Cigarette & Cherry – A Potential Floater

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Even with my advanced age and slightly-cynically-inclined mindset, there is still a mushy part of my soul that adores the sweet and wholesome progression of romantic couplings. While I find the shipping fanatics of the world almost alarming in their enthusiasm, I empathize with them, as nothing gets me going in fiction quite like a well-developed romance. Something about two people trusting in one another over all else in a world so torn by disarray and strife… my heart goes “doki doki.” Because, in the end, all we really have is each other, right? Continue reading “Cigarette & Cherry – A Potential Floater”

Visualist x100!!!! – My Hero Academia Season Four: Episode One

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Cover image provided by the lovely Karandi.

The new season is finally here! Everyone prepare yourself for non-stop thrills, chills, and the emotional embodiment of heroism at heart! There is nothing more impactful than the power of friendship and exclamation points!!!! That is why Karandi and I have teamed up once again to bring you the deep dish on what every episode of Boku no Hero Academia has to offer! Strap on your seat belts and prepare to be disappointed!!!! Continue reading “Visualist x100!!!! – My Hero Academia Season Four: Episode One”

Early Impressions: Kimetsu no Yaiba

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When I began The Visualist’s Veranda over six years(!) ago, I was very cynical. Longtime followers have heard this story before. I was an edgy dude with not a lot to my name, trying to burst through the scene as an arrogant know-it-all similarly to those who would write long-form epitaphs on the importance of Legend of the Galactic Heroes. As time crawled forward, I was smoothed by the inevitable teachings of reality and college, and my criticism for various art forms followed suit (right?). Watching Kimetsu no Yaiba brings me back to those days of when anime were never good enough for my standards, and while I don’t think I’m that kind of person anymore, the end of the third episode has left me feeling… nostalgic. Continue reading “Early Impressions: Kimetsu no Yaiba”

Ad Astra Review

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I like space. This can mean two things: I like outer space, a popular setting in sci-fi cinema which represents the great unknown, and I like the figurative term “space,” in that I prefer to be alone. Growing into the person I am now, I’ve learned that my desire for solitude has become more selective—I prefer to be away from crowds of strangers, but fully enjoy being around loved ones. This is the difference between me and the star of Ad Astra, Roy McBride, who was raised in a chasm of solitude away from the man who molded him: his father and legendary astronaut, Clifford McBride. Continue reading “Ad Astra Review”