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This spoiler-free article is available in audio format at the following link: https://anchor.fm/dilkokorocollection/episodes/Higurashi-Gou-is-a-Fresh-Changeup-on-a-Classic-emo4t5

When I wrote about Higurashi for the collab that DoctorKev spearheaded last month, I expressed my frustrations with how much the original season was soured by its subsequent seasons. The explanation of the “why” to the mysteries of the first season diminished the fun I had re-watching the original. When Higurashi: When They Cry — Gou was revealed to be a sequel and not a remake early in the second week of Fall 2020, people scurried away from this show like it was a live grenade about to explode. Another popular take that emerged from this second episode was “Oh man, it spoils so much of the show” and, surprisingly, no one commented on the anime for nearly two months. At the time of writing this, it just finished the second story arc. In today’s article, I would like to highlight how clever this season has been in making classic stories feel fresh with new twists and great technical improvements. Also, I will explore how Higurashi’s accessibility makes this is a “beginner friendly” introduction that could serve as a wonderful starting point for a new wave of anime fans curious about the franchise.


One of my all-time favorite articles I ever wrote was my list of favorite sports anime moments that were oozing with wholesome feelings. Rather than copy and paste three-year-old thoughts and call it done, I decided to revisit this list. I trimmed some, added others, and kept my old writing here too. To keep things from looking confusing, I’ll just outright say which anime I added to the list. I almost doubled this list by adding Megalo Box, Haikyuu!, and Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid. I also revised my thoughts on Kanon and Angel Beats. The only thing I can add from my old intro is that I am well aware that half of my list consists of anime adaptations of works done by Key. LOOK. I love a good sports moment in anime that were already there to make you cry. …


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Going into Azur Lane, I had zero expectations of finishing the anime (or even getting further than a few episodes). Having had spent an embarrassing number of hours playing the mobile game, I was morbidly curious how anyone could make an anime out of the wild, shameless waters of this historic battleship simulator. What I expected was fan service, more fan service, and as many beach episodes as humanly possible. The reason I’m writing today, however, is to share that this anime was far more competent than it had any business being. First, I’d like to discuss the savvy way it handles a virtually nonexistent story and turns it into a passible exploration of worldview and individuality. After this, it would be fair to call attention to the unavoidable nature of the franchise that makes a good deal of this anime problematic as well. I’d also like to give credit to the anime for trying to make super ambitious fight scenes, even if the execution was certainly sloppier than I’m sure they were hoping for. …


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On this week’s episode, Kinksy and Dil are joined by Requiem and Stinolez to explore the meat cavities of Glepnir. They also have a lively conversation about DanMachi. Req burns Dil. A lot.


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The following article can be listened to through The DilKokoro Collection wherever you listen to podcasts (see link): https://anchor.fm/dilkokorocollection/episodes/The-Flawed-Hero--Why-an-Antihero-is-Far-More-Compelling-ems1no

Originally written 2/18/18- This was, bar none, the most actively commented on article I wrote for the original AniTAY. I would get notifications all the way through this year from people who were Arthurian legend buffs wanting to talk (argue) about some of the creative discussion here.

Recently, the two anime that have been sticking with me the most on a double digit anime series binge have been GARO: The Animation and Fate/Apocrypha. The characters in both are fantastic and give plenty to chew on as not only the episodes go on, but long after the finales. I really want to write about the two, especially the latter, but I know we have had quite a few articles related to it, so I’ll probably just can my thoughts on it for another day. Something from those thoughts I do want to talk about on its own, however, is a very specific character in the series. This character has fascinating backstory to read up on with other works of fiction and made the overall experience of Fate/Apocrypha much better. Mordred. …

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Master of Science in Military Social Work student, USAF Veteran of 7 Years, Marathon Runner, Youth Basketball Coach, Voted Scariest Looking Dog Dad of 2020

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