March Podcast for Patrons – Mecha Anime

This month I turned my attention to Mecha anime in my podcast for patrons (patrons, if you are wanting the password for the podcast post, it is available on my patreon site for you). If you are interested the following anime are discussed:

  • Evangelion
  • Gundam
  • Full Metal Panic
  • Star Driver
  •  Knights of Sidonia
  •  Heavy Object
  • Code Geass
  • Darling in the Franxx

If you are interested in becoming a patron and accessing the monthly podcast or patron only episode reviews, please visit my patreon site. I am going to continue to work towards creating better content and a greater variety of content and I really appreciate your support.

Goals - March 2018

Once I reach $50 a month I plan to hopefully release a video post for patrons (and once I get better at making videos doing this with some frequency).

At $100 a month I plan to remove WordAds from my site which means patron only posts will not have any advertising attached to them.

At $300 a month, in addition to patron videos that will hopefully be more regular by then, I will produce 1 video post a month for the blog which patrons will have early access to. Increasing that to 2 video posts a month at $500. Though these are goals at this point in time and will need to be reviewed as I get closer to these targets.

However, I would love to know what you would like to see on the blog and if you become a patron what you would like to see as a reward. Be sure to let me know in the comments of visit my patreon site and give me some feedback.

Thanks for reading.

Karandi James


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March Comes in Like a Lion Episode 35: Here Comes The Sun


This episode was adorable and emotionally stronger because even though Hina herself declares the situation over, she adds a ‘probably’ to the end of it. The scars of bullying remain and the fractures in the class don’t magically disappear. The bullies also don’t undergo some mystic transformation and see the errors of their way to become model class members. And yet, the deliberate denial that used to permeate the class has been swept clean and a new paradigm needs to be forged. It is a time of beginnings even as the old trappings stubbornly hold on and linger in people’s memories.

This is beautifully illustrated in the transition from scenes with the teacher still attempting to deal with the fall out and the atmosphere of the Kawamoto house, and the house of the classmates who invite Hina to bake cookies later in the episode. The classroom is no longer the place of fear and negativity that it was but these emotions are still present and we see that through Hina’s interactions with the teachers when looking at forgiving the bullies, and through the lead bully’s interactions with the teacher.


Despite the situation being resolved, we didn’t see the full change in Hina until the moment she found out how Chiho was doing and we see once again the closeness of Akari and Hina as Hina lets out so many bubbling emotions in what is hopefully a final fit of tears.


And then we bring Rei back into the story who witnesses the sleeping Hina and observes that she almost seems to be glowing. If we needed more evidence that Rei is very aware of Hina as a person, this scene seems to consolidate just how closely he has observed her compared to other people. For Rei, who lacks social skills and seems mostly oblivious to others, Hina has left a real impact on his life and his focus on her is incredibly clear (and also kind of adorable).


As Hina fills Rei in on the events of the past two episodes he laments that he couldn’t ‘do’ anything for her. I’m so glad she set him straight and also called him an idiot for that. And I absolutely loved every second of them walking by the river.

Another incredible episode from this series.

Thanks for reading.

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Reflections on March

March has been a crazy, crazy month with both some very good things happening and some things I’d rather forget. As always, I’m going to look back on the month that was before thinking about what’s coming in April.


Firstly, the highlights for March which included both my 1000th post and my 1000th follower. I was definitely very excited hitting both of those land marks this month and they really helped me keep things together on the blog even when the real world decided to try to knock me down (a lot).


Secondly, quite a few people have offered to help me out with my 1 year blog anniversary which comes up on May 1st. If you are still interested in being a part of that check out my post and the comments on the 1000th follower post and a reminder that if you are participating please try to send me your write up by April 22 to give me time to put the posts together. I know we’re all busy, but that’s why I’ve tried to give people plenty of notice and I am really happy that people are wanting to be involved.

On the blog anniversary, my plans at this stage include featuring various followers over the course of the week and the great work they do, because the ani-blogging community on WordPress is awesome and there are so many great bloggers who have supported me as I’ve attempted to figure out what I’m doing. I’m also going to post some reflections about what I’ve learned during my first year of blogging during that week and I’m also looking back at some of my earlier posts and why I probably need to rewrite them. So May is going to start out really fun because May last year when I set up the blog I kind of thought it was a fun exercise and all but nothing much would come of it. I honestly did not expect to find so many people to talk to and I certainly never expected to reach 1000 followers.

Other than the upcoming blog anniversary, I don’t really have a lot of plans at this stage. Obviously we’re about to hit the Spring anime season and I am really keen to see some of the new shows (and to see which ones I can actually watch).

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I’m also writing up my reviews on the full series that I’ve just finished in Winter. Though from the number of shows I dropped, I don’t have that many shows to review in full this time.

I’m continuing my flow watch of Haikyuu and Hunter x Hunter. I’ve really enjoyed these and I’m glad I finally took the plunge and gave them a go. I have just realised I’ll have to switch from AnimeLab to Crunchyroll when I get to the end of season 2 of Haikyuu because the short 3rd season isn’t currently on AnimeLab. The reason I’m sad about that is AnimeLab definitely streams better when my internet is dropping out than Crunchyroll.

As for posts in March, tragically, my short first impressions of OneRoom was among my most viewed. admittedly, the 1000 posts and followers were actually the most viewed this month, but OneRoom was pretty close. I did get a lot of positive feedback about my series of features this month on conflict  which has made me start thinking about possible other themes for features in later months. I’m not going to rush into another series so April will just be some fairly random topics or things that catch my interest and with the anniversary in May I’m not really looking for anything else there, but maybe June. I’ll see if I think of something I want to write about over a series of weeks. No point otherwise.

Anyway, as always, I want to thank everyone who has been coming along on this journey with me over the last 11 months (even if you’ve only recently joined). It’s continued to be a very positive and fun experience blogging about anime (and all the other stuff that’s started to creep in recently).

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Autumn 2016 Week 13

This is my last overview for Autumn. Though I don’t think many of the Winter shows are starting straight up so not sure what next week will bring yet. Anyway, this is my final list and tomorrow I’ve got my reflection post with the best and worst for the year as well as the result of the reader poll coming out.

Feel free to share your thoughts on this season in the comments below.

I Must Keep Watching

  • Yuri on Ice (Ep 12 – Finished)
  • Natsume Yuujinchou Go (Ep 11 – Finished)
  • March Comes in Like a Lion (Ep 11)

March Comes in Like a Lion is odd. Not that the show itself is odd but it is more the enjoyment I get from watching it is odd. When  I step back I have to wonder why it has taken me in the way it has and while I am loving it, it is a show I will really have to think about and probably rewtach before I can really explain what’s actually good or not about it. Still wondering how it is going to stretch content for another 12 episodes but looking forward to what it does.



Still On My Radar

  • Lostorage Incited WIXOSS (Ep 12 – Finished)
  • Days (Ep 24 – Finished)
  • Iron Blooded Orphans (Ep 37)
  • Bungo Stray Dogs (Ep 24 – Finished)
  • Flip Flappers (Ep 13 – Finished)
  • Izetta: the Last Witch (Ep 12 – Finished)

Lostorage Incited WIXOSS was never really brilliant but it has been consistent in its narrative and after 12 episodes I can honestly say I’m glad I watched it. Certainly there are better shows and this isn’t one I’d say was  must watch, but it was certainly worth the time this season.

This far in to Iron Blooded Orphans I’m unlikely to drop it but the last two episodes have definitely been less fun to watch and I’m currently really disengaging from the viewing experience. I’m hoping it picks back up soon.

Flip Flappers left off without really ever giving me much satisfaction. It is kind of fun to watch and visually it is gorgeous but the characters and story just never quite accomplish anything so while I liked this more than Izetta in the end it is still a series that I wish could have been better.


Not Dropped But Not Sold On These

  • Kiss Him, Not Me (Ep 12 – Finished)
  • Trickster (Ep 12 – No episode this week)
  • Bloodivores (Ep 12 – Finished)
  • Nazotokine (Ep 12 – Finished)

Another one I am glad to see finished. Kiss Him, Not Me is probably not a terrible anime but I was never the right audience for it and watching it was more of an endurance test than anything else. Well, done now and just have to review.




  • Cheating Craft (Ep 4 – Dropped)
  • Girlish Number (Ep 1 – Dropped)
  • Nanbaka (Ep 2 – Dropped)
  • Magical Girl Raising Project (Ep 2 – Dropped)
  • Matoi the Sacred Slayer (Ep 2 – Dropped)
  • Touken Ranbu – Hanmaru (Ep 1 – Dropped)
  • To Be Hero (Ep 1 – Dropped)
  • Occult;Nine (Ep 1 – Dropped)
  • Dream Festival (Ep 1 – Dropped)

Autumn 2016 finished!

March Comes in Like a Lion Episode 11


While this episode is beautiful (nothing like a fever to justify some truly fascinating visuals) given Rei is bedridden for most of it and the rest is taken up with the sisters enjoying New Year’s there isn’t really a lot going on this episode. Realistically, it kind of felt like a pause or the calm after the storm of last week’s emotional outburst from Rei, something he probably needed given the stress he was under. As a viewer, I was still interested in what was happening but when the episode ended I felt vaguely disappointed that little to nothing had progressed or changed or been revealed. Still really enjoying this series but it is definitely more the overall feel of the show than the accomplishment of any individual episode at this point.

March Comes in Like a Lion is available on Crunchyroll.

March Comes in Like a Lion Episode 10


This was a real return to the first two episodes where we are once again fully trapped in Rei’s perspective and this episode showed me exactly why I fell in love at the start of the season. The use of music, ambient noise and silence is perfect in this episode as is the imagery. However, the real star is Rei himself and to be honest he is a character that I cannot get enough of in these episodes where we see him and how he views the world (the slice of life episodes not so much). I think it is that he is so entirely trapped by his own negative emotions, he knows this and while giving up happens occasionally mostly he is still really struggling to find a reason not to and that inner conflict is quite compelling. I kind of get that anyone who doesn’t relate to or really care about Rei will mostly find March a mish-mash of visual imagery with a not-so compelling plot given this episode showed us Rei playing Shogi with music conveying the tone, and then had Rei walk us through the game with commentary as part of the post-match review. Not a lot of action there but a lot of subtle (and not so subtle) character work at play. Plus, Rei’s little melt down in the park at the end was kind of the perfect climax to Rei’s turmoil this episode.

March Comes in Like a Lion is available on Crunchyroll.