Quick Insight: Religion in Modern Society | Noragami

Incidently, this is the second and last article I managed to rescue from UnimeTV’s server crash.

(Note: This publication deals with season one, with some limited discussion about Bishamon’s arc in Aragoto. I will try my best to present a narrative that is fair and concise, from the perspective of a largely non-religious background, but also as someone who does helm interests in various teachings from multiple religions worldwide.)

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Capsule Review & Commentary: Is the order a rabbit? | GochiUsa

Director: Hiroyuki Hashimoto

Animation Production: White Fox, Kinema Citrus

Music: Ruka Kawada

Genres: Slice of Life, Moe

Season: Spring 2014 (TV debut), Autumn 2015 (Season 2)

Episodes: 24

This post acts as an accompaniment to my analysis of the second season of Is the order a rabbit? | Gochuumon wa Usagi Desu ka?. However, this capsule review deals with both seasons simultaneously.

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The Preciousness of GochiUsa 2 (Episode 12 in particular) | Endearingly Intimate Friendships

If you have a) any knowledge of moe and slice of life, b) a love for moe and slice of life, c) an intense hatred for moe and slice of life, or d) read enough of my posts to notice a common pattern in subject matters, then you would be aware of the basic recipe for success of such shows: the construction of a world that’s charming and relaxing, and a cast of characters who are teeth-rottingly adorable.

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Bonus Commentary: Fall 2015 titles that didn’t make the cut

Hi again, people.

It pains me to admit it, but I’m just one man, helming an entire blog and its gigantic promises of entertaining and insightful content. There’s also the issue of me being a relative new-comer to the world of anime and Japanese media (a disease; so to say; that infected me, whilst I’m still weak from a heavy dosage of year 12 finals exams and university enrolments at the tail end of 2014). There will be a life story upload on that, on a later date.

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(Actually I do…this Senpai NEEDS to get noticed)

Like I said, Fall 2015 is a season dominated by sequels of well-known franchises, many of which I’ve never consumed before in my life. Add the ever-present issue of my personal tastes (another blog topic potentially in the pipeline), there’s bound to be popular titles that I failed to follow and analyse, or dropped from this season. So I figure I will add a little commentary on some possibly notable shows, that I didn’t cover in my initial Fall 2015 overview.

But first, some disclaimers: By no accounts, were all these shows avoided, missed or dropped because I thought them to be either shit to begin with, or not worth my precious time on this planet (I don’t think that way). The more likely reasons are of course, stated above.

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Funomenal Overview: Anime Half-season Fall 2015 – Part II

Let’s continue our stampede across the alphabet, shall we?


Is the order a rabbit?? | Gochuumon wa Usagi Desu ka??

Too much kawaiiii in one picture.

Director: Hiroyuki Hashimoto

Animation Production: White Fox, Kinema Citrus

Music: Ruka Kawada

Genres: Slice of Life, Moe

Episodes watched/aired: 6/6

Sequel to: Is the order a rabbit? | Gochuumon wa Usagi Desu ka?

This should be quick, because the obvious ‘final say’ I have for this precious little show is a gawddamn FOLLOW WEEKLY! Go watch it. Now!

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Funomenal Overview: Anime Half-season Fall 2015 – Part I

Why not properly christen the birth of this humble blog with a reflective look back at what Fall 2015 has offered us in terms of anime?

Needless to say, the promise of fame was never offered in equal quantities to every title that aired during every season: more often than not, the collective attention of the worldwide fanbase were already fixed upon a select few of shows, long before their debut. Fall 2015 is no exception. With a slew of long-awaited and highly anticipated adaptations and sequels that stood ready at their respective launch pads, this season is also home to a title that some believe to have the capability to match their previous brethren in popularity, namely the duo of Attack on Titan and the still hotly debated topic of Sword Art Online’s right to existence. Both well-established franchises such as the questionably but undoubtedly popular Monogatari series and the old guard Gundam returned to renew their relevance in our short attention spans. But what’s beyond this huge veil of familiarity? What strange tales of the one being sung, girls named after hot chocolate and hobo Gods will we discover behind this incredibly promising but also deceptively charming season?

Welcome to the first publication of ATMA & Funomena, and this is my half-season overview of Fall 2015, on the shows I’ve followed throughout the 6-7 weeks.

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