Amid shots of gorgeous scenery, a handful of elementary and middle school-age kids attend the Japanese equivalent of a one-room country schoolhouse. Silliness ensues, periodically interrupted by more landscape shots. The heart of Non Non Biyori is Renge, a precocious and hilarious first-grader. Then there’s Hotaru, a former city girl whose family moved out to… Read More First Impression: Non Non Biyori, Season 3
I feel rather conflicted about Chivalry of a Failed Knight, Vol. 1. But first, I should explain what the story is about. Failed Knight is set in a parallel universe where Jedi knights Mage-Knights exist. These warrior-wizards are, as one might expect, a cornerstone of military power and heavily influential (a magic samurai led Japan… Read More Review: Chivalry of a Failed Knight (Vol. 1)
Tanaka-kun is Always Listless (Japanese: Tanaka-kun wa Itsumo Kedaruge) might be the first slice-of-life anime that I’ve chosen to watch without the recommendation of others. I generally seek excitement to keep my attention. But I’ve had plenty of excitement in my life lately. This season, I wanted more of that soothing vibe I picked up from Grimgar last season.… Read More Annalyn’s Corner: Tanaka-kun and Becoming Your Ideal Self
It’s still the middle of the school year for most students. But I know from experience that the anxiety about the future can start long before graduation day. I started dreading growing up way before the college hunt began, and I think it contributed to my anxiety, especially by senior year. College played out differently for… Read More Annalyn’s Corner: When It’s Time for Change
The opening theme song in Baby Steps (both this season and last) includes three English words: “Believe in yourself.” Last year, I didn’t pay close attention to those words. In this season, the phrase “Believe in yourself” becomes more important than it did before. It’s a trite phrase, one we often repeat to each other, but I think… Read More Annalyn’s Corner: Baby Steps and Believing in… Yourself?
Many of us know the overworked-fever-faint trope. In Kaichou wa Maid-sama, Misaki tries to balance her part-time job and her duties as student body president. The stress builds up, and she gets sick, but she refuses to acknowledge it until she faints and Usui carries her home from work in the first episode. Of course, she doesn’t… Read More Annalyn’s Corner: My Version of the Overworked Faint Trope
As a recent college graduate, I’ve had a lot on my mind; about the future, about finally being down with this part of my life and ready to move onto the next adventure, and about the uncertainties of where to go from here. One might even venture to say that I’m heading off to a… Read More One Piece and Waiting for the Sake of the Adventure