Spring 2018 Set Menu

The Spring 2018 season is here with a smash, thanks to a slew of heavy hitters straight from the first week. Some of them are new and exciting in their craft, while others are reliable continuations. I’ve organized my watch list by priority, but you can use the below alphabetical list to skip to the shows that interest you the most. I will of course appreciate it if you take the time to check out everything on my set menu this season.

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Anime Tunes to Push My Pen

Several years ago when my dream shifted from teaching others how to write to creating something of my own to share, writing about anime started as a way for me to keep my chops sharp. No writing session was without music—I needed it to focus and get into my flow of thought. Much of the music I listened to back then remains with me to this day, though I have added to the playlist over the years. If you have the time, I encourage you to listen to the works I link in this post.

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Kaiseki Anime Podcast – Episode 004

This week we have something a little special for you: a double feature reviewing the winter season as well as previewing the new spring anime. This means double the duration. Don’t worry; we won’t make a habit of it!

  • 00:00 Intro
  • 00:42 Winter 2018 Review
  • 14:36 Spring 2018 Preview
  • 46:05 Outro

Come and hear what shows we’re liking and looking forward to with the new season. We’d also love to know the picks at the top of your list!


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Winter 2018 Season Wrap: Violet Evergarden, Dagashi Kashi 2, Kokkoku, IDOLiSH7

We’ve finally made it to the end of my Winter 2018 Season Wrap—many thanks to those of you who stuck with me until now. I hope I didn’t save the worst for last! And if you just now jumped in, make sure to go back and check out my short reviews of other winter shows. I look forward to our discussion in the comments!

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Winter 2018 Season Wrap: Takagi-san, A Place Further than the Universe, Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens, & Sanrio Boys

The winter show reviews just keep on coming, and again with a group of anime I’m sad to see go. My praise for A Place Further than the Universe should come as no surprise to those of you who know me or saw the anime for yourself, but know that I also happily recommend the rest in their individual categories.

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Winter 2018 Season Wrap: Laid-Back Camp, Magus Bride, Koizumi Loves Ramen, & School Babysitters

Now that I’m back stateside and everyone else has moved on to the spring season, it’s about time I start wrapping up the winter shows! I’ve got a lot to talk about this time around, so you can look forward to several more wraps to come after this one.

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Japan Trip 2018

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After two weeks in Japan visiting Kyoto, Osaka, Wakayama, Hakone, and Tokyo, I am happy to be home. There’s still plenty I miss from that country, on which I’ll go more into detail later, but overall it really is nice to be back in my own town. One major takeaway from this journey: consideration for others. No matter where I went, people were kind—not just nice in a perfunctory way, but kind in a manner that let me know they honestly cared. Their love for their country overflowed into everything I experienced from food to festival. This was our second time to Japan, and I know it definitely will not be the last.

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