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Yesterday wo Utatte, Episode 4

Ah, teenagers. After three engrossing episodes focused on individual characters, the fourth episode of Yesterday wo Utatte splitting its focus between Shinako and Rou felt like a bit of a letdown. It’s not that Yesterday isn’t capable of dealing with more than one characters’ headspace at the same time—episode 3 gave us of some of that...

Yesterday wo Utatte, Episode 3

Never expected to be saying this after last week’s rough going, but that was rather pleasant (in the end), wasn’t it? I was kind of expecting Yesterday wo Utatte to pivot to letting us see a little bit more into Haru this week given the fact that Rikuo had his moment in the premiere and Shinako took focus last week. Giving us a relatively...

Yesterday wo Utatte, Episode 2

They say revenge is a dish best served cold, but misery’s one that could rival it. Two episodes in, I think it’s fair to classify Yesterday wo Utatte (Sing “Yesterday” for Me) as a visual marvel. At least as far as anime go, that’s all it’s needed to establish itself as a show not only beautiful as an aesthetic piece, but also wonderfully...

The Millionaire Detective’s Daisuke Kamba: A Playground of Attraction

A short post on the fun of enjoying the extremely awful main character of The Millionaire Detective Balance: Unlimited (Fugou Keiji). In my little corner of the anime community, the extremely wealthy are not well liked. To put it gently, we tend to perceive rich people as symbolic of a broken economic system, one that allows a small number...

Some Thoughts on the Winter 2020 Anime Season

A quite reasonable season to get back into watching anime more regularly, I’d say. As you may remember, back in January I said that I was going to be getting back into watching seasonal anime—and, supposedly, writing about anime in general a bit more. Well, I’ve done the watching part, although the writing bit’s lagged behind somewhat....

Yesterday wo Utatte, Episode 1

I’m just happy about this thing—and I hope I have more reason to be in the future! At about the ten-minute mark of the first episode of Yesterday wo Utatte (Sing “Yesterday” for Me), I was starting to feel like the episode was getting ready to close, so I took a quite look at the time. 10 minutes. That’s how long it took this premiere...

"Perhaps Our Lives Are More than Conflict"—Pondering Sora no Woto

In which soldiers do un-soldier-like things. In Sora no Woto, all five of the main characters are soldiers. Despite the comfortable, relatively untroubled lives they lead from day to day, reminders of their past and current realities of military service are always present. But presence isn’t the same as prominence, and you could be forgiven...

Winter 2020 Anime Midseason Check-In

“So,” she asks. “You said that you were going to try to do better about watching anime this year. How’s that coming along? After all, we haven’t seen a blog post since Weathering with You, and that’s not even a seasonal anime!” Ordinarily, I think to myself, I’d be expecting to have to go on the defensive. But not this time. I’ve been watching...

One Human Sacrifice: Weathering with You's Great Question

Drown the city to save yourself and your love. Spoilers for the entirety of Weathering with You/Tenki no Ko. I have to applaud Makoto Shinkai. After producing what could arguably be called the most successful anime movie ever (and a film I genuinely loved), he returns two years later with a follow-up that not only avoids the pitfall...

A Story of Reasons: My 2019 Anime Year in Review

There will be a few confessions made, and some resolutions declared. It’s the end of the year after all! It’s time to look forward, even as we reflect on the past. As I said last year around this time, I’m a bit loathe to allow the anime year to end without some sort of chronicle of my year in anime going up here on the blog. My valuation...

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