We have once again, managed to make it through another month. Somehow. It’s also now the worst anniversary for a major historical event I’ve survived so…. that’s something. Anyway, I’m going to keep this short because I have a whooper of a feature for you so let’s get into it!
Once again, I’m out here starting a community feature selfishly. Sorry! So I know I just changed my schedule this past month, but now I’m announcing that I will be going on hiatus from April 1st through April 27th. I will be back for sure on April 28th to deliver the monthly Visual Kei&Anime post and resume from there. I might have a post or two go up during this time, but no promises. I will also be commenting, liking, and replying to things just not posting my own content. No major reason other then to keep stress down, and recharge my blogging batteries!
From around Youtube, I have stumbled across a lot of interesting channels. This time I wanted to suggest “Liminal Spaces (Exploring an Altered Reality)” by creator Solar Sands. I found it really interesting since I am guilty of randomly saying “ah yes… this is a liminal space” without ever really thinking about the implications of said word and the origin of it.
“How Horimiya helped me heal from a breakup” by The Kitten Who Eats Ramen, is a really touching piece to read. It’s a small slice of how fictional media really can help people process their real-world situations and scenarios. I really appreciate them opening up and sharing such a personal story with us.
Nothing like a good old top ten list, especially from a 6 year veteran on the blog-o-sphere! “6 Years and I give you my Top Ten favourite anime. . . what????” is that post from Lita Kino! Be sure to peruse it, and congratulate Lita Kino on their anniversary!
In a similar vein to The Kitten Who Eats Ramen’s post, we have Jessi from Season 1 Episode 1 with “Maybe It’s Unreachable for Me: Inadequacy in “SK8 The Infinity”“. It’s another insight to how situations in fiction, help, inspire, reflect on our own real world situations. Seeing that I also really resonated with this post, and with SK8 as well, I couldn’t help but share it here as well.
“Natsume’s Book of Friends – A slow, reflective start to a wonderful story” from Alo’s Watchlist… you know what this means? We got another one in the Natsume cult, folks! I am kidding of course, but again, it’s really lovely to read about someone’s first time experiance with a series you particularly enjoy.
It would be remiss of me not to mention Mecha March which is coming to a close as this post goes up. So I took a second look at all the submissions and had to post up the most fun collaboration post which was between Irina of I Drink and Watch Anime, and Scott of Mechanical Anime Reviews. Their respective posts are “Mecha March – What’s in a Design?” by Irina, and “#MechaMarch Show and Tell“. So be sure to check those out, and all the other Mecha March posts as well!
From Ren of Tea Time, we have “Light & Darkness: Feminist Narratives by Tomoko Yamashita“. It’s an intense look at the writing of the featured author and how she pens her narratives. I hadn’t heard of Tomoko’s works prior to this post, but this art is really distinct and the fact the narratives are just as striking.
Dramas and Movies
From Evening Tea Musings we have “Drama Spotlight: N no Tameni“. I’m not familiar with this series myself, but it’s always nice to see an older drama get highlighted.
You would like a title called Tori Girl, I would have been all over this movie. Alas, I have not seen it. So luckily we have Telzeytalks from Dramaswithasideofkimchi in “A Fangirl’s Japanese Movie Review: Tori Girl” to tell us all about the good and bad of the story!
I talked about Fish Story last year as part of my A-Z Movie Challenge. Kapodaco has now talked about Fish story in their post, “DAY FOUR: FISH STORY (2009) (MOTM 2021)“. We both has vastly similar, and also completely different experiences with the film. Make sure you check it out, because it’s a fun time reading and watching it regardless!
“Cherry Magic! Thirty Years of Virginity Can Make You A Wizard?! Series Review“, by Karandi of 100 Word Anime. I’m always curious what bloggers who typically associate with anime or manga, think of live action adaptations. From time to time, I get my wish! So for a more fresh perspective on this series, be sure to check it out.
“Tesuo – The Iron Man” by Shamelessly Self-Involved, has just made this very wild film, higher on my list. If you’ve never heard of this horror film now, you’re welcome. Everyone should know about it, even if you don’t want to watch it, just read this post!
From Coffee Fueled Film Rambles (CFFR) we have “What Does it Mean to Be Faithful to Godzilla’s Character? A Re-evaluation of Shin Gojira (2016)“. I didn’t even know that there was a semi-discourse about Godzilla’s character. So I started reading only to largely agree with CFFR, and that the discourse was pretty much a big nothing burger. However, it does make for an interesting read, especially if you’re a fan of this particular kaiju. So I highly recommend reading it out.
In a new to my feature, but their blog is now on my radar, is AnisaVonRuin with their post “My favourite D=OUT songs – an anniversary post“. I always love seeing someone be really passionate about a particular band, especially in the VKei scene. So this post really warmed my heart to read, since I’m only loosely familiar with the group. Be sure to give it a read since we have 14 years of D=OUT to celebrate!
I will always shout out those that shout out my favorites. So thank you Nick at The Bias List with “Buried Tresure: Fantastics – Play Back” for bringing more eyes and ears to Fantastics! Of course, be sure to take the song as well!
From Black & Yellow Gamers author Minty, we have “Music Monday|Utada Hikaru – One Last Kiss“. The queen is back, Miss Hikki of course, and Minty is bringing her takes on the latest release. One of the few releases from this month that’s been on repeat lately. Be sure to take a peek at the post, and listen t the song.
Jenn has returned to writing! And what a way to make a comeback as a contributor writing “VISIONS OF CYBERSEX: THE PRE-MATURE PROGNOSTICATIONS“. So yeah, I feel like the title says it all. And on top of that it’s an engaging read especially for any fans of Ghost in the Shell Innocence out there…
From The Animanga Spellbook, we have “A Guide to Nendoroids“, which is also rather self- explanatory but nonetheless a good read. Especially if you’re eyeing a particular hard to find one and are looking to make sure it’s legit.
“Of Fists and Cyborg Femboys (In pursuit of collectable “Holy grails”)” from animeheadretroworld, just made me happily clap my hands for them because well, they found some excellant holy grail items recently. So be sure to check it out, and give a round of applause for holy grails finally found!
In the realm of anime, and idol world in this… concept? Vtubers? I’m still not quite sure how to categorize Hololive, but luckily I don’t have to. Owningmatt93 on The Backloggers has a solid run-down, “In Defense of Hololive: Breaking Down the Standards of Idol Culture“. So for those like me who are aware, but not fully, this is the place to start and see if it’s for you!
To send you guys off for the moment, I have my recent musical obession with Willow Smith’s “Wait a Minute!”. I still don’t have a tic tok but they creep into Instagram, and well if you hear it enough times you need the full version. So here you go, and I’ll see you next month!