Reviews

Recaps, analysis, and critiques of media, events, and more related to Japanese pop culture.

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    A Small Taste of Craft Beer in Japan – Part 1

    Ten days in Japan isn’t a lot of time, especially if you and your group are travelling to 3 different cities over that time span. You keep a tight schedule if you…

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    Tokyo’s Subways from a CTA Regular

    I’ve been riding CTA trains for over 10 years. To some, that makes me an experienced traveler and to others a mere rookie, but I believe I have experienced most of, if…

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    Divin’ N Vibin’: Tokyo Ghoul

    Over the past several years, the anime community has received many new young fans, and has regained a good number of old ones. Being that I am of the latter, I can…

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    Dark Lord Day: The Best Non-Anime Convention

    Spring is finally here in Chicago, though some days might not feel like it, and with the change in season comes the beginning of an exciting time for any anime fan: convention…

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    Welcome to the Ramen Review

    Back in 2011, I heavily researched Japanese tourism to prepare for a seventeen day backpacking spree. That’s when I found GoRamen.com and learned about the exhaustive qualities, variations, and techniques that go…

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    Imperial Stouts: My (Beer) Love Story!!

    Valentine’s Day may have just passed and winter will probably stick around Chicago for another month or so, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty of warmth and sweetness to be found,…

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    Analysis: What’s So Freaking Great About Cloud Strife?

    ***Contains spoilers for Final Fantasy VII*** The Final Fantasy VII remake is finally happening. If you’ve met me in person in the past month or so, I’ve probably talked your ear off…

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    5 Great Bars in Anime

    I’m certain you have seen at least one place in an anime series or movie where you thought, to quote Liz Lemon from 30 Rock, “I want to go to there.” Be…

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    A Brief History: One-Punch Man

    With the autumn anime season wrapped up, one series making big waves is One-Punch Man; a story about a hero who has become too strong for his own good. The laid-back demeanor…

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    The Anthem of the Heart

    Words can hurt. In today’s Internet culture, hateful and spiteful comments are thrown left and right without a second thought. It’s easy to forget that our words can carry weight and greatly…