12 Days of Christmas 2013 #02 – Kiniro Mosaic and Language Barriers

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The first episode of Kiniro Mosaic is out of this world when it comes to cuteness overload. Here we follow a young Japanese girl named Shinobu who, one day, decides to do a homestay in England. There, she meets the young and shy Alice.

The two children do not understand each other, however. After all, one is speaking Japanese and the other English. Despite this, they manage to break the language barrier and become friends for life. Continue reading

Summer 2013 Anime Reviews – What’s With These Finales?

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With the new anime season recently having started, I figured it was time to look back at what aired during summer.

One thing that struck me as this season ended was how many episode finales surprised me both positively and negatively. Nearly every finale made me react in one way or another I usually do not do.

Often they made me look back at the series and think “Wait, what is wrong with this final episode!?”. Continue reading

How Expectations Can Make or Break Anime

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Expectations are dangerous. If they become too high there is a large risk of ending up disappointed with whatever you had expectations of. As a way to counter this I tend to generally have low expectations and not hype too much, which generally means there are positive surprises to be had.

Yet there will still always be cases where you simply cannot avoid setting expectations, only to later on see them be shred to pieces. Continue reading