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Fruits Basket (2019) Ep. 7: Everglow

Everything about this episode was A.M.A.Z.I.N.G.! I can’t say it enough! I feel like I will keep on repeating that phrase for every single episode! If you’re new to my blog, I just want to tell you that I was anticipating to see this episode for a long, long, LONG time and I gotta say: it lived to and surpassed all of my expectations ♥ … Continue reading Fruits Basket (2019) Ep. 7: Everglow

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Shield Hero Ep. 18-19: Four Heros VS. Themselves VS. The Pope

Both of these episodes were a lot to take in and since they were closely tied together, I decided to share my thoughts for them in one blog. Let’s unravel all the mess that Naofumi has to deal with, shall we? Team Shield Hero departs from Fitoria. Before they hurry to their next destination, Naofumi is reminded by Fitoria to keep his promise–to make amends … Continue reading Shield Hero Ep. 18-19: Four Heros VS. Themselves VS. The Pope

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Fruits Basket (2019) Ep. 6: The Beauty of Friendship

Ah, yes! Each episode keeps on getting better and better! And I love it ♥ Let’s start a conversation about it, shall we? 🙂 The episode opens with our main characters participating in the Cultural Festival! And the turnout of the riceball stand is very successful! But, maybe for Kyo, it’s controversial 😂 But things start to get turnt up once Hatori and Momiji enter … Continue reading Fruits Basket (2019) Ep. 6: The Beauty of Friendship

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Fruits Basket (2019) Ep. 5: There’s No Place Like Home

WOW! WHAT AN EPISODE! MY HEART STRINGS WERE MERCILESSLY PULLED WHILE WATCHING IT! To my new viewers of Fruits Basket, this is just the beginning of the emotional roller coaster that is featured throughout this wonderful series! I’m so proud of the writers, animators, voice actors, and Natsuki Takaya-sensei adding more context to what originally happened in the manga and the 2001 anime. This episode … Continue reading Fruits Basket (2019) Ep. 5: There’s No Place Like Home

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Shield Hero Ep. 17: (N)Ice Queen

The start of the episode left me a little confused: the previous episode left us on a really good cliffhanger so I was really hoping that this episode would continue where it left off. But instead, the episode chose to continue to the next day. So how did that night end? Did they just leave the conversation with her saying “If y’all (the Four Cardinal … Continue reading Shield Hero Ep. 17: (N)Ice Queen

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Fruits Basket (2019) Ep. 4: Hurricane Kagura, Category Over 9000

Man, what an episode! LOOOVED IT! AND I HAVE SO MUCH I WANT TO DISCUSS! LET’S DIVE IN, SHALL WE? 🙂 Enter Kagura Sohma, voiced by the talented Tia Ballard. I know of her from her previous work as Nanami Momozono from Kamisama Kiss and, as I’ve mentioned before in my earlier blog, I knew Tia Ballard was a suitable choice to voice Kagura’s dynamic … Continue reading Fruits Basket (2019) Ep. 4: Hurricane Kagura, Category Over 9000

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Shield Hero Ep. 16: Don’t Mess with the Queen

Can we all agree that this episode featured one of the most epic character entrances ever?! Honestly, it’s pretty unforgettable! The soundtrack accompanying this scene was also a bonus! I just want to watch it over and over again! 😀 Watch it with me down below! My favorite part? How she effortlessly slaps the Tyrant Dragon Rex back and forth. In other words, Fitoria was … Continue reading Shield Hero Ep. 16: Don’t Mess with the Queen

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Fruits Basket (2019) Ep. 2-3 Reactions

I realized that even though my previous review was titled Episode 1-2, I focused heavily on Ep. 1 content. Therefore, this blog will cover from Ep. 2-3 🙂 But before I talk about the episodes, let’s have a discussion on THE OPENING AND ENDING! ♥ Just as a reminder: The opening is called “Again” by Beverly. Let’s watch it together, shall we? 🙂 I love … Continue reading Fruits Basket (2019) Ep. 2-3 Reactions

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Shield Hero Ep. 14-15: Lean on Me

These two episodes go hand in hand in revealing Raphtalia’s past… and they both successfully ripped our hearts to pieces. 😭💔 In Episode 14, Raphtalia mentions that she is from the Seyaette domain, a land where demihumans once peacefully lived in until they were attacked by the First Wave and then later raided by Melromarc forces. But we obviously didn’t know the degree of how … Continue reading Shield Hero Ep. 14-15: Lean on Me

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My Analysis of Jordan Peele’s “Us”

If you were to ask me to summarize this film in one word, I would say: Whoa. As I’m typing this, I’m still trying to wrap my mind around the various elements featured in this movie. For example, I’m still trying to comprehend that the mastermind behind this amazing narrative,Academy Award winner Jordan Peele, was previously doing this: And this. Who would’ve thought that he … Continue reading My Analysis of Jordan Peele’s “Us”

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Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

I will never forget the first time I was introduced to Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood… well, let me rephrase that: I will never forget the first time I saw alchemy “in action!” Back in high school during my senior year, I was part of the school’s Journalism team. This class was the last class of my day and I enjoyed all the memories I made ♥ … Continue reading Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

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My Fruits Basket Ep. 1-2 Movie Premiere Experience

RED ALERT! RED ALERT! RED ALERT! THIS IS NOT AT DRILL: As of publishing this article (April 2nd, 2019), IT’S T-MINUS 3 DAYS UNTIL FRUITS BASKET REACHES GLOBAL AUDIENCES (APRIL 5th, 2019)! YOU WOULD NOT BELIEVE HOW LOOOOONG I’VE WAITED FOR THIS! So when I heard that there would be a movie premiere of the first two episodes, I couldn’t help but jump on it … Continue reading My Fruits Basket Ep. 1-2 Movie Premiere Experience

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An Empty (W)Hole: An Analysis of Dororo 2019’s Opening Theme

Just for you to get to know me better, ever since I watched Rurouni Kenshin way back when, I really like to watch historical dramas because I see them as both very entertaining and educational. I love seeing the story and the characters evolve in the midst of important historical events and engage with cultural roots. And that was how I was drawn to watch … Continue reading An Empty (W)Hole: An Analysis of Dororo 2019’s Opening Theme

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Reactions to Ep. 1-9 to The Rising of the Shield Hero

I have such a bad habit of picking up new anime series before my finals (first it was Inuyasha for end of Fall 2017, Code Geass for Winter 2018, and then Cowboy Bebop and Violet Evergarden for Spring 2018)! LOL I’ve been eyeing The Rising of the Shield Hero ever since its promotion but I postponed watching it up-to-date because of my commitment to Fullmetal … Continue reading Reactions to Ep. 1-9 to The Rising of the Shield Hero

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A “Small Prayer” Answered: Anticipating the Long, Awaited Return of Fruits Basket

I’m just going to put it out there: Fruits Basket is one of the most beloved shoujo manga series that I hold dearly in my heart. It was one of my gateways to the Anime/Manga world along with YuYu Hakusho and Rurouni Kenshin. I’ve watched the anime countless times (and I finished watching it again during my winter break, ha!) and was in the middle … Continue reading A “Small Prayer” Answered: Anticipating the Long, Awaited Return of Fruits Basket

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2018’s Summer Cinema Speedround: My Summer Films Hit-or-Miss List

*sigh* Well, Summer of 2018 is officially over… Darn! Did I spend it well? Movie wise, YES! I’d say that I made a new record this summer for visiting the movie theater a lot (and now I’m realizing how much money I’ve lost to all that popcorn and nachos 😳 #WORTH). And because I have so many movies to talk about with only one more … Continue reading 2018’s Summer Cinema Speedround: My Summer Films Hit-or-Miss List

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Fiat Lux: How Crazy Rich Asians Brings the Asian Voice to the Silver Screen

That’s it! No more Asian women being the quiet, the timid, the exotic, the damsel in distress, the subservient. No more Asian men being the nerdy, the technician, the kung fu-y, and less of being handsome and desirable. Crazy Rich Asians has reached beyond expectations by allowing audiences around the world to not only view the Asian cultural experience to the fullest potential but also … Continue reading Fiat Lux: How Crazy Rich Asians Brings the Asian Voice to the Silver Screen

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My Beginner’s Guide to Rurouni Kenshin

It was a summer day and my cousin came to visit my family. He brought a video cassette (holy geez, ancient times) and popped it into my house’s tiny, boxy television (back when they were still bulky). I was about 8 years old when I was first introduced to this legendary classic. At the time, I was getting my first exposure to the anime/manga world, … Continue reading My Beginner’s Guide to Rurouni Kenshin