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

Oreshura, Episode 06: Pride (or Forgetting It in the Name of Love)

I’ve really enjoyed Oreshura – while it’s characters and situations are retreads of retreads, there’s something fun and refreshing about the show, even when it repeats itself, like it did in episode six.  Eita, for a second straight week, puts his pride in the backseat and endures physical pain and embarrassment to defend a “young… Read More Oreshura, Episode 06: Pride (or Forgetting It in the Name of Love)

Kokoro Connect (Episode 07) and Sword Art Online (Episode 07): Loving You is Not Easy

I’ve been watching Kokoro Connect in anticipation each week to see what happens next in Inaba’s journey.  What stuck out this week was the idea, again, of loving yourself versus loving others, and the sacrifice it takes to do the latter over the former.  The same message was conveyed in episode seven of Sword Art… Read More Kokoro Connect (Episode 07) and Sword Art Online (Episode 07): Loving You is Not Easy

Atypical Dating, Day 1: Women Who Can’t Cook and Reversing Expectations

I don’t pronounce myself an expert on dating, but as a married man and father of two, I feel I have some wisdom to share.  I also believe anime, with all its quirks and make-believe scenarios, can teach us something about relationships.  With this in mind, I’ll be sharing a bit about relationships over the… Read More Atypical Dating, Day 1: Women Who Can’t Cook and Reversing Expectations

Desperate Housewife: The Toradora OVA and Understanding the Value of a Meal

Dialogue to relish.  Check.  Ryuuji’s obsessive housewifery.  Check.  Return of an awesome OP and ED.  Check.  Laughs.  Check. Oh man, how I’ve missed Toradora.  Quite possibly my favorite show ever and featuring my favorite character, Toradora is a special anime to me.  The new special episode that recently came out with the Blu-Ray release only… Read More Desperate Housewife: The Toradora OVA and Understanding the Value of a Meal