Kuchikamizake

            If you already know what I am talking about, great; if not, then you need to go watch Your Name immediately.  It is a great movie and you do not know what you are missing out on.  Kuchikamizake is a type of ceremonial sake that is only made at Shinto shrines and is probably Read More …

The Promised Neverland- Demon Evolution

The Promised Neverland– Demon Evolution   SPOILER WARNING for the latest chapters of the Manga In chapter 120 of TPN we are finally given some insight into the origins of the demons and their need to eat humans to survive.  There were a couple of different ways that the manga could have gone with this Read More …

Adventures in Japan

Adventures in Japan Adeventures in Japan is going to be different from what you usually see from me as there will be no science involved, and I will be primarily talking about travel, specifically traveling in Japan, which is the mecca for anime fans around the world.  As I’ve mentioned on the course syllabus page, Read More …

Footwear in Video Games- Helix Waltz

Helix Waltz   As you know from my post about poisonous mushrooms and their use in Recettear, I have been trying to expand and look at some of the science topics portrayed in video games.  Helix Waltz is a dress-up drama mobile game made by Crossing Star Studio.  In the game you play as Magda, Read More …

So I’m a Spider, So What?- Spider size vs venom toxicity

Spider Size vs Venom Toxicity   I am firmly convinced that Okina Baba is a big fan of spiders, or at least has more than a passing knowledge about them.  This is due to the number of spider references in “So I’m a spider, So what?”.  Many of Kumoko’s spider attacks are based on the Read More …

So I’m a Spider, So What?- Kumoko and spider silk

So I’m a Spider, So What?- Spider Silk   So I’m a Spider, So What? is an isekai light novel series by Okina Baba that will be getting an anime in 2019.  Now I haven’t read the light novel, but I have read the manga adaptation and to be honest, it really doesn’t do anything Read More …

Full Metal Alchemist 2003- Sloth’s Death

Full Metal Alchemist 2003- Sloth’s Death   While it is largely overlooked and somewhat forgotten, there was an earlier adaptation of Hiromi Arakawa’s world-famous manga Full Metal Alchemist.  In 2003, 2 years after she began writing Full Metal Alchemist, it was adapted into a 51-episode TV series with a movie sequel.  The anime was well Read More …

Atmospheric Reentry in Gundam and Macross

Atmospheric Reentry in Mecha Anime   In Gundam and many other mecha anime the plot often takes place in two places, Earth and space.  In the original Gundam, and the spiritual reboot of the series Gundam Seed, the action starts in space before heading to Earth, only to return to space again.  A key issue Read More …

Mercury Poisoning in The Legend of Korra

The Legend of Korra- Mercury Poisoning   Avatar the Legend of Korra is the sequel to the acclaimed Avatar the Last Air Bender.  While neither of these shows held much interest for me, they are well known in the anime community as both were heavily influenced by anime and Asian culture.  It is also sometimes Read More …