Episode 13.5 – The Recap

 It’s been a while since I’ve taken the time to blog here on Unsheathed, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been watching any anime. On the contrary, over the past couple weeks I’ve been working my way through shows like Taylor Swift works through boyfriends, and I’m definitely excited for what’ll be coming down the pipeline for you guys. In the meantime tho, here’s what I’ve been watching!

Popcorn and Skittles: Why Junk Food Anime Are Important

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 … Read more Popcorn and Skittles: Why Junk Food Anime Are Important

What Am I Afraid Of?

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 … Read more What Am I Afraid Of?

The One About Fanservice…

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 … Read more The One About Fanservice…

Why I Love Space Patrol Luluco – in 100 Words

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 … Read more Why I Love Space Patrol Luluco – in 100 Words

(Don’t) Be Yourself

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.

Time For Time

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 … Read more Time For Time

Binging Jesus?

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 … Read more Binging Jesus?

Tsundere for Jesus?

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 … Read more Tsundere for Jesus?

Why I Love One-Punch Man – in 100 Words

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 … Read more Why I Love One-Punch Man – in 100 Words