Ya-yo, ya-yo

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A Vicious Cycle of Starts and Stops in Welcome to the NHK

Welcome to the NHK is very specific in its storytelling, but its message and themes can be broadened outside of the target demographic, that is NEETs and hikikomoris. Continue reading “A Vicious Cycle of Starts and Stops in Welcome to the NHK”

Showing Some Character: Misaki Nakahara

This is a new series I’m trying out. No promises on making this a scheduled thing, but it’s something I could see myself doing more of in the future. I’ll be looking at characters from anime and manga that resonated with me or I found interesting in some way, or even be kind to some characters I don’t particularly like but maybe had a few instances of surprise growth or intrigue to them.

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In Defense of Monkey D. Luffy

Many are of the opinion that Monkey D. Luffy is a one-dimensional character, or under the impression that he is just another generic stupid goofy shounen protagonist who turns serious when fighting for his friends. I believe this is a pretty narrow way of looking at what I consider a remarkably well-written character.

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Manga Moments: Tatsuhiro Satou’s Reversal

Reading through the both hilarious and painfully relatable at times manga Welcome to NHK has some interesting scenes. And while the series is ripe to pick from many uncomfortably real and all-too funny moments, there is one in particular I’d like to highlight, as I consider it an especially amusing set of scenes.

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Times I Should’ve Cried Reading One Piece

One Piece is one of the biggest emotional roller coaster rides I’ve ever been on and hasn’t stopped. So why do I have such a tough time expressing the FEELS during its more tragic, somber and heartfelt moments through the bittersweet reaction of tears?

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Sanji is NOT a Womanizer!

There seems to be this idea that started long ago – that Sanji is a womanizer, to the extent that even the creator, Eiichiro Oda agrees and has referred to him as such. Now, you might think the creator’s words are gospel to their works, but not when it comes to a fundamental misunderstanding of the meaning of a word, here, in contrast with the character’s contrary attitude, behavior, and actions.

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