In Case You Missed It

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Another week and another round of excellent blog posts from around the internet. Hopefully you’ll find something great to read in the list below and remember, if you have a post or read one this week that you’d like to give a shout out to, just let me know in the comments below or you can always send things my way via twitter.

Just so you know, from now until just after New Year’s I’m winding down blog activities. Part of this is to give me time to finish a video review for patrons, participate in the 12 Days of Anime, and prepare my ebook for January 20, and part of it is just wanting to have a bit more time for family and friends. I’ll still be doing my episode reviews and Top 5’s (most of my top 5’s for December are already written) but whole series reviews are on hold until the new year as are light novel/manga reviews. I’ve already halted Inquiring Minds posts until the new year and I’ll probably only release features every second week during December.

Thanks for everyone’s support during 2018, and I look forward to getting back into everything in January.

Reminder: the poll is now open for you to vote on the best and worst anime of the 2018 Autumn Anime Season. Be sure to jump in and have your say.

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Posts From Around the Blogiverse

This Thing Is Neat had a really interesting post about pacing in shoujo stories, using Kimi ni Todoke as an example that I felt was a great read. Don’t get me wrong, I love Kimi ni Todoke and hold it up as one of my favourite romance anime ever, but to say that it is slow moving would be a drastic understatement. For an interesting discussion about the pace of these stories, be sure to check out this post.

Dewbond from Shallow Dives in Anime put out a conversation starter around whether anime fandom is ready for mainstream attention. The post was an interesting read with some fairly interesting points raised about other media that have gone through a similar transformation and then they tagged a couple of other bloggers to see if we’d share our take on the idea. And I will admit, I’ve been mulling it over ever since so probably will put a post together on this one. Whichever way, it is an interesting conversation to have and I’d love to know what people think about this one.

Cactus Matt gives us a top ten OP list for 2018 with a bit of a difference giving out awards for ten top OP’s in various categories before deciding on the best of the year. Very fun to read through and if you don’t know some of the fantastic openings he’s selected he’s embedded the video for you to watch. Great post and great fun to read.

Lynn Sheridan  shares his thoughts on Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai episodes 5 – 8. I was waiting for this to see if he continued to enjoy the anime or not and I was really happy reading this post to see that they were still enjoying it. If you are one of the very few people not already following Bunny Girl Senpai, check out this post to see why it is something you should be diving into.

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Ya Boy Jack also takes on Bunny Girl Senpai looking at what the show gets right about being a teenager. This makes for an interesting read and really looks at adolescent syndrome and the insecurities the characters are bringing to life. A great read about a great anime and well worth the read.

Gracie on Anime Trending News has a really interesting piece about Banana Fish and how it is a triumph in terms of the portrayal of LGBTQ stories. It focuses a lot on the usual tropes found in BL and yaoi stories, and how Banana Fish isn’t a story about boys in love, but rather a story where two boys are in love. I really enjoyed reading this and was glad it popped up on my Twitter feed this week. 

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Geek and Gear discuss episode 10 of Run With The Wind and both the positives and negatives of the episode. It’s a fun piece that covers what the episode was about and what it got right and really looks at the impact of Haiji on the team and Kakeru. Well worth checking out if you’ve caught the episode. Spoilers though if you haven’t already watched it.

Reasons to Anime gives us 6 reasons to, well not watch an anime but read the manga, the Cardcaptor Sakura Manga to be precise. Given this one is already on my wish list to check out the manga for, eventually, I really enjoyed their reasons. Great post to check out.

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Geek Gals has a really interesting post on Sailor Neptune and looks in detail at her role in the original anime and in the manga as well as her relationship with Saturn. For Sailor Moon fans this is a great read and one well worth the time. Be sure to check it out and get your Sailor Moon fix for the week.

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In Case You Missed It

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Welcome to this week’s round up of amazing blog posts from around the ani-blogging community. We’re well passed the half-way point for the Autumn anime season and very soon I’m going to have to get the polls going for best and worst of the season (and right after that we’re going to have to look at best and worst for the year). It is a busy time. As always though, if you have come across an amazing blog post this week and would like to give it some love, feel free to give it a shout out in the comments below. 

Also, I’m looking for some more questions for my Inquiring Minds series so if you have a question you’d like me to answer please jump on over to the survey and ask (it will only take a minute).

Posts from the Community

Xenodude discusses Goblin Slayer episode 7 and the difference between the violence in this episode compared with episode 1. It is nice now that the sensationalist, knee-jerk reactions are done that the people left following this show, whether they like it or not, are more inclined to look at why the anime has made the choices it has and their impact in a more meaningful way than just wanting to tear it apart. It has ended up leading to some really interesting episode reviews.

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Jessi Silver from Season 1 Episode 1 wrote a post giving their first impressions of Release the Spyce. If you wanted a detailed look at what Spyce offers in episodes 1, both good and potentially problematic this is a great first episode write up, and because it is a first episode review, not much in the way of spoilers for future plot. If you were considering checking out release the Spyce, this one will make for some interesting reading.

Biblionyan did their final write up of Yuri on Ice. If you’ve been following their blog you probably already caught their initial impressions posts for the episodes and now it all comes together in one fairly enthusiastic and gushing post. That and its a Yuri On Ice post and I definitely need more of those in my life, as does everyone.

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Astral Gemini has a great write up of the most recent episode of Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai. It is really awesome seeing how enthused some people are about this anime and this one is such a delight to read as it is clear they are having a great time with it.

While we’re still on Bunny Girl Senpai, Lynn Sheridan has a great first impressions post that covers episodes 1 – 4. For those who still haven’t jumped on the bunny bandwagon, this is a post that may very well convince you that the hype isn’t just hype and this anime is in fact worth trying. So check out the post and then go check out the anime.

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Not exactly anime, but Matt Doyle media gave me a real nostalgia trip this week with their list of Top 5 Retro Toon Openings, and I really did have these stuck in my head for days after. While some of them might be a bit old school, these are some very classic songs and ones that should not be forgotten. Well worth checking out.

Anime Hajime reviews Caligula and walked away from it in much the same frame of mind I did and for much the same reason. That said, this review makes much more effort to highlight the positives the show brings to the table before it gets to tearing apart the execution of the narrative. If you are curious about Caligula check out this review or check out mine.

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And a late entry from Chris Voyage of Galvanic that I came across yesterday after it linked to me, that I absolutely loved. Alternative media is not creating a post-literate society. This is a must read for all those story lovers out there who consume stories across multiple platforms and forms and find genuine joy and quality narratives in all of them, just as you can find duds and waffle in each of them. A fantastic editorial and one well worth the time.

Pick of the Week

Yomu continues their A-Z of anime and hits us with a review of Jormungand and Jormungand Perfect Order (both fairly underappreciated titles that are truly great to watch). Anyway, there’s plenty of enthusiasm in this review for the arms dealer and her crew so if you’ve never heard of the anime or are curious about it, this is one well worth checking out.

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In Case You Missed It

Right, so you may have noticed a slight dip in post output last week. To be honest, after the ridiculously long weekend I had with travel and then the craziness of work, I made the mentally sound decision to deliberately cut back on my blogging commitment for the week. Now that means I will be playing catch up with some seasonal anime, but I think I it was probably the best option for me last week. It also follows that there are a few less links this week as I wasn’t as frequently visiting other blogs as I would have liked, but hopefully the posts I did find and have featured here are ones you will enjoy reading, if you missed them.

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Negative Primes from Curiously Dead Cat has a fascinating post this week focusing on Voice of Fox and the character of Hu Li. Now, I know this is a short anime with only thirteen minute episodes and is also heavily focused on a reality TV style singing contest, and yet it has actually been a surprisingly good watch so far this season. This post by Curiously Dead Cat looks at some of the depth in Hu Li’s character and it is a fantastic read.

Peach’s Almanac looks at Goblin Slayer and the general morality of it as a piece of media and the morality and values of goblins which is a question that hasn’t been raised often enough in all the discussion around ‘that’ scene. it’s an interesting perspective on the reactions and discussions surrounding the early episodes of Goblin Slayer and benefits from being able to look back on the outcry now that is more or less done.

Irina’s got a beautiful write up on Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens, one of those shows that ended up fairly underwatched and underrated when it aired but is actually a fairly awesome anime (provided the violence doesn’t get under your skin). Anyway, Irina does a pretty solid job of selling the characters and the plot without giving all that much away, so this is a review that is very much worth checking out if you are on the fence about watching it. Or you can check out my review of it because I absolutely loved the show.

Speaking of Hakata Tokotsu Ramens (it must have been the week for it), Rodrovich gave us a post explaining that Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens is entertaining but… and that but is pretty important. While I don’t necessarily agree with their assessment of the characters, they point out the major glaring flaw of the show that there is just not real covering up and it is a fair point. So if you would like a different take on the anime, this post is for you.

Artemis from Otaku Lounge is looking at female directors in anime bringing us a list of ten to look out for (this is a follow up from a previous list she had done). She provides some great information about each entry including work they’ve done prior to directing and the anime they’ve been involved with. Informative and interesting post that was definitely fun to read.

Scott from Mechanical Anime Reviews has something decidedly non-mechanical on his review list as he takes a closer look at Natsume Yuujinchou. Now, a whole bunch of us did a collab on the themes of this fairly recently and those posts are linked to this one, but Scott is now taking the time to look at the show as a whole. This one is well worth reading and the anime is well worth watching if you still haven’t given it a go.

A very late entry but I absolutely had to include it from Kawaii Paper Pandas. They took a random search term I posted on Twitter mostly for a laugh and wrote a fantastic blog post around the idea. So, if you missed this post yesterday, check out “Which Sailor Moon Villain Would You Date“. I also hear that a collaboration is being planned around this topic so that’s kind of nice to know that something I found utterly random has inspired others. I definitely think we need to make that a weekly thing where we just throw the most random search that found our blog that week onto twitter. I guess you never know what might come of it.

Pick of the Week

Atelier Emily has taken the plunge and examined the language of flowers in Bloom Into You‘s opening sequence. This is the second post that I’m linking to that focuses on the protagonists and the flowers associated with them but the post links to the first one in the opening paragraph if you are interested in the flowers associated with the other characters in the opening. This is a fantastically detailed post that really looks at the meaning behind all those flowers and how it might be linked to the characters and I just had great fun reading it. Be sure to check it out if you missed it this week.

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This week went from being incredibly busy to being even more incredibly busy and that was before I drove nine hours across the state to go to a convention. So yeah, my posting schedule fell apart a little from Friday onward but I’m kind of thinking it was worth it. Despite that, I still found the time to read a lot of blogs this week and there were some fantastic posts on offer. Some of the ones that struck my fancy are below, but as always, feel free to throw a link in the comments to any anime related blog post that you feel deserves some extra attention (gaming and movies are okay as well).

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Marion Bea wrote a beautiful piece over on Anime Feminist about March Comes in Like a Lion and the importance of having someone on your side. It is a fantastic post that really brings out one of the key themes that runs throughout March Comes in Like a Lion and explores the characters and their connections. I really loved this anime and this post really does capture one of the many brilliant things the anime does, as well as how that relates to the audience and their lives, and it very much worth the read.

This one is definitely more a gaming related post, specifically looking a lot at the Diablo debacle that has unfolded over the internet, but it is a fantastic discussion piece/essay written by Mr Flawfinder of Standing on My Neck about how to deal with negative reactions. In the modern climate it is impossible that companies are going to escape criticism almost regardless of what they do, though some of their incredibly bad decisions in recent times probably haven’t helped, but what has been worse than bad decisions or fan criticism (and there’s been a lot of terrible fan criticism) is how companies have responded. This post takes a step back and looks at what has happened and how companies and creators should be dealing with these situations.

Amari Sali covers episode 5 of Goblin Slayer on their blog, Wherever I Look. What was good about this episode, what wasn’t so great and what are some questions left unanswered? Their review format is nice and succinct making clear points in a logical format and it is always nice to see their thoughts on the currently airing shows. Also, if you’ve never checked out their blog, they cover a huge range of shows (not just anime) so be sure to look at some of their other posts.

Aria from Animanga Spellbook has an opinion piece about not dismissing anime for kids and reasons why sometimes something made for kids can have a lot of appeal to an older audience. She provides plenty of fun examples in her reasons and it is hard to argue with some of the titles she puts forward. It’s a fun post to think about and I’m glad I came across this one this week.

Peach’s Almanac has a great post with their early thoughts on why Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai is potentially the best show of the season. There’s a lot of bloggers predicting that (me included) and while there’s plenty that can go wrong yet, this post does a great job at looking at what the anime is doing right. Definitely worth checking out.

Cain S Latrani has a ramble/review about Big Order and why audience expectations are a bit of a curse, as is bad writing and characters. I remember reviewing this show myself when it first aired (here) but I haven’t really given it any thought since, but reading this just reminded me of just how bad it actually was. Still, if you missed this series when it aired, or just want to read an amusing post, check out Cain S Latrani’s post.

Pick of the Week

Kapodaco shares a fantastic list this week looking at ten anime that feature dominantly female leads. He begins the post explaining what he means by that and why some anime that might have sprung to mind won’t be on the list, but ultimately this is a great list that contains some fantastic anime, all of which feature some really interesting female lead characters (even the ones on the list that I’m not so much a fan of are pretty great if they happen to strike your fancy). However, as with any good list, it isn’t what is on the list so much as the reasoning and here you’ll get some great but succinct reasons why the anime took a place in the list. A fun post to read and one I strongly recommend checking out if you missed it. (Added bonus, later in the week he posted a list of OP’s and ED’s he actually likes. Worth checking out.)

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Another week done and dusted and we’re getting closer to the end of the year (not that I’m looking forward to that… tearing off the page of my countdown until my working year is complete). A few changes this week in that I dropped a couple of shows from my watch list and also really struggled to find the time to comment on many other blogs. Things are a little hectic at work and after several fairly long days and additional meetings, my energy levels kind of crashed.

That said, next week is looking just as busy but for different reasons. I’m actually getting to travel to a convention (not a strictly anime convention but there will be anime related material in amongst a whole bunch of other stuff). Normally, I can’t because of work, but I was approved for travel leave so off I go. Next weekend I’m probably going to be offline more than on as I’m going to be actually out in the real world for a bit. That also means I’ll be travelling to and from the location on the Friday and Monday, so expect I’ll not really have the chance to visit as many blogs. Still, I’m really excited and hopefully I’ll get some great pictures to share.

In the meantime, here are some great posts from around the aniblogging community from last week. As always, feel free to give a shout out to someone if they wrote a great post that I missed in the comments below.

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Edgy Anime Teen get’s their edge on, and get’s a little philosophical, and looks at why people are wrong about Goblin Slayer. The post is very much one written from a personal point of view and seems to sway back and forth a little but it most definitely has some fairly solid points and gives the reader a lot to consider. Well worth checking out if you are in the mood to reflect for a little.

Winter Reverie gives us a list (I love lists). Not just any list, but a list of their top ten favourite Bleach Openings (I love Bleach openings). Okay, I was definitely happily tripping along with a lot of the songs embedded in this post and any Bleach fan will joyously read this post even if they disagree with the order.

Irina brings us a beautiful post perfect for Halloween focusing on Madame Red from Black Butler (spoilers in the post if you never watched the anime). It is a great tribute to a fantastic character and a lot of fun to read (also some great pictures of some great cosplay). Definitely worth checking out.

Bloom Review had a mythology special for October and focused on the Gashadokuro in this fairly interesting read. If you wanted to know more about traditional Japanese spirits then this post is quite a fun read and very informative.

Average Joe shared a list of top 10 creepy Doctor Who villains. There’s definitely going to be some of your favourites on this list between the main list and the honourable mentions, and it was just plain fun going back and remembering all the cool monsters and villains the doctor has faced off against.

Scott from Mechanical Anime Reviews looks at monstrous traits and humans being affected by monstrous traits and ‘monsters’ being affected by human traits. Its an interesting post looking at three anime that at various points blur the lines and question what it means to be human. Great read.

DaLadyBugMan looks at hyper-reality in Girls’ Last Tour and it is a really great post to read as it looks at the questions raised and the observations made my Chito and Yuuri during their travels. It was really fun revisiting this anime through this post and hopefully you will enjoy it.

Pick of the Week

Seasonal Prattle takes on SSSS.Gridman and discusses how it is visually competent but honestly underwhelming. If I was brutally honest, I would admit I didn’t give SSSS.Gridman much of a chance. I have a well established pattern of not really liking Trigger anime (there’s one or two exceptions) however I genuinely don’t like the way the studio tells stories more often than not (though they are usually quite visually interesting). So it is interesting to read reviews and discussions on this anime now that it is a few episodes in and some people have found it thoroughly entertaining and others, such as Prattle, have found it pretty flat. It will be interesting to see final verdicts on this one as I was going to see if it was worth picking up once the season ended.

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Welcome to another week where I share some fantastic blog posts that I came across last week. Now, it might just be me but it feels like recently there’s been a little bit of a slow down in activity in the ani-blogging community, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t still a lot of quality posts to find. As always, feel free to link to an anime related blog post you’d like to give a shout out to in the comments (I love finding new posts) and hopefully you find something fun to read in the list below.

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Otaku She Wrote has a beautiful post this week focusing on how Banana Fish has played with standard gendered archetypes through the characters of Ash, Eiji and Yut-Lung.  This post makes for a great read highlighting some of the obvious moments within Banana Fish but also drawing attention to some of the smaller detail work that supports how these characters have been constructed and framed. Well worth the time if you’ve been watching the anime.

Xenodude has a pretty fun write up of Goblin Slayer episode 3 for those who are wondering how its been travelling. I enjoyed reading this as it gave enough information about what happened in the episode while also giving their impressions. I don’t feature episode reviews often enough in this list so I’m glad I remembered to include this one.

Rai’s Anime Blog has an interesting discussion piece about fat shaming and the focus on body image in Japan and draws on a range of sources to frame its musings. There are some interesting observations made and the article raises some interesting questions and more importantly makes me think about the anime I’ve seen and just how many of them do include these sorts of practices. A great read if you missed it.

Scott from Mechanical Anime Reviews shares 5 Psychological Horror Anime worth checking out. While I’m not sure about the horror aspect, I know that this list has some really great anime that all have quite a bit to say about life and society. While there’s a couple I haven’t seen, the ones I have are all very much worth checking out and the two I haven’t seen are already on my watch list.

Irina shares her thoughts on Parasyte just in time for Halloween. And while there are a lot of times that binge watching a show will help to fix up some of the pacing issues, apparently binging Parasyte leads to making some of its tonal shifts a lot harder to take. I’ve never actually tried to binge the show usually watching it in two to three episode chunks which seems to be about right in terms of enjoying it but there’s probably a reason I’ve had enough after two or three episodes. Anyway, great post.

Lyn Sheridan has a great right up of Overlord Season Three. The format here really helps just get to the point of what the show is about, what works, what doesn’t, and an overall impression and mostly it just made me want to try Overlord again at some point given I stopped watching back in season one (I didn’t drop, I just didn’t watch anymore). Anyway, this is a nice on point write up and one I enjoyed reading.

A Piece of Anime visits Steins;Gate 0 and looks at the idea of challenging fate. It’s a really great post and one that really looks at Okabe’s character and the choices he made throughout both Steins;Gate and 0 and how he ended up where he did. It also links nicely back to the choices we make everyday in our lives. All and all, an excellent post to read (spoilers if you haven’t seen Steins;Gate 0).

Marshmellow Pastel has an interesting post about the heavy use of technobabble and jargon in a number of titles this Autumn season. It is something I’ve noticed as well and despite liking SAO in general, the exposition dump in episode one was really cringe worthy and fairly much a prime example of technobabble at work. Really fun post to read. Though, lets be honest, in a season with a new Index anime no one is going to out jargon that show.

Pick of the Week

Right, so I’m really cheating this week as I link to Scott’s post on Mechanical Anime Reviews about Natsume Yuujinchou where he discusses Natsume’s sense of pacifism. The reason this is kind of a cheat is because while this is a fantastic post on its own, it is the start of a week of Natsume posts that Scott coordinated between a number of bloggers (myself included) and the links to the other posts are at the end of this one. There were some really great posts that came out this week about Natsume and they are definitely worth checking out if you missed any of them.

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Another week down in the Autumn Anime season and a lot of anime have made their mark on the community in just a few weeks with plenty of discussion. I will admit, things got a bit busy for me this week so the list below is a little short but hopefully you enjoy some of these posts I found. As always, feel free to give someone a shout out in the comments below if there’s a post you feel needs a bit more love and attention.

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Matt and Irina are collaborating this season sharing their thoughts on Dakaichi and last week they covered episode 2. These two work great together and the back and forth between them is always enjoyable. Really enjoying their coverage so far for this season and looking forward to their next post.

Astral Gemini reviews episode 2 of Zombieland Saga and really enjoyed it. If you didn’t watch the first episode or were on the fence about whether you should give it a go, this review might convince you there’s some fun to be had, at least so far, with the show. And while my own views on the show aren’t quite so favourable after the follow up episodes, I still really enjoyed this post.

Shallow Dives in Anime takes a look at How Not To Summon a Demon Lord and how it did everything we expect from the isekai and harem genres but managed to do them in an engaging way. The write up is a bit of a rave but that’s to be expected given the surprise hit that the show became during the Summer season. Anyway, if you want to know what is good about the show, this is a great post to check out.

Matt Doyle found a great infographic to share and added his own list of AI’s in movies. There’s even an anime in the list so I’m not entirely cheating here. Whichever way, if you have a soft spot for AI’s and enjoy the range of ideas these characters explore in movies than this post is definitely for you.

We Be Bloggin’ looks at Deku’s idea of heroics in comparison to Bakugo’s in this My Hero Academia themed post that leaves you with a lot to think about in terms of what it actually means to be a hero. This one was a fun read and definitely got me thinking about Midoriya’s ongoing evolution as a character striving to become the greatest hero.

Watashi wa Bucho took a look at what Assassination Classroom taught them. This was a timely find given I just re-examined this anime myself for an updated review and I really enjoyed this read. There’s a lot to be gained from watching the anime and seeing the lessons someone else has taken away was great fun.

Never Argue with a Fish takes a look at the mess that is Caligula and more or less sums up what my thoughts were on the series (I still haven’t actually written the final review, it is in my drafts list though so I’ll finish it at some point). If you want to know why you should probably just save yourself some time though, this review is fairly good at pointing out the flaws in the show without being a rant.

Pick of the Week

Chris Voyage over on Galvanic looks at their problem with reincarnation endings. Now I really enjoyed this post, and not just because it linked back to my own post about reincarnation as a narrative device, but because it looked long and hard about the emotional impact of reincarnation on the audience and how in a lot of cases it really just misses the mark. All and all, it is a great read with a range of examples and a great start of a discussion about whether you like or dislike your characters reincarnating at the end of their story.

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