What It Means to Be “Tryhard” in Anime (Or Fiction in General)

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[This post was inspired by Karandi of 100wordanime’s “Why We Need to Stop Mocking Stories for Trying” post.]

If one was to search “tryhard” with my blog’s search box on the front page, they would find eight articles within the past two-ish years in which I used the word in a post. To be honest, I’m surprised there hasn’t been more cases of it, as it’s something I tend to say quite often (perhaps only in my head?). Of course, people can simply say things and assume people know what they mean by it, but I decided to take the road I paved without taking safety checks and am finally getting to those safety checks—to ensure that everyone is aware of what I’m talking about when I use the term as a form of negative criticism. (more…)

Visualist x100!! – My Hero Academia Season Three: Episode Twenty-Three

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Thankfully, the battle wasn’t stopped for a good majority of its course! What came out of the fight between Midoriya and Bakugo? What does it mean to the bigger picture and the show’s general quality? Karandi and I discuss and ponder out loud. (more…)

Visualist x100!! – My Hero Academia Season Three: Episode Twenty-One

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The climax to the Provisional License Exams has come to a close with the fate of many heroes hanging in the balance of whether the judges thought they were competent enough in trying to save the lives of the actors under siege. Who will become provisional heroes for the time being? Find out next week! But for now, let’s talk about what led up to this actually-interesting development, with Karandi and I being your sour grapes for the morning. (more…)