Out of the many cool things that adulthood brings, I’d have to say my favorite is definitely being able to buy food whenever I want to, wherever I want to. Taco Bell? Gotcha. Wendys? Done. Chipotle? Already there, fam. Also, I can get Skittles at the check-out without having to ask mom first! Awesome! Yet with all this freedom comes the temptation to overdo…and all too often, I end up overdoing just that. An overload of junk food plays havoc with your body, and I’m beginning to consider working out more, horror of horrors. As bad as junk food is though, you have to admit that it tends to hold several properties that make our guilty pleasures seem slightly less taboo. Even more interestingly, our favorite anime may hold a similar allure.

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When did you first realize that you disliked someone? Maybe it was when they made that unfunny joke that no one laughed at? Perhaps it was when you noticed they always seemed to have something to prove. In my experience, it tends to occur around the 5th or 6th stupid, off-hand, no-thought remark that just makes my blood boil. Stupidity is my kryptonite, and as much as I beg the Lord to give me patience each day, the temptation to completely blow people off due to their actions is as strong as ever. I try to find solace in humor: satire and sarcasm are some of my favorite tools, yet even their redirecting power can’t always save my psyche from the sting of perceived stupidity.

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the one about fanservice - ryuko

Let me take a moment to describe a scene for you. A lone warrior, stands against a great evil. Steely eyes meet and lock gazes. Jaws clench, tense fingers coil around hungry blades, eager to speak the tongue of battle. The warrior knows that her power depends on the strength of her armor. Reaching within, she ignites the spark of near-madness that propels her to fight, raises her blade with a cry, and charges towards her foe. Her sneakers ring against the stony ground, each defiant step a launching pad that brings her closer towards her end goal, her end foe. Energy surges through her, activating the very fibers within her clothes. Ebony and scarlet threads fall apart, reweave, strengthen, rejuvenate, empower. The symbol of her power, the Senketsu, reveals itself as a barely-there crop top and miniskirt, sparking with life as she engages her white-clad adversary.

Yeah. That’s Kill la Kill.

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Over-the-top insanity wrapped in a pastel-colored shell. Rainbow explosions tempered with monochrome aliens. A journey there and back again. Luluco takes the classic trope of “youngster-given-powers-and-epic-quest” and thoroughly dissects it, weaving in some interesting life lessons among the shattered bits of story. Studio Trigger is known for going over-the-top to deliver a subtle point, and they are in full force over the course of this short-form anime. Love of all types is explored here, and there are some interesting twists hidden among the madness that…Continue Reading “In 100 Words – Space Patrol Luluco”

I looked in the mirror this morning, and I couldn’t see my face. I drove to work this morning, ate my breakfast, sat down at my desk. I talked with people. I couldn’t see their faces. They couldn’t see mine. We laughed. We parted. I’ll go home tonight to my family, maybe visit some friends. All of us, faceless. Hiding behind the masks we call ourselves.

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Konnichiwa! It’s been a while, hasn’t it? I’m sorry for the impromptu absence: being a freshman in Biomedical Engineering has been quite the new (and busy) experience for me. I didn’t expect my schedule to get quite this busy quite this fast, but now that I’m settling into a rhythm (kinda), I’m starting to find more time to do the things I need to do. Well, outside of school stuff, I mean. Unsheathed is where I empty my head, manifest my thoughts, and open the door to talk to the rest of you weea..er, my fellow otaku, so don’t feel that I’ve forgotten you.

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Ice cream, anime, and Jesus have a lot in common. Well, maybe not a lot, but a closer look reveals more similarities than you might think. Speaking from my personal life, I tend to go to each of them for a few different reasons. When I’m feeling sad, when I’m angry, when I’m tired: I always find a different kind of comfort or peace in each of them. Ice creams’ sweetness reminds me that life isn’t always sour, the soft amnesia offered by a familiar anime tends to lessen my stress, and the time I spend in prayer always brings my focus back to Christ, my deepest comfort. The biggest similarity I’ve found, however, is in how easy it is to binge each of them.

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Sleep is pretty awesome, isn’t it? As a freshman in college, even in my first week I’m starting to see how important it is to have a nice balance of work and rest. Too much or too little of either one is like adding too much or too little sugar to a cake: it’ll work, but it won’t come out as well as you’d like it. It can be hard to find that balance, especially when you’re juggling the responsibilities of work or school with your own relaxation time or time spent with loved ones. Work often tends to take priority, pulling at the strings of our lives as we dance to its unyielding tune. Sometimes it’s hard to slow down, to relax, to enjoy life. Our struggle against ourselves, the juxtaposition of work and rest is familiar to all of us, bringing us to today’s song: Eat by Zion T.

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Today I wanted to try something different on the Asian Music Friday (I seriously need to come up with a good name for that) feature here on Unsheathed. Analysis is fun, band introductions have their place, but I wanted to speak more directly to you all and share my personal journey into KPOP. How I got into the sphere of Asian music, and how I changed as an individual because of it. It’s a period of my life that I simultaneously love and yet kind of wish was different, for a few reasons. KPOP came into my life during a period of change, and yet that change didn’t begin at that particular point, nor has it really fully ended to this day. As much as it’s about KPOP…it’s about me growing up. So, take a seat, relax, and let’s talk.

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