Before we get started, let me get this out of the wa: Happy New Year! It’s a brand new day, the joy is high, and we ride together towards the sunrise of 2018. It’s been a long year, full of change, mystery, and discovery. Yet through it all, it’s been amazing. Hope flies high like the proverbial bird, but 2017 has been the year I’ve finally seen the sky myself.
Ohayou gozaimas! College is approaching faster and faster, and on this last Monday before school hits, I finally am settling down to write a blog post. College is definitely home to a wealth of new experiences, and I keep finding new surprises around each corner. Last fall, I discovered that one of my new friends was secretly an otaku, and we had an awesome time just talking back and forth about the anime we’ve seen and the stories we enjoy. Realizing that I’m not alone … Read more Out of the Closet
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?
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?
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?
It’s action-packed and yet the pace was tasteful. The characters were each memorable and distinct for a “kids show”, and the world felt familiar and established. I loved all the references to other Gundam series, and the way that the (somewhat simplistic) plot moved forward and developed with the characters was really fun to watch. The character relationships were awesome: developed with care and felt natural. I found myself really invested in the story and the characters, a lot faster than with most anime. It … Read more Why I Love Gundam Build Fighters – in 100 Words
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 … Read more End of Season Quick Review! – Spring 2016
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 … Read more Faith Under Fire
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 … Read more An Explosive Personality
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 … Read more 5 Books That Would Make Great Anime