The Mythology of Ancient Magus’ Bride: Part 2 (What Exactly Is Elias and more…)

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Welcome back to another installment of my new multi-part series where we look at the mythology behind Ancient Magus’ Bride. Throughout the series, we’ll be looking at both the origins of some of these characters as well as how their portrayals differ from the myth. As a general rule, each post will cover six new pieces of folklore and mythology, so if I’ve missed something, don’t be alarmed! I will most likely get around to it in a future installment. However, if you want to make sure I cover something, feel free to leave me a comment below or even tweet at me (link to my Twitter in the sidebar). Today, we’ll be covering some of the most interesting tidbits from the show and manga: my theories on the origins of Elias, the legend of Cartaphilus, the story behind the king of the cats, Silky’s dual history, the mythology behind Leanan Sidhe, and the history of changelings. As usual, I’ll provide links to all my sources, so feel free to click through them to learn more. Enjoy! Continue reading

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Winter 2018 First Impressions

Welcome to another installment of First Impressions for the Winter 2018 season. If you’re new here, there are a few simple guidelines this blog follows when it comes to first impressions. One, the shows I review here all have to fall under the romance genre umbrella. If you’d like to know what other shows I’m watching this season, you can follow me on MAL  or my Twitter to see updates there. Two, I follow the general three episode rule. That means I’ll try my best to watch three episodes of any show I plan to cover depending on their release schedule. There are two shows on this list that didn’t have a third episode out by the time of this post, so we’ll be going off the current number of episodes. As usual, if I’ve missed something, feel free to leave me a comment below and also feel free to tell me what shows you’re excited the most about this season. Now, without further ado, here are the new romance shows I’ve checked out for the Winter 2018 season. Continue reading

L-DK Manga Review

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This is probably my second or third read-through of this manga, and while I don’t think it’s the best romantic comedy or romance manga in general, I do feel like I’ll return to this one again in the future. I feel like this is one of those semi-cliche shoujo mangas that contains moments that both annoy me and move me to tears. The premise is fairly simple, but as the story progresses, we see a significant amount of character development packed into the quiet, introspective moments between the comedy and drama. It’s not just the story however that draws me back, it’s the quality of art throughout the manga especially when it comes to expressions. So, if you’re looking for a standard shoujo manga that has a tad more depth than most, L-DK might be one to check out.

The story follows high school girl Aoi Nishimori who convinced her family to let her live by herself after they were forced to relocate. A choice encounter with the prince of her school Shusei Kugayama, who rudely rejected her best friend’s confession, leaves her with a grudge against the prince. However, later that day she is greeted by her new neighbor who just so happens to be Shusei. To make matter worse, after an accident in his kitchen that renders his apartment unlivable, Shusei decides to move in with her. But will her hatred for him hold up in such confined conditions? Created by mangaka Ayu Watanabe, this manga has been serialized in the magazine Bessatsu Friend since 2009. The manga supposedly has 24 volumes, with the series coming to an end just this past year. It was also adapted for a live-action film in 2014 and nominated for Kodansha’s best shoujo romance that same year. Continue reading

Recovery of an MMO Junkie Anime Review

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Recovery of an MMO Junkie looked to be a romance anime that would really capture my interest last season, and I was not disappointed. It became not only a fairly entertaining romance but also a nearly equally deep look into online relationships and the reasons behind why people play MMOs. In fact, I’m actually planning a much longer article to look more in depth into this issue, but for the time being, I wanted to get my overall review out to you all first. As someone who frequently played these types of games all through high school, I found myself easily relating to the characters and the feelings they ascribed to their avatars and online friends. For anyone who finds or has found themselves logging into a game every night to meet with friends you have never met in real-life, I think this anime will be right up your alley.

Moriko Morioka is a 30-year-old successful career woman who decides to quit her taxing corporate job and become an elite NEET (not in employment, education, or training) and find a more fulfilling life. She joins an online MMORPG Fruits de Mer and creates a male character named Hayashi as her avatar. In game Hayashi meets another character Lily, a high level player who helps him learn the game. Hayashi and Lily become close friends and Hayashi joins her guild, @HomeParty. Meanwhile, in the real world, Moriko has a chance encounter with a good-looking elite company employee, Yuta Sakurai, who may have ties with her online life. Adapted from the webcomic by Rin Kokuyō, it was picked up for the anime adaptation by Signal MD and licensed for US simulcast by Crunchyroll for their Fall 2017 season. Continue reading

Just Because Anime Review

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Just Because was one of the romances of last season I was most looking forward to. One of the reasons being that it strived to depict life for high school students during that interim period between college exams and graduation. Mixed with the problems of adolescent romance, it looked as though this could be a series that accomplished something different. I think we have far too many school romances that focus on the whole of high school life or the middle of it. They may depict college exams and graduation, but they don’t start their story there. This turbulent time adds to the drama and adds to the stress the characters are feeling as well as giving a sense of limbo to their relationships. Even with the problems surrounding this series production, I did find myself enjoying the ride through mundane life and romance.

This original series was written by Hajime Kamoshida, the creator behind The Pet Girl of Sakurasou. Production was handled by the small studio Pine Jam and licensed in the US on Amazon’s former Anime Strike. This anime follows the lives of a group of high school students during their last semester and the drama that arises with the appearance of a new transfer student, Eita Izumi. Izumi had lived there during middle school but had to move away because of his father’s job. On his return, old feelings resurface and new relationships are formed. For most students, the end of the school year is expected to be devoid of fanfare, but not for these students. Continue reading

Brothers Conflict Anime Review

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Brothers Conflict was something I watched a long time ago when the sub was still streaming on Funimation. I’ve always meant to review this one, and this interim period while the most recent shows are finishing up gave me a chance to sit back down again and watch it all the way through. This second watch-through, however, has made me realize just how uninteresting this anime is overall. It has it’s good moments, don’t get me wrong, and I think fans of reverse-harems and the otome genre might appreciate it, but I feel like I don’t get that much enjoyment anymore out of series that don’t try and do anything different with their concept.

The series was originally a novel which got turned into a manga, 4-koma comic, and then Playstation otome games before finally becoming an anime in 2013. The story follows the life of highschool student Ema Hinata who finds out that her father will soon be getting married to another woman and she will soon have 13 new brothers. In order to not be a bother to her newlywed parents, Ema decides to live together with her new extended family. As Ema tries to make a place for herself in this new family, her brothers are also having a hard time accepting her as just a sister. Continue reading

The Mythology of Ancient Magus’ Bride: Part 1

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Ancient Magus’ Bride has wound up being one of my favorite mangas and animes so far. If you haven’t read my review of the manga, you really should, if only to get my general overview of the series before I start diving into things here. I’ve always had an interest in mythology and religion, and this anime has revitalized that interest by giving me a lot of areas to dig in to and research. Below are just a few of the origins behind the main and side characters of this anime. This will have to be a multi-part series as there is just way too much to cover. As I’m writing this right now, it’s turned out to be about four pages worth of information. For this first segment, I’ve decided to stay within the anime and its content thus far, but for later segments, I will be delving more into the manga. I’ve included some links to my sources within the text and after each segment, but if I’ve missed a better source or some piece of information, feel free to let me know in the comments. As a general note, most of this will just be a general overview, as I don’t have the space to get into every bit of a certain legend. I hope these bits will inspire you to do research of your own as well. Continue reading