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 »

Webs of Feminine Seduction in Hyouka and Amnesia

Everything about her ensnares the senses–the silky strands that strangle the heart, those eyes which see into the depths of the soul, her overwhelming sugary scent, a voice dripping with promised wantonness, and her ravenous appetite for sweat and flesh.  She oozes sexuality, and begs satiation from any one willing.  She is the jorougumo, the spider woman, and she has skittered underneath the doorways of currently airing Hyouka and Tasogare Otome x Amnesia.

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Karuta’s Insatiable Sixth (or, Is It Fifth?) Sense

She [Karuta] isn’t just thinking…it’s something deeper.  She probably knows instinctively what’s right.  That’s it.  She’s like a jungle hero.  She’s like Tarzan.
-Watanuki Banri, of Inu x Boku SS

Cooking is about seeing the possibilities clearly.
-Roromiya Karuta

After the sixth episode of the currently airing show, Inu x Boku SS, Roromiya Karuta has vaulted over all other competitors to become my favorite.  As adorable as I find Ririchiyo, there’s just something irresistible about Karuta’s bottomless stomach and natural desire to help those in need.

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International Saimoe League 2012 Nominations

It’s that time of year again where ISML participants need to start considering the girls they would like to nominate for the 2012 season.  Nomination begins on the 1st of the year, and there are a ton of changes for this year’s nomination phase.  The most notable change is the decision to break the contestants into two divisions: Nova and Stella.  As summarized by KholdStare88, “Nova contains characters, (a) newly aired in the past 2 years, or (b) aired in the past 2 years after taking a long break.  Stella will harbor all other eligible characters, notably characters who made their first appearances over 2 years ago.”  Or, to put it in layman’s terms, veterans and newcomers will be divided into their own categories.  This is the first time that ISML has attempted anything like this, and hopefully it will help filter the contestants into a more even showing.  My main issue with girls in the past was the sheer number of single-anime contestants, such as CLANNAD and K-ON! For full details about the new Charter, please visit the main site!

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Misaka Mikoto = ISML Tiara Material?

I’ve spent a lot of time this year participating in various activities for the International Saimoe League, the least of which was voting.  There was and is always work to be done moderating for the official forums, editing of match previews which are put up three times a week along with the three days of voting, and uploading of MAL member card requests that persist throughout the year.  I also throw in the occasional promotional artwork here and there if asked.  I only shouldered a minimum of the load compared to the rest of the staff, but still, I can’t help but heave a sigh of relief that the bulk of my work for 2011 is done.  But, am I happy with the resulting Tiara win?

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To the Anime Girls who Wear Nail Polish,

A perfect example of a girl who defies the stereotype, and also of wishful thinking on the fan's part.

A common misconception about girls who wear nail polish is that we are vain and a tad on the snobby side, which may be true in some cases, but is often false in reality.  Some people wonder, “Why wear nail polish?” Is it just to grab attention? Is it some way of showing how fashion forward you are? Or is it a pretty acrylic mask made to cover up the embarrassing inconsistencies beneath? In a way, all of these guesses are correct.

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Marina’s Favorite 5 – Heroines

After watching as much anime as I have, it’s inevitable that favorites will soon emerge.  These are the girls who grabbed my affections and wiggled their ways into my heart.  These are the girls who made me wish I could be their friend and ring them up for some hanging out.  These are the girls who I admire and respect, and at times, who I wish I could be like.  Thank you for your sweetness, mischievousness, courage, and fortitude.