Housekeeping: Winter 2022 Plans and Beyond!

Hey guys

Winter is almost upon us and with it, that means there is plenty to discuss when a rock-solid anime season hits. That said, it is time as always to do a bit of housekeeping, see what’s happening and what you can expect from me in the next few months! Let’s get into it after the cut.

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Four Years of Shallow Dives in Anime

This week will mark the 4th anniversary of Shallow Dives in Anime! I can’t believe that much time has passed, and frankly, I can’t believe that I’ve managed to keep it up.

Four years in, I continue to enjoy this little passion project of mine, giving my thoughts, expressing my views, but not trying to drown my readers in pedantic arguments, or over the top analysis. I let you know what I think, give some thoughts and send you on your way. Hyperbole, bad faith, cliquishness and trying to game the algorithm is all over the place, and people seem more concerned than ever about where both they, and their views, stand on the culture war. One that, as I have said many times, is slowly making its way into the anime sphere.

I also won’t lie and say that this four run of it has been a bit harder than the rest. There have been more dry spots and moment where I felt my posts were not up to par. Whether that is the balance of work and hobby, or just not having much to say. I won’t deny that I felt this year was weaker than before. I still love blogging, and I hope that I can step it up in the future and continue to give the best work I can do, shallow and all.

As always I have many people to thank: CrowIrinaLynnScottYomu, PeteJon Spencer, Lesley, iniksbane  Catholic weeb and infinitezenith for always being there for chat or comment. And most of all to you. If you have taken the time to look at one of my posts, leave a like, or even a comment. Know that you have always brought a smile to my face. and warmth to my heart.

So here is to four years of Shallow Dives in Anime. You can look forward to the Thursday post with the celebration review. One that I’m eager to get into and discuss. But for now, as always, all I can say is.

Thank you for reading my blog.

Cardcaptor Sakura’s Syaoran Li: Her Most Loyal Knight

The Summer of Love IV continues! We are rapidly approaching the end of the series, but before we examine the last batch of episodes, I think it is important to examine one other character. Last time we discussed the series lead Sakura Kinomoto and her innocence, but also elements of true humanity. Now we will discuss the other main character, her rival, her friend and the person who becomes the love of her life. After the cut let’s take a dive into Syaoran Li.

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Fate/Stay Night’s Shirou Emiya and Saber: Selfless People, Selfless Love

I’ve been examining the couples of Fate/Stay Night for a while now, and as we wrap up our look at all the current Fate properties (except those that came out last year). It is time to turn our attention to the final main couple of the first series. I would say we saved the best for last, but sadly that isn’t going to be the case. Still that doesn’t mean there isn’t stuff to talk about. So after the cut let’s take a character dive into the relationship of Shirou Emiya and Saber.

My thoughts on the relationship of Shirou Emiya and Rin Tohsaka are right here!

My thoughts on the relationship of Shirou Emiya and Sakura Matou are right here!

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Failure to Launch: Dewbond’s Choices!

Recently I was tagged in a post by fellow blogger Yomu. I was glad I did because this looks like a fun little thing to do! I’ll post the rules right here and get into my choices after the cut!


  1. Put the logo and rules in your post.
  2. Thank whoever tagged you and link back to their post.
  3. Link back to the original post.
  4. List some brief excerpts where stories (anime, book, movie – anything is fine) failed to launch due to a missing call to action. As many as you want. Readers can then try and guess the story in the comments!
  5. Nominate 3 other blogs to continue the tag!
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Cowboy Bebop: All Style, No Substance

Just a few weeks ago, I sat down and finally talked about Neon Genesis Evangelion, long regarded as a cult classic among those of the Toonami/4kids generation. I won’t rehash what I said there, but I knew that I was only getting at half the story. Because there is one other show that is often touted as a defining piece for the anime fans who grew up in that era. Well I finally got around to watching it, and I have some thoughts. After the cut let’s take a dive into Cowboy Bebop.

Jam Out.
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Re-dive: Fate Apocrypha Episode 13-26: Karna’s Mighty Lance attempts to Penetrate Seig.

I finished this series a while ago, but other posts sadly took up my time! No more though, and I’m eager to get back and wrap this re-dive up! Last time we left off I said Fate Apocrypha was a good series that had many great moments. But it absolutely felt the most like a spin-off compared to other series. Does that mean it is bad though? And has the remaining half of the show carried things forward? After the cut let’s take a dive into the back half of Fate Apocrypha and find out!

Guest starring Jeanne’s plunging cleavage!
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