Birthday Post: Reflecting on My Time as a Blogger so Far

I’ll be honest, when I started this blog I didn’t really know what I was doing. Shocking, I know, but It wasn’t really something I was expecting to have fun with. I originally started this blog as a way to vent and to express myself creatively. Anime is something I enjoyed, so I wrote about it.

Now, roughly 6 months later, and as of today legally an adult in these here United States of America, I’ve been loving my time as a blogger. Making posts is something I find fun, and that’s why I do it. If that wasn’t the case, then you probably wouldn’t be seeing this post at all.

Not only have I had a great time with my own blog, It’s been a blast discovering and reading other bloggers as well.

Karandi has been a fun person to talk to ever since I started writing about anime, and I’ll also take the time to apologize for referring to her as a dude for a second time. Sorry, Karandi!

Scott from Mechanical Anime Reviews has been a joy to read as well. I remember the first post I read from him was a wonderful review of Your Lie in April.

Irina‘s blog I drink and watch anime has been a blast ever since I discovered her through her post helping smaller bloggers. Her posts are quite insightful if I do say so myself.

Shokamoka‘s Blog of Wonder has been a treat to read as well. Always stirring things up and keeping it interesting.

If by some chance you’ve stumbled across my blog, but not any of theirs I suggest you expose yourself to some, or all, of their wonderful content.

This year hasn’t exactly been one of my best. More and more I’ve been feeling sluggish and unable to motivate myself into being productive, and my grades have been suffering a bit because of it. This blog has given me an outlet to express myself and given me something to invest time and energy into that feels productive.

Thank you to everyone who has taken an interest in reading what I have to say. I appreciate knowing that this isn’t just an echo chamber for my thoughts and that my content is being challenged as well. Here’s to another 6 months, and hopefully a bit longer than that.


Happy Birthday to me! Thanks for reading, Friendos!

March Comes in Like a Lion Season 2 Episode 5 Reaction: Rei’s Misguided Redemption and Akari’s Hesitation

It’s fairly obvious to anyone who’s seen season one of March Comes in Like a Lion that this show knows how to handle mature topics. In fact, using the word handle might be underselling the show’s complex and terrifyingly human tendencies. This episode, continuing with the show’s bullying arc centered around Hina, show’s two very different reactions to bullying.

The first half of the episode focuses Rei talking to his homeroom teacher Takashi about Hina’s situation. Rei eagerly takes notes on the advice his teacher gives him. Takashi gives one key point of advice to Rei, being that he should only get involved as much as the victim, in this case, Hina wants. Getting too involved, he explains, will isolate her from her friend groups and only exacerbate the problem.

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After their discussion, Rei accidentally drops some papers detailing the money he could win from various tournaments. He then explains to Takashi that he owes Hina a debt, and in multiple scenes throughout the episode, he says that he must repay his debt win money. This is probably one of two times I can say that I have disliked Rei as a character because I think this idea is fundamentally wrongheaded.

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Rei believes that he owes a debt to Hina “as a human being” because Hina is his “savior.” Now, there’s nothing wrong with feeling like you owe someone something because they helped you in a huge way, but the idea that debt can be repaid by attaching a dollar sign to it is wrong. A human debt, as a described it, should be repaid by legitimately caring for that person. It also flies right in the face of the advice that Takashi was giving him for 10 minutes of the episode, rendering those 10 minutes irrelevant.

We see Rei in the second half continuing with his plan to help Hina by trying his hardest to win and vowing to not lose, to which afterward he loses immediately. He tells Nikkaido to help him train and they play at his house.

After this scene, Rei gets a text from Akari, presumably about helping her with groceries, as we see the two walking home with an abundance of food. In what is probably one of the most impactful scenes in the show, Akari sees that Rei is struggling to carry the box of onions and potatoes and asks if he needs any help. Rei responds with “I’ve got it. I’m a man after all.” Akari then says under her breath “Rei doesn’t seem to be getting fluffy at all.”

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This scene imparticular portrays so much detail in just these two lines. Now, if it were a mediocre shonen action series and a character said “I’ve got it. I’m a man after all,” then nobody would blink an eye. But here, in a show as complex and nuanced as March is, it comes off as noticeably different from his usual personality, which might have even criticized someone else for saying that. Rei says this because he likely believes in that moment that he is indirectly helping Hina by literally taking a weight off of Akari’s shoulders.

Akari’s response also holds a lot of meaning, specifically as a response to Rei’s change in character. For those who haven’t been paying attention to details in this show, Rei, both in personality and in appearance, has been described as “fluffy” by multiple characters in the show, especially by Momo. In this case, Akari saying that “Rei doesn’t seem to be getting fluffy at all” is a testament to how noticeably different he is in personality compared to the beginning of the show.

The two get back to Akari’s house and begin to clean the vegetables. Akari, alone in the kitchen with Rei, wears her heart on her sleeve and starts speaking aloud, not directly to Rei, about how she feels guilty that she can’t do more for Hina.

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In her own words, she feels like she hesitated, and that if she had said something more concrete like her grandfather that Hina would be feeling a lot better. Rei tells her that she shouldn’t be sad and that it is normal to feel lost in a situation like that. He also explains his feelings that Hina is a savior to her, and that Akari is in many ways an indirect savior as well.

The episode ends with Hina, Momo and their grandfather returning from the amusement park and eating curry together. Hina gives Rei a charm she won that she thinks looks like him, to which he says “I’m touched.”


I would say I’m touched as well, but how about you guys? What did you think of this episode? Are you enjoying season two? Let me know in the comments. Thanks for Reading, and bye for now, Friendos!

A Major Disconnect: Exploring the Lack of Effective Horror Anime

For me, It’s hard sitting through horror movies. I know, I know, I’m a weakling, but it’s true. Even subpar products like the recent remake of Flatliners had me in all but the most panicked of states. No matter how hard I try I can’t get through the creeping effects of seeing people on screen and knowing that they will more than likely die.

Halloween got me thinking more and more about Horror as a genre and as a storytelling convention. Even poorly made horror films can still get a lot of people with a well-timed jump scare. However, anime, and a lot of animation, doesn’t really have that advantage.

In the game of life, animation drew the short end of the stick when it comes to scaring people. Unfortunately, their are a few underlying reasons as to why.

One of the main two reasons is that animation is often perceived as childish. Whether it be literally kid shows like Yugioh or Pokémon, or even a less sophisticated adult comedy like family guy, it is ingrained in many fans minds that animation is just for kids, and that we shouldn’t be scared because that be dumb.

The other, and more important reason is that no matter how detailed and alarming, we know that  animation isn’t real. The reason that simple jump scares often get to us more than a well planned frantically horrifying scene in anime is because we simply don’t associate these things with reality, because they’re drawings, whereas live-Action horror films have the air of looking at least theoretically possible.

And this really sucks. Shows like Higurashi which put time and effort into building up an intense atmosphere really only make me feel slightly creeped out, as opposed to legitamently scared. Because of these realities, Horror in anime remains a niche and under appreciated part of our beloved medium.


I’m really curious: What has your experience with horror anime been? How scared of an anime have you gotten? Let me know in the comments. Bye for now, Friendos!

What Else Should You Watch?: Juni Taisen (Zodiac War)

Welcome to another What Else Should You Watch, the series where I take a show and give you some alternate recommendations based similarities that the shows share, or just that X factor that the shows both have. This week I’ll be covering Juni Taisen. Ready, Set, Recommend!

Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works

As many before me have pointed out, Juni Taisen shares a very similar setup with its battle tournament style to show’s like Fate/Stay Night and Mirai Nikki, and if you like this setup, you will certainly enjoy Fate/Stay Night.

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Source: Fancaps.net

The show focuses on high school student Shiro Emiya. One day, Shiro finds out that he is to participate in the Holy Grail War, a battle fought by Masters, who summon ancient heroes of time called servants. The winner of the Holy Grail War, like in Juni Taisen, gets one wish, but this wish can be anything because the power of the grail is enormous.

The show has a lot of great action and at the same time does a great job at exploring character motivations through the fights that they have. And in case your wondering if you’ve heard of Fate and you remember its a series, this is probably your best jumping off point other than the original Fate/Stay Night, which isn’t really much to look at. Unlimited Blade Works, meanwhile, was animated by Ufotable and looks amazing. So there’s that.

Magi: The Labrinth of Magic

A personal favorite of mine, Magi will scratch that action itch while also bringing you on a magical adventure filled with loveable doofuses and one of the best final fights of any anime of I’ve seen.

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Source: MAL

Magi focuses Alibaba, a poor servant who lives out his day serving the wealthy in society. One night after coming home, he finds a small kid in his house eating his food. The kid is named Aladin and reveals that he is actually Magi, a being that is able to control all of the magical energy in the world, known as Ruhk. Aladin tells Alibaba that he is a King’s Candidate, a person who is destined to rule.

The story follows Alibaba and Aladin as they meet new people and see the world. Aladin learns more about his role as a Magi and what that means for the world, and Alibaba learns how to use Ruhk and becomes more qualified as a King’s Candidate. If you haven’t had the pleasure of watching this show already, you should fix that.

Mirai Nikki

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Source: MikiKaze.com

I mentioned it in the section about Fate, and I did so with good reason. Mirai Nikki, or Future Diary for those who prefer the English title, has a similar battle tournament set up as Juni Taisen but adds a bit of Horror twist.

12 candidates, including the main characters Yukiteru Amano and Yuno Gasai, are involved in a battle royale to see who makes it alive, but in this battle, each of the contestants has a Future Diary, a device that allows them to see some aspect of the future up to 90 days in advance.

The show holds no punches when it comes to its more violent elements. In fact, the gore is probably one of the show’s main appeals, as Yuno shows no mercy to her and Yuki’s opponents in this battle for survival where the winner gets to become God.


What do you guys think? Did I leave something really important out? Let me know in the comments below. Anyway, bye for now Friendos!

This Week in Anime: 10-9-17

Welcome back, everyone, to another installment of This Week in Anime. I’ll be honest, I thought this week was going to be a bit boring. Not really sure why, but that changed very quickly with some events that happened earlier in the week. Anyway, Let’s get into it.

Crunchyroll Gets Hacked by Outside Operators

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Source: Crunchyroll.com

It’s fair to say that the team at Crunchyroll had a bit of a hectic day on Saturday. Around 9:00 A.M., Crunchyroll’s Twitter account tweeted that the website was unsafe to access at the time, saying “we are aware of the issues and are working on it.”

The “issues” they were referring to was a hack that downloaded malware onto users systems. This hack reportedly disguised itself as an update to Crunchyroll’s video player that featured Goku in the promotion. After downloading the file, users got ransomware that encrypted the data on their hard drive so that they could not access their files. It was later confirmed by Crunchyroll that users had been redirected from Crunchyroll.com by outside attackers to a different server that prompted the Malware download.

Crunchyroll later tweeted that the problem had been fixed, around 11:30 A.M. It is unclear how many were affected by the attack.

AHO-Girl Manga will be Ending in December.

 

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Source: AnimeforWorld.com

 

Mangaka Hiroyuki announced on his website Saturday that his popular Manga AHO-Girl will be ending in December. The Bessatsu Shonen Magazine will announce the Manga’s ending in their December edition, which will come out on November 9th. The Manga will conclude with the 12th volume.

P.A. Works Revealed to be Paying Workers 22% less than McDonald’s Employees

 

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Source: Crunchyroll.com

The debate about animator pay has been a hot-button issue in the anime industry for a while. Many starting animators get paid less than minimum wage, and there have even been projects aimed at helping struggling animators with affording living costs. Studios have argued that they simply cannot afford to pay anymore because of the competition from studios in other countries like China.

It was recently revealed that Progressive Animation Works(P.A. Works), the studio behind popular shows like Angel Beats and Charlotte, but out a request for work with pay starting at just 770 Yen/hour, roughly 6.75 an hour in U.S. dollars. Many people criticised the studio’s behavior because the McDonalds in the area pays 980 Yen/hour, about 8.60 U.S.

Shinichiro Watanabe Reportedly Working on a New Project.

 

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Source: Wikipedia.com

 

Fans have theorized about what could possibly be happening after Director Shinichiro Watanabe announced a new project. Last weekend while the director was attending a panel at Madman Anime Festival in Melbourne, Austrailia he teased a new project. It has been reported that he is working on music already with Studio Bones, but other details have not been revealed.

 

 

Opening of the Week: Tabi no Tochuu by Natsumi Kiyoura(Spice and Wolf)

Any opportunity to talk about Spice and Life is a good one, and the show’s phenomenal first opening is no exception. The show’s second opening is also quite lovely, but I chose this one because I think it also encaptures what the show it’s attached to is all about. Its slow, quiet build to an extremely beautiful chorus makes it stand out as one of best anime openings I’ve ever seen.

The title of the song roughly translates to “On a Journey.” This is obviously referring to the many journeys that Lawrence and Holo take in order to get her back to her home, but it also refers to their own personal journey, both in terms of their relationship and their individual personalities. Lawrence learns that he is often too uptight in his approach to the world and that he should learn to enjoy his journey more. Meanwhile, Holo learns that not all humans are bad and that learning to be more trusting is the first step in living in the human world.

The lyrics go into more details about their journeys to new places and their journey together. The song musically starts out as a slow Piano ballad, almost like a lullaby, but as the song goes on it changes and becomes more powerful as the song lyrics talk more about the journey that Lawrence and Holo will have together, symbolizing their excitement for the future.

The song’s tone is also set well by the female vocalist Natsumi Kiyoura. Her soft vocal tone, in the beginning, builds alongside the music and creates a feeling of power, of adventure.

If you haven’t seen Spice and Wolf, you should, but if you’re just looking for some new music, still check this out. It’s one of the best songs on Spice and Wolf’s OST and, in a weird way, kind of relaxing.


What do you guys think of this of this Opening? Let me know in the comments below. Thanks for reading. See ya, Friendos!

Log Horizon: The Better Written Sword Art Online

I’ll be honest, When I’m deciding what shows I would consider good, as opposed to a show that I just happen to enjoy, I generally tend to reward more points to a show that has more in-depth writing than one with huge flashy action scenes. That’s not to say that shows with flashy action scenes are bad, or that those shows can’t also have good writing or interesting ideas. I think a lot of the Fate series makes that point well. My point is that a show needs more than two characters trying to beat each other to death in order to be considered good. This is where the debate between Log Horizon and Sword Art Online comes in.

Log Horizon in a lot of ways borrows elements of Sword Art Online’s premise, although at that point it would also be fair to say that Sword Art Online borrows a lot from the .hack franchise’s premise. Both of the show’s start out in familiar situations in their respective first episodes. A male protagonist who plays a lot of video games suddenly gets sucked into a world based on a game he’s playing and can’t get out. However, even though the show’s start in similar places, the show’s both take radically different approaches.

 

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Sword Art Online vs Log Horizon. Source: TheMarySue.com

 

Sword Art Online is quick to focus on Kirito and the people around him, with the first couple of episodes actually remaining quite tragic. Kirito is trapped in a world he can’t escape from with a bunch of people he doesn’t know. Not only that, he is hated by a lot of people for simply having been a beta tester and thereby having a stronger character. A lot of this focus is quickly replaced by a focus on Kirito and gang’s quest to get out of the game. Kirito meets a lot of female companions and the show quickly turns into Kirito’s Not so Happy Harem Time with fighting. 

This shift away from unique character development is ultimately what leads to the show’s lackluster finish. Full disclosure, I am not the biggest fan of SAO, if you couldn’t already tell, but even I would admit its strength are indeed strong. The show’s animation is extremely detailed and its musical score is impressive to be sure, but as I said at the beginning, a showy presentation can only do so much for a show’s quality.

Log Horizon, while admittedly losing out on things like animation and musical score, does what Sword Art Online tried and failed to do: write an interesting story and build an interesting world. Log Horizon chooses to focus on its characters in the beginning and stay focused on developing those characters throughout the entire series. Log Horizon’s main character Shiroe, in comparison with Kirito, has a distinct personality (an intelligent, sensible leader who knows how to engage in Diplomacy and work behind the scenes to achieve his goals). Kirito comes off most of the time as a typical shonen protagonist who thinks that he can achieve anything he wants by just believing hard enough.

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Log Horizon’s writing also speaks for itself in the way it uses details to build its world from the ground up. It is explained in the first episode that world that the characters are in a world like the one they knew as Elder Tale, but not Elder Tale itself. Many of the world’s rules function the same way as in the game, but some details like the types of monsters in specific locations have changed, and also the way that they travel to other parts of the game (mainly through the transportation gates) no longer works. This hints to us that the world they are now is not necessarily what they think it is.

The show also differs in how the characters feel about the world they are in. While almost all of the characters in Sword Art Online agree that breaking out is the immediate focus, Shiroe takes a much more pragmatic approach. He, of course, is worried about getting back to the real world, but he also feels that there needs to be a sense of order in their new world for the time being. In order to accomplish this goal, Shiroe sets up a council with the leaders of the group’s largest guilds and hammers at a plan to cooperate and keep the people happy. Parts of this plan include trading agreements for different clans, organizing what is effectively a standing army, and also solving the problem of food not tasting like everything.

One criticism that is fairly leveled at the show’s story is the arc during the first part of the show where Shiroe and company go and rescue a little girl from a guild of thieves. Most of this arc does very little in terms of the overall story except for introducing us to two new characters. However, what the show presents in those first few episodes is enough to keep us interested. It explains the basics of combat in an MMORPG setting, as well as explaining the class system, all stuff that while boring to someone who has experience with desktop MMOs like this, is vital to someone who doesn’t. Sword Art Online, meanwhile, does very little in establishing much of anything when it comes to rules in its own world, and often times resorts to Deus ex Machina plot explanations of “Kirito is a beta tester, therefore he is invincible to all damage ever.”

 

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Source: Sword Art Online Wiki

 

Not every show can be perfect. In Fact, most shows won’t excel at everything. There is always going to be something a show could have improved on and made itself better. Log Horizon, while certainly having its flaws, is unmistakably a much better-written show than Sword Art Online.


What do you guys think? Am I right? Am I wrong? Is Asuna worst girl? Let me know in the comments. Bye for now, Friendos!

Cowboy Bebop Episode 1 Reaction: Conquering the Classics

While anime may be one of my favorite pastimes, I have yet to properly the explore the medium’s history to any significant degree. Sure, I’ve seen Akira, but that’s about as far as my jump back through time goes. Honestly, it kind of makes me feel like I am missing out on a lot, so I have been trying to rectify that little by little, and this marks one of my biggest steps so far: Cowboy Bebop.

Bebop that exists in a lot of people’s mind as the pinnacle of anime, and I can now definitely see why. The first episode was a well-paced thrill ride that got me invested right from the beginning with a scene from Spikes past that will likely be addressed later.

After listening to/seeing one of the best anime openings of all time, and yes you can quote me on that, we are introduced to life on the Bebop with Spike and Jet. You can tell immediately based on the roughed up look of the ship and by the fact that Jet cooks Bell Peppers and Beef with no beef that they are flatly broke. The two work as bounty hunters, finding targets and collecting the money afterward.

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The first episode has them going after Asimov Solensan, a man who works selling a dangerous drug called bloody-eye which heightens a person’s senses. The drug is exceptionally hard to make and is worth millions of dollars. While searching for the man, Spike runs into his girlfriend Katerina, and she explains that she wants to get to Mars in order to find a good life. Spike explains that he was born on Mars, and also tells her that its only good if you’re rich. The conversation establishes that she isn’t really the bad guy in all of this and that Asimov is actually kind of insane, as evidenced by the fact that he tries to choke out Spike.

The three of them meet again when Spike reveals that he stole a vile of bloody eye when they last met. Asimov and Spike for a bit before the police show up, to which Asimov responds by running away with Katerina. Spike chases the two in his ship, following them to exit of the planet. Katerina realizes that Asimov has become insane and that she likely isn’t ever going to get to Mars, so she proceeds to Asimov in the head. a barrage of bullets gets fired at their ship from a blockade in front of them, destroying the ship and leaving Katerina to fall to her death.

As far as a first episode goes, I was impressed. The shows animation holds up very well, even compared to shows that are coming out now in the age of digital animation. This even more impressive when you realize that Cowboy Bebop was one of the last anime to use Cell animation, as in totally hand-drawn frames.

The music is another one of the show’s high points, and boy did it deliver. Yoko Kanno not only manages to bring a diversity to the sound and tone of her composition but also manages to make each of her songs sound incredibly good on their own. Tank, the show’s opening theme, is a prime example of this. Its fast pace jazz sound gives the feeling that the show you are about to watch is anything but calm. This has truly been an amazing beginning to a journey back in time, and I can’t wait to finish the rest of it.


What do you guys think of Cowboy Bebop? Love it? Hate it? Overrated? Underappreciated? Let me know in the comments. By for now, Friendos!

March Comes in Like a Lion Season 2 Episode 4: Hina’s Resolution

It seems as though I might have misnamed last weeks title because this is definitely more the storm. And not just a storm, but more like the child of a hurricane and a tornado. I think it would be fair to say that this episode was the one of the saddest in the series so far, even rivaling episode 11 from season one, when Rei finally had his outburst.

The episode opens from where episode three ended, with Hina reluctantly entering her own home, worn down and ready to give up. As soon as Akari realizes what’s going, she rushes over to comfort Hina as she breaks down into tears. Rei, meanwhile, stands behind them, feeling both anger and powerlessness, as there is nothing he can do. Rei starts explaining that Hina was being bullied.

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The episode goes into further details about the events that lead to Hina being bullied. It started with the groups in Hina’s grade being switched, which lead to Hina’s friend Chiho being mostly alone. A group of girls started bullying her. It continued, and the treatment Chiho got only worsened each day. Eventually, it got so bad that Chiho stopped coming to school, and Hina later found out that Chiho was moving. This hit Hina hard, and there wasn’t a lot she could do about it except say a final goodbye while crying into her friends.

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One day while Hina and her class were in P.E., the teacher asked where Chiho was. The group who bullied her told the teacher Chiho’s situation, and then one of the girls whispered over to another “I wonder what could have happened” in a sarcastic tone. At that moment, something in Hina snapped. All of the pain of losing her childhood friend because of some middle school bullies unloaded, and she tackled the girl who had made the sarcastic comment.

Of course, these actions didn’t come without repercussion. Just as her other classmates had warned her, the girls started coming after, throwing her shoes in the toilet. This is where we come back to the scene at the beginning, with her walking home slowly.

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After trying to pretend that she’s ok, Hina runs out of the house, and Rei responds by following after her. Rei follows Hina down to the river, where she had gone the last time Rei had followed Hina on her late mother’s birthday. Hina trips while running alongside the river and Rei finally catches up. The two find a bench so Hina can sit and cry, and while sitting beside the river, Rei explains just how much Hina has done for him, and that he’ll be there for her no matter what.

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In the second part of the episode, Rei decides to take Hina to the library in an attempt to cheer her up. Rei gets Hina some books on sweets while he looks for information on a specific type of ladybug. It seems, at least for a bit, that his plan is working. She becomes curious as to what he is researching. Rei explains that he was looking for a certain type of ladybug, to which Hina points out the Japanese name is the Heavenly Star Insect. The two end up in the park while the sun is setting, and Hina sees a Ladybug launch from her hand, she realizes why its name is what it is. Hina starts crying again and the episode’s second part ends.

The third part starts with Rei feeling an intense emotional pain. He feels both anger and sadness because he wants to help Hina, but he can’t find the right words. He is stuck with a middle school girl crying and holding onto his arm, but he can’t do anything for her.

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After contemplating what he could do to help Hina, the episode cuts to them heading home for dinner, where Hina’s grandpa is waiting. Before they all start eating, Hina’s Grandpa sits and explains he knows what’s happened and that he thinks she did the right thing. He parades her with compliments about how she is brave and that not many people would have done what she did. Hina is silent until he finishes speaking, barely getting out a thank you through her tears. The five of them sit around the table and enjoy dinner together, with Rei still feeling a lot of regret about not being able to help Hina.

I think my feelings about this episode can be perfectly summed up by something Rei said during the episode:

 

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My emotions were definitely running high during this episode, and they were not good feelings. I think I want to conclude this week a little differently. If any of you are feeling depressed or just generally not good about life, talk to someone about it. No one should have to deal with bullying and suicidal thoughts alone, and taking your life is not the answer. You have so much to live for. I mean, think about all the anime you’ll be missing. If it helps to talk to a total to someone you don’t know, I would be willing to listen as well. You can email me at jackscheibelein@gmail.com


Please be well. Bye for now, Friendos!

 

What Else Should You Watch?: March Comes in Like a Lion

I’ve decided to start another weekly post series, this one being called What Else Should You Watch. In this series, I’ll take a different anime every week and give you some alternate recommendations for shows you should watch based on similar traits the shows share, like characters and story, or just that another show might share a similar X Factor, something that makes it special. Since it’s airing this season and, much to my approval, many people seem to be enjoying it, I thought I would start with one of my new all-time favorites: March Comes in Like a Lion.

Spice and Wolf

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Source: Funimation

I’ve mentioned Spice and Wolf a few times on this blog because it is one of the best shows I’ve ever seen. The animation is nothing impressive, but everything about its writing is brilliant. From Lawrence and Holo to the Journeys they take, the show is filled with enjoyable moments and, best of all, ECONOMICS!

Both Spice and Wolf and March share a distinct level of character development that makes their leads feel like real people. Even though meeting came about through fantastical circumstances, by the end of the show, we feel Holo and Lawrence’s connection. Their journeys together and their deep understanding of each other as people make them feel like you know them. Rei meanwhile is a loveable but understandably troubled seventeen-year-old who is just trying to find who he is. that need to take a journey through self-discovery is a strong feeling indeed.

Honey and Clover

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Source: Nefarious Reviews

This is admittedly something of a shot in the dark because I haven’t actually seen it. The show’s original manga was written by the same person who wrote the manga for March Comes in Like a Lion and was adapted into an anime series in 2005, with a sequel in 2008 both by J.C. Staff. I thought I would give it a shoutout here is because I have heard a lot of goods things about the show. It also seems to have pretty high praise across the board, so if you check it out before I get to, let me know how it is.

Chihayafuru

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A lot of March Comes in Like a Lion’s appeal comes from its characters and their development, but that development usually revolves around Shogi. Shogi is admittedly very entertaining in March, because the show knows how to build tension between two characters who are facing off, especially when one of those characters is Rei.

If that sort of intense game environment is something you want more of than look no further than Chihayafuru. It centers around the competitive card game Karuta, where players have to knocks cards off the mat as they are called out. It has a lot of the same game and visual appeal that march does while throwing in a love triangle for good measure.


What would you recommend based on March Comes in Like a Lion? How do you feel about some of these shows? Let me know in the comments. Thanks for reading. See ya, friendos!

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