This is not a game about a coffee shop. ☕️ – a “Café Enchanté” Review

[Spoiler free until specified section] For the first time since 2019, I am the proud owner of new otome! I'd been wanting a few new titles released this year for quite some time, but I couldn't justify purchasing them for myself without reason; happily, I was fortunate enough to be gifted them for Christmas. As … Continue reading This is not a game about a coffee shop. ☕️ – a “Café Enchanté” Review

“Moe-lovers, please don’t murder me,” or reflecting on my discomfort around “The World’s Greatest First Love: The Case of Ritsu Onodera”

[The anime under discussion is rated TV-MA. Please proceed with appropriate caution.] I am ripping my retinas away from Hakuouki to write this post; yes, although it has been four years, I remain in love with said franchise to the point that I'm grinning like an idiot just listening to it play in the background. … Continue reading “Moe-lovers, please don’t murder me,” or reflecting on my discomfort around “The World’s Greatest First Love: The Case of Ritsu Onodera”

Embracing Every Stereotype and Reviewing “Magic-kyun! Renaissance” (sub)

I cannot believe I haven't reviewed this title. If anyone seeks an example of shoujo that makes obvious almost every facet and/or stereotype of the genre, I can think of no better show to suggest. That doesn't mean that Magic-kyun is some pinnacle of anime, but rather that it makes its shoujo elements so incredibly … Continue reading Embracing Every Stereotype and Reviewing “Magic-kyun! Renaissance” (sub)

The Best Retort is Rising to a Challenge — an excerpt of “1863, December”

(full story here) 1864, July -- The Kinmon Rebellion, Aftermath “How cruel, calling all of you that…” “Well, this is how others treat us. Don’t you worry yourself.” “But, it--” Chizuru is angry, and she doesn’t know what to do with it.  By all accounts, the Shinsengumi’s reputation shouldn’t really be her business. She is … Continue reading The Best Retort is Rising to a Challenge — an excerpt of “1863, December”

Welcome to the Fandom!—CQL 陈情令 The Untamed Watch Order

Welcome to… The Black Parade! No, I’m kidding... The Untamed! 陈情令! CQL! The fandom is a fun place to be, but it can be fraught with peril! Be aware of problematic fan art! Appreciate that MDZS and CQL are different (and CQL is better *wink*)! Go ham! You: MDZS? CQL? Me: LMNOP!!!You: ...Me: Yes, I … Continue reading Welcome to the Fandom!—CQL 陈情令 The Untamed Watch Order

CHAPTER 5: UNSEASONABLE ACTS OF REASON (OR, “A LONGING INVOCATION OF THE CASTAWAY”) — A HARACHI FANFICTION

Summary: “I wouldn’t call it nothing.”“Look, nothing I can just… say!” he snaps, but then he sighs again. “I’m sorry, Hijikata-san. It’s been a long few days.”“For Yukimura’s sake, we’re all going to pretend we have no idea what’s going on. We’re going to let you handle this at home where it belongs.” His voice … Continue reading CHAPTER 5: UNSEASONABLE ACTS OF REASON (OR, “A LONGING INVOCATION OF THE CASTAWAY”) — A HARACHI FANFICTION

“My favorite things,” –Shipper Edition

https://youtu.be/OC7vS02Y1zY Shipping just girls with boys? Who are you kidding? Boys who love boys are a thing (We stan ZhanYing!) But HaraChi under sakura in spring: it is still one of my favorite things. Cannon romances with chemistry stronger, or love straight created by fan-fiction authors: all kinds of pairings are supported here But still … Continue reading “My favorite things,” –Shipper Edition

Why aren’t we talking about Mo Dao Zu Shi? (A take on 魔道祖师, or “Grandmaster of Demonic Cultivation”)

People aren't talking nearly enough about Mo Dao Zu Shi (魔道祖师, AKA "Grandmaster of Demonic Cultivation"). I saw pretty art on Twitter and went hunting, only to find this GORGEOUS work that had me first reading 75 chapters of the manga before marathon watching a full season of donghua (Chinese animation) in one day. One … Continue reading Why aren’t we talking about Mo Dao Zu Shi? (A take on 魔道祖师, or “Grandmaster of Demonic Cultivation”)

CHAPTER 4: 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 4 Summary: She examines him as a child examines a stranger, peering at him from behind porch posts like a girl hiding behind the legs of her father. There’s a … Continue reading CHAPTER 4: UNSEASONABLE ACTS OF REASON (OR, “A LONGING INVOCATION OF THE CASTAWAY”) — A HARACHI FANFICTION

“Guide me to the world where your soul drifts”—-Supervillain Ships in “Sailor Moon”

We're on our way back from our anniversary trip to Chicago. As part of that trip, we visited the Field Museum, and at the Field Museum we saw (amongst many other things) a gemological exhibit. I noticed this: My brain 🧠 immediately whiplashed into Sailor Moon Mode (TM), and things only got worse from there: … Continue reading “Guide me to the world where your soul drifts”—-Supervillain Ships in “Sailor Moon”