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The Tetris Moment

Happy 2016, everyone. With the new year still new, I thought about writing up my first list post. As it turns out, I didn’t nearly watch enough new anime last year to justify a “best of 2015″ post. Instead, I want to talk about what I call the Tetris Moment. I’m assuming most of you will be at least vaguely familiar with the famous puzzle game. Thinking about it brings back nostalgic childhood memories. Do you remember building up the… Continue Reading →

The Selfish Sacrifice

Anime, like all fiction, is full of tropes. This doesn’t come as a surprise, as storytelling has been around since before the advent of writing. Certain archetypes and motifs proofed to be effective enough that they persisted and developed into recurring devices. Tropes are not a bad thing per se. After all, if our basic needs, desires and flaws had changed dramatically over the past centuries, great storytellers such as Shakespeare, Homer or Cervantes would have lost their significance long… Continue Reading →

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