If you ever wanted BL anime without any of the BL, “DRAMAtical Murder” is the title for you! (sub/dub)

Embracing BL (not yaoi which is different and not my thing, personally) as an anime genre made available new titles for my viewing pleasure, not the least enjoyable of which has proved DRAMAtical Murder (DMMD). However, for all the scandal of its source material (more on that later), the anime itself is tame in both … Continue reading If you ever wanted BL anime without any of the BL, “DRAMAtical Murder” is the title for you! (sub/dub)

“Why is there a costume party under my basement?” — “Devils and Realist” Watch Along episode 1 (dub)

My new HiDive subscription is proving quite useful. I finished No. 6 today (It's great, and I need to write about it.), so I started watching Devils and Realist, you guessed it, on a whim. I didn't quite know what to expect, and I almost clicked away rather rapidly but then the art won over … Continue reading “Why is there a costume party under my basement?” — “Devils and Realist” Watch Along episode 1 (dub)

“Tell me a story.” — I’ve been nominated for the “Real Neat Bogger Award”

I don't know if this title indicates that the blogger is neat or that the award is neat, but either way, I'm stoked that Keiko nominated me. Thanks, Keiko! ❤ Award posts are fun because they're formatted and give me specific instructions re: how to complete them. (^^) As I answer Keiko's questions, I am … Continue reading “Tell me a story.” — I’ve been nominated for the “Real Neat Bogger Award”

It’s the reverse harem, shoujo version of “Library Wars,” and I love it. — thoughts on “Nil Admirari no Tenbin” (sub)

(Edit: Audio fixed.) WAIT! This is a recording, but please don't click away if they aren't normally your thing!! I think I may have actually hit a stride! (WHAT?? ME?? NO WAY! Well, give it a minute first...) I recorded this a few days ago when I was having some trouble with my wrists and … Continue reading It’s the reverse harem, shoujo version of “Library Wars,” and I love it. — thoughts on “Nil Admirari no Tenbin” (sub)

Finding my stride with sci-fi josei– commentary on “Norn9: Norn + Nonette” (anime, sub)

"How they choose to exercise their power could be the greatest disaster a world might know OR its greatest salvation." Norn9 is very good, even though I didn't think it would be. Hear me out, guys. I found the 12 (technically 13) episode "Norn9: Norn + Nonette" anime ages ago while discovering both the nature … Continue reading Finding my stride with sci-fi josei– commentary on “Norn9: Norn + Nonette” (anime, sub)

God Loves You, Even if You Watch Anime: A Homily (or, “Street Preachers at the Anime Expo”)

Shoujo Thoughts: Otaku Ramblings

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[I have removed the comment section for this post because sometimes religion makes people salty.]
[Also I am not a pastor or an expert, but I’m just throwing this out there, so there it is. You should take questions to a pastor, again, said expert if one there can be.]

At the Anime Expo this year, men with signs and loud speakers stood outside the convention hall, “preaching.” I assumed–though perhaps I shouldn’t have–that I knew the kind of men that they would be, the “Brother Jed” type of men from my earliest college days who spew the fires of hell from their mouths and bodies, so I did not stop to chat. Maybe they weren’t the “Brother Jed” types, but the King James Bible still erupted from their loudspeakers like a judge laying down the law, and while I’ll not argue that as much isn’t within the preview of…

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Chapter 3: Unseasonable Acts of Reason (or, “a longing invocation of the castaway”) — a HaraChi Fanfiction

Unseasonable Acts of Reason (or, "a longing invocation of the castaway") Shoujothoughts(The entire work can be found here and the complete list of my fictions here.) Chapter 3 Summary: “I-I am being honest with you? H-Harada-san? You’re scaring me.” Suddenly, she’s being crushed to a broad, nearly bare chest, and her face is ten shades of red even … Continue reading Chapter 3: Unseasonable Acts of Reason (or, “a longing invocation of the castaway”) — a HaraChi Fanfiction

What is Love? (On Romanticizing Abuse in “Hana Yori Dango” [anime])

At the heart of this post lies a singular question; what is love? Hana Yori Dango (or Boys Over Flowers) is an anime packed with complex, interesting, well fleshed out, DEEPLY FLAWED teenage characters, both of prestigious means and lacking them. This problematic title, while admittedly cringy at times, holds special appeal for its realistic portrayal … Continue reading What is Love? (On Romanticizing Abuse in “Hana Yori Dango” [anime])

Final Impressions of Banana Fish, Vlog — “I just keep thinking about how weird this must look.”

I'll leave much of the explanation up to the end of this video, but I've tried something new which may or may not be cringe-y. FaceRig has a steep learning curve regarding its avatar customization, but I do wonder if someday I could get this looking really slick with my own character and all that. … Continue reading Final Impressions of Banana Fish, Vlog — “I just keep thinking about how weird this must look.”

Sci-fi and Sparkles: Shoujo and Scott Design an Anime (pt 1)

"In the year 2675, intergalactic exploration has reached new heights. Alien species commingle between solar systems in matters of science, trade, military, and socialization. Higashi Yumi has grown up within this world and is pursuing a degree in interstellar archaeological sciences when the discovery is made: an abandoned solar system on the outskirts of explored … Continue reading Sci-fi and Sparkles: Shoujo and Scott Design an Anime (pt 1)