Thoughts on Fudatsuki no Kyouko-chan

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I happened to stumble across this title after a MAL mutual updated it onto their list to read. I was intrigued with the premise and saw that it was written/illustrated by none other than Souichirou Yamamoto of Karakai Jouzu no Takagi-san fame (I was already reading it at the time of picking this up). With nothing to lose, I picked it up and enjoyed what the manga initially provided me: a fun, albeit archaic story about two siblings mutually tied by a family secret with underlying incestual vibes. I didn’t think that last tidbit would play much into the story, but surprisingly enough, there was a lot of implied jealousy and possessiveness. (more…)

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

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The final episode. After all the trials and perils our heroes have struggled against this season, what hell does the final episode have in store for them? Find no answers as Karandi and I discuss the significance of the decision to end the season with a… bah. (more…)

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…)