Category: Essays

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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...

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The 5W of Blogging: Where?

Finally, a question I can offer a bit of insight into. Mind you a lot comes up to subjective preference. Where do you blog? First, let’s just push out different forms of media. Podcasts, videos and live streaming should be considered separate categories and I haven’t done enough research on the subject to give you...

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Anime adaptations go both ways

We get so defensive. I’m sure it’s not just me. Oh you know what I’m talking about, the second we hear an anime is getting a western adaptation we immediately hate it with the burning passion of a thousand suns! And there may be some good reason behind that… Still, we could stand to be...

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Fruits Basket Zodiac with Gaijin : Kyo

Gaijin  and I are coming to the end of this series and our penultimate post features that feisty wildcat Kyo. This post was particularly challenging for me and I hope I don’t disappoint too much!

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The 5Ws of Blogging: When?

We are finally here! The When post. I’ve been dreading this one. Mostly because I have no idea how to answer it. Karandi once wrote a very interesting post on what time of day to publish in order to optimize your schedule. You should maybe go read that so that you don’t feel like your...

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Natsume and the Myriad of Happiness – OWLS May Tour

You know what? I almost skipped this month. That’s so unlike me. Not only would skipping a month have ruined the symmetry of my monthly Natsume/Owls posts but you’d figure with a theme like “Happiness” I would have been all over it! It’s the perfect theme for Natsume’s Book of Friends and, let’s face it: it’s so...

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Fruits Basket Zodiac with Gaijin : Shigure

Guess who Gaijin and I are scrutinizing this week! Go on…guess! Wait how did you…It’s in the title of the post??? well fiddlesticks! We have arrived at Shigure and if someone needs a bit of analyzing it’s certainly him. I have been looking forward to this one and I hope you guys have as well!

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I know nothing of Japanese class structure

I like to think of myself as not entirely uncultured but there is always going to be a bit of a culture clash when I watch anime. I think that’s true for a lot of western viewers. The social reality we live in as well as the history, traditions and beliefs we grew up with...

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Celebrating the Mediocre Anime

I really like the word mediocre. I wish it hadn’t unjustly been saddled with vaguely negative connotations. I think mediocre is so much more fun to say than average.