A Detailed Guide to the Yuuki Yuuna wa Yuusha de Aru Franchise


Recently, I got sucked into the Yuuki Yuuna wa Yuusha de Aru (結城友奈は勇者である) series. It’s a young franchise, launched in late 2014, so I thought it would be a good idea to keep track of the various spinoff products as they’re released. I’ll leave the analysis and impressions for another post.

Anyway, if you’re planning to get into this franchise, watch the anime first. It is 12 episodes long and can be watched for free on Crunchyroll.

This guide will tell you how to access the spinoff products/info in English (or Japanese, if there is no English translation available). It will also tell you what these products add to the YuYuYu universe and characters. I will edit this guide as more products and info are released. If you have any questions or corrections, feel free to leave a comment on this post.

Be warned that this guide contains partial spoilers for those who have not watched the television anime.

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The Ending of Lucifer and the Biscuit Hammer


Spoilers in this post, obviously.

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On “Objective” Reviews and the Importance of Being Earnest

"Let me tell you why your opinions are objectively wrong, good sir."

“Let me tell you why your opinions are objectively wrong, good sir.”

An appeal to objectivity is something that everyone has probably encountered at some stage. The word tends to get bandied around in art criticism when someone voices an unpopular opinion, usually a negative one. It’s silly, because you wouldn’t think there’s any objectivity to be found in something as nebulous as art, but it’s still a popular way of thinking (especially with the TrueAnime crowd).

Objectivity is a dangerous word.

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My Top 5 Valentine’s Day Anime Episodes











Happy Valentine’s Day/Singles Awareness Day, my readers! <3 Froggy

Valentine’s Day is supposed to be a heartwarming and romantic day, but anyone with exposure to reality knows that’s not how it works for most people on most years, even when you are in a relationship. When it comes to Valentine’s Day, anime stays true to its general disregard for reality and how relationships work. Valentine’s Day-themed episodes are generally excuses for harem and romcom antics and a bit of cute fluff. As much as I love that stuff, not much of it tends to stand out.

But some Valentine’s Day episodes are really special to me. Some of them really do understand how it feels to be an awkward teenager with a crush. So to celebrate the occasion, here is a quick list of my favourite Valentine’s Day episodes.

Note: There are spoilers for the series listed in this post, so be warned.

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Patema Inverted: A Matter of Perspective


As it turns out, I occasionally accept reader requests to write about specific anime. I watched Patema Inverted and thought it was interesting enough to discuss, so here we are.

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Natsume Sōseki and the Cult of Loneliness, Or “My Kokoro is Wrong as Expected!”


It’s time to learn a little something about the man who was on the 1000 yen bill for twenty years.

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If I Were a Magical Boy…


If I were a Magical Boy ©, I would like to be a really kawaii dude, not like those lame dorks in Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE!.

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Why You Should Support the English Light Novel Industry (And How You Can Do it)

sao index

2014 was a great year for English light novels. I’d say LN publishing was revitalised last year, thanks to the release of big name titles (and not just SAO and Index). I suppose this is a side effect of the oversaturation of LN adaptations in the anime industry right now. There’s no better time to get into the LNs, and I fully expect 2015 to be a lucrative year as well.

Why You Should Buy Light Novels

First of all, they’re cheap. The translations are a whole lot better than the fan translations, and most importantly, I think the success of these titles will pave the way for more quality translations of Japanese novels. Ideally, I’d like to see more Japanese literature beyond light novels being published over here. There’s a growing potential market.

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Watari Wataru and Sagara Sou are Collaborating on a New Light Novel Series: “Qualidea of Scum and A Gold Coin”

















Yes, I’ll be translating it. Details about the new series below the cut!

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Basic Questions for any Anime Fan

Silvachief over at The Geek Clinic asked me to answer some questions over at his blog. He also gave his own answers here. I like how these questions can be answered succinctly and with little effort. I consider them basic questions for any anime fan.

So what are the questions, you ask…?

[gg]_Hyouka_-_02 eru i'm curious

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