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Horimiya with IriMoya: Episode 4

Back for another episode of Horimiya with Irina. How are you doing, Irina? I’m doing great! Thanks for asking! I hope you and the readers are doing just as great. Even better, in fact! "Better"...I wouldn't dare to hope so myself, but pretty fine, that's for sure. Yup, hope everyone reading this is staying nice… Continue reading Horimiya with IriMoya: Episode 4

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[Highlights] Kino’s Journey Ep. 8 (Land of Wizards)

An episode that takes a simple idea and explores it in a refreshing way. Probably not among the strongest of Kino's episodes, but there's a bit going for this one too. Old wizard's warehouse There's nothing too distinct about the Land of Wizards as a whole, other than that one or two "wizards" with mysterious… Continue reading [Highlights] Kino’s Journey Ep. 8 (Land of Wizards)

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[Highlights] Kino’s Journey Ep. 7 (Coliseum Pt. 2)

This episode wrapped up a little more hastily than I would like it to, but it shed some interesting light on Kino's personality and objectives. A story of patricide, told through puppets Having the King tell his backstory through puppets was an interesting aesthetic touch. The execution of the scene in the screenshot is particularly… Continue reading [Highlights] Kino’s Journey Ep. 7 (Coliseum Pt. 2)

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[Highlights] Kino’s Journey Ep. 6 (Coliseum Pt. 1)

And we're back to the regularly (un)scheduled Kino posts! I did miss this show. I don't know if others would describe it as "cozy," but that is indeed the first word I thought of when I came back to it after a month-long break. Perhaps it's the still tone + episodic arc format. I do… Continue reading [Highlights] Kino’s Journey Ep. 6 (Coliseum Pt. 1)

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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