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…”

What if I told you that looks are everything? You might recoil at that statement, and wonder why I just randomly came up to you and spouted that sentence, but if you think about it you’ll realize that it’s true. As humans, we place a lot of stock in outward appearance, whether that be physical, social, or academic. We put the accomplished, the beautiful, and the unusual on pedestals, gazing upon their magnificent beauty while the rest of us strive to live up to their ideals. I’m sure you understand what I’m talking about: one glance at a store’s checkout magazine rack will tell you all you need to know about people and the way we view other people.

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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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I love love songs. They way that music conveys emotions so subtly and yet so effortlessly still surprises me with its potency, and this is especially true for love songs. From the euphoria of falling in love to the mellow sweetness of being in a committed relationship, songs have been used for generations to express the emotions associated with loving another person. As much as I love the cheery, feel-good side of love songs, personally I find more depth and worth in songs that explore the darker side of relationships. One learns more from sadness than one does from happiness, and I find that sad love songs tend to leave more life lessons than more joyful ones. So today, we’re going to finally take a long-awaited look at BIGBANG’s song “If You Do” and what it explores about human relationships.

 

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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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If art is an experience, what does that make the artist? A performer? An instructor? A mentor? Despite its many forms, art has a unique way of interacting with the human mind. Music serves as a universal language, all people groups have some form of dance, sculpture and painting are as much a part of cultural heritage as food and skin color are, and stories told in poetry or prose have been long part of the human tradition for centuries upon centuries. As humans made in the image of God, the expression of our inner ideas through art is a reflection of how He expresses His attributes through His creations. Where the rub lies, however, is in the realization that art, in and of itself, is subjective. Different people can read different meanings into the same art piece, and walk away affected differently. The artist may have a specific meaning in mind when they pieced together their work, but the experience that others undergo due to the art itself is entirely dependent on the individual. This is what makes art so intriguing, and yet so hard to define. When value is subjective, does value in fact exist? This is the question I want to explore in today’s post, and as we take a step back to look at Paradise Lost, a song by the artist GAIN (pronounced “gaa-inn”).

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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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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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