What do you like in an anime couple?

Credit to linked pixiv user

In a post on the blog Shojo Corner, author starsamaria discusses what qualities the best anime and manga couples possess. Like many other things in the fandom, what makes an anime couple good to one fan could be quite the contrary to another, so it was interesting to read the points she brought up and think about my own criteria for a good anime couple. I’m sure there are some who care little about romance in anime, but I for one am quite the sucker for a good couple, whether it’s a big part of the overall story or not…

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The significance of the second viewing

I’ve always believed that any great work of fiction that you enjoyed the first time should definitely be watched at least a second time – the first time it’s new to you and a lot of the value comes from surprises and novelty, while the second viewing allows you to focus on things like thoroughly examining the story, characters, and writing, and seeing how well its entertainment value holds up when you already know what’s going to happen. Anime is no different in this respect and there are many titles I’ve watched over the years where my opinion did change for worse or for better upon a second viewing…

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My favorite anime character trope – examining the tsundere

Naming one’s favorite anime series or characters isn’t hard, but favorite anime character trope isn’t something we always think about, nor is it something an anime fan necessarily has. As a matter of fact, tropes could be something an anime fan dislikes since they’re likely to go hand-in-hand with cliches and pandering. But for those of us who don’t mind having our tastes catered to once in a while, we can’t help but notice character tropes in anime, and perhaps appreciate one…

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2010 AMV roundup

I haven’t been feeling well lately so I’m just gonna do a simple post today – rounding up some of the best AMVs I’ve come across in recent months, since it’s been about a year since my last AMV post

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Who are your “redeemed” anime characters?

Good character development is one element we love to see in anime. If done well, it can take a seemingly unlikable or uninteresting character and pleasantly surprise us by turning them into something special. Today I decided to think back on some of my favorite “redeemed” characters – characters I wasn’t thrilled with at first only to be utterly amazed by them once their character development kicked in…

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Anime Expo 2010 coverage and photos

Coverage and photos of my 2-day stay at AX ’10 have finally been posted! Massive descriptions and cosplay galore after the jump…

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My favorite pixiv illustrations


フライヤー by ながれぼし

Anime fan art is not hard to come by. However, exceptional fan art could be if you don’t know where to look. I first heard about the Japanese fan art site, pixiv, in late ’08. It is indeed the number one site to find incredible anime fan art from many different series…

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My 5 favorite anime of 2009

So 2009 has come and gone, and 2010 is now underway. Exactly a year ago today I picked my 5 favorite anime of 2008. So now it’s time for me to decide which of the 2009 anime I enjoyed the most…

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12 moments of anime 2009: #5 Toradora!

Continuing with my 12 moments of anime for 2009 (in order of significance to me personally), here’s #5:

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12 moments of anime 2009: #9 Saimoe 2009

Continuing with my 12 moments of anime for 2009 (in order of significance to me personally), here’s #9:

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