AniBloggers For Fireys

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There has been an #AuthorsForFireys hashtag running on twitter for sometime now. I thought I’d start something similar for anibloggers.

The rules that I’m following (feel free to change them) are simple:

  1. Pick an episode of something that you wouldn’t normally review (see after the jump for the horror that I’ve chosen to inflict on myself).
  2. Give people a week to bid on getting the review emailed to them a week before you publish it. You can run the bids on the blog post, and/or on twitter.
  3. When the winner provides evidence of their donation to a suitable Australian Bushfires Charity, watch the show, write your rant review and email it to them.
  4. A week later, publish it on your blog for all to see.
  5. Rinse and repeat if desired.

And, now, drum roll please, the… thing that I’m offering to watch a full episode of is: Continue reading

Viewing the Autumn Colours in 2018

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I headed back to Japan in November to view the Autumn colours. I really enjoyed travelling with Inside Japan last year and enjoyed doing so again this year.

This trip included meetups with online friends in Japan, and some semi-self guided touring at the end. A summary of the trip is after the jump if you’re interested in catching up, and links will be added as the photos for each post are curated.  Continue reading

Fate/Grand Order – Divine Realm of the Round Table: Camelot: Wandering; Airgetlám (2020)

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In the wake of the Heaven’s Feel movies and also the Absolute Demonic Front TV series the bar for Fate anime generally has been set a whole lot higher now.

The Fate/Grand Order – Divine Realm of the Round Table: Camelot: Wandering; Airgetlám isn’t a bad movie, it’s pleasant enough to watch but it’s mostly just there. Which is the whole problem.

So, where does Airgetlám[1] fail, and how?

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Our Teachers Are Dating! Volume 3 by Pikachi Ohi (2021)

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Despite the somewhat, ah, embarrassing cover[1], volume 3 of Our Teachers Are Dating! is exactly what I’d hoped it would be: an adorably fluffy book about an adorably fluffy yuri couple surrounded by Shippers On Deck.

In this volume Hayatera are relaxing into being more public about their relationship, how they met, and they also move in together[2]. Continue reading

Not Going to SwanCon

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Sadly I have made the decision to not travel to Perth for SwanCon this year. Whilst COVID-19 is mostly under control in Australia, Western Australia tends to be a little more hair triggered on the self quarantine requirements.

Which I’m not objecting to, that’s a reasonable call for Western Australia to make – given that they have the pain of relative isolation, they may as well leverage it for safety now.

But the risk that I might end up in 14 days quarantine on arrival and thereby miss the convention anyway is just too high this year. I’ll wait for the vaccine to be widely deployed before conducting any major interstate travel I think.

So, for those of you who will be attending SwanCon this year, I wish you the best. May you have a safe, healthy, and happy SwanCon, and hopefully I’ll see you next year for what will finally be my 35th SwanCon.

Question of the Post: How many SwanCons have you been to? Would you like to go to more? 

Our Teachers Are Dating! Volume 2 by Pikachi Ohi (2021)

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Our Teachers are Dating Volume 2

Volume 2 of Our Teachers are Dating is pretty much more of what we got in Volume 1.

I was perhaps a touch worried that this series would go off track by introducing romantic rivals for either Saki Terano (the biology teacher in the white jacket) or Asuka Hayama (the Health and PE teacher in the tracksuit) but thankfully that didn’t happen. Pretty much the entire supporting cast remain shippers on deck, and it’s sometime hilarious how oblivious Hayatera (or Terahaya depending on who is talking about them) can be to this.

There is still some adult content, but it is also still handled sensitively and very romantically. The way the entire relationship is built on enthusiastic consent is also lovely to see, as is the reactions of at least one of the partners when she fears that she may (spoiler: she didn’t, it was a misunderstanding) have gone too far in one scene. They did have to talk about it afterwards and work out, together, what went wrong and how not to repeat the problem.

You know, like reasonable adults in love would.

This series is sweet enough to rot your teeth and require insulin shots with every volume. Recommended.