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May 17, 2019
The world of competitive figure skating can be a harsh one indeed. That’s not to say the competition is cut throat or anything... Hell, the atmosphere between competitors seems to be downright friendly. On the contrary, the strain it puts on your body and mind can be absolutely brutal, as Japanese prodigy Yuuri Katsuki finds out after suffering a crushing defeat in the Grand Prix Finale. Already plagued by anxiety and self confidence issues, the downtrodden skater disappeared from the sport, looking to find himself, but eventually giving up and going home. All looked lost for the dejected and now portly 23 year old until read more
Sep 2, 2018
In every Japanese high school, there are clubs, ran by diligent students who wish to share their passions with others. While there are of course some unique clubs out there, just about every school has at least one club dedicated to the paranormal, be they ghost hunters, researchers, or plain old horror buffs. But there’s one school, cobbled together from both new and old buildings alike, where their Paranormal Research Club is quite unique compared to the others. Not only is it situated in the farthest reaches of the oldest section of the building, but it’s leader is nowhere to be found. read more
Aug 28, 2018
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Yui Hirasawa is just an ordinary, albeit lazy, teenage girl with no real ambition or direction in life. While she initially has no interest in doing any extracurricular activities in her new high school, her fear of becoming a neet inspires her to check out the Light Music club, which she’d heard about in passing, and which she thinks would be an easy, low-maintenance club where she’d be able to hang out and play light music, like the castanets or something. She couldn’t be more wrong, though, as the band turns out to be led by Ritsu Tainaka and Mio Akiyama, two girls with actual read more
Aug 16, 2018
Hinamizawa is a village frozen in time, and I’m not just talking about it’s isolationist principals. It’s the kind of small town where everyone knows everyone, and most family names can be traced back for centuries. Despite belonging to a family of outsiders, new resident Keiichi Maebara has had no problem fitting in with the community. In less than a year, he’s already amassed a close circle of friends who are just as snarky, competitive and weird as he is, and his days playing games with them are pure, peaceful bliss... Right up until a chance encounter with a transient photographer read more
Jul 19, 2018
In times of war, the loss of life can be insurmountable, as the leaders of nations rely on their citizens to become their soldiers to put their lives on the line without putting any thought towards the individual lives that make up their ranks. The history books pay the most attention to the biggest, most significant events, the ones that manage advance the conflict and wipe out the most life, but when you take a closer look, the less significant events can be just as devastating, regardless of the scale. For example, the conflict between America and Japan in world War 2 may read more
Jul 12, 2018
War is Hell. These words, famously spoken by Union soldier William Tecumseh Sherman during the American Civil War, have lived on ever since, and they’ve been used on many occasions to describe the bloodshed and rampant loss of life that can happen when nations engage each other in combat. It’s probably one of the most apt metaphors ever constructed by man, but what if it were to obtain a literal definition as well? What if there was a war that actually involved the forces of hell, with actual demons fighting both against and alongside the human race? This is exactly what read more
Jul 5, 2018
Can we all just agree that dreams are fucking weird? They’re one of the least understood aspects of human life, and everybody but Mike Pence has them. Their are tons of theories about what their purpose is, what they mean, and why we’re always naked in them, but to this day, nobody can pinpoint what these bizarre movies we get to watch while we’re recharging even are. Sometimes they have purpose... Back when I was in a bad relationship where I felt trapped and with no control over my life, I’d constantly dream that I was stuck on a labyrinthian waterslide read more
Jun 22, 2018
Moving away can be tough, but it doesn’t always have to be. For Satsuki and Mei, two rambunctious children living in Japan in the 1950’s, it’s an adventure, in spite of the sad circumstances that brought them to their new home. The Kusakabe family has just moved from the big city into a more rural, country-esque community, surrounded by farms and woods, but they aren’t there for the change of scenery. They’ve moved there to get closer to the hospital that their mother is staying at while she battles an unspecified long term illness. The community is warm and welcoming, their read more
May 23, 2018
In the distant future, with the concept of recorded time itself having become irrelevant, the world as we know it has changed. The land is a vast desert, society has been pushed to the brink of existence, and mankind is no longer the dominant species. As the result of a great war, the world has been taken over by beastmen, a race of humanoid creatures that range from beings who look like normal humans with random animal features, to full-bodied anthropomorphic bipedal animals of varying heights. As wacky as that idea may sound, the oppression of the human race is anything but, read more
May 17, 2018
Moving away can be a tough situation, especially when you’re still a child. Your parents probably have a good reason to relocate... Changes in the economy, lucrative opportunities at work, declining property values and rising crime rates... But how is that supposed to matter to you when you’re being uprooted from your routine, removed from the home you’ve grown attached to, and being forced to say goodbye to your friends? Anybody in that situation would be bummed out, and Chihiro is no exception, sulking in the back of her family car, hugging the one reminder she has of the life she’s read more