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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Animanga Festival: Fan-art Exhibition of 5 Autumnal Anime Characters

You know, this whole thing about #FallAesthetic that Instagram and Pinterest are all about is starting to grow on me. I'm not a big autumn person myself, but it does warm my heart to see people getting excited about Thanksgiving, Halloween, leaves, bonfires, PSLs, and things of the like. Anime has quite its own fall …

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Anime Food Shiritori – Meal #3: Nigirizushi

Check out the third recipe post in our collab series! I learned a lot about fish-processing from this post by Astral.

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Well now, this was an interesting meal to make. Not only was it hard to think of a meal to make after Moya dropped the “N” in my lap, but Nigirizushi isn’t the easiest thing to make, especially keeping health in mind. Since we’re dealing with raw fish here, we need to be very careful in our preparation and handling of the fish, to make sure nobody who eats it gets sick.

The other thing that’s absolutely necessary when making Nigirizushi is a very, very sharp knife. Fish is extremely delicate, especially when raw, and a blunt knife will easily destroy the flesh, which we really don’t want to have happen. I used a brand-new knife from the Shun collection, folded damascus steel, extremely sharp. While expensive, it’s a beautiful knife that’ll last a very long time, perfect for working with delicate fish.

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Ingredients:

  • Raw Salmon, Tuna, or other…

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Demon Sayer Corps: Kimetsu no Yaiba 22 – 23 – Nezuko Resists and Zenitsu Screams — The Animanga Spellbook

Two slower Kimetsu no Yaiba episodes before we enter into the finale (I do remember to reblog collabs on occasion). https://open.spotify.com/embed/track/23DbzwNJSLo7nkSWjODMvY?si=GEK5MDx6S0mFj9MP1bknZg Ply’s caught a big ol’ cold and so we keep on keeping on without him. via Demon Sayer Corps: Kimetsu no Yaiba 22 – 23 – Nezuko Resists and Zenitsu Screams — The Animanga Spellbook