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Anime Review: Don’t Toy With Me, Miss Nagatoro

Translation is a tricky business. The same Japanese phrase could mean “don’t tease me,” or “don’t mess with me,” but they went with “don’t toy with me.” Maybe because Takagi’s show already had a girl “teasing” her guy, and there’s … Continue reading

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Sunday’s Wisdom #410: Simple Answers

“Is a slave a slave if he doesn’t know he’s enslaved?” “Yes.” “Oh, I was hoping for a philosophical debate. Is that all I’m going to get, ‘Yes?’” “Yes.” – The Editor & the Doctor, Doctor Who Series 1, Episode … Continue reading

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My Anime Dungeons and Dragons Party

So, there’s this trend going round a couple Facebook groups I belong to. The idea is to assemble a dream crew as a Dungeons & Dragons party. Some people have used characters from books, some from movies, some even from … Continue reading

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My Isekai Life as a God-Sent Savior of the World

In the first episode, Yuji was powerful, but there was a clear limit to just how much he could do. By the time we reached the twelfth episode, they pretty much just nixed that and made him a mortal god. … Continue reading

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Sunday’s Wisdom #409: Scientific Belief in the Unseen

“That which can’t be seen simply hasn’t been studied yet. Therefore, the most unscientific thing a person can do is refuse to believe in things they can’t see.” – Sougen, Bucchigire!/Shine On! Bakumatsu Bad Boys! Season 1, Episode 11, “Rush! … Continue reading

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A quick note

To any subscribers of mine who receive my posts quickly, a quick note of explanation: Yes, I am working on a post dedicated to a D&D party made up of anime characters. It’s nowhere near ready, but I inadvertently pressed … Continue reading

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Sunday’s Wisdom #408: Love is No Weakness

“The soldiers of Japan are certainly strong, but I fear you’ve also just revealed a tremendous weakness… You’re hindered by a crippling love for your people.” “This weakness of ours happens to be our national policy.” – Emperor Molt Sol … Continue reading

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Sunday’s Wisdom #407: Working Together

“Guys, you’re all so talented and imaginative, but you can’t work together as a team. I’m just a construction worker, but when I had a plan and we were all working together, I mean, we could build a skyscraper! Now … Continue reading

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Sunday’s Wisdom #406: Too Much Thinking

“What’s the point in overthinking things?” – Winry Rockbell, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood OVA #2, “Simple People” When Winry says this, it’s part of a conversation with her friend, Edward. Ed asked why she got her ears pierced, and she explains … Continue reading

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Sunday’s Wisdom #405: The Strength of Mercy

“To my mind, it’s the certainty in myself that I posses which allows me to have that kind of mercy or compassion. There’s no wavering on that point. It’s fixed like the stars. The fact is, I’m never gonna be … Continue reading

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