[Eleven] Combat Baker & the Comfort in Knowing

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Volume five of The Combat Baker and Automaton Waitress was set to be released the day after my return home from Japan and upon hearing about this several days after my landing, I immediately jumped to buy the e-book so that I could read it as soon as I could. The previous volume had ended in a cliffhanger which of course largely contributed to the excitement I felt but as a fairly new series to me, I was surprised at how taken I was with it.

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[Twelve] Waiting for the rain


There was this gloriously tragic moment I had back in April that I think back to often during wintery weeks like these. Off the back of a long day of work and an even longer semester of school, I was greeted with the most brilliant Spring sky that I had ever seen. It felt like a sign of the warmer and brighter days to come and provided some much-needed medicine for my weakened will. At that moment, I even started to wonder if maybe all of my happiest days had been sunny ones and if they always would be – which was an association that was more than little unrealistic but it was nice to think about for the 15 minutes of sunshine I got before the forecasted April snowstorm mercilessly rolled in.

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Mid-year update


Hey there. It’s… been a while. Or, well, I suppose that it hasn’t been that long since my last post here but it certainly has been some time since my last update post. My life’s been pretty hectic in the last couple months but not so busy that the possibility of blogging was zero however for a lot of reasons I held off on publishing anything until last month. I won’t go too far into the nitty-gritty of these reasons but I figured that I owed some kind of explanation for amazing people that still follow this little blog of mine, as well as an update on the blog and myself.

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Since the end of March Comes in Like a Lion’s second season, I’ve returned time and time again to the first eight minutes of its finale – an extra story titled, “The Other Home”. I watched it twice immediately after its initial airing, a couple times more after a few of my close friends belatedly caught up to the series and several times today in preparation for this post, making it probably one of my most re-watched scenes in anime ever.

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[One] Passion


Passion, love, interest, attachment, regardless of how you put it, it’s something that I’ve had a bit of an obsession with over this last year. Everywhere I went, in everything I read, and with everyone I spoke to, this idea always came to mind in one form or another. This kind of thing feels almost fundamental to us; its abundance or absence can easily dictate how we choose to live our lives, and this is especially the case, I find, in the communities that I’ve associated myself so closely to. It’s something that I really love to see and something I’ve struggled to find for myself this year.

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[Two] Siblings


Family is perhaps one of my most favorite themes in anime and fiction in general. These stories depicting the relationships between very different people tied together not by convenience, mutual material benefit, or obligation, but because of some inherently human desire stay connected to the ones we are close to, have always resonated with me strongly. But within this genre, one kind of familial relationship has always held a special place in me because of its importance in my life: the sibling relationship.

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