to pick up the pen and sing again – Another Late Night “Idolm@ster” Ramble

A common, but under-examined aspect of the human experience is paralysis. The feeling of “I can’t do that.” The inability to move on, the shock of freshly re-opened trauma, the crushing mundanity and idleness of simple insecurity. I recently lost part of my primary writing tool. This, coming off a rather difficult week of responsesContinue reading “to pick up the pen and sing again – Another Late Night “Idolm@ster” Ramble”

Weekly Anime Writing Roundup – 8/11/20

So it is Tuesday–Tuesday night at that–and I am only just now getting to this. A late one just three weeks in to my new schedule! Alas. You’ll have to forgive me, it’s been a rough few days here at the lakeside temple for reasons I mostly won’t get into here. On with the anime!Continue reading “Weekly Anime Writing Roundup – 8/11/20”

Apathy Is Not The Answer: The Anime Fan Community Needs To Defend Its Most Vulnerable Members

I don’t normally write things like this. I so don’t normally write things like this that I’m at something of a loss as to how to start this post. The specific catalyst for this post is a notice from Anilist moderators Mex and Electrochemist that they’re stepping down as staff members, but the issues hereContinue reading “Apathy Is Not The Answer: The Anime Fan Community Needs To Defend Its Most Vulnerable Members”

Weekly Anime Writing Roundup – 8/3/20

So it’s the middle of the night and I’ve committed to doing these on Mondays I guess. Whatever! Anime time. Twitter The Rolling Girls livewatch for #AniTwitWatches – An advantage of linking to the Twitter moments is that I can literally just copy and paste the links lmao. Anyhow: the arc of The Rolling Girls weContinue reading “Weekly Anime Writing Roundup – 8/3/20”

Weekly Anime Writing Roundup – 7/27/20

Hi folks! If you only follow me here on MPA you’ve probably not seen much of me lately. Iv’e been doing quite a lot of writing, but most of it not on here. From now on, I’m going to be trying to do a roundup of everything I’ve done in the past week related toContinue reading “Weekly Anime Writing Roundup – 7/27/20”

The Otafest Answer: Discovering Fun and Camaraderie in Exploration Through The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya

Originally posted on The Infinite Zenith:
“If there’s really that many people in the world, then there had to be someone who wasn’t ordinary. There had to be someone who was living an interesting life. There just had to be. Why wasn’t I that person?” –Haruhi Suzumiya Upon entering high school, Kyon’s dreams of living…

First Impressions: The Great Pretender is a Must-Watch

Sound the alarm, after a solid two years of bankrolling wet cement, Netflix has finally thrown their bullion behind something that people will actually want to watch again. But don’t take that to mean that The Great Pretender is a retread. Pretender is a live-wire technicolor battle-of-wits-slash-action-series that takes place in the streets of LAContinue reading “First Impressions: The Great Pretender is a Must-Watch”

Twenty Perfect Minutes – YuruYuri Season 2 Episode 11: The Akari Who Leapt Through Time

Twenty Perfect Minutes is an irregular column series where I take a look at single specific anime that shaped my experience with the medium, were important to me in some other way, or that I just really, really like. So, full disclosure, this episode is the reason Twenty Perfect Minutes exists. YuruYuri is a goodContinue reading “Twenty Perfect Minutes – YuruYuri Season 2 Episode 11: The Akari Who Leapt Through Time”

Twenty Perfect Minutes – Darling in the FranXX Episode 15: Jian

Twenty Perfect Minutes is an irregular column series where I take a look at single specific anime that shaped my experience with the medium, were important to me in some other way, or that I just really, really like. “It has to be you.” Whatever happened to Darling in The FranXX? Rarely are anime-originals asContinue reading “Twenty Perfect Minutes – Darling in the FranXX Episode 15: Jian”

Twenty Perfect Minutes – ReCREATORS Episode 1: The Wonderful Voyage

Twenty Perfect Minutes is an irregular column series where I take a look at single specific anime that shaped my experience with the medium, were important to me in some other way, or that I just really, really like. “You made this crazy world. I’m stuck between the two….” Re:CREATORS was a weird little blipContinue reading “Twenty Perfect Minutes – ReCREATORS Episode 1: The Wonderful Voyage”