[Volume 1]Aono-kun ni Sawaritai kara Shinitai; awkward love after death and other horrors

{TW: suicide attempt, blood and body horror scenes (trypophobia). Some major-ish spoilers for volume 1 of Aono-kun ni Sawaritai kara Shinitai (not the ending)} There are countless stories portraying high school love, from the regular drama like Ao haru ride to a more comedic Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun, or the more supernatural Kamisama Hajimemashita. Opening up … Continue reading [Volume 1]Aono-kun ni Sawaritai kara Shinitai; awkward love after death and other horrors

Where have I been and what is next for this blog (some personal goals as well I guess)

{Sincere sorry if you were hoping a genuine post! This is more of an update/goals list; TLDR added near the bottom, so, feel free to skip ahead!} 2021 has already begun and I, after hopefully surviving all my damn exams, have sat down and decided to write a post on my hiatus and plans for … Continue reading Where have I been and what is next for this blog (some personal goals as well I guess)

#PrideMonth2020 special; Lesser known or “different”GL manga recommendations based on their 1st chapters

The title is pretty self explanatory! Spoilers for all of these unique chapter 1's, except Tadokoro-san and Video rental shop as these stories are too scarce to really dive into just chapter 1. Dark forest, white road At first glance Katsuragi is an empty protagonist, with nothing but studying to her name. She's unsure what … Continue reading #PrideMonth2020 special; Lesser known or “different”GL manga recommendations based on their 1st chapters

#PrideMonth2020 special; Why the Doukyuusei series will always be special for me, but also my view on problematic media

{This is a lengthy introductory part to my thoughts about problematic bl/yaoi stuff and a part of my mini review for Doukyuusei. Spoilers for said manga, and light ones for Sora to Hara; mentions of problematic content and themes} This mini rant about the author was caused by a tweet I saw, stating that the … Continue reading #PrideMonth2020 special; Why the Doukyuusei series will always be special for me, but also my view on problematic media

#PrideMonth2020 special; How Watashi no Kanojo wa Otoko no Ko explores the connection between love and gender.

With my exams finally concluding and me finally getting some quality sleep, I should announce that I am finally ready to tackle my mountain of drafts. That, however, would be a big fat lie. The transition from studying to now writing posts again has been a bit of a rough one. My initial plan has … Continue reading #PrideMonth2020 special; How Watashi no Kanojo wa Otoko no Ko explores the connection between love and gender.

The red thread of fate in anime, manga, and other media

The red thread of fate is something that is almost synonymous with romance anime and manga, used often to connect the two fated lovers, destined to be together regardless of fate, time or place. Also known as the red string of fate or marriage, it came from Chinese mythology and even has a goddess in … Continue reading The red thread of fate in anime, manga, and other media

How a dark/realistic view on reality presents itself in anime and manga; Uramichi oniisan

{light spoilers for Uramichi oniisan volume 1} Uramichi Omota is two-faced, or so firstly implies his name, as he smiles brightly at the children of the television show he works in, before letting the existential dread set in. In the new wave of manga and anime that are feel-good slice of life set in a … Continue reading How a dark/realistic view on reality presents itself in anime and manga; Uramichi oniisan

BL manga review: Labradorescence; opposites that help each other live better

A labradorite is a mineral that is known for its ability to reflect only certain colors, due to its internal structure. It's no coincidence that Labradorescence is the name of ymz's 2014 manga. This is a second in my planned series of reviews surrounding ymz's manga, for no real reason, other than the aesthetic and … Continue reading BL manga review: Labradorescence; opposites that help each other live better

BL manga review: Key Ring Lock’s portrayal of loneliness and change; how it conveys the themes and feel to the reader with its unusual set up

{Mentions of/thoughts of suicide} Keyring lock, also stylized as Key Ring Long, is a manga by ymz (also known for Hi-Fi rendevouz and Happy birthday), first published back in 2016. Spanning a mere 1 volume, it grabs the reader's attention with a unique premise. The story follows Yui, who is sick of living as a … Continue reading BL manga review: Key Ring Lock’s portrayal of loneliness and change; how it conveys the themes and feel to the reader with its unusual set up

Fumetsu no anata e (To your eternity); first impressions and humanity of something inhuman

{I've done a lot of manga reviews in the last few posts due to me being in a sort of anime slump lately, hope you enjoy this one too; spoilers for chapter 1} To your eternity, also known as To you, the immortal, is a manga that has been lurking in the back of my … Continue reading Fumetsu no anata e (To your eternity); first impressions and humanity of something inhuman