An intriguing premise asking intriguing questions, the idea of the Note and the ideology of Light fascinate me. Shinigami apathy contrasted with the intricate game of wits between L and Kira, the rise and fall of tension to a precise rhythm. Serious in all the right ways, I often forgot it was an anime, being swept along in the story. Characters: solid and defined. World: realistic, not pandering or too gritty. Exploring personal questions without feeling wooden or preachy, it fuses supernatural mystery with philosophical … Read more Why I Love Death Note – in 100 Words
Politics is a weird sandwich. Ideally, it should have a specific mixture of condiments, meats, vegetables, and bread to make it worth investing into. Practically…it depends. A lot of the time you end up with horseradish instead of mayo, cabbage in place of lettuce, and sourdough when you really wanted pumpernickel. Okay, while politics might not actually be a sandwich, it’s kind of similar: sometimes what you get out isn’t want you expected to be put in. But sometimes what seems like a bad combo … Read more Good Bad Things?
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!
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
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?
How are you today? How’s your life going? What’s school like? Having fun? Are you busy? What about your friends? Do you like them? Have you become especially close to anyone yet? How are you feeling?
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…
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
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.