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What Makes a Story Good?

We all have preferences and opinions on our favorite films, TV shows, anime, books and more. However, oftentimes, we will come across a divide. There are times when we will love a story that others despise, while other times, we may wonder why people seem to love a show that just doesn’t seem that good.…

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Sex, Murder, and Mystery: a Review of Yuureitou

Who doesn’t love a good mystery story? The ones full of gruesome death, ruthless killers, twisted motivations.  A web of lies, waiting to be untangled, surrounded by faceless people who can’t be trusted; Yuureitou is a story that starts off like this, but quickly becomes something…a lot more.

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“Stories aren’t made of language: they’re made of something else… perhaps they’re made of life.”

– Phillip Pullman

Stories I Recommend!
(Feb-March 2022)

  1. The Boxer (Webtoon)

    A young boy with remarkable talent is chosen to box. Will he make it to the top? But furthermore, can he find a meaning along the way?

  2. Arcane (Netflix)

    In the city of Piltover, there exists a dichotomy; Topsiders and Lane-dwellers. In the midst of this unfair world, two sisters struggle – against mob bosses, a self-concerned council, their own hearts, and even each other.
    (Yes, it’s League of Legends. Yes, it’s really good.)

  3. Komi Can’t Communicate (Netflix/Viz.com)

    Komi Shouko has a dream – to make 100 friends. One problem; she can’t communicate, and so she finds herself helped by the kind Tadano Hitohito. On this path, she’ll gain many things; from friendship, to communication skills, to perhaps…even love?

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Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood: A Theological Analysis of The Homunculus, Alchemy, and The Truth

Now, now, now, I know what you’re thinking.  Symbolism?  You mean like those cool tattoos the homunculi have?  The seven deadly sins?  Father’s Jesus symbolism?  We’ve seen that before! No way, that’s simple stuff.  Here on Reading Between, we got bigger fish to fry. Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood has received critical acclaim from many sources,Continue reading “Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood: A Theological Analysis of The Homunculus, Alchemy, and The Truth”

The Beauty of Daily Life: Appreciating “Everyday” in Anime

Day-to-day life can be such a drag, right? It’s why we find such excitement from escaping to worlds beyond our comprehension.  Through experiencing stories, we are spirited away to worlds infinitely more entertaining than the one we live in now.  After all, as humans, we need something new.  Something exciting to distract us from theContinue reading “The Beauty of Daily Life: Appreciating “Everyday” in Anime”

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Reading Between Manga Review: Boku Wa Mari No Naka

Reading manga is an interesting journey. I don’t know what it is,  but every interesting manga I hear about tends to be one that’s psychologically, thematically, and ethically…weird, to say the least.  I’ve actually made a list of such strange stories in manga, for the simple reason that they’re so, so common.  And, with Boku…

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Reading Between Reviews: Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu (Season 1)

Do you know what Rakugo is? Don’t worry, I didn’t know either. Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu, a Winter 2016 anime, wasn’t- at least to my knoweldge- a very popular watch.  However, searching around for a new anime to get started on, many people lauded this one as one of the best of the season- so…

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Reading Between Reviews: Clannad!

I’ve wanted to review this one for a while now. Clannad is one of those series that is near and dear to many people’s hearts.  I talked about it recently, as my second favorite story of all time, and from what I know, it was an emotional trip for almost everyone that’s watched it.  But…

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