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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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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Looking back on the year and a half that I’ve been writing here at Unsheathed, it’s amazing to see how far I’ve come, to say the least. From random ramblings on a Google+ page to the full-fledged website that I word vomit on now, it’s been a very unique experience. I’ve especially enjoyed coming into the larger aniblogger community; even as small as I am, I’ve managed to carve out a small niche that I feel grows with each post. It’s been so much fun getting to know other bloggers, reading their posts, and just being part of something larger. As a former homeschooler who didn’t get out too much as a kid, it feels both inspiring and a little scary to be able to have a (small) voice in such a large crowd, and yet somehow still get heard and contribute to the conversation. I will admit though, that even with all the things I love about the community, I do tend to get discouraged sometimes…

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 First things first, let’s announce the winners of the giveaway! Seeing as how only two people actually commented (thanks everyone! :P), I was really conflicted as to how I should split up the prizes, but I’ve found a solution. Thank you Rose Regine and Maggie Schopke, I will be gifting each of you with a copy of A Silent Voice and a Crunchyroll Premium Gift pass, so shoot me an email for details. J Now, as a quick update for the blog, so to speak. Expect…Continue Reading “Giveaway Winners | Moving Forward…”

Out of all the shows that this anime season has brought me, I’d have to say that the most fun for me to watch has been My Hero Academia. Don’t get me wrong, I do love the more serious, gritty tones of Joker Game and the ridiculous psychological mess that is The Lost Village, but MHA has kept me entertained and interested in the characters in a way that resonates with me more than the other shows, and for good reason. It touches on aspects of my life that are very personal to me, both emotionally and mentally, and while it presents its themes in a simpler way than most shows, that easy accessibility is what makes those themes stand out. So without any further ado, let’s jump into it!

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Hello everyone!  I’m sure you were expecting me to post the last in my series on BIGBANG’s MADE album, and I was as well. I’ve been writing a lot and I’ve got a lot of different ideas floating in my head about how to approach it, but that’s kinf of become my problem. I’ve basically been word vomiting all over the Word Document I have for the article, and I’ve got nothing concrete to show you all. I express my heartfelt apologies.  I believe that…Continue Reading “죄송합니다! – I’m Sorry!”

When you think about it, books are similar to magic. With only ink on a sheet of processed plant matter, books can transport you to new worlds, introduce you to historical figures, and create new ways of thinking within your inner being. As amazing as books are, they sometimes can lack a visual aspect that can bring a point home even further. Book-to-movie transitions are notoriously rocky at best, and TV shows aren’t much better. Anime, however, doesn’t shy away from hard topics or intense character development in the same way that a movie or live-action TV show might for the sake of their time or budget, giving leeway for story accuracy. As someone who enjoys stories that I can sink my teeth into, my picks here will mainly be longer, more narrative-driven books rather than lighter fare. With that in mind, here are my Top 5 Books I’d Like to See as Anime!

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Bright trickling motes.

Twisting streams, golden globe’s gift

Stories flow yet again.

I spent way too much time coming up with that haiku just to talk about the summer anime season, so I hope it brightened your day somewhat. As a penance for not having a post up on Friday, today’s post will be a double-feature! That’s right, two articles for the price of one! So grab your Super Soaker, slip on your sandals, and let’s get right into it!

 


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Life sucks. It really does, at least sometimes. Maybe you get cut off in line at the DMV, perhaps a friendship completely dissipates when a significant other comes into the picture, and sometimes you forget your favorite cream cheese in the back of the fridge and it expires before you can taste its creamy goodness. You can’t always have what you want, but is it too much to ask for your life to be somewhat consistent? At least, that’s what we seem to want. But life seems to have other plans at times, and it’s not always quite as straightforward as we’d life. That’s what the characters in The Lost Village, and it definitely resonates with Lovepon, one of the most…interesting…characters in the series.

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