I love books, writing, anime, manga (mostly Shoujo and Yuri*), Hello Kitty, Transformers, Star Wars (there are only 3 movies and Han shot first!), gummy bears, LGBTQ+, unicorns, Rainbow Dash, thinking about the tathāgatagarbha and prajnaparamita, and lots of other things.

This blog will probably talk about most of these things most of the time, but I reserve the right to post other cute things, links to thoughtful things that I find important, and anything else I please.

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Q*: What is Yuri*
A: Yuri, at its most fundamental, is about close relationships between women or girls, often with a strong emotional side but also possibly a physical side. It DOES NOT denote hentai or pornography. IT IS NOT the same as girls-love or shoujo-ai (which in America often means something VERY different than the problematic genre it represents in Japan). For a great article that summarizes this: https://yurimother.com/post/185438570644/yurivsshoujoai or http://www.yuricon.com/essays/#Yuri_History

Q: What rating scale will you use?
A:  a 10 point scale:
10/10 - "An instant classic"
9/10 - "essential"
8/10 - "highly recommended"
7/10 - "recommended"
6/10 - "read/watch/listen with reservations"
5/10 - "probably don't waste your money on this one"
4/10 - "very problematic"
3/10 - "a waste of time and/or unacceptable content"
2/10 - "avoid at all costs"
1/10 - "a travesty and/or deplorable content"
Things I review should be shooting for a 7 or higher. You'll notice that once we get to 4 we're talking about both production values (writing quality, animation, plot, etc...) as well as the messages being delivered by the content to the point where something could be brilliantly designed and executed but so offensive that it gets significantly demoted based on the communicated message. I reserve the right to judge whether the reviewed content is promoting a message which supports the values I hold dear.

Q; What kind of gummy bears do you like?
A: Because it's true, not just any will do. I prefer Wegmans 12 flavor gummy bears. I do not like Haribo (I know that's sacrilege to some). But I like mine sweet and soft. Haribo tend to be hard, have some weird coating on them, and are pretty flavorless. But each to their own.

Q: Subs or dubs?
A: Subs, absolutely. The only time I make any exception to that is for Studio Ghibli films where the dubs are actually pretty good (I also don't mind the dub for "The Girl Who Leapt Through Time). But even those films, I still prefer in their original language with subtitles. I really really can't stand to watch any episodic anime with dubs, it's just funny and/or creepy. (Update 6/24/18 - I tried to watch a dub of an anime show and it was just god awful, I just can't do most dubs still, the show shall remain nameless because the sub was okay).

Q: Sailor Moon or Sailor Moon Crystal?
A: Sailor Moon Crystal.

With that, because we talk about anime and manga, please respect the creators' rights and only watch legally streaming anime (or purchase the DVDs or Blu-ray) and only read those manga that you have bought legally or borrowed from the library or a friend. Please do not talk about things you have read in scanlation or watched on illegal streaming sites with fan subs/dubs. Scanlation is illegal and absolutely destroys the market for legally translated works which both hurts the creators who barely survive on meager earnings and reduces the liklihood that more manga will be translated and available legally.

I would love to hear from you, but please remember to always practice loving kindness. I have no problem with strong opinions on things, but I will insist we are always kind to all people.

I reserve the right to remove any posts or comments that do not conform to loving kindness.

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