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Gunjou no Magmel Episode 3 Impression

Source: Supaku Blog
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On this episode, a wealthy client hired Inyou to find his possible childhood friend survivors. Later, they discovered some clues.

Oh my gosh, I didn’t expect Zero to be plain adorable with her pudding. Also, the rescue childhood friends plot was surprisingly not that dark, but interesting. Other than that, I wonder if the series will remain as solo rescue cases or will have a big connected main story coming. I’m not exactly complaining since I literally like the style because I’ve seen anime like Mushishi. Overall, interesting childhood rescue plot.

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HA KO: Leaf-Shaped Paper Incense From Awaji Island

The oldest record of incense in Japan can be found in The Nihon Shoki (日本書紀) where it states that aromatic wood drifted onto Awaji Island. Located in Japan’s Seto Inland Sea, Awaji Island has preserved this tradition of incense and, for hundreds of years, continued to rethink it. The latest innovation is, poetically, a return […]

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Rilakkuma is Therapy for the Modern Soul

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I want to make an announcement you might want to hear – watch Rilakkuma and Kaoru.

I had an interest in watching this series beforehand as I have friends who love Rilakkuma merchandise. But after watching the whole 1st season, the whole show speaks to working young adults who have to manage all kinds of emotions to get through life.

The heroine of the show, Kaoru, is an office lady whose life appears to be going nowhere. She’s serious to a huge degree, depressed about not having a man in her life, and her current job offers little-to-no chance of promotion. The closest friends in her life are the famed bears, Rilakkuma and Korilakkuma, and pet bird Kiiroitori. All 4 of them live together in a vintage apartment building and they go through experiences that help each of them grow.

Each episode title hints to a general theme of the episode. While it’s fun to see Rilakkuma and his personal friends get into trouble, it’s enlightening to see the perspective of a young single Japanese woman living in a metro city far away from family.

When Kaoru experiences a moment where she’s reminded of her seemingly low status in society, she begins to dwell on it to a huge degree. This was shown multiple times, but the biggest scene of her depression was during a flashback sequence to her days prior to meeting Rilakkuma. The scene had Kaoru fall down what she describes as a black hole.

She goes through moments from her closest friends from college all ditching her at a cherry blossom gathering to her coworkers gossiping about her seriousness to becoming an online shopping addict just to get the attention of a male delivery worker she’s infatuated with. Kaoru tries to ponder the meaning of her …continue reading

    

Kimetsu no Yaiba Episode 3 Impression

Source: Supaku Blog
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On this episode, Urokodaki starts training Tanjirou. Later, Tanjirou got tasked to slice a boulder as his final test.

The demon hunter training was pretty nice. It was funny to see Tanjirou struggle and overcome. Also, the boulder test moment is interesting since they revealed two mysterious characters who decided to help our male lead. Other than that, I wonder if they’ll reveal more details on the two new characters. Now what’s going to be the next plot? I’ll be looking forward to it. Overall, cool demon hunter training plot.

Conclusion: Cool demon hunter training plot. …continue reading