Stand-Alone Essays


Individual posts about series and topics that caught my interest. Organized in more-or-less chronological order.

The Essays Next Door

Articles written and hosted right here on JND.


  • Tanaka-kun is Always Listlessly…

    Anime: Tanaka-kun is Always Listless (Tanaka-kun wa Itsumo Kedaruge) a 12-episode series directed by Kawatsura Shinya. Adapted from the manga by Uda Nozomi.

  • Magic-Kyun Renaissance and the Spark(le) of Creativity
    Anime: Magic-Kyun Renaissance, a 12-episode series directed by Yamazaki Mitsue and written by Kanparu Tomoko.

Manga, Western TV, &etc.

  • The Korra Retrospective: A series “review” that swiftly spiraled into an essay
    Series: The Legend of Korra, the 52-episode Nickelodeon series created by Bryan Konietzko and Michael Dante Dimartino.

Here, There, Everywhere

Articles written for and hosted on other sites.

From Anime Feminist

  • A Dream of One’s Own: Finding a home outside femininity in Chihayafuru
    Sometimes wrenching but ultimately inspiring, Chihayafuru’s first volume quietly challenges traditional gender norms and offers the hope of a supportive community to anyone who’s ever felt like they didn’t quite fit society’s gendered expectations of who they’re “supposed” to be.

From Crunchyroll

  • Failed Tanuki and Half-Baked Tengu: Identity & Community in The Eccentric Family
    Part 1 | Part 2
    Through its colorful world and unique individuals, The Eccentric Family asks us what makes us who we say we are—and wonders how we’d find that answer in the first place.


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