The visuals of Houseki no Kuni (Land of the Lustrous) have always struck me to the core, whether with the almost palpable feeling of isolation among the gems, the marked emptiness of the land (empty of human-like lifeforms, but not necessarily empty of natural flora or fauna), or the alien-like coldness of the statuesque Lunarians. But, the image that stuck with me most in this anime was the visual of Phos standing at the edge of a cliff being progressively covered in yellow butterflies while waiting for a sunspot and struggling with life-changing doubts.
Why this scene over all others in this beautiful series? I just found it so perfectly representative of everything Phos has experienced throughout the anime, especially when you think about the butterfly within the context of Japanese symbology and mythology. Continue reading
Getting good at something doesn’t happen overnight, and no matter how good you are at something now, everyone once had to start at the very beginning, sometime or somewhere.
Expertise comes from hours of practice, the guidance of others, and a whole lot of persistence. You have to work hard, and even though you’ll fail a lot, it’s okay. You have to have the drive and courage to bounce back and learn from your mistakes. You have to be willing to try again and again, no matter what anyone else (or your discouraged self) might say…. Continue reading
Seasoned fiddlehead ferns from Flying Witch, Episode 7!
Satisfyingly sweet and wonderfully relaxing to watch, Flying Witch was a charming slice of life anime that brought out the magic of everyday life. I loved how simple and gentle the series was, and appreciated the way the supernatural was incorpoarated into the story without it being a major focal point or it feeling out of place from the rest of the world.
But, even more than that, I loved the food. Maybe it’s because I think food is a bit like magic itself, in the way you combine various ingredients (sometimes into a pot over fire!) to create a whole new product, but there was always something so special about the meals in Flying Witch. I really liked the rural farming/foraging aspects of a lot of the meals and how it showed the way raw ingredients make it from the farm and forest to the dinner table. The beautiful settings they ate in were also a lovely treat… Continue reading
There’s something special about sharing a meal with family: it can be an intimate affair as well as one full of boisterous laughter and cheer; it can be gentle and subdued or rife with tension…. but despite it all, there’s the food and the company to get you through anything life throws at you. Which is why, for my 10th day of the 12 Days of Anime, my pick is the heartwarming meals of March Comes in like a Lion. Continue reading
One thing I love seeing in anime is international food from countries other than just Japan. And, while last year we had the Middle Eastern-inspired foods of Arslan Senki, this year we have a great variety of international foods showcased in Yuri!!! on Ice.
All of the pictures in this post are from the mid episode cards, each of which features a different food (or drink, in once case) from the country/region featured in the episode. From Russian pirozhki and Spanish paella, to Japanese katsu-don and Chinese steamed crab, I always look forward to seeing what food is featured in each episode of Yuri!!! on Ice. Continue reading
Curry rice from Boku dake ga inai Machi, episode 8!
Curry has to be one of the most popular dishes in anime, and for good reason: it’s easy to make, perfect for a crowd, and is deliciously heartwarming, no matter what the season. Which is why, for my 8th day of the 12 Days of Anime, I’d like to dedicate a post entirely to the curries featured throughout anime in 2016. Continue reading