Tagged: Essays


Would You Make a Good Anime Character?

I’m back asking the important questions! Have you ever asked yourself in fact, if you ever got magically transported to your favourite anime universe, would you be an interesting character. A fan favorite? Would the audience hate you or worse, ignore you?


Hopes and Dreams (12 days)

That’s a pretty vague title isn’t it. Looking at it now, it even seems a little ominous to me. Weird no?  I mean their all nice words and I know I don’t have anything bad to say. Yet it still sends a chill down my spine. Like I’ve just raised a flag or something… Ok...


A Warm Thank You to my Anime Role Models

Some of my more astute may have picked up on this, but I’m sort of a kid at heart. And at mind. So, when I watch anime, I tend to experience it like kids do. As an immersive, interactive experience. I don’t simply observe it, vicariously living out an adventure through the characters on screen....


What Is the Next Anime Classic?

A little while ago, on a complete whim, I tweeted out the following question: Which current anime do you think people will still be talking about in a decade or two? I was thinking about Eva and Bebop, and trying to figure out why certain titles seem to stand the test of time and stick...


Irina Wants Free Therapy – Why Can’t I Review Certain Anime?

When you post everyday, one of the things that suddenly becomes precious to you is source material! Obviously, I’m not watching entire series every day, and I wouldn’t want to even if I could somehow. As such, I’ve come to really appreciate those shows I have watched and tell you all about them.


Creative vs Technical Merits of Anime

I’ve been meaning to explore this subject for a while now. I read a lot of your reviews. A lot. And I see a clearly story centric trend in them. Design and production elements are clearly not given the same weight as creative ones. Even when it comes to fanservice. And that’s when they are...


I Don’t Understand the 3 Episode Rule

There’s no old maxim in the anime community that it takes a full 3 episodes to be able to truly appreciate a show and determine if it’s worth your time. Or 25% of a single cour season. I’m not sure if this rule applies to other forms of media or not but I’ve only heard...


Loving Criticism

You know guys, it’s not always all or nothing. I can love a show and dislike some aspects of it. I can find a specific episode super boring and still think the series is great as a whole. I can also dislike a show and think that it has great things going for it and...

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OWLS Blog Tour – What Anime Creator is Irina Thankful For?

I’ve been out of the OWLS game for a while. Did you know that OWLS stands for Otaku Warriors for Liberty and Self-Respect? It’s cute, isn’t it? When I joined, I thought it would be a chance to cooperate with some amazing and talented authors on anime centric takes of issues of inclusivity and acceptance....


My Blogging Inspirations

Do you guys remember when I told you about my creative cycle? For me inspiration is like the tide. It ebbs and flows, it’s a little frothy and sometimes there are gross things in it…. Well I’m in one of those dry ruts. Work has been exceptionally busy lately so I haven’t had the time...