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)

Chapter 2: UNSEASONABLE ACTS OF REASON (OR, “A LONGING INVOCATION OF THE CASTAWAY”) –A HARACHI HAKUOUKI FICTION

Unseasonable Acts of Reason (or, "a longing invocation of the castaway") Shoujothoughts Chapter 2 (The entire work can be found here and the complete list of my fictions here.) Summary: Kondou quiets. Sanosuke pales. For a moment, no one speaks. “I… I think I need to get home,” Sanosuke says. He stands abruptly without meeting … Continue reading Chapter 2: UNSEASONABLE ACTS OF REASON (OR, “A LONGING INVOCATION OF THE CASTAWAY”) –A HARACHI HAKUOUKI FICTION

Feature a Fantasy Character (30 Day Character Challenge, Day 21)

It's a lot easier to choose a fantasy character that I like than to choose a sci-fi character of whom I'm fond. I think I'll keep it chill today with my selection, which may have been predictable but is no less worthy of feature. Sebastian (Black Butler) is a fantastic fantasy character. He's temptation personified, … Continue reading Feature a Fantasy Character (30 Day Character Challenge, Day 21)

From the Heart of a Dying Man (or, “In Sickness and in Health”) — Souji’s Journal

From the Heart of a Dying Man (or, "In Sickness and in Health") -- Souji's Journal, Preface Shoujothoughts Summary: No, that sounds stupid. That sounds like something Hijikata-san would write in some harrowing story of his life; God knows the last thing I’d ever wanna do is sound like that bastard. Let’s try again. Notes: … Continue reading From the Heart of a Dying Man (or, “In Sickness and in Health”) — Souji’s Journal