Stars Align And The Importance Of Compassion In Social Justice

You may or may not have heard about this anime, but if you had it was likely from Anifem's glowing reviews of the series, Fanbyte, or perhaps the viral clip of two characters discussing gender norms and a father-figure who is transgender. There's also a very relevant post by The Afictionato on how it compares … Continue reading Stars Align And The Importance Of Compassion In Social Justice

5 Classic Live-Action Movies/TV Shows For Anime Fans (That Aren’t Adaptations Of Anime)

Clue (The Original 1985 Film) A relatively small cast of quirky off-the-wall characters that are constantly all but (or actually) at each other's necks? Off-the-wall stupid death/arrest-defying shenanigans? Re-watching something again and again to find hints and foreshadowing? The original Clue movie's got ya covered on all of these bases. Seven strangers are stuck in … Continue reading 5 Classic Live-Action Movies/TV Shows For Anime Fans (That Aren’t Adaptations Of Anime)

Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Brock’s So Called “Jelly-Filled Donuts” (Onigiri Rice Balls)

Pretty much every Pokemon fan and even mainstream anime fan has heard the jelly-filled donuts joke at least once, such is the wild legacy of 4kids anime localization. It's become a classic legendary-tier meme to the point that even the official english Pokemon twitter account (knowingly) referenced it on National Doughnut Day this year 2019. … Continue reading Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Brock’s So Called “Jelly-Filled Donuts” (Onigiri Rice Balls)

Gyarados: The Chinese Dragon?

On right: Flag of the Qing dynasty Gyarados is a Water/Flying type in the Pokemon video games, yet it is often thought of as a dragon-like Pokemon. This is in part because of it's resemblance to Chinese Dragons. It also learns Dragons Rage, a move which was showcased prominently during it's first major appearance in … Continue reading Gyarados: The Chinese Dragon?

Magikarp And The Dragons Gate: It’s Connection With Chinese And Japanese Mythology.

Right image: Art by Yuumei It's impressive how much thought has been put behind Pokemon designs as far back as the original Red and Blue games in 1996. The designers took inspiration from a plethora of mythologies and urban legends. Magikarp is no exception. The "useless" fish that in the first game could only learn … Continue reading Magikarp And The Dragons Gate: It’s Connection With Chinese And Japanese Mythology.