12 Days of Anime #1: Joy in ERASED

While the nail-biting cliffhangers and Satoru’s mounting desperation to avert the tragedy he has lived through kept me on the edge of my seat every week, the emotional payoff when Satoru sees a smiling, healthy Kayo with her baby boy was, for me, the highlight of ERASED (Boku Dake ga Inai Machi, lit. “The Town Without Me”). […]

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Best Practices for Finding Good Fanfiction on Fanfiction.Net

Founded in 1998, Fanfiction.Net is the largest and most frequented fanfiction website in the world, easily outstripping any other fanfiction archive in sheer volume of fanfics published. For the casual fanfiction consumer, this site may be the only fanfiction stop they need to make. So naturally, in accordance to Sturgeon’s law, Fanfiction.Net is also the […]

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Fathers and Sons in Sakamoto desu ga? Episode 10

Spring’s been an awesome season for anime all around, but Sakamoto desu ga? (“Haven’t you heard? I’m Sakamoto”) is easily my top pick. This week’s mini episode featuring Hayabusa’s culinary ventures with Sakamoto hit a particularly sweet spot…and perfectly timed for Father’s Day. The premise behind Sakamoto desu ga is a series of comedic vignettes based around Sakamoto, […]

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When Seto Kaiba Finally Gets His Movie…He’s Still Yu-Gi-Oh!‘s Biggest Fanboy

You’d be hard pressed to find a better contender for the illustrious title of Yu-Gi-Oh!’s biggest fanboy than Seto Kaiba. Maybe you’ve bought enough booster packs to support half the game stores in your neck of the woods. Maybe your hours of watching (or playing) children’s card games rivals your hours in class. Or maybe, just […]

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Be Mai Valentine? Sight, Blindness and Beauty in Yu-Gi-Oh! Episode 6: The Beautiful Harpie Lady

(This is the first part in a multi-post series looking at Mai Valentine (Kujaku Mai)’s characterization, the implications of the narrative’s treatment of her identity as a woman and as a duelist, and how she adds to the overall Yu-Gi-Oh! canon as a main female character. This series is part of a larger series called […]

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