Journal 10: On Blogging Status

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Anime Paint

For the past three years, this blog and its readers had been so good to me. Just by rambling about Japanese cartoons, I discovered a lot of fascinating stuff and encountered many interesting people. More than anything else, I’m thankful for the fun memories that I gained and lessons that I learned.

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Chihayafuru: An Offspring of Shoujo, Poetry, and Athletics

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Chihayafuru - Kana, Taichi, Chihaya, Nishida, and Komano

It was an absolute delight to once again see the entire crew of Chihayafuru. Each time I watch this anime I get chills, inspiration, and exhilaration all at the same time—a nice set of feelings, I would say—as if I’m trapped in this subtle yet impassionate spell of Karuta.

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Nekomonogatari, A Catwalk of Eyegasm

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Nekomonogatari

Nekomonogatari relived Hanekawa’s past and cat history. Personally, I find her as the most underrated character; that’s why it’s nice how Shaft dedicated a short series solely for her. This show may not have the same magical feel that I experienced with Bakemonogatari but it’s evocative how it catwalked us through to the hallmark of Monogatari’s one-of-a-kind perversion—the intricately artsy and titillating poses.

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The Power of Shipping in Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun

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Ship, ship, ship!

Coming from the word relationshipshipping has been a trending term among anime fans. Why would it not be? Love is beautiful… and even more wonderful if romance is part of the picture. Ship is the idea in which two characters, fictional or non-fictional, are in an intimate relationship. As every shoujo-holic knows, the doki doki feeling makes the show emotionally engaging and exciting.♥

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