Day Twenty: Eve no Jikan (MotM 2019)

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Imagine a cute little dog. This dog has been around humans all its life. This dog, as it has the capability to do so in this hypothetical situation, wishes to assert its own independence through self-expression. The humans, in response, pressure it to continue to be a dog and nothing more. This is a story about how two high school boys discover a café dedicated to treating dogs the same as humans, as they have the intellectual capacity to do so in this hypothetical situation. Why did I use dogs instead of androids? Because dogs are cute, completely innocent, and essentially harmless under the right supervision. That’s basically the gist of the androids here. Continue reading “Day Twenty: Eve no Jikan (MotM 2019)”

The Ideal Anime Hero

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Two notes before I begin:

  1. While the term “Hero” may imply the use of male characters as an archetype, I am using the term as a gender-neutral definition, such that this post can (and will) feature descriptions and characteristics applicable to both sexes.
  2. This post will be very similar in structure to a previous post about creating my perfect “waifu.” While that post was more of a Valentine-esque joke, this post will (generally) be serious.

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Highlighting the Best Anime Studios (Based on My Average Scores)

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Some time ago, I took a look at the quality of light novel adaptations based on my average scores for those qualified. Today, I’m doing something similar, only instead of light novel adaptations, I’m broadening the scope of my research to individual anime studios. I’ve seen a countless number of anime posts detailing an individual’s favorite anime studio for boasting the best collection of anime and what have you, but I’ve never been able to join the conversation as I (perhaps naively) don’t often focus on the studios behind anime works. That changes now—or at the very least, I’ll know what studio is generally accommodating of my interests. Continue reading “Highlighting the Best Anime Studios (Based on My Average Scores)”

Top 10 Trivial Anime Pet Peeves

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Every hardcore anime fan has some. Things about the anime medium that make them groan, cry, or maybe even wish they were never an anime fan. While these things seem a little extreme, some nuisances are so ingrained within the medium that it begins to add to an overwhelming amount of negativity with each series, limiting what one can enjoy among the vast selection.

We’re not gonna focus on these things today. Instead, I’m gonna nitpick like it’s my career. Continue reading “Top 10 Trivial Anime Pet Peeves”

A Statistical Look at My Experience with Light Novel Adaptations

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(This post was heavily inspired by Karandi’s recent post on the perceived quantity of light novel adaptations within the anime medium. While this will not cover her topic in the exact same way, I would recommend you also look at that post, as well.) Continue reading “A Statistical Look at My Experience with Light Novel Adaptations”

How Dense Is Too Dense for an Anime Protagonist?

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I am currently reading High Score Girl, which features a boy who likes to play video games and a girl whom he can never win against in said video games. As the story goes along, their relationship begins to grow stronger, until the coy girl begins showing signs of her romantic interest in the boy. Through their mutual interest in gaming, the two eventually bloom into a competitive, but supportive couple, where their everyday lives pass peacefully within arcades all around Japan.

I’m just joshin’ ya. I’m forty-five chapters in and the boy hardly has it registered that not one, but two girls are in love with him. Continue reading “How Dense Is Too Dense for an Anime Protagonist?”

Sakuta Azusagawa Is Too Perfect

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A couple things to note before I begin:

  1. This is not a review of the series this character accompanies, nor is it everything I find right or wrong with the series as a whole. There are a lot of parts that go into a series outside of one character, and my opinion of such is not based on this one character alone.
  2. This piece will focus on Sakuta as a character, and not what the general plot dictates in each episode. Everything will (I hope) be analyzed from their perspective.
  3. There will be spoilers ahead.

There has been an enormous wave of praise for this particular season of anime, with titles such as this, Sword Art Online: Alicization, and the fifth season of Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure. With this title, however, it came as a bit of a surprise hit, with its average ranking on MAL slowly rising as the series continued, eventually nestling within the top 100 all-time (currently #67). Among common praises such as “good writing” and “great character chemistry” comes the adoration of one character in particular: the male lead, Sakuta Azusagawa. Continue reading “Sakuta Azusagawa Is Too Perfect”