Metamorphosis, Spirits of the Dead, a Precursor of Death: The Symbolism of the Butterfly in Houseki no Kuni

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

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What lies beyond Nino’s line of sight? An interview with voice actor Kenjiro Tsuda (Part 1)

What lies beyond Nino’s line of sight?

The role of Nino | An interview with Kenjiro Tsuda

From Pash! Magazine, March 2017
Translated by Blue Variance

 

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This Day in Anime: Hanami

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Hanami – Toradora Bentou no Gokui

Hanami is the traditional Japanese activity of flowering viewing, in which one enjoys and contemplates the transient beauty of flowers. And, while the word literally means “flower viewing” (“to look” (miru ) + “flower” (hana )), in practically every case, hanami refers specifically to the viewing of sakura (cherry blossoms), though in some cases, its meaning is extended to ume (plum) blossoms, which bloom around the same time. Continue reading

Anime Food Samples: For the Week of July 5, 2015

What kinds of foods have our favorite anime characters been eating recently? In this special weekly feature, we sample just a few of the many dishes that have popped up during the last week of the currently airing anime season… Would you like rice with that?

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Anime Food Samples: For the Week of June 28, 2015

What kinds of foods have our favorite anime characters been eating recently? In this special weekly feature, we sample just a few of the many dishes that have popped up during the last week of the currently airing anime season… Would you like rice with that?

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Anime Food Samples for the Week of June 21, 2015

What kinds of foods have our favorite anime characters been eating recently? In this special weekly feature, we sample just a few of the many dishes that have popped up during the last week of the currently airing anime season… Would you like rice with that?

Side note: Sorry for the lack of posts for Anime Food Samples… and for the blog in general. It’s been a busy time for me lately! I was away for a while visiting family and attending weddings, and now I’m in the middle of moving to another country all together!

As a result, it’s been hard keeping up with all the seasonal shows but I’m going to try really hard to continue posting at least semi-regularly… Thanks for bearing with me during this time and definitely look forward to more new recipes on the way, hopefully sooner than later 😀

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