Why draw anime girls when AI can do it for you?

Personally, I’ve never been much of an artsy person. Or so I thought, until I tried doing some acrylic nature painting when I was in Japan. So I’m sure with practice, I could learn how to draw in the anime style well enough.

But why bother when we can just use technology to do it for us… right?

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Tsukuyomi ♫♫

There’s another Japanese group alongside Minami ♫ that I’ve been listening to lately, once again thanks to YouTube’s algorithms (which I have to commend, they really do a good job at suggesting similar content that I’d enjoy).

And that’s Tsukuyomi!

Quiz Magic Academy anime chibi catgirls
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A Trip to Kyoto

Here’s something that I never got around to posting about, which is a trip I took to Kyoto with a few friends over a weekend last fall.

I have 162 pictures from the trip, which only lasted a few days.

Basically, we left on the Friday evening right after work and arrived in Kyoto at around 1am. Spent all of Saturday and Sunday morning sightseeing before undertaking the ~7 hour drive back to Nagano.

The entire weekend was gone, but the memories will remain forever.

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Chuunibyou in the Wild

After living and teaching English to middle schoolers in Japan for two years, I’ve just realized that I haven’t written anything about something that, according to anime, should’ve been fairly common!

And that’s “chuunibyou” (chuuni), known in English as “middle-schooler syndrome”.

While in anime we frequently see the chuuni character in high school, I interacted regularly with the junior high school students where this illness is supposed to originate, at an age where immaturity is still rampant and such behaviour is still accepted…

Naturally, I’m writing this to detail my personal observations of such an affliction, so please read on to learn just how it takes form in reality.

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Busou Shoujo Machiavellianism Brief Review (Spoiler Free)

Stumbled upon this anime a while back and we’re just getting to reviewing it now. Bit of a change from the usual fantasy / isekai stuff, of which there’s more on the way thanks to the recently finished season.

Seemed interesting enough based on the poster on MAL, so let’s see how it actually turned out.

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Cherry Blossoms in Tokyo 2022

I’ve been taking it easy since returning to Canada, and will continue like that for a bit.

Figured I’d just share some of the nice cherry blossoms I saw during my 10 day stint in Tokyo before coming home. Luckily, I had managed to arrive just in time for full bloom, with the blossoms just starting to blow away in the wind. After about three or four days the blossoms were pretty much all done with.

As I had no plans during my initial days in Tokyo, I went out and saw what I could!

nagisa furukawa introduction
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The Fruit of Evolution: Before I Knew It, My Life Had It Made Review (Spoiler Free)

Getting back to the fantasy / isekai reviews, we’ve got The Fruit of Evolution.

At a glance, unlike other long anime titles, this one doesn’t really function properly as a ‘mini synopsis’ like most others. Instead, it’s kind of vague. What sort of anime is this?

Let’s find out.

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Two Years in Japan Review

With the spring comes the end of another school term in Japan.

And with that came the decision I’d have to make about whether I’d stay on another year or not. While a part of me would love to continue on for another year, the rest of me knows that it’s time to move on.

There were many great things about living here, and the job was fun, but it’s no secret that teaching English in Japan is not a great long-term deal. So while I’d love to stay, I’d also love to go home. I haven’t seen my family in two years, and it’s about time I paid them a visit.

In a week I’ll move out from the apartment I’ve lived in for the last two years, here in a small city in Nagano Prefecture. I’ll spend a little over a week in Tokyo (giving me the opportunity to see all of the cherry blossoms there for the third year in a row) before leaving Japan.

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