The Power of Volatility in I Want to Eat Your Pancreas

Let's talk about an anime I haven't heard too much talk on! I wrote this piece sometime last year, during a phase when I missed university essay-writing dearly, but never got around to proofreading and posting it until now. *This post contains spoilers. You can't really spoil much of the film though, when it pretty …

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Anime x Lit Crit: Toradora! 21

Things...escalated. Primes: Yeah, this episode put escalators on its escalators. The episode kicks off with conflict among Kihara, Glasses Guy, and their respective friends. Then Ryuji goes spilling everything about having a crush on Minori to the guys, the guys sneak into the girls' room (and accidentally abduct Taiga), and the girls are spilling MORE …

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Anime x Lit Crit: Toradora! – 20

Yup, it's time for another installment of your record-breakingly long-running collaboration series between me and NegativePrimes! Primes: Running on two years now, right? A testimony to our perseverance and Toradora's quality! During the last months of inactivity, I got through the holidays, applied for grad school, compulsively applied for a few jobs I don't need, …

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2 Songs 1 Myth: Lady Meng Jiang and the Destruction of the Great Wall of China

Digging through my drafts led me to this half-finished post on a Chinese myth, started around the same time I translated the original Ballad of Mulan. I'd like to share two wonderful songs here based on the myth of Lady Meng Jiang (孟姜女) - one of four great Chinese romantic tragedies that are more-or-less canon. …

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Anime x Lit Crit: Toradora! 19

Welcome to another episode discussion between me and Negative Primes. All that roleplaying talk from the previous episode have escalated into costume disguises. Definitely not the first time people have dressed up in Toradora!, but this episode's costumes did surprise me! "Christmas angel" Taiga with a flight attendant bun and daddy Ryuji in Mr. Aisaka's suit. …

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Anime Food Shiritori – Meal #4: Shinseki-don from Lucky Star

You might be wondering what in the world shinseki-don is. Perhaps you have heard of its relative, oyako-don. Well, you can find a detailed explanation at the bottom of the post in my discussion with Astral, but why spoil it for yourself. Go ahead and read the recipe first! (This is why I don't own a food blog.) …

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Demon Sayer Corps: Kimetsu no Yaiba 26 – Off the Training, Onto the Train

Belated final thoughts on last season's hype. Who's who: Purple = Aria the 14th Magic Conan Green = Plyasm of the Wormhole Blue = Astral the Gemini Red = Moya the Tori 1. What are your general thoughts on this episode? [Mandatory] More train hype. Loved the first half and didn’t mind the second either. A very good episode, and a fitting endpoint for the …

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