The Goodbyes We Say For Ourselves

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Stories like to keep casts together. Relationship dynamics are built up and easy to repeat. And when the forces that be create a rift between characters, they stay close to each other no matter how painful that may be.

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Cure Lovely’s Image of the Invincible

Tinfoil hat: on.

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“Terribads are invading this town, too. But we’re gonna be fine! Precure will surely appear like a blast! They’ll take them out with a huge bang! …After all, Precure are invincible!

Megumi Aino, HappinessCharge Precure Episode 1

When Megumi Aino is first introduced, she is literally singing the praises of the PreCure. They are strong, they never lose, and they’re invincible. Megumi herself adores the grand. Two hundred yen becomes 20,000. Mao-chan became 200% more cute. Happiness is distributed in large servings. Her excitement is punctuated with onomatopoeia. These are all things she desires to be.

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Nursery Rhyme and Punishment

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An addendum.

Through Natasha, World Conquest Zvezda Plot provides conflicting ideas of childhood. But to the world around her, all of them are bad. When she was little, she did not believe in fairies or magic – they were unscientific. Yet, her imagination and creativity were wild, matched with an incredible brilliance. She built robots, various toys – and that’s what she loved – and that’s what scared others away. And for this, according to the world, she was wrong.

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The Eichi of Innocence

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Pictured: Technically villains.

The silliness of Kate Hoshimiya is not really lost on anyone. A little girl leads an evil organization of a few, followers of all ages, and pretty significant power as well. And she wears a silly revealing costume when she becomes “Venera the Great.” Through Asuta’s tsukkomi, the internals of the Zvezda organization is revealed to be an elaborate way of playing house. While World Conquest Zvezda Plot juxtaposes Kate’s innocent values upon an evil organization, the result is not a simple irony that evil is actually good. Zvezda is Kate’s cry to the selfish idealism taught to children in the face of the bitterness of the real world.

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My 2013 RomCom REVUE (But Sometimes Review)

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Trying to stay ahead of the curve, I have identified some trends from this past year that may well be p significant. Sure Attack on Titan was a colossal success, many people gave quite the rat’s ass about From the New World, and we all had to face the rotoscoped art of Aku no Hana, but let’s talk big picture here. We are screening for stuff that will matter in the future.

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There’s a face…

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I know now there’s that one person everyone has that messed them up and they’re still thinking about them.

–Zolof the Rock & Roll Destroyer

Manaka’s expression in this scene of Nagi no Asukara is a bitter irony. Her face lights up as a response to Hikari’s energy, taking charge and moving forward with what he believes is right – putting on the Boatdrift Ceremony. But his actions reflect his desire to put aside his feelings for Manaka – the belief that she’s really in love with Tsugumu, that he just wants her to be happy, that he must bury his own feelings in work.

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