First Impressions: Barakamon

I originally set out to watch Handa-kun, the comedic spin-off, when I realized Barakamon was the original show. The concept seemed interesting enough, and from first glances I think I'll really enjoy it. Seishū Handa is a pro calligrapher, despite his young age. When the elderly curator of an exhibition criticizes his calligraphy for being … Continue reading First Impressions: Barakamon



If you decided to check out this post because of the Japanese above, I certainly hope you understood it because I'm looking for anyone who can help me advance my Japanese! It's shameful really that I've had years of classes, but have let my brain turn to mush with lack of practice. As someone who's … Continue reading あなたは日本語を話せますか?

Anime Review: Natsume Yuujinchou

Natsume Yuujinchou (Book of Friends) has been one of my favorite anime series since 2013. I suppose you could call it a mystical slice-of-life about a boy named Takashi Natsume and his ability to interact with youkai or supernatural monsters, spirits or demons in Japanese folklore. His grandmother Reiko Natsume also had this ability, and … Continue reading Anime Review: Natsume Yuujinchou

Short Anime Review: Anohana

I've seen some great anime before. Many that were action packed and many that touched my heart. Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day however, was the first that was able to make me bawl like a baby. This show is very sweet and tells an amazing story about lost friendships and love. It has a … Continue reading Short Anime Review: Anohana

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable Review

I know what you're thinking. "Seriously Jake, another JoJo's review? I think you've got a problem." Well you'd probably be right, but don't worry as this is the last available season of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure that's out right now. So just humor me here okay? And as always, Major Spoilers Ahead! Set in 1999, 11 years … Continue reading JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable Review

Short Anime Review: ERASED

With beautiful artwork, a dark captivating story, and a relatable main character, Erased was one of my favorite anime of 2016. Satoru Fujinuma is a young manga artist struggling to make a name for himself following his debut. But, that was not the only thing in his life that Satoru was feeling frustrated about…he was … Continue reading Short Anime Review: ERASED

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders Review

What? Another JoJo's review? It's true, immediately after finishing the first season (first two arcs) of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure I continued into the second without skipping a beat. I love this anime so much, but it pains me knowing I've probably already seen my favorite parts -- more on that later though. If you haven't … Continue reading JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders Review