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your name. by Makoto Shinkai – A Book Review

your name., written by esteemed film director Makoto Shinkai, is the novelization of the Japanese anime film by the same title. It tells a story about a boy and a girl who reside in two completely different parts of Japan. The young boy, Taki, is from the thriving and bustling city of Tokyo, whereas Mitsuha,…… Continue reading your name. by Makoto Shinkai – A Book Review

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#Unhaulathon 2017 TBR

Since July was a fantastic reading month for me, thanks to a ton of fun of readathons, I figured it would be cool to start off my August with another reading event, especially one that is very low-key and kicked-back. The Unhaulathon is hosted by @reading__addict @booknookbritt & @dylanthereader5, over on Twitter.Β It’s taking place from…… Continue reading #Unhaulathon 2017 TBR

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Sakuran: Blossoms Wild by Moyoco Anno – A Manga Review

Sakuran: Blossoms Wild is a tale from the Edo Period of Japanese history. It focuses on the pleasure quarter, Yoshiwara, with our female protagonist named Kiyoha. As a child, Kiyoha was sold to a brothel, where she worked as a maid until she could rise to a prominent position of a courtesan. This book was…… Continue reading Sakuran: Blossoms Wild by Moyoco Anno – A Manga Review

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Asleep by Banana Yoshimoto – A Book Review

Asleep is an #OwnVoices Japanese literature novel that’s a part of the magical realism genre. It’s also a small collection of three short stories written by Banana Yoshimoto, who’s a female author. I’ve had the book on my shelf for a long time, so for the 24in48 Readathon that occurred last weekend, I decided to…… Continue reading Asleep by Banana Yoshimoto – A Book Review

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Kieli Volume 1: The Dead Sleep in the Wilderness by Yukako Kabei – A Light Novel Review

For my GoodReads group (Japanese Novel & Light Novel), we recently read Kieli Volume 1: The Dead Sleep in the Wilderness by Yukako Kabei. This is an #OwnVoices supernatural, fantasy Japanese light novel series with steampunk elements. Never before in my life have I read a light novel that was so breathtakingly astonishing in its…… Continue reading Kieli Volume 1: The Dead Sleep in the Wilderness by Yukako Kabei – A Light Novel Review

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Katsugeki Touken Ranbu – First Impressions

An adaptation of the video game developed by Nitroplus, Katsugeki Touken Ranbu is the quintessential badass anime premiere of the Summer season. Produced by Ufotable and directed by Toshiyuki Shirai (Fate/Zero), the anime takes place in 1863. “As the tumultuous samurai era is coming to an end, Japan is split between the pro-shogunate and anti-shogunate…… Continue reading Katsugeki Touken Ranbu – First Impressions