Category Archives: CULTURE

A Tech Company Restored a 100-Year Old Home in the Japanese Countryside for a Satellite Office

Founded in 2007, Sansan is a Japanese company that offers a cloud-based contact/business card management solution. Headquartered in Tokyo with offices around Japan, since 2010 the company has been renovating a traditional Japanese townhouse in the countryside town of Kamiyama (Tokushima Prefecture) for their 600+ employees to use as a satellite office. The townhouse in […]

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Phantasy Star Online 2: Episode Oracle Episode 20 Impression

Source: Supaku Blog

On this episode, Ash’s party participates in the Dark Falz invasion defense. Later, they encounter Apprentice.

First off, I find Ash to be a true idiot on this specific plot because he brings Matoi along even though Xiao warned him. Although, it makes sense for another huge plot and it wouldn’t happen if Ash wasn’t an idiot anyway. Also, the action the is great as usual and especially the Apprentice encounter. Other than that, I hope Matoi can be rescued. Now what’s going to happen next? I’ll be looking forward to it. Overall, cool Dark Falz invasion defense battles and nice Apprentice encounter. …continue reading


Best Bystander Boy, Yu Ishigami

Yu Ishigami, anime promo for Kaguya-sama: Love is War

I don’t follow too many romantic comedy series, but I love Aka Akasaka’s Kaguya-sama: Love is War. The antics of Kaguya Shinomiya and Miyuki Shirogane never cease to make me laugh and cry. While I love almost the whole cast of the series, there’s one character I like a lot and it’s someone who’s kind of a rarity in romantic comedy anime/manga series.

Yup, it’s the lovable emotional/otaku boy, Yu Ishigami. He’s become one of the most beloved Kaguya-sama characters (not only because he’s a 2nd major male character in a rom-com) due to his disdain for anything that’s “normal” to most people, his keen observation skills, and a desire to help anyone in trouble. The latter part is what I’ll focus on because the storyline behind that desire is what gained him many fans (including myself).

Ishigami is the treasurer of the Shuchin Academy high school Student Council. He prefers to stay at home playing video games all day and night. Ishigami has shown signs of depression and only goes to school because Miyuki convinces him to. Ishigami also has a knack of observing things (mostly people’s insecurities) to the point where he’s unaware that he’s crossed the line as he tends to make others angry with his observations. This is a recurring joke throughout the series for Ishigami.

However, his observation skills make him a great analyst of people. Ishigami just happens to feel inferior since he takes his observations a bit far. He wasn’t always like this. Back in junior high, Ishigami was a young man trying to come into his own. He wanted to help people and was willing to do what it takes to do so. His life changes when he meets a girl named Kyoko Otomo and her boyfriend, Ko Ogino. …continue reading