Konnichiwa! As we head closer into fall and as the fall season of anime grows closer and closer (ONE-PUNCH MAN FTW!), I’ve been thinking a lot about anime that I’m going to watch and anime that I’ve watched, especially some of my firsts. My first ever true anime (Pokemon doesn’t count. Never has.) was Sword Art Online, and despite the equal amounts of love and hate surrounding the series, I still think of it as a pretty decent show. While not perfect, it did do a good job of showing the viewer a world within a world, and using the story to explore how humans act in a crisis. When the reality that death in the virtual world was permanent became real to those playing it, the way the players thought about the world around them radically changed.

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Continuing on last week’s post, there are many reasons that friendships are successful. Sometimes it’s because of shared interests, sometimes it’s because of a mutual threat, but one of the most important is encouragement. Few things are more uplifting than a friend who helps to share your burdens, one who loves you, and takes it upon himself to give you strength when you’re weak. This kind of friendship is praised throughout the Bible, and is nowhere more evident than in the relationship between David and Jonathan.

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Happy Friday everyone! The week is nearly over, and with it comes all the trappings of weekendom: fun, games, laughter, and anime! And what do these all have in common? Nope, not that they can all be experienced over the Internet, but that they are all made way better with friends! We humans are a strange lot. We form alliances and bonds over the slightest of things, and break those bonds at the tip of a hat sometimes. But then, sometimes we form bonds with one another that are nearly unbreakable. Sometimes we form close connections with those around us; connections that are too unique and time-weathered to be shared with anyone else. Why is that?

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