Category Archives: Extracurricular

Persona 5 – Tunnel Vision

What is Persona to you? Do you regard its titles as stylish portrayals of Japanese culture? Dating simulators? Chances to live an idyllic school life? Second chances to impact society? Or do you prefer to view the series in more utilitarian terms such as “jRPG games”? Do you tend to focus on spending time with the characters and being a social butterfly or would you prefer to spend most of the play session inside dungeons to grind to a higher … Continue reading

Moe Moe Kyun!~ ♡

Maid cafes (メイドカフェ). A concept that is somehow simultaneously discomfiting, stirring, intriguing, and near ubiquitous in anime. Anyone who has watched a decent amount of anime series has at least had a brush with the concept of sugary sweet maids welcoming their masters into a cafe to shower them with attention. In such a fantasy world, the maids lovingly draw cutesy pictures on their masters’ food, cast magical spells to make their drinks delicious, and dedicate their attention to their … Continue reading

In This Universe, There’s Just You and Me

Back in 2014, my friend Arujei gifted the visual novel World End Economica to me for Christmas. Though I had always been aware of their existence, I had never played a visual novel before – to me, the prospect of a story riddled with multiple “routes” and “flags” seemed confusing to me. In this regard, I was fortunate to have started with World End Economica; as a linear “kinetic novel,” its presentation was easy for me to digest and enjoy. … Continue reading

Creating My Espurr Cosplay

A couple months ago, I decided to cosplay for the first time by attending the Dallas A-Kon anime convention as the Pokémon Espurr. It was a decision made completely on impulse, for the idea came about at a point when I had an eternity of free time. See, I had unexpectedly found myself without schooling and without employment in the Fall of 2014. In an effort to retain my sanity and keep track of the passing days, I began creating … Continue reading

Dallas A-Kon 26: Did That Really Happen?

Three years ago, I attended A-Kon 23 with my friends as college was ending. It was my very first convention of any sort and I had a lot of fun in the atmosphere, especially considering that one of my online friends decided to fly in as well. We all had a lot of fun, and I was left feeling that it would be difficult to top such an experience. Indeed, when I later unexpectedly found myself with free time, I … Continue reading

Get a Life!

Now that I have been accepted into nursing school, my time is no longer spent trying to research the multitude of requirements that the NursingCAS application service demands of its prospective students. For some ludicrous reason, the programs starting in the Spring (which I thought I would have to apply to since there were only two programs in the Fall) require a separate, more meticulous application (including an entirely separate admissions test) than the ones in the Fall. With some … Continue reading

Grade Possibilities 2.0 Is Out!

While attending college in 2012, I wrote an Android app on my free time to determine the lowest grade I could make on every assignment while still maintaining my target average. Accordingly, the app’s creation strangely embodied the college spirit in the way that the majority of its code was typed up in the middle of various biology lectures rather than at home. Nevertheless, the end result was a useful tool that let students distribute their workload (or stress) efficiently … Continue reading

“Butterfly” – A Thematic Analysis of Persona 3 and 4

昔者莊周夢為胡蝶,栩栩然胡蝶也,自喻適志與!不知周也。俄然覺,則蘧蘧然周也。不知周之夢為胡蝶與,胡蝶之夢為周與?周與胡蝶,則必有分矣。此之謂物化。 — 庄子 I dreamt I was a butterfly. I couldn’t tell if I was dreaming. But when I woke, I was I and not a butterfly. Was I dreaming that I was the butterfly, Or was the butterfly dreaming that it was me? Even if there’s a difference between the butterfly and I, The distinction isn’t absolute. And there is no relationship of cause and effect. — Zhuangzi Such were the words that flashed across the screen during the … Continue reading

The “Proper” Way to Enjoy Anime

A few days ago, I logged into My Anime List at the request of a friend. Since I have essentially abandoned my profile on that site, I was curious to see how outdated my list would be. It was completely up to date. In the circles that I hang around in online, I am probably one of the less avid fans of anime, at least in terms of watching every new series that comes out. I tend to instead go … Continue reading

The Adventure I Would Dream About

Ever since I got my 3DS, I have been thinking about something that I have not thought about at length for a long time: Pokémon. That’s right– amidst medical school, when I have free time, I have been thinking about the creatures that captured my imagination when I was in 3rd grade. See, the truth is that as soon as I obtained my 3DS, I was anxious to try the new Pokémon X and Y games as I had heard … Continue reading

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