Category: Essays

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Death of the Author – Is Anime Art in a Vacuum?

Generally speaking I’m a proponent of approaching anime as a self-contained product. In practice that means I try to disregard the source material, reputation and pedigree of a show and simply enjoy it on its own merits. Occasionally this can get tricky but it’s my preferred method. I expounded a bit on it in this...

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Anime Detox

***editing Irina here, I wrote this last week and I’m already wondering whether it’s worth publishing. By the time it actually goes live (which will likely be at least another couple of weeks, It will probably no longer be topical. I do believe the principas stand tough. So here’s an out of date post I hope you still...

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OWLS Blog Tour January 2019 – Change is in the Air

I don’t know why exactly but I’ve been feeling great lately. Have you ever had that? Like a reverse virus. For some reason, one day you just wake up full of energy and happy. I find that as time goes by, this happens more and more often. But you know, I’m sure part of it...

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Should Your Blog Have a Media Kit?

No no, this isn’t a guest post. Sounds like one though. Even I’m not completely certain who’s writing this… I have been, and remain, pretty ambivalent about monetizing my blog. To me, there are just too many downsides. Simply activating ads yields very little revenue and you have no control over the content of the...

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The Positive Negative Review

I am one of the three people out there that openly admits to being a fan of ranty or negative reviews. Most bloggers hold back from writing overly negative posts and the general consensus I’ve seen from people in the anime community is that if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything...

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Top Five Voice Actresses in My Harem

I’ve been promising this post for a while now. I did a voice actor version some time ago and it was one of my favourite lists to put together. I think you guys enjoyed it too. As we all know, an actor’s performance can really drag down an anime. There’s something heartbreaking about a painfully...

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School Club Blues

I’m a rule loving, convention abiding, consistency seeking individual (exciting right!?!) and as such Japanese high schools have often been inherently attractive to me. From the first time I set eyes on those invariably flattering uniforms to the time I realized that I could have lunch on rooftops, to a gazillion school based animes later...

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Stat of The Year!

I know you’ve all been waiting impatiently for this! Once again, it’s time to parse through my very favorite stat of them all! For those of you that have been following this blog for a while, or my twitter account, you now that I have a rather marked obsession with the search terms people are...