Fullmetal Alchemist: There’s No Such Thing As A Painless Lesson

“There’s no such thing as a painless lesson—they just don’t exist. Sacrifices are necessary. You can’t gain anything without losing something first. Although if you can endure that pain and walk away from it, you’ll find that you now have a heart strong enough to overcome any obstacle. Yeah… a heart made Fullmetal.”
Edward Elric, Fullmetal Alchemist

No one likes pain. No one likes to make sacrifices, but when it comes down to it, we realize that they are a necessity in achieving our goals. Recently, I just suddenly started thinking about Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, one of the best anime that I’ve ever watched (Fullmetal Alchemist would be the manga equivalent). I think about all the sacrifices and struggles that Edward and Alphonse Elric suffered throughout the course of the series in order to reach their goal: getting Al’s body back. How did this all happen?

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The Strange Case of Kotomi Ichinose: Genius Girl

You spot a cute purple-haired girl sitting in the corner of the library barefoot, reading a book…with scissors in her hand. Okay?

You decide to talk to her, thinking she may be ditching class just like you…

Who is this girl? You want to get to know her, so you ask her name, but she takes a while to respond. When she finally responds, she tells you that her name is Kotomi, spelled with three kanji…but she will only respond to Kotomi-chan.

Later, you find out that this girl is ranked top ten in the nation for every subject.

This girl was your childhood friend, and she’s been waiting for you this whole time, only you didn’t remember her…

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Ahh…another one of those Clannad characters that gets you all emotional again. I couldn’t even control myself through After Story…

Meet Kotomi, the character who is introduced to the viewers as a genius girl who doesn’t have any social skills at all. Because of her intelligence level, the school tells her that she doesn’t have to attend classes, so she chooses to spend her time in the school’s library reading as many books as possible, but Tomoya, our main protagonist, usually spots her with a pair of scissors. He questions why she would have those scissors. Why? Let’s go into Kotomi’s past, and how it may have led her to what she is now. Continue reading

The Strange Case of Fuko Ibuki: The Existence of Ikiryō?

A mysterious girl is seen in a dim classroom holding a wooden star with wounded hands. There are rumors saying that she may be a ghost. Further research tells you that a person of the same description was involved in a car accident a while back and is currently in a coma…

How are you being able to talk and physically interact with this person?

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Recently, I’ve started to watch Clannad, an anime, according to my friend, that gets you very emotional. Okay. Sounds like a solid story. So I decided to check it out. So a couple episodes in and this is already setting up for emotions flying everywhere. Continue reading

Double-Reeded Warrior’s Hopes for 2015

I really should’ve done a post like this at the beginning of the year when it makes sense for people to be like: “OH MAN, it’s time to tell people my new year’s resolution and what I’m looking forward too.”

I seriously didn’t have a new year’s resolution. Why change myself if I was pretty satisfied with who I’ve been for the past three or four years?

“So anyways, Dennis, how was 2014 for you?”

“Same as 2013?”

“Well, how was that year?”

“Same as 2012?”

“Well, how was that–”

“Shut up!”

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As you can see, nothing has really changed for me in the past couple years, and I’m pretty satisfied with my life.

But thing is, I don’t look forward to all of 2015, simply because that’s too much to look forward to. I mean, why look forward to the next year when I have nothing planned out for the next week?

Honestly, I don’t care about any of the plans I have. I’m more of the type of person who is still interested in entertainment, such as music, anime, and comics. So you know what? I’m just gonna talk about what’s coming up, from what to come from DC Comics during Convergence and post-Convergence to a bunch of anime. Prepare for a very visual presentation.

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The Potential of Everyone Varies / Understanding Asian Parents / High Achievers / Why Akame ga Kill! Was Really Bad

NOTE: If you were looking to read about Akame ga Kill!, you can scroll past the talk about Asians and students and stuff.

“Not all people are clever.”

Clearly. That’s why there are many different type of people in this world. Why there are people that have super high IQs and those with ones that range down to…you know what I mean. Not everyone can be doctors or lawyers or businessmen; we all have a different purpose in society. The smarter people at the higher points of society, with those who can’t perform as well at the other parts. Or you could view the quote as “not everyone shares the same potential.”

Please don’t be offended for what I am about to talk about. I am not saying that you are not smart in any way. I am going to talk about how every single person in this world has a different potential, so Asian parents, or maybe parents in general, should realize the potential of their own child, not what they want their child to be. They continue a belief of “if my friend’s child can do it, why can’t you?” Continue reading

Dennis’ Top Five Favorite Animes

Hi y’all! As you can tell from my past posts on anime before (the ones about the characters: here and here), I am clearly a fanatic of anime. This week, I had stumbled upon a post called Really Cool Animes to Start Watching, in which Megan (if that’s even her actual name) recommends five animes to the readers. In my blog post, I will suggest to y’all my favorite animes. So let’s start.

5. THE DEVIL IS A PART-TIMER!

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For those looking for humor, The Devil Is A Part-Timer! is the ideal anime for you. In this anime, Satan and his general Alciel get stuck in the human world. The methods that they use to cope with the new world problems is just real comical. Alciel acts like a housewife, while Satan works at McRonalds (a mock McDonalds), going up the ranks, with a dream of becoming the manager and taking over the world from there. They also take on fake names (Sadao Maou and Shiro Ashiya, respectively). Satan comes into contact with the “hero” Emile (which results in a hysterical conversation with the police), a teenage fellow co-worker falls in love with him, and when Lucifer is brought into his and Ashiya’s household, more funny conflict ensues. And this anime has its romantic moments as well, but I don’t wanna spoil anything else. Watch it. Continue reading