After the Rain (Koi wa Ameagari no You ni) Anime Review

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The Winter 2018 season brought us a new romance anime on Amazon Prime, one that has both excited people and garnered some controversy. I found myself quite excited to see what the show had to offer as the art seemed pretty solid and the story could present some interesting takes on the nature of stagnation and people’s dreams for the future. However, one of the major roadblocks and criticisms of the story has been the relationship between Akira and Kondo, their age gap, and the nature of their relationship. It’s been interesting to see how the show both works around this and fails in some ways to mitigate those criticisms. For me, the show had its ups and downs. I did enjoy the art of the series at points, and I did enjoy the story surrounding their relationship, but I can recognize that After the Rain has its faults.

After the Rain follows the story of ex-track club star who, after sustaining an injury that leaves her unable to run anymore, takes up a part-time job at a family restaurant. It’s there that she meets Kondo, the bumbling 40-year-old divorced manager of the store, a man she finds herself falling for. It’s a story about stagnation in the pursuit of dreams and the choices we make when facing a crossroads. One girl dreamed of being a track star and feeling the wind in her face. One man dreamed of following his passion and writing the next great novel. Will either of them be able to keep the promises they made to themselves? Continue reading

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Anime Boston 2018 Overview – A Weekend of Manga, Merch, and More!

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Hey y’all! I’m sitting here now on my couch with a comfy blanket surrounding me while my legs recover from all the walking I did this weekend. Man, I just don’t have the stamina for conventions anymore. I must be getting old. It’s been a long time since I’ve been to Anime Boston, but with the company of a good friend from my college years, I decided this year would be a good time to see if the convention has improved at all. My first experience with Anime Boston was about five or so years ago when I first moved to Boston. Was just coming off the experience of hosting and planning my own fan convention at my college, and had it in my head that I wanted to try and get more involved in a bigger convention. I tried volunteering at Anime Boston that year and, well, let’s say it didn’t go too well and I just kind of found the convention overall to be fairly lackluster. I’m pleased to say, coming back after so long, that I had a really great time and managed to find a lot of great panels that piqued my interest this time around. I also, unfortunately for my wallet, found a lot of manga and other merch that piqued my interest. Keep reading for more on both of these! Continue reading

Last Week in Geekdom – Your Weekly News Round-up (3/26-4/1)

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Welcome back to another “Last Week in Geekdom” where I comb the internet for the most important news you need to know. I’m currently sitting on the floor of the convention hall at Anime Boston as I write this introduction. It’s the last day of the convention and the place is fairly dead. It’s been super fun revisiting a convention I haven’t been to in upwards of five years, and I hope you all will take a minute to read my Anime Boston recap and merch haul post that will be coming later tonight or tomorrow. There were some super cool panels and I bought way too much manga for my own good. Anyways, on with the news and I hope you’ve all had a great Easter/April Fool’s Day! Continue reading