Reflections on GochiUsa’s Mocha, Sisterhood, and Bridesmaids

“Leave everything to your big sister!” –Mocha/Cocoa

Family has always been a major factor of Gochuumon wa Usagi Desu-ka? Rabbit House is run by a grandfather, father, and daughter. Cocoa dubs herself Chino’s big sister and quickly does the same with Chino’s grade school friends upon meeting them the first time. And now in this second season we get to meet Hoto Mocha, Cocoa’s big sister. The relation is immediately clear upon meeting her—Mocha exudes a sisterly care for everyone around her, particularly cute girls, and gives off a vibrant love for life. Like Cocoa, Mocha’s eyes light up with stars when she spots a special something warm to the heart.

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Fall 2015 Mid-season Menu

With my all-too-long summer list and my recent personal announcement, I hope you can forgive the late menu offerings. Consider this more of a mid-season review of where I am so far. Not all the shows are up to date, so there still stands a chance that some of them may be dropped before the end of the season. There’s also the fact that I’m looking forward to the upcoming Anime Secret Santa recommendations (all three of which are excellent) and the 12 Days of Anime.

  • Comet Lucifer
  • Dance with Devils
  • Gakusen Toshi Asterisk
  • Garo: Guren no Tsuki
  • Gochuumon wa Usagi Desu ka??
  • Haikyuu!! Second Season
  • Heavy Object
  • Noragami Aragoto
  • One-Punch Man
  • Onsen Yousei Hakone-chan
  • Owari no Seraph: Nagoya Kessen-hen
  • Rakudai Kishi no Cavalry
  • Sakurako-san no Ashimoto ni wa Shitai ga Umatteiru
  • Starmyu
  • Subete ga F ni Naru: The Perfect Insider
  • Utawarerumono: Itsuwari no Kamen

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Marina is Getting Hitched!

Source: ボッコロの日 | yoeah [pixiv]
This year has been a whirlwind, both in my personal life, and at work. Multiple family and friend weddings were attended, positions at work were promoted, and that dreaded school loan was paid off.

Now comes my biggest adventure to date: marriage!

Just a few weekends ago, KWoo popped the question on bent knee at a park that holds a special meaning to both of us. My dog wound her way around us on leash completely without care while I sputtered in surprise and joy. I, of course, said yes!

And why the Aria? Given my life long pull to water and mountains, online persona, favoritism for Aria, and anti-diamond stance, an aquamarine ring was a no brainer ;)

Summer 2015 Season Wrap, Part 2

My fall was all over the place in terms of genres and quality! I should only have one more of these summer wrap posts to go, so if I haven’t mentioned one of your favorites just yet, stay tuned :)

  • Working!!!
  • Aoharu  x Kikanjuu
  • Ore Monogatari!!
  • Kyoukai no Rinne
  • Arslan Senki
  • Ranpo Kitan: Game of Laplace
  • Charlotte
  • Gangsta.

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Summer 2015 Season Wrap, Part 1

The summer anime season is almost over, and I’ve slowly started wrapping up my very long list of shows. I’m experimenting here with with final impressions in installments–instead of my usual massive post of all the shows, I’ll be breaking them down into a few hopefully more manageable reads. Please let me know what you think of this format. I’m also dropping the “Special Ingredient” separation of each review, which can easily be incorporated into one of the main paragraphs. In its place is a 0-3 dango rating system; think of it in the spirit of Michelin star ratings. Just because I give a show 0 dango doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy it. On the contrary, my having completed the show proves I found it worthwhile to a certain extent.

Part 2 coming soon!

  • Wakako-zake
  • Gate: Jieitai Kanochi nite, Kaku Tatakaeri
  • Shimoneta to Iu Gainen ga Sonzai Shinai Taikutsu na Sekai
  • Akagami no Shirayuki-hime
  • Shokugeki no Souma
  • Baby Steps 2nd Season
  • Gakkougurashi!

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After-work ~Pshuuuuuuu~ with Wakako-zake

I want to thank OG for bringing Wakako-zake to my attention–I somehow overlooked it when choosing my summer shows!

These short, two-minute episodes feature 26-year old office worker Murasaki Wakako and her after-work culinary excursions. One side dish shines per scene, and is always accompanied by an alcoholic drink, usually sake. Personal favorites of mine include salmon with crispy skin, Japanese fried chicken, and fresh clams and herbs in broth. Watching Wakako with her simple orders reminds me that while I love to try out new places and foods, I don’t always have to order full courses. Sometimes just one flavor profile is all that is needed. This is particularly true after a long day with coworkers and clients–that heaviness shouldn’t be weighed down even further by dense foods. And while eating with others brings its own joys and unique tastes, sometimes a party of one is exactly what a busy day in the office calls for. Wakako has mastered the confidence to sit and dine alone to give her full attention to the meal at hand.

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Rediscovering Nagato Yuki within Her Disappearance

The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan ended early in the summer, appropriately in an awkward spot between seasons. I was left with a bit of an odd sensation of insecurity–exactly whose disappearance did the title refer to, the familiar and beloved Nagato presented back in 2006, or the 2015 Yuki-chan full of open human emotions? Both are certainly applicable with their own definitions and circumstances. Both evoke a sadness that never fully vanishes at the series’ end.Read More »

Summer 2015 Set Menu

I could seriously use a honeydew melon creamsicle almost every day this time of year–Seattle is undergoing another record hot summer with days frequently climbing into the 90s. I’m an Alaskan at heart! Take away this oppressive heat!

Thankfully, we have a ton of new shows to fill the time spent cowering in the shade in front of the fan (because no air conditioners here!), along with a handful of continuing series from the spring. We’re about four-five weeks into the summer, and I’ve mostly chosen the ones I’ll be watching either week-to-week, or all at once at the end of the season.

  • Working!!!
  • Miss Monochrome: The Animation 2
  • Shimoneta to Iu Gainen ga Sonzai Shinai Taikutsu na Sekai
  • Gangsta.
  • GATE: Jieitai Kanochi nite, Kaku Tatakaeri
  • Joukamachi no Dandelion
  • Rokka no Yuusha
  • Ranpo Kitan: Game of Laplace
  • Junjou Romantica 3
  • Charlotte
  • Aoharu x Kikanjuu
  • Akagami no Shirayuki-hime
  • Gakkou Gurashi!
  • Durarara!!x2 Ten
  • Overlord
  • Ushio to Tora
  • Gatchaman Crowds Insight
  • The iDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls 2nd Season
  • Fate/kaleid liner Prisma☆Illya 2wei Herz!
  • Danchigai

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