• 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...
  • First Impressions: A Centaur’s Life

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    Humans in this world belong to one of four races: cat/goat people, centaurs, winged beings, and merfolk. In this world, Hime, a centaur, and her friends Nozomi the winged demonoid and Kyoko the goat-person take on the challenges of daily life. Whether it be putting on a class play where one classmate wants the scripted kiss to be real and the set builders don’t consider the extra weight of centaurs, or trying to run a marathon without resorting to riding on Hime—after all, centaurs used to be enslaved to be ridden on so that is a big no-no now—these girls have plenty of things to worry about in A Centaur’s Life (Japanese title: Centaur no Nayami). The show starts...
  • Guest Post: How Anime Drew Me Closer to the Lord

    We have a special guest post today from Teresa Christina, a blogger we first met here a couple years back. Since then, she’s gotten to know some of our staff and become a strong voice in the aniblogging community. I’m delighted to present this piece about how anime has impacted her life. It all started in high school… as most epic stories do. I was 17 and obsessed with martial arts. I went to the dojo almost every day of the week. There I met a friend who I bonded with over our martial art and Star Wars (my second nerd love, my first being Lord of the Rings). Then a crazy idea popped into my head. I asked...
  • First Impression: Clione no Akari

    Clione no Akari is a short (literally nine minutes including a full OP) based on an online novel about two students who befriend a bullied girl. The first episode introduces us to Takashi and Akari, two students who don’t participate in the bullying of the sickly Minori, but aren’t strong enough to prevent it. As the episode ends, the two chat with each other about Minori, but make no definitive decision about whether they should get involved with her or not. I’m not sure if I’ll continue to watch Clione no Akari. It’s so very amateurish, feeling more like a really good starter project by a group of college kids making a visual novel app than a real anime....
  • WorldEnd: How Reincarnation Ruins Romance

    I just finished watching WorldEnd: Etc.  (Who would ever scribble out the entire title?)  This stood as my favorite anime of the last season.  (Though, my selection of anime series from the last season was quite small.)  The author of this series did a wonderful job of world-building.  Digressions on the world’s past did much to inform the current state of affairs with beast men and normal looking humans (the “disfeatured”) roaming about.  The final revelation about the Timere, biological weapons in human form, managed to be shocking and horrific at the same time.  I also loved the use of Latin in the anime: Timere is from the verb timeo, timere meaning “to fear,” the name of the airship...
  • TWWK’s Beach Episode

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    Last week, I traveled on the first of two vacations we’ve planned for this summer. While I might have some pertinent content to share for the second, I was surprised that I also had something to share for the first, which was a simple excursion to South Padre Island, the nicest beach that we have here in Texas. We spent time enjoying the sand, checking out conservation sites, and eating fresh seafood. Other than a love for surfing, I really have no love for the beach, but I still enjoyed this little getaway. Heading south to the ocean reminded me of when “beach episodes” where a thing. They still are, I suppose, but I think that with a shift...
  • First Impressions: Convenience Store Boy Friends (Konbini Kareshi)

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    Convenience stores in Japan are small national landmarks. Offering a variety of food and everything from toiletries and daily necessities to manga and magazines, these places become the best friends of anyone living in Japan. One of these stores also serves as the central setpiece of the anime Convenience Store Boy Friends (Japanese title: Konbini Kareshi). Here, new high schooler Haruki meets a girl who reminds him of a girl from his past, while his friend Towa meets up with his fellow class rep and finds out she likes reading shoujo manga. Many other couples will also find connections and possibly even love with the help of this store. The episode starts off with nearly two straight minutes of...
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