Japanese Horror Film Violence Voyager Is Really Out There: A Reflection

Just in time for Halloween, I watched a horror movie that's not quite like anything I've ever seen before. The film is Violence Voyager, an animated Japanese film directed by Ujicha. And oh boy. Where do I even begin? I'll start out by saying... Violence Voyager was weird. Downright bizarre. But that's okay because I like … Continue reading Japanese Horror Film Violence Voyager Is Really Out There: A Reflection

Sarazanmai Analsis

Sarazanmai: Desire, Love, Circles, and Buddhism. My Analysis and Personal Interpretation

Since Yurikuma Arashi is one of my favorite yuri anime and Kunihiko Ikuhara is one of my favorite directors, I had to watch Sarazanmai when I heard about it. Needless to say, I loved all of its surrealism, quirkiness, and... gayness. Ambiguous and metaphor-laced anime series always inspire me to write, forcing me to stretch … Continue reading Sarazanmai: Desire, Love, Circles, and Buddhism. My Analysis and Personal Interpretation

Rai’s Guide To Being An Environmentally Friendly Anime Fan

This is going to sound really strange, but I've been thinking a lot about plastic recently. About how it's literally everywhere and at the same time terrible for the environment. Then, while still contemplating this, I looked around my room and made a discovery: it's overflowing with plastic. There's the regular everyday items like water bottles, … Continue reading Rai’s Guide To Being An Environmentally Friendly Anime Fan

The Importance of Lily Hoshikawa Being a Trans Girl (Zombie Land Saga)

It's pretty obvious if you anything about know me: I really like idols and cute girls. But I also love darkness, with series like Black Butler or Elfen Lied being some of my personal favorites. So naturally, I was drawn to Zombie Land Saga and its undead idols. Besides its hilarity, I was very impressed … Continue reading The Importance of Lily Hoshikawa Being a Trans Girl (Zombie Land Saga)

Why Are Anime Girls Always Dieting? Female Body Image and Weight in Japan

As someone who has watched many anime with all-girls casts, there’s a trend I've noticed over time. Anime girls are always going on diets - it happens in Sailor Moon, Love Live, Uma Musume, and even in Lucky Star. And loads more. I began to ask myself, “Why are all these girls so obsessed with … Continue reading Why Are Anime Girls Always Dieting? Female Body Image and Weight in Japan

My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness Manga Cover

Self Care in My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness (OWLS September Blog Tour)

Hi everyone - it's time for my monthly OWLS post! For September, our theme was self-care, and I immediately thought of Nagata Kabi's manga My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness. This compelling biographical manga tells the real-life story of Nagata, a Japanese women who dealt with depression, anxiety, and mental illness for years before accepting her … Continue reading Self Care in My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness (OWLS September Blog Tour)