For the Candles in the Darkness (Happy Birthday, Ply!)

It was in August when Plyasm gave me a cover request for "Binary Star" from Ginga Eiyuu Densetsu/Legend of the Galactic Heroes, but I only got around to it a few weeks ago. Figured there's no better time to post this than on his birthday! Thanks, Ply, for recommending a wonderful song, and another big …

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Ballad of Mulan: Translation and Interpretation

So, I... translated an entire Chinese ballad for no particular reason! A bit of a change from the usual anime reviews. I don't know how common this knowledge is, but Disney's movie Mulan (1998) was based on an anonymously written Chinese ballad from the North Wei Dynasty (386-534 CE). The Disney movie is fairly faithful to the …

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Anime x Lit Crit: Toradora! 11

Yay...unintentional hiatuses. It's been about a month since my last post. School has started and life has been nice; I'm merely trying to find a balance between the many, many things in life that I want to be doing. Anyways, here's the newest episode commentary on Toradora!! Primes: Finding balance in life while blogging? What a coincidence…  …

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Anime x Lit Crit – Vampires & Valentines: Toradora! 10

So I'm back! Thanks to my partner Primes and anyone who keeps up with this series for having so much patience. Primes: Welcome back! We're glad you survived your intense summer coursework!  Thank you! 🙂 The fact that I more-or-less predicted the course of this episode may have affected my enjoyment of it a bit, but …

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Yomu & Moyatori Present: Yomutori Sentiment! — Umai Yomu Anime Blog

Yomu reached out to me for a vocal collab not too long ago - we covered "木枯らしセンティメント" (Kogarashi Sentiment). Coincidentally, I've been very in love with Chiwa Saito's voice recently, and have had "staple stable" and "Futakotome" on loop for most of the week. Hey, Senjougahara's not best girl to me (because Hanekawa is), but …

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End of Hiatus – I Have Slain Some Weak Demons

Hello, hello! I've missed everyone. My blog-reading pattern has been sporadic recently, but I'm looking to catch up on all your recent posts soon, and will start responding to tags hopefully by tomorrow. Where I've Been Well...technically, mere finals are supposed to be even weaker demons than entrance exams, right? It appears I underestimated my …

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[Highlights] Piano no Mori 12 (End): That’s It?

I know, it's only the end of the season and not the entire series, but man, this has gotta be one of the weakest episodes in the anime. Not even that many screenshots this time. It's mostly Kai playing piano, and the animation, though without major blunders, is fairly lackluster. Be yourself, Kai, be yourself. …

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