“A Gift Wrapped in Pandemic Paper and Offered in Pieces,” or “Meaning without Consequence: My Pandemic Experience with Fruits Basket”

It’s finally time to sit down (or lie down as the case may be since I’m laying in bed while typing this paragraph) and try to tie my experience with Fruits Basket into a neat little bow. I don’t know how to explain the sort of meaning it’s held for me over the past year … Continue reading “A Gift Wrapped in Pandemic Paper and Offered in Pieces,” or “Meaning without Consequence: My Pandemic Experience with Fruits Basket”

“Like the pottery scattered about in pieces” — an excerpt of “1863, December”

Full fic here. 1864, December pt 2 “There’s nothing in my books about it,” Susumu says in report. The lights are low, and Harada’s eyes dance beneath their lids as Yukimura pats his hand fretfully. Hijikata sits seiza across from the medic with Kondou to his left. Nagakura and Todo--just returned from Edo--huddle at his right.  … Continue reading “Like the pottery scattered about in pieces” — an excerpt of “1863, December”

They’re not really talking about algae. — Dramatical Murder’s “Slip on the Pumps” by GoatBed (English Version)

Let's pretend for a minute I haven't gone AWOL from the blog for like... a month now... with this next post, which isn't an explanation of absence or anything remotely related to it! No! This post is lyrical! That's right. It's time again for a foray into interpretation. I'm taking "Slip on the Pumps" by … Continue reading They’re not really talking about algae. — Dramatical Murder’s “Slip on the Pumps” by GoatBed (English Version)

“Love me cancerously… She moves through moonbeams slowly. She knows just how to hold me.” — CMV/AMV Saturday (04/10/21)

Svattii and her girlfriend Mishkali are professional cosplayers (and, in Svattii's case, a photographer as well) with oodles of talent and abundant creativity. They've done TONS of awesome work in various anime fandoms, but something about this cosplay music video set to Love Me Dead by Ludo is just on a whole other level! As … Continue reading “Love me cancerously… She moves through moonbeams slowly. She knows just how to hold me.” — CMV/AMV Saturday (04/10/21)

“That Time I Learned that Co-Washing with a High-Moisture Shampoo will Make Me Lose My Hair,” a Shoujo’s Tale & Other Updates

Like any good light novel or any good Shoujo (me, not the anime genre), I begin with a rambling title and an adventure in capitalization. If you recall from this post, I began a Curly Girl Method Odyssey some weeks ago, and I have to say that---now on the other side of it having messed … Continue reading “That Time I Learned that Co-Washing with a High-Moisture Shampoo will Make Me Lose My Hair,” a Shoujo’s Tale & Other Updates

“Just a little more, Sano. It’s gonna be okay.” – an excerpt of “1863, December”

Full fic here. 1864, November In the end, they don’t do anything. Further integration of Itou’s forces into the Shinsengumi ranks continues to challenge, and Sannan’s change has necessitated the move to Nishi Hongan-Ji. The troops as a collective are rowdier than ever---a group grown too large for its current outfit, members flitting between one faction-inspired pissing … Continue reading “Just a little more, Sano. It’s gonna be okay.” – an excerpt of “1863, December”

What are the ends and means of honor? — A Case for “Hakuoki Reimeiroku”

Hello! If you're new here, welcome! If not, you may already know all this, but I'm a lover of reverse harem romance. I mean, honestly, what's not to love? Poke fun if you want, but I'm aware of my own proclivities. (And handsome men? I mean... bonus!) But this isn't a post about reverse harem … Continue reading What are the ends and means of honor? — A Case for “Hakuoki Reimeiroku”

Still Drawing Some Things ™, Getting that Good Internet ™ and Restarting the 31 Day Anime Challenge

As stated on Twitter, I stopped doing the 31 Day Anime Challenge because my back decided it was 2019 instead of 2021; sitting at the desk to type became ill-advised. I'm better than I was, even if I'm not 100%, so I will be resuming the challenge on Sunday the 28th should all the stars … Continue reading Still Drawing Some Things ™, Getting that Good Internet ™ and Restarting the 31 Day Anime Challenge

Anime I Wish Had Another Season — 31 Day Anime Challenge (Day 13)

There are several anime I wish had another season, chief among them both "Given" and "Skip Beat." While we have some hope of more "Given" media to come, "Skip Beat" is just about guaranteed to be over, even though the finale hinted at a season 2 way back in 2008. The manga is still running … Continue reading Anime I Wish Had Another Season — 31 Day Anime Challenge (Day 13)

Character You Wish Never Existed — 31 Day Anime Challenge (Day 12)

A good character or character addition can make or break a program. This is especially true when the character is given a major role. However, not every character has to a make-or-break character to be unnecessary or annoying. Today, I'm selecting a character I find annoying and unnecessary. Even years later, I'm still hung up … Continue reading Character You Wish Never Existed — 31 Day Anime Challenge (Day 12)