Category: Essays

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Sakura Blossoms and Maple Leaves

It’s no coincidence that one of the very first Japanese words I picked up by watching anime was: Sakura. Cherry trees are so ubiquitous and important to Japanese culture and identity that they even name girls after them! The breathtaking sight of cherry trees in full bloom, raining down soft petals on passersby is so...

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Why Aren’t There More Short Anime?

This is should really be called: I want more short anime! There should be more short programs made each season. They are such nice little anime palette cleansers. Just a light snack to munch on. I really like being able to enjoy an entire series with minimal commitment. And of course, when you rely on...

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July OWLS Tour – This One Is Going To Be A Challenge

Some of you may know that I’ve been trying to complete a full year of OWLs prompts using Natsume’s Book of Friends exclusively as a base for the essay. OWLS prompts tend to be fairly general so I thought this would be a breeze until I got a real test thrown my way.

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I’m a Reviewer, Not a Critic or Irina Dodges Responsibility Again

Some of you may know that I generally write posts while travelling on public transit using my phone or tablet. For some reason the “word suggest” for what to write next, every time I type out my name is Shayk. I’ve never once chosen it but my devices refuse to give up hope. I’m starting...

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I Started Watching Anime Because I Wanted to be Cool, No Really…

Most anime fans get asked sooner or later how they got into their hobby and for me, it was like smoking…I wanted to fit in with the cool kids. I’m not kidding. Whenever I give my very honest answer, people usually giggle at what they think is an obvious joke or give me those short...

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How Do You Show Your Love For Anime?

Have you ever fallen in love with an anime? Not with a character, but with the entire anime? The concept, the story, the soundtrack and yeah, the characters too. Just the interconnected assortment of arts to come together in a beautiful whole we call anime. Maybe it sounds weird to you. I should be a...

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The 5Ws of Blogging: Why?

.Here we are finally. The last question and possibly the most abstract one. Why do we blog? I know a lot of you already have the answer to this one. I have read enough of your comments to know that generally speaking there are two camps. Those who blog for themselves – ie. funsies. And those...

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Why Bakugo Isn’t a Mary Sue

This week will be a slight departure from my usual character studies. We’re not only going to take a look at Bakugo but at his cofounding and frustrating character and the creative process behind it. I hope you enjoy the post! What makes a good, engaging, character? It’s a riddle that’s kept authors guessing since...

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Powerfully Vulnerable Natsume – OWLS June Tour

Hello everyone. It’s June and we are already halfway through my year of Nowltsume. Only 6 more of these posts and I’ll have reached my goal!. It’s been a lot harder than I would have thought when I started out. I’m relatively happy with how it’s going so far. For this month’s prompt, we have...