems is going to include some drawbacks. Unlike the first episode, Naho paid close attention to the letter, and was starting to believe that she might be able to actually change the future, even if it meant changing herself.… Read More Orange Episode 3: Notes Come Too Late
The second episode of Orange adds a new layer to the conflict initially presented. Naho said that she had many regrets, and at first it appears this is because of what happens to Kakeru, but that isn’t exactly the case. The true problem is Naho herself. For most people, change is an unpleasant subject, and… Read More Orange Episode 2: Running Away