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)

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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])

“I’m not looking for somebody with some superhuman gifts.” –CMV/AMV Saturday (06/23/18)

*Amazing featured image by Merwild on DeviantArt* When I stumbled upon this video, my heart swelled within my chest and pressed against my ribs. This video combines one of my favorite songs with one of my favorite anime titles, and I don't know how I didn't realize the representational ACCURACY of the song on our leads' … Continue reading “I’m not looking for somebody with some superhuman gifts.” –CMV/AMV Saturday (06/23/18)

“These Games We Play of Blood and War” (or, I’m taking drabble prompts.)

"And in that moment, staring up at darkened clouds cracked by Kintsukuroi twilight, he knew that broken things could be rejoined; maybe... maybe everything wasn't lost. Maybe hope existed here." It's your turn to decide! Keeping it very short and sweet tonight, if you're interested in submitting a Hakuouki drabble prompt for me to wax … Continue reading “These Games We Play of Blood and War” (or, I’m taking drabble prompts.)

Hakuouki: Oni Dreams (poetry, HijiChi inspired)

*reposted/reformatted for blog purposes* -Hakuouki: Oni Dreams- In the night-every night-he can feel it. Pulsing. Burning. Aching. Closing his eyes, he holds his breath. He waits. The images come. These sored dreams are, for all their perversion, everything he cares to remember. And yet, he fights to forget. The sensation, reminiscent of the quench of … Continue reading Hakuouki: Oni Dreams (poetry, HijiChi inspired)

Declines and Swells (a ficlet based on “Hakuouki” media) —HaraChi

Author's Note: Hakuouki is historically based, and as such one might look to history as a vague representation of what's to come. Is history a spoiler for canonical deaths? You tell me. I will say that this story is canonically based and does includes a major character death. I cannot say who this warning regards, … Continue reading Declines and Swells (a ficlet based on “Hakuouki” media) —HaraChi

What’s in a Name? (a ficlet based on “Wild Dance of Kyoto” and “Warrior Spirit of the Blue Sky”) -HijiChi

*surprisingly spoiler free* Author's Note: If you've seen the films mentioned above, you'll remember the significance of Hijikata's letter. If you haven't, that it is significant should prove obvious in my prose. However, I find that when watching Hakuouki, especially the movies, something even more significant jumps out at me. Hence, "What's in a Name?" … Continue reading What’s in a Name? (a ficlet based on “Wild Dance of Kyoto” and “Warrior Spirit of the Blue Sky”) -HijiChi

Feat. a Character Who Taught You Something About Love (30 Day Character Challenge, Day 11)

Yuri Katsuki taught me that love doesn't need a label to be meaningful, to be beautiful. I've written an expose on the relationship between Victor and Yuri in the past*, but I'll reiterate that this show moved me because of its ambiguity. Yuri's passion for the ice as a manifestation of his love for Victor doesn't … Continue reading Feat. a Character Who Taught You Something About Love (30 Day Character Challenge, Day 11)