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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Anime x Lit Crit: Vampires and Valentines (Collab with Primes)

Hello, wonderful readers! As you may already know if you follow Negative Primes from Curiously Dead Cat (go follow him if you haven't; he's awesome), Primes and I are starting a collab project. Our nice and catchy title comes from the fact that we both blog about anime and chose English lit. as a college …

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[Highlights] Piano no Mori 03: Mozart’s Questionable Presence

This episode of Piano no Mori is consistent with the previous ones: motivation -> tension -> realization ->> competition type of thing. I continue to enjoy it a good deal. Kai learns that there are different styles in piano-playing. I still can't completely buy into how he's trying to find his own style when he only just got …

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This is a clickbait title. Click me! — Plyasm’s wormhole

Did you think I was going to talk some more about seasonal anime today? Ahaha...I am too lazy for that. Here, have something better - a collab I did with fellow anibloggers on clickbait anime titles! You are now checking out the post, that is for sure. But is it really because the title of …

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[Highlights] Piano no Mori 01 + 02: Chopin x Shounen

Just to clarify, "Chopin x shounen" does not indicate a ship. That'd be a bit creepy. Ep. 1 The episode starts with Kai as an adult at the International Chopin Competition. Then it goes back and introduces us to Kai and his new friend, the transfer student Shuuhei. Kai and Shuuhei make up the ultimate …

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Basement Recording: “Last Night, Good Night”

Were you expecting a spring season first episodes post? Nah. Don't actually read this post, okay? https://soundcloud.com/moya-tori/last-night-good-night-cover I turned 20 today, and last night I made a breakup happen for the first time in my life. I sure hope it's the last, but even saying that makes me feel naive. So as any amateur soprano …

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