Collab Projects · Episode Reviews

Anime x Lit Crit: Vampires & Valentines – Toradora! 04

Welcome to Episode 4 of Toradora. Check out our discussion of Episode 4 of Shiki on Primes' website when it's up. The student council president (I think that's what she is?) is introduced! With her distinct personality and how the whole school fawns over her, she seems like a pretty important character. I don't see her in… Continue reading Anime x Lit Crit: Vampires & Valentines – Toradora! 04

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Very Late, but Hopefully Still Lovely

Guess what, it's an award post! May is a slow month for this blog, mostly because I haven't been posting much other than tardy episode reviews. Can't believe I'm still occupied by so many things despite being on vacation. I'm sorry for answering so late, but I do really love the sets of questions from… Continue reading Very Late, but Hopefully Still Lovely

Collab Projects · Episode Reviews

Anime x Lit Crit: Vampires & Valentines – Toradora! 03

Welcome to installment 3 of my collaboration with Negative Primes! Read about girls beating up their weaknesses in Toradora! here (and violation of sacred boundaries in Shiki here and here). Ryuji postulates that Minori has family issues to take care of when he learns that she's juggling multiple part-time jobs at once, and Taiga responds by warning him to… Continue reading Anime x Lit Crit: Vampires & Valentines – Toradora! 03

Episode Reviews

[Highlights] Piano no Mori 06: Forest’s Edge

Kai's career as a pianist is about to kick off. He surprised me by choosing to stay in his home, Forest's Edge. The piano gets struck by lightening. Interesting how the random Forest Edge girl cares more about the piano than Kai, who forgets about the piano until he sees it burning. Perhaps it symbolizes… Continue reading [Highlights] Piano no Mori 06: Forest’s Edge

J-Pop/Anisong Listicles

Colour-Coded Kalafina: Black

Welcome to Kalafina recommendations ver. Gothic/rock. Sorry it took me so long to get to this one! Also, for those of you who requested translyrics/lyrics analysis, I'll get to that eventually! Previous song recommendations: Colour-Coded Kalafina: Red Colour-Coded Kalafina: Blue Colour-Coded Kalafina: Yellow "Yami no Uta" (2010) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fTHYww8oh_0 Colour justification: "Song of Darkness" needs no… Continue reading Colour-Coded Kalafina: Black

Collab Projects · Episode Reviews

Anime x Lit Crit: Vampires & Valentines – Toradora 02

Welcome to the second installment of my anime by episode collaboration with Negative Primes, in which he reviews ep. 2 of Shiki and I look at ep. 2 of Toradora! For a second episode, a lot is certainly going on. To start off, we get a closer look at Minori's (Ryuji's crush) character. She's your typical deredere -… Continue reading Anime x Lit Crit: Vampires & Valentines – Toradora 02

Episode Reviews

[Highlights] Piano no Mori 05: Kai’s Spirit Possesses Competitors

Got to hear some pleasant Chopin. Also, yes to more Takako! Interesting commentary. Is the West better for piano-playing? Nodame Cantabile seems to suggest the same. Competitive cultures can really get toxic. Kai can't play the piano in the forest anymore. Kind of like how Kiki in Kiki's Delivery Service loses her ability to fly. Kiki's struggle really hit… Continue reading [Highlights] Piano no Mori 05: Kai’s Spirit Possesses Competitors

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A Dose of Positivity: Brotherhood + My Reasons Why Awards

Hello. It's been a while since I've done an award post, and I still have an enormous backlog. But here we are again, with two very special awards in a row! Both of them seem to fall under the category of motivational post, so although I'm not particularly great at being motivational, you get to… Continue reading A Dose of Positivity: Brotherhood + My Reasons Why Awards

Episode Reviews

[Highlights] Piano no Mori 04: “You’ll Always be the Best!”

I had a few more issues with this episode than with previous ones, but it was still reasonably enjoyable. Aside from the atrocious CGI, this episode made me question the extent to which art is objective in this show. Thanks to Re: Zero, my brain automatically substituted "legs" with "brain." I felt for tiny Takako on the… Continue reading [Highlights] Piano no Mori 04: “You’ll Always be the Best!”