So I Have a Patreon

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Hello my fellow readers!

So if you have scrolled through my entire posts as of late, you may have noticed something new at the end of my reviews. That’s right. I have a Patreon account! That means that if you like what I do here and you think I should get paid for it, then you can donate to me and get cool bonuses and stuff, like being in my circle of thinkers about anime, philosophy, writing, humor, uhm… that’s all I have right now.

But before you start whipping out your credit cards and paying your dues, I should explain what I plan to do with this service and why it matters. I don’t mind being transparent about my views, and I think as a potential patron, you are entitled to as much information about what you’re paying for as possible.

I demand high quality for myself in everything that I do, so a few extra bucks won’t guarantee that the content will get better any time soon.

This blog is a hobby to me. And despite the amount of research and thought I put in to trying to teach you all something worthwhile, I’d like to keep it that way. A lot of my reviews are written for fun (imagine that), and I don’t succumb to popular demand that easily, granted I do have a review planned in the near future that is has gotten a great deal of popularity as of late.

Although my political leanings are closer to anarchist levels of radical, my business model is conservative. I’ve always been more comfortable giving you a product you didn’t expect to like, but perhaps might enjoy if you take the time to read or check it out. Comments are rare on my blog, but I distinctly remember surprising one anonymous user with my Blade and Soul review, a good 2 years after I reviewed it! I don’t always tell you when I think a series is good or bad, but readers have surprised me by responding to anime reviews that even I didn’t think were all that great!

Truth be told, my Magic-kyun Renaissance review was intentionally humorous, and as I had stated in the review, it was a series that I didn’t think was very good. Yet in the months since I reviewed it, I’m still getting a hit from that post here and there. You all have certainly surprised me with what you like about my opinions as well. Those are the moments that I find most special about blogging.

If you plan to become my patron so that you might get special treatment and get cool benefits or something, don’t. In fact, some of the higher rewards I have are jokes (this is a humor blog, if you haven’t guessed). I intend on using my Patreon for donations only, and it is really only as valuable as you think it should be worth.

I may be an anime fan/critic, but I am also a philosopher. Starting this week, I will be posting regular editorials on all things philosophy, with topics of my choosing. Now I know that philosophy is a weird subject that can literally talk about anything, but if I’m going to use my degree in the discipline properly, I will be facilitating discussion to the best of my abilities in critical and meaningful thought. At the moment, I have a handful of ideas I would like to talk about, but if you want to join me in philosophical conversations I have in the future, become a Patron and we’ll talk. If I’m not too busy, that is.

I do have one reward that is legitimate, and that is the one where I will gladly review your writing project (whatever that may be) for content, grammar, etc. That one is worth $25/month, which in my opinion is rather generous for an editor.

At the moment, I would like to gain subscribers for possible future projects, whether it is to review something that my patrons have always wanted to read my opinion about, or complete a certain fan fiction that has been on indefinite hiatus. Heck, one of my Patreon exclusives is to share some of the details that went into crafting the Pokemon universe that includes a dedicated university system and pokemon warriors (spoiler: not a Pokemon War Theory, but actual history). However, I still haven’t decided on what I would do once I get more patrons.

Anyway, that’s all I really have to say (uhm… write?) about this Patreon thing. Check it out if you’re interested. Otherwise, I got grad school things to take care of, and that’s already costing a lot of my time and money as it is. Look forward to reading more of my reviews and philosophical essays cleverly disguised as blog posts. And thanks for reading!

~Lystria

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Anime Review: Anne Happy

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A couple of reviews back, I briefly took a stab at criticizing a fatal flaw in utilitarianism, that having the illusion of happiness can be just as dangerous as letting one suffer from the pains of the truth. I still believe this to be true, but I neglected to offer an alternative that defends why happiness is something that we should value. Given the many animes that I’ve already reviewed that are made primarily to bring joy to their audience, one more case probably wouldn’t hurt. What makes this sitcom different from some of the others that I’ve reviewed, however, is that happiness is more than just something it imparts on us. Rather, happiness is at the heart of why this series matters in the first place! (That and come on, it’s in the title!)

And if you’re thinking that I’m going to somehow over-complicate a comedy anime that wasn’t meant to make sense with theoretical mumbo jumbo, well you’d be half right, but you would also miss out on all the fun things I love about this series that no analysis can capture to such humorous detail! That, and I need to subject you all to the “Timothy Rap” because catchy music is catchy!

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“Tadaima” from Anime Expo 2017

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Hey everyone! I’m back from Anime Expo 2017, and as a staffer who had spent an entire 6 days there from June 29 through July 4, it’s been quite busy!

This is my third year on staff, so if you were there and stopped by the Ticketing Office at some point, you probably saw me in one of the featured costumes shown here!

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Some of these are repeat cosplays I’ve worn at past conventions, namely Prof. Shūichi Ginkgo of my very own Professor Ginkgo Chronicles (far left) and Umetarō Nozaki of Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun (far right). But the newest to the lineup is the yukata (center left) that my family got me a couple months ago, and Osamu Mikumo of World Trigger (center right) that sadly I couldn’t wear last year because it came through the mail exactly a day after AX2016 ended (just my luck)! Well not this time!

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Anime Review: Kemono Friends

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Hello and welcome to Japari Park! My name is Lystria, and I will be your guide to this wonderful place. Here, you will find that all of our animal girls roam freely in their natural habitats, each with their own strengths and abilities to adapt to their environment. Each one of these denizens of Japari Park is a friend, and they are in search of finding more. Perhaps you might be the one they’re looking for?

Japari Park is made possible by the anime and video game that has brought it to life: Kemono Friends. Without further ado, sit back, watch out for SPOILERS, and enjoy all of what we have to offer!

At this time, I will be answering all of the questions you might have about Japari Park and Kemono Friends.

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Anime Review: Sweetness & Lightning

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This is a lovely anime. Heck, I’m going to go out on a limb and say that it actually does appeal to both children and adults, despite its manga counterpart being published as a seinen. It teaches us a lot about family values in a modern culture, from the perspectives of a child, a teenager, and a parent.

It’s a heart-warming series, but it’s also a lot of fun, and since a lot of folks have already raved about it, I will be talking about this series based on what I think is most important. And given that I do plan on reviewing several anime with all-girl casts in the near future, I think it’s best to talk about this series from the leading male’s perspective: Kōhei Inuzuka–

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