Trick or Treat? A Logical Approach

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Based on the kind of stuff I post on this blog, you probably think of me as that anime guy. But when I’m not pretending that real life isn’t there to kick my ass, I’m a philosopher that occasionally teaches Math (I say “occasionally” because I’m not exactly working yet).

Now I’m not one to get into the holiday gimmicks very often, but since Halloween is coming up, there has been one thing that puzzles me about this holiday. I am, of course, talking about this thing that kids like to say to neighbors they rarely ever interact with, dressed in their costumes, only to get some candy from them.

What exactly do we mean when we say Trick or Treat?

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Anime Review: Flying Witch

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Light humor. Crisp animation. Lovable cast of characters. Fun all around. This is actually a very difficult series to critique because its beauty comes from nothingness.

On the surface, Flying Witch seems like a show that would take advantage of its fantasy aspect, stretching the imagination of the power that magic can have when it is used. But what I love about this series is just how little the anime uses that to their disposal. Even though magical elements of witchcraft are present in this series, the overall tone brings joy to simple, everyday life.

And besides, Makoto may not stand out as a protagonist, but I think her sweet subtlety and variety of expressions make her a very cute witch.

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Anime Review: I Can’t Understand What My Husband is Saying

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This anime is a fan favorite for those who love common tropes, pop culture references, and the otaku life. And while I do think that it is a lot of fun, I will also make the claim that this series is for non-anime fans as well.

Okay, they probably won’t like it at all, especially if they just don’t get it. But I hope that there is a better understanding of what anime, and ultimately otaku culture, is about. Like the main character duo in this series, I find that there is a lack of understanding between anime fans –more specifically those who are considered or self-ascribed otakus– and everyone else. As always, I will be taking into account my personal experiences as they relate to the series, and respect that those experiences are not necessarily yours.

If you must know, I don’t call myself an otaku, but since I associate with enough of them to be called one by folks both inside and outside the anime fan community, I might as well be one. Either way, I’m going to be an annoyance to someone, and I’m not going away that easily!

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Concerns of an Anxious, Introverted Reviewer, Part 2

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This is Part 2 of a few concerns that I have about being a reviewer on this blog. For the first part, click here.

A lot of these concerns stem from conversations I’ve had with people I have met regarding this blog, and how I have come to process these concerns. The purpose of these posts are to give my readers some insight on what goes on in my head as I write, but also a chance for you to gain some encouragement as a writer for yourself.

As always, I will do my best not to hold back my thoughts. However, I am also still a human being that is fraught with limitations.

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Concerns of an Anxious, Introverted Reviewer

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Hello, WordPress. It’s me. The True Lystria.

A lot of what you see on this blog are my honest thoughts and interpretations of anime I watch. And to be completely fair, I try not to hold my opinion back. However, a lot of what you read is coated with sarcasm to hide the ranting and criticism I have for things I actually dislike, which often confuses people into thinking that I am very optimistic. That part isn’t true. So if you’re going to call out my shenanigans, you could say that even The True Lystria lies!

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