Category: Essays

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Treasure Tropes : Red Oni, Blue Oni

I’m not sure when I started having this fascination with colours. It’s not like I wear any. But at some point, I started to really notice them in all things and particularly in cinema and anime. I do know that I’ve been fascinated with tropes since I was small. I would see archetypes come up...

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The Legal Grey Zone of Scanslations

****For those that don’t know, scanslations are scanned copies of comics (usually manga) which have been translated and photoshopped with the translation by fans. They are unofficial but not necessarily illegal**** Copyright is a pretty hot issue right now. It has been for some years of course. I know that popular opinion is against me...

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I Found Out What Furin Are

Man, I’m slow sometimes. (No comments, thank you!) I have been watching anime for years, multiple years, and only recently did I notice the windchimes. I saw them a lot in Kakuriyo: Bed and Breakfast for Spirits,  then more recently in Yotsurio Biyori. When there was a quick scene of one in Cinderella 9, I...

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In the Land of Orphans – Where Are The Parents in Anime?

If you’ve watched as much anime as me, you could be tricked into thinking that the only way you’re ever going to live out your real life anime fantasy is by somehow becoming an orphan. Or at least a woefully neglected high school student. It seems that anime is willing to use any old excuse...

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How Important Is Relatability in Anime?

I have been reading a lot of anime reviews lately. Usually, I read various reviews around WordPress and get my info from there. However, through researching a few posts (I know!) I managed to go through a large amount of shorter reviews on sites such as MAL and AniList. One very common statement is that characters...

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Irina Goes to the Fantasia Film Festival

I mention the Fantasia Film festival fairly often on this site. It’s one of the few events with a large audience I still make time for every year. Fantasia started out as a festival focused on Asian cinema and Anime in 1996, when streaming was a distant dream and subs far from a guarantee. Getting...

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My Blog Has Made Anime a Drug

I’ve spoken to many bloggers who go through phases of just not wanting to watch any anime at all.  This is not something I struggle with myself. Generally, I don’t get bored or fed up of anime as a whole. Occasionally, certain shows can be a chore to slog through and I’ll see my anime...

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Irina’s Sense for Snow – Weather in Anime

I don’t know if any of you have read Miss Smilla’s Sense for Snow. It’s a Danish criminal thriller which focuses a lot on snow. How it behaves and what it can tell us. It’s pretty interesting to convey wheater through words alone. Not entirely unlike trying to explain colours. If you’ve experienced it for...

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Irina’s Pinterest Journeys

Pinterest is an odd duck. It’s a very particular internet microcosm and from the outside, it can seem like nothing at all. I always thought it was sort of substantless. I don’t even own a photo album (virtual or otherwise), what would I ever want with a Pinterest account? I only got interested in the...