“To win her heart, you will need to set up a bakery for sandwich bread in Dowa.”
–Maggie, ACCA, Episode 5
I’ve always been the competitive type. When I was much younger, this drive manifested in sports and other outdoorsy activities (much to the surprise of people that know me now, I was actually somewhat of an extrovert back then). During the 5th grade, I’d often be one of the last people tagged out during gym class as I viciously hurled myself at the other kids’ flags during capture the flag. I remember one time in particular I swear I was flying — I did a belly flop on the hard gym floor and knocked the wind out of myself — all for the sake of sweet, sweet victory.
As a young kid, my whole world thrived on gym and recess. There was no better fulfillment than clumsily and successfully maneuvering the army of kids trying to take me down, whether it was football, dodgeball, or whatever else. I was the (self-proclaimed) recess king.
And that’s precisely why when my homeroom teacher took my recess away I cried long streams of crocodile tears begging her to put me back out there. I looked up from behind my desk and stared out the window to see my friends all out there laughing and having a good time. I begged her: “Please, I’ll do anything!” She just looked at me for a bit before walking up to hand me the first novel of the Harry Potter series. I looked back disgruntled: “Why would I read when I could be doing something fun outside?,” my dumb 5th grade self thought. Never in my life had I read one of those books and I sure as heck wasn’t going to spend my recess doing that. I had a ‘cool’ image to uphold to my peers.
I caved out of sheer boredom and hesitantly read a few pages.
Those few pages turned into a few chapters, and before I knew it, recess was already over but I hadn’t bothered to look up; I was completely entrenched in a world I dismissed as boring not even thirty minutes prior. I hadn’t even noticed until the teacher called my name.
Continue reading “ACCA: On Expectations and The Allure of Simple Delights”
Whew, was this episode of Scum’s Wish a doozy. It’s official — Everyone’s situation has turned into a big heaping pile of crap. Continue reading “Scum’s Wish Episode 4: Despicable Characters and The Things They Do”
This week’s installment of Scum’s Wish had some very uncomfortable moments in love as characters began to express their curiosity for each other in daring and bold ways. We built up to the moments that led up to last episode’s cliffhanger, seeing just what exactly drove Ecchan to give into her desires. Continue reading “Scum’s Wish Episode 3: The People We Love”
Episode 2 of Masamune-Kun no Revenge was no different from the first. Masamune continues down his despicable path, scheming ways to win over Aki all for the sake of repairing his fragile ego. Continue reading “Masamune-Kun no Revenge: Episode 2 — The Inconsistencies of Masamune”
Through the lens of two new characters, we explore new angles on unrequited love in Scum’s Wish. Hana’s childhood friend Ecchan has had a crush on her for quite some time, but she doesn’t want to impede on her and Mugi. Mugi’s childhood playmate Noriko is on a similar boat, lusting over Mugi. Things get incredibly complicated for everyone involved, as we begin to see the facades that they have built crumbling down. They are barely holding themselves together, attempting to keep back these primal desires that they have. This episode didn’t restrain itself when it came to depicting the cognitive dissonance present in characters while they struggled to understand what in particular makes them love the people they do. It was an utterly powerful episode, filled with the raw emotion associated with awkward moments of teenage love. Continue reading “Scum’s Wish: Episode 2 Review”
Seiren is such a generic romantic comedy it actually hurt to watch. This series has all the same issues that plagued its predecessor, Amagami SS: an utterly mundane cast of characters. Sure, there’s some fun exchanges of banter and interesting topics of conversation, but it doesn’t make it worthwhile to stick around. Our protagonist, the love-struck Kamita, is as boring as they come. He has no goals or ambitions; he’s just a painfully average guy taking it one day at a time. His love interest Tsuneki is too perfect. She’s the class idol and has plenty of guys after her, but for some strange reason she can’t help but gravitate around Kamita. To top it off, she’s not taken aback by Kamita’s creepy tendencies. She might actually be into that sort of thing. Continue reading “First Impressions: Seiren, Episode 1”