Aharen-san wa Hakarenai Series Review – Episode 1

Long ago, in the distant time of September of 2013, I started this blog under the name “Criticism & Thoughts.” Throughout the years, I’ve discussed a large number of visually based mediums and topics, but one thing I never did—either out of spite or laziness or both—was dedicate myself to reviewing an ongoing anime episodically as it released… outside of when I collaborated with someone.

That was then and this is now. Completely on a whim, as many of my decisions are, I decided to start my very first episodic reviewing journey with Aharen-san wa Hakarenai, a topic I am also currently reading in manga form. As it is my first time doing this (alone), I have no idea how I will structure these posts or how much detail I will go into. Let’s find out together!

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Day Nineteen: Taxi Driver (1976) (March of the Movies 2022)

What is under inspection today is a film I’ve actually wanted to watch for some time. Like Shawshank Redemption, Taxi Driver is considered a cinematic classic and masterpiece—one of the greatest films ever concocted. Such is appropriate given my overall thoughts is fairly similar to the film I’ve compared it to!

Though that is not to say the films are all that similar. Shawshank is fairly blunt, with an approachable aura that invites and indulges in many enjoyable fashions. Taxi Driver is more rough, jagged, and puzzle-like. Motivations aren’t clear-cut and neither are the characters. Robert De Niro as Travis is the heart of it all; all he can hope to do is make an impact.

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Day Ten: Fired Up! (MotM 2020)


It’s been talked about a few times leading up to this post: that sort of essence of quality that I saw in my younger days. There was a reason I liked these movies at one point in time, if only for how easy it was to digest them. Generally, these re-watches have all been drastic positive-to-negative shifts, with my current self nowhere near as keen on the juvenile and occasionally offensive material these not-quite-current-age comedies provide. I expected much of the same with Fired Up!, and to my utter surprise, it wasn’t that terrible! Continue reading “Day Ten: Fired Up! (MotM 2020)”

I’m Going to Watch a Lot of Anime in December (of 2019)


I adore Winter. I love the quiet ambience as snow accumulates onto the ground. The stillness of the air and the growing desire to cozy oneself in warmed isolation away from the frozen outdoors, as if to not disturb its careful process. Some may look at the cover gif and see some Gothic picture in waiting, but to me, it’s almost spiritual in its beauty. October is Halloween, November is Thanksgiving, and December is Christmas—white, frosty, cheery Christmas vibes all the way through.

Since the demise of my cherished Summer of Anime block, I’ve done nothing of a similar vein for the anime medium since. This year, that will be different. I’ve decided that I’m going to be watching anime—a lot of it—throughout the month of December. Why? Because December is magical and so is anime. And I want to. Continue reading “I’m Going to Watch a Lot of Anime in December (of 2019)”

A Long, Spoiler-rific Gushing of Fire Emblem: Three Houses

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90 hours. That is the amount of time I have spent on Fire Emblem: Three Houses since receiving it on July 30th. Mathematically, this would mean I have averaged (not including today) 8.2 hours per day dedicated to playing this game. It would not be hyperbole to say that this title has destroyed my motivation to indulge in other interests. Three Houses has become something of a very special experience to me, every aspect considered. What better way to come back from a near-month-long (not planned) hiatus from the Visualist’s Veranda than with a post dedicated to highlighting my thoughts on a game that has thrown me completely off my typical routine. Continue reading “A Long, Spoiler-rific Gushing of Fire Emblem: Three Houses”

Revisiting the First Round of the 2012 NFL Draft – Hit, Bust, or Fair

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(This post was heavily inspired by NFL Films’ “Hit, Miss, or Meh” video covering the 2009 NFL Draft. I altered it slightly to suit my fancy.)

I began watching the NFL in 2011, after Super Bowl XLV sowed the seeds of football fanaticism within my soul. Even so, my experiences in 2011 were limited to only a few games later on in the season, and nothing substantial during the preceding offseason. It wasn’t until 2012 that I began following the sport even when it was off—the scouting combine, free agency, the draft, and whatever else. For this reason, I wanted to take the opportunity to elaborate on the players of the first round in the first NFL Draft I’ve ever seen unfold live as a young and starving enthusiast. Continue reading “Revisiting the First Round of the 2012 NFL Draft – Hit, Bust, or Fair”