It’s been a while since I’ve revisited this old haunt. In many ways, the convenience and instant gratification offered by platforms like Twitter have only hastened the ancient craft of long-form writing. But I still find great comfort in the solace of putting thought to paper (or thought to keystroke) in a much more sedately […]
Read More getting back into anime…or does one ever truly leave?
“You used to be a part of me, but then you weren’t. And then we had to face each other in a duel, a duel to determine whether I was ready to stand on my own. And when I defeated you, you left us. You left me. Forever.” – Yugi Moto I’m not ashamed to […]
Read More Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions: A Long Overdue Review
As you might have noticed, this blog has been largely inactive. It’s been…six/seven years since I started this blog? It was really a space for me to put down some of the thoughts that have been percolating in my head for the anime I watch. I’m very grateful for the community that has supported my […]
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“Everything a skater feels on the ice…is love.” – Yuri Katsuki [WARNING: SPOILER ALERT!] There is a subtle but important distinction between victory and triumph. Victory is the opposite of defeat. Triumph is the opposite of failure.
Read More 12 Days of Anime #8: Triumph in Yuri on Ice
The last thing you’d expect from an epic fantasy wuxia inspired production would be the protagonist to opine against taking swordsmanship seriously. Thunderbolt Fantasy’s has a stubbornly singular, beaten to death storyline that drives our heroes’ quest: they must retrieve the stolen legendary sword, Tiān Xíng Jiàn (literally “Heaven’s Retribution Sword”) from the evil hands […]
Read More 12 Days of Anime #7: The Taste of Steel in Thunderbolt Fantasy
What’s cool, cooler and coolest? Inspiring others to help themselves. While we marvel, gape, or go into asphyxiating fits of disbelief, Sakamoto’s magnetic draw is not just his ability to perform physics defying, visually stunning feats of physical prowess and artistic virtuosity, but how his impossibly cool actions encourage people to develop the confidence and […]
Read More 12 Days of Anime #6 Übermensch in Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto
You know that insane math problem showdown between Karma and Asano in that semester final episode? Yeah, I didn’t get it either. I had difficulty understanding it as a college educated adult–there was no way I would have been able to understand it as a middle school student. What is Japan feeding their students? Mathematics […]
Read More 12 Days of Anime #5 Diligence in Assassination Classroom 2
Was anyone else disturbed by the noticeable absence of Izuku’s father? We see a lot of his mother but his dad is oddly absent. Yet we hardly notice because All Might is so darn good at filling up those paternal shoes.
Read More 12 Days of Anime #4: Fatherhood in My Hero Academia