“The New Threat!/For the Love of a Child” — DBZ Re-Written as Shoujo (Ep 1, Part 1)

The idea of this project is so ridiculous and difficult that I almost didn’t know where to begin. I mean, come on, who else do you know is silly enough to attempt a re-write of the ultimate shounen fighter, Dragon Ball Z, as a shoujo of all things. It’s pretty crazy, all right, but it…… Continue reading “The New Threat!/For the Love of a Child” — DBZ Re-Written as Shoujo (Ep 1, Part 1)

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])

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)

Feature the Best Singer (30 Day Character Challenge, Day 22)

My heart! I finally have a chance to bring up this human and his (literally) magical music again! Teika (Magic-Kyun Renaissance!) is too much for me, guys. He can’t be a husbando because he’s a minor, but if you gave his voice to one of his older brothers? Totally husbando material. I mean, look at…… Continue reading Feature the Best Singer (30 Day Character Challenge, Day 22)

May is Hard. (This was supposed to be a blog update, but now I don’t know what it is?)

Warning: I don’t even know what this is. Is it even coherent? Maybe not. I will admit that I am not currently my best self. It is with much self-depreciation (and as vaguely emo music plays through my headphones) that I morosely admit as much, but I feel that makes the statement no less true. I’m…… Continue reading May is Hard. (This was supposed to be a blog update, but now I don’t know what it is?)

“An Overarching Motive to this Pseudo-Slice of Life” (Or, Brief Initial Impressions of Kakuriyo—Bed & Breakfast for Spirits)

When you can spontaneously identify J. Michael Tatum in a piece, I suppose that should be indicative that a Shoujo like me will at least take passing interest. Truthfully, however, I’ve fallen rapidly for Kakuriyo, and I don’t care who knows it! How could I not be interested in a title sporting such a particular…… Continue reading “An Overarching Motive to this Pseudo-Slice of Life” (Or, Brief Initial Impressions of Kakuriyo—Bed & Breakfast for Spirits)

Memories of a Past Life and Love: Musings on “The Betrayal Knows My Name”

There is much to be said for shadows, heartbreak, and betrayal. The Betrayal Knows My Name, alternately known as Uragiri wa Boku no Namae wo Shitteiru (or Uraboku for short) centers around an orphaned teenage boy named Yuki who is about to graduate high school and move on to his unsure yet promising future. His chances are…… Continue reading Memories of a Past Life and Love: Musings on “The Betrayal Knows My Name”

The Contrary Musings of Iba Hachiro (Or, “a monster of the lascivious kind”) —Hakuoki: Edo Blossoms Drabble

“He bolts upright with a moan or a gasp…” A/N: This drabble is rated M. I don’t read smut, and I don’t write smut, but this arc is critical to the development of one of my favorite Hakuouki characters, and it couldn’t *not* be touched upon if I hoped to do him justice. Like the…… Continue reading The Contrary Musings of Iba Hachiro (Or, “a monster of the lascivious kind”) —Hakuoki: Edo Blossoms Drabble

“Weak at the knees, biting our lips, flushing red, and holding our breath…” (or, “Why Good Girls Like Bad Boys: A Look Into Shoujo Psychology”)

WARNING: I really struggled when writing on this subject, attempting to balance levity, truth, and observation while keeping the post factual and appropriate. Also, NOT ALL OF THESE ASSERTIONS ARE THE MINDSET OF HEALTHY, ADULT PERSPECTIVES ON RELATIONSHIP. I know I’m an adult, but I’m still quite young enough to get caught up various mindsets…… Continue reading “Weak at the knees, biting our lips, flushing red, and holding our breath…” (or, “Why Good Girls Like Bad Boys: A Look Into Shoujo Psychology”)

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)