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.
  • [Review] In This Corner of the World
    Not so much a review as it is a series of commentaries written by myself, Vrai, and Amelia. I really liked this film, so naturally I spent lots of words discussing its focus on feminine perspectives, “ordinary” strength, and why this story matters now maybe more than ever.
  • [My Fave is Problematic] Fushigi Yugi
    Untangling fifteen years’ worth of feelings about the messy, emotional, flawed, sincere shoujo fantasy that’s been a part of my life since middle school.

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.
  • Life After Failure in Sakura Quest
    This low-key inspiring series picks up where most high school anime leave off, exploring what happens after you don’t achieve your childhood “dream” and showing how people can still find happiness and fulfillment on the other side of professional failure.



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