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[Highlights] Kino’s Journey Ep. 5 (Three Men Along the Rails)

Starting to notice that one of the main differences between Kino's Journey and Mushishi is that whereas Mushishi observes the nature of life (both human and mushi ones), Kino's tends to have something to say about it. The strong themes and at-times-heavy dialogues in Kino's makes it kind of like watching oddly familiar fables told… Continue reading [Highlights] Kino’s Journey Ep. 5 (Three Men Along the Rails)

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[Highlights] Kino’s Journey Ep. 4 (Land of Adults)

Backstory time! This episode feels more poignant and aesthetically intense than the last few, in a way that I rather loved. Took me a while to figure out that Kino was singing a lyric version of Pachelbel's Canon in D at the start of the episode. I've never heard Canon in D with lyrics before,… Continue reading [Highlights] Kino’s Journey Ep. 4 (Land of Adults)

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[Highlights] Kino’s Journey Ep. 1 (Land of Visible Pain)

The end of a trip is the start of another! If you still remember, I promised to episodically review an anime series in celebration of 500 followers, and the anime that was chosen was Kino's Journey: The Beautiful World (2003), suggested by  Fred @ This is my place. Now that I am back from my… Continue reading [Highlights] Kino’s Journey Ep. 1 (Land of Visible Pain)

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Anime x Lit Crit: Toradora! Episode List

Following our wrap-up of the project with Toradora!'s last episode, here's a master list of all the episodic reviews that NegativePrimes and I did for Toradora!. To briefly recap what this project was about, it's a conversation-style collaboration that focuses on analyzing characters and themes in the anime Toradora!, from a vaguely literature-informed perspective. Compiling them has… Continue reading Anime x Lit Crit: Toradora! Episode List

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Anime x Lit Crit: Toradora! 25 (Finale)

We did it! After 2 years 2 months and roughly 2 weeks, NegativePrimes and I FINISHED REVIEWING TORADORA! Sorry for the all caps, I couldn't restrain myself. 🥂 Primes: You bring the caps, I'll bring the emojis. For those who didn't start following the project from the beginning (which is probably all of you reading… Continue reading Anime x Lit Crit: Toradora! 25 (Finale)

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Anime x Lit Crit: Toradora! 24

Penultimate episode analysis, here we go! I said last episode was intense. Well, I was wrong. Intensity is relative... Primes: So true! This is one of my favorite Toradora episodes! In our last discussion, Primes asked if I thought "[the main characters will] finally see the ghosts and UFOs they believe in." I suggested that… Continue reading Anime x Lit Crit: Toradora! 24

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Anime x Lit Crit: Toradora! 23

Phew! Finally, an episode that builds up to some satisfaction. Primes: Wait, does that mean you were unsatisfied with the previous episodes? I'm going to go cry now... *jk* This episode is among the best emotional moments in the series, for me at least. Well, no, but at the end of most episodes before this,… Continue reading Anime x Lit Crit: Toradora! 23

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Anime x Lit Crit: Toradora! 22

Three more episodes until the end! Negative Primes and I are still trudging on. This episode is loaded with symbolism and random bizarre moments. Primes: Ain't that the truth. It opens with a continuation of Ryuji's rescuing of Taiga, but it turns out that it was all just Ryuji's nightmare in the middle of class.… Continue reading Anime x Lit Crit: Toradora! 22

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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… Continue reading Anime x Lit Crit: Toradora! 21

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Anime x Lit Crit: Toradora! – 20

Yup, it's time for another installment of your record-breakingly long 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,… Continue reading Anime x Lit Crit: Toradora! – 20