Another reminisce of gendomike’s teenage years: those foolish, imagination-soaked days of late middle school and high school, when a king named Sareth Darva Arakin Tanera ruled Andor and started showing up online. Oh, and some parallels to the recent anime Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai.
A musical memoir about how Mike, a classically trained pianist, learned to swing in his high school years, with reference to the new anime Kids on the Slope. Includes a terribad piano solo recording of “Moanin'” from 1998!
A Valentine’s Day meditation for those left behind, in anime and perhaps in life: the childhood friend. Examples from Ano Natsu de Matteru and Onegai Teacher, as well as from Mike’s own sorry childhood history with women.
Or, a Diary of an Anime (Sort Of) Lived: the unforgettable spring and summer in which I made an 8mm film and girls (kind of) liked me. Inspired by the nostalgic haze induced by Ano Natsu de Matteru and my ability to recontextualize screenshots.