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Apr 26, 2018
(This review has been adapted from my blog/reddit thread. Spoilers ahead!)

I can’t recall if I’ve talked about the Harry Potter series in-depth in the past, but, even if I did, it’s too relevant to Little Witch Academia and my own interests to leave on the wayside.

Long story short, I love that universe. Harry, Ron, and Hermione are an awesome trio of protagonists. The lore is interesting and packed with lots of details. Its premise, setting, and timeline make for a neat setup over the course of its whole run. I’ve read all the books, and I’ve seen the adapted films more times than I can read more
Mar 20, 2018
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It’s my hope to be a grandfather someday.

My own Grandpa turned 85 years old this week. I called him up on the phone to tell him happy birthday and to see how he has been doing. We talked about my job, his thoughts, and just life in general. To him, he’s most grateful for a simple yet important thing: his family.

From his wife to his siblings, from his kids to his grandkids and great grandkids, he is proud to know that his legacy is one filled with amazing people. Good people. And I’m lucky enough read more
Mar 19, 2018
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The older I get, the more I become aware of my own mortality.

A rather sad opener, right? It is, and it isn’t. When I was kid, I had no concept of death and what that meant. I wasn’t thinking about whether I’d make it to tomorrow but instead about how many hours of video games I’d be able to squeeze in-between homework and dinner.

However, with age comes maturity – and the realization that I will not be around here forever. That thought scares me; I want to see everything that life has to offer. But read more
Mar 19, 2018
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In Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata ♭, Utaha is a writer. Or, as she may say, a creator or creative. And I view myself in the same way.

I started writing officially as a critic, reviewer, and essayist about three-and-a-half years ago now. I’ve written hundreds of pieces, thousands upon thousands of words. It’s technically not my career (as much as I dream it to be), but I see it as an extension of myself and not just any other fun aside of mine (because of the seriousness with which I pursue this field). Thus, I exist read more
Mar 18, 2018
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I inherited from my parents a tendency to keep records of the important documents I come across.

Financial papers, important personal information. While not the most organized set of folders imaginable, I keep track of the details in my life that require it to make sure that things are in order on my end.

Rokudenashi Majutsu Koushi to Akashic Records (or Akashic Records for short) could have done the same, keeping track of itself so that everything proceeded smoothly. Instead, it misplaces its details all over the place.

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Akashic Records: another anime, another arc-tiered cake to devour. The read more
Mar 18, 2018
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I hope to one day write my own novel.

While writing reviews, analyses, and essays is my forte, I have always had a keen interest in fiction. Whether completely imaginary like the Harry Potter series or closer to realism like 1984, the approach involves a different mindset that is fun to indulge. Creating witty dialogue. Describing scenery. Forming logical plotlines. It’s much different than articulating how an anime accomplished its goals or basing events off a personal set of ideas.

Zero kara Hajimeru Mahou no Sho features a novel of sorts – the Grimoire of Zero – read more
Mar 17, 2018
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Clockwork Planet features and stars a couple of automata, robots who are more human than machine (on the outside at least).

Last year, a video game titled Nier:Automata stayed true to its name and did the same. I quickly fell in love with the somewhat niche project: 2B, the phenomenal OST, the amazing (true) ending. Not only was it my favorite game from 2017 but also it earned a spot within my all-time-best list. Alongside the likes of Banjo-Kazooie, Super Mario 64, Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy’s Kong Quest, Dark Souls, The Last of Us, and read more
Mar 17, 2018
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Names are a vital part to our day-to-day lives.

Mostly because they allow us to identify others. Take myself on the Internet. I go by the name “Banjo” and have done so since I first started taking part in the community. But it’s not just for people. We name pets. We name foods in the wild. We name tracks on a music album.

Without names, we’d be left with describing something without really pinpointing the thing in question. “The dog the Johnsons’ got.” “That one red, rounded fruit.” “That goofball anime writer that always starts his reviews read more
Mar 17, 2018
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When I think about romantic love, simple thoughts come to mind: signs of affection, the giddiness, deeper connections, a feeling like nothing else in the world. Love takes on many different forms, and it means something different to everyone else, but love is lovely all the same.

In Renai Boukun, love attracts the not-so-normal, too. An angel-devil hybrid. A machete-wielding woman. A shield-creating girl. And a sadistic-happy psycho. For them, love also takes on multiple forms and multiple meanings – and with it all comes a lot of comedy to at least like along the way.

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Renai read more
Mar 16, 2018
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Dazai once said, “The weak fear happiness itself.”

That’s a pretty powerful statement, for it dares the reader to contemplate thrice. “Am I weak?” “Am I fearful?” “Am I happy?” To answer those introspections, I like to believe that most people strive for strength and confidence – which inevitably leads to that pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

For Tsuki ga Kirei, the characters ask themselves those same questions. And although there may not be either gold or rainbows, it instead replaces that wealth and those colors with something as equally rewarding and beautiful.

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Tsuki read more