• The Secret Stars of Anime Auditions: New Game!

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    Among this season’s new shows, New Game! is the obligatory cute-girls-doing-cute-things show. And if you know anything about me from my various blog posts, you probably know that I am a sucker for those kinds of shows. However, New Game! has a number of qualities that help distinguish it from other shows of its kind. First of all, calling it a “cute girls doing cute things” show is a slight misnomer, as the “girls” are all high school graduates, and are for the most part, adults. Sure, they still look all young and cute, but it does mean that the subject matter of the show can focus on different topics than what the usual high school setting show goes into. Speaking of that subject matter,...
  • Orange Episode 8: A Better Way

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    Naho is a fairly straightforward person. She’s followed the letter faithfully, with as much courage as she could muster, and with reasonable success. The faults that have gotten her into trouble have mostly been overthinking everything, isolating herself, and her reserved personality. But while it may not stop her from saving Kakeru, there’s another thing that’s holding her back, and that’s her reluctance to consider new and different possibilities beyond the letter’s suggestions....
  • Love Live! Sunshine!! Ep. 8: Loveless World

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    Wow. This might be the most emotional episode I have seen from either Love Live series. True to the foreshadowing from the last episode, things do not go well for Aqours in Tokyo; however, things go even worse than I had imagined. That said, this failure is arguably exactly what this series needed in order to distinguish itself from the original series. Looking back, μ’s never had a true “setback” moment; after their nearly-empty first performance, they only really went on to post success after success, with any issues that held the group back happening mainly because of personal issues. Compared to them, Aqours now has to deal with the fact that, as much as they want to follow in μ’s footsteps,...
  • Newman’s Narrative: Friendship Matters

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    Lately I’ve been playing Tap my Katamari on my cell phone, with a lot of help from my kids. The game is literally called an “Idle Clicker,” because you are idly tapping on the screen to get the game going. What’s the plot? The King of All Cosmos has once again destroyed the stars so the Prince is responsible for taking a katamari, grabbing random stuff, and making it into a star. The Prince, however, has a problem. He can’t do it alone. He can’t roll the ball fast enough to make things happen, so he needs some help. As time progresses, you can summon more and more of the Prince’s cousins to help him move the katamari. The Prince...
  • TangleCast 19: Game Week 1

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    We’re excited to bring you a very special episode of The TangleCast this week, as we experiment with a brand new game segment for the show! JP (Japesland) moderates as Casey (CutsceneAddict), Jack (R86), and Kaze play a game entitled “Magnum Opus.” Wanna know how to play? I guess you’ll just have to listen in and find out! And please play along in the comments below! We’d love to hear your answers as well! As always, every episode of The TangleCast will be covering a different topic, from anime reviews, to discussions on spirituality, to listener mail, and everything in between. Please join the conversation by commenting below or submitting a question at our contact page! iTunes  |  Google Play  |  Podbean  |  RSS...
  • The End of Examining Old School Anime

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    “Examining Old School Anime” has enjoyed a long run, and now seems like a good time to end it.  Finding theological topics within old school anime proves harder with each show.  The Leijiverse brims with such topics, but sticking to Galaxy Express 999 would deprive this column of variety.  Also, the art style of 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s anime does not appeal to many anime fans.  I once felt the same way, until the hackneyed anime of 2009-2011 caused me to look backward.  If a similar disgust afflicts our dear readers, may you remember Ashita no Joe, Captain Harlock, and other shows covered in this column....
  • Annalyn’s Corner: Survival of the Strongest in Shokugeki

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    Ever since I started watching Shokugeki no Souma: Ni no Sara (Food Wars! The Second Plate), I’ve had a growing desire to write about this fun culinary anime. Some of the show’s young chefs are so focused on being the best, they forget the essentials of cooking—like caring about the people who will eat their food. The way they get their priorities mixed up just begs to be blogged about… but Shokugeki no Souma is an ecchi anime. Now, the fan service lightens as the show goes on, and unlike many ecchi shows, this one has a pretty good plot. Kaze even gave the first season a 7/10 in our Spring 2015 anime reviews. Still, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to write a whole post...
  • Orange Episode 7: What Needs To Be Said

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    It’s difficult to be both sensitive and direct. In Naho’s case so far, she’s usually been one of either. She’s young and naïve, and although she never wants to hurt anyone, she can still speak carelessly. She’s especially oblivious to times when saying nothing is the most hurtful thing of all. Although she’s changed, she still mistakes silence for gentleness, unaware that her lack of motivation is not helping anyone, Kakeru least of all. We need balance. Of course it’s important to care about people’s hearts and not say things needlessly, but sometimes difficult things need to be said for everyone’s benefit. I think it’s natural for us to speak without thinking, but in some ways it’s worse to...
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