Yuri!!! on Ice – the big yawn

Frankly I don’t where to start. There’s no dispute that Yuri!!! on Ice was spectacular in many ways. Its animation sequence is next to flawless, the BGM and theme songs uplifting. Accuracy in its resemblance to competitive figure skating, yup. I understand the plot. Katsuki Yuri is down, depressed, lost and needs someone to help him get back up on his feet. He meets his idol, Viktor … Continue reading Yuri!!! on Ice – the big yawn

First Impressions: WWW.Working!!, Touken Ranbu: Hanamaru, Bungou Stray Dogs 2, Haikyuu!! Karasuno vs Shiratorizawa, Occultic; Nine

It was nice that the finale of some of the shows in the previous season ended on different weeks, so it felt like there was no “break” in the momentum in between.

Jumping right into Fall’s line-up, here are my thoughts on the ones that I originally shortlisted, and then some.  Continue reading “First Impressions: WWW.Working!!, Touken Ranbu: Hanamaru, Bungou Stray Dogs 2, Haikyuu!! Karasuno vs Shiratorizawa, Occultic; Nine”

Anime summer season afterthoughts (aka. ASSA)

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No way am I walking out of September without posting anything! (evidently too late at the time of publishing)

Just because I haven’t been writing doesn’t mean I haven’t been watching anything.

The truth is I’ve been diverting practically all my writing energy to work (having taken over my company’s regional monthly newsletter) and studying (I’m taking my JLPT N2 exam in December, so am practising my kanji an hour a day).

But when I’m not doing any of those, I spend my Tuesdays and Saturday nights catching up with six shows a week.

And now, to cut to the chase, these are my ASSAs, starting with which one aired first at the start of the week. Continue reading “Anime summer season afterthoughts (aka. ASSA)”

Junichiro Tanizaki’s “Naomi” is a b**tch.

I suppose folks in the anime circuit would think of these two when I mention Junichiro Tanizaki and Naomi: Watch Bungou Stray Dogs, by the way. This series has a nice balance between thriller/mystery and silliness. Sadly but unsurprisingly, real-life novelist Junichiro Tanizaki looks nothing like his cartoon counterpart. But his book, Naomi, was quite something. A quick background: Junichiro Tanizaki (1886 – 1975) is considered to … Continue reading Junichiro Tanizaki’s “Naomi” is a b**tch.

30-day anime challenge #7: Your anime crush

I’m not gonna lie about the fictional characters I’ve had crushes on for as long as I can remember. But as with all fictional characters, they have retired with the alternative worlds that I set them in, with infinity happier endings than the fates their creators subjected them to. Or at the very least, give them a kind of closure I think they’d be happy … Continue reading 30-day anime challenge #7: Your anime crush

Noragami and the power of words.

(From left) Kazuma, Bishamon, Hiyori Iki, Yato, Yukine, and Ebisu
(From left) Kazuma, Bishamon, Hiyori Iki, Yato, Yukine, and Ebisu

The tongue has the power of life and death,
              and those who love it will eat its fruit.
                                                                                     (Proverbs 18:21)

Noragami is without a doubt one of my most favorite series in recent years. I stumbled upon the manga by accident soon after it was launched, and it revived many years of anime draught in my life, when I was just about to give up. Yato was unbearably endearing, and his relationships with those around him amused and touched me on many occasions.

Many themes come to mind with this series, but the power of words and the things we say is something that resounds with me the most.

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