• What Are the Must-See Anime for Attaining an “Otaku Card”?

    umaru domo
    My love of anime and need to express it to others knows no bounds. Most recently, it’s turned into a Facebook group for anime fans at my church (and as an Asian-American congregation consisting mostly of college students, we have no shortage of them). With summer fast approaching, and with most students having abundant time on their hands, I thought it would be a great idea to give these students a short list of series they might want to watch over the break, the idea being that since many are fans mostly of the popular series (ex. Naruto, Dragon Ball Super, Fairy Tail, Ghibli films), this would be a way to introduce them deeper into the fandom by exposing...
  • Believe in the Me Who Believes in Thee

    I’m naturally an optimist, but that sometimes often usually works against me. I expect the best outcome from situations, and when realism sets in and my expectations aren’t met, I can become bitter, angry, and resentful. If lots of things don’t work out well, like they did for me last week, I can even become a sad sack of woe is me. It’s not pretty, trust me, because even worse than woe is me is what I become – woe is me who is unwilling to admit he is woe is me. The thing about feeling down is that it often isn’t just about the situation; lies can creep into my mind and in the worst cases, I start...
  • Attack on Titan Episode 31: Who We Really Are

    Attack on Titan has been brutal and non-stop this season. I’ve been mostly keeping up to date with the manga, but I admit I’ve forgotten much of the flow of what happens, so even in this episode I was surprised that this big revelation happened so early. SPOILERS ahead! It’s good timing, though, because Reiner has been my favorite character this season. There’s so much investment in these past few episodes in showing us what a good big brother he is, reemphasized again in this episode. I imagine then it must be shocking to anime-only viewers that he’s revealed to be the Armored Titan (despite the obvious resemblance). Reiner’s decision to reveal himself came as a result of stress....
  • Kabuki is a Pain in the Yo-oooooooh!

    kabukibu!
    I have a friend who describes himself as “young at heart.” Even though I feel the same, I do see a generation gap, even between myself and those just a few years younger. Most of this gap has to do with how technology has affected us. With all the means in the world at our literal fingertips, we can do so many things so easily. But when challenges come my way, I don’t fight through them as strongly as those older than me would. And I’m going to make a generalization and say it’s even worse for those that are younger. But I can’t really blame Generation Z. Challenges are painful, after all. They’re hard. They’re uncomfortable. And why...
  • Tsuki ga Kirei Episode 05: Building Blocks (and Stumbling Blocks)

    akane and kotaro holding hands
    I’m continually amazed at how Tsuki ga Kirei is getting it right. Kotaro and Akane’s experiences may not have been mine, but they’re still genuine – they feel like they’re supposed to feel, they act like they’re so supposed to act, and they fumble along as two awkward, innocent kiddoes would. And in episode five, they run into a most natural barrier for students who’ve never dated: what exactly does dating mean? It’s not an easy time of it for Kotaro and Akane. They’re both too shy to reveal their relationship to those around them (though each confides in an older confidante in this episode) and don’t exactly have friends with good relationship experience to depend on. So they...
  • Newman’s Nook: Our Heart’s Desires

    “All people in this world – old, young, man, and woman – are lonely at heart. I will fill that emptiness in their hearts.” -Fukuzou Moguro, The Laughing Salesman NEW Warau Salesman NEW (The Laughing Salesman) is a dark comedy anime series based on a manga from one of the co-creators of Doraemon. Each episode is broken into two parts where we follow two different people who were approached by our titular salesman, Fukuzou Moguro. Moguro sees that there is some emptiness in the hearts of these people. They are missing something in their lives. They may be unhappy at work, unhappy in a relationship, disappointed in the way others treat them, or unable to cope with certain subtle stresses. So,...
  • Dragon Ball Super: The Fear of God

    Who would believe that 33 years after the Dragon Ball manga first started, the most recent incarnation, Dragon Ball Super (DBS), is still one of the hottest anime out there. I would dare say that if you speak to anyone who is a Dragon Ball fan, they are watching this show (which means all those many people who don’t watch anime but will watch this one). One character that got my attention, and is something new that DBS is exploring, would be Zen-Oh. He is basically the creator of the whole Dragon Ball universe, along with all the other universes that were revealed to exist in the series (12 in total so far). I will be mentioning a few details of...
  • When Mikasa and I Fall Apart

    Yesterday, about a half-mile from my workplace, a young man attacked his fellow college students with a knife, injuring several and killing one. While his motives are still coming to light, the impact of his actions, in a busy area of the UT-Austin campus, was felt immediately. I’m an alum of the university and I’m close to many students there who attend my church, so I was paying close attention and reaching out to many of them while news of the incident was still unfolding. And as I’m apt to do here on blog, and more specifically with events like this, I took a step back and just kind of absorbed what was happening and tried to make sense...
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