This is my place.

A place where I let it all hang out.



Itadakimasu and Arigatō

Itadakimasu. You don't say it like you read it. That last "u" is silent. You can also write it 頂,  meaning "to humbly receive". The kanji can also mean "top of the head" (among several other things) and comes from... Continue Reading →

Yagate Kimi ni Naru (Bloom into You)

I've got to stop watching teenage romance anime. Seriously. It is amazing how easy it is to dredge up memories of 45 to 50 years ago. Bad memories I need my teenage romance to have other elements to distract me. Comedy.... Continue Reading →

A Certain Magical Confusion.

Spoilage alert! A Certain Magical Index 3 is out and I'm up thru ep. 6. I don't think I'll watch any more. The show has lost all of its original charm and gotten very dark and confusing. Dark I can... Continue Reading →

Zoku Owarimonogatari

Is anyone else as jazzed as I am that a new member of the Monogatari franchise has arrived? Zoku started showing in theaters in Japan on Nov. 10. The story is set just after graduation. It will eventually be released... Continue Reading →

The Darkness that is Noir

Noir means black in French. It is also used to describe a style of film making with cynicism, moral ambiguity and pessimism. Characters in noir are typically hard boiled, unsentimental and Machiavellian. Heroes have more than a bit of the... Continue Reading →

OWLS: Grotesque

This post regards the subject of "grotesque" in anime, my Otaku Warriors for Liberty and Self Respect subject for Halloween. I am not here to discuss 19th century sans serif typefaces. Grotesque means ugly, however you want to look at... Continue Reading →

My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU

This is going to be a short review. Maybe that means more people will look at it and realize how wonderful it is. That picture from the season one ending sure had me thinking yuri. But it isn't. Spoilers ahead!... Continue Reading →

It’s a trap!

"Trap" is anime-speak for a boy who looks enough like a girl that a straight boy might be attracted to him. (Or a girl who looks like a boy, the "reverse trap".) This doesn't happen IRL a lot but it... Continue Reading →

Parenting from a slightly different perspective.

And now for something completely different...  

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