The Winter 2021 anime season has arrived!
Yokai, demons, ghosts. This trifecta of supernatural beings (and more) come from the urban legends and the mythical tales we tell each other. I’m not one who believes in these out-there stories, but they can have an appealing allure when considering their fantastical nature.
Kyokou Suiri not only upholds these fantasies but argues for their manipulative powers.
Bungou Stray Dogs has a lot of references to words and books and authors.
I, too, used to have a penchant for reading. When I was younger, I would always have a book in hand – at school, at home, or at family gatherings. I even remember coming in second in my fifth-grade class’s multi-genre book-finishing bonanza. (Darn you, Meredith.)
I have been doing my best to get back into the habit. Partly to enjoy some different stories, and partly to up my writing game even further.
As for Stray Dogs, well, its tale may only be half told, but it appears it has a tough time even getting to second place.
My sister was born on Halloween, so I am no stranger to all of the common tropes that follow such a holiday. There are pumpkins to carve, candy to pass out, and the movie Hocus Pocus to watch at least once, all done to commemorate such a special occasion. Another major trait that Halloween almost always has is the prevalence of ghosts. Ghosts are not real (like most other phenomenon hosted during that time of year) but they usually beg the question: what if? If ghosts suddenly became corporeal tomorrow, would you avoid them entirely? Or would you attempt to converse with them to learn more about who they happened to be? Re-Kan! focuses on these supernatural beings, giving an anime that relaxes both body and mind.