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Mimi wo Sumaseba begins with a song. “Take Me Home, Country Roads” bustles by as the camera pans over traffic and worn homes, capturing routine activities in the western Tokyo surburbs.

Anyone who’s had a hand in editorial blogging before recognizes the difficulty of coming up with something interesting to say on a regular basis. In fact, here in my weekly struggle contemplating what the heck I should write about, I gave up and figured, “well, why not write about other people trying to write?”.

Anyone who knows me is aware that I consider Aku no Hana as junk food. It is mindblowingly entertaining because of all its absurdities and complete lack of a foundation, but it is ultimately unsubstantial and unstimulating.

Every genre has its litter of stereotypes, expectations, and form of “generic”—the buzzword of anime communities. The majority of stories fall into telltale signs of trope mongering, and it is obvious why: they are called tropes for a reason, and they wouldn’t be doing their job otherwise.

The rocket to the moon has launched! In less obtuse opaque words, I’ve decided to log my journey to learn Japanese, partially so that it could be helpful and/or motivating to others aiming to do the same; also, partially for personal reasons so that I can reflect on my language acquisition skills and consider what […]

2006 marks the last airing of Mushishi, a small journey within a rural Shinto-inspired Japan. It is, in essence, about harmony—emanating the struggle for humans to find balance in their lives and to attain kiyome (“purity”) among the cycles of nature.