• Newman’s Nook: Being Present

    She and Her Cat: Everything Flows (Kanojo to Kanojo no Neko: Everything Flows; Available on Crunchyroll) is a 4 episode short form anime series about a young, single woman (who the cat only ever refers to as Kanojo) and her pet cat (Daru). It’s also a story about love and being present. The story is told from the perspective of Daru. It tells the story of the last part of Daru’s life with Kanojo, but also the story of their entire life together. The story primarily takes place over the course of a short time period after Kanojo’s roommate moves out. Kanojo is a college student living in an apartment with a friend and has trouble paying the rent on her...
  • ACCA: Rising Against the Unseen

    Sometimes I’ll decide whether I like a show or not before I’ve seen more than a single episode. The scenes, the characters, and initial dialogue all lend an impression of what sort of story lies ahead. But sometimes I push on, and am surprised. Even after experiencing so many stories, I still can’t always know if I’ll enjoy one based on my initial impression. If you think about it, it’s not so different with people. As ACCA has so far been focusing closely on trust, it’s not surprising that it also brings up the false assumptions we make....
  • Examining Light Novels: On Female Deacons

    Volume thirteen stands as the most interesting of Isuna Hasekura’s three “Side Colors” volumes of Spice and Wolf so far.  This volume features a novella about the shepherdess Nora and her dog Enek.  From her adventure with Lawrence at Ruvinheigen in volume two, she gains the capital necessary to enter a seamstress apprenticeship program.  However, her wanderings from town to town reveal no openings among the local guilds. At last, her journey brings her towards the town of Kuskov, which recently had an outbreak of the plague.  Like in Europe’s medieval world, such outbreaks cause labor shortages of benefit to the survivors.  In England, certain laws tying peasants to the land were loosened or ignored.   Due to the high...
  • Review: Silence (2016)

    There’s a moment in Silence, Martin Scorsese’s powerful film about persecution of Christians in 17th century, where the main character, Father Rodrigues (Andrew Garfield), whispers, “Am I just praying to silence?” Scorsese’s answer to that question, at the heart of this epic film, may surprise many, especially those that see him as a director who celebrates excess. And it’s an answer that will challenge moviegoers, the faithful and non-believers alike. The film begins as two excitable Jesuit priests, Rodrigues and Garupe (Adam Driver), convince their superior (Ciaran Hinds) to allow them to continue their mission to Japan to find their former teacher, Ferreira (Liam Neeson), who has been rumored to have become an apostate. When the two arrive in...
  • Aiyoku no Eustia and the Threat of Blind Faith

    Aiyoku no Eustia is a fantastic visual novel (I initially thought it was only “great” but the more I thought about this post, the more I liked what it did) that still has yet to receive an English translation (a partial patch is available). While most people praise it for things like world-building and a character driven story, what I found most interesting about Eustia was its commentary on religion and faith. Eustia is definitely one of the most religious stories I’ve seen in otaku culture. What I mean by this is that religion itself plays an incredibly large role in the story. Indeed, many of the plot reveals revolve around the church (of a fictional religion) and personal...
  • ACCA: 13 Territory Inspection Dept, Episode 1: Trust and Suspicion

    It’s easy to trust people to a certain extent. We trust our friends to treat us with kindness and respect because of the time we’ve shared together. It is so difficult to work when we can’t trust our colleagues, but usually we can assume they’ll do their job, or else face the consequences. Whatever the reason, it would be maddening, even terrifying, to go through life without trusting anyone. In ACCA: 13 Territory Inspection Dept. (Which I will call ACCA for the rest of my episodic reviews), Jean Otus is introduced as a quiet, serious man who is readily suspicious of all his colleagues, as his job is to help the government uproot any instability. They live in a...
  • The Secret Stars of Anime: Yuyushiki

    As a new year starts, anime fans are certainly looking forward to all the new anime the year will bring. They are also looking over at the past year and making their “best anime of 2016” lists, or putting in their write-in votes for Crunchyroll’s Anime Awards. Something about a new year makes people want to both look forward and look back. We want to look forward to new anime, but we also want to look at what we liked and disliked from the previous year to see what exactly we are looking forward to. Naturally I do the same thing, but as I look back at my favorites of the past year and how they differ from what...
  • Mega Man ZX: The Light That Remains

    The Mega Man franchise has been one of my favorites ever since I was a kid. I recently purchased a Nintendo 3DS so I can finally catch up on all the Nintendo games and Japanese ports not available on any other system. The list of games that I have been craving to play is pretty long, and one of those is Mega Man ZX. This series starts years after the end of Mega Man Zero 4, which was a fantastic series by the way! The original Mega Man for the NES (Nintendo Entertainment System) was about a blue robot infused with a blaster on his arm. He would battle eight robot masters that were created by the evil Dr. Wily...
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