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A Yuri on Ice Dream: Love is Love, Gay or Not (OWLS Blog Tour)

Happy February, my dear folks! I’m super excited to kick off this month’s OWLS Blog Tour. For the full schedule of tour stops by all the participating members, click here. I hope you enjoy my tour post. Thank you.

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Yuri on Ice “Flight” Blog Tour

An individual takes flight when there is a goal, a dream, or an ambition that he or she wants to achieve. However, for this blog tour, we are going to look at “flight” in different lenses: the underdog’s dream, the possibilities that Yuri on Ice allows viewers to think about, and also the dangers of greed and ignorance that can influence one’s dream.

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The Wonder of Short Film “Shelter”…and the Debate: Is it Really Anime?

I’m sure that many of you have already heard and watched the latest trending anime short film titled Shelter, a collaboration between electronic music producers Porter Robinson and Madeon and, of course, Japanese animation studio A-1 Pictures.

Shelter tells the story of Rin, a 17-year-old girl who lives her life inside of a futuristic simulation completely by herself in infinite, beautiful loneliness. Each day, Rin awakens in virtual reality and uses a tablet which controls the simulation to create a new, different, beautiful world for herself. Until one day, everything changes, and Rin comes to learn the true origins behind her life inside a simulation.


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What is the Great Treasure in “ONE PIECE”?

The heights that the ONE PIECE series has reached are on another level. Nobody can deny that. A Guinness World Record is certainly more than enough proof of its greatness. It’s also my #1 favourite series. But like so many people, I also wonder what in the world is the great treasure, ONE PIECE, which is the namesake of the series itself.  What is this mysterious treasure said to be of unimaginable value that Gol D. Roger, the Pirate King, left for all the world to seek just before he was executed?

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Does “Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei” Promote Suicide?

Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei (さよなら絶望先生) is a manga series by Kumeta Kouji (久米田 康治).  It spawned 3 anime seasons with a number of OVA’s.

Today’s post is not a topic that I’m enthusiastic in discussing.  But as a fan of SZS, I feel the need to at least defend it from those “critics”—more like ignorant weasels who haven’t even watched the anime, but just saw pictures of Nozomu hanging himself under a tree—who think that it promotes suicide.

I can understand why some may think this way.  After all, the main protagonist, Itoshiki Nozomu, is always attempting to kill himself but ends up failing every single time (Well, he died in an episode but that was like a side-story in an alternate universe).  This happens so often that it is one of the series’ iconic running gags, and of course one of its main themes, as well.

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Kamiya Hiroshi Shouldn’t Have Had to Apologize for Having a Family

Fans of seiyuu Kamiya Hiroshi (神谷浩史) like myself are abuzz by the disclosure of a photo of him carrying a little boy on a Japanese tabloid last month.  This photo and its implication that Kamiya fathered a child immediately trended on Twitter Japan, and in fact it was via Twitter that I learned about this incident.

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