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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Housekeeping: Spring 2022 Plans and Beyond!

Hey guys

Spring 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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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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Don’t @ Me: Eight of my Anime Opinions: Higurashi GOU/SOTSU Edition

It’s Monday, which means it is time for this! Welcome back to Don’t @ Me! The place where, like the anyone listening to the sounds of Cicadas, I start slamming my baseball bat into anyone can I see, I give you my thoughts and views on everything manga and anime. This week I’m going to go to bat (pun fully intended) for the sequel series Higurashi GOU/SOTSU. Let’s get into it after the cut.

Satoshi's Bat: Higurashinonakakoroni
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Hit it with your 3×3! Sharing my Favorite Anime

Hey Guys.

A list of my favorite anime is not new on this blog, and frankly it hasn’t changed that much. However there hasn’t been a blog event in a long while so I figure it is time to do something. I’ve been listening to the Trash Taste Podcast, and they’ve a few episodes where they discuss their ‘3×3’, or the anime/manga/etc that are defining and important to them. I figured, why doesn’t the WordPress blogging crew try it out?

Here are the rules.

  1. List your 3×3. It has to be a total of nine titles. (I used as mine)
  2. They can be manga, anime, light novels, whatever.
  3. Include an explanation (if you want) of why you chose them!
  4. Pass the buck to three or more bloggers.

Mine is right below, and I hope fellow writers here will give this a shot. For the first round, I’m sending the call out to: CrowIrina, momomanamu and infinitezenith!

Three Years of Shallow Dives in Anime: Neon Genesis Evangelion

Each year, we mark the anniversary of Shallow Dives in Anime with a special review. A show that for some reason or another holds a special place in my heart. It may be because it is good, or because it was bad. There may be personal reasons behind it, or it may have been something dogging my footsteps. Either way these reviews are a long time coming and ones I put a lot of thought into.

The first year I took another look at Shinmai Maou no Testament, and made peace with a show that was almost singularly responsible for getting me into blogging.

The second year I caved in and finally watched Chivalry of a Failed Knight, a show I had deeply personal reasons for avoiding.

Both shows I ended up leaving with a newfound respect, and in the case of Knight, an appreciation for. The show we are talking about this year needs no introduction, but it is something that ever since I started this blog, I knew would end up happening. A reckoning that I couldn’t run away from. A show that any anime fan worth his salt has to end up confronting, good or ill, bad or good.

Welcome to Shallow Dives in Anime. This is Neon Genesis Evangelion.

Happy times.
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