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Yuru Camp: Impressions

I recently watched Yuru Camp, all too late, because my boyfriend insisted that he wanted to rewatch it in my company. I did him the honor, and although sharing reactions and impressions with him took my focus away from a purely analytic point of view (hence why this is merely a blog post, which may however develop into a full-fledged article later on), I came back with some thoughts. Repetition In many anime, especially those of the Kirara-kei type, repetition is central. The original state is re-established on a higher…

The Small Treasures Of “Tasogare Memorandum”

It is a core aspect of fiction that it must have a relation to possession. The hero or heroine acquires: a lover, friends, realizations. The less fortunate protagonist has to live with what they lack: the aspiring artist laments their lack of talent; the worker enrages against their exploitation. The former earns because they are deserving; the latter learn the dignity to live with their condition. In some moral tales, the fool is blamed. We expect fiction to giveus something: characters must mirror this process for us to apply its…

I Had A Once-In-A-Lifetime Experience

When one has, from a young age, access to what society calls “culture”, at twenty years old, they can claim to have communicated with all kinds of arts—they will have polished their sensitivity with the works of the masters, and before long, any work which they lay their eyes upon will be judged on its ability to live up to this canon they have grown so familiar with. Such a person will, on many occasions, appear somewhat disillusioned to others; they will be said to be too harsh, too demanding,…