“Hon’ne” and “Tatemae”: A Basic Explanation For Westerners, By a Westerner.

I was writing up a draft for another article I'm planning to release when the time is right, and amidst my prattle I saw fit to outline a couple of recurring themes that most non-Japanese watchers of anime probably don't think about. As I'm not yet comfortable publishing the aforementioned post in its current state,…

This is an Anime Blog Now.

Or a "stories in general" blog now. Iunno. I doubt I'll be able to stay consistent with anything for too long (story of my life), but I realise I'm probably better (or at least less divisive) at talking about entertainment than I am at politics or the long-winded, esoteric, and often paradoxical self-made philosophies I've…

Politics: a Modern Religion for Modern Extremists.

The politics of the Middle-East are inexorably tied to religion. It is home to numerous different radicalised Islamic sects that war amongst themselves (and to some extent the world itself), each seeking to eradicate their competition and achieve dominance of their respective regions, each seeming to think its own beliefs better, or truer than those…

History Does Not Repeat Itself; It Remains Static.

The more I learn about the world, the more I begin to realise we're all still essentially living under feudalism. Our noble and serf castes are each infinitely better off than their medieval counterparts, but the rules are still ultimately the same once one removes all the red tape and silver linings we decorate our…