Fun With School: Citrus

One of the cool things about a person in my racket – I’m a professor of Communication – is you can see the stuff we talk about in class coming out in anime and manga. Right? Art imitates life, right? Well, in a way it has to. If you are trying to write a believable […]

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The Power of Two: Kou and Nino

It’s been a while since I watched Arakawa Under the Bridge, so I may have a detail or two out of whack, but at the heart of it was a really complex and interesting relationship between Kou Ichinomiya and the girl only called Nino. They’re surrounded by many weird and wonderful characters, so unpacking what’s […]

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The Power of Two: Taiga and Ryuji

There was something so overpoweringly attractive going on in Toradora! that I watched it straight through twice. I mean, who knows? Might have been COVID coma at work. But it managed to transcend both cute and saccharine, and that’s a damn good trick. Wasn’t the plot. Wasn’t the setting. Wasn’t the theme. Nope. If you […]

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