Ben-to is a real blast of an anime

Back when it aired in 2011 (……10 years ago), I watched Ben-to as it aired. I loved what I saw, but just like with almost all anime I watch as they air, I fell behind and never finished it.

Recently with a group of friends, we watched the whole thing and damn if it isn’t just so much fun.

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Manga and how it kept saving me

CW: This is a personal, somewhat depressing blog post. No notions of self-harm or anything, but some low points in my life.

Let’s go back in time to 2015. I was getting ready to wrap up school. I had a job offer from my final internship and if I accepted it, I’d get a nice big paycheck working for <EVIL TECH COMPANY> in the US. My primary hesitation at the time was that something just didn’t feel right.

I didn’t want to grow up. I had an inkling that once I settled into a job, that’s all I would do. All of my personal ambitions, goals etc would just be tossed away as I came home too tired from work to do anything. There was a feeling in me that if I just followed the easy path, nothing interesting would come out of my life.

So, I made the bold, but very reckless decision to turn down that job offer and make a last second u-turn towards Grad School. My good friend at the time even questioned me, “are you sure? Usually folk who go to grad school plan for it years ahead not as they are about to graduate?”. He was right, of course.

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Rapid thoughts on some 2020 anime

I figured that instead of the usual ‘random manga I read’ monthly post, I should just talk about the anime I watched this year. Unfortunately, I barely watched anything this year. Tsk tsk! Just as bad I barely finished anything I started. Tsk tsk!

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Quick thoughts on the top 10 MangaUpdates “Reincarnated in Another World” Series

Hello,

I figured as a quick, silly post I’d write a sentence or two on the top 10 isekai manga on MangaUpdates, but unfortunately there is no isekai category, so I picked the Reincarnated In Another World, which is like an isekai subset if you will.

Note: I haven’t read a bunch of these, but hey!

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Hanyou no Yashahime Quick Impressions

I have actually not seen any new anime this season yet, but let’s give the first episode of the Inuyasha Hanyou no Yashahime anime a watch and jot some notes along.

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One Point Yankee is a super lovely manga

Ever since I read Angel Densetsu so many years ago, I have loved manga about protagonists who look scary but are super sweet. One Point Yankee (Toorigakari ni One Point Advice shite iku Type no Yankee) is one such manga.

Where Angel Densetsu stars a scary looking, very good, but otherwise normal boy, One Point Yankee is a bit more closer to something like Machida-kun where our protagonist (called Sakurai-san) edges closer to Saint territory. He is so good.

Actually given that Sakurai-san is so good at everything and is full of mystery, it might be far more accurate to say Sakurai-san is Machida combined with the perfection of Sakamoto.

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The King’s Avatar is a guilty gamer pleasure

I usually shy away from using the phrase “guilty pleasure” these days because well if you like an anime, you like an anime. No need to feel guilty over it.

Some anime though like King’s Avatar don’t exactly make me feel guilty, but almost childishly giddy, like I am watching something only an 11 year old should enjoy, yet absolutely enjoying it regardless.

Mind you this is different from actual children’s anime, this is more of a “I am supposed to be too mature to enjoy stuff like this” and yet like a giddy fool I lap it up.

Here I am choosing to colloquially call it a guilty pleasure, but really it is just a normal silly pleasure.

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Legend of the Northern Blade is a superb martial arts comic

I swear I had a more generally interesting blog post planned up but I got busy this weekend and for other reasons I’ve decided to postpone it. Instead I want to very quickly talk about Legend of the Northern Blade which is an absolutely fantastic martial art web comic.

God, he’s so hot
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Some thoughts on The Legendary Moonlight Sculptor and “comical cruelty”

I picked up the Legendary Moonlight Sculptor web comic a few days ago. I found myself so into the story that well I jumped right into the Web Novel. Those of us who have done this know the risk.

As the novel fever grips you, you get no sleep for several nights in a row. You find yourself constantly eye rolling at bad translations that came straight out of google translate without any proper editing. And after some time you get burned out and start thinking a bit more about the mess you’ve read.

This starts off so good, but why does it keep doing these small things I don’t like. Oh well. Time to stop reading it now and forget it exists for a few years.

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Lady Baby is an interesting comic

First off, I’d like to wish best of luck and power to those protesting against police brutality (as well as everyone else who supports them but is quarantined/unable to help). Fuck da police in the US as well as many other nations. People should not be suffering or dying because of a racist institution. Change is long overdue.


That important update out of the way, I wanted to briefly talk about Lady Baby which is an interesting reincarnation web comic.

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