Author Archives: Merlin

Sunday’s Wisdom #403: Worth the Risk

“Although there’s lots of bad things in the world, there’s lots of good, too, and those things make the risk worthwhile.” – Eliaria Jamil, By the Grace of the Gods Episode 2, “Departure, With the Slimes” Eliaria is a young … Continue reading

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(The Fun) In the Heart of Kunoichi Tsubaki

Most longtime anime fans have encountered or heard of that unofficial genre of titles which consist entirely of Cute Girls Doing Cute Things (CGDCT). This anime, in a nutshell, is a mix of that with Naruto. It’s Cute Ninja Girls Doing Cute Ninja … Continue reading

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Sunday’s Wisdom #402: It’s What We Do With Our Gifts

“Gifts don’t make you better, just different. It’s how you use them that counts.” – Beast Boy, Teen Titans Season 1, Episode 4, “Forces of Nature” When Beast Boy says this, he is relating a lesson that he has recently … Continue reading

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Slimes, Slaves, and Sexy Maids: The New Wave of Tropes?

It’s no secret whatsoever: when something new and unusual gets any sort of success, it gets copycatted out the freaking wazoo. Hollywood’s scramble to imitate the Marvel Cinematic Universe is but one outstanding example of that. There’s also all the … Continue reading

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The Executioner and Her Dark and Epic Way of Life

This feels like one of those times where the author said, “You know what? Let’s take these tropes and make them as twisted and disturbing as absolutely possible! Let’s go the extra mile to really freak people out!” And considering … Continue reading

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Sunday’s Wisdom #401: Pioneer Spirit

“The pioneers gave up their safety, their comfort, and sometimes their lives to build our new West. They were determined to make the New World strong and free, an example to the world. Some would say that those struggles are … Continue reading

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A Cute and Hilarious Love After World Domination

I grew up watching Power Rangers. From Mighty Morphin to Time Force, with a bit of Wild Force there at the end, if I recall correctly. It has been a very long time since I paid the franchise much attention, but even if one … Continue reading

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Sunday’s Wisdom #400: We Are Human

“We know the truth. We know we’re not devils. We know we’re not gods. We’re human. We’re only human!” – Edward Elric, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood Episode 4, “An Alchemist’s Anguish” When Ed says this, he is speaking with the voice … Continue reading

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Some Non-Combative Magic Systems in Anime

War is the natural state of Man. That was observed by Thomas Hobbes, and he was referring to how the absence of government leaves every man in the world fighting a war against every other man in the world. Conflict … Continue reading

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The Skeleton Knight is Living His Real Fantasy in Another World

In the first instant of the opening scene, a man rips the front of a girl’s dress off as she screams in terror. Advisory warning comes up: “This show contains scenes that some viewers may find disturbing. Viewer discretion is … Continue reading

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