October Mythology Special: The Legends Surrounding Sun Showers

A.B. Mitford’s Tales of Old Japan has in it an enchanting story of a very particular wedding, a fox’s wedding. He tells of two young, white foxes here: “Now it happened that in a famous old family of foxes there was a beautiful young lady-fox, with such lovely fur that the fame of her jewel-like … More October Mythology Special: The Legends Surrounding Sun Showers

October Mythology Special: Nurikabe (The Wall Yokai)

This edition of October Mythology Special comes with a true story from a pretty famous mangaka: Mizuki Shigeru, the creator of GeGeGe no Kitaro. Everything is Scary recounts his story on their site: “In his historical memoir, Showa, Mizuki depicts an encounter that brought him incredibly close to the most senseless of all deaths. While … More October Mythology Special: Nurikabe (The Wall Yokai)

October Mythology Special: Zashiki Warashi

“About 600 years ago, a warrior was fleeing forces from the south when he discovered and befriended two six-year-old brothers. The oldest brother came down with a deadly illness, and succumbed after swearing to protect his home – the land of Ryokufuso Inn. When the owners and visitors of Ryokufuso Inn began noticing strange occurrences … More October Mythology Special: Zashiki Warashi

Waxing Philosophical: On the Fate of Those Who Can See Youkai

I love stories about youkai, whether it be in anime or manga form. Mythology, especially that of Japan, has always been a huge interest for me, as you can probably tell from the plan for next month and my posts on the mythology of Ancient Magus Bride. Which also means that I’ve spent a lot … More Waxing Philosophical: On the Fate of Those Who Can See Youkai

Some Short Thoughts on The Night is Short, Walk on Girl Film

Today and yesterday mark the two-day only release of Misaaki Yuasa’s new film The Night is Short, Walk on Girl in US theaters. I almost didn’t get tickets, as the ones at the theater closest to me were selling out rather quickly, even a two weeks before the release. Now, I’m so glad I decided … More Some Short Thoughts on The Night is Short, Walk on Girl Film

Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms – The Cyclical Nature of Life and Motherhood

After months of waiting and teaser trailers that showed off its awesome animation and world, I finally got the chance to see Maquia in theaters. There seems to be more modern sci-fi or slice-of-life movies coming out than say high fantasy or stories that focus on fantastical worlds. Your Name and A Silent Voice being … More Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms – The Cyclical Nature of Life and Motherhood

Tada-kun Never Falls in Love (Tada-kun wa Koi wo Shinai) Anime Review

Tada-kun Never Falls in Love was one of the stand-out animes of the Spring 2018 season. I mentioned in my First Impressions post that it was series I could see becoming one of the romances I would keep watching all season. It had some tough competitors last season, and while it didn’t necessarily come out … More Tada-kun Never Falls in Love (Tada-kun wa Koi wo Shinai) Anime Review

Kakuriyo: Bed & Breakfast for Spirits Anime 1st Cour Review

I’m a sucker for youkai shows, so when this one started streaming on Crunchyroll last season, you bet I followed along with every episode. It matched well with both the other romance animes airing that season as well as the food-based shows. I was a little worried that it would wind up following a lot … More Kakuriyo: Bed & Breakfast for Spirits Anime 1st Cour Review

Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku Anime – The Nerdy Romance We Needed

I feel like over the course of this blog I’ve read, watched, and reviewed more highschool romances than I can count now, with even more sitting on the back-burner waiting for their moment. It’s been a never-ending cycle of young girls worrying over indirect kisses, love triangles that always end how you expect them to, … More Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku Anime – The Nerdy Romance We Needed