How Toradora Shows That Loving Others Isn’t Worth It

Romcom anime is usually pretty simple. You’re introduced to a couple, then to conflict in the form of live triangles, misunderstandings, personal problems that each has to work through, etc., until an eventual resolution is found and the two come together. The supporting characters exist to help the leads grow closer together, so though they’re… Read More How Toradora Shows That Loving Others Isn’t Worth It

Tsuki ga Kirei Episode 06: Relationship Building 101

Tsuki ga Kirei is about a romantic relationship between a boy and girl, but even so, episode six was especially full of relationships. Through juxtaposition, we saw what it means to have a good relationship, via Kotaro’s family v. Akane’s, friendship v. relationship, and Takumi’s scolding of Akane v. the editor’s response to Kotaro. And… Read More Tsuki ga Kirei Episode 06: Relationship Building 101

Tsuki ga Kirei Episode 05: Building Blocks (and Stumbling Blocks)

I’m continually amazed at how Tsuki ga Kirei is getting it right. Kotaro and Akane’s experiences may not have been mine, but they’re still genuine – they feel like they’re supposed to feel, they act like they’re so supposed to act, and they fumble along as two awkward, innocent kiddoes would. And in episode five,… Read More Tsuki ga Kirei Episode 05: Building Blocks (and Stumbling Blocks)

Annalyn’s Corner: Why Community Is a Repeated Theme

I’ve written about love and community many times. This is partially because these themes show up so much in anime, and partially because I’m always learning more in these areas. Sometimes, relationship themes come across as cheesy and overdone. Such anime have an overdramatic “friendship is magic” or “moral of the story” feel, and they do… Read More Annalyn’s Corner: Why Community Is a Repeated Theme