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 […]

「I Am a Cat」is My Favourite Work of Sōseki Natsume

For these past few weeks, I’ve been reading a lot of books by Sōseki Natsume (夏目 漱石 / Natsume Sōseki), who is often considered as the greatest writer in modern Japanese history.  I don’t know much about him besides the brief biographical notes included in his books, but it seems to me that his scholarly life and […]

I Survived An Attempted Sexual Assault

Warning:  This post discusses a mature subject matter and contains words and images that are not suitable for younger audiences.  Reader discretion is advised. Some of you have noticed my silence here on WordPress this past week.  You may have concluded that I’m taking one of my regular breaks, since most of you already know that I’m […]