Author Archives: Merlin

Some of the Anime Fantasies I’ve Been Seeing Recently

I’m sure it will come as such a great surprise when I say, “This post is inspired by the latest crop of anime.” 😉 In all seriousness, it’s nothing special to note that the entire library of stories which we … Continue reading

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She’s the Villainness, So She’s Taming the Final Boss… and a Whole Lot of Other Stuff

This is one of those anime that starts out strong, and coherent, but then completely biffs it because it tries to do too much and go in too many directions at once. I’m the Villainness, So I’m Taming the Final … Continue reading

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Sunday’s Wisdom #428: Have Patience

“One step at a timeThere’s no need to rushIt’s like learning to flyOr falling in love” – from “One Step at a Time,” by Jordin Sparks Perhaps it’s the lingering effects of the new year, but I seem to be … Continue reading

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I Really Liked Troll

I saw the trailers for Troll, and I was not particularly interested. My mother, however, was insistent on my seeing it and, being from Norway, she is not the type to be easily dissuaded (a quality she passed on to me … Continue reading

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Sunday’s Wisdom #427: Seeing Belief

“You have to see it to believe it, that’s what they say. It’s the opposite. You have to believe in something to see it.” – Tobias Tidemann, Troll These are the words spoken by a father to his daughter as … Continue reading

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Why We Drop Anime (and Other Stories)

Like several other bloggers I saw, I recently posted a small list of my personal favorite anime from last year, 2022. But I also had a recent experience which left me considering the anime at the other end of the spectrum, … Continue reading

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Reincarnated as a Sword

The isekai trope has become so overwhelmingly prevalent – alongside harems and overpowered protagonists – that there are new tropes rising within the trope. For instance, reincarnating the hero as something other than human, like a slime, or a spider, or a … Continue reading

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Sunday’s Wisdom #426: Sacrifice is Difficult

“It wouldn’t be much of a sacrifice if it wasn’t difficult, now would it?” – Sir Lieutenant Hugh Madigan, Into the Storm The Malcontents, by Larry Correia The exact context of this quote involves a sermon which one of Madigan’s … Continue reading

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My Favorite Anime From 2022

This might be considered a little late, as we’re already two weeks into 2023. Certainly, it comes well behind a number of similar posts I’ve seen from my fellow bloggers, most of which posted within a couple of days, or … Continue reading

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An Unimpressive Tomodachi Game

This is one of those shows that tried very, very, very hard to be much smarter than it really was. The basic idea of Tomodachi Game, which translates into something like “Friendship Game” if I understand correctly, is that a group of … Continue reading

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