Fear, Lovepon, and You.

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 … Read more Fear, Lovepon, and You.

Sober

Life is fun. Or at least, it is when you’re drunk on happiness, love, and alcohol. That’s what a lot of modern media likes to preach at its consumers, and that’s basically the message that BIGBANG seems to convey in the next three songs we’ll be considering. From the chaotic colorfulness of “BANG BANG BANG” that hearkens back to the group’s rise during the “Fantastic Baby” days, to the sensual undertones of “BAE BAE”, to the summer joy of “WE LIKE 2 PARTY”, this section … Read more Sober

Talking Point: What’s Your Anime Story?

Today, I wanted to do something a little different and talk directly to you guys. If you’ve read this blog for any amount of time, you know that I love anime and Asian culture (otherwise I wouldn’t be here writing stuff), but you probably don’t know how I got into anime in the first place. Which, TBH, is kind of surprising given that I’ve been blogging for almost a year now. So today I wanted to share my anime story, short as it might be, … Read more Talking Point: What’s Your Anime Story?

Let’s Not Fall in Love

 Continuing on our exploration of the meanings behind the songs in BIGBANG’s “MADE” album, we come to my second favorite song in the album, and to be honest one of the least expected types of songs to come from them, especially as a South Korean artists. A snazzy mix of blues and pop with some sweet synth here and there, “Let’s Not Fall in Love” is a beautiful ballad that takes the listener on a trip away from the established norms of love songs, and … Read more Let’s Not Fall in Love

The Futility of Willpower

“Gohan! Don’t you dare give up!” “You can do it! Believe in yourself! One last time, show me the power we made together!” Art by TMFScptKT on DeviantArt. As Earth faced its darkest hour, as the villain Cell prepared to unleash his last attack on Earth, Goku encouraged his son Gohan, their only hope, with those words.    Anime has a lot of stores about willpower. Through believing in oneself and working hard, pretty much anything can be achieved. We’ve seen this in countless tales: … Read more The Futility of Willpower

Freedom Through Work

It’s the end of an era. Or at least, it feels that way. My time in high school has come to an end, and with it comes the end of my childhood, so to speak. I’m in that weird transitioning phase between teenagerdom and young-adulthood, and it’s kind of scary and awesome in a lot of different ways. It hasn’t been easy to get here though. Lots of school, lots of time spent studying, lots of effort. Basically, a lot of work. And there’s a … Read more Freedom Through Work

Imperfect Perfection

Nobody’s perfect. Except those who are. The end of the semester always brings a new set of challenges into the lives of students: final tests, last classes, closing presentations. It’s the end of an era (kind of), and with it comes changes. Some people move on to jobs, other people take time off, but the road to get there is paved with all the assignments that you’ve done over the past school year.  And as with all school duties, it’s often filled with pressure. Recently … Read more Imperfect Perfection

I’m Still Alive!

  Konnichiwa! Yes, I am still alive! I departed on my spiritual journey, and I am still chugging along! And I didn’t even have to meditate at the top of a mountain for a long time. In the few months I’ve been gone, I’ve learned a lot. I’ve struggled a lot. I’ve made decisions both good and bad. I’ve made friends and I’ve lost friends. I’ve laughed and cried. I’ve had my periods of closeness with God and my periods of being farther from Him … Read more I’m Still Alive!

Update – Unsheathed Hiatus

Hello all.  You may have noticed that I removed my post about Kill la Kill  that I put up earlier. That was in response to a long talk I had with both of my parents this evening. The combination of school and blog and Internet has really taken a lot from my time with my family, and even my time with the Word. I’ve been in there a little, but not a very large amount. This has led me to think a lot more about myself … Read more Update – Unsheathed Hiatus

Update!

Hey all! I wanted to apologize for the lack of reviews lately. Due to life stuff and lack of time, I’m going to have to drop my episodeic reviews for Attack on Titan: Junior High and Heavy Object. I simply don’t have the time to dedicate to both watching and reviewing them with my current schedule; if I had begun to review them when the season started, I would have been able to keep up a good schedule. As it is now, I can’t review them on an … Read more Update!