A Sort of Japanese History Lesson + An Update on Your Name

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I regret to inform you all that my “highly anticipated” video on why Your Name Would Work Better as a TV Series will have to be delayed a little longer. Script writing is more challenging than I had realized, and the weather has been quite awful lately–not allowing for me to go out and film some footage on location that I would like to add to the video.  This feature is gearing up to be the biggest thing I’ve ever done on this blog, and so I want to take my best step forward as I finish and release this project. I greatly appreciate your patience. For now, I’d like to share with you a piece I wrote for a Japanese historical fiction class. I thought this may perhaps be of interest to some of you, as I did receive some nice responses the last time I posted about something not anime-related (Tokyo Story: The True Essence of Japanese Domesticity). This piece is about a short story called Date’s Black Ship; part of a collection titled Drunk as a Lord, written by Ryoutarou Shiba. Finding a translated copy (at least through legal means) seems to be a pain in the ass, so I wouldn’t blame you if you never read it yourself. Just know that it takes place around Japan’s Meiji restoration period, and is about a man tasked with replicating American technology the likes of which the previously self-isolated nation had never seen before. It was one of the most interesting times in all of Japanese history, and I found myself deeply fascinated in the different perspectives that could be found in this great turning point of Japan. Perhaps you may find yourself fascinated as well. Now I’m going to get back to working on my Your Name and Anime of the Year 2018 posts. See you tomorrow, and thanks for reading. Continue reading

I’m Not Ready Yet

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Hey guys! I know that we’re nearing the time where I usually come out with a week full of features to ring in the new year. While I did indeed plan to keep that tradition alive and on time, sometimes in life…plans just get fucked. This is one of those times. I am not ready for the new year quite yet, and so my annually scheduled FEATURE WEEK must be delayed. This year has been the roughest year in There Goes My Kokoro’s history, and that is surely not just in mere correlation with my personal life.

But there is a silver lining—I think I’ve finally found what the next step for this blog is. In my estimation, I’m almost past the bottleneck. Overwhelming levels of stress have been taking their toll on me, mentally and physically, but the workload is lessening little by little each day. Once I’m at the point where I can comfortably get back to doing what I love, I will. And I have plenty of things already pre-planned, starting with something that’s been a long time coming. I wanted to be ready for a triumphant return, but I’m just not there yet. When I am back, however…that’s when I’ll deliver my best damn feature week yet. And I hope you’ll be around to enjoy it.

January 23rd, 2019

See you then.

To The Audience,

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As a quick note to the audience before my next feature posts (October 1st), I wanted to say this: Hi. I’m back. It’s been a while, and I could bore you with a thousand and one reasons for why I haven’t been posting, but I won’t. My intense hatred of excuses would never allow that. I certainly don’t deserve a reprieve for my tremendous laziness, and while you could tell me I shouldn’t beat myself up too much for it, that advice would probably fall on deaf ears. Discipline is what I lack, and it’s something I need if I truly want to become stronger…and I do. I really do take to heart the simple lessons of life that come with your typical shounen anime. As childish, corny, idealistic, or just plain naïve as it may seem, I want to be the very best, like no one ever was. I want to be the symbol of peace, the number one hero. I want to be the goddamn Hokage, BELIEVE IT! Continue reading

Tokyo Story: The True Essence of Japanese Domesticity

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[Preface: Here’s another essay I wrote, this time for an art history class. I know I typically only write about anime and the occasional video game here, but I figured this might make for an interesting read considering Tokyo Monogatari is widely considered a masterwork in film, taught in any intro film class worth its salt. It is also Japanese, which almost makes it anime! Perhaps give it a chance!] Continue reading

Con Experience: Anime Milwaukee (AMKE) 2018

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So, it’s been a while since my last post because I was at and preparing for Anime Milwaukee 2018. Though I don’t typically do this, I’ve decided I’m going to dedicate a post to sharing a bit about my real-life experiences, rather than the usual anime analysis or slightly erotic fan fic. [By the way, did you see that Danmachi announced its second season! I couldn’t be less excited!] Last weekend was my second time ever at an anime convention, and I’ve taken away from it far more than I had from my first. It’s been on my mind all week, while I desperately completed a handful of assignments at the last minute because I had neglected them to go to anime raves and play rhythm games instead—and so now, I think, is the time for me to elaborate on my new understanding and appreciation of panel hosting and cosplaying, as well as just the great time I had being among hordes of fellow anime nerds for three days straight. Continue reading

Feature Week Starts Now!

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A week of feature posts to ring in the new year! I know last year was rough for There Goes My Kokoro, and a bit empty, but I’m going to change that starting now.  My first big change? Getting rid of the .wordpress.com! I already invest my time into this blog, but I figured it might be even better if I threw a little extra skin in the game. This also means no ads, which is always nice! Hopefully this year is good to us all, but if not, at least we can find solace in the fact that this blog is back, and better than ever. See y’all at the end of these seven days of features, where I’ll give my away frivolous anime of the year award! Until then, thanks for reading! (and sorry this started a day late)