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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. 2 (The Tale of Feeding off Others)

September's not even over and it feels like winter already (T_T). Perfect for this episode of Kino, I guess. Check out the Episode 1 highlights here if you missed it. Kino ready to survive winter, a pandemic, or a round of Among Us Big change in season and scenery from last episode. It makes me… Continue reading [Highlights] Kino’s Journey Ep. 2 (The Tale of Feeding off Others)

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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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What Makes a Spoiler a Spoiler?

This is something I wonder about sometimes, which a certain Tweet caused me to reflect on again: https://twitter.com/spookyredh/status/1262012943144636417 People have different degrees of tolerance when it comes to spoilers. For me, as I'm sure it is for most people, my avoidance of spoilers is dependent on how much I care about continuing a show. I've… Continue reading What Makes a Spoiler a Spoiler?

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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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Jon’s Creator Showcase: April Edition Pt. 2 (Games + More)

Hope you're all doing well on this fine-ish day. Sorry for the small delay in between, but here we are with Pt. 2 of Jon's Creator Showcase, featuring gaming content and more. I'm sorry I had to cram such exciting and diverse topics as cocktail-mixing and sakura-viewing under the single heading of "more," but I… Continue reading Jon’s Creator Showcase: April Edition Pt. 2 (Games + More)