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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 - …

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[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 …

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[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 …

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