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Selling Character in the First Episode

A first impressions post! I wanted to tie this with what I’ve been learning in writing flash fiction, so that I don’t forget it! It’s also great to know that what you’ve learned in creating could be applied in consuming. … Continue reading

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Quick Thoughts on Argevollen

I’ll make this quick. The setting is modern but some elements seem anachronistic: the blue-uniformed soldiers (Who don’t wear helmets), a wall (as if that’s going to stop robots), and generals who seem to be stuck in the 19th century. … Continue reading

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On Outgrowing Anime

At the start of the Spring season, I tried watching an episode of Daimidaler. I couldn’t finish it.

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Effortful Friendship

Rather than love or romance stories, I wish we had more stories about friendship. After all, I believe that friendship is the bedrock upon which a stable relationship rests. I watch so many shows and movies with couples who can’t … Continue reading

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Aikatsu, the Super Idol Anime

This is an idol anime. I’ve been watching Aikatsu, Sunrise’s multimedia ploy to part elementary school girls with their lunch money. With more than 60 episodes, it’s become my full-length, four-cour anime to complete for this year. I’m 14 episodes … Continue reading

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Gundam is saved, forever and ever,


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Wake Up, Girls! and the Harshness of Criticism

One of the hardest parts of fiction writing is getting good feedback. The problem is that good feedback tends to be harsh and blunt and awful to hear. And we writers need it. Writing is hard, precisely because it’s hard … Continue reading

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[Men OP Destiny] The 08th MS Team (Arashi no naka de kagayaite)

OPs for OVAs tend to be different from OPs for TV shows. Unlike TV OPs, which are primarily concerned with catching a channel surfer’s attention, OVA OPs can afford to be more experimental or less grounded in formula, because the … Continue reading

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[Men OP Destiny] SDF Macross

One day, while I was rewatching a bunch of mecha anime OPs to brighten up my day, the Macross OP made me realize something that’s missing in the “modern” anime OP: a coherent narrative. As anime switched from being plot-driven … Continue reading

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12 Days of Meditations #12: What’s the point of this all?

Why do bloggers blog? It’s a simple question, but you’ll probably get different answers from everyone. For me, blogging is a form of introspection, an outlet, a tool for reach out to like-minded people. It’s great to have a site … Continue reading

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