Kōan 42: My Heart Burns Like Fire

Soyen Shaku, the first Zen teacher to come to America, said: “My heart burns like fire but my eyes are as cold as dead ashes.” He made the following rules which he practiced every day of his life. In the morning before dressing, light incense and meditate. Retire at a regular hour. Partake of food at regular intervals. Eat with moderation and never to the … Continue reading Kōan 42: My Heart Burns Like Fire

First Impressions: The New Dororo「どろろ」

I recently watched Joey, The Anime Man’s, video on this anime and its history, and it inspired me to give the first episode a watch. Granted the first episode is still the only one out at the time of me writing this, so I’ll keep this relatively brief. After all, the video linked above offers far more detail about this anime and its author than I could … Continue reading First Impressions: The New Dororo「どろろ」

Anime Review: Voices of a Distant Star

For my third review of a Shinkai Makoto film, I’ve chosen Hoshi no Koe, or Voices of a Distant Star, a 2D/3D sci-fi space drama set in the year 2046. Blade Runner anyone? Hoshi no Koe, using full 2D and 3D digital animation, is a story of a long distance love and mail messages between a boy and girl. Set in 2046 after the discovery of … Continue reading Anime Review: Voices of a Distant Star

Anime Review: The Seven Deadly Sins Movie: Prisoners of the Sky

Ever since Netflix released the second season of The Seven Deadly Sins here in the west, I’ve been itching to watch the movie that dropped back in August. Unfortunately it would seem, like a great many series, this movie was probably only made for a quick buck. What I mean by that is that it does nothing to progress the actual story, which is something … Continue reading Anime Review: The Seven Deadly Sins Movie: Prisoners of the Sky

LN Review: Tsubasa Song (Monogatari Short Stories)

It seems this time we’ve got a chapter about Hanekawa. I’m sure there are a lot of fans out there who’ve been waiting for this one! Well it all begins at the Koyomi household where Araragi receives a text from Hanekawa asking him to go out on a date (his words, not mine). And surprise surprise, she invited him to karaoke which I recently learned … Continue reading LN Review: Tsubasa Song (Monogatari Short Stories)

Anime Review: Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai

We all knew it would have to end eventually but it was still a hell of a ride. During the latter half of 2018 I tried avoiding most of the airing anime in the hopes that the community would help me figure out which shows I would actually enjoy, and to allow for optimal binging pleasure. Unfortunately those hopes would be dashed as the hype … Continue reading Anime Review: Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai

LN Review: Mayoi Room (Monogatari Short Stories)

BAKEMONOGATARI ANIME COMPLETE GUIDEBOOK 27 October 2010 That’s right! This week we’re covering a story about the loli that Araragi refuses not to lewd!… well one of them I suppose. It’s everyone’s favorite Hachikuji! Now there’s two reasons I really appreciate this story. The first is of course the classic wordplay between Hachikuji and Araragi that actually helps improve my own Japanese. The second, and … Continue reading LN Review: Mayoi Room (Monogatari Short Stories)