Yorimoi’s Perfect First Episode

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Otherwise know as A Place Further Than the Universe, Yorimoi is an astounding directorial feat from beginning to end. Starting with the very first episode, Studio Madhouse—helmed by my favorite director of all time, Atsuko Ishizuka—hits the audience hard with impeccable writing, animation, and visual design, all finely crafted around a single theme. It all begins with a few lines speaking of stagnation, using imagery of a pool of water held up in a children’s sand pit. As Kimari talks about her will to break away and spring into action, her childhood depiction of herself breaks the wall of sand and causes the sitting water to burst out the side. Continue reading

I finished Re:Zero. Subaru is still awful

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After many people telling me to continue watching Re:Zero because it “gets better in the second half”, I decided “fuck that” and dropped the series. My main, if not only issue with the anime was that its protagonist, Natsuki Subaru, was too much of a loud-mouth, brain-dead, unbearable loser. Two years later, and not much seems to have changed…except that I ended up finishing the series for reasons even I don’t quite understand. Continue reading

Violet Evergarden: The Art of Emotional Reaction

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Art is an almost indefinable concept, as it is one of the broadest categorizations known to man. Art traverses genre, medium, and our very own human senses, which makes it very difficult to find common threads between its many forms. What defines “great art”, however, is subjective yet universal. “Great art” makes us feel something valuable that resonates with our temperament and feels deeply meaningful—even if we are unable to rearticulate the meaning ourselves. 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.

Layers of Fun in Night is Short, Walk on Girl

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Theatrical releases of anime movies here in the states are always an exciting time for me. These days, I never miss an anime film’s American debut—so long as they meet my two requirements: 1) Must be coming to a theater near me and 2) MUST be subbed. Whether the movie itself was a flop or not, I tend to always have a good time seeing them the way they are meant to be experienced. Sure, I could do without being surrounded by strangers in a large, dimly lit room, but there’s just nothing that beats a giant screen and cinema quality sound. Decent headphones and an HD computer monitor can’t really compare to the true theater experience, even though they do allow me to take screenshots for my blog. Viewing preferences aside though, your set up can only be as good as the awesome things you have to show on it. Luckily Night is Short, Walk on Girl has plenty of awesomeness to go around. Continue reading

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