The spring anime season has ended, and with it comes the close of some dear series. The petals of these shows fall off the branch of anime in order to give way for the budding leaves of the summer season’s anime, but their color and radiance won’t be forgotten simply because their time has ended. Without using any more cringey cherry tree references, let’s take a look at my favorite three shows of the spring season.

(Note: I’ll only be discussing finished shows that I’ve completed in this review, so no Re:Zero, even though I’ve been watching it, and no Joker Game or Kizaniver, as I personally dropped those midway to complete later.)

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Christians are weird. I don’t just mean in the way that Christians act or speak, but in our beliefs. We claim to serve one God, but we’re often divided as to how we serve Him. We have one Bible, but our interpretations of it vary wildly from denomination to denomination. In fact, why do we have denominations anyway when we’re supposed to be united in Christ? A huge smorgasbord of people and ideas, the Christian faith can look really confusing from the outside, often leading to questions that we may or may not be so willing to answer. Is God real? What is faith? How do I know I’m saved? All these are essential to the life of the believer, and each of these forms the core of our faith. Unanswered questions lead to a shaky foundation, a sentiment shared by Farnesse, leader of the Holy Chain Knights in the world of Berserk. Let’s answer some questions, shall we?  

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The dictionary defines the word “habit” as “a settled or regular tendency or practice, especially one that is hard to give up”. We all have habits that keep us going through our lives: household chores, workplace duties, daily personal rituals; routines help to keep us in check and on track as we go about our business. Despite the usefulness of habits, there is a tendency to ignore our more beneficial responsibilities in favor of less useful, more indulgent ones. Maybe it’s skipping homework for anime, perhaps it’s forgoing family meals for business, but all too often in the life of the believer, it’s doing anything rather than spending time with God. For a privilege to essential to the Christian walk, it’s surprisingly easy to take for granted. Sin still colors the way we see the world, despite being saved from the slavery of sin, a feeling that Yomi from Black Rock Shooter can probably relate to.

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Back in the heyday of social media, when MySpace was waxing old, Facebook was hitting puberty, and Twitter was merely a babe, older people would look at the emergence of these new digital forms of communication and say things like “You kids are only communicating through screens!”, and “Kids today don’t have real conversations anymore!” Basically, the onset of social media led to a belief that relationships created and maintained over a virtual space were somehow less personal and “real” than relationships in the physical world. While no one can doubt the intimacy offered by a face-to-face conversation or the powerful experience that those relationships create, does the use of a virtual medium of communication somehow negate the true experience of a relationship? Today we’re going to take a look at Sword Art Online and see what it says about virtual relationships and the way they form.

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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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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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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, and then open the floor to you guys to share your own experiences with anime. How did you start watching anime? What was your first series? What’s your anime story?

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“Gohan! Don’t you dare give up!” “You can do it! Believe in yourself! One last time, show me the power we made together!”

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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: the struggle of the Elric brothers, the battles of various Gundam pilots, and of course: Dragon Ball Z. Despite being done so many times over, we don’t seem to tire of watching stories of valiant heroes struggling against all odds to face down their fears and defeat their opponents through their sheer force of will. The question remains though: why do we enjoy these stories so much? Why are these types of stories so prevalent in anime? Why has this concept lasted so long?

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