If you love working with animals and have an empathic bond with them, it can definitely beat retail. But like any job, it also has its drawbacks and challenges. I wrote this to share my experiences with other autistic adults thinking of doing this as a job.
I'm not going to feel ashamed of liking stuff I like just because people want me to be.
I think "So OK It's Horrible" covers the feeling when an anticipated cyberpunk sequel from a franchise with this much influence on film in general is...just OK.
If you're dating a man, a question you might wonder in the initial stages is, how well can I trust him? Do I know he's not secretly a sexist creep? Don't worry. There are signs.
It's known for it's length and the "non-plot-related" descriptions of whale biology and sailing. But it's also a beautiful novel that has inspired many people, and it serves as a potent metaphor for seeking revenge at the expense of all else.
Writing a compelling character is difficult, but it's possibly the most essential way to get people to go from previewing your work to buying. After all, why would someone be interested in a story without a compelling character?
Isn't all fiction (and a lot of non-fiction) speculative? Is speculative fiction just an umbrella term for sci-fi and fantasy? What does it mean for a work of fiction to be considered speculative?
We all understand that it's not rational. But it's hard not to feel it.
He's not a nihilist, he's a cynic. Yes, there is a difference that matters between the two. Also, he "does an arc," whether he wants to admit that or not.
You've heard of the Disney Renaissance, and maybe even the actual Renaissance. But was the period from 1990 to 2010 another such uniquely talented time in history for anime? Here's my analysis of that era.
'Life is Strange' is a game where you have the power to rewind time, and you end up saving your friends from murder, accidents, and suicide. But at times, the game just gets way too real for some people to handle. I had to take breaks, because it's so emotionally intense!
A review of "Depression Quest," an infamous, controversial text-based game, from the perspective of someone struggling with depression themselves.
It mostly boils down to one thing: Flexibility.
The isekai genre is hated, much like 'Twilight,' for gaining success through the wish fulfillment the shows provide to their audience. I don't think that's fair.
Outlining a story versus "pantsing" it—which approach is better?
Here are the fan favorites and best anime series of the 2010s. I also explain what trends were present around that time period.
I have been a blogger for almost 10 years now. If you're thinking about getting into blogging as a hobby, side business, or career, here's what you should know about the major ups and downs of it all.
Relationships between fictional characters are the emotional centerpiece of a story. Here's what you need to write a good one.
To better understand Felix in "Re:Zero" and why this controversial character has become a popular internet meme in the transgender community, it's also helpful to place into context what it's like being transgender in Japan. Here's my analysis.
What is a deconstruction? How is 'Evangelion' a deconstruction of common anime tropes and cliches? You will appreciate and understand 'Evangelion' more after reading this.
Studio Ghibli's work almost always creates a sense of awe and wonder, and here we have no exception. "Howl's Moving Castle" might tend to be overshadowed by other Ghibli works, but it deserves to go down as a classic masterpiece.
The diamonds are a big point of contention as "Steven Universe" characters. They begin as antagonists, but they change, and some fans and critics think this change happens too quickly. So what explains this 180 from dictators to loving aunts? Contains spoilers.
Why did one word go from meaning "daughter of an autocratic hereditary ruler" to being something like a merit badge and a beauty contest award? Here's my take on whether or not Disney Princesses send the wrong message.
Ever wonder why Edward Cullen, the romantic lead in the 'Twilight' series, has become an obsession with many girls? Here are some reasons that make him so cool and sexy to women.
Netflix caught heat for changing "love" to "like" in their translation and re-dubbing of "Neon Genesis Evangelion." Why does the distinction matter to the show and to fans of the series? Well, it's erasing a fairly important instance of homo-romantic representation.
A fun, thrilling action film: Wolverine goes off to fight some bad guys and finds love in Japan. But he's still haunted by his past.
The first 'Avengers' movie uses contrasts and conflicts between characters to bring together the feel of how the team will work together as one. Loki is a cool villain, and even the film's MacGuffin is cool. Just an all-around stellar action/superhero movie.
"Thor" is a phenomenal, thoroughly enjoyable viewing experience, one that makes you emotionally connect with the hero and the villain.
I saw reviews on IMDB praising this Hulk movie for not being the Ang Lee version. I haven't seen that, but even this "good" version of The Hulk is still a dull, incoherent, unappealing movie in almost every way.
The first 'Iron Man' movie, starting off during the War in Afghanistan, explores America's relationship to power and weapons.
A long time ago, in a fandom far away, the "Big Three" shounen were Bleach, Naruto, and One Piece. But since Bleach and Naruto are over, what are the "Big Three"? And why is the shounen genre the dominant genre of anime?
I chose this one to discover how the Pokemon anime had been holding up since I walked away from it. I ended up enjoying myself.
A lot of people have started to hate on CinemaSins on YouTube. But what should we expect from critics anyway? What's the difference between "bad faith criticism" and good faith criticism? Learn what aspects to look for in media criticism.
'The Last Unicorn' is the story of a unicorn's journey to find out if there are others like her left in the world. It touches on themes that are pretty heavy for a kids movie.
Anime fans are typically very open-minded and supportive of each other. But here are the big issues within anime fandom that can cause people to flip out in arguments.
The 2010 animated series "My Little Pony" is still going strong. But let's take a look at what worked and what didn't work in Season 8.
Wily, feline-eared girls are all the rage in anime. But why? What makes them so attractive and popular? What kitty girls in anime are your favorite?
What is the 'isekai' genre, and why has it become so prevalent? And why are there so many low-grade shows, manga, and light novels in this genre? What are examples of good isekai shows?
Almost every anime series, show, movie, comic book, book series, you name it has toxic fans among its fan community. Some more obviously than others. How does this happen, and how should normal fans respond?
The Netflix-produced anime series "Violet Evergarden" is about a doll-like girl in search of what the word 'love' means.
Most fans of the stellar anime 'Death Note' were disappointed, to say the least, by Netflix's film adaptation. Do they hope to make a sequel that will fix all the problems with the original? It's highly unlikely.
What does that mean? Well, delicious as in appealing in some way. And a baby bird because they have to be in trouble in a way that makes people care. How do you do that?
Most people know anime often uses exaggeration for comedic or dramatic purposes. But has the recent show "Magical Girl Site" taken this exaggeration too far?
Don't meet your childhood heroes? Or maybe just don't think about them too hard.
Was it possible to fix 'Sword Art Online' and make it not only watchable, but engaging and maybe even a great anime? Yes. It had that potential. Here are some ways it could have changed to be a better anime.
Will the magic girl genre ever get back to the way it was? And why did this change take place? Here are my answers.
Common prefixes with detailed explanations to help you understand longer, more complicated English words.
Don’t do what I did! Here are lessons I learned from my early writing mistakes on HubPages.
Do we really need 'silent' AND 'quiet', or 'angry', 'mad', 'incensed', 'nonplussed', 'disgruntled', AND 'enraged'? Do all these synonyms enrich or language or just make it too hard to learn?
Anime is a relatively small niche on YouTube. These 10 creators stick out in terms of awesome content that analyzes anime.
A lot of fans have an anime girl crush or two that falls into the 'dere-dere' type. A girl who is sweet, caring and thoughtful, inside and out!
The himedere is a character like a tsundere, but with the haughty attitude of royalty or nobility. Why do some people fall for this bratty princess type?
A kuudere is a character type in anime that is aloof, mysterious, and totally not interested in the love interest character. Until they are.
I'm sure it's not just me, audiences, fans, and critics are just getting sick and tired of these tropes because they're so often overused, or used as a crutch to prop up poor writing. Here are the top 5 most tired anime cliches.
A tsundere is defined as someone who masks their feelings for a character with harsh criticism or even bullying, eventually warming up and showing their true feelings.
Not sure where to start? This article covers all the major basics in terms of cosplay for people new to the whole thing.
A yandere is a fictional character, usually a teenage girl, who is obsessive and violent due to her all-consuming love of a male character, usually the protagonist.
Yes, it's about depression, it's also about the relationship between real people and fictional characters. But it's also about books. And how no one reads anymore.
Ever hear a crazy story about a Japanese game show that made you cackle with laughter, or shudder in horror? Where did it all begin? Let's look at the (wild) history of the Japanese game show!
When we talk about anime as literature, what does that mean? Can any anime be called literature? What is the value in discussing anime as literature? I attempt to answer these questions using "Neon Genesis Evangelion" as an example.
No more doom and gloom! Let's talk about the anime characters I actually do like! They exist! I'm not just a cynic! Hello, beautiful world!
Procrastination: The gap between what we want to do and what we actually end up doing. Close the gap by identifying your primary reason for procrastinating!
You've hit your mark and written 10 articles, 50 articles, or 100 articles. But the money won't just roll in now. Here's what you need to do.
Have you ever wondered why there seems to be such a vast gulf between audience/fan opinion and 'educated' opinions on certain films? Why is this problem so pervasive, and what could help?
There are exceptions, of course, but many films set in the World War II-era appear to be done for the purposes of "Oscar bait." Here's why I'm tired seeing this theme constantly appear in film.
The school in "Classroom of the Elite" rewards and punishes classes with credits that can be spent like money. Points are awarded to individuals and to the class. Thus, the anime explores competition.
Psychologists have identified six basic, nearly universal, human emotions. How can you use these for more effective writing?
You don't have to be a samurai warrior to appreciate the code of ethics written for the samurai. Learn to apply the values of 'bushido', or the way of the warrior, in modern life.
This story arc takes us away from our main characters and familiar settings, telling an unconventional new titan story away from the beaten path.
It's hard to speak in absolutes about this subject, but here are some things to consider when it comes to the subject of realism in fiction.
Do you read as much as you did in high school? How does the experience of reading for one's own reasons differ from that of doing assigned reading?
What kind of character is Madoka Kaname? Is she truly the protagonist of PMMM, or is it Homura? Is she a weak character? Is she boring? Why is she depicted the way she is in the story?
The original "Ghost in the Shell" film, discussed as itself relative to the 2017 remake.
Here are 5 of my favorite "Game of Thrones" characters (and 5 that I don't like at all!). Find out which characters made my good and bad lists.
What is the likelihood of not only encountering aliens, but finding ones who resemble us?
Many students have had issues with art teachers who do not want them to draw anime, furries, comic book characters, Disney characters, etc. Here's my take on this.
"At a Glance" articles are my opinion of a show based on the first few episodes. Ouran is a romantic comedy series about wealth, gender-bending, and ... twins. Moe guy twins.
"Sailor Moon Sailor Stars" is the final season of the original "Sailor Moon" anime. If you like the show, this season is definitely worth checking out.
The film that changes this cynic's opinion of "Sword Art Online" for the better.
"Moe" is a term referring to fluffy anime shows about cute girls doing cute things. Some people like it, but it gets a lot of hate. Is it a problem for the anime industry in general?
Winter is the best time for staying inside and watching anime for hours. Join us... join us...
I discuss the possible symbolic interpretations of Stanley Kubrick's adaptation of Stephen King's "The Shining" as discussed in a documentary called "Room 237".
Unlike "Family Guy" or "The Simpsons," in my opinion, "South Park" is still going pretty strong and had a great 19th season. But why did the 20th season fail?
This is an impressively good anime series. But what exactly makes it so compelling? Let's analyze "Re:Zero"!
Are there similarities between the "Lion King" and the "King of Kings"? What Christian symbols or references might be implied by different elements of the movie?
Huge deadline tomorrow, but all you want to do is dance? Wish you could change the world, but doubt you're even good enough to change a tire? Feeling isolated and misunderstood? You might be INFP!
After the end of World War II, Japan was utterly devastated. History books might ignore them, but here's a tribute to the passionate people who helped rekindle the country's spirit.
Misato and Ritsuko in "Neon Genesis Evangelion" are interesting because their personality differences and conflict drive a lot of the psychological drama of the series.
Many shows like to aim to be tragic and sad, but few manage to accomplish this evocation of sorrow in the audience like "Puella Magi Madoka Magica" does. Here's why I think this may be.
Like "Inception," "Paprika" involves looking into a potential future intersection of technology and dreams. But I think "Paprika" wore it better.
Faces are an important part of manga storytelling. So here, I break down the secrets of drawing manga faces.
Many autistic people seem to be attracted to anime and manga. I have eight reasons that help explain this phenomenon.
"Magical Girl Raising Project" is in the vein of "Yuki Yuuna is a Hero" and "PMMM" in the emerging genre of darker, edgier magical girl shows. But what makes this show unique?
"You Are Umasou" is like taking a feels trip to the Cretaceous period. You will never care this much about a T-Rex again.
Which anime characters just piss you off is in the eye of the beholder. For me, annoying traits include loudness, whininess, and a harsh-sounding voice.
Can anyone be a critic? While certainly, anyone with the time and internet can start a blog. But here's what you should know if you want to be a good critic on the internet.
Some literary scholars, most famously Joseph Campbell, talk about the monomyth. The idea is that each work of fiction is just a representative of a larger archetypal myth. But I have doubts.
Here's what I think about YA bestseller, "Red Queen."
"Rebuild of Evangelion" is a series of movies that serves as a base breaker in the Evangelion community; people like it or hate it. I offer an analysis of the good and bad things about it.
I can't speak for all atheists, but I have a keyboard and some opinions. So here are my answers for five common questions Christians ask atheists.
A look at these two interesting opposite-personality characters in "Neon Genesis Evangelion," who both tend to polarize the fans.
When you watch a lot of anime, it's inevitable that certain patterns or tropes will begin to stand out. Here are my least favorite anime character tropes, and why I hate them.
The "red oni, blue oni" trope comes from Japanese folklore and is used to create character foils and duality between two opposite, contrasting characters.
Have you witnessed these bad behaviors? Or worse, been the one doing them? Here are the top things not to do at an anime convention.
Exploring philosophical concepts via characters and ideas in the anime "Puella Magi Madoka Magika."
Some iconic villains are just pure evil, like Sauron in "The Lord of the Rings." But it's more interesting when villains have the emotional complexity of a real person. It makes you wonder, what made them this way?
This article will explore the intrigue of AIs, or "thinking machines". How far are we from creating a computer with a human-like mind? How accurate are AIs depicted in fiction?
Now that I've studied Gnosticism and the library of Gnostic texts, the religious symbolism in "Neon Genesis Evangelion" makes a bit more sense.
Description and discussion about the complex and interesting character, Homura Akemi, from Puella Magi Madoka Magica.
Just for fun, here's why I think three evolutionary triads in the original 151 Pokémon have a special significance.
A lot of anime has a large stock of bully characters, which are often cliché and not that interesting. But these anime really explore, in-depth, what it feels like to have a difficult time socially adjusting, to be an outcast, and to be bullied.
My type, INFP, the Healer, is a type associated with dreamers: musicians, writers, and artists. But how do you get a dream to pay the bills?
While Australia is home to the most animals who will kill you, Japan seems to be home to the most animals that will make you go "d'awww." Here are my top ten favorite wild animals of Japan.
What was the first magical girl anime? You've probably seen an anime involving magical teenage girls. But did you know that the origin of such stories probably dates back to the very beginning of Japanese history?
If you visit or live in Japan as a foreigner, dealing with grief, funerary customs, and traditions around death might seem difficult.
I took great pains to explore all anime series in the "sci-fi" category. This is my exhaustive list of the best sci-fi anime that I've found.
Want to find anime to watch online and support the content creators by watching it legally, but not quite sure where to go? This article should help you find the right site for what you want.
The creators of the show deny that there is intentional symbolism in NGE. But many fans have their doubts. This article will explore cases of alleged symbolism in the show.
Are the YuYu Hakusho movies disappointments? How could they be better? What's good and bad about them? Why was the first one only 30 minutes? Let's look at the two YYH movies.
Why anime characters are drawn with such big eyes is a mystery that puzzles many. This article explores cultural and historical reasons to explain why anime characters have their signature large eyes.
A comparison of anime to similar Western storytelling media. Key differences and similarities, as well as exploring the question of what is and is not 'anime.'
A look at the satirical, biting teen comedy series 'Daria' by the season. New characters, new interesting situations, and new conflicts in each season made this a show that didn't get stale.
'Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood' was a redoing of the original 'Fullmetal Alchemist' anime, but it has a distinct feel. This article reviews the strengths and weaknesses of this re-adaptation.
Many critics and non-anime fans in the Western world think that if a story doesn't make perfect logical sense, it's inherently bad as a whole. I find fault with this assumption, however.
Many anime series try to cram romance into an action-packed story. When done right, romantic relationships can add a lot of character and warmth to a story. Here are my top picks for anime couples.
Some villains in anime are better than others. Whether they're the smartest, the richest, the coolest, or simply the most interesting, here is my list of my favorite anime villains.
Eyes are a signature defining aspect of manga drawing technique. Here's a basic, easy-to-follow guide that will help you with the basics of drawing anime-style eyes.
Whether you're interested in anime writing, perhaps writing your own manga story or criticizing the work of others, here are some of the criteria I personally like to judge anime and manga based on.
Trigun is a shounen, western-style anime set in a future where humans have colonized a harsh desert planet. Gun fighting is everyone's second language. How then does the hero maintain pacifist ideals?
Wondering what to say to defend your love of anime to someone who doesn't get it? Well here is my personal list of reasons for liking anime.
Could the relationship the girls have to becoming a magical girl in "Puella Magi Madoka Magica" symbolize different attitudes surrounding the loss of one's virginity?
The announcement of a My Little Pony movie where the ponies turn human was met with mixed results from the fans. The movie was kind of hated by fans too. Was it really as bad as they say? Mostly, yes.
Silly me for thinking a sitcom about people like me could actually be enjoyable. While I enjoy "Big Bang Theory" sometimes, these are a few of my biggest problems with the show.
Ever wonder what being an anime fan involves? Information about cosplay, conventions, Japanese culture, and everything you want to know about otakus!
An exploration of philosophical and ethical questions brought up by the anime "Trigun," in particular, the episode "Rem Saverem" that explores the origins of two main characters' beliefs.
Some people love to go on and on about how much they hate the Star Wars prequel trilogy. And while these movies are highly flawed, I want to give them credit for what they do well too.