• Newman’s Nook: Love for the Unloved Kuri

    In Episode 3 of Elegant Yokai Apartment Life (Youkai Apato no Yuuga na Nichijou), we learn the back story about the small ghost child we met in episode 1 (Kuri) and the puppy that appears to follow him around (Shiro). It is a sad tale and for those who are not up to date on the series, I recommend you skip this article until you have caught up. Don’t worry, I can wait…...
  • I Might Not Be All-Might, But I Can Be Pretty All-Right

    As kids, we all heard stuff we weren’t necessarily meant to as our parents or others held “adult” conversations (or arguments) in front of us, forgetting that children hear all, see all. I don’t know why, then, I’m surprised when one of my kids mentions something from a conversation that wasn’t meant for her ears. It’s a reminder that I’m neither sly nor calculating enough to present my best side whenever others are around; sometimes the worst of me shines through. I know my kids are watching me, but I’m also aware that people around me are watching as well. I know this because my own experience, how I’ve been influenced by strangers around me. Like the high schooler...
  • When Casual and Competitive Gamers! Meet

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    The new Summer anime Gamers! surprised me with the direction the ending took. The show starts off like a normal romantic comedy: normal guy Keita Amano suddenly gets approached by the most popular girl at school, Karen Tendou. Turns out she’s a gamer, and she invites Keita to join her Game Club, full of highly competitive gaming misfits. It’s the perfect setup for a high school rom-com life… except Keita refuses to join the club. Why would he give up the chance to make some gaming friends and even a romance with a beautiful gamer girl? Because the atmosphere and purpose of the Game Club is focused on the competitive side of gaming, while Keita wants to just play...
  • Koi to Uso’s Marriage System and a Call for Incompatibility

    I was really excited to watch Koi to Uso. The plot summary for the series felt like Minority Report meets moe, where a high school boy wants to be with the girl of his dreams, but is assigned a different match by the Japanese government, which at this point of the future assigns marriages to all students based on certain criteria. Although the show didn’t give me exactly what I was looking for, I still really find the idea fascinating, particularly in an Avengers-Civil-War kinda way – what’s better, freedom that leads to social problems and broken families, or lack of freedom that creates more stable and harmonious homes? The setup is hard to accept, and I think the...
  • First Impression: Gamers!

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    Keita Amano is an ordinary guy who likes playing video games and has no friends other than those he plays with online. As far as he’s concerned, some people, like the super-popular Karen Tendou, are only to be admired from afar, which is why when Karen approaches him one day at a video game store, he is thrown for a loop. Not only that, but she actually belongs to the school’s Game Club, and recruits Keita to join the club. There, he meets other members of the gaming club, one who’s won major first-person shooter competitions and another who dominates in fighting games, as well as another guy Karen invited who specializes in block puzzles. He gets to play...
  • Follow Our New Tumblr Account!

    Hi, everyone! I’m so excited to direct you all to a new way in which you can connect with us. Those of you who follow me outside the blog are probably aware that I’m a Tumblr addict. It’s where I spend most of my time, a place where words, videos, and images all share significance. My personal Tumblr, through which I post fanart, has also served as this blog’s de facto Tumblr, but no more! Today we are launching our new Tumblr! Beneath the Tangles — Tumblr I think you’re really going to enjoy what we’ll be doing there! We’ll be taking our practice of talking anime and sharing conversation and fitting it with Tumblr’s multimedia format. It really...
  • First Impressions: In Another World With My Smartphone

    God made a mistake. (Well, not the Christian God, but the character God in this show.) He dropped some lightning and accidentally killed an ordinary high school boy, Touya Mochizuki, before his time. To make it up to him, God arranges for him to be reincarnated in a magical fantasy world, and even agrees to let him take his smartphone with him. He can’t contact anyone from his original world, but he has access to all of the original world’s information on the Internet, as well as maps for his new world. Not only that, but God even gives Touya increased combat skills and proficiency in all seven of the fantasy world’s magic types, when being able to use...
  • Coffee Review: Georgia MAX Coffee, Hachiman’s Obsession

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    Even if you’re not an otaku, it’s undeniable that the depiction of food in anime is enough to get anyone’s taste buds tingling. From Spirited Away to Shokugemi no Souma, there’s no shortage of series and movies that feature wonderfully animated food that you can almost taste. I’ve tried my hand at a number of anime-related recipes, but my most recent food experience was much simpler. It required no cooking at all: just an eBay account and the patience to wait for canned coffee to make its way across the Pacific. Hachiman Hikigaya, the too-smart protagonist of OreGairu, has an obsession with MAX Coffee, a brand that’s featured prominently in the series, both physically and symbolically, and which in...
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