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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When most people hear the word “romance”, it often brings to mind several classic settings. A man and a woman holding hands. Walking down a moonlit path. Perhaps eating dinner together. It all comes to a head with a long hug, perhaps a passionate kiss, and the promise of commitment as they prepare to spend their lives together. For most people, that’s the ideal of how romance should work.

Anime fans know better, however.

Romcoms have long been a staple of anime: comedy stems from tragedy, and there are few things more tragic than the journey into love. From My Little Monster to Monthly Girls Nozaki-kun, anime is rife with examples of well-done romances sprinkled with comedy, and a prime example comes from the classic tale of Toradora!!

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Layers upon layers of parody within a crunchy shell of Saturday-morning shounen, it is a nostalgic blend of classic superhero tropes and anime stereotypes that manages to entertain while questioning the legitimacy of the material it parodies. Light-hearted but not stupid, the show knows its limits and hits all the right notes. The main character is a living meme, and the diverse cast keeps the plot moving and feeling fresh. Dialogue is especially good – from funny to powerful, each line fits a character or…Continue Reading “in 100 Words – One-Punch Man”

Have you ever been late to a party? I know I have: growing up in a Nigerian household basically guarantees that you’ll be late to someone’s party. It’s a running joke amongst our community that you invite Americans on time, and you invite Nigerians 4 hours before. It’s not that we don’t enjoy spending time with one another, but that we like to do things at our own pace. That’s an attitude I’ve had with a lot of anime, and especially towards big names like Dragon Ball Z. Now that I’ve finished the manga, I’ve come to a few interesting realizations, especially in regards to Saiyans and the reasons they fight.

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